This summer, Wong May’s Picasso’s Tears: Poems 1978-2013 was published by Octopus Books, which marks one of the very proudest moments in our small presses’ history. Picasso’s Tears is Wong May’s fourth book of poems, but her first since leaving the United States in 1978. We want to spread the news of the long-awaited return of Wong May to the poetry-reading world.
On Saturday, Dec. 13, at 7pm at Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, we’re celebrating Wong May with readings and performances by 15 of some of her most thoughtful readers.
Performing Wong May’s work will be:
Frances Dinger and Richard Chiem
Sara Brant Guest
Heather Napualani Hodges and Nikki Hodges-Pham
Karen McAlister Shimoda
Derek Hunter Wilson
This celebration serves as a fund-raiser for Octopus Books, so please bring some cash, and consider one of the following options at the door:
$15 letter-pressed broadside of Wong May’s “Teaching Simone Weil to Eat a Pineapple” designed by Drew Swenhaugen in a limited edition of 50.
$20 A limited hard cover edition of Picasso’s Tears
$25 Book + Broadside
Mingling starts at 7pm, and the performances will start promptly at 7:45. There will be some beer and wine available, but also please feel free to also bring your own.
An interview with Wong May in the May issue of The Believer.
Wong May at the Poetry Foundation.