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Small Press Traffic: A Conversation….

Sunday, November 6, 2011, 5:00 pm

A conversation with Robin Tremblay-McGaw and Alysia Abbott Poet and critic Tremblay-McGaw converses with writer and radio producer Alysia Abbott about her father Steve Abbott’s relationship to the Bay Area writing scene as the editor of Poetry Flash and Soup and as one of the lead organizers of the LeftWrite Conference.

Robin Tremblay-McGaw lives in San Francisco where she teaches at the Santa Clara University and edits the blog

Alysia Abbott is the founder of, a site devoted to her father. Abbott has always been big into talking and connecting with other people. When Abbott’s father died, she spent many years mourning him in what she describes as an uncomfortable isolation.

Steve Abbott was a leading figure of the 1980s San Francisco literary scene, an acclaimed poet, novelist and critic who taught writing at the University of San Francisco and the Naropa Institute. Abbott edited Poetry Flash magazine, and his work influenced countless writers including Kathy Acker and Alice Notley.