Thursday, April 16, 2009

Armantrout & Nichols Friday 4/17, 8 PM

Friday, April 17, 8:00pm
Rae Armantrout & Mel Nichols
@ Bridge Street Books

Rae Armantrout came up as a poet in the Bay Area, educated at UC Berkeley, where she studied with Denise Levertov, and San Francisco State (MA, 1975). Subsequently, she was at the center of the first generation of Language Poets, the group in the US most often credited with introducing poetry to postmodernity. Since then Rae Armantrout has forged a growing international reputation--publishing eight remarkable books of poems including the brand new Versed (Wesleyan, 2009). Others books include Up to Speed (Wesleyan, 2004) and Veil: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan, 2001), as well as countless poems in anthologies (Best American Poetry 2002, and Postmodern American Poetry, a Norton Anthology, 1994) and gathered in diverse journals such as Conjunctions, Partisan Review, and the LA Times. In 2000, A Wild Salience, a collection of critical writings on the work of Rae Armantrout, was published (Burning Deck). She has taught writing at The University of California San Diego for almost two decades.

Mel Nichols is the author of Bicycle Day (Slack Buddha Press 2008), The Beginning of Beauty, Part 1: hottest new ringtones mnichol6 (Edge Books 2007), Day Poems (Edge Books 2005), and due out from Edge Books in mid-April, Catalytic Exteriorization Phenomenon (finalist in the National Poetry Series). With Mark Cunningham she recently collaborated on the online chapbook nightlightnight.

Bridge Street Books is located at 2814 Pennsylvania Ave NW-- 5 blocks from Foggy Bottom Metro, next to Four Seasons in Georgetown. Phone 202 965 5200.


Sunday, April 19, 3:00 pm
Adam Good & Jon Lee are WE ARE SCIENCE & Thom Donovan
@ DC Arts Center

Sunday, April 26, 7:00 pm
Lynne Dreyer & P. Inman
@ Bridge Street Books

Sunday, May 10, 7:00 pm
Ben Lerner & Chris Nealon
@ Bridge Street Books

Sunday, May 17, 3:00 pm
John Coletti & Buck Downs
@ DC Arts Center


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