Dear Friends,

Curated by the editors of three small presses, 1913 (Sandra Doller, ed.), Kuhl House (Ben Doller, ed.), and Tougher Disguises (James Meetze, ed.), and hosted by David White’s Agitprop Gallery, the Agitprop Reading Series brings contemporary poetry into contact with contemporary visual art on the first Saturday of every month.

Jericho Brown worked as speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans before receiving his Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston. His poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, Jubilat, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, and many other journals and anthologies. The recipient of several awards and fellowships, including Cave Canem, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and two travel fellowships to the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland, Brown has also been Assistant Editor at Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters. His first book titled Please (New Issues Poetry & Prose) is forthcoming in November 2008, and he is currently Assistant Professor in the English department at the University of San Diego.

Rae Armantrout’s most recent book of poetry, Next Life (Wesleyan, 2007), was chosen as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2007 by The New York Times. Other recent books include Collected Prose (Singing Horse, 2007), Up to Speed (Wesleyan, 2004), The Pretext (Green Integer, 2001), and Veil: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan University Press, 2001). Her poems have been included in anthologies such as Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology (Norton, 1993), American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Language Meets the Lyric Tradition, (Wesleyan, 2002),  The Oxford Book of American Poetry (Oxford, 2006) The Best American Poetry of 1988, 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2007, and the New Yorker magazine in 2008. A founding member of the “Language Poetry” movement, Armantrout’s work has been the subject of numerous essays, some of which are gathered in A Wild Salience: The Writings of Rae Armantrout (Burning Deck), and she received an award in poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2007 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry for 2008. A native of San Diego, she is currently Professor of Poetry and Poetics at the University of California, San Diego.
Admission is free and open to the public, though donations to the gallery are greatly appreciated.

Please join us for more poetry in the company of art, with readings by Rae Armantrout and Jericho Brown:

Agitprop Reading Series
Saturday May 3 at 7pm
2837 University Avenue in North Park, San Diego (entrance on Utah)