Sunday, July 10th, at 5:00 p.m.
The kinetic poet-performer Peggy Dobreer hosts an evening with two fellow poets who can rock the stars awake with the best of them. The magnificent L.A. poet Brendan Constantine, newly out with his collection Dementia, My Darling, brings us a lucent imagining of what it means to forget. And the charismatic Derrick Brown, who embodies his ethos that poets ought to be as renowned as rock musicians, is on tour from Austin, Texas to show us how it’s done. Sunday, July 10th, at 5:00 p.m. Reading with Signing to follow.
Brendan Constantine’s work has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, FIELD, Ninth Letter, and many other journals. Recent books are Dementia My Darling (2016), Calamity Joe (2012) and Birthday Girl With Possum (2011). Constantine has received grants and commissions from the Getty Museum, the James Irvine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives and teaches in Los Angeles.
About Dementia: “I love this collection. I’m dazzled by its spectacular acts of imagination, the places it invents, the ways it invents of describing those places.”—Mandy Kahn, author Math, Heaven, Time
Derrick C. Brown is a comedian, poet and storyteller. He is the winner of the 2013 Texas Book of The Year award for Poetry, a former Paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne, and the president of what Forbes and Filter Magazine call “…one of the best independent poetry presses in the country”, Write Bloody Publishing, which has launched over 112 books of poetry. He is the author of five books of poetry, including The Poison Horse and Strange Light, and three children’s books. The New York Times calls his work, “…a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of words.” He is from Austin, Texas.
Peggy Dobreer is host and curator of The RwIrGiHtTe READ reading & performance series. She is the author of the book of poetry In The Lake of Your Bones (2011) and was a Pushcart nominee for Best of the Small Press for Cadence Collective in 2014. Coming to poetry from years of dance and improvised performing arts, she teaches E=Mc2 Bodied Poetry Workshops. More at www.peggydobreer.com