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October 22nd

Fourteen Hills Fundraiser

Mon, 10/22/2007 - 9:03am




5th Floor Humanities Building

$10 or free with subsription. 

An Evening with Kim Addonizio and  Nona Caspers

Fourteen Hills, SFSU's literary magazine is edited and produced by MFA/MA students in the Creative Writing program. It's a wonderful journal, full of literary mystery, art, and pathos. And it operates on a shoestring budget. I'm the faculty adviser for the students who run the magazine and they need to raise funds in order to bring the magazine to the next level. 

So they've decided to have a fund raiser with two of The Bay Areas most loved and respected writers/teachers.  Hope to see you there. 

My Dreams Out in the Street

Kim Addonizio writes like Lucinda Williams sings, with hard-earned grit and grace about the heart's longing for love and redemption, the kind that can only come in the darkest dark when survival no longer even seems likely. MY DREAMS OUT IN THE STREET is one of the finest American novels I've read in some time, a night-blooming flower you will not be able to put down, so honestly rendered you'll wonder, as you turn the last page, why you feel so much hope. —Andre Dubus III

Even during the harshest times, the beauty of Addonizio's language binds the reader to a story that unfolds in the shadows of Denis Johnson's and Charles Bukowski's works...her characters desperate lives are rendered with striking delicacy. — Publishers Weekly

Addonizio, a poet and novelist writing with singeing intensity in this lip-biting yet strangely lyrical tale of survival, reveals how easily lives can come disastrously undone. Acutely aware of the tyranny of desire, and of the violence percolating within so many men, Addonizio creates mesmerizing characters. Some are pure evil, others, especially a private investigator just a breath away from criminality, combustibly complex. As she tells this bluesy tale of bad luck and addiction, sleazy hotels and sexual violence, biblical rain and sudden reprieves, Addonizio zeroes in on the power of love and life's insistence. —Booklist


Heavier Than Air


Nona Caspers

Winner of the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction

The stories in this first collection deliver the reader into a world in which men, women, and children are on the cusp of some deeper consciousness. The writing gives lie to orderly images of Midwesterners and instead evokes with unnerving clarity an interior landscape that is primitive and quietly chaotic. This is life in the balance—"whole worlds at the moment of rupture." The children and adolescent characters search for a moral compass or center, while the adults tangle with their own desires. And yet in these unprotected places people thrive in unexpected ways.

"Throughout this collection, which was plucked from a pile of 300 manuscripts and awarded the Grace Paley Prize in short fiction, Caspers details the many ways reality can interfere with our dreams. Not surprisingly, dissatisfaction becomes a dominant theme. One of the best stories, 'Mr. Hellerman's Vacation,' takes place mainly in the occupational and group therapy units of a hospital and features a protagonist who 'always wanted a set of trained snow dogs and sled; instead he got a series of farm dogs, pleasant rangy mutts that followed him in and out of the barn and got run over in the driveway.' During his recuperation from an exhaustion-induced breakdown, he becomes preoccupied by an existential question: 'Does he own the farm or does the farm own him?' Many of Caspers's stories are set in Minnesota's cattle and dairy country, and all of them traffic in the kind of Midwestern realism that doesn't rely on pyrotechnics to generate dramatic heat. Throughout, Caspers's people—it's difficult to consider some of them mere characters—question the decisions they've made or the ones they refuse to make. There's nothing flashy about Caspers's prose; like the beauty of the prairie itself, its attraction lies in details seen up close."

The New York Times Book Review


If you're driving go to googlemaps and type in 40 Tapia Dr. San Francisco.

The Humanities Building will be the one closest to the green arrow.

If you're on Muni get off the M car at SF State and cross the Campus to the Humanities Building.
Click the map.

Get off Muni at I10 then walk to H5 on the map's legend.