Was it divine intervention or did the devil make you do it? Do you blame your first English teacher or that old Beat you met at City Lights? Why are you (gasp) a poet? Erika Staiti, Suzanne Stein, and Dodie Bellamy ponder the nature of “influence” in this seventh installment of the Canessa Gallery Reading Series.
Erika Staiti lives in North Oakland. She is currently running a Fassbinder marathon.
Suzanne Stein is a poet. Two of several projects forthcoming this year: a chapbook, Passenger Ship, from Ypolita press, and Signs of Life from O Books. Former co-director and film curator at four walls gallery, she works currently as community producer at SFMOMA. Stein is editor and publisher of the small press TAXT and lives in Oakland. Please visit www.taxtpress.blogspot.com or www.i-caved.blogspot.com
Dodie Bellamy's chapbook Barf Manifesto is just out from Ugly Duckling Presse. Other books include Academonia, Pink Steam, and The Letters of Mina Harker. Her book Cunt-Ups won the 2002 Firecracker Alternative Book Award for poetry. In January 2006, she curated an installation of Kathy Acker’s clothing for White Columns, New York’s oldest alternative art space. She lives in San Francisco with writer Kevin Killian and three cats.
Canessa Gallery, 708 Montgomery Street (at Columbus), SF
Open to the public ($3 at the door)