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Writers at Sonoma Presents...

Writers at Sonoma Presents

GILLIAN CONOLEY and TODD MELICKER

reading from their new books

Tuesday, March 4, 7:00 PM

Weill Hall, Green Music Center, SSU


Gillian Conoley's new collection of poetry is Peace, just out with Omnidawn. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, including The Plot Genie, Profane Halo, Lovers in the Used World, and Tall Stranger, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work has received the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from The American Poetry Review, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a Fund for Poetry Award. Her work is widely anthologized, most recently in W.W. Norton's new Postmodern American Poetry. Conoley's translations of Henri Michaux, Thousand Times Broken: Three Books by Henri Michaux, will be out this fall with City Lights. Editor and founder of VOLT magazine, Conoley is Professor and Poet-in-Residence at Sonoma State University. An early review of Peace from San Francisco Weekly states, "Well-known for the ease with which she boosts a poem into high gear without losing the grace she so properly establishes, Conoley mesmerizes readers into a magical place."


Todd Melicker daily wanders the streets of Petaluma, Ca, gathering data as a GPS technician. He is the author of the chapbooks Day Collects (Woodland Editions), The Immaculate Autopsy (Achiote Press), and King & Queen (LRL Textile Editions). Rendezvous, his first full-length collection, was chosen by Zach Savich as the winner of the second annual Black Box Poetry Prize from Rescue Press. His work has also appeared in several journals including VOLTAmbush Review, and New American Writing. Aaron Shurin writes of his work, "Rendezvous is a charged and beautifully uneasy meeting... Ever attended by the birds in their watchfulness--voyagers between realms--Melicker's elegantly controlled lyricism carries the ache and arc of sentience, of verses becoming voices in the shimmer.

This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Instructionally Related Activities, the Nadenia Newkirk Foundation for Writers, and Zaum.



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