On Weds., May 2, UCSD's Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout and San Diego Citybeat's Edwin Decker will read in the Museum of the Living Artist, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00 p.m. Members free, $5 at the door or bring a snack/wine to share.
Rae Armantrout's book of poetry Versed, published by the Wesleyan University Press, earned the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. On March 11, 2010, Armantrout was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for Versed. Her work has been honored by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and she received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008. Her most recent collection, Money Shot, was published in February 2011.
Edwin Decker is a freelance journalist and columnist whose work has appeared in The San Diego Union Tribune, San Diego Reader, Modern Drunkard Magazine, Seattle Stranger, Tucson Weekly, Cleveland Scene and other magazines and newspapers across the country. His satiric and sometimes controversial column, "Sordid Tales," runs every other week in San Diego CityBeat.
Decker's book Barzilla and Other Psalms, published by Puna Press, was nominated for a 2007 San Diego Book Award and his performance piece, “Questioning Innocence is Questionable,” won the grand prize for the San Diego Visual Arts Performance Slam. Website:EdwinDecker.com.
Following the reading, there will be open mic for writers or painters who would like to share a few pieces of their work.
Please contact host, Michael Klam, with any questions: 619-957-3264 (cell) or 619-236-0011 (museum). Writers/artists would like to read on the open mic, can sign up ahead of time at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign in on the night of the show.
More info about Rae Armantrout can be found at www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/.../100517crbo_books_chiasson and for her Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Versed,” see versedreader.site.wesleyan.edu. Edwin Decker articles and poetry can be found at edwindecker.com andpunapress.com.