Poets of Perugia

7:00 p.m.


The Last Bookstore is pleased to present a reading by Perugia Poets Lynne Thompson, Jennifer K. Sweeney, and L.I. Henley. Wine and light snacks will be available.

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Winner of the Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize in 2016 and of a Master Artist Fellowship from the City of Los Angeles for 2015-16, poet Lynne Thompson is the author of Start With a Small Guitar (What Books Press, 2013) and Beg No Pardon, winner of the Perugia Book Award and the Great Lakes Colleges New Writers Award. Her recent work appears or is forthcoming in Ecotone, Prairie Schooner, African American Review, Crab Creek Review, and, Poetry, as well as the anthologies Nasty Women, An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse and Carrying the Branch, among others. A sought-after reader across Los Angeles and beyond, Thompson also serves as Reviews and Essays Editor of the literary journal, Spillway.


Jennifer K. Sweeney is the author of three books of poetry, Little Spells (New Issues Press), How to Live on Bread and Music, winner of the James Laughlin Award, the Perugia Press Prize, and nominated for The Poet’s Prize, and also Salt Memory. Her poems have been translated into Turkish and published widely in literary journals including American Poetry Review, Poetry Daily, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. She lives in Redlands, California where she teaches privately and at University of Redlands.


L.I. Henley won the 2017 Perugia Press Prize for Starshine Road, her second full-length collection. She received The Academy of American Poets University Award, The Duckabush Prize in Poetry, and The Orange Monkey Poetry Prize. Starshine Road was a finalist or semi-finalist in several competitions. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Waxwing, Rust + Moth, DIAGRAM, Rhino, and many other way-cool journals. With her husband, poet Jonathan Maule, she runs the online literary magazine, Aperçus, and the Visiting Writers Series at The Beatnik Lounge in Joshua Tree.


Please note that our store has limited capacity (a mere 300!), so get here early.

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