St. Bonaventure will host a reading and performance by Alli Warren and Stephanie Young as part of the Visiting Poets Series. The program begins at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in The Loft of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
Warren is a native of Los Angeles and has lived in the Bay Area since 2005. Her first book, “Here Come the Warm Jets,” has been published by City Lights. She edits the magazine DREAMBOAT and co-edits the Poetic Labor Project, which publishes writing on the social, political, and economic conditions of poets’ working and writing lives.
From 2008 through 2010, she co-curated the award-winning The (New) Reading Series at 21 Grand. She has contributed to SFMOMA’s Open Space, and her essay “When the Ruby Breaks” appears in a limited edition chapbook for San Francisco gallery [2nd floor projects]. She was a featured writer on KQED’s weekly reading series The Writers’ Block, and has performed her work widely, including the venues Small Press Traffic, Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, and Nýhil Poetry Festival in Iceland.
Young’s most recent book is “URSULA or UNIVERSITY” (Krupskaya), a cross-genre work investigating the possibilities and limits of poetry communities alongside the BART police murder of Oscar Grant and ensuing protests in Oakland. Her books of poetry include “Picture Palace” (in girum imus nocte et consumimur igni), which brings together poetry, prose and performance texts, and the lyric first collection “Telling the Future Off” (Tougher Disguises).
With Juliana Spahr, Young has worked on a number of projects considering feminism and experimental poetry.
Other editorial work includes “Bay Poetics” (Faux Press), which presented writing by 112 Bay Area writers. She co-founded and serves as managing editor of Deep Oakland (www.deepoakland.org), an Internet project that tells the story of Oakland through a compendium of interrelated images, text, and sound files, including historical documents, zines, and small press poetry.
Young served on the board of Small Press Traffic for many years, where she co-produced Poets Theater festivals and organized a conference on Aggression with Chris Chen and Cynthia Sailers. She wrote the poetry blog The Well Nourished Moon from 2003 to 2007, and contributed commentary posts to Jacket2 in 2011. Recent critical writing and poetry can be found in the Poetry Project Newsletter and Rethinking Marxism. Young lives and works in Oakland, where she teaches at Mills College.
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