Poetry and Prose

Fourth Friday Formal

David Rosenthal hosts this series, which will include conversation and readings with established poets, plus open-mic time.

Friday, September 27: Kathleen McClung & Grace Marie Grafton

Kathleen McClung’s books include The Typists Play Monopoly (Kelsay Books, 2018), which Indigo Moor called, “a wondrous example of how to loop a mesmerizing arc through a body of work,” and Almost the Rowboat (Finishing Line Press, 2013), which Jean Hegland called an “excellent collection” that “offers many succinct glimpses of deeply lived lives.” Her poems appear in Southwest Review, Mezzo Cammin, Naugatuck River Review, The MacGuffin, Ekphrasis, cahoodaloodaling, Forgotten Women, Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, and elsewhere. She has been the winner of the Rita Dove, Morton Marr, and Maria W. Faust poetry prizes, and a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee. She is Associate Director and sonnet judge for the Soul-Making Keats literary competition, and she teaches at Skyline College and The Writing Salon in San Francisco. In 2018-19 she is a writer-in-residence at Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. www.kathleenmcclung.com

Grace Marie Graftons newest book, Lens(Unsolicited Press, 2019), features poems inspired by the art of California. She has published six additional collections, including Jester, (Hip Pocket Press, 2013), Whimsy, Reticence, and Laud: Unruly Sonnets (Poetic Matrix Press, 2012), and Other Clues (RAW ArT PRESS, 2010). Her poems have won first prize in the Soul Making Keats contest (PEN women, San Francisco), as well as awards from the Bellingham Review and The National Women’s Book Association, and have twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has taught with California Poets in the Schools, earning twelve California Arts Council grants for her teaching programs. Recent poems appear in basalt, Sin Fronteras, Pirene’s Fountain, Canary, Nostos, Ambush, Peacock Journal, and Mezzo Cammin.

The reading will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. A limited open reading, and a short interview with the featured readers will be included. This is a free event.

For more information about the program, see the event website here.