Saturday, February 5, 7:00 p.m.
@ Bridge Street Books
Charles Alexander is the founder and director of Chax Press, in Tucson, where he has lived all but three of the past 27 years. His books include Hopeful Buildings (Chax 1990), Arc of Light / Dark Matter (Segue 1992), Near or Random Acts (Singing Horse 2004), and Certain Slants (Junction 2007), which includes 30 sections of the ongoing work Pushing Water, which is expected to be published in its entirety in 2011. He is recipient of the distinguished Arizona Arts Award, and is a former director of Minnesota Center for Book Arts, of Black Mesa Press, and of the Tucson Poetry Festival. . In the summer of 2007 he was a participant in the TAMAAS poetry translation seminar in Paris, France. Chax Press has published some 120 books over the last two and a half decades.

Lee Ann Brown was born in Japan, and grew up in Charlotte, NC before attending Brown University undergraduate and for an MFA in Poetry. She is the author of Polyverse (Sun & Moon Press, 1999) and The Sleep That Changed Everything (Wesleyan University Press). Brown is on the editorial board of the Contemporary Poetry Series from University of New Orleans, the publisher of Tender Buttons press, and the founder of the French Broad Institute (of Time & the River) in Marshall, NC. Other editorial projects include Effluency: on the Spirit of Black Mountain College, and a 50th Birthday tribute to the Oulipo for Critophoria. She teaches poetry at St. John's University and lives in NYC and NC.

Mark McMorris' collections of poetry include Entrepôt (Coffee House Press, 2010); The Café at Light (Roof Books, 2004); The Blaze of the Poui (2003), which was selected by C. D. Wright for the 2002 Contemporary Poetry Series and was also a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; The Black Reeds(1997), winner of the Contemporary Poetry Series prize from the University of Georgia Press; Moth-Wings(1996), and Palinurus Suite (1992).He has taught at Brown University and University of California, Berkeley, and is currently on the faculty of Georgetown University.

Laura Moriarty's recent books include A Tonalist an essay poem from Nightboat Books, the novels, Cunning and Ultravioleta. A Semblance: Selected and New Poems, 1975 "“ 2007 came out from Omnidawn in 2007. She has taught at Mills College and Naropa University, among other places, and is Deputy Director of Small Press Distribution. For more, see the blog A Tonalist Notes.

Eileen Myles is the author of twelve books including the newly released Inferno: A Poet's Novel, the poetry collection Sorry, Tree, and a book of art and travel essays, The Importance of Being Iceland. A former Professor of Literature at University of California, San Diego, she now lives in New York City.

Elizabeth Robinson's most recent books are Also Known As (Apogee) and The Orphan & its Relations (Fence). A new poetry collection, Three Novels, is forthcoming in 2011 from Omnidawn. With Jennifer Phelps, Robinson is currently editing an essay anthology, Quo Anima, on poetry and spirituality in relation to contemporary women poets. She is a co-editor of EtherDome Chapbooks and Instance Press.

Jane Sprague's recent publications include the books The Port of Los Angeles (Chax) and *Belladonna Elders Series 8 with Tana Darragh and Diane Ward (*Belladonna). Her current projects include editing the multi-author collection Imaginary Syllabi (Palm Press) and working on the mss. My Appalachia. Sprague teaches at Cal State University, Long Beach and for Bard College's Institute for Writing and Thinking. She is the editor and publisher of Palm Press.

Sasha Steensen is the author of A Magic Book (Fence Books), The Method (Fence Books), correspondence (with Gordon Hadfield, Handwritten Press), The Future of an Illusion(Dos Press), and A History of the Human Family (Flying Guillotine). Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Denver Quarterly, Free Verse, and La Petit Zine. She edits Bonfire Press (, a small press located within the Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University. Bonfire publishes poetry chapbooks and broadsides using a Vandercook SP15 letterpress, type, and photopolymer plates. She also serves as a poetry editor for Colorado Review. She teaches Creative Writing at Colorado State University.

Cole Swensen's latest book is Greensward (Ugly Duckling) She teaches poetry at the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. Her books include Ours, Goest, Such Rich Hour, Oh, Try, and Noon. Her poetry has won the Iowa Poetry Prize and the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award. She is the editor/publisher of La Presse which has published works in translation by Marie Borel, Emmanuel Hocquard, Claude Royet-Journoud, & others. Swensen is also a translator and has won the PEN USA Award in Literary Translation. She teaches at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Rosmarie Waldrop's most recent book is Driven to Abstraction (New Directions, 2010). She is also the author of A Key Into the Language of America, Split Infinites, the trilogy, The Reproduction of Profiles, Lawn of Excluded Middle, Reluctant Gravities, and a Selected Poems, Another Language. Two novels, The Hanky of Pippin's Daughter and A Form/of Taking/It All have recently been reprinted in one paperback by Northwestern University Press. She has translated 14 volumes of Edmond Jabès's work, as well as works by Jacques Roubaud and Emmanuel Hocquard, Friederike Mayröcker, Elke Erb, Ernst Jandl, Oskar Pastior, and others. She publishes Burning Deck Press in Providence, RI with her husband Keith Waldrop.

BRIDGE STREET BOOKS 2814 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20007 ph 202 965 5200

Located in Georgetown, next to the Four Seasons Hotel, five blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro, blue & orange lines.


Bridge Street Books is located 5 blocks from Foggy Bottom Metro, next to Four Seasons in Georgetown at the end of M street

open Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 9pm
Sunday: 12pm - 6pm
(202) 965-5200

In business for over twenty years, Bridge Street is one of a rare breed these days--a successful independent bookseller. It has what is certainly the best poetry section in Washington, well-stocked in alternative poetry and poetics as well as mainstream. Bridge Street also has extremely good selections in Philosophy, Politics, Cultural Theory, Women's Studies, Film, Music, and other areas. They also have a plethora of quality sale books.

Manager (& well-known poet!) Rod Smith has been organizing readings in the Washington Area since 1988 and has brought Rae Armantrout, Charles Bernstein, Lee Ann Brown, John Cage, Kevin Davies, Lyn Hejinian, Lisa Jarnot, Alice Notley, Tom Raworth, Lisa Robertson, Leslie Scalapino, Chris Stroffolino and many other important writers to DC.