Friday, January 30, 2009
7:00pm - 9:00pm
766 grand street
Bill Berkson was born in New York in 1939. A poet, critic, teacher, and sometime curator, he moved to Northern California in 1970 and during the next decade edited a series of little magazines and books under the Big Sky imprint. From 1984 to 2008 he was a professor of Liberal Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute. He is a corresponding editor for Art in America and has contributed reviews and essays to such other journals as Aperture, Artforum, Works on Paper and Modern Painters. His recent books of poetry include Gloria (in a deluxe limited edition with etchings by Alex Katz), Our Friends Will Pass Among You Silently, and Goods and Services. Other books include a collection of his criticism, The Sweet Singer of Modernism & Other Art Writings: 1985-2003; Sudden Address: Selected lectures 1981-2006; an epistolary collaboration with Bernadette Mayer entitled What’s Your Idea of a Good Time?: Interviews & Letters 1977-1985. His Portrait and Dream: New & Selected Poems will appear form Coffee House Press in 2009. Berkson was the 2006 Distinguished Mellon Fellow at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and received the 2008 Goldie for Literature from the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He now lives in New York and San Francisco.
Cynthia Cruz is the author of RUIN, published by Alice James Books in 2006. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in the American Poetry Review, Paris Review, Boston Review, AGNI, FIELD, and others and are anthologized in “The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries.” She has received fellowships to YADDO and the MacDowell Colony. She lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.
Aaron Fagan was born in Rochester, New York, in 1973. His poems have appeared in numerous magazines including The American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, and The Yale Review. He is the author of Garage (Salt Publishing, 2007), a debut collection which the critic Harold Bloom described as “vivid and aesthetically disturbing work. His promise is considerable because his originality should prove to be decisive.” A former Assistant Editor for Poetry, he is now a Copy Editor for Scientific American in New York City and lives in the Bronx.
Jennifer Fortin’s poems have appeared in TYPO, GlitterPony and Left Facing Bird. She completed her MFA in Poetry at the New School.
Jean-Paul Pecqueur’s first book, The Case Against Happiness, was published by Alice James Books in 2006. New poems have recently appeared in The Hat, Cranky, and Gulf Coast. Jean-Paul currently lives in Brooklyn, teaching writing at the Pratt Institute.
Bill Rasmovicz has served as a literary excursion leader and workshop co-leader throughout Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Wales. His work has appeared in Hotel Amerika, Nimrod, Third Coast and other magazines. His first book, “The World in Place of Itself” was published in 2007 by Alice James Books and was also the 2008 recipient of the New England Poetry Club’s Sheila Margaret Motton Prize.