Join us for a reading with Ed Roberson and Truong Tran hosted by former SPT Director Elizabeth Treadwell
Sunday October 19th, 2014
Doors open at 5pm/Event begins at 5:30pm
Admission $6-10/members free/no on turned away for lack of funds
Ed Roberson is the author of eight books of poetry, including Voices Cast Out to Talk Us In, a winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, and a recent collection, The New Wing of the Labyrinth (Singing Horse Press, 2010). His Atmosphere Conditions was selected for the National Poetry Series and nominated for the Lenore Marshall Award from the Academy of American Poets. His latest book, To See the Earth Before the End of the World, is forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press in fall 2010. A recipient of theLila Wallace Writers’ Award and the 2008 Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, he is Distinguished Artist in Residence at Northwestern University.
Roberson’s limnology studies have taken him to Alaska, Afognak Island and Bermuda. Twice a team member of the Explorers’ Club of Pittsburgh’s South American Expeditions, he has climbed mountains in the Peruvian and Ecuadorian Andes and explored the upper Amazon jungle. He has been a diver for the Pittsburgh Aquazoo, motorcycled across the United States, and traveled in Mexico, the Caribbean, Nigeria and West Africa. His wide-ranging investigations, both geographical and intellectual, inform a poetics encompassing “startling and just metaphors” and “acrobatic leaps and counter-leaps of thought.” (Reginald Gibbons) He has been described in the American Book Review as one of those deeply skilled poets—like William Bronk, Jack Spicer, and Gustaf Sobin—who have worked far outside that matrix of professional critics and reviewers where literary reputations are determined.”
Truong Tran is a visual artist and the author of The Book of Perceptions, placing the accents, dust and conscience, within the margin, four letter words, and a children’s book, Going Home Coming Home. The Book of Perceptions was a finalist for The Kiriyama Prize and placing the accents (Apogee Press, 1999) was a finalist for the Western States Prize for Poetry. dust and conscience (Apogee Press, 2002) was awarded the San Francisco State Poetry Center Prize. His honors include grants from The Fund for Poetry, The Creative Work Fund, The Cultural Equity Grant, and The California Arts Council Grant. Truong lives in San Francisco where he is currently teaching poetry at San Francisco State University and Mills College.
Elizabeth Treadwell’s books include Eve Doe (1997), Chantry (2004), Birds & Fancies (2007), and Virginia or the mud-flap girl (2012). A new collection, Posy: a charm almanack & atlas, and a new chapbook, Holocene, are forthcoming.
Current poetry appears in The American Poetry Review, Puerto del Sol, Stolen Island, and Upstairs at Duroc. A career-spanning selection of her work will be included in the sequel to the landmark 1996 anthology Out of Everywhere: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America & the UK, due out next year. She recently completed a manuscript titled Penny Marvel & the book of the city of selfys (as well as its accompanying tumblr).
Treadwell directed Small Press Traffic from 2000-2007, where her projects included the journal Traffic; the conference Coordinates 2002: Indigenous Writing Now; and revivals, for Poets Theater, of plays by Djuna Barnes and Gertrude Stein. She now directs Lark Books & Writing Studio, curates Lark Readings at Studio Grand, and teaches at two local colleges.