Join Us at Kaboom Books Tonight for Poetry and Finger Foods

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June 14, 2012 by WITS Editor

Here is announcement from our friends at Spacetaker about a reading at Kaboom Books on Thursday evening, June 14 at 7:30pm:

An explosion of poetry and translations by two amazing, innovative California-based poets. Jen Hofer is coming from Los Angeles and Javier Huerta from Berkeley (though Javier grew up here in Houston, Texas).

Jen Hofer just  won the 2012 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award for best translation of a book of poetry from the Academy of American Poets! Hofer was recognized for her translation of Myriam Moscona’s Negro Marfil / Ivory Black (Les Figues Press, 2011).

Come out and listen to these risk-taking authors, eat some finger food and drink some wine with us at the always wonderful Kaboom Books.

More info on the readers:

Javier O. Huerta is the author of American Copia: An Immigrant Epic (ArtePublico 2012) and Some Clarifications y otros poemas (Arte Publico 2007),which received the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize from UC Irvine. His poemshave recently been anthologized in American Tensions: Literature ofIdentity and the Search for Social Justice and The Best AmericanNonrequired Reading 2011. A graduate of the Bilingual MFA at UT El Paso,Huerta currently studies serious laughter in the English PhD program at UCBerkeley, where he teaches the following courses, “Politics and Poetics ofRefusal,” “Documents and the Literature of the Undocumented,” and”Laughter and Literature.”

Jen Hofer is a poet, translator, social justice interpreter, teacher, knitter, book-maker, public letter-writer, and urban cyclist. Her recent and forthcoming poem sequences and translations are available through various autonomous small presses including: Atelos, Counterpath Press, Dusie Books, Insert Press, Kenning Editions, Les Figues Press, Litmus Press, Little Red Leaves, Palm Press, and Subpress. Her installation titled “Uncovering: A Quilted Poem Made from Donated and Foraged Materials from Wendover, Utah” is on view at the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Utah through 2013. She teaches California Institute of the Arts, Goddard College, and Otis College, and works nationally and locally as a social justice interpreter through Antena, a language justice collaborative. She also writes letters for people in public spaces at her escritorio público, and makes tiny books by hand at her kitchen table in Cypress Park, Los Angeles.

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