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SPT Reading: Jenn McCreary and Norma Cole

Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 7:00 pm


Jenn McCreary

Jenn McCreary has been a member of the Board of Directors at Small Press Traffic since 2014.

McCreary’s most recent full-length collection, & now my feet are maps, is available from Dusie Press; sections were recently adapted, with the playwright Kathy Vinogradoff, for performances at Small Press Traffic’s Poets Theater in Oakland, CA, the Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia, PA, & the Boog City Festival in Brooklyn, NY.Other works include The Dark Mouth of Living (Horse Less Press), :ab ovo: (Dusie Press), a doctrine of signatures (Singing Horse Press), & Odyssey & Oracle (Least Weasel Press).

2013 Pew Fellow in the Arts for poetry, she lives in Philadelphia with her family.

Norma Cole

Norma Cole is a poet and translator who lives and works in the sanctuary city of San Francisco.

Born in Toronto, Canada, poet, painter & translator Norma Cole moved to France in the late 60s. Returning to Toronto in the early 70s, she migrated to San Francisco in 1977, where she has lived ever since. Her most recent books of poetry include Where Shadows Will: Selected Poems 1988—2008 (City Lights), Collective Memory (Granary Books), Do the Monkey(Zasterle), Spinoza in Her Youth(Omnidawn) and Natural Light (Libellum). TO BE AT MUSIC: Essays & Talks made its appearance in 2010 from Omnidawn Press. Her translations from the French include Danielle Collobert’s It Then (O Books), Crosscut Universe: Writing on Writing from France (Burning Deck), Danielle Collobert’s Notebooks 1956-1978 (Litmus), Fouad Gabriel Naffah’s The Spirit God and the Properties of Nitrogen (Post-Apollo) and Jean Daive’s A Woman with Several Lives (La Presse, forthcoming 2011). Cole has been the recipient of awards from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, the Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Poetry, the Fund for Poetry, the Creative Work Fund and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. During winter 2004/05, Cole could be seen inhabiting a 1950s living room as part of her Collective Memoryinstallation during the retrospective Poetry and its Arts: Bay Area Interactions 1954—2004, hosted at the California Historical Society. More recently, she curated a show by Marina Adams at the Cue Arts Foundation in NYC. She has a collaboration with Adams in BOMB 114, Winter 2011. Cole has taught at many schools, including the University of San Francisco and San Francisco State.

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Since 1974 Small Press Traffic Literary Arts Center (SPT) has been at the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area innovative writing scene, bringing together readers, writers, and independent presses to engage, create, present, critique and archive their work.

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