LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Javier Zamora, Author of Unaccompanied, with intro by Rebecca Foust Monday, December 4th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Javier Zamora’s debut poetry collection, Unaccompanied, chronicles his harrowing migration from El Salvador to the United States following the Salvadoran Civil War. And while his poems tell the particular story of the U.S.-backed violence that ravaged Central America during the 1980s, their meditations on familial loss at the hands of state violence and forced migration couldn’t be more timely or crucial. A reading will be followed by a conversation led by Zamora’s former teacher and mentor, Marin County Poet Laureate Rebecca Foust. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments (beer and pupusas!) will be served.
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Rebecca Foust, Author of Paradise Drive Saturday, September 12th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Readers, writers, poets and lovers of poetry, we know you’ll enjoy this evening with one of our favorite Left Coast Writers poets. In Rebecca Foust’s splendid book-length sonnet sequence, Paradise Drive, we come upon a Pilgrim contemplating the deadly sins while hiding out in the bathrooms at some of Marin County, California’s swankiest parties. As the Pilgrim swaggers into an idiosyncratic, believable, frail spirituality, her unmediated, un-medicated new life emerges. The sonnets of this new life are jagged, fresh, and formed in only the way a stunningly skilled poet can craft them. Foust drives her Keatsian sensibility straight into the 21st Century of terrorism and autism, divorce and yoga, soldiers and syringes, booze and valet parking, determined to prove that truth makes beauty. Not only is Paradise Drive a magnificent achievement, it’s a deep comfort as well. —Molly Peacock, author of The Second Blush: Poems Rebecca Foust was the 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence and is the recipient of fellowships from the Frost Place and theMacDowell Colony. Her fifth book, Paradise Drive
On Sunday, April 19th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guest on Sunday will be Left Coast Writer® Rebecca Foust, author of Paradise Drive and All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song. All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song won the Many Mountains Moving Book Prize and was released in 2010, the same year that God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World, won the Foreword Review Book of the Year Award for Poetry. Mom’s Canoe and Dark Card, recipients of the Robert Phillips Chapbook Poetry Prize in consecutive years, were released by Texas Review Press in 2008 and 2009. Rebecca Foust was the 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence and is the recipient of fellowships from the Frost Place and the
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Rebecca Foust, Author of Paradise Drive Monday, April 6th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Join us for a craft talk and reading at the next Left Coast Writers Literary Salon at Book Passage. Rebecca Foust will talk about how reading and writing poetry can enrich a prose practice and will tell the story of how taking a Book Passage class in 2006 brought her back from a 35-year hiatus, from publishing her first poem the year she turned 50 to writing her fifth book, Paradise Drive, winner of the Press 53 Award for Poetry. Rebecca will read from Paradise Drive, a new collection of linked sonnets that tells the story of “Pilgrim,” whose journey begins in rust belt Pennsylvania and winds up in the tony suburbs of Marin, offering up poignancy along with some sharp-tongued social commentary along the way. Rebecca Foust was the 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence and is the recipient of fellowships from the Frost Place and the MacDowell Colony. Her fifth book, Paradise
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK PARTY: Rebecca Foust, Author of God, Seed and Molly Fisk, Author of The More Difficult Beauty with guest reader Robin Ekiss Monday, December 13, 6pm Book Passage || Ferry Plaza San Francisco || www.bookpassage.com Join us for a reading and celebration of works by Bay Area poets Molly Fisk and Rebecca Foust with a special guest appearance by Robin Ekiss. Molly will read from her new book of poems, The More Difficult Beauty (Hip Pocket Press 2010). Rebecca will read from God, Seed (Tebot Bach Press 2010), a book of environmental poetry with art by Lorna Stevens, who will attend to answer questions. Please arrive early for seating as there is sure to be quite a crowd. Molly Fisk is also the author of Listening to Winter and a recipient of fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council and Marin Arts Council grants in poetry, and the Robinson Jeffers Tor House, Billee Murray Denny, and Dogwood Prizes. She teaches on-line at www.poetrybootcamp.com and www.voiceofyourown.com, and provides weekly radio commentary at community station KVMR in Nevada City. Rebecca Foust’s previous book, All That Gorgeous Pitiless, Song, won the 2008 Many Mountains Moving Book Prize. Her chapbooks, Dark Card and Mom’s Canoe won the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prizes in consecutive years and were published by Texas Review Press in 2008 and 2009. Lorna Stevens received her MFA in sculpture from Columbia University. She exhibits widely in galleries and public spaces. Her work has been featured or reviewed in The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Marin Independent Journal, and Artweek, and has been acquired by the Brooklyn Museum, the New York Public Library, and the di Rosa Preserve in Napa, California. Robin Ekiss is a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford, recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award for emerging women writers, and author of The Mansion of Happiness, winner of the 2010 Shenandoah/Glasgow Prize and a finalist for both the 2010 Northern California and California Book Awards.
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Rebecca Foust, Author of All That Gorgeous, Pitiless Song and Kirsten Jones Neff, Author of When the House is Quiet Saturday, June 12, 2010 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Please join us at a book party for two of our favorite poets: Rebecca Foust and Kirsten Jones Neff. You’ll be treated to beautiful poetry, the sparkling ambiance of our favorite Bay Area bookstore, a celebratory champagne toast for the authors, cookies, and excellent company. Rebecca Foust’s All That Gorgeous, Pitiless Song recently won the Many Mountains Moving Book Award. Also forthcoming in 2010 is God, Seed, a book of environmental poetry with watercolors by a local artist. Foust’s chapbooks, Mom’s Canoe and Dark Card won the Robert Phillips Poetry Prizes in 2007 and in 2008, and her poetry is or will be published in Atlanta Review, Margie, North American Review, The Hudson Review, and elsewhere. Kirsten Jones Neff’s first chapbook, When The House is Quiet, won the 2009 Starting Gate Prize and a 2010 Pushcart nomination from Finishing Line Press. Kirsten Jones Neff is a writer, gardening teacher and documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared in several PBS films, periodicals and anthologies, including When The Muse Calls: Poems for The Creative Life, The Believer, Englishcafe.com, Writer’s Advice, The Poetry Farmer’s Almanac, Ode, 34th Parallel and The Marin Poetry Center Anthology. Come early. These two poets have been known to draw crowds!
POETRY PUBLICATION WORKSHOP with C.B. Follett, Susan Terris, and Rebecca Foust Saturday, November 7, 2009 || 10am – 1pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Learn what to do to get your poetry published in literary journals and other publications. Two experienced poet/editors and one relative newcomer to the poetry scene will address questions related to WHEN, WHERE, HOW, and WHAT to submit, with focus on how to get your work out in the world without stress, fear of rejection, or waste of valuable writing time. When is your work ready to submit? Where should you send it? What is the most efficient way to get the work out? What goes into a submission? Sample cover letters, lists of how-to’s, and website resources will be provided, and an inventory of resource books and sample literary journals will be available for review.
Monday, March 9, 2009 || 5:30pm || Reading: Poetic License Book Passage – Ferry Plaza Ferry Plaza, San Francisco On the second Monday of every month Left Coast Writers read from their favorite work. Colette Obrien hosts. This month: Poetic License Readers so far: Rebecca Foust, Elaine Bond Please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up to read.
LEFT COAST WRITERS® BOOK LAUNCH: Poet BECKY FOUST and “Dark CARD” (Texas A & M University Press Consortium, 2008), her award-winning chapbook. Saturday, September 13 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com “These poems will break and heal your heart, their rage, hope, insight and love carried by a poetic power as targeted as a bullet-train! ” Barry Spacks, First Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara and Commonwealth Club of California Poetry Medalist Becky Foust has hit the ground running launching her new book of poetry, “Dark Card,” which is about raising a son with Asperger’s Syndrome, the mild form of autism featured in “Rain Man.” (It’s already sold 1000 copies since June!). “Dark Card” won the 2007 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize, and its title poem was nominated for a 2008 Pushcart Prize. And there’s more good news for Rebecca Foust. She just learned that her second chapbook, ‘Allegheny Mountain Bowl,” which just won the 2008 Robert Phillips Prize, will be released in 2009! Congratulations, Rebecca! ABOUT REBECCA FOUST Rebecca Foust was born and raised in Altoona, formerly one of the country’s great railroad towns, located in the Allegheny Mountains in western Pennsylvania. Her teen years were spent in nearby Hollidaysburg, a tiny town surrounded by farmlands and forests interrupted by the quarries and strip mining pits from an earlier time. Foust attended Smith College and Stanford Law School on scholarships and practiced law for ten years and now lives with her husband and three teenagers in Northern California.
APRIL 14 5:30pm LEFT COAST WRITERS® READING SERIES at the FERRY PLAZA TOPIC: PURE POETRY READERS: BECKY FOUST, GAIL FLYNN and ELAINE BOND Monday, April 14, 2008 5:30pm || Book Passage-Ferry Plaza || One Ferry Plaza #46, San Francisco For Info: See Book Passage or mailto: email@example.com Our Poetry Reading Series are one of our most popular events. Come listen to award-winning poet, Becky Foust, as she reads pieces from her new book of poetry, “Dark Card” (due out in May, 2008 by Texas Review Press) on raising a son with Asperger’s Syndrome, along with Gail Flynn and Elaine Bond. Becky Foust is an award-winning, published poet whose work will be featured in Poetry Magazine this fall. The Clackamas Literary Review has just accepted seven of Becky’s poems, and others are out in current issues of Margie, Nimrod, Atlanta Review, Caesura, Dos Passos Review, JAMA, Marin Poetry Center Anthology, North American Review, Taproot Literary Review, Wordgathering.com and others. Click here to visit her website at www.rebeccafoust.com to learn more about Becky’s work and upcoming events. – Elaine Bond is an award-winning artist and scientist who won an award for her University of California program where she took 3,000 teens who were at-risk for dropping out of high school and showed them how to use the scientific method outdoors. Many of these kids have pursued higher education. Elaine also writes songs, sings and plays a mean guitar as Dusty Miller. This reading series by our LEFT COAST WRITERS® always provides us with such a treat, whether it is our poets sharing their truth-filled pieces, writers making us laugh or cry or pause with deep reflection as they read their short stories, memoirs or erotica-filled prose. Come listen to our April readers and then join us for networking at a nearby watering hole. While you’re there, check out what’s new at Book Passage, buy a book, or sign up a friend for our Salons.