Saturday, October 12th, 7:30pm:
We are pleased to welcome Louise Mathias, Victoria Chang, Cynthia Cruz, and Alison Benis White to the Last Bookstore. Join us for readings from these four outstanding poets on October 12th at 7:30 p.m.
Louise Mathias was born in Bedford, England, and grew up in a small village in Suffolk, England, and later, Los Angeles. She was educated at public schools and received her B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. Her first book, Lark Apprentice, won the 2003 New Issues Poetry Prize, selected by Brenda Hillman, and was published in 2004 by New Issues Press. A chapbook, Above All Else, the Trembling Resembles a Forest, was selected by Martha Ronk for the Burnside Review Chapbook contest, and was published in 2010. Her new book, The Traps, was released in 2013 from Four Way Books. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Denver Quarterly, Triquarterly, Massachusetts Review, Crazyhorse, Epoch, Octopus, The Journal, The Offending Adam, Green Mountains Review, Slope, Verse Daily, and many others. She splits her time between Joshua Tree, California and Northern Indiana. For a living, she works as a consultant in the federal grants and health policy fields.
Victoria Chang’s third book of poems, The Boss, was published by McSweeney’s in August 2013. Her other books are Salvinia Molesta (University of Georgia Press) and Circle (Southern Illinois University Press). Her poems have been published in American Poetry Review, Poetry, New Republic, The Nation, Best American Poetry, and other places. She works in business and lives in Southern California.
Cynthia Cruz’s poems have been published in the New Yorker, Paris Review, Boston Review, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review and others. Her first collection of poems, RUIN, was published by Alice James Book and her second collection, The Glimmering Room, was published by Four Way Books in 2012. Her third collection, Wunderkammer, is forthcoming in 2014. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony as well as a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Allison Benis White is the author of Small Porcelain Head, selected by Claudia Rankine for the Four Way Books Levis Prize in Poetry, and Self-Portrait with Crayon, winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. Her honors include the James D. Phelan Literary Award from the San Francisco Foundation and a Writers Exchange Award from Poets & Writers. She teaches at the University of California, Irvine. For more information, visit: www.allisonbeniswhite.com.