Pharmaka presents - The Third Area: Poetry at Pharmaka –
Thursday, November 20, 2008
featuring: Jane Hirshfield, Sandra Alcosser, Marjorie Becker, and Martha Serpas

Info: Pharmaka gallery -101 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, 90013 (at S. Main St.). Doors at 7 p.m. / stage at 8 p.m. Nibbles and scattered beverages will dot the premises (help yourself). $5 suggested donation. Pharmaka: Free street parking after 6:00. Valet parking at Pete's (on 4th and Main) and nearby lots are always an option.

November 20, 2008 Features

SANDRA ALCOSSER has published seven books of poetry, including A Fish to Feed All Hunger and Except by Nature, selected for the Associated Writing Programs Award in Poetry, National Poetry Series, Academy of American Poets James Laughlin Award, Larry Levis Award, and William Stafford Award from Pacific Northwest Booksellers. She received three NEA artist fellowships, and her poems have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry and the Pushcart Prize Anthology.

MARJORIE BECKER has received numerous awards including a Faculty Fulbright and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and Yale University. She served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay and developed an oral history project in Mexico. She has written three poetry collections. Body Bach (Tebot Bach, 2005) introduced by David St. John, was nominated for The National Book Award. She teaches Latin American history and innovative writing at USC.

JANE HIRSHFIELD has written six collections of poetry including After (chosen as one of the best books of 2006 by the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the London Financial Times), and Given Sugar, Given Salt (finalist for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award). Her numerous honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Nation, Poetry, and has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s Writers Almanac.

MARTHA SERPAS’s two collections of poetry are Côte Blanche (New Issues, 2002) and The Dirty Side of the Storm (Norton, 2006). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, and Image. She has taught at Yale Divinity School, University of Houston, and University of Tampa, where she is poetry editor of Tampa Review. A south Louisiana native, she remains involved in efforts to restore Louisiana’s wetlands. Currently she works as a part-time trauma chaplain at Tampa General Hospital.

About The Third Area: Sarah Maclay (author, most recently, of The White Bride) serves as artistic director with curating collective members Frankie Drayus (finalist for the May Swenson Poetry Prize), Dina Hardy (2008 Stanford University Stegner Fellow), Tess Lotta (curator of Literati Cocktail reading series and editor for Media Cake eMagazine), Stephany Prodromides (chapbook manuscript finalist for the 2008 Center for Book Arts and co-host of Redondo Poets reading series) and Jan Wesley (author of Living in Freefall), hosting the series on the last Thursday of the month. (November and December are exceptions.)


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