An evening of poetry featuring Al Young, Floyd Salas & Andrena Zawinski.
Al Young’s many books include poetry collections, memoirs, and novels. His honors include Wallace Stegner, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the Glenna Luschei Distinguished Poetry Fellowship, and the Richard Wright Award for Excellence in Literature. He has twice received the American Book Award. A two-time California Poet Laureate, he is currently Distinguished Professor at California College of the Arts’ MFA In Writing program. alyoung.org
Floyd Salas is the author of nine books: five novels, three volumes of poetry and a memoir. His first novel, Tattoo the Wicked Cross, along with his memoir Buffalo Nickel, is featured in Masterpieces of Hispanic Literature (HarperCollins 1994). He was 2002-2003 Regent’s Lecturer at University of California, Berkeley, staff writer for the NBC drama series, Kingpin and the recipient of NEA, California Arts Council, Rockefeller Foundation, and other fellowships and awards. His work is archived in the Floyd Salas collection in the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley. floydsalas.com
Andrena Zawinski’s latest poetry collection, Landings, is from Kelsay Books. Previous collections include: Something About (Blue Light Press), a PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award recipient, and Traveling in Reflected Light (Pig Iron Press), a Kenneth Patchen competition winner. She has also authored four chapbooks. Zawinski runs the San Francisco Bay Area Women’s Poetry Salon and is Features Editor at PoetryMagazine.com. Her poetry has appeared in Blue Collar Review, Progressive Magazine, Pacific Review, Rattle, Quarterly West, Mantis, and elsewhere and has been widely anthologized. Awards include those for lyricism, free verse narratives, formal poetry, spirituality, and social concern.