Peninsula Literary Series Presents A Reading on Friday, November 12, 2010, 7:00 p.m. At Gallery House,320 South California Avenue, Palo Alto @ Birch Street, through Printer’s Inc. Cafe Featuring: Peter Orner and Keith Ekiss, with guest artist Sydell Lewis and guest readers Elizabeth Costello, Ken Haas, Jerry Dyer, and Casey FitzSimons, JOIN US FOR A GREAT EVENING OF POETRY AND PROSE! Authors will have books for sale at the reading. Donations of $5-10 gratefully accepted. Carrie Hechtman and Jean Znidarsic, Series co-organizers
Keith Ekiss is a Jones Lecturer in Creative Writing at Stanford University and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry. He is the past recipient of scholarships and residencies from the Bread Loaf and Squaw Valley Writers’ Conferences, Santa Fe Art Institute, and the Petrified Forest National Park. His poems, and his translations of the Costa Rican poet Eunice Odio, have appeared in Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, New England Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, The Christian Science Monitor, and elsewhere. Pima Road Notebook, his first book, is recently out from New Issues Poetry & Prose.
Peter Orner was born in Chicago and is the author of the novel, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo (Little, Brown, 2006), winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, and the story collection, Esther Stories (Houghton Mifflin, 2001). Orner also edited a book of oral histories, Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives, which was published in 2008 by McSweeneys for the Voice of Witness Series. His new novel, Love and Shame and Love, will be published by Little, Brown in 2011. His work has appeared in Best American Stories, was twice awarded a Pushcart prize, and has been a finalist for the Pen Hemingway Award. His story “The Raft” is being made into a film starring Ed Asner. Orner is an associate professor at San Francisco State University and is currently the William Kittredge Visiting Writer at the University of Montana.
Oak Key by Sydell Lewis
Statement from Featured Artist Sydell Lewis
“The vibrancy, richness and complexity of modern life inspires my abundant use of layers of color and texture to express its tumultuous, exciting and mysterious nature. My training in science and dance as well as art, determines my attitude with a brush or a roller or whatever instrument I can find to create and enhance my image. I combine dancing gestures with hard edge technical precision and visual craft. My prints are all one-of-a-kind monotypes created with acrylic paint rather than conventional ink. They have the same light fast qualities of either oil or acrylic paintings.
I studied painting and drawing in New York City at the high school of Music and Art and Cooper Union Art School. I have exhibited my work in San Francisco at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery; Octavia's Haze Gallery and Robert Allen Fine Arts Gallery; and in the South Bay, at the Triton Museum of Santa Clara; Gallery 9, Los Altos; and Gallery House, Palo Alto. My work is in numerous private and corporate collections on both coasts.” About Gallery House Gallery House was founded in 1958 as part of the Palo Alto Consumers' Co-op to provide holiday sales of local artists' works; however, within two years the members established a permanent venue to show their works on the peninsula. Gallery members include painters, sculptors, printers, ceramicists, jewelers, photographers and mixed media artists who exhibit in styles ranging from photo-realism to impressionistic to abstraction, demonstrating the wide diversity and high quality of local artistic work. For more information visit www.galleryhouse2.com .