Joe Ross is the recipient of a Gertrude Stein Poetry Award and the author of numerous books, most recently Strata (Dusie, 2008) and EQUATIONS=equals (Green Integer, 2004). Ross was born in Pennsylvania and after university, moved to Washington, D.C.. In D.C., he worked at The JFK Center for the Arts, served as the President of the Poetry Board at The Folger Shakespeare Library and was the Literary Editor of the Washington Review, 1991-1997. He Co-founded and directed the In Your Ear poetry reading series. In 1997 he received an NEA Fellowship for his poetry and moved to San Diego, where he worked for that city’s Commission for Arts and Culture. In 1999, he left that position to put his poetics into practice, and to work directly in politics serving as Chief of Policy for elected officials. He also Co-founded the Beyond the Page reading series. In 2004, he and his wife moved to Paris, where their two children were born, and where he continues to publish while working as an educator.
Laynie Browne is the author of nine collections of poetry and one novel. Her most recent publications include: The Desires of Letters, from Counterpath and Roseate, Points of Gold, from Dusie Books (both 2010). Other recent publications include The Scented Fox, (Wave Books 2007), Daily Sonnets (Counterpath Press, 2007) and Drawing of a Swan Before Memory, (University of Georgia Press, 2005). Her honors include: winner of the National Poetry Series, of the Contemporary Poetry Series, two Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative American Poetry, and a recent Pushcart Prize Nomination. With others she has co-curated various reading series including the Ear Inn reading series in New York, the Subtext Series in Seattle, and now the POG reading series Tucson Arizona. She has taught creative writing at The University of Washington, Bothell, at Mills College in Oakland and at the Poetry Center at the University of Arizona, where she is currently the Elementary Education Coordinator.
Agitprop readings are free, but wine and donations to the gallery are always welcome.
We hope to see you there and for festivities before and afterward.
Saturday, February 12, 7pm
2837 University Avenue in North Park (Entrance on Utah, behind Glenn's
San Diego, CA 92104 * 619.384.7989