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Monday, January 28:
Poets Lee Slonimsky
& Katherine Hastings
Monday, Jan. 28th at 7:00 p.m.
Poets from the West Coast and the East Coast converge in Glen Park.
Lee Slonimsky has published one book of poems in free verse, Talk Between Leaf and Skin (SRLR Press, Austin TX, 2002), but has been working primarily in traditional forms and meter for the past several years, especially with the sonnet. His book Money and Light contains 22 sonnets. Orchises Press published his sequence of about 60 sonnets on the life of Pythagoras, Pythagoras in Love, in 2007. His journal credits include Best of Asheville Poetry Review, Blue Unicorn, The Carolina Quarterly, The Classical Outlook, Iambs & Trochees, The Lyric (for whom he also judged the quarterly contest for the Fall 2004 issue), The New York Times, The Raintown Review, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. His wife, Carol Goodman, is an acclaimed mystery writer who has been making some use of his sonnets in her fiction; she won the 2003 Hammett Award for best written literary mystery, is a current nominee for the Nero Wolfe Award, and has been twice nominated for the Dublin/Impac Literary Award.
Katherine Hastings grew up in the Cow Hollow neighborhood of San Francisco, a city that has deeply influenced her poems. She is the author of Cloud Fire (Spuyten Duyvil NYC, 2012) and several chapbooks, including Updraft (Finishing Line, 2010). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, anthologies, and other publications including The Book of Forms — A Handbook of Poetics, Lewis Turco, ed. (2012); the Comstock Review; Parthenon West Review; Rattle; Beatitude Golden Anniversary; Calyx; and many others. She is the host of WordTemple on NPR affiliate KRCB FM and curator of the WordTemple Poetry Series in Sonoma County, Ca. Her Small Change Series of WordTemple Press has published beat poet David Meltzer, San Francisco poet laureate emerita devorah major, and many others, as well as the anthology What Redwoods Know — Poems from California State Parks (all proceeds benefit the State parks). In June 2012, she became the Director of the new non-profit, WordTemple. She lives in Sonoma County, with her partner, CJ Rayhill, and Chihuahua, Gizmo Federíco Garcia Lorca.
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