We love hosting poets from, well, everywhere! And we've got Toni Mergentime Levi visiting from NYC, along with local faves Caleb Beckwith and Laura Woltag. It's going to be stellar. Come on by!
Toni Mergentime Levi is a poet and librettist from New York City. White Food (Mayapple Press, 2016) was preceded by two other full-length collections: Watching Mother Disappear (Mayapple, 2009) and For A Dancing Bear (Three Mile Harbor, 1995). Toni's poems have won praise for their depth, honesty, delicate feeling, offbeat discernment and wit. Her work has appeared in dozens of journals (e.g., Prairie Schooner, Crosscurrents, Confrontation, Kansas Quarterly, California Quarterly), online (Poetry Daily), on radio (WBAI-FM) and in anthologies. Toni has been awarded residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Schloss Wiepersdorf (Germany), Konstepidemin (Sweden), MacDowell, Djerassi, Ucross, Millay and Saltonstall. Thanksgiving, one of two operas and several other collaborations with composer Paul Alan Levi, won a Grand Prize for New Opera from the National Music Theater Network. Venture, four poems set to music by Charles Fussell, premiered at Tanglewood and is being recorded by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.
Caleb Beckwith is a writer and editor living in Oakland. His work can be found at Jacket 2, Gauss PDF, and most recently in Armed Cell.
Laura Woltag dwells, listens & writes in the SF Bay Area. Her most recent chapbook is Hush Hyletics (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs). Her poems have been installed along the Deer Creek Trail in Nevada City by Unmanned Minerals, and appear in print in Macaroni Necklace, Where Eagles Dare, Try, OMG!, and the anthology It’s Night in San Francisco but it’s Sunny In Oakland. She teaches literature and critical thinking in Bay Area community colleges, and sometimes publishes poetry through her tiny press, gavia immer.