Virtual Event
Thursday, March 4 at 7PM (pt)


by Richard Ferguson

in conversation with Stephanie Barbé Hammer

"Bold, generous and self-deprecating, Ferguson’s work challenges readers to accept grief and dare — despite it, because of it — to dream of glorious things." — Stephanie Barbé Hammer

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Beloved Los Angeles poet/performer Rich Ferguson delivers a tender, complex collection whose 8 sections offer free verse and prose poems ranging from hip satire to elegy and beyond - to gentle mantras that you might repeat to yourself in a parking lot or in bed at night when your obnoxious downstairs neighbor won't quieten down. Bold, generous and self-deprecating, Ferguson's work challenges readers to accept grief and dare - despite it, because of it - to dream of glorious things.

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Pushcart Prize-nominated poet Rich Ferguson has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Wanda Coleman, Moby, and other esteemed poets and musicians. Ferguson has been selected by the National Beat Poetry Foundation, Inc. (NBPF), to serve as the State of California Beat Poet Laureate (Sept. 2020 to Sept. 2022). He is a featured performer in the film, What About Me? featuring Michael Stipe, Michael Franti, k.d. lang, and others.  His poetry and award-winning spoken-word music videos have been widely anthologized, and he was a winner in Opium Magazine’s Literary Death Match, L.A. He is the author of the poetry collection, 8th& Agony (Punk Hostage Press), and the novel, New Jersey Me (Rare Bird Books). Ferguson’s newest poetry collection, Everything Is Radiant Between the Hates, has recently been released by Moon Tide Press. Picture credit: Alexis Rhone Fancher



in conversation

Stephanie Barbé Hammer is a 6-time Pushcart Prize nominee in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. She is the author of the prose poem chapbook SEX WITH BUILDINGS (dancing girl press), the full-length collection HOW FORMAL? (Spout Hill Press), the fabulist novel THE PUPPET  TURNERS OF NARROW INTERIOR (Urban Farmhouse Press), and the novelette RESCUE PLAN (Bamboo Dart Press). She is currently seeking a publisher for her second novel in the Narrow Interior series, THE JOURNEY TO MERVEILLEUX CITY. Originally from Manhattan, Stephanie lived in SoCal for 30 years and now currently resides in rural Washington State. She is managing editor of SHARK REEF Literary Magazine and sits on the advisory board of WRITERS BLOC Los Angeles. She teaches creative writing at Hugo House Seattle, and the Inlandia Institute, Riverside.