The Octopus Literary Salon and great weather for MEDIA present a rollicking evening of cutting edge poets and prose writers from across the Bay Area and the U.S. They come together to celebrate the release of great weather’s new anthology, Suitcase of Chrysanthemums, which features work by intense wordsmiths – including those you’ll hear tonight – along with an interview with actor/director Sonja Sohn (The Wire, The Chi, Baltimore Rising). Come prepared for revelations, epiphanies, and a few broad smiles.
This evening features writers from across the US and beyond, including Cassandra Dallett (Oakland), Carol Dorf (Berkeley), Kit Kennedy (Rossmoor, CA), Cathyann Cusimano (Mountain View, CA), Heikki Huotari (Marin County), Richard Loranger (Oakland), and great weather editors David Lawton (NY) and Jane Ormerod (from NY and UK).
Based in New York City, great weather for MEDIA publishes established and emerging writers from across the United States and beyond.
Please stop by, get yourself dangerously verbiaged up, and pick up a Suitcase of Chrysanthemums to call your very own.
RELEASE PARTY for The Other Side of Violet
a reading by
and Jane Ormerod
plus a brief open mic
hosted by Richard Loranger
Cathyann Cusimano’s work has a way of making the ordinary speak as if it were a stop along a traveler’s journey. She is at once academic and undisciplined, is rebellious and constrained by the polite dance of her own way of seeing. Cathyann has published four books of poetry: Being Myself on Fire, The Soul Made Visible, The Main Content, and Ordinarily Divine.
Cassandra Dallett has been published in over a hundred online and print magazines, look for links at cassandradallett.me. Cassandra reads often around the Bay Area, she hosts the monthly writing workshop OnTwoSix, and co-hosts the quarterly reading series Moon Drop Productions. Her first full-length book of poetry Wet Reckless (Manic D Press) was released in 2014. In 2015, she authored five chapbooks one of them, On Sunday, A Finch (Nomadic Press) was nominated for a California Book Award, 2018 brought the release of another full-length collection, Collapse, also on Nomadic Press.
Carol Dorf has two chapbooks available: Some Years Ask (Moria Press) and Theory Headed Dragon (Finishing Line Press). Her poetry appears in Bodega, E-ratio, About Place, Glint, Slipstream, The Mom Egg, Sin Fronteras, Surreal Poetics, The Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Scientific American, Maintenant, and The Other Side of Violet (great weather for MEDIA). She is poetry editor of Talking Writing and teaches math in Berkeley.
Heikki Huotari is a retired professor of mathematics. In a past century, he attended a one-room country school and spent summers on a forest fire lookout tower. Heikki’s poems appear in numerous journals, most recently in The Journal and The Penn Review. He is the winner of the 2016 Gambling the Aisle chapbook contest. Forthcoming work will be published by Lynx House Press, Willow Springs, and After the Pause.
Kit Kennedy serves as Poet in Residence of SF Bay Times and Poet in Residence of her church. She has published six collections of poetry. She regrets little except she never (to date) has skateboarded but she is an avid pickleball player.
Richard Loranger is a writer, performer, musician, visual artist, and all-around squeaky wheel, currently residing in Oakland, CA. He is the founder of Poetea, a monthly literary conversation group. His recent book of flash prose, Sudden Windows (Zeitgeist Press, 2016), has been warmly received. He is also the author of the Poems for Teeth, The Orange Book, and nine chapbooks, and has work in over 100 magazines and journals. He co-curates the series Babar in Exile with poet Paul Corman-Roberts, and is debuting a new queer talk series, #we, in November, 2018. You can find more about his work and scandals at https://www.richardloranger.com
David Lawton is the author of Sharp Blue Stream (Three Rooms Press). David is a graduate of the theatre program at Boston University, where he was also a Guest Artist in the graduate play writing classes taught by Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott. For ten years he was a background vocalist in the New York underground band Leisure Class. At the band's de facto headquarters in the Chelsea Hotel, he befriended Beat godfather Herbert Huncke and San Francisco poet Marty Matz and was inspired by their embodiment of the written word. He is a founding editor of great weather for MEDIA.
Jane Ormerod is the author of the full-length poetry collections Welcome to the Museum of Cattle and Recreational Vehicles on Fire (both from Three Rooms Press), and the chapbook 11 Films (Modern Metrics/EXOT Books). Her work also appears in publications including Maintenant, Flapperhouse, Marsh Hawk Press Review, Post (BLANK), Sensitive Skin, and Paris Lit Up. Born on the south coast of England, Jane now lives in New York City and performs extensively across the United States and beyond. She is a founding editor of great weather for MEDIA.