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The New Year

February 5, 2012

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It was the first Bernal Yoga reading of the New Year, it was fun, where were you? We were here, with writers Jeff Hoffman, Li Miao Lovett and Peter Orner. As well, Tom Comitta and Marisela Treviño Orta, and music by Billy & Dolly.

Now a little something about Jeff Hofmman, Li Miao Lovett and Peter Orner:

Jeff Hoffman’s first book of poems, Journal of American Foreign Policy, won the New Issues Poetry Prize and was recently featured in Poets & Writers as one of the notable debuts of 2011. His poems have appeared in The New Republic, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. He was a Stegner Fellow from 2004 to 2006 and currently works as a creative executive and story editor for Phoenix Pictures, a film production company in Los Angeles.

Li Miao Lovett began her writing career after a 600-mile backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail where she encountered a stalker, a compulsive poet, and ten thousand mosquitoes. Her debut novel, In the Lap of the Gods, is a tale of love and loss set in China amidst the rising waters of the Three Gorges dam. She has been a frequent contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, New America Media, and KQED public radio, focusing on environmental issues before it was hip to be green. In both fiction and nonfiction, Li’s work has won awards or finalist standing from Glimmer Train, Writer’s Digest, National League of American Pen Women, A Room of Her Own Foundation, and the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. More about Li’s work can be found here.

Peter Orner lives in Bernal Heights and is the author of three books of fiction, Esther Stories, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, and the recently published novel, Love and Shame and Love. Orner is also the editor of two books of non-fiction, Underground America and Hope Deferred: Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives. His work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, and Best American Stories. A Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, Orner teaches on the MFA faculty at San Francisco State.

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