Second Tuesdays Poetry Night at Albany Library
Produced by Catherine Taylor with the Alameda County Library
“I really feel like we have a national treasure in Richard O. Moore — with his book coming about as it has at this late stage in his life and Richard himself the only living representative of the San Francisco Renaissance literary movement, precursor of Beat poetry. His readings at this stage feel not only like wonderful literary events, but historic.”
— Catherine Taylor
Tuesday, September 13, 7pm
Featured poets followed by open mic
Richard O. Mooreâ€™s Writing the Silences (UC Press, 2010), is a 2011 Northern California Book Award
nominee, offering up over six decades of Mooreâ€™s work as a poet. This September, Moore will be joined by his
bookâ€™s co-editors, fellow poets Brenda Hillman and Paul Ebenkamp, to open the Albany Libraryâ€™s 2011 fall
season of poetry readings and discussion. All three poets are known for their explorations of poetic form and
language. This reading will be followed by a brief open mic.
The last of his generation of San Francisco Renaissance poets (a literary circle that included Kenneth Rexroth and was the precursor to Beat poetry), Richard O. Moore is also known as a photographer, filmmaker, and an original founder of KPFA public radio. He is often credited with contributing to the documentary as an American genre through his films for KQED public television in the 1960s on subjects ranging from civil rights and Cuban politics to technology, 1960s jazz, and contemporary literature.
Brenda Hillman and Paul Ebenkamp are co-editors for this collection of Richard O. Moore’s poetry. They will be reading from their own works at this event. They will discuss their work, the process of editing Moore’s recent release and how they worked together and learned from each other. HillmanÂ has published eight collections of poetry, all from Wesleyan University Press. The most recent, Practical Water (2010), which won the LA Times Book Award for Poetry, is part of her larger project of meditations on the natural elements that includes Pieces of Air in the Epic (2005) and Cascadia (2001).
Paul Ebenkamp, a writer, editor, and assistant academic coordinator, has published poetry in Try!, RealPoetik, and The Walrus.Â He is currently at work on An Anthology of Early Women Modernist Poets (forthcoming April 2012, Counterpoint Press).
Albany Library thanks all three September poets for kicking off theÂ 2011-2012 Second Tuesdaysâ€™ Poetry series.
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