Dear Friends,

We are thrilled about our upcoming reading on Saturday, March 2nd at 7pm and hope you can join us for an evening of wit, insight tenderness and somatic-fabulousness with CAConrad and Lester Robles O’Connor.

Lester O’Connor writes in several genres, and also makes video work and street propaganda. He co-edited the pacific REVIEW and reviewed films for a defunct alt-weekly. He currently teaches for the Dimensions of Culture program at Marshall College, UCSD.

Of his work, poet Janice Lobo Sapigao writes, “He’s funny because he read a poem about the hipsters in the North Park region of San Diego. It’s like the Oakland Lakeshore, Los Angeles Silverlake and San Francisco Everywhere of San Diego — Hipsterlandia.”

CAConrad describes himself as “the son of white trash asphyxiation whose childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift.” He is the author of TRANSLUCENT SALAMANDER (TROLL THREAD, 2013), A BEAUTIFUL MARSUPIAL AFTERNOON: New (Soma)tics (WAVE, 2012), The Book of Frank (WAVE, 2010), Advanced Elvis Course (Soft Skull, 2009), Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull, 2006), and a collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock titled The City Real & Imagined (Factory School, 2010). He is a 2011 PEW Fellow, a 2012 UCROSS Fellow, and a 2013 BANFF Fellow. He is a 2012 and 2013 visiting faculty member for the Summer Writing Program of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. Read some poems at

The poet Eileen Myles writes that “[Conrad] always argues (from the inside of his poems) for a poetry of radical inclusivity while keeping a very queer shoulder to the wheel. His kind of queerness strikes me as nonpolarizing, not intentionally but because of the fullness of his exposition, a kind of gigantism that seems to me to be most deeply informed by love, and a tenderness for the ravages and tumult of existence.”

As always, there is no cover charge for reading, but libations and donations to the gallery are always welcome. We hope to see you there and for festivities before and after.

Saturday, March 2, 7pm
2837 University Avenue in North Park (Entrance on Utah, across from KFC)
San Diego, CA 92104

Contact: K. Lorraine Graham: klorraine(at)gmail(dot)com