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de Young Poetry Series with Andrew Joron, Rachel Loden, and C. S. Giscombe

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Join us for a reading and book signing with Andrew Joron, Rachel Loden, and C. S. Giscombe

Andrew Joron was born in San Antonio, Texas, in 1955, and grew up in Stuttgart, Germany; Lowell, Massachusetts; and Missoula, Montana. He attended U.C. Berkeley, where he majored in history and philosophy of science. After a decade and a half spent writing science-fiction poetry, culminating in his volume Science Fiction (Pantograph Press, 1992), he turned to a more philosophical mode of speculative lyric. This work has been collected in The Removes (Hard Press, 1999), Fathom (Black Square Editions, 2003) and The Sound Mirror (Flood Editions, 2008). He is also the translator, from the German, of the Marxist-Utopian philosopher Ernst Bloch's Literary Essays (Stanford University Press, 1998), and of the surrealist Richard Anders's aphorisms and prose poems. His literary essays have been collected in The Cry at Zero (Counterpath Press, 2008). City Lights will publish his Trance Archive: New and Selected Poems in the spring of 2010.  Joron lives in Berkeley, where he works as a freelance bibliographer and indexer.
Rachel Loden is the author of Dick of the Dead, which came out in 2009 and has been called "oddly sublime" and "intoxicating" by the Poetry Project Newsletter and "expansive and whimsical" by the Brooklyn Rail. Her first book, Hotel Imperium, won the Contemporary Poetry Series competition and was selected as one of the ten best poetry books of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle, which called it "quirky and beguiling." It was also shortlisted for the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award. Loden has pubished four chapbooks, including The Last Campaign (which won the Hudson Valley Writers' Center chapbook prize) and The Richard Nixon Snow Globe. Her work has appeared in New American Writing, the Paris Review, Jacket, two editions of the Best American Poetry series, and many other magazines and anthologies. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Fellowship in Poetry from the California Arts Council, an &NOW Award, and a grant from the Fund for Poetry.

C. S. Giscombe has authored books of poetry Prairie Style, Giscombe Road, and Here, and the nonfiction book Into and Out of Dislocation. His poetry has been published in serveral anthologies, including Best American Poetry, Oxford Anthology of African American Poetry, Lyric Postmoderns, and elsewhere. Giscombe was recently awarded the American Book Award for 2008 for Prairie Style. He currently is a Professor of Poetry at U.C. Berkeley.

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