Book Launch: "Landings" by Andrena Zawinski plus Poet/Neurologist Dawn McGuire 4pm

Andrena Zawinski has published two previous full collections of poetry: Something About (Blue Light Press, San Francisco, CA), a PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award recipient and Traveling in Reflected Light (Pig Iron Press, Youngstown, O), a Kenneth Patchen competition winner. Her four chapbooks are Poems from a Teacher’s DeskElegies for My Mother, Andrena Zawinski’s Greatest Hits, and Taking the Road Where It Leads. She is also editor of Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down: An Anthology of Women’s Poetry (Scarlet Tanager Books, Oakland, CA). 
In this third forthcoming collection, Landings, Andrena Zawinski presents poems that embrace, in original ways and with deep-rooted emotional power, the worldwide condition of women, immigrants, and the working class alongside an abiding reverence for the natural world. Her poems have received accolades for free verse, form, lyricism, spirituality, and social concern. She is a seasoned educator and teacher of writing, Features Editor at, and founder the San Francisco Bay Area Women’s Poetry Salon. 
Some advance praise for LANDINGS 
...Zawinski’s is the necessary voice of the truth teller, speaking trouble among the beauty. These poems breathe compassion with no borders... In these brave poems, the blood moon blazes red-orange/sunbeams at its edges—as we feel the fire of brutality, the heat of desire and great loss, and the colors spreading out onto our fragile, beautiful lives.—Jan Beatty, Jackknife: New and Selected Poems, University of Pittsburgh Press
 Zawinski knows that "the missing are never wholly gone," and despite the frequent harshness of human interaction, in these Landings, she embraces the richness of human experience, and praises the courage of those who go on "living as if they could do anything."––Carolyne Wright, Seasons of Mangoes and Brainfire Blue Lynx Prize.

Part paean and elegy to what was, part lyric and dirge to what is, Landingsasks the question of what remains—where we land—after great loss, then answers the question in poem after glowing poem. This is a book that offers wisdom and solace and one you will take comfort in reading again and again.––Rebecca Foust, Dartmouth Poet in Residence, author of Paradise Drive Press 53 Award.


“McGuire’s poems intercept the reader in an “emergency room” of
language, then roll in the crash cart, starting with this heart-shock
inspired by her work with post 9/11 vets, by her brain research as a
neurologist and her immersion in myth. You will take your life in
your hands as you read these super‑charged poems—and you will...
“come to” with an exit wound: by which I mean to say a whole
new consciousness of what poetry is, what poetry can do, and how
poetry urgently matters.”

—Carol Muske-Dukes, California Poet Laureate (2008-2011)

“It’s taken almost five hundred years for science to awaken from its post-Cartesian love affair with rationality, and reacknowledge what the Greeks knew: the gods are an unruly lot. They live in us; their Olympus is the untamable, amoral, “limbic” core from which our most base and most exalted passions arise. McGuire, both a neuroscientist and a classicsinfused poet, lights up the limbic brain, then makes it sing like a drunken Caruso.”

—David Shaddock, author of Vernal Pool

In this new collection by the awardwinning poet and neurologist DawnMcGuire, the American Dream is
an ironic construct at the end of Empire. Here, returning soldiers bring “hazardous materials” home in their bodies and minds; while home is increasingly a battleground of addiction and disaffection.

In Limbics, the book’s middle section, the neurological “old brain” speaks. Jealousy, rage, and anxious intuition overwhelm all reason; while desire is that resistless force “by which we are inflamed, destroyed/and
raised to aerial ash/again and again.”

In Ghosts, the final section, inevitable losses of love, will, memory, and capacity become the psyche’s “missing children”. They haunt us, and sometimes steal our names. These poems confront deeper wounds in
body, mind, and body politic, wounds that science can neither name nor remedy.

There is strong medicine here, transgressive and redemptive.

As a special bonus the event will include acoustic guitar music from Julia Carrasquero with French and Spanish songs!

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 4:00pm