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David Alpaugh, James Kochalka, Sydney Lea: 29 July 2021 Reading

Three Acclaimed Able Muse Press Authors Read - Free Admission for All

Word Galaxy/Able Muse Press Authors Reading

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Three Award-Winning Able Muse Press Authors Read - Free Admission for All

Able Muse Authors Reading

Date: Thursday, July 29, 7-8PM EST

Join us for a virtual reading and Q&A with three acclaimed Word Galaxy Press (an imprint of Able Muse Press) authors--

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About the Readers:

- David Alpaugh: Spooky Action at a Distance: Poems (Word Galaxy Press, 2020);
- James Kochalka: The Exquisite Triumph of Wormboy: An Illustrated Epic (Word Galaxy Press, 2020);
- Sydney Lea: The Exquisite Triumph of Wormboy: An Illustrated Epic (Word Galaxy Press, 2020).

David Alpaugh still thinks of himself as a Jersey boy but has lived long enough in the San Francisco Bay Area to be included in the Heyday Press anthology, California Poetry from the Gold Rush to the Present, and to have been a finalist for Poet Laureate of California. He holds degrees in English from Rutgers University and the University of California, Berkeley, where he was both a Woodrow Wilson and Ford Foundation Fellow. His latest collection is Spooky Action at a Distance: Double-Title Poems (Word Galaxy Press, 2020). His poems have appeared in more than a hundred literary journals from Able Muse to Poetry to ZYZZYVA, and his first collection, Counterpoint, won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize from Story Line Press. David Alpaugh’s essays, “The Professionalization of Poetry” (Poets & Writers Magazine), “What’s ReallyWrong With Poetry Book Contests” (Rattle), and “The New Math of Poetry” (Chronicle of Higher Education)—have been widely discussed online. His musical play, Yesteryear: 3 Days in Paris with François Villon, was recently published by Scene4. Since he debuted the double-title poem in Mudlark in 2016, more than a hundred have appeared in journals and anthologies. He currently teaches literature for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at their UC Berkeley and Cal State East Bay campuses.

James Kochalka is the author and illustrator of more than forty graphic novels. He has won two Eisner Awards, one Harvey Award, and four Ignatz Awards. In 2011 he was named the first Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont. He also has a separate career as a rock star, performing with his band James Kochalka Superstar. In 2007, Rolling Stone named his song “Britney’s Silver Can” one of the 100 Best Songs of the year.

Sydney Lea, founding editor of New England Review, is author of thirteen volumes of poetry, most recently Here (Four Way Books, 2019). A former Vermont Poet Laureate and a Pulitzer finalist, he has also published a novel, a collection of literary criticism, and four volumes of personal essays.

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About the Host:

John Beaton: Leaving Camustianavaig: Poems (Word Galaxy Press, 2021)

John Beaton’s poetry is metrical and has been widely published in media as diverse as Able Muse and Gray’s Sporting Journal. He wrote a monthly poetry page for several years for the magazine Eyes on BC and served for four years as moderator of one of the internet’s most reputable poetry workshops, Eratosphere. He recites his poems from memory as a spoken word performer and a poet member of the band Celtic Chaos. His poetry has won several awards, including the 2015 String Poet Prize and the 2012 Able Muse Write Prize for Poetry. He is a retired actuary who was raised in the Scottish Highlands and lives in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, Canada.

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