Thursday, January 11th 7:00 PM

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Elena Karina Byrne & Brendan Constantine

With Special Guest Maxine Chernoff

Elena Karina Byrne is the author MASQUE, and The Flammable Bird, as well as the former 12 year Regional Director of the Poetry Society of America.


Her book reviews and poetry publications, among others, include the Pushcart Prize XXXIII, Best American Poetry, The Paris Review, American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, & The Kenyon Review.

Her most recent work, Squander, occupies a place where “the mind’s upstairs windows [are] blown out”: a place of juxtapositional delight through sensory and conceptual dislocation. Poems based in word origins work as fables, and poems based in dialogue work within a select concordance from authors and artists.

Brendan Constantine's work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, FIELD, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly, and Ninth Letter, among other journals. His most recent collection is Dementia, My Darling.  He has received grants and commissions from the Getty Museum, James Irvine Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  He currently teaches poetry at the Windward School and regularly offers classes to hospitals, foster homes, veterans, and the elderly.

Maxine Chernoff's most recent book is CAMERA, her 16th collection of poems. Her previous volume, HERE, was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award, as were 2 of her 6 works of fiction. Her book of stories, Signs of Devotion, was a NYT Notable Book of 1993.


In 2013 she won an NEA Fellowship in Poetry and in 2009 the PEN USA Translation Award for a co-translation of the Selected Poems of Friedrich Hoelderlin. She is former editor of New American Writing and professor and former chair of the Dept of Creative Writing at SFSU. She has taught in Exeter, England, Prague, and St Petersburg, Russia, and was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome in 2016.

Playing host to the three poets will be Elizabeth Iannaci, a widely published and anthologized Los Angeles-based poet whose work has appeared in The Saranac Review, Verse Wisconsin, Crab Creek Review, and Italian Americana to name a few. She has read at venues in the US, Slovenia, Istanbul, and Paris.  Ms. Iannaci earned her MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts, was a finalist for the New Letters Literary Award.