The Pacific Review’s Fall Quarter First and Third Thursdays Poetry/Fiction Readings got off to a flying start last Thursday night!
Writers and fans were welcomed to the reading with music provided by Jonathan Sterling.
Poet Joy Manesiotis read from They Sing to the Bones, lyrical poems exploring memory, anger, grief, and survival. At times the audience sat, stunned by the evocation of powerful emotions, for a moment after a poem ended. Professor Manesiotis (who teaches at the University of Redlands) continued by reading the only complete poem extant from Sapphos’ work, then moving on to unpublished poems of her own. She spoke with the audience about the process of writing and the genesis of some of the poems. It was moving and enlightening, and so the evening began.
Professor Manesiotis introduced our next writers: University of Redlands’ students who are members of “Bird on a Wire.” Dolores Dickson, Mary Krome, Erica Braymen, Rachel Thomas, Hannah Lewis, Joseph Taylor, Phil Jackson, Samson Stilwell, Taylor Lauren Rice, Rachel Reynolds, and Jessica Morey-Collins read their work. Then, with CSUSB Pacific Review staff’s Jordan Muñoz and Estaban Raposo acting as Masters of Ceremonies, Larry Eby, Shali Nicholas, Isaac Escalera, Bory, Kelly Dortch, Cindy Rinne, James Maya, Michaelson Knapp, Andre Katkov, George H., Tristan Acker, Mouse, Price Hall, Heidi Richardson, and Sean Bobo read their work. Pieces included poetry, fiction, and works that blended the two in both new and traditional ways. They ranged from touching to infuriating, from naked grief to anger clothed as sarcasm, from humor to love. So much talent.
Here is the schedule for the rest of this quarter’s Pacific Review Thursday Reading Series and Student Open Mic: poetry and fiction. All readings are at 6PM in Pfau Library, Room 4005 (the Special Collections Room).
Oct 18: Release party and reading by contributors of Pacific Review and Ghost Town, our campus and national literary journals. OPEN MIC to follow.
November 1: Poets David St. John (National Book Award finalist, USC Professor) and Anna Journey (National Poetry Series Winner). OPEN MIC to follow.
November 15: Open Mic. Visiting writers TBA.
December 6: Diana Wagman and Julie Paegle! Novelist Diana Wagman reads from her new novel The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets, an “L.A. gothic” masterpiece and her fourth novel! Professor Wagman is our visiting professor of creative writing this year, teaching fiction and screen play workshops. And our own poet Julie Paegle, CSUSB professor and author of the acclaimed Torch, Song, Tango, Choir.