Who: Christopher Sindt and Kitty Liang
What: The Poetry Night Reading Series
When: Thursday, March 1st, 8 pm
Where: John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 1st Street
Kitty Liang was born and raised in Beijing, China, and began writing short stories in Chinese at age thirteen, and eventually in English as well. She graduated with honors from UC Davis in 2008 with a degree in English and Chinese literature. She was the recipient of the 2010 Elliot Gilbert Poetry Prize and has been published in numerous magazines and literary journals, including The Sacramento News Review, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Hobart, and Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. She has cited a number of poets as strong influences on her writing, especially Joe Wenderoth, a UC Davis faculty member in the English department. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Creative Writing at UC Davis.
Christopher Sindt is the director of the MFA creative writing program at St. Mary’s College, where he is also Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies. His most recent collection of poems, The Bodies, has just been published by Parlor Press’s poetry series, Free Verse Editions. He also published a chapbook entitled The Land of Give and Take. About The Bodies Jane Miller has said, “These poems are meditative histories of the natural world. They leap into the wild of earth, of feeling, and of language.”
Sindt earned his master’s degree in creative writing and PhD in English at UC Davis and has been in residence at UC Davis this past year as a participant in the American Council on Education Fellows Program. He has also had residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Mesa Refuge, and the Blue Mountain Center, and was the recipient of the James D. Phelan Award from the San Francisco Foundation. His recent publications appeared in Free Verse, nocturnes, Pool, Swerve, and Xantippe.
Attendees are encouraged to arrive early at the John Natsoulas Gallery to secure a seat, and to sign up for a spot on the Open Mic list. The Poetry Night Reading Series, organized and hosted by Andy Jones, occurs on the first and third Thursday of every month at the John Natsoulas Gallery.