Readings in Contemporary Poetry

Saturday, March 22, 2003
548 West 22nd Street, NYC, 4:00pm

August Kleinzahler


August Kleinzahler is the author of five collections of poetry: Storm Over Hackensack, Earthquake Weather, Red Sauce, Whiskey and Snow; Green Sees Things in Waves, and Live From the Hong Kong Nile Club, the last three published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the U.S. and Faber in the U.K. And forthcoming (November 2003) is The Strange Hours Travellers Keep, also from FS & G and Faber. Mr. Kleinzahler has been the recipient of many awards and honors. In 1991 he received the Lila Acheson Wallace/Reader's Digest Award for Poetry, and in 1989 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Earthquake Weather was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry in 1989. Storm Over Hackensack won the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award in 1985. Kleinzahler is the recipent of a Medal in Poetry from the Commonwealth Club of California and in 1996 won an Award in Literature from the Academy of American Poets. In the fall of 2000 Mr. Kleinzahler was a Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. Among his many unusual jobs, Mr. Kleinzahler has been a taxi driver, a locksmith, a logger, and an apartment manager. He has taught writing in the graduate programs of Brown University, the University of Texas, the Iowa Workshop, as well as working with homeless veterans in the Bay Area. Mr. Kleinzahler lives in San Francisco, where he writes a weekly music column for the San Diego Reader.

Harryette Mullen


Harryette Mullen's books include Sleeping with the Dictionary (University of California Press, 2002), Muse and Drudge, (Singing Horse, 1995). Her other books include Tree Tall Woman (Energy Earth, 1981), Trimmings (Tender Buttons, 1991) and S*PeRM**KT (Singing Horse, 1992). She received a Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative American Poetry and is a National Book Award Finalist for Sleeping with the Dictionary. Harryette Mullen currently teaches African-American literature and Creative Writing at the University of California at Los Angeles.