Emerging poet Robbie Sugg will be joined by John Landry and Marina Lazzara for a celebratory reading on the occasion of the release of Robbie’s first collection of poems.
Koccha,Â (Days Eye Press, 2014) is titled after the Miwok word for “house” or “shelter”. Â It is a stunning gathering of California-inspired poems addressing the relationships between people and the land from which they live.
Robbie studied painting, printmaking, papermaking, and Japanese language at San JosÃ© State University, and his artwork has appeared in galleries throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as in New Bedford, Massachusetts, New York City, and Worcester, England. He plays the guzheng, a 22-stringed ancient Chinese zither. Presently, he lives with one foot on the Big Island of Hawaiâ€˜i and the other on the shores of San Francisco Bay.
Marina Lazzara was raised in Easton, Pennsylvania where the Lehigh River falls into the Delaware. She received a BA from Old Dominion University and an MA in Poetics from the New College of California, where she studied with poetsÂ Gloria FrymÂ andÂ David Meltzer. She has published a chapbook,Â THE BACKDROP LINE, and poems in several publications includingÂ Processed World,Â Big Bridge,Â FenceÂ andÂ Amerarcana. She plays guitar and sings with the San Francisco rock band The Rabbles.
John Landry is a former poet-laureate of his birthplace, New Bedford, Massachusetts. He was a contributing editor for the 50th anniversary anthology of San Francisco’sÂ Beatitude. His work has appeared inÂ Amerarcana,Â Blue Collar Review,Â Elective Affinities,Â Heartfire,Â Ijagun,Â Istanbul Literary Review, andÂ Ocean Voices.Â His book,Â quiÃ©n va a podar los ciruelos quando me vaya/who will prune the plum tree when i’m gone, was published in 2010 by Editorial Cuneta in Santiago, Chile. He has been an active member of the Bay Area literary community since 1977. His forthcoming books areÂ anthropocene debris (USA),Â Autopsy of ChristÂ (Chile), andÂ Not Less Than One(Chile).Â