Hearing Room 2: 12:15—1:15pm

“Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.” –Rita Dove
Four poets read their work, followed by a discussion with the audience.

WILL ALEXANDER is a poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, visual artist, and pianist. His honors and awards include a Whiting Fellowship for Poetry and a California Arts Council Fellowship.

GREG MAHRER’s work has been published or is forthcoming in The New England ReviewThe Indiana Review, Green Mountains Review, Volt, Colorado Review, and elsewhere. His new collection, A Provisional Map of the Lost Continent from Fordham University Press, is due out in the spring of 2016.

TENNESSEE REED is a poet and memoirist. She grew up in Oakland and attended University of California, Berkeley. Reed is the daughter of Ishmael Reed and writer/choreographer Carla Blank. She serves as secretary of PEN Oakland.

MATTHEW ZAPRUDER is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Come On All You Ghosts, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His other books include Sun Bear, as well as a book of prose, Why Poetry, forthcoming from Ecco Press in 2016. An assistant professor in the St. Mary’s College of California MFA Program and English Department, he is also editor-at-large at Wave Books. He lives in Oakland, California.

REX WEINER (moderator) is a veteran of the underground press of the 1960s. His first published poem was printed as a rabble-rousing handbill distributed by Up Against The Wall Motherfucker, the Lower East Side SDS street-gang. He was a founding member of the editorial staff of High Times magazine and his articles have appeared in The Paris Review Daily, New Yorker, New York Observer and LA Weekly, with a five-year stint as investigative and feature writer at Variety. Based in Los Angeles, Rex is a frequent reader at Beyond Baroque, the Venice literary center, and on that organization’s board of directors. With LA poetry legend Michael C. Ford, Rex co-created Waiting For Jack, a theatrical celebration of Beat Era poets, produced by Eve Brandstein as part of her Poetry in Motion series. With Jeanne McCulloch, he is cofounder and executive director of the Todos Santos Writers Workshop in Baja California Sur, Mexico.