Lyrics and Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series
Prominent, emerging, and beginning writers highlight various forms of writing to spotlight the diverse literary community of the East Bay. Featured readers this month are Zubair Ahmed, Rebecca Foust, Inna Nopuente, Richard Silberg, and Javier Zamora.
ABOUT Lyrics & Dirges is a monthly reading series that features a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Its aim is to highlight various forms of writing in an effort to spotlight the diverse literary community that lives in the Bay Area.
Zubair Ahmed’s debut poetry collection City of Rivers is based on his childhood in Bangladesh and is a nominee for the Northern California Book Reviewers Award. He is currently finishing his PhD in mechanical engineering at Stanford where he also studies creative writing.
Rebecca Foust grew up in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, a small town surrounded by farmlands and forests, quarries and strip mines. After a career in the law, she picked up the writing put aside for more than thirty years. She holds an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson. Her full-length poetry collection All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song won the Many Mountains Moving Book Prize. Her poetry set beside art in the book God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World won the Foreword Review Book of the Year Award for Poetry. Her chapbooks, Mom’s Canoe and Dark Card, were recipients of the Robert Phillips Chapbook Poetry Prize.
Inna Nopuente, born and raised in Manila, the Philippines, has pursued the experience of winter in both her travels and her poetry. Once obtaining American citizenship, she promptly applied for a passport and left the country—to see more of Iceland and then the world. Her poetry and photography are published in Milvia Street. Be on the watch for her travel writing.
Richard Silberg is one of the Berkeley personalities that make this city so Berkeley. He’s author of several books of poetry including Deconstructing the Blues and his latest, The Horses: New and Selected. He’s also a translator of the Korean poet Ko Un. He’s also authored book of criticism and essays and is Associated Editor of Poetry Flash.
Javier Zamora was born in La Herradura, La Paz, El Salvador. At the age of nine he immigrated to the Yunaited Estais. His chapbook, Nine Immigrant Years, is the winner of the 2011 Organic Weapon Arts Contest. Zamora is a CantoMundo fellow and a Breadloaf work-study scholarship recipient. He has received scholarships from Frost Place, Napa Valley, Squaw Valley, and VONA. His poems appear or are forthcoming in Interrupture, NewBorder, Ploughshares, Poet Lore, Spillway among others. He is a Writer in the Public Schools Fellow and a MFA candidate at NYU, where he teaches Intro to Poetry.