LitQuake presents: Poetry World Series w/ Dan Bellm • Victoria Chang • Tongo Eisen-Martin • Daniel Handler • Vanessa Hua • David Tomas Martinez • Brittany Perham • sam sax • Melissa Stein ~ Doors open at 6:30. $5 adv / $10 door 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Daniel Handler emcees this rowdy, fast-paced reading in which two teams of award-winning poets take turns batting at topics pitched by the audience. Fastballs, curveballs, knuckleballs: these poets won't know what's coming next! Eminently qualified judges score each performance, and the winning team takes the series title. Hilarity—and top-notch poetry—guaranteed! As poet Marianne Moore wrote, “Writing is exciting / and baseball is like writing. / You can never tell with either / how it will go.” Don't forget to bring a topic to stump the poets! Book sales and signing to follow. Doors open at 6:30. $5 adv / $10 door
Emcee: Daniel Handler
Judges: Vanessa Hua and Dan Bellm
Players: Tongo Eisen-Martin, Brittany Perham, Brynn Saito, sam sax, Melissa Stein, and David Tomas Martinez
Roy Mash is the author of Buyer’s Remorse (Cherry Grove, 2014) his poems are in journals including AGNI, Barrow Street, Nimrod, Poetry East, and River Styx.
Dan Bellm has published four books, most recently Deep Well; Practice won the CA Book Award and was named a top ten poetry book of 2008 by VQR. Awards include fellowships from Yaddo, Dorset Colony House, CA Arts Council, and NEA.
Tongo Eisen-Martin is the author of Someone's Dead Already and Heaven Is All Goodbyes (City Lights Pocket Poets Series), which won the 2018 California Book Award.
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.
Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities. For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and fiction, about Asia and the Asian diaspora. She has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers... Read More →
David Tomas Martinez is author of the poetry collections Hustle (2014) and Post-Traumatic Hood Disorder (2018). A CantoMundo Fellow, he has served as an editor for Gulf Coast.
Brittany Perham is the author of Double Portrait, which won the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and The Curiosities. She teaches at Stanford University.
Brynn Saito, MA, MFA, is the author of two books of poetry, Power Made Us Swoon (2016) and The Palace of Contemplating Departure (2013), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award from Red Hen Press and a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. She also co-authored, with Traci... Read More →
sam sax is the author of Madness (Penguin, 2017) winner of The National Poetry Series and ‘Bury It’ (Wesleyan University Press, 2018) winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. He’s received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lambda... Read More →
Melissa Stein is author of the poetry collections Terrible Blooms (Copper Canyon Press) and Rough Honey, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. She is a freelance editor in San Francisco.