Join us for our Nuclear Impact Anthology reading guest curated by Sharon Coleman at Alley Cat Books, Friday, 21 April 2017, San Francisco. Sponsored by At The Inkwell and the SF Creative Writing Institute | Hosted by Alexandra Kostoulas | Featuring: Heather Bourbeau, Sharon Coleman, Lucille Lang Day, Miriam Bird Greenberg, Paul Lobo Portugés, and Aline Soules
— SHARON COLEMAN a fifth-generation Northern Californian with a penchant for languages and their entangled word roots. She writes for Poetry Flash, co-curates the reading series Lyrics & Dirges and co-directs the Berkeley Poetry Festival. She teaches poetry and composition at Berkeley City College. Her poetry has recently appeared in Your Impossible Voice, Pith, Poetry Flash, and Ambush Review. She’s the author of a chapbook of poetry, Half Circle, and a book of micro-fiction, Paris Blinks, that came out from Paper Press in 2016. She’s be twice nominated for a Pushcart.
HEATHER BOURBEAU'S fiction and poetry have been published in 100 Word Story, Cleaver, Duende, Eleven Eleven, Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s Chalkboard, Open City, The Stockholm Review of Literature, and Tupelo Press. Her journalism has appeared in The Economist, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy. She was a contributing writer to Not On Our Watch: A Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond with Don Cheadle and John Prendergast. She has worked with various UN agencies, including the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia and UNICEF Somalia.
LUCILLE LANG DAY has published ten poetry collections and chapbooks, including most recently Becoming an Ancestor and Dreaming of Sunflowers: Museum Poems, which received the 2014 Blue Light Poetry Prize. She is co-editor of Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California and the author of two children’s books, Chain Letter and The Rainbow Zoo, as well as a memoir, Married at Fourteen: A True Story, which received a PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award and was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. Her poems, essays, and short stories have received nine Pushcart Prize nominations and appear widely in magazines and anthologies. The founder and publisher of Scarlet Tanager Books, she lives in Oakland, CA.
MIRIAM BIRD GREENBERG is the author of In the Volcano's Mouth, which won the 2015 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. Recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the Poetry Foundation, and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where for many years she collaboratively developed site-specific performances for very small audiences. She teaches creative writing and ESL and is at work on an ethnographically derived poetry project about economic and other migrants living in Hong Kong.
PAUL LOBO PORTUGES reared in Merkel, West Texas, until saved by UCLA, the American Film Institute, and UC Berkeley. Taught creative writing at UCSB, UC Berkeley, USC, SBCC, Cuesta College, and the University of Provence. Proud father of two sons. Books include The Visionary Poetics of Allen Ginsberg, Saving Grace, Hands Across the Earth, The Flower Vendor, Paper Song, Aztec Birth, The Body Electric Journal, The Silent Spring of Rachel Carson, Jack and Marilyn (Fall 2016), Ginsberg: On Tibetan Buddhism, Mantras, and Drugs, Breaking Bread, Sorrow and Hope (Winter 2016) Mao--1,000 Poems for Revolution (forthcoming). Poems are scattered in small magazines (Hambone, Chelsea, River Styx) and anthologies (El Tecolote, Overthrowing Capitalism, The Asian Writer, Naropa Anthology, Spectrum), across the Americas, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Poetry videos include To My Beloved, Kiss, The Lonely Wind, Lovers, Of Her I Sing, Fathermine, Stones from Heaven, The Killing Fields of Darfur, Who on Earth. Received awards from the National Endowment, the Ford Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, et al.
ALINE SOULES' poetry has appeared in such publications as Kenyon Review, Houston Literary Review, Poetry Midwest, Long Story Short, Newport Review, Kaleidowhirl, Reed Magazine, and Tattoo Highway. Her chapbook, Evening Sun: A Widow's Journey and her book, Meditation on Woman are available through Amazon.