hosted by NAN COHEN

slippery surfaces.jpg

In celebration of Donna Spruijt-Metz's latest collection of poetry, Slippery Surfaces, we'll have a night of poets you don't want to miss. 

"With a clarity that is often unnervingly wry, Donna Spruijt-Metz examines a personal history that gets more complex as each poem unfolds, speaking to the incongruities that shadow a life.  What our parents tell us, what we tell each other, and what we know about ourselves and each other—Slippery Surfaces deftly brings narrative situation and lyric song into coalescence.  Spruijt-Metz’s ultimate subject is memory itself, which she movingly describes in its various guises—as lens, as veil, as mirror."

–Rick Barot, author of The Darker Fall, Want, and Chord

"This is how a story comes to you: out of order, incomplete, and then, sailing through Amsterdam in a streetcar, suddenly you know how your father died and why, in your childhood home, secrets glittered everywhere — why ‘there was ice / in crystal tumblers.’ Spruijt-Metz spreads its chill over this unflinching collection."

–Sarah Manguso, author of 7 books including 300 Arguments,
and Siste Viator

Donna book photos-3.jpg

Donna Spruijt-Metz is a poet, translator, and Professor of Psychology and Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her first career was as a professional flutist. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in venues such as the American Journal of Poetry, Naugatuck River Review, Juked, Poets Reading the News, and Poetry Northwest. She gets restless.

Brendan Constantine is a poet based in LA. His work has appeared in many of the nation’s standards, including Best American Poetry and Poem-a-Day. His most recent collections are ‘Bouncy Bounce’ (2018 Blue Horse Press) and ‘Dementia, My Darling’ (2016 Red Hen Press).  He has received support and commissions from the Getty Museum, James Irvine Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  


DaMaris B. Hill is the author of A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing (Bloomsbury, Jan 2019). She has a keen interest in the work of Toni Morrison and theories regarding ‘rememory’ as a philosophy and aesthetic practice. Hill has studied with writers such as Lucille Clifton, Monifa Love-Asante, Natasha Trethewey, Nikky Finney, David Rivard, and others.

Joseph Rios is the author of Shadowboxing: Poems and Impersonations (Omnidawn). He is from Fresno's San Joaquin Valley. He's been a gardener, a janitor, a packing house supervisor, and a handyman. He is a recipient of scholarships from the Community of Writers Workshop at Squaw Valley and CantoMundo.


Nan Cohen, the longtime poetry director of the Napa Valley Writers Conference, is the author of two poetry collections, Rope Bridge (2005) and Unfinished City (2017). Her work has appeared in magazines and anthologies including Ploughshares, Poet Lore, Poetry International, The New Republic and Slate.

Here's the thing...

If you're getting a book signed at Chevalier's, please purchase it at Chevalier's.

Our events are free, and we welcome anyone and everyone to enjoy a night of riveting intellectual discussion. We are, however, a small independent bookstore, and we rely on event revenues to continue hosting them. So, if you're going to get a book signed,please purchase that book here. This way, we can keep the spectacular nights coming.