Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Kazim Ali & Mark Wallace at SPT this Friday, 7:30 PM

At Small Press Traffic
Friday, March 17, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.Kazim Ali & Mark Wallace
(that's THIS Friday!)

Kazim Ali & Mark Wallace

Note: Unless otherwise noted, events are $5-10, sliding scale, free to SPT members, and CCA faculty, staff, and students.Unless otherwise noted, our events are presented inTimken Lecture HallCalifornia College of the Arts1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco (just off the intersection of 16th & Wisconsin)

Kazim Ali joins us in celebration of his first poetry collection, The Far Mosque, just out from Alice James Books. Publishers’ Weekly writes: “ Painterly minimalism, open-field technique and Near Eastern traditions together give Ali a neatly varied verbal palette for his smart, quietly attractive poems.” Ali is also the author of a novel, Quinn’s Passage, and his essays and poems have appeared in Five Fingers Review, Mirage #4/Period(ical), The Iowa Review , and elsewhere. He teaches at Shippensburg University, publishes Nightboat Books, and has a website at kazimali.com.

Ron Sukenick commented that “Mark Wallace writes like John Hawkes dreaming of Paul Bowles having a gothic nightmare.” Wallace’s books include the poetry collections Nothing Happened and Besides I Wasn’t There, Sonnets of a Penny-A-Liner , and Temporary Worker Rides A Subway. His multi-genre work Haze (Edge Books) appeared in 2004, as did his novel Dead Carnival (Avec Books). He is coeditor of Telling It Slant: Avant Garde Poetics of the 1990s (University of Alabama Press) and A Poetics of Criticism (Leave Books). Wallace currently teaches at CSU San Marcos.


Jessica Smith said...

yay! good luck mark!

(does mark get nervous before readings or is it all old hat for him now?) (that was a challenge to see how many 3-word letters i could string in a row)

K. Lorraine Graham said...

Mark says he never gets nervous when he's reading in front of his peers, but that sometimes when he's reading in front of normal adults or students he gets nervous.