Peninsula Literary presents
an evening of poetry and prose.
7:00 pm Friday, April 20
Featuring Aaron Shurin and Bruce Snider,
guest Artist Peter Schenk
And guest readers:
Jerry Dyer, Maria Greene, John Nimmo, and Yanshuo Zhang
Produced by Jean Znidarsic and Carrie Hechtman
and Peninsula Literary interns: Claire Hallatt, Marisa Kanemoto, Nathan Hechtman and Michael Znidarsic
Find books by Peninsula Literary writers at Kepler’s Bookstore in Menlo Park.
Aaron Shurin is the author of eleven books, including the poetry collections Involuntary
Lyrics (Omnidawn, 2005) and The Paradise of Forms (Talisman House, 1999), a Publishers
Weekly Best Book; and most recently, Citizen published by City Lights. His prose collections
include King of Shadows, a collection of personal essays (City Lights Books, 2008); and
Unbound: A Book of AIDS (Sun & Moon, 1997). His work has appeared in over thirty national
and international anthologies, and has been translated into seven languages. Shurin’s honors
include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, the
San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Gerbode Foundation. He is a Professor in the MFA in
Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.
About Citizen: Widely acclaimed for his lyrical language and innovative verse, Aaron Shurin
brings the prose poem into new richness and complexity in Citizen. Through shape-shifting
sentences and sensuous imagery he explores the nuances of civic and domestic life, the twists and
turns of desire, and the mysterious shimmer of objects. Traveling across the borders of cities and the
boundaries of form, he crafts a dazzling vision of daily life as a citizen of the imagination.
Bruce Snider is the author of the poetry collections, Paradise, Indiana (LSU Press), winner of
the 2011 Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize, and The Year We Studied Women, winner of the
Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the American
Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Gettysburg Review and Best American Poetry 2012. Originally
from Indiana, he was a Wallace Stegner fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, and
has been writer-in-residence at both the James Merrill House and Amy Clampitt House. He will
be the Jenny McKean Moore Fellow at George Washington University in DC for 2012-2013.
About Paradise, Indiana: A father and son shovel snow from a driveway; a boy accidentally
sets himself on fire; two boys fish for bluegill; a young drag queen returns home to die. At the
center of it all, a teenage boy’s suicide resonates through the lives of those closest to him. The
poems in Bruce Snider’s Paradise, Indiana describe a place where mundane events neighbor the
most harrowing. Shaped by the author’s experiences growing up in rural Indiana, Paradise,
Indiana envisions a seldom recorded rural America, one where everything exists side by side: the
county fair and an abandoned small town gay bar, farmers and cross-dressers, death and hope,
beauty and despair.