CANESSA GALLERY READING SERIES 708 Montgomery St., San Francisco Sunday, July 20, 2pm Guest curator Erica Lewis
Audio files: 1) Intro - Erica Lewis 2) Micah Ballard 3) Jeffrey Schrader (with multiple voices) 4) Chad Sweeney [Apologies to everyone - the audio quality is poor. We've been experimenting with a new PA system and haven't perfected the recordings. If your computer doesn't have external stereo speakers, try listening with earphones for best results.]
WHAT: How does where you are from influence your body of work? Poets Micah Ballard, Jeffrey Schrader, and Chad Sweeney ponder the meaning of "home" and bring the house down in this new edition of the Canessa Gallery reading series.
Micah Ballard was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. From 2000-08 he directed the Humanities Program at New College of California; he is currently the Administrative Director for the MFA in Writing program at the University of San Francisco. Recent books include: Bettina Coffin (Red Ant), Emblematic (Old Gold), Darrell (Blue Press), Evangeline Downs (Ugly Duckling Press), and Parish Krewes (forthcoming from Bootstrap Productions).
Jeffrey Schrader has been involved in the Uglyman Collective, Another Publishing, Cricket Online Review & many other do-it-yourself failures & experiments. To date, the finest job he ever held was as a bicycle messenger for an urban ecology non-profit that successfully reduced the number of single-passenger vehicles driven in various Bay Area communities. He lives with Sherri and Milena at the edge of downtown Oakland's current gentrification project. Chapbooks include Speak at Every Hazard and The Man at the Other End of the Bench; grid/pattern is forthcoming from Erg. He's currently working on a window garden of carnivorous plants and the regular mechanics of 1970s era single-speed bicycles.
Chad Sweeney is co-editor of Parthenon West Review and is the author of An Architecture (BlazeVOX, 2007), Arranging the Blaze (Anhinga, 2009), and A Mirror to Shatter the Hammer (Tarpaulin Sky, 2006). Chosen for Best American Poetry 2008 by Charles Wright, Sweeney's work has appeared in New American Writing, Verse, Colorado Review, Barrow Street, Crazyhorse, Black Warrior, Denver Qtly, American Letters & Commentary, and others. Sweeney will enter the Ph.D. program in literature/poetry at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo this fall.