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Wednesday, October 12 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Poetry World Series: Litquake Edition

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Seattle’s John Roderick emcees this rowdy, fast-paced reading. Two teams of award-winning poets take turns batting at topics pitched by the audience. Fastballs, curveballs, knuckleballs: these poets won't know what's coming next! Judges D. A. Powell, Beth Nguyen, Katie Peterson score each performance, and the winning team takes the series title. Hilarity­—and top-notch poetry—guaranteed! Book sales/signings to follow. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Don't forget to bring a topic to stump the poets! $5 in advance or $10 at the door

As poet Marianne Moore wrote, “Writing is exciting / and baseball is like writing. / You can never tell with either / how it will go.”

Emcee:
John Roderick 

Judges:
D.A. Powell

Players:
Kim Addonizio
Malachi Black
Douglas Kearney
Raina J. León
Julia Levine
Javier Zamora

Timekeeper:
Roy Mash

Music and sound effects: 
Mixed by Kristen Clark of Mill Valley

Series Organizers:
Rebecca Foust
Melissa Stein 




Moderators/Hosts
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John Roderick

John Roderick is a musician, writer, champion podcaster, and erstwhile political candidate. The songwriter and singer/guitarist of The Long Winters, he helms the podcast "Roderick on the Line." He lives in Seattle.

Participants
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Kim Addonizio

Kim Addonizio's books include My Black Angel: Blues Poems and Portraits. Her newest releases are the poetry collection, Mortal Trash, and the memoir Bukowski in a Sundress.
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Malachi Black

Malachi Black is the author of Storm Toward Morning (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. He teaches at the University of San Diego.
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Rebecca Foust

Rebecca Foust’s books include Paradise Drive and All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song. She is the recipient of fellowships from The Frost Place, MacDowell, and Sewanee.
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Douglas Kearney

Douglas Kearney is a poet, performer, librettist, and educator. His sixth book, Buck Studies (Fence Books), will be available this fall. He teaches at CalArts and lives in Saugus, CA, with his family.
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Raina J. León

Raina J. León is a Cave Canem graduate fellow, CantoMundo fellow, and member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective. Her collections of poetry include Canticle of Idols, Boogeyman Dawn, and sombra: (dis)locate (February 2016). She teaches at Saint Mary's College of California.
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Julia Levine

Julia B. Levine has won numerous awards for her work, including the 2015 Northern California Book Award in Poetry for her latest collection, Small Disasters Seen in Sunlight (LSU press 2014). She works and lives in Davis, CA.
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Roy Mash

Roy Mash is the author of Buyer’s Remorse (Cherry Grove, 2014) and recipient of the Atlanta Review International Publication Award. His poems appear widely in journals including AGNI, Barrow Street, Nimrod, Poetry East, and River Styx.
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Beth Minh Nguyen

Bich Minh Nguyen, who also goes by Beth, is the author of three books: the memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, which received the PEN/Jerard Award, the novel Short Girls, which received an American Book Award, and most recently the novel Pioneer Girl. She teaches in and directs the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco
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Katie Peterson

Katie Peterson is the author of three collections of poetry, The Accounts (2013), Permission (2013), and This One Tree (2006). She teaches at the University of California at Davis.
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D. A. Powell

D. A. Powell's books include Repast (Graywolf, 2012) and Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys (Graywolf, 2014), recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. He teaches at University of San Francisco.
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Melissa Stein

Melissa Stein is the author of the poetry collection Rough Honey, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. She is a freelance editor in San Francisco.
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Javier Zamora

Born in El Salvador, Javier Zamora is a 2016-18 Wallace Stegner Fellow and Ruth Lilly Award recipient with fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University, MacDowell, NEA, and Yaddo. His first book is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press.



Wednesday October 12, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco, CA 94110