Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Reading with Norman Fischer at Moe's

I'll be reading from Sonnet 56 at Moe's in Berkeley on Tuesday, October 20th, 7:30 p.m. This is the official Bay Area event for the book, which consists of 56 versions of Shakespeare's sonnet 56. Only a couple of the versions are sonnets, "Noun Plus Seven" and "Homosyntactic Translation," for instance. Included are "Haikuisation," "Chat Group," "Course Description," "Qasida," "Digression," and "Villanelle."

Moe's Books
2476 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley (510) 849-2087

Tuesday, October 20th 7:30:
Paul Hoover and Norman Fischer
Paul Hoover is the author of twelve books of poetry including Sonnet 56 (Les Figues Press, 2009), Edge and Fold (Apogee Press, 2006), and Poems in Spanish (Omnidawn, 2005), which was nominated for the Bay Area Book Award. With Maxine Chernoff, he edited and translated Selected Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin (Omnidawn Publishers, 2008). With Nguyen Do, he edited and translated the anthology Black Dog, Black Night: Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry (Milkweed Editions, 2008). Beyond the Court Gate: Poems of Nguyen Trai, edited and translated with Nguyen Do, will be published by Counterpath Press in 2010.

Norman Fischer is a poet, essayist, writer, and senior Zen Buddhist priest from the San Francisco Bay Area. His latest poetry collection is Questions/Places/Voices/ Seasons, just out from Singing Horse Press in San Diego, and his latest prose work is Sailing Home: Using the Wisdom of Homer's Odyssey to Navigate Life's Perils and Pitfalls (Simon and Schuster, 2008). Norman lived at the San Francisco Zen Center temples for twenty-five years, and served as an abbot of the Center from 1995-2000. In 2000 he founded the Everyday Zen Foundation. He lives with his wife Kathie on a cliff in Muir Beach.

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