10.07.2010

Sacramento Poetry Center
Presents

Christopher Mlalazi and Ron Slate
Monday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 PM
Crossroads for the Arts
1719 25th Street
Host: Emmanuel Sigauke


Christopher Mlalazi is a Zimbabwean writer who has been published in 11 short story anthologies, including the 2006 Caine Prize Anthology (Obituary Tango), the 2006 Edinburgh Review, and the 2007 PEN SOUTH Africa anthology. He was on the HSBC PEN international short story shortlist as well as the 2004 Sable Lit/Arvon short story competition.He has written plays for Zimbabwean performing arts groups that include Amakhosi Theatre; Umkhathi Theatre; Sadalala Amajekete Theatre and the Khayalethu Performing Arts Project. His poems and short stories have been published in newspapers, magazine and websites that include Crossing Borders Magazine, Poetry International Web, The Sunday News and The Zimbabwean newspaper. He is the author of Dancing with Life: Tales from the Township (aMa Books, 2008) and Many Rivers (Lion Gate Books, 2009). He is currently in California after receiving a Feuchtwanger fellowship.

"Christopher Mlalazi is the rising voice of the ghetto, with all its violence, sharp anger, bitter protestations and tangible promise of a better tomorrow." - Raisedon Baya, Writer and Columnist




Ron Slate was born in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1950. He earned his Masters degree in creative writing from Stanford University in 1973 and did his doctoral work in American literature at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He started a poetry magazine, The Chowder Review, in 1973 which was published through 1988. In 1978, he left academia and was hired as a corporate speechwriter, beginning his business career in communications and marketing. From 1994-2001 he was vice president of global communications for EMC Corporation. More recently he was chief operating officer of a biotech/life sciences start-up and co-founded a social network for family caregivers. He lives in Milton, Massachusetts. He is the author of two books The Incentive of the Maggot (Houghton Mifflin, 2005) and The Great Wave (Houghton, 2009). He also edits On the Seawall, a first-rate blog [http://www.ronslate.com/] dedicated to reviewing contemporary literature.


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Coming Events at SPC and Elsewhere:

October 18 [Rebecca] Poetry Reading in memory of Pearl Stein Selinsky. Featured readers include: JoAnn Anglin, Nancy Wallace, Jeanine Stevens, Ann Privateer, Mary ellen burns, Lisa Bert, Carol Louise Moon, Maggie Frost, Joe & Susan Finkelman, Jennifer Pickering, Melen Lunn, Allegra Silberstein, and Tom Goff.
October 21 [Mary Zeppa and Lawrence Dinkins] Brown Bag Poetry at the Central Library, 828 I Street, 12 noon
October 21: Confluence at Natsoulas Gallery in Davis
October 29: Stories on Stage: Angie Chau and Alex Dezen
October 25 [Tim] Graham Foust and Matthew Zapruder and Michael Earl Craig

November 1 [Bob]: SPC Book Contest Winner
November 5: WORD at The Guild {6 to 11 PM}
November 8 [Emmanuel]:
November 10: Mary Zeppa and Victoria Dalkey {Sacramento Room}
November 11: Homecoming at The Crocker
November 15 [Rebecca]:
November 18 [Mary Zeppa and Lawrence Dinkins] Brown Bag Poetry at the Central Library, 828 I Street, 12 noon
November 18: Rancho New Voices Book Release
November 22 [Tim]: Jason Koo and Megan Harlan
November 26: Stories on Stage: Mary Volmer and Vanessa Hua
November 29 [Frank]:

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