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The Takeaway

April 16, 2011

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It was another terrific night of words and music featuring writers Joshua Foster, Toni Mirosevich and Derek Mong.

Three local authors, Dustin Acton, Darren de Leon, and Kerry Dolan, also shared their work.

As well, Pocket Full of Rye played their “acoustic, gypsy-folk, 50′s love song-influenced melodies about happy people in sad situations.”

A little something about Joshua, Toni, and Derek:

Joshua Foster was born and raised in Rigby, Idaho. He attended the University of Arizona’s Master of Fine Arts program, studied fiction and nonfiction writing, and graduated in 2008. He returned to Idaho to work on his father’s grain and potato farm before coming to Stanford University as a Stegner Fellow in 2010. Josh’s short stories and essays have won awards and been featured in various publications including Fugue, Hawk & Handsaw, Dialogue, and South Loop Review, among others. His work has recently been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Web prize. He is also the nonfiction editor for the online magazine Terrain.org: A Journal for the Built and Natural Environments. He is currently working on a novel.

Toni Mirosevich is the author of four collections of poetry including The Takeaway Bin, Queer Street, The Rooms We Make Our Own, My Oblique Strategies (Frank O’Hara Chapbook Award, 2005) a book of nonfiction stories, Pink Harvest (First Series in Creative Nonfiction Award, Lambda Literary Award Finalist, 2007), and co-author of Trio: Toni Mirosevich, Charlotte Muse, Edward Smallfield. Her multi-genre work has been anthologized in Best of the Bellevue Literary Review, Best American Travel Writing, The Gastronomica Reader, The Impossible Will Take a Little While, The Discovery of Poetry, AutoBioDiversity among others and has appeared in Kenyon Review, Zyzzyva, Five Fingers Review, Puerto del Sol and elsewhere. She has been awarded fellowships with the MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, Djerassi Resident Artists Program and her poems have received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations. She is a Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, and former Associate Director of the Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives. She lives in Pacifica, California, and you may visit her website here.

Derek Mong is the author of the poetry collection Other Romes (Saturnalia Books, 2011). From 2008 – 2010 he held the Axton Fellowship in Poetry at the University of Louisville, and has previously been the Halls Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. His poetry, translations, and prose have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review, Pleiades, Cream City Review, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. He currently lives with his wife in Bernal Heights where they are co-translating the Russian poet Maxim Amelin. Last September he began a PhD in English Literature at Stanford. More of his work is available on his website, www.derekmong.com.

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