It’s hard to believe that the fall semester is nearly over. I’ve had the great pleasure of co-curating SFSU’s Graduate Reading Series, VelRo with Sofia Lopez and Dirk Petersen. We’ve had so many wonderful writers feature for us, with a few special nights thrown in. We’ve been working on expanding our social media, and I’m especially proud of the work we’ve done on our website (be sure to check out our archives) and YouTube Channel.
This year, Sofia, Dirk, and I started hosting (almost) monthly Open Mic Nights, where we lengthened the open mic spots to a luxurious seven minutes! Watch a short photo montage of our first Open Mic Night here! We also had the thrill of hosting Andrew Joron for a musical interlude during our Halloween Open Mic Night.
We also had the pleasure of hosting a Small Press Night, featuring Red Light Lit, Drop Leaf Press, and Confeitaria. It was a wonderful chance to hear some of the great work published and produced by these small presses founded by SFSU alums and current MFA students.
In November we were thrilled to host a Book Release Party, featuring Natasha Dennerstein and her new book of poems, Anatomize, and Phillip Barron, whose book What Comes from a Thing, won this year’s Michael Rubin Book Award and was published by Fourteen Hills Press. Such generous readers, they also participated in a Q&A session!
When SFSU returns from Thanksgiving break, they’ll be treated to an evening with Fourteen Hills, featuring three of the journal’s editors: faculty advisor Heather June Gibbons, assistant fiction editor Aimee Sun Kwon, and managing editor Brittany Smail.
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