Poet Murat Nemet-Nejat is coming from the East Coast and will be joined by two Bay Area faves, Sophia Dahlin and Garrett Caples. It’s gonna be
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Murat Nemet-Nejat's recent work includes the poems Animals of Dawn (Talisman, 2016), The Spiritual Life of Replicants (Talisman, 2011), the collaboration with the poet Standard Schaefer "Alphabet Dialogues/Penis Monologues"; the translations Birhan Keskin's Y'ol (Spuyten Duyvil, 2018), Seyhan Erözçelik's Rosestrikes and Coffee Grinds (Talisman, 2010), the republication by Green Integer Press of Ece Ayhan's A Blind Cat Black and Orthodoxies (2015); and the essays "Dear Charles, Letters from a Turk: Mayan Letters, Herman Melville and Eda" (Letters for Olson, edited by Benjamin Hollander, Spuyten Duyvil, 2016), "Holiness and Jewish Rebellion: 'Questions of Accent' Twenty Years Afterward" (Languages of Modern Jewish Cultures: Comparative Perspectives, University of Michigan Press, 2016) and the memoir essay "Istanbul Noir" (Istanbul: Metamorphoses In an Imperial City, Talisman, 2011). He is the editor of Eda: An Anthology of Contemporary Turkish Poetry (Talisman, 2004). He is presently working on the poems Io's Song and Camels and Weasels and a collection of translations from the Turkish poet Sami Baydar. Camels & Weasels is part of a seven-part serial poem The Structure of Escape which also includes the poems The Spiritual Life of Replicants and Animals of Dawn.
Sophia Dahlin is in Oakland, California, where she teaches with California Poets in the Schools and conducts generative writing workshops at this bookstore. Her work has recently appeared in Elderly, Still, Fence, and the Poetry Foundation's PoetryNow series. With Jacob Kahn, she edits a chapbook press called Eyelet.
Garrett Caples is the author of, most recently, Power Ballads (Wave 2016) and the editor of Preserving Fire: Selected Prose by Philip Lamantia (Wave 2018), among many other books. He’s an editor at City Lights, where he curates the Spotlight Poetry Series. Upcoming editorial projects include books by Stephen Jonas, Samuel Greenberg, and Penelope Rosemont.