Maw Shein Win, Greg Mahrer, Alexandra Mattraw & Kathleen Winter 7pm Free
Maw Shein Win is a Burmese American poet, editor, and educator who lives and works in the Bay Area. Her writing has appeared in many journals and several anthologies, including Cimarron Review, Fanzine, Eleven Eleven, The Fabulist, and Cross-Strokes: Poetry Between Los Angeles and San Francisco . She was an artist-in-residence at Headlands Center for the Arts, and is a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto. She often collaborates with visual artists, musicians, and other writers. Win's poetry is featured in artist Megan Wilson's mural, Flower Interruption, a featured artwork in the special exhibition Flower Power at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum. She is the first Poet Laureate of El Cerrito.
Gregory Mahrer’s work has been published or is forthcoming in The New England Review, The Indiana Review, Green Mountains Review, Volt, Colorado Review and elsewhere. In 2014 his poem, Refrain, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and received a special mention. His new collection, A Provisional Map of the Lost Continent won the POL prize from Fordham University Press was published in the Spring of 2016. It was also a finalist for the 2016 Northern California Book Award. He lives and works in rural Northern California and Baja California Sur, Mexico.
Alexandra Mattraw’s full-length book of poems, small siren,was published in May through Brooklyn’s Cultural Society. She is also the author of four chapbooks, including flood psalm (2017, Dancing Girl Press). Her poems and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, The Poetry Project, POSIT, VOLT, Verse, and elsewhere. Her previous books have been named finalists via Nightboat Books, Slope Editions, and 1913 Press. In Oakland and San Francisco, Alexandra curates an art-centric writing and performance series called Lone Glen, now in its seventh year.
Kathleen Winter is the author of I will not kick my friends (2018), which won the Elixir Poetry Prize, and Nostalgia for the Criminal Past, winner of the 2013 Texas Institute of Letters Bob Bush Memorial Award. Her poems have appeared in Tin House, The New Statesman, Agni, New Republic, Cincinnati Review, Poetry London andYale Review. She was granted fellowships by the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Dobie Paisano Ranch, Dora Maar House, James Merrill House, Cill Rialaig Project, and Vermont Studio Center. Winter teaches writing at Sonoma State University and lives in Glen Ellen, CA.