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April 22, 2012

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A full house, a wonderful night, which featured writers Nona Caspers, Gloria Frym and Arisa White. Four local authors, Emily Phillips, Rebekah Pickard, Fernando Pujals, and Juan Alvarado Valdivia also shared their work. As well, there was a musical performance by Becca Richardson. And then a last minute addition: Basque poet Kirmen Uribe read two of his poems with his translator Elizabeth Macklin.

Be sure to check out Litseen and its great rundown of the evening, complete with video. You may do so here.

And now a little bit about Kirmen, Nona, Gloria and Arisa:

Kirmen Uribe was born in Ondarroa, a fishing village in Spain’s Basque country. He received an undergraduate degree in Basque philology from the University of the Basque Country.His first collection of poetry, Bitartean heldu eskutik (2001), won Spain’s Premio de la Critica. Elizabeth Macklin’s English translation, Meanwhile Take My Hand (2007), was a finalist for the 2008 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. Uribe’s imagery is rooted in his Basque homeland, with themes ranging from romantic love to technology, history to travel. A reviewer for the Los Angeles Times Book Review praised the translation, noting, “The poems are each a beacon of light and memory, surrounded by conflict, explosion and interruption.” In addition to his poetry, Uribe has published essays, fiction, comics, and children’s literature. He has worked as a translator, scriptwriter, instructor, and columnist for the Basque-language daily newspaper Berria. His piece for theater, Ekidazu, has been produced by the groups Kukubiltxo and Oskorri. Uribe collaborated with poet-translator Elizabeth Macklin, singer-songwriter Mikel Urdangarin, and musicians Bingen Mendizabal and Rafa Rueda on a multimedia project integrating poetry, prose, video, music, and oral history, which was documented in the CD-books Bar Puerto (2001) and Zaharregia, txikiegia agian (2003).

Nona Caspers has published four books of fiction, her most recent being Little Book of Days and Heavier Than Air which was awarded the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction and selected as a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Other honors include a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grant and an Iowa Review Fiction Award. Stories from a new manuscript This Isn’t What I Came to Say are forthcoming or have appeared in the Kenyon Review, Ontario Review, Cimarron Review, Glimmer Train and Black Warrior Review. She teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University.

Gloria Frym’s most recent books are Mind Over Matter (BlazeVOX, 2011) and Any Time Now (Little Red Leaves, 2010). She is also the author of two critically acclaimed collections of short stories–Distance No Object (City Lights Books), and How I Learned (Coffee House Press)–as well as many volumes of poetry. A previous collection, Homeless at Home, won an American Book Award. She teaches writing & literature at California College of the Arts.

Arisa White is a Cave Canem fellow, an MFA graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and author of the poetry chapbooks Disposition for Shininess and Post Pardon. She was selected by the San Francisco Bay Guardian for the 2010 Hot Pink List. Member of the PlayGround writers’ pool, her play Frigidare was staged for the 15th Annual Best of PlayGround Festival. Recipient of the inaugural Rose O’Neill Literary House summer residency at Washington College in Maryland, Arisa has also received residencies, fellowships, or scholarships from Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Hedgebrook, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Prague Summer Program, Fine Arts Work Center, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2005, her poetry has been widely published and is featured on the recording WORD with the Jessica Jones Quartet. A blog editor for HER KIND, and the editorial assistant at Dance Studio Life Magazine, Arisa is a native New Yorker, living in Oakland, CA, with her partner. Her debut collection, Hurrah’s Nest, was published by virtual artists collective.

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