Sidebrow & Les Figues in San Francisco

Sidebrow and Les Figues invite you to the first leg of a two-part, two-city reading tour celebrating writers from two innovative West Coast presses.

Featured at the San Francisco half of the series will be Paul Hoover, Vanessa Place, & Teresa Carmody, on behalf of Les Figues, and James Wagner & HL Hazuka, on behalf of Sidebrow.

Paul Hoover is author of eleven books of poetry including Sonnet 56, Edge and Fold, Winter, Rehearsal in Black, Totem and Shadow: New & Selected Poems, Viridian, and The Novel: A Poem. He is editor of Postmodern American Poetry (Norton) and, with Maxine Chernoff, New American Writing. His collection of essays is Fables of Representation (U. of Michigan).

Vanessa Place is a writer, a lawyer, and co-director of Les Figues Press. She is author of Dies: A Sentence (Les Figues Press, 2006), La Medusa (Fiction Collective 2, 2008), and Notes on Conceptualisms, co-authored with Robert Fitterman (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009). Her nonfiction book, The Guilt Project: Rape, Morality and Law is forthcoming from Other Press. Information As Material will be publishing her trilogy: Statement of Facts, Statement of the Case, and Argument. Statement of Facts will also be published in France by éditions è®e, as Exposé des Faits.

Teresa Carmody is the author of Requiem (Les Figues Press, 2005), and two chapbooks: Eye Hole Adore (PS Books, 2008), and Your Spiritual Suit of Armor by Katherine Anne (Woodland Editions, 2009). Other work has appeared in Drunken Boat, American Book Review, Bombay Gin, Fold, and more. She lives in Los Angeles and is co-director of Les Figues Press.

James Wagner is the author of Work Book (Nothing Moments, Los Angeles, 2007), a collection of short stories, and two collections of poetry: Trilce (Calamari Press, New York, 2006) and the false sun recordings (3rd bed, Providence, 2003). His poetry, fiction, and criticism have appeared in such places as Abraham Lincoln, American Poetry Review, Antennae, BlazeVOX, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Fascicle, Fence, 5_Trope, Jubilat, McSweeney’s, Mississippi Review, 6X6, and Verse. Current work appears in Sidebrow and is forthcoming in trnsfr

Heather (HL) Hazuka’s work can be found in Transfer 81, Cipactli, Fourteen Hills (a 2006 Pushcart nominee), Five Fingers Review, So to Speak: a feminist journal of language and art selected by Eileen Myles, & Sidebrow 01. She was recently recognized in UNO’s Study Abroad Contest in Arts & Writing by Andrei Codrescu. Interested in language as revealed through image, sound, & text, one of her current projects includes the interpretation of selected films by several avant-garde filmmakers including Maya Deren & Stan Brakhage.