Small Press Traffic Reading Series
Friday, October 24, 7:30 p.m.
Timken Lecture Hall
California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco
Edwin Torres has collaborated with a wide range of artists, creating performances that intermingle poetry with vocal & physical improvisation, sound-elements and visual theater. Heâ€™s received poetry fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Foundation For Contemporary Performance Art, The Poets Fund and The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. He has taught workshops at Naropa University, St. Marks Poetry Project, Bard College, Mills College and Miami University among others. His work has been published in many anthologies, and his CD Holy Kid, (Kill Rock Stars Records) is in the sound archives of The Whitney Museum for American Art. He is co-editor of the poetry journal/DVD Rattapallax. His books include, The PoPedology Of An Ambient Language (Atelos Books), Fractured Humorous (Subpress), The All-Union Day Of The Shock Worker (Roof Books) and I Hear Things People Havenâ€™t Really Said. His recent project is a collaboration with Spanic Attack (www.spanicattack.com) called NORICUA, a noh-boricua inspired non-movement gaining worldwide momentum, whose non-ideologies have been performed in the Bronx, Berlin, Loisaida and Puerto Rico.
Albert Flynn DeSilver has recently begun his tenure as Marin Countyâ€™s very first poet laureate. He is the author, most recently of Letters to Early Street (La Alameda Press, 2007), and Walking Tooth & Cloud (French Connection Press, 2007). Andrei Codrescu has said about Letters to Early Street: â€œThis is one of our poets and we stand behind him (or to his side) in any fight, physical or literary, he might be involved in. Except maybe the situation he describes thus: â€˜A stuffed moose has just capsized in my bed.â€™â€ Albert has published more than one hundred poems in literary journals worldwide including Zyzzyva, New American Writing, Jubilat, Jacket (Australia), Poetry Kanto (Japan), Van Goghâ€™s Ear (France), Hanging Loose, Exquisite Corpse, and many others. Some of his letters in correspondence with the poet Paul Hoover will be featured in the new book Letters to Poets: Conversations about Poetics, Politics, and Community (Saturnalia Books, 2008).