We're excited to host three of our favorite multitalented poets at the store.
Kentfield native Cole Swensen is joined by Forrest Gander and Jen Bervin for a night of poetry at the bookstore. The trio will read from new work and discuss their latest projects, which include a collection of poems about writers who walk, translations of lost poems by Pablo Neruda, and a book-length poem whose form and structure is modeled on silk’s DNA structure.
Cole Swensen's work has won the Iowa Poetry Prize, the New American Writing Award, and the National Poetry Series, and has been a finalist for the National Book Award and twice for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Also a translator, she won the 2004 PEN USA Award in Literary Translation. She lives in Paris and Providence, Rhode Island.
Forrest Gander was born in the Mojave Desert and grew up, for the most part, in Virginia. With degrees in both geology and English literature, Gander is the author of numerous books of poetry, translation, fiction, and essays. He’s the A.K. Seaver Professor of Literary Arts and Comparative Literature at Brown University. A U.S. Artists Rockefeller fellow, Gander has been recipient of grants from the NEA, the Guggenheim, Howard, Witter Bynner and Whiting foundations. His 2011 collection Core Samples from the World was an NBCC and Pulitzer Prize finalist for poetry.
Jen Bervin is an interdisciplinary artist and poet whose research-driven works weave together art, writing, science, and life. She has published ten books, including Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems. The recipient of a Creative Capital grant, she lives in Berkeley, California.