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Kita Shantiris and Doren Robbins
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 7:30 PM, Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz
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Kita Shantiris, also known as Kita S. Curry, is an American poet and psychologist. Published in the U.S., Ireland and England, her poetry has appeared in Ambit, Cranng, the Fish Anthology, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Quarterly West, The Moth, Slipstream, Wisconsin Review and other journals.  Her poems were included in The Border, a collection of three poets’ work published by Bombshelter Press (1984), and two were anthologized in The Faber Book of Movie Verse (Faber & Faber 1993). 

After a long hiatus focused on her career as a psychologist, Kita resumed writing again.  In 2012, she won 2nd Prize in the 2012 Ballymaloe International Poetry Contest; another poem was Commended.  She has twice been a Runner-Up in Fish Publishing’s contest (2011, 2014).  Her first full-length poetry collection, What Snakes Want, was published by Mayapple Press in 2015.

Read three poems on Kita Shantiris’ website.

Doren Robbins is a poet and mixed media artist and teaches at Foothill College where he has received the Foothill College Honors Society Appreciation Award for his teaching. His work has appeared in Third Rail, 5 AM, Sulphur, Iowa Review, Kayak, New Letters, North Dakota Quarterly, American Poetry Review, Cimarron Review, and many other periodicals. Recent collections of poetry, Driving Face Down (awarded the Blue Lynx Poetry Award 2001) and My Piece of the Puzzle (awarded the 2008 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Poetry Award) were published at Lynx House Press and Eastern Washington University Press. Lost Horse Press published Amnesty Muse in 2011. Robbins is also the author of a collection of monologues, short fiction and prose poetry, Parking Lot Mood Swing (Cedar Hill Press 2004). His latest book of poetry is Twin Extra (Wild Ocean Press, 2015).

Read poems from Twin Extra by Doren Robbins.


Poetry Santa Cruz is funded, in part, by a grant from Arts Council Santa Cruz County.  Some events are supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from the James Irvine Foundation.  Poetry Santa Cruz is also grateful for the support of its members and donors, In Celebration of the Muse, and those who donated in memory of Maude Meehan and Kathleen Flowers.  The William James Association acted as our fiscal sponsor for our first four years.  Our readings are supported by Bookshop Santa Cruz, Capitola Book Café, Cabrillo College, Darling House, and KUSP.  Membership premiums have been donated by Graywolf Press, the University of Pittsburgh Press, Robert Sward, Coffee House Press, Copper Canyon Press, and Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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