Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Philip Levine, Steve Gehrke, and Jason Koo

Chin Music: The Poetry Reading Series @ Pacific Standard Bar
Featuring Philip Levine, Steve Gehrke, and Jason Koo

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 @ 7:00 PM

Pacific Standard Bar
82 Fourth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
(between St. Marks and Bergen Streets)

Please join us for our next evening of Chin Music @ Pacific Standard. On October 22nd, we are thrilled to feature three excellent poets: Philip Levine, Steve Gehrke, and Jason Koo. Other writers to be featured in Chin Music this season include Monica de la Torre, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Ian Douglas, Aaron Fagan, Aracelis Girmay, Stuart Greenhouse, Roddy Lumsden, Jynne Dilling Martin, and Akilah Oliver.

Located on Fourth Avenue in downtown Brooklyn, near the Atlantic/Pacific subway hub, Pacific Standard is a literary bar serving up eighteen microbrews on tap and cask (including both West Coast and local breweries), fine wines and liquors, and tasty snacks like chips and salsa, and meat and cheese plates.


Philip Levine's new collection of poetry is NEWS OF THE WORLD, published this autumn by Knopf. He is the author of sixteen collections of poems and two books of essays. He has received many awards for his poetry, including the National Book Award in 1980 for ASHES and again in 1991 for WHAT WORK IS, and the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for THE SIMPLE TRUTH. Mr. Levine divides his time between Brooklyn, New York, and Fresno, California.

Steve Gehrke has published three books of poems, most recently MICHELANGELO'S SEIZURE, which was selected for the National Poetry Series. His poetry has earned him a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Pushcart Prize and has been published in numerous journals. He holds degrees from Minnesota State University, University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Missouri. He has previously taught creative writing and literature courses at the University of Missouri and Seton Hall University. He is currently Assistant Professor in the English Department at Gettysburg College.

Jason Koo is the author of MAN ON EXTREMELY SMALL ISLAND, winner of the 2008 De Novo Poetry Prize. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center, he has published his poetry and prose in numerous journals, including The Yale Review, North American Review and The Missouri Review. He earned his B.A. in English from Yale, his M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Houston and his Ph.D. in English and creative writing from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He currently lives in New York, where he teaches at NYU and Lehman College and serves as Poetry Editor of Low Rent.

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