Litquake presents: Poetry World Series ~ Doors open at 6:30. $5 adv / $10 door 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Two teams of award-winning poets take turns batting at topics pitched to them by the audience. Fastballs, curveballs, knuckleballs: they won't know what's coming next! Eminently qualified umpires score each batter's reading, and the winning team takes the series title. Hilarity and/or *breathtaking* work guaranteed. As Marianne Moore wrote, “Writing is exciting / and baseball is like writing. / You can never tell with either / how it will go.” Hosted by Daniel Handler, featuring poets Kazim Ali, Derrick Austin, Leticia Hernandez-Linares, Tommy Pico, Cintia Santana, sam sax, Prageeta Sharma, and more. With judge Gillian Conoley, umpire Dean Rader, and timekeeper Roy Mash. Book sales and signings to follow (cash and check only!). $5 advance / $10 at the door
Daniel Handler is the author of six novels, most recently All the Dirty Parts, and far too many books as Lemony Snicket, most recently The Bad Mood and the Stick. His essay on the Eurythmics album Savage is still considered definitive.
Derrick Austin is the author of Trouble the Water (BOA Editions). A Cave Canem fellow, his work has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Adroit Journal, Best American Poetry, Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion, New England Review, The Nation, and Tin House. He was a finalist... Read More →
Dean Rader’s most recent books are Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry and the anthology Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun violence, featured in The New York Times.
Cintia Santana teaches at Stanford University and sometimes performs her poetry dressed as a gold nugget and tap-dancer—she will do so again in Phase I at LitCrawl this Saturday.
Gillian ConoleyGillian Conoley was awarded the 2017 Shelley Memorial Award for lifetime achievement from the Poetry Society of America. Her new collection, A Little More Red Sun on the Human: New and Selected Poems, will be out with Nightboat in October. She is the author of seven previous books... Read
sam sax is author of Madness, winner of The National Poetry Series, and Bury It, winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. He’s the two-time Bay Area Grand Slam Champion, a Ruth Lilly Fellow, and currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford Univer... Read More →
Kazim Ali’s many books include The Far Mosque, which won an Alice James Books award and Inquisition (2018), as well as the prose books The Disappearance of Seth, Bright Felon, and Resident Alien. Ali co-founded Nightboat Books and is a professor at U.C. San Diego.
Leticia Hernández-Linares is a Mission-based poet, interdisciplinary artist, and educator. She is the author of Mucha Muchacha, Too Much Girl and teaches in the College of Ethnic Studies at SFSU.
Tommy “Teebs” Pico
Tommy “Teebs” Pico’s five books include this year’s Feed from Tin House Books. He’s received a 2018 Whiting Award and fellowships from Lambda, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation.
Prageeta Sharma’s books include The Opening Question (2004), which won the Fence Modern Poets Prize, and Grief Sequence out this year. Her honors and awards include a Howard Foundation Award, and she’s a professor at Pomona College.
Roy Mash is the author of Buyer’s Remorse (Cherry Grove, 2014), and his poems are in journals including AGNI, Barrow Street, Nimrod, Poetry East, and River Styx.