Tuesday, November 14th – 7 pm
Poets Carolyne Wright & Andrena Zawinski
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Carolyne Wright’s new book is entitled This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press, 2017). Her ground-breaking anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse Press, 2015), received ten Pushcart Prize nominations and was a finalist in the Foreword Review’s Book of the Year Awards. She has nine earlier poetry volumes, five books of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali, and a collection of essays; and has received Fulbright, NEA, 4Culture, and Seattle Arts Commission, fellowships. After returning to her native Seattle in 2005, Wright has taught for Richard Hugo House; for the Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Program; and for Antioch University Los Angeles MFA Program. She has been regaining fluency in Brazilian Portuguese in preparation for a return visit to Bahia on an Instituto Sacatar residency fellowship in 2018.
Andrena Zawinski, born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, is a veteran teacher of writing from early childhood through college and a mainstay in the Bay Area poetry community. Her new book of poems, Landings, is from Kelsay Books; she has two previous award-winning collections of poetry: Something About from Blue Light Press, a PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award recipient and Traveling in Reflected Light from Pig Iron Press, a Kenneth Patchen Prize in Poetry. She has also authored four chapbooks and is editor of Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down: An Anthology of Women’s Poetry from Scarlet Tanager Books. Her work has received accolades for free verse, form, lyricism, spirituality, and social concern. She is Features Editor at PoetryMagazine.com, a Poetry Board member for The Literary Nest, and founder of the San Francisco Bay Area Women’s Poetry Salon.
Joining the reading with a few songs is Julia Carrasquero. Born in Venezuela, Julia has lived most of her life across the United States. An accomplished martial artist and avid tennis player, she recently retired after over thirty years of military service. She is a self-taught musician from a family of musicians and will be singing for you in French and Spanish on acoustic guitar.
"It is in doubt and not in faith that the salvation of the world is to be found. Faith is a delusion and a snare: a pitfall, a prison. It intimidates the intellect. With fear of eternal damnation religion crushes intellectual activity; with hero worship it destroys individuality; with hopes for the beyond it prevents the growth of ideals for the present. It makes of us a race of intellectual cowards; it changes but little if any our daily conduct toward each other. But doubt sets us free."
-- Job Harriman, 1902
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