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Kim Dower and William Minor
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 7:30 PM, Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz
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$3 suggested donation to Poetry Santa Cruz.

Kim (Freilich) Dower was born and raised in New York City and received a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, where she also taught creative writing. Her first collection of poetry, Air Kissing on Mars (Red Hen Press, 2010), was on the Poetry Foundation’s Contemporary Best Sellers list, and her second, Slice of Moon (Red Hen Press, 2013), was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her newest collection is Last Train to the Missing Planet (Red Hen Press, 2016). Her work has been featured in Garrison Keillor’s “The Writer’s Almanac,” and Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry,” as well as in Barrow Street, Eclipse, The Los Angeles Review, Ploughshares, Rattle, and the anthology Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond (Beyond Baroque Books / Pacific Coast Poetry Series, 2015). The founder of the Literary Publicity Company, Kim-from-L.A., she lives in West Hollywood, California.

Read an interview with Kim Dower and poems on the Writer’s Almanac website.

Learn more about Kim Dower on her website.

William Minor is the author of seven books of poetry: Pacific Grove (1974), For Women Missing or Dead, Goat Pan, Natural Counterpoint (with Paul Oehler), Poet Santa Cruz: Number 4, Some Grand Dust (Chatoyant Press, 2002), and Gypsy Wisdom: New and Selected Poems (Park Place Publications, 2015). He is a professional jazz musician, is the author of over 150 articles and three books on music, and has set poems to music and recorded two CDs: Bill Minor & Friends and Mortality Suite. Bill was commissioned by the Historic Sandusky Foundation to write a suite of original music and voice script based on a married couple’s exchange of letters throughout the Civil War: Love Letters of Lynchburg. In 2007, Bill published a comic novel: Trek: Lips, Sunny, Pecker and Me, and in 2012, The Inherited Heart: An American Memoir. In 2011, Bill was “first grand prize winner” in a national essay contest, “What Music Means to Me,” sponsored by Retail Print Music Dealers Association.

Read three poems on William Minor’s website.


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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