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03/01 Poetry & Art Series Special Event at Museum of the Living Artist

Date: March 1, 2013 Time: 6:30 Number of sessions: 1 Members: $5 Nonmembers:  Location: Museum of the Living Artist, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park

On Friday, March 1, Poetry & Art Series 2013 features Fiction International with writers Harold Jaffe, Katie Farris and San Diego’s own Jimmy Jazz.  These renowned authors will read with select Fiction International assistant editors from SDSU.  This arts and culture event takes place in the Museum of the Living Artist, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for treats, refreshments and live music by Nathan Hubbard.  Members are free; $5 at the door, or guests may bring wine to share and get in free.

Fiction International is an SDSU-affiliated journal dedicated to progressive political ideals and innovative forms of fiction and nonfiction.  Edited by Harold Jaffe, Fiction International turns 40 this year. 

Harold Jaffe is the author of 20 books, including 13 fiction (or docufiction) collections, five novels and two volumes of essays.  He is a professor of creative writing, English and comparative literature at SDSU.  His work has been translated into 15 languages, and has appeared in City Lights ReviewParis Review and Best American Stories to name a few.

Katie Farris is a fiction writer, translator, and professor. Farris has taught at UC Berkeley and Brown University and has served as a Visiting Professor at New England College’s MFA Program. She currently teaches fiction, poetry, and comparative literature at San Diego State University. Her fiction, translations, and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in Virginia Quarterly Review, Verse, Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, Green Mountains Review, Washington Square, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Brooklyn Rail and other publications.

Jimmy Jazz has read poetry at a bowling alley in Chicago, a punk squat in Phoenix, a clothing store in Los Angeles, The Fringe Festival in New York, and at myriad universities, theaters, coffee shops, galleries, bars and bookstores. He has written five novels and edited the web mag Pirate Enclave since 1999. Since finding unemployment, he has written an exhaustive 500-page memoir/history called The Book of Books.  He is celebrating the release of two novels – House of the Unwed Mother and The Cadillac Tramps.

Ryan Forsythe, Dani Heinemeyer, Julie Harris, Charlie Griggs are SDSU MFA students and assistant editors at Fiction International. 

Nathan Hubbard’s music is an amalgam of his work as an improviser, composer and instrument builder.

Following the reading, there will be open mic for writers or painters who would like to share a few pieces of their work.Nathan Hubbard will provide live music.  There will be treats and beverages as always.  Please contact host Michael Klam with any questions:  619-957-3264 (cell) or 619-236-0011 (museum).

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