Poetry Reading

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 7:00 sharp
Poetry Flash at Cody’s:
TUNG-HUI HU & MARI L’ESPERANCE

Tung-Hui Hu, a San Francisco-based writer on film and new media, has just published his second book of poems, Mine (Ausable Press); his first was The Book of Motion (Contemporary Poetry Series, University of Georgia Press). Mark Doty says of Mine, “This fresh and unexpected poet extends the lyric into social space without losing any of song’s intensity or mystery, so that these casually elegant, arresting poems feel as interior as they are worldly.”
Mari L’Esperance, who was born in Kobe, Japan and raised in Guam and California, won the 2007 Prairie Schooner Prize in Poetry for her first full-length book of poems The Darkened Temple, forthcoming in fall 2008 from the University of Nebraska Press. Widely published in literary journals and author of the award-winning chapbook Begin Here, she is a graduate of New York University’s Creative Writing program where she was a New York Times Company Foundation Creative Writing Fellow.
CODY’S BOOKS, 1730 Fourth Street, Berkeley, (510) 559-9500.
For information: (510) 525-5476, www.poetryflash.org.

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Poetry Reading in Tokyo

POETRY READING AND DISCUSSION

A poetry reading and discussion will take place on the afternoon of Sunday September 2, 2007, on the 4th floor of Daito Bunka Kaikan, a short walk from Tobu Nerima station on the Tobu Tojo line in Tokyo. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

We will meet from 1:00 to 5:00 PM. The readings will take place from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, with one hour of open discussion pre- and post-reading, and short breaks between readers.

Poet JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL teaches Poetry Writing at Temple University in Tokyo. She is the recipient of the University of California Poet Laureate Award, the Soho Readers and Writers Festival Emerging Writer Award, and a Greensboro Review Award.

KEIKO MATSUI GIBSON’s work appears in Stir Up The Precipitable World, Other Side River, and other periodicals and books. A professor of English at Kanda University of
International Studies, Keiko previously taught at Indiana University, Knox College, and Pennsylvania State University; her PhD in comparative literature is from Indiana University.

JESSICA GOODFELLOW’s poetry chapbook, A Pilgrim’s Guide to Chaos in the Heartland, won the Concrete Wolf Chapbook Competition. Her work has appeared in the anthology Best New Poets 2006, Verse Daily, and on Garrison Keillor’s NPR show The Writer’s Almanac.

JANE JORITZ-NAKAGAWA has published poetry in journals such as New American Writing, 580 Split, ACM, Tinfish, One Less, HOW2, and dozens of others. Her books of poetry are
Skin Museum (2006) and Aquiline (forthcoming).

DIRECTIONS: From Ikebukuro Station of the JR Yamanote line, take the Tobu Tojo Line to Tobu Nerima station (use the “local” train). Tobu Nerima station is 15-20 minutes from
JR Yamanote Ikebukuro station.

From Tobu Nerima Station: exit the station at the north exit
(Kitaguchi), and take the road leading off to the right (away from, versus parallel to, the train tracks). Walk a short distance straight ahead. There will be a traffic light, and a Mister Donuts on your right. Turn right at this corner. Walk straight ahead on this road past the buses and taxi stand on the left side of the street. Roughly a half block past the taxi stand, on the left side of the street, is Daito Bunka Kaikan.

The Daito Bunka Kaikan telephone number is 03-5399-7399; address: 2-4-21 Tokumaru, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo.

Note that the Kaikan is a short walk from the train station, rather than located on the Daito Bunka University campus which is a bit further away from the station.