Feb 28: Klassnik, Hess, Conrad

Rauan Klassnik's first book, Holy Land, was published in 2008 by Black Ocean. His poems have appeared (or are forthcoming) in The Mississippi Review, The North American Review, Sleepingfish, MiPoesias, No Tell Motel, Sentence, Forklift, and elsewhere. He blogs regularly (if not intelligently) at rauanklassnik.blogspot.com.

Mickey Hess is the author of Big Wheel at the Cracker Factory, Is Hip Hop Dead? and Icons of Hip Hop. He is an English professor at Rider University.

CAConrad is the son of white trash asphyxiation whose childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. He escaped to Philadelphia where he lives and writes with the PhillySound poets. He is the author of Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006), (Soma)tic Midge (FAUX Press, 2008), The Book of Frank (Chax Press, 2008), advanced ELVIS course (Soft Skull Press, 2009), and a collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock titled THE CITY REAL & IMAGINED: Philadelphia Poems (Factory School Press, 2009).


Feb 14: Release of Calque #5

Come listen to readings by Jennifer Hayashida, Sandra Newman, and Brandon Holmquest as we celebrate the release of the final issue of Calque, a journal of literature in translation.

Jennifer Hayashida
is a poet and translator. She was born in Oakland, California, and grew up in the suburbs of Stockholm and San Francisco. She has translated Fredrik Nyberg's A Different Practice (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2007) and Eva Sjödin's Inner China (Litmus Press, 2005). She is Director of the Asian American Studies Program at Hunter College in New York. This year, she is a Writer-in-Residence through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program, where she is working on an experimental prose piece centering on the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.

Sandra Newman is the author of the novels The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done and Cake. Her memoir, Folk Tales of the Rich, is due to be published by Random House in 2010.

Brandon Holmquest is co-editor of Calque. His essays can be read online in English and in Spanish.