Tuesday, Jul 26, 6:30pm
Santa Monica, CA
Kim Addonizio, Jacqueline Derner Tchakalian, Amy Uyematsu
Kim Addonizio is the author of seven poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and two books on writing poetry: The Poet's Companion (with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius. Her poetry collection Tell Me was a finalist for the National Book Award. She also has two word/music CDs: Swearing, Smoking, Drinking, & Kissing (with Susan Browne) and My Black Angel. Addonizio's awards include two fellowships from the NEA, a Guggenheim, two Pushcart Prizes, and more. Her new books are a poetry collection, Mortal Trash (W.W. Norton), and a memoir, Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life (Penguin).
Jacqueline Derner Tchakalian, a poet and visual artist, has lived in five states and seven cities in California. Trained as a visual artist, she discovered writing poetry later in life, at which time she quit painting for ten years. A past co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets Series and the Los Angeles Poetry Festival, her poems have appeared in Eclipse, So to Speak, California Quarterly, Westward 4, and elsewhere. She was a finalist in the 2010 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival Poetry Contest and the 2007 Conflux Press Artists Books Contest. Her latest book is The Size of Our Bed (Red Hen, 2015).
Amy Uyematsu is a third-generation Japanese-American poet and teacher from Los Angeles. She has published four previous poetry collections: 30 Miles from J-Town (Story Line Press, 1992), Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain (Story Line Press, 1997), Stone Bow Prayer (Copper Canyon Press, 2005), and The Yellow Door (Red Hen Press, 2015). Her first book was awarded the 1992 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Amy was a co-editor of the widely-used UCLA Asian American Studies anthology Roots: An Asian American Reader. Her new book, Basic Vocabulary, is forthcoming with Red Hen Press this fall.
Admission is free.
Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy
Santa Monica, CA 90402