before the reading, had the sunny pleasure of meeting barbara jane reyes and javier o’huerta for drinks at the jack london rendezvous spot: heinold’s first and last chance bar:
the messed up thing is that barbara & javier wouldnt let me sit with them because they said only poets who have blogged at the poetry foundation harriet blog can sit at their table! haters!
anyhoo, after that oscar bermeo met up with us and we headed over to the reading, which was just a few blocks from jack london square. oscar & javier:
and hey, guess who else showed up? fresno poet lee herrick:
the reading was in a sexy loft that was also an artist residency space. so the readers actually read within the installation (they had to take off their shoes). unfortunately, not all my pics came out, so here’s just a sampling (not all readers are pictured, but they included
OSCAR BERMEO | MAI DOAN | KENJI C. LIU | BARBARA JANE REYES | VICKIE VÉRTIZ):
i think the whole coffin thing was a comment on how poetry aint dead or something. i dunno, maybe you have a better interpretation?