Grace Notes: Poetry at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Saturday, October 12, 2019, 8:00 pm

Litquake returns to Grace Cathedral for a special evening of exalted verse from a sterling lineup of poets, as part of their 2019 annual festival, now celebrating its 20th year. One of the West Coast’s most beloved literary festivals, this smart, eclectic ten-day gathering draws booklovers of all types to enjoy words and ideas straight from the artists’ mouths.

Celebrate the sacred and profane, domestic and divine with poetry in the pews from Alexandra Teague, sam sax, Gillian Conoley and Matthew Zapruder.

About the artists

Alexandra Teague is the author of Or What We’ll Call Desire and co-editor of Bullets into Bells. A former NEA and Stegner fellow and California Book Award winner, she’s published two prior books of poetry and a novel.

Sam Sax is author of Madness, winner of The National Poetry Series and Bury It winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. He’s the two-time Bay Area Grand Slam Champion, a Ruth Lilly Fellow and currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.

Gillian Conoley was awarded the 2017 Shelley Memorial Award for lifetime achievement from the Poetry Society of America. A Little More Red Sun on the Human: New and Selected Poems is just out with Nightboat Books.

Matthew Zapruder’s most recent books are Why Poetry (Ecco, 2017) and Father’s Day (Copper Canyon 2019). He teachers in the MFA at Saint Mary’s College of California, and editors at large at Wave Books.

Listen: Grace Cathedral Artist in Residence Sarah Kay reads her poem The Gift at Litquake 2017.

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San Francisco, CA 94108
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