We are pleased to host Kendra Tanacea in support of her debut poetry collection, A Filament Burns in Blue Degrees, recently published by Lost Horse Press. In addition, two Olympia poets, Clare Lilliston and Alejandro de Acosta, will also read from their work.
Kendra Tanacea holds an MFA in writing and literature from Bennington College. Her collection of poetry, A Filament Burns in Blue Degrees, was a finalist for the Idaho Prize for Poetry, and was published by Lost Horse Press in 2017. Her second book, Garbage Heart, was a semifinalist for The Elixir Press 17th Annual Poetry Award and the Two Sylvias' 2016 Wilder Series Poetry Book Prize. Kendra’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in North American Review, Poet Lore, 5AM, Rattle, Moon City Review, and The Coachella Review, among others. In March 2017, Garrison Keillor read two of her poems on his radio show, The Writer’s Almanac. Visit her at kendratanacea.com.
Alejandro de Acosta is a teacher, writer, and translator, in no particular order; he also helps people make books. He was born in Buenos Aires in 1972. A onetime participant in the zine and mail art milieu, in Austin, Texas he founded mufa::poema, a micropress that freely distributed a dozen poetry and prose chapbooks. With Joshua Beckman, he has translated the poetry of Carlos Oquendo de Amat (Five Meters of Poems, Ugly Duckling Pressed) and Jorge Carrera Andrade (Micrograms, Wave Books, 2011). Most recently, he translated Fabián Ludueña’s philosophical treatise H.P. Lovecraft: The Disjunction in Being (Schism Press, 2015) and published “Notes to Complicate Cardenal’s Epigrams” in the journal Black Box. Two current projects are an anthology of writing by and about the Argentine poet Antonio Porchia and a translation of Fabián Ludueña’s Beyond the Anthropic Principle. He has lived in Olympia since 2014.
Clare Lilliston was born in Seattle, WA, currently resides in Olympia, WA, and will soon move to Oakland, CA to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Mills College. Currently Clare is a member of the writing and thinking collective Sundae Theory, which organizes inquiry-driven readings and seminars open to the community. Clare's work explores how non-human animals and objects provide models of other ways of being, and act as collaborators, co-conspirators, and accomplices in creative survival.