Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The Lab: Poetry Marathon: 8/12

The LAB presents

The 2006 Bay Area Summer Poetry Marathon

Saturday, August 12, 7-10 PM
$3-$15 sliding scale admission

This event takes place at The LAB, 2948 16th Street @ Capp, San Francisco

From its inception during the summer of 2000, the Boston Poetry Marathon developed a national reputation among experimental poets. An annual weekend-long event, it featured approximately 40 readers (poets primarily but also artists from mixed genres). Everyone, from the distinguished poetic elder to the excited emerging poet, read for 20 minutes each. Boston Marathon readers included Charles Bernstein, Anselm Berrigan, Frank Bidart, Maxine Chernoff, Norma Cole, Robert Creeley, Forrest Gander, Paul Hoover, Fanny Howe, Laura Mullen, Jena Osman, Maureen Owen, Heather Ramsdell, David Shapiro, Tom Sleigh, Juliana Spahr, Cole Swensen, Anne Waldman, John Yau, and many others. When co-founders/co-curators Donna de la Perriere and Joseph Lease moved to the Bay Area in 2003, they moved the Poetry Marathon to San Francisco. A tremendous success, the 2004 and 2005 Bay Area Summer Poetry Marathons took place as four day-long events at The LAB. Each Saturday event featured over 15 readers.

This year, poets from across the U.S. and the Bay Area join together again to celebrate innovative poetry in a series of readings throughout the summer at The LAB. The 2006 Marathon will include established and emerging poets such as Dodie Bellamy, Taylor Brady, Lee Ann Brown, Maxine Chernoff, Diane DiPrima, Edward Foster, Graham Foust, Kathleen Fraser, Gloria Frym, Brenda Hillman, D.A. Powell, Elizabeth Robinson, Truong Tran, and many more.

August 12 readers include:

Julian T. Brolaski
Anna Eyre
Edward Foster
Gloria Frym
Brenda Hillman
D.A. Powell
Elizabeth Robinson

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