And we are thanking the donor, celebrating his healing, and raising funds to help him with the debt via a
Benefit Reading at UC Berkeley: Robert Hass, D. A. Powell, W. S. Di Piero, Brenda Hillman, David Breskin, Troy Jollimore and more . . .
When: Thursday, June 23
Where: Wheeler Hall, University of California, Berkeley
Time: Doors open at 7
ZYZZYVA and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers team up to present a Bay Area evening of esteemed poets and writers celebrating Dean Young’s successful heart transplant with readings from their own work and from Dean Young’s poetry, too.
This fundraiser to help cover the expenses of the heart transplant will feature a who’s who of poets and writers from the Bay Area and from across the country.
• Robert Hass – served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997 and directs the Poetry Program of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.
• W.S. DiPiero – is a poet, translator, and essayist whose latest works include Chinese Apples: New and Selected Poems
• Octavio Solis – is the nationally recognized director and playwright of several dramas, including El Paso Blue and Santo & Santo
• Brenda Hillman – is the author of eight collections of poetry, the most recent of which are Pieces of Air in the Epic and Practical Water
• D.A. Powell – is the award-winning author of several poetry books including Cocktails and Chronic
• Troy Jollimore – is a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for his poetry collection Tom Thomson in Purgatory
• Michael Wiegers – is the executive editor of Copper Canyon Press
• Dora Malech – is the author of the poetry collections Shore Ordered Ocean and Say So
• Joe DiPrisco – is a writer, novelist, and poet and author of the poetry collection Poems in Which
• David Breskin – is a writer, poet, and record producer and author of the poetry collections Escape Velocity and Supermodel
Oscar Villalon, managing editor of ZYZZYVA, will emcee
Donation stations will be set up for the event (if you can't come, click on the previous post for info on where to donate). Signed copies of Dean Young books, as well as specially commissioned broadsides of his poems, will be available.