October Poetry Fest at POEM.X with Christopher Buckley and Martha Ronk

Poem.X continues its fall season with readings by Christopher Buckley and Martha Ronk on Friday, October 6th at 8:00 p.m. Poem.X events, curated and hosted by poets Jeanette Clough and Jim Natal, are held at Barnes & Noble Santa Monica 2nd floor community room, 1201 3rd Street Promenade (at Wilshire), 310/260-9110. Admission is free. Park in Santa Monica structures; $3 flat fee after 6:00.

Buckley’s most recent book of poetry is And the Sea, from Sheep Meadow Press. A new book of nonfiction, Sleep Walk, is out from Eastern Washington University Press. Buckley, a major presence in promoting California poetry, has edited The Geography of Home: California’s Poetry of Place (1999); How Much Earth: The Fresno Poets (2001); The Poetry of Philip Levine: Stranger to Nothing (1991), and A Condition of the Spirit: The Life and Work of Larry Levis (2004). Over the years his own poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals. He has received a Fullbright Award, four Pushcart Prizes, two awards from the Poetry Society of America, and is the recipient of two NEA grants. He teaches creative writing at UC Riverside.

Why/Why Not (UC Press) is a poetic question posed by Martha Ronk. Another recent publication, In the Landscape of Having to Repeat (Omidawn, 2004), won the Pen USA 2005 award in poetry. With Paul Vangelisti, she edited Place as Purpose: Poetry from the Western States. Her fiction appears in the Chicago Review, Harvard Review, Fence, and Denver Quarterly. She received the Lynda Hull Poetry Award, a MacArthur summer research grant, was an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony and Djerassi, and edits for Littoral Books. Ronk has a Ph.D from Yale and teaches at Occidental College.

Poem.X continues on November 10th with readings by Ralph Angel and Barbara Maloutis, and December 8th with Richard Garcia and Susan Rich.


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