The next fig+axle reading is almost upon us! This Wednesday, November 20, come treat your ears to euphonious fiction and poetry courtesy of Ryan Mattern, Emma Estrella and Christina Magaña. Once again, Third Space will play host at 946 Olive Drive, Davis. Festivities kick off at 6:30pm.
More about our readers:
Ryan Mattern is the recipient of the Felix Valdez Award for Short Fiction. He holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, San Bernardino. His work has appeared in The Red Wheelbarrow, Superstition Review, Ghost Town, and Poetry Quarterly, among others. He is an active member of poetrIE, a reading series dedicated to showcasing the literary voices of California’s Inland Empire. He divides his time between Northern and Southern California.
Emma Estrella is a poet. She lives in Sacramento. She has a dog. She drinks a lot of tea.
Christina Magaña is originally from Los Angeles. She likes writing poems and no longer drives with a basket on her head.
fig+axle proudly presents the line up for the 2013-14 Graduate Student Reading Series! We got things off to a great start last month with four incredibly talented readers sharing prose and poetry in the lovely Third Space venue. Be sure to join us for future readings which are sure to be just as magical!
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Join us this Wednesday, October 23rd, at 6:30pm for Fig+Axle’s first reading of the 2013/14 school year!
Our featured writers include Robin Schramm, Meagen Youngdahl, AJ Fitzgerald, and Bryan Coller. Not only will you be captivated by their thrilling words, but you’re sure to be charmed by our new location at Third Space Davis, 946 Olive Drive.
Don’t miss out!
More info on our readers below…
At age six Robin A. Schramm demonstrated a singular interest in pursuing a career as a dinosaur. The triceratops was always number one on his list because they had horns and could kick some ass, but, being herbivores, they could also make friends with the other dinosaurs instead of eating them. Eventually he had to face facts and grow up, as we all must, and decided the dinosuar thing was childish, and he would now become a Ninja Turtle. Preferably Michelangelo becasue he eats nothing but pizza and says things like “cowabunga” and “awesome.” Defintely not Raphael because that guy has issues. The doctors have assured Robin’s mother that the Ninja Turtle obsession is just a phase and will probably end when he turns thirty. If this Turtle phase does not end, the doctors have graciously reassured Robin’s mom that, although he is a good boy, there is nothing they can do and are happy to give her a refund.
Meagen Youngdahl is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley, where she earned a BA in English and Film. In addition to writing her own poetry, Meagen works in the translation of Swedish poetry. Her chapbook, Tystnaden (The Silence), features translations of poems from three Swedish poets, spanning the 20th century. Her original work and translations can be found in the American River Review, Alchemy, and The Folio. She is thrilled to be joining the UC Davis creative writing family!
AJ Fitzgerald is typically called “AJ” by his friends and family. He prefers to keep an air of mystery about himself.
Bryan Coller grew up in Southern California where he attended UC Irvine. More recently, he completed an MFA at Boston University. Most recently, he began coursework as a PhD student at UC Davis.
Davis, CA 95616
Please join us on Wednesday, April 17th @ 7:30 in Voorhies 126 for the first fig+axle Graduate Student Reading Series of the Spring Quarter. Our featured graduate readers are:
About our readers:
Susana is pursuing a MA in Creative Writing (Fiction) at UC Davis. Her work typically explores such topics as: early childhood sexuality, human to wolf transformations, the dog movie genre, death as spectacle, and inappropriate masturbation. Of late she has obsessed on the subjects of cruelty and desire and the unsettling and sometimes beautiful ways they intersect. She is recently a vegetarian.
He studies the rhetorical similarities between jokes and poems.
He likes poesy, improv, and the comedy stylings of Bea Arthur.
He is indebted to UC Davis for their continued support and patience.
Ishelle Payer is a California native. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Davis, studying English (emphasis in creative writing) and Film Studies. She wanted to see the world, so she came back to Davis for graduate school.
Please come out and show your support for these talented writers.
See you there!
Come one, come all to March’s Graduate Student Reading. This month we have a fiction writer and two poets who will read in Voorhies 126.
Ryan Mattern is an M.A. student in the Creative Writing Program at the University of California, Davis. He earned his B.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, San Bernardino. He is the recipient of the Felix Valdez Award for short fiction. His work has appeared in Badlands, Superstition Review, Black Heart Magazine, and Poetry Quarterly, among others. He is a founding member of poetrIE, a reading series dedicated to showcasing the literary voices of California’s Inland Empire. He lives and writes in Northern California.
Brook Erin Barman holds a BA in fine art and has since been the Louise Mead Creative Writing Fellow at Syracuse University. Currently, Brook is a Master’s candidate in the UC Davis literature program where she studies poetics, aesthetics, and critical theory with emphasis in 20th and 21st century material culture, radical politics and animal studies. She has contributed to several journals, including DITCH, Gulf Coast, The Red Wheelbarrow, and The Pacific Review.
CJ Morello was raised in Chicago, studied philosophy at university, and moved to California to write poems and continue being educated. He likes the writing of Felix Feneon, Emily Dickinson, and Vasko Popa. He wants to be a writer when he grows up.
In addition to many articles and two edited collections, Anderson is the author of The Way We Argue Now: A Study in the Cultures of Theory (Princeton UP, 2006), The Powers of Distance: Cosmopolitanism and the Cultivation of Detachment (Princeton UP, 2001), and Tainted Souls and Painted Faces: The Rhetoric of Fallenness in Victorian Culture (Cornell UP, 1993).
Join us at the Avid Reader in downtown Davis this Saturday for a reading by several poets including UC Davis’s own CJ Morello and Joe Wenderoth. The thrill ride kicks off at 7pm! “The Avid Reader” always makes me think “The Arid Reader” instead for some reason. Does that make me weird? Probably. Be there on Saturday!
What: “Exploring Ecopoetics: A Satellite Event of the 2013 Conference on Ecopoetics,” presented by the UC Davis English Department with co-sponsorship support from the UC Davis Humanities Institute
When: 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21
Where: Voorhies 126
Please join us for an afternoon poetry reading and discussion, featuring poets Hillary Gravendyk and Brian Teare. “Exploring Ecopoetics” is a satellite event of the 2013 Conference on Ecopoetics, to be held Feb. 22-24 at the University of California, Berkeley (http://www.ecopoeticsconference.blogspot.com/).
At “Exploring Ecopoetics,” each poet will present a brief poetics statement and read from his/her work. Then, after the reading, the poets will discuss “ecopoetics” with audience members, taking up such questions as: What is ecopoetics? What representational strategies and sociopolitical commitments might characterize this practice? How might we periodize ecopoetics and situate its modes of cultural production? The discussion will be moderated by Conference on Ecopoetics organizer Angela Hume.
"Exploring Ecopoetics" is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Please firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
About the presenters
Hillary Gravendyk is the author of Harm (Omnidawn, 2011). An Assistant Professor of English at Pomona College in Claremont, Gravendyk’s poetry has appeared in journals such as American Letters & Commentary, Barnstorm, The Bellingham Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, The Colorado Review, The Eleventh Muse, Fourteen Hills, MARY, 1913: A Journal of Forms, Octopus Magazine, Tarpaulin Sky and other venues. She is the two-time winner of the Eisner Prize in Poetry and her chapbook, The Naturalist, was published by Achiote Press in 2008. Hillary is currently working on a critical book, Chronic Poetics, that explores intersubjectivity and embodiment in the poetic works of Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, George Oppen, and Larry Eigner. She often collaborates with the photographer Benjamin Burrill and is interested in mixed-media forms. She lives in Claremont, California.
A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Brian Teare is the recipient of poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts and the American Antiquarian Society. He is the author of The Room Where I Was Born (University of Wisconsin Press, 2003), Sight Map (University of California Press, 2009), and Pleasure (Ahsahta, 2010). His fourth book, Companion Grasses, will be out from Omnidawn in the spring of 2013. Now an Assistant Professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, Teare makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.
About the moderator
Angela Hume, a Conference on Ecopoetics organizer, is the author of the chapbooks The Middle (Omnidawn, 2013) andSecond Story of Your Body (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2011). Critical work has appeared in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, The Volta, and Evental Aesthetics. Currently she is writing a dissertation on lyric, dialectic, and ecology at University of California, Davis.
Come one, come all to the next installment of the fig+axle graduate student reading series! Featuring the ample talents of Art MIddleton (our host!), Christina Magaña, and Kurt Wooden. Come to Voorhies 126 at 8pm on February the 14th for a night of poems, prose, and possibly prophecy.
Christina Magaña is a graduate student in creative writing (poetry) at the University of California, Davis. She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a BA in English and a minor in Chicana/o Studies. As an Angeleno living in Davis, she can frequently be found avoiding both freeways and bikes.
Kurt Wooden is pursuing a MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at UC Davis and has no idea what to do after he attains it. For now he lives and writes in Davis, CA.
Art Middleton is pursuing an MA in creative writing at UC Davis and enjoys his cat and sandwiches. He is 1/3 of Fig and Axle.