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Look How the Sky Opened

February 19, 2011

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The first reading of 2011 featured poet Keith Ekiss and writer/activist Canyon Sam, along with local authors Georgia Dennison, Shazelle Goulet, and Emily Keeler.

As well, musician Corbi Wright sang and serenaded.

Some bio information about Keith and Canyon too:

Keith Ekiss is a Jones Lecturer in Creative Writing at Stanford University and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry. He is the past recipient of scholarships and residencies from the Bread Loaf and Squaw Valley Writers’ Conferences, Santa Fe Art Institute, and the Petrified Forest National Park. His poems, and his translations of the Costa Rican poet Eunice Odio, have appeared in Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, New England Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, The Christian Science Monitor, and elsewhere. Pima Road Notebook, his first book, was published by New Issues Poetry & Prose in 2010.

Canyon Sam is the author of Sky Train: Tibetan Women on the Edge of History (University of Washington Press), winner of the 2010 PEN American Center’s Open Book Award. A nationally acclaimed performance artist, her memoirs, plays, and articles have appeared in over two dozen publications including Homelands: Women’s Journeys Across Race, Place, and Time (Seal Press/Avalon), Shambhala Sun, The Seattle Review, and the San Jose Mercury News. She has written for Agence France Presse, been the recipient of numerous artists’ residencies and awards including a Screenwriting Fellowship from the Center for Asian American Media, a National Endowment for the Arts scholarship, and a San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist’s grant in literature.



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