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The Association of Writers & Writing Programs’ annual conference is in full swing. Drunken Boat is in Denver, this year’s conference site, with a table at the conference as well as mixing and mingling with the best and the brightest teachers and writers. Among those in attendance is Peter Strange Yumi, present at tonight’s off-site Drunken Boat reading event. Take a look at his work in lung infection, and then his visual work with Kate Greenstreet in Pink Statues. In both visuals, there is a constant theme of distant sentimentality: the notion that we have displaced ourselves with such mastery that this distance seems naturally evolved from empathy. It’s saying I love you, sounding like you don’t mean it, but you do. You really do, and to prove it, you might pierce a lung or paint with blood. Come see Peter and a roster of other great talent at the Dikeou Collection event tonight. To RSVP, as well as interact with other Drunken Boat readers and pull up the address and map of the event, find us on Facebook!

AWP Reading featuring Counterpath Books, Drunken Boat, Guernica, POOL and Persea Books

At the Dikeou Collection

On Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

From 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Location: Dikeou Collection (just blocks from AWP Conference Hotel)

1615 California St.

Suite 515

Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303.623.3001

Website: www.dikeoucollection.com

From : 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Wednesday, April 7th, 2010


Laird Hunt will read from his translation of Oliver Rohe’s Vacant Lot. Called “one of the most talented young writers on the American scene today” by Paul Auster, Hunt is the author of four genre-bending novels: The Impossibly, The Exquisite, Ray of the Star, and Indiana, Indiana. His books have been translated and released in France, Italy, and Japan, and his work has also appeared in several recent anthologies.

Steve Katz will read from his forthcoming autobiographical work, Time’s Wallet. Any reader or writer interested in the boundary waters of fiction should know Steve Katz; whatever bay you are paddling, he has probably paddled through it before. An original founder of Fiction Collective—which, with its spawn FC2, has published a tremendous cross-section of America’s experimental fiction of the past three decades—he has maintained since The Exagggerations of Peter Prince (1968) a well-deserved reputation as one of our most innovative writers.


Irina Reyn is the author of the novel What Happened to Anna K. She is also the editor of the nonfiction anthology, Living on the Edge of the World: New Jersey Writers Take on the Garden State. Her work has appeared in publications such as One Story, Tin House, Post Road, Poets & Writers, and many others. She is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.

Robin Beth Schaer is the recipient of fellowships from the Saltonstall Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her poetry has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Barrow Street, Drunken Boat, and Washington Square, among others, and recordings of her work are featured on From the Fishouse. She has taught at Columbia University, Cooper Union, and Marymount, and worked as a deckhand aboard the HMS Bounty.

Peter Strange Yumi is an artist-musician who lives somewhere in the American west. His work is inspired from the works of contemporary poets and his love of cowboy culture, including whiskey, cigarettes, transcendental meditation, and rodeos. He is an MFA candidate at Mass Arts in Boston. More of his work can be seen and heard at his internet home peteryumi.wordpress.com.


Elizabeth Kadetsky’s personal essays and short stories have appeared in recent issues of Antioch Review, TriQuarterly, Best New American Voices and the Pushcart Prizes Anthology. As a narrative journalist, she has published in the Nation, Ms Magazine, Self and elsewhere, and her memoir with Little Brown, based on a year she lived in India as a Fulbright Scholar, came out in 2004. She is a graduate of the MFA program in fiction at UC Irvine and the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, and is currently visiting assistant professor in the MFA creative writing program at Penn State.

Alexander Chee was born in Rhode Island, and raised in South Korea, Guam and Maine. He is a recipient of the 2003 Whiting Writers’ Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in Fiction and residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Ledig House and the VCCA. His first novel, Edinburgh (Picador, 2002), is a winner of the Michener Copernicus Prize, the AAWW Lit Award and the Lambda Editor’s Choice Prize, and was a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year and a Booksense 76 selection. In 2003, Out Magazine honored him as one of their 100 Most Influential People of the Year. His essays and stories have appeared in Granta.com, Guernica, The Morning News and Out. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has taught fiction writing at the New School University and Wesleyan. He is currently the Visiting Writer at Amherst College and lives in Western Massachusetts. His second novel, The Queen of the Night, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He blogs at Koreanish.

Susan Taylor Chehak is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop and the author of five novels, including Smithereens (a Hammett Award nominee), The Truth About Annie D. (an Edgar Award nominee and New York Times Notable Book), and Harmony (a Literary Guild Editor’s Choice), as well as a book of nonfiction, Don Quixote Meets the Mob: The Craft of Fiction and the Art of Life. Her short stories have appeared in Guernica Magazine, L.A. Under The Influence, Sisters in Crime 5, and The Chariton Review. She teaches fiction writing in the low residency MFA program at Antioch University, Los Angeles, as well as in The UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and the Summer Writing Festival at the University of Iowa. Susan grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, spends as much time as possible in Colorado — where she owns inxpot, a coffeehouse/bookstore/bar in the ski resort of Keystone — and at present is living in Los Angeles.


Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of Interpretive Work, which won the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry, and Approaching Ice, a finalist for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. As a naturalist, she has worked in Alaska, the Eastern Canadian Arctic and elsewhere. She lives on Cape Cod.

Dylan Landis is the author of Normal People Don’t Live Like This, “a lean, beguiling novel in stories” (Bookforum).  She has published fiction in Bomb, Tin House, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and elsewhere. A former journalist, she has won a Poets & Writers California Voices Award and other honors for her fiction. She lives in Washington, DC.


Dean Rader is the recipient of the 2010 T. S. Eliot Prize for poetry for his book Works & Days.  Recent poetry appears in POOL, Salamander, Quarterly West, Poet Lore, and elsewhere, and his poem “Hesiod in Oklahoma, 1934” won the 2009 Sow’s Ear Review Poetry Prize.  He blogs at weeklyrader.blogspot.com and is an asscociate professor at the University of San Francisco.

Karen Holman received her MFA from University of Iowa where she served on the editorial staff of Iowa Woman. Her poetry can be found in Sentence, Pavement, Berkeley Poetry Review, Distillery, Tattoo Highway and POOL and featured in New Poets, New Books IV, edited by Marvin Bell from Lost Horse Press.  A social worker, she lives in Detroit with her husband and cat.

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