Sunday, January 20th:
Poets Mary Burger & Denise Newman

2:00 p.m.

Mary Burger is a writer and artist living in Oakland. Her book Then
Go On was published in 2012 by Litmus Press. Earlier books include
Sonny (Leon Works, 2005) and A Partial Handbook for Navigators
(Interbirth, 2008.) With Robert Glück, Camille Roy, and Gail Scott
she co-edited the anthology Biting the Error (Coach House Books,
2004.) She is the founding editor of Second Story Books, publishing
contemporary cross-genre writing. Mary is also a studio artist at The
Compound Gallery & Studios in Emeryville, where she makes prints and
mixed media works.

Denise Newman has a new chapbook out from Omerta Press called Film Studies and is the author of three prior collections of poems, The New Make Believe (The Post-Apollo Press, 2010), Wild Goods (Apogee Press, 2008), and Human Forest (Apogee Press, 2000). Her translation of The Painted Room by the Danish poet Inger Christensen is distributed by Random House (United Kingdom), and her translation of Azorno, also by Christensen, was published by New Directions in 2009. Her poems, collaborations, and translations have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Volt, Fence, New American Writing, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere. For the past decade, she has been collaborating with composers, providing lyrics for choral works.  Denise lives in San Francisco.

Hazel White, previously announced for this event, has had to cancel due to family issues back home.  We’ll be pleased to present her another time when the opportunity arises.  Hazel grew up on farms in the southwest of England. After finishing undergraduate degrees in philosophy and literature at Warwick University, she studied crop agriculture at Bridgwater College Center for Land Based Studies, and then, through University of California, Berkeley, Extension, landscape architecture. She’s the author of eleven gardening books, published by Sunset Books and Chronicle Books, and for several years wrote a monthly column, “Living in the Landscape,” published by the San Francisco Chronicle. White graduated from the MFA Writing program at California College of the Arts in 2005. Her first book of poems, Peril as Architectural Enrichment was published by Kelsey Street Press in 2011.  Her poetry has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Tarpaulin Sky (online), and VERSE, and a  chapbook, Richter 14, was published in 2010 by Deconstructed Artichoke Press. She lives in San Francisco.