Friday, April 6th at 7:30pm — Neeli Cherkovski, Danny Rosen & Kyle Harvey (poetry)
ABOUT NEELI CHERKOVSKI — Neeli Cherkovski is the author of many books of poetry, including his most recent collection, Elegy For My Beat Generation (Lithic Press). He was the coeditor of Anthology of L.A. Poets (with Charles Bukowski) and Cross-Strokes: Poetry between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Cherkovski also wrote biographies of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Charles Bukowski, as well as the critical memoir Whitman’s Wild Children (1988). His papers are held at the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. He has lived in San Francisco since 1974.
ABOUT DANNY ROSEN — Danny Rosen founded Lithic Press in 2008 and opened the Lithic Bookstore & Gallery in Fruita, CO in 2015. PRIMATE POEMS is his first full length collection of poems. His second chapbook, Ghosts of Giant Kudu, came out in 2013 from Kattywompus Press. Danny’s genetically based optimism is steeped in his familiarity with deep time and big space. He studied geology, astronomy, and science education at University of Wyoming and Harvard. His poems have appeared in Pilgrimage, San Pedro River Review, Comstock Review, Fruita Pulp, Malpais Review and Santa Fe Literary Journal. He lives among dogs in Colorado’s western desert.
ABOUT KYLE HARVEY — Kyle Harvey is the author of the poetry collection, Hyacinth, a finalist for the Colorado Book Award, and winner of the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in A Dozen Nothing, American Life in Poetry, Dirty Chai, Dream Pop, Empty Mirror, Entropy, Heavy Feather Review, HOUSEGUEST, Metatron, Pilgrimage, Pith, Poems For All, SHAMPOO, Think Journal, The Wallace Stevens Journal, and elsewhere. He has published the two serial poems July and Farewell Materials (Lithic Press), and a package of broadsides titled The Alphabet’s Book of Colors (Reality Beach). He is working on a documentary film about Jack Mueller called Portolano, a manuscript titled The Alphabet That Never Recovers, and a translation of Camino del Ñielol by Chilean poet Teófilo Cid. He lives with his wife and children in Fruita, Colorado, where he manages Lithic Bookstore & Gallery and designs books for Lithic Press.
Saturday, April 7th at 2pm — Lithic Book Club Discussion: Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Nineteen Eighty-Four, often published as 1984, is a dystopian novel published in 1949 by English author George Orwell. The novel is set in Airstrip One, formerly Great Britain, a province of the superstate Oceania, whose residents are victims of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and public manipulation. Oceania’s political ideology, euphemistically named English Socialism (shortened to “Ingsoc” in Newspeak, the government’s invented language) is enforced by the privileged, elite Inner Party. Via the “Thought Police”, the Inner Party persecutes individualism and independent thinking, which are regarded as “thoughtcrimes”.
As literary political fiction and dystopian science-fiction, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a classic novel in content, plot, and style. Many of its terms and concepts, such as Big Brother, doublethink, thoughtcrime, Newspeak, Room 101, telescreen, 2 + 2 = 5, and memory hole, have entered into common use since its publication in 1949. Nineteen Eighty-Four popularised the adjective Orwellian, which describes official deception, secret surveillance, brazenly misleading terminology, and manipulation of recorded history by a totalitarian or authoritarian state. In 2005, the novel was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. It was awarded a place on both lists of Modern Library 100 Best Novels, reaching number 13 on the editor’s list, and 6 on the readers’ list.
Friday, April 20th at 7pm — Claire Blotter and Abigail Garton (poetry)
ABOUT CLAIRE BLOTTER — Claire Blotter’s poetry has been published in Rattle, Barnwood, Gargoyle, Canary, HOW(ever), and The California Quarterly, among other publications. Her poetry awards include two Marin Arts Council Grants, First Place in the San Francisco Bay Guardian Poetry Contest, First Place American Academy of Poets Graduate Award, and Second Place in the Browning Monologue Contest at San Francisco State University, where she later taught in the creative writing and women studies departments. She has published three chapbooks, including
Moment in the Moment House, from Finishing Line Press. She has represented San Francisco in National Poetry Slams in Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco.
ABOUT ABIGAIL GARTON — Abigail M. Garton is an English-Writing major and senior at Colorado Mesa University. She currently writes for Horizon Magazine at CMU, and does photography alongside her articles. She was born and raised in Montrose, Colorado, and hopes to move to a big city. Her passion for activism and her love of creative non-fiction and poetry bleed together in her writing. She is currently working on a feminist-focused poetry collection of self-discovery.
Friday, April 27th at 7pm — Trevor Adams Art Reception featuring live music by Talya Dewey and poetry by Sally Boyd
ABOUT TREVOR ADAMS — Trevor Adams (CHREVR) is a Grand Junction native and self-taught collage artist. After spending a lifetime performing in plays and playing in rock bands, Trevor wanted a new, more solitary artistic outlet. In 2014 he started making collages using materials from his recycling bin, magazines, withdrawn library books, photos and thrift store frames. His approach to collage is inspired by outsider art, pop art, and the rebellious spirit of punk music. His work explores issues of gender, sexuality, invisible disabilities, identity, and obsessions, while also trying to make pieces that just look cool.
“Hamid exploits fiction’s capacity to elicit empathy and identification to imagine a better world. It is also a possible world. Exit West does not lead to utopia, but to a near future and the dim shapes of strangers that we can see through a distant doorway. All we have to do is step through it and meet them.” —Viet Thanh Nguyen, The New York Times Book Review
ABOUT MOHSIN HAMID — Mohsin Hamid is the author of four novels, Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, and Exit West, and a book of essays, Discontent and Its Civilizations. His writing has been featured on bestseller lists, adapted for the cinema, twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and translated into over thirty-five languages. Born in Lahore, he has spent about half his life there and much of the rest in London, New York, and California.
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