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Thursday, October 12 • 6:30pm - 9:00pm
2017 Poetry World Series

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Seattle’s John Roderick emcees this rowdy, fast-paced reading. Two teams of award-winning poets take turns batting at topics pitched by the audience. Fastballs, curveballs, knuckleballs: these poets won't know what's coming next! Judges Lee Herrick and Ayelet Waldman will score each performance, and the winning team takes the series title. Book sale/signing follows the reading. Don't forget to bring a topic to stump the poets! $5 adv / $10 door

Music and sound effects mixed by Kristen Clark of Mill Valley.

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John Roderick

John Roderick is a musician, writer, champion podcaster, and erstwhile political candidate. The songwriter and singer/guitarist of The Long Winters, he helms the podcast "Roderick on the Line." He lives in Seattle.
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Melissa Stein

Organizer and host Melissa Stein is the author of the poetry collection Rough Honey, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. She is a freelance editor in San Francisco.

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Tony Barnstone

Tony Barnstone is an English Professor at Whittier College and the author of 18 books. His awards include fellowships from the NEA, a Pushcart Prize, Pablo Neruda, and the John Ciardi Prize.
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Rebecca Foust

Rebecca Foust’s books include Paradise Drive and All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song. She’s the recipient of fellowships from The Frost Place, MacDowell and Sewanee and is the new Marin County Poet Laureate.
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Danusha Laméris

Danusha Laméris’ book The Moons of August won the 2013 Autumn House Press poetry prize. Her work is in The American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry 2017, The New York Times, and elsewhere.
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Roy Mash

Roy Mash, the author of Buyer’s Remorse (Cherry Grove, 2014), is a nail in the tire of post-modernity, an incorrigible scamp who’s smuggled his pea shooter into the Church of Poetry—be ready to duck.
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Adrian Matejka

Adrian Matejka’s book The Big Smoke won 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize in poetry. His new book is Map to the Stars (Penguin 2017).
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Lisa Olstein

Lisa Olstein is the author of Little Stranger, Lost Alphabet, and Radio Crackling, Radio Gone (Hayden Carruth Award). She’s received a Lannan Literary Residency, a MA Cultural Council fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize. She teaches at the U of Texas Michener Center for Writers.
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Bruce Snider

Bruce Snider wrote Paradise, Indiana, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize, and The Year We Studied Women, winner of Felix Pollak Prize. A former Stegner fellow and Jones Lecturer, he teaches at USF.
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Ayelet Waldman

Ayelet Waldman is the author of A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life; the novels Love and Treasure, Red Hook Road, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, and Daughter's Keeper; the essay collection Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal... Read More →

Thursday October 12, 2017 6:30pm - 9:00pm PDT
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco, CA 94110