Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Laura Elrick and Rodrigo Toscano at CSUSM March 8

Please join us on Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m. for the next reading in the Community and World Literary Series at California State University, San Marcos, featuring Laura Elrick and Rodrigo Toscano.

The reading will be held on the Cal State San Marcos campus in the Grand Salon (Room 113) of the M. Gordon Clarke Field House. The event is free and open to the public, but there is a fee for on-campus parking.

Laura Elrick was born and raised on the east slope of the Colorado rockies and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her second book Fantasies in Permeable Structures was published in Factory School’s Heretical Texts series in 2005. She is also the author of sKincerity (Krupskaya, 2003) and is one of the featured writers on Women In the Avant Garde, an audio CD produced by Narrow House Recordings in 2004. A past guest editor of The Capilano Review and curator of the Segue on the Bowery reading series, Elrick is currently poetry co-editor of the New York City monthly Boog City and a member of the 2007 Future Poem editorial board.

Rodrigo Toscano is the author of To Leveling Swerve, Platform, The Disparities and Partisans. His work has recently appeared in Best American Poetry (2004), War and Peace (2004), and In the Criminal's Cabinet: An anthology of poetry and fiction (2004). In 2005, he was the recipient of a New York State Fellowship in Poetry. His experimental poetic plays, polyvocalic pieces, masques, anti-masques, and radio plays have recently been performed at the Disney Redcat Theater in Los Angeles, St. Mark’s Poetry Project, New Langton Arts Space (San Francisco), as well as in Vancouver, Canada and Teubingen, Germany. His writing has been translated into French, German, Portuguese, Norwegian, and Italian. Toscano is originally from the Borderlands of California. He now lives in Brooklyn, and works in Manhattan for the Labor Institute.

Event Information:

Thursday, March 8, 7 p.m.
Grand Salon (Room 113)
M. Gordon Clarke Field House
California State University, San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Spring Events in the Community and World Literary Series

Thursday, March 8, 7 p.m.

Laura Elrick and Rodrigo Toscano

Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m.

Juliana Spahr

Thursday, April 19, 7 p.m.

Catherine Wagner

Sunday, April 22, time TBA

Al Young, Poet Laureate of California

(a special event in the Community and World Literary Series, hosted by Brandon Cesmat)

Location TBA

About the Series


The Cal State San Marcos Community and World Literary Series hosts on-campus literary readings several times a semester. Our visiting authors have produced some of the most innovative and original work in contemporary poetry, fiction, drama and performance art. Some of these writers are local to southern California, while others come from elsewhere in the country and the world. All are at the forefront of developments in contemporary aesthetics and culture.

Students, faculty, staff and members of the public are invited to experience, live, some of the most exciting literature of the present moment. Whether you think of yourself as a writer, someone who wants to be a writer, or someone who’s interested in any of the amazing possibilities in contemporary literature, art, culture, politics or history, The Community and World Literary Series offers you a chance to hear and interact with writers exploring subjects of crucial contemporary relevance. Their work may very well suggest possibilities for your own future. Come on out and become part of the CSUSM literary community.