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Poetry Santa Cruz: Danusha Laméris and Robert Sward

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 7:30pm

A smiling white man wearing a leather cap, and holding a poodle, looking forward.

We celebrate the completion of Robert Sward’s tenure as Poet Laureate of Santa Cruz County and welcome Danusha Laméris as our new Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate!

Danusha Laméris lives in Santa Cruz, California, where, after completing a B.A. in Studio Art at U.C. Santa Cruz, she studied at the Squaw Valley Writers Workshops and with poets Ellen Bass, Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar.  Her work has been published, or is forthcoming in: Best American Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The New York Times Magazine, New Letters, Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, The SUNand Tin House, among other journals.  Her work has also been included in several anthologies, including The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry.  Her poem, "Riding Bareback," was selected by Gary Young as the winner of the 2013 Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Contest, while "The God of Numbers," and "Reading My Valentine's Poem to Frank X. Gaspar," both received special mentions in the Pushcart Prize anthology.  The Moons of August, her first book, was chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye as the winner of the 2013 Autumn House Press Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the 2015 Bingham University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award.  She teaches ongoing, independent writing workshops, and also works with individual writers.

Robert Sward has taught at Cornell University, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and UC Santa Cruz.  A Fulbright Scholar and Guggenheim Fellow, he was chosen by Lucille Clifton to receive a Villa Montalvo Literary Arts Award.  Among his 30 books are Four Incarnations (Coffee House Press, 1991), Rosicrucian in the Basement (2001), Heavenly Sex (2003), God is in the Cracks (Black Moss Press, 2006), and New and Selected Poems: 1957 – 2011 (Red Hen Press, 2011).  His forthcoming book, Love Has Made Grief Absurd, is a tragic-comedy, a monologue in the voice of a SF Bay Area artist as she struggles with the gradual loss of her faculties and, indeed, the loss of “herself” as she continues to live her life and create art.

Poetry Santa Cruz is dedicated to nurturing the poetry community and bringing poetry to the larger community in Santa Cruz County. We present poetry readings at Bookshop Santa Cruz and other locations in Santa Cruz County, and the Poet/Speak open reading. We also provide free information on other poetry-related events in the area.