Sunday, March 24th – 2:00-4:00 pm
Dual Book Launches:
Karen Hildebrand (Crossing Pleasure Avenue)
and Ron Riekki (Posttraumatic)

San Francisco’s own Klipschutz hosts and SF poet Will Walker opens for two writers with new books to launch: Karen Hildebrand and Ron Riekki.

About Karen Hildebrand’s recent volume of poetry, Crossing Pleasure Avenue (Indolent Books, 2018), one reviewer had this to say: “Karen Hildebrand’s poetry is like sociology—if sociology could be felt by the hairs on one’s neck and seen in fragrant, Fauvist Technicolor. Her brilliant debut full-length collection, Crossing Pleasure Avenue, reminds us of the strangeness of the everyday and the pleasure in those ripe moments when the past and the present buckle and overlap.”

Ron Riekki’s Posttraumatic: Essays and Flash Non-Fiction on the Military, Prison, Iggy Pop, the Devil and Writing (Hoot & Waddle, 2019) “is at turns heartbreaking and hysterically funny, profound and absurd, filled with acerbic wit and a sense of childlike innocence. Drawing on Riekki’s experience in the military, as an EMT, as an actor, his time at a marketing firm in China, and much, much more, the essays contained in Posttraumatic are at times hard to believe, but are never short of brutally honest.”

Karen Hildebrand’s work has been published in numerous journals and nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. She has been featured reader in NYC with the Bryant Park Reading Room, Leah Umansky’s Couplet series, great weather for MEDIA and Pete’s Big Salmon Poetry Series. In 2013, her play “The Old In-and-Out” sold out four shows at Stage Left Studio Theater in NYC. Directed by Kat Georges of Three Rooms Press, the play was adapted from poetry of Karen Hildebrand and Madeline Artenberg. In 2017, she had the honor of co-editing Jane Underwood’s posthumous collection, “When My Heart Goes Dark, I Turn the Porch Light On,” (Blue Light Press, 2017). Karen lives in Brooklyn and works as chief content officer for Dance Magazine.

Ron Riekki’s books include the novel, U.P. (nominated for the Sewanee Writers Series and Great Michigan Read), The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works (2014 Michigan Notable Book awarded by the Library of Michigan, Eric Hoffer Book Award finalist, Midwest Book Award finalist, Foreword Book of the Year finalist, and Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist), and Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (2016 IPPY/Independent Publisher Book Award, Gold Medal Great Lakes ”Best Regional Fiction and Next Generation Indie Book Award”Short Story finalist). Riekki has three books upcoming with Michigan State University Press and McFarland. Ron lives in San Francisco.

San Francisco poet Will Walker opens with a reading from work spanning a few decades. His volume of poems, Wednesday After Lunch (Blue Light Press, 2009) is a staple of Bird & Beckett’s poetry section.