Kevin Killian

Monday, August 1st, 7:00 pm

Kevin Killian & Ed Coletti, plus open mic

POETS! Hosted by Jerry Ferraz
Featured poets  plus open mic
1st & 3rd Mondays each month

Kevin Killian is, by all indications, one interesting cat. Plenty of you know that. If, like us, you’ve been woefully uniformed, we suggest a quick perusal of the most fascinating Wikipedia entry we’ve read in a very long time and attendance at this evening’s reading to begin to take stock.  His writing, whether in poetry, prose or drama, is obviously quite solid, witness his lengthy publication history and prodigious output, and  his Lambda Literary Foundation Award for the recent prose collection entitled Impossible Princess.  Edmund White characterized Killian’s work as exhibiting “a kind of mandarin American casualness that is peculiar to … West Coast writers … a school of refined but deceptively offhand stylists.” Killian co-founded Small Press Traffic here in the Castro District in the early 1970s and remains on its Board of Directors. His editing of SF Renaissance poet Jack Spicer’s work and his co-authorship of an important Spicer biography have been widely and justly praised.

As for Ed Coletti, born in New York, he moved to Santa Rosa on his return from service in Viet Nam. He received his Masters in Creative Writing under poet Robert Creeley at SFSU (then Cal State, San Francisco), walking away from writing in 1973 and returning to it and “reclaiming his soul” only in 1987, published a volume of selected poems in 2000 and four subsequent collections including the most recent, Jazz Gods, in 2010. Ed has a lot to say, and appears at no loss for words with which to say it; just check out his blog, EdColettiP3.blogspot.com, for evidence. Heartily endorsed by this writer…

Jerry Ferraz hosts; an open mic follows.  Do come.