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Poetry Santa Cruz: Doreen Stock and Stephen Kessler

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 7:30pm


A woman's face smiling.Poet, essayist, memoir practitioner, Doreen Stock has been exploring creative nonfiction for thirty plus years from the feminine point of view as a wife, mother of three, single human, and grandmother of eleven. Her first book of poems, The Politics of Splendor, Alcatraz Editions, Santa Cruz, 1984, was part of a New American Writers exhibit at the Frankfurt Book Fair that year. It combined her own poetry and prose poems with her translation from the work of Marina Tsvetaeva and Anna Akhmatova.
While raising three children she wrote two book-length memoirs: FIVE: The Transcript of a Journey, detailing travels through Europe in a VW van, and My Name is Y, an anti-nuclear demonstrator’s family memoir. She was also a small press (D’Aurora Press) editor and publisher at that time. The Bookcase, a memoir exploring totalitarianism and the self, was begun in Amsterdam in the eighties, and after that, Rani, describing her first five-month stay in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. During seven years of travel in the nineties, she composed several collections of poems, Memorial Service, Poems of Arad among them, and the essays which eventually became, On Leaving Jerusalem: Prose of a Traveling Nature. A collection of poetry, In Place of Me, Selected and with an Introduction by Jack Hirschman was released by Mine Gallery Editions in the spring of 2015, followed by Talking With Marcelo, Doreen Stock in Conversation with Marcelo Holot, a book-length interview with the Argentine Journalist, also by Mine Gallery Editions, in 2017. And a work of historical fiction, Three Tales from the Archives of Love, was released by Norfolk Press in January, 2018. Reviews of the last three publications may be found at and at The San Francisco Review of Books. More information is available at or on her Facebook author’s page. A selection of poetry and translations including an interview has been archived at Marin Poet’s Live!

A man looking straight forward, wearing glasses, a black beret, and a scarf.Stephen Kessler’s poems, translations, essays, criticism, and journalism have appeared over the last fifty years in hundreds of literary magazines, newspapers, anthologies and books, most recently Garage Elegies, new poems from Black Widow Press.  His translations of the Spanish poet Luis Cernuda have received the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men’s Poetry, the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the PEN Center USA Translation Award.  His version of Save Twilight: Selected Poems by Julio Cortázar received a Northern California Book Award.  He is also the editor and principal translator of The Sonnets by Jorge Luis Borges, and the author of a novel, The Mental Traveler.  His cultural, political and personal essays appear most Saturdays on the opinion page of the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

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.