Evie Shockley & Barbara Jane Reyes
Sunday, April 15th, 7:30 pm
Pegasus Books Dowtown
2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
Evie Shockley published a chapbook of poems, The Gorgon Goddess, with Carolina Wren Press in 2001. Her new collection, a half-red sea, will be released in Fall, 2006. Her poetry has appeared widely in journals and anthologies, including Beloit Poetry Journal, Callaloo, Hambone, HOW2 and Poetry Daily: Poems from the Worldâ€™s Most Popular Poetry Website. She has also placed her prose-fiction and literary criticism-in such publications as Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora, African American Review, North American Review, and Rainbow Darkness: An Anthology of African American Poetry. Shockley is an assistant professor of English at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.
Barbara Jane Reyes was born in Manila, Philippines and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her undergraduate education at UC Berkeley, and her MFA at San Francisco State University. She is the author of Gravities of Center (Arkipelago, 2003) and Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish, 2005), for which she received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Mills College, and she lives with her husband, poet Oscar Bermeo, in Oakland, CA.