Just doesn't get any better than having 2 of America's top poets, Rebecca Foust and Troy Jollimore reading in one place at one time under any circumstances - but to have them on a fine spring afternoon with burritos and brownies too, well...
We are celebrating the launch of Paradise Drive Press 53) a brand new collection of linked sonnets by Rebecca Foust.
Rebecca Foust’s books include "Paradise Drive" (Press 53, 2015), All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song" (Many Mountains Moving Press, 2010), "God, Seed" (Tebot Bach, 2010), and chapbooks "Mom’s Canoe" and "Dark Card" (Texas Review Press, 2009 and 2008). Her poems have appeared in Hudson Review, Massachusetts Review, Narrative, North American Review, Sewanee Review, and elsewhere, and her prose is in American Book Review, Chautauqua, Rumpus, Poetry Flash, Tikkun Daily and other journals. Foust has received residency fellowships from The Frost Place and MacDowell. She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and works in the Bay Area as a writer, freelance editor, teacher, and Marin Poetry Center Board member.
Publications and Prizes
Books:Paradise Drive (Press 53, 2015), All That Gorgeous, Pitiless Song (Many Mountains Moving, 2010), God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World (Tebot Bach, 2010)
Chapbooks:Mom's Canoe (Texas Review Press, 2009), Dark Card (Texas Review Press, 2008)
Anthologies:Bullies and Bystanders (Tiger Bark Press, 2014), From the Fishouse (Fishouse.org, 2014), Irresistible Sonnets (Headmistress Press, 2014), Truchas Anthology (Tupelo Press, 2014), Chautauqua Jr. (University of North Carolina Press, 2013), The Art of Survival (King's Estate Press, 2013), Woman Write Resistance (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2012), At the Gate: Departures and Arrivals (Kings Estate Press, 2011), Fire on Her Tongue (Two Sylvias Press, 2011), Literature, A Pocket Anthology (Penguin, 2011), Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down (Scarlet Tanager Books, 2011), Hope Poetry (First Book Blair County, 2010), Natural Language (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 2010), When the Muse Calls, Poems of the Creative Life (Pomegranate Books, 2010), Twelve Ways: An Anthology of the 2007 IWL (Kearnystreet Press, 2007
Prizes:2015: Press 53 Award for Poetry 2014: MacDowell Colony Fellowship. Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place. 2013: Featured poem in five issues of JAMA. 2012: Hudson Review holiday card feature. 2011: Inductee, Blair County Arts Foundation Hall of Fame for Literary Arts. 2010: God, Seed received the Foreword Book of the Year Award and was a finalist for the Mass Book Award. All that Gorgeous Pitiless Song won the Many Mountains Moving Prize, was a Finalist for the Paterson Prize, and was nominated for the Poet’s Prize. 2009: Dark Card won the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize. Santa Clara Review Editor’s Choice Prize. 2008: Mom’s Canoe won the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize.)
Troy Jollimore was born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia and attended the University of King's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Princeton University in 1999, under the direction of Harry Frankfurt and Gilbert Harman. He has lived in the U.S. since 1993 and is currently Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Chico. He has been an External Faculty Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center (2006–07), the Stanley P. Young Fellow in Poetry at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference (2012), and a Guggenheim Fellow (2013).
Jollimore's philosophical writings frequently concern ethical issues connected to personal relationships. His first book, Friendship and Agent-Relative Morality, was published in 2001; his second, Love's Vision, appeared in 2011, and his third, On Loyalty, in 2012. He has also published on topics including the ethics of terrorism, the depiction of evil in literature, the nature of happiness, and so-called "admirable immorality."
His first collection of poetry, Tom Thomson in Purgatory, won the National Book Critics Circle award for poetry in 2006. It was also nominated for the 2007 Poets' Prize, and individual poems in the collection received nominations for the Pushcart Prize. His second collection, At Lake Scugog, appeared in the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets in 2011.
Jollimore's poems have appeared in publications including The New Yorker, The Believer, McSweeney's, and Poetry. He is also a frequent book reviewer, writing for the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Boston Globe, and the Boston Review, among others.
As always, FREE to the public, open mic (50 lines or less please) and light refreshments. DO NOT miss this one!