Book Launch: Crystal Reiss "Jane is Everywhere" & Readings from Elizabeth Stark and Devi Laskar 7pm
Devi S. Laskar is a native of Chapel Hill, N.C. She holds an MFA from Columbia University in New York. A former newspaper reporter, she is now a poet, photographer and artist. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Atlanta Review, Fairy Tale Review, Tin House and The Raleigh Review, which nominated her for Best New Poets 2016. She is an alumna of both TheOpEdProject and VONA/Voices, and poetry workshops at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. Finishing Line Press published the first of two poetry chapbooks, “Gas & Food, No Lodging” in March 2017 and has nominated her for. Pushcart Prize—and will publish “Anastasia Maps” in December. She now lives in California.
Crystal Jo Reiss began her writing career with the publication of her first poem, The Girl Who Pricked Her Finger, in The Louisville Review’s anthology of children’s poetry. Years later, while working on her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Columbia University, she wrestled with narrative and drafted her first novel. Later, she attended The Squaw Valley Writer’s Conference, and spent a summer at The Edward Albee Foundation and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony. Between assisting a renowned physical anthropologist, serving as a transcription editor for a law firm that represented members of the Cosa Nostra, teaching college-level composition, and working on spreadsheets for nurse practitioners, she wrote for a variety of publications, including a trade magazine focused on post-production houses in the advertising industry. She has since cofounded an editorial and design business. She lives with her husband and son in Oakland, California.
is the host of Story Makers Podcast (StoryMakersShow.com), author of the
novel Shy Girl (FSG, Seal Press) and co-director and co-writer of several several films,
includingFtF: Female to Femme,
a creative documentary and Little Mutinies, a short (both
distributed by Frameline). She earned an M.F.A. from Columbia University in Creative
Writing and has taught at the Pratt Institute, UCSC, St. Mary’s, where she was the visiting
distinguished writer, and elsewhere. She co-directs and teaches at BookWritingWorld.com
and SonomaCountyWritersCamp.com. She is currently producing a feature film called Lost
in the Middle, and finishing a novel.