Poets Robert Krut and Patricia Smith will appear tonight at Lake Tahoe Community College as part of the school’s Writers’ Series.
Krut’s “This Is the Ocean” is the recipient of the 2012 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize, offered annually by local publisher Bona Fide Books in honor of the Lake Tahoe artist who died in 2009. Krut is also the author of “The Spider Sermons” (BlazeVox, 2009). His poems have appeared in the journals The Cimarron Review, Blackbird, The Mid-American Review and Barrow Street, among others. A chapbook, “Theory of the Walking Big Bang,” was published by H-ngm-n Books; subsequently, he began serving as an associate editor for the journal/press. He teaches at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the Writing Program and College of Creative Studies.
Smith is the author of six books of poetry, including “Blood Dazzler,” a finalist for the National Book Award, and her latest, “Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah,” winner of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for the most outstanding poetry book of 2012; the Phyllis Wheatley Award; and finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America and the Balcones Prize. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, TriQuarterly, Tin House and in both Best American Poetry and Best American Essays. Her contribution to the crime fiction anthology Staten Island Noir won the Robert L. Fish Award from the Mystery Writers of America for the best debut story of the year, upcoming in “Best American Mystery Stories 2013.”
The poets will read, engage the audience in a question-and-answer session and sign books. Books will be available for purchase. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the LTCC library.