F147. Poetry, Fiction, & Gronkfest: Celebrating Five Years of What Books Press

Room 606, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Friday, February 28, 2014
10:30 am to 11:45 am


With its genre-bending list of bilingual poetry, eco-fabulist science fiction, magic journalism, and graphic narrative, What Books Press was founded to assert the imperative for serious writing that reflects the diversity of literary and political cultures emerging from Los Angeles, a center of art for the globalized world. This panel celebrates the press’ first five years with readings of poetry and prose and a multimedia presentation by the visual artist Gronk, who makes all What Books art.



Katharine Haake’s new novel is the future eco fable, The Time of Quarantine. Her prior works include the hybrid novel, That Water, Those Rocks, and three short story collections. She teaches at CSU Northridge and has contributed widely to the scholarship and pedagogy of Creative Writing Studies.

Gronk is one of Los Angeles' most recognized visual artists. His work is in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the National Museum of American Art in Washington D.C. He is also a set designer working frequently with the director Peter Sellars.

Lynne Thompson’s collection, Start With A Small Guitar, was published in 2013. Her poems have been widely published in literary journals including Ploughshares, Sou’Wester, Solo Novo, and Crab Orchard Review. She is reviews and essays editor of the journal, Spillway.

Rod Val Moore’s short story collection, Igloo Among Palms, won the Iowa Short Fiction award in 1994. A novel, Brittle Star, is forthcoming this year, and another novel, A History of Hands, won the 2013 Juniper Prize in fiction. He teaches creative writing and linguistics at L.A. Valley College.

Ramón García is the author of a book of poetry Other Countries, and a forthcoming book of poetry entitled The Chronicles. His poetry has appeared in Best American Poetry 1996, Poetry Salzburg Review, and Los Angeles Review. He is a Professor at the California State University, Northridge.


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