CSU, Chico News

Poet and Co-editor of Japan’s Leading Bilingual Poetry Journal Visits Chico

Date: 09-10-2010

Kathleen McPartland

Poet Alan Botsford is coming to Chico next Tuesday, Sept 14. He will be discussing his work at 3:30 p.m. in Trinity 100, California State University, Chico and will give a reading at 1078 Gallery at 7:30 p.m. The afternoon session is free and open to the public. The evening reading is $3.

Botsford is the co-editor of Poetry Kanto, Japan’s leading bilingual poetry journal. He is an associate professor of American literature at Kanto Gakuin University in Yokohama, Japan, where he lives with his wife, illustrator Minako Saitoh, and son.

Botsford’s books include “Walt Whitman of Cosmic Folklore” (Sage Hill Press, 2010), “A Book of Shadows” (Saru, 2005) and “mamaist: learning a new language” (Minato No Hito, 2002). His work has appeared in American Writing, Barbaric Yawp, Confrontation, Edge, Home Planet News, Mickle Street Review, Muse Apprentice Guild, Pearl Magazine, Poetry Kanto, River Styx, Small Pond Magazine and Yemassee.

Botsford writes about his newest book, “The book I’ve written consists of dialogues, poems and essays, which lend themselves to performance. They engage in dialogue with Whitman as bard in various ways, so the audience participates—either by an audience member or two reading a dialogue with me, or by ‘overhearing’ a poet’s dialogue with another poet….”

Previous books of poems published by Botsford are also performance-oriented “mamaist” poems.

Botsford’s visit to Chico is co-sponsored by the Humanities Center at CSU, Chico and 1078 Gallery. For more information, visithttp://www.1078gallery.org/literary.html