Writers at Sonoma Bring Poets Gillian Conoley and Todd Melicker Reading New Works, March 4

Sonoma State's Writers at Sonoma is bringing two nationally renowned poets to campus next month to take part in the university's literary series.

Gillian Conoley and Todd Melicker will read from their new books at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4 in Weill Hall in the Green Music Center. The event is free and open to the public.

gc.jpgGillian 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."

toddmelicker.jpegTodd 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 VOLT, Ambush Review, and New American Writing.

Aaron Shurin writes of Melicker's 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 annual reading is sponsored by Instructionally Related Activities, the Nadenia Newkirk Foundation for Writers, and Zaum. For more information, contact Coneley at (707) 664-3919 or e-mail at gillian.conoley@sonoma.edu.

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