Poetry Santa Cruz celebrates National Poetry Month with a reading by poets Sally Ashton and Ken Weisner.
Sally Ashton is editor-in-chief of DMQ Review, an online journal featuring poetry and art. She teaches creative writing at San Jose State University and has also taught through the UC Santa Cruz Extension. She has led more than 100 workshops including with Disquiet: International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal. Writing across genres, in collaboration with artists, and specializing in short prose forms, she has published in Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics, as well as in Brevity, Drunken Boat, Los Angeles Review of Books, Poet Lore, Poetry Flash, Rattle, and Zyzzyva. Her work also appears in the textbook anthology An Introduction to the Prose Poem, inBreathe: 101 Contemporary Odes, and in the best-seller Poems for the 99 Percent.
She is the author of three collections, These Metallic Days (2005), in Main Street Rag's Editor's Choice Chapbook Series; Her Name Is Juanita (2009), nominated for a Pushcart Prize; and Some Odd Afternoon (2010), her first full-length collection, with selections nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She also is assistant editor of They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing (2018). She was the founding director of the California Poets Festival in San Jose (2007 and 2008), which was supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She served as Santa Clara County's Poet Laureate 2011-2013. Her other honors include fellowships from Arts Council Silicon Valley and a Lucas Artist Residency at Montalvo Arts Center. In addition, two of her poems were selected for inclusion in Best American Poetry 2011, and she won first prize in the 2014 Fish Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by Fish Publishing, Dublin, Ireland.
Ken Weisner teaches English at De Anza College, where he advises and edits Red Wheelbarrow. Ken has published three volumes of his poetry with Hummingbird Press, including Anything on Earth (2010) and his new book, Cricket to Star. Ken’s poems have appeared most recently in Perfume River Poetry Review, Catamaran, Caesura, Nine Mile, Porter Gulch Review, and Phren-Z. He also teaches poetry writing at Salinas Valley State Prison.
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Poetry Santa Cruz is grateful for the support of its members and donors, especially a most generous donation by co-founder and Board member Tilly Washburn Shaw. Our readings are supported by Bookshop Santa Cruz. 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.