We are following the CDC's advice to postpone all nonessential gatherings.
This event will be rescheduled.Heidi Van Horn, Jennifer S. Cheng, and Shruti Swamy read from recent work and discuss their roles in the visionary, women-run collectives Drop Leaf Press and The Ruby.
About the writers
Heidi Van Horn is a poet who takes lots of photographs. Her multi-disciplinary practice considers the complexity of selfhood and the space of the encounter. She is the author of Belated Poem (Drop Leaf Press, 2019), a book-length sequence of text + image diptychs distilling landscape, color, and language into a poetics of intimate distance and interiority. She is co-author, with David Makaaha Kwon, of “House of David,” a poetic assemblage exploring the personal and political geography of mass incarceration. Heidi has recently joined the editorial staff at Drop Leaf Press, where she will be focusing on collaborative projects. Her first title, All of It, Tinged (forthcoming summer 2020), features photographer Asako Shimazaki and writer Diana Fisher. Heidi received her BA in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley and her MFA in Poetry from San Francisco State University. She has worked as the assistant director of the UC Berkeley Public Service Center and currently serves as a youth justice mentor. Raised in the Bay Area, she lives in San Francisco with her children.
Jennifer S. Cheng received her BA from Brown University, MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa, and MFA in Poetry from San Francisco State University. She is the author of MOON: Letters, Maps, Poems, selected by Bhanu Kapil as winner of the Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize and named a Best Book of 2018 by Publishers Weekly and Entropy magazine; HOUSE A, selected by Claudia Rankine as winner of the Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize; and Invocation: An Essay (New Michigan Press), a chapbook in which fragments of text, photographs, found images, and blank space converge to create meaning. She is a 2019 National Endowment of the Arts Fellow, U.S. Fulbright scholar, Kundiman fellow, Bread Loaf work-study scholar, and the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Harold Taylor Award, the Ann Fields Poetry Award, the Mid-American Review Fineline Prize, and multiple Pushcart Prize nominations. Her poetry, lyric essays, and image-text work appear in Tin House, AGNI, Conjunctions, Black Warrior Review, The Normal School, DIAGRAM, The Volta, Sonora Review, Seneca Review, Hong Kong 20/20 (a PEN HK anthology), and elsewhere. Having grown up in Texas, Hong Kong, and Connecticut, she currently lives in rapture of the coastal prairies of northern California.
Shruti Swamy has won two O. Henry Awards. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, the Kenyon Review Online, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. In 2012, she was Vassar College's 50th W.K. Rose Fellow, and has been awarded residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center, and Hedgebrook. She is a Kundiman fiction fellow, a 2017 – 2018 Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University, and a recipient of a 2018 grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. Her story collection A House Is a Body will be published by Algonquin Books in August 2020.