PSW Reading Series Archives 2006-2007

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2006 - 2007 Reading Series

All readings free and open to the public. For more info contact Kevin Craft at 425-388-9395 or

Monday, November 6, 2006, 7 p.m.
Matthew ZapruderZapruder 
Northlight Gallery, Parks Building
Matthew Zapruder was born in 1967 in Washington, D.C. He is the author two books of poetry, American Linden (Tupelo Press, 2002), and The Pajamaist (Copper Canyon Press, 2006), which have established him as one of the country's most inventive young poets. With characteristic humor and incisive wit, Zapruder interrogates our modern consciousness, exploring how we identify and confront social problems. His investigations go well beyond his subjects alone, delving into the poetic craft: The Pajamaist is filled with in impressive array of forms, from short, contained lyrics to long sequences. He works as an editor for Wave Books, and teaches poetry in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the New School University.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007, 1 p.m.
Poetry of Asia
with Keith Aubrey, Thom Lee, & Phebe Shen
Northlight Arts Gallery, Parks Union Building

Discover the poetry of various Asian traditions with three of EvCC's own distinguished faculty. Keith Aubrey is an English Instructor and poet who has collaborated on translations of Chinese poetry. He lived and taught in China for three years, and teaches Asian Literature at the college. Thom Lee began his ceramic studies in Korea where he developed an interest in Korean art and literature. He views poetry as the distillation of human eloquence, and strives to embody a poetic aesthetic with his visual art. It is his goal to explore the poetry of the physical to arrive at the eloquent object. Phebe Shen, an English Instructor, became familiar with Tang dynasty poetry when compelled to memorize poems for Chinese school as a child. She has since come to appreciate the complexity of being bilingual and bicultural. In recent years, she has traveled throughout Asia and seen the people and scenery that inspired the poems of her childhood.

Possession Sound Visiting Writers Conference
Thursday March 8, 2007, 7 p.m.

SalterKeynote Reading: Mary Jo Salter
Parks Union Building, Multi-Purpose Room

Mary Jo Salter grew up in Detroit and Baltimore, and was educated at Harvard and at Cambridge University. She is the author of five poetry collection, including, most recently, A Kiss in Space (1999) and Open Shutters (2003), both published by Knopf. She is also an editor of The Norton Anthology of Poetry. Her many awards include fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. An Emily Dickinson Lecturer in the Humanities at Mount Holyoke College, she lives in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
Friday, March 9, 2007, 12 p.m.
Reading: Richard KenneyKenny
Baker Hall 120

Richard Kenney's books of poetry include The Evolution of the Flightless Bird (Yale UP, 1984), Orrery (Atheneum, 1985) and The Invention of the Zero (Knopf, 1993). In 1987 he received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship. He is currently Professor of English at the University of Washington, where he has been on the faculty since 1987. His work is informed by science, and he is interested in Celtic and classical literatures. He thinks about human evolution and language origins, the cognitive basis of poetic forms, magical reasoning, and the Darwinian lives of subliterary species such as jokes, riddles, proverbs, charms, spells, nursery rhymes and weather-saws. Absent the Mediterranean, he lives with his family in Port Townsend.

Biespiel Feld

Friday, March 9, 2007, 7 p.m.
Writers @ Work Reading with David Biespiel, Andrew Feld, Stacey Levine, & Brenda Miller
Baker Hall 120

Four writers who work hard-not only as writers, but as editors, teachers, and scholars-read from their work. Come listen to a variety of voices, and learn how these writers integrate writing into their lives, and life into their writing.

Wednesday, May 16, 7 p.m.
 Mary Szybist
 szybistNorthlight Gallery, Parks Building

Mary Szybist grew up in Pennsylvania and holds degrees from the University of Virginia and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. She is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writing Award, and her poems have appeared widely in such publications as The Denver Quarterly and The Colorado Review, and her first book, Granted, was nominated for a national Book Critics Circle Award in 2003. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is a Professor of English at Lewis & Clark.