BANG OUT Volume II: Change

“Sad News” by Matthew Zapruder

“Demons” by Rosemary Griggs

“Developing the Dew Claw” by Rosemary Griggs

“Poppies” by Rosemary Griggs

“To the Werewolf on the 14 Bus” by Lindsey Wolkin

“History” by Susanna Kittredge

“Shopping Carts” by Sona Avakian

“Untitled” by Michelle Puckett

“Bare Hands” by Michelle Puckett

Visit the Audio Library to hear the readers’ live performances.

In honor of this January’s presidential inauguration, the second BANG OUT reading, on Saturday, January 17th at Amnesia in San Francisco, featured work by local writers inspired by the theme “Change.”

Matthew Zapruder is the author of American Linden (Tupelo Press, 2002), and The Pajamaist (Copper Canyon, 2006), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is co-translator of Secret Weapon, the final collection by the late Romanian poet Eugen Jebeleanu (Coffee House Press, 2007). His collaborative book with painter Chris Uphues, For You in Full Bloom, will be published by Pilot Books in 2009 and his third book of poems, Come on All You Ghosts, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon in 2010.

Rosemary Griggs received her BA from University of Iowa and her MFA from San Francisco State. Her book Sky Girl was published in 2003 by Fence Books. She has recently completed a provocative, political new manuscript of poetry for which she is seeking publication.

Paul Dertien lives in San Francisco. He has studied and taught creative writing at San Francisco State University. He is currently working on a crime fiction novel. His work has been previously published in ZYZZYVA and Six Little Things.

Sona Avakian was recently awarded a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission. Her stories have been published in Instant City, ZYZZYVA and other journals.

Lindsey Wolkin is a graduate from the MFA Fiction program at San Francisco State. She is the recipient of a 2009 San Francisco Individual Artist Commission Grant and is currently working on a novel.

Susanna Kittredge holds an MFA in Poetry from San Francisco State University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in 14 Hills, Sidebrow, Parthenon West Review, Shampoo, 580 Split, and the anthology Bay Poetics (Faux Press, 2006).

Michelle Puckett’s poetry has appeared in the Naropa Summer Writing Program Journal, N.U.T.S., and she has participated in readings in both Boulder and Prague.

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