Don’t miss World Above: Free Poetry Night this month. We’ve got some special, surprise poets coming to read on the Open Mic as well as the lovely Elinor Mattern as Opening Poet and the esteemed David Yezzi as our guest, featured poet. Open Mic at 7 sharp, featured poets go on at 8.
David Yezzi is the author of The Hidden Model (TriQuarterly, 2003) and Azores (Swallow, 2008), a Slate magazine best book of the year. He is the editor of The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets (2009), foreword by J. D. McClatchy. His libretto for a chamber opera by David Conte, Firebird Motel, received its premiere in San Francisco in 2003 and was released on CD from Arsis in 2007. A Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University from 1998 to 2000, his poems have appeared in The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The New Republic, The Best American Poetry, The Yale Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. A former director of the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in New York, he is executive editor of The New Criterion. He is currently at work on a libretto of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon for composer Cyril Deaconoff and West Bay Opera. His literary essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The New York Sun, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The (London) Times Literary Supplement, and elsewhere. As an actor and co-founder of Thick Description, a San Francisco theater company, Mr. Yezzi has performed in works by Shakespeare, Shaw, Brecht, Goethe, Williams, and others, in the United States and Europe.
He earned a B.F.A in theater from Carnegie Mellon and an M.F.A. in poetry from Columbia University. He teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Western State College in Colorado and in the writing program of the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in New York. He lives in New York City with his family.
Elinor Mattern (MFA Fairleigh Dickinson University) teaches writing and literature at Atlantic Cape Community College. Her poems and non-fiction have appeared in Washington Square, Without Haloes, Footwork: Paterson Literary Review, The Sow’s Ear, the New Jersey anthology, 25 Women’s Perspectives, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. She was the recipient of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s MFA program’s Director’s Award in Poetry, and her poems are posted at their website, which can be accessed through http://www.webdelsol. She is also a visual artist, has exhibited her photographs and paintings, and speaks to groups on many aspects of creativity, culture and communication.