December 7, 2009
Monday, December 7th, 7:30 PM at the Noe Valley Ministry
Fellowship Hall (downstairs),
1021 Sanchez Street
Bill Mayer and Peter Weltner, author-poets
Author and professor emeritus of San Francisco State Peter
Weltner and also another accomplished S F State poet, Bill Mayer, will
We gather ahead of the program for a no-host supper at Haystack Pizza
promptly at 6 PM, one block away on 24th Street between Sanchez and Vicksburg streets.
Parking is available at 5 dollars for three hours in the parking lot
almost next door to the restaurant. The 24 line and the 48 line and the J
Church are the nearby Muni transportation lines available.
Peter Weltner grew up in North Carolina, and attended schools in New York and Indiana.
He taught at San Francisco State University for thirty-six years. He has published five
works of fiction: Beachside Entries/Specific Ghosts (short short stories, 1989), Identity
and Difference (a novel, 1990), In a Time of Combat for the Angel (three short novels,
1991), The Risk of His Music (seven long stories, 1997), and How the Body Prays (a novel,
1999). His stories have appeared in several anthologies, including two O. Henry
Collections (1993 and 1998). His long poem, "Laguna Beach: After Shelter," was published
in 2009 as an e-chapbook by Barnwood Poetry; From a Lost Faust Book, poems, Finishing
Line Press; and News from the World at My Birth, poems, Standing Stone Press, are all
forthcoming in the fall of 2009. He lives a hundred yards from the Pacific Ocean. More
Bill Mayer received his BA and MA from San Francisco State University,
studying with Jack Gilbert, Stan Rice, William Dickey and Nanos Valaoritis.
In the late '60s, he was invited to join a poetry workshop with Gilbert,
Linda Gregg, Larry Felson, George Stanley, Bill Anderson, Wilbur Wood, and
others. The workshop persists to this day with some of its original
participants. Paroikia Press has begun a series of chapbooks of its members,
both past and present. More information here.
Mayer has published three books of poetry, Longing, The Uncertainty Principle,
and The Deleted Family. and has work in a number of
magazines: Caterpiller, Ironwood, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Montana
Gothic, Five Fingers Review, Red Rock Review, Paris Atlantic, and Poetry
Flash, among others. He has recently appeared in an anthology of American
poets who have lived in Greece, Kindled Terraces, edited by Donald
Schofield. A fourth book is in preparation.
December 21, 2009
The Odd Mondays Series presents
A Special Winter Solstice Event, Monday December 21, 2009 -- 7:30 PM
Chi Jang Yin, Filmmaker and Performance Artist
Chinese-born media artist Chi Jang Yin is best known for her reflective,
autobiographical work, which comments upon the state of Chinese culture,
past and present. Her video work combines documentary, experimental and
narrative disciplines and she often imbues her work with elements from her
background in photography and performance art. Through humor and irony, her
conceptual work leads to the merging of personal and social statements.
Themes of Yin’s work consist of displacement, alienation, absences in
Yin’s award-winning videos are internationally recognized and are frequently
featured in film exhibitions, galleries, museums and film festivals,
including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kassel Dokumentarfilm-und-
Videofest, Asian Art Biennial at The Taiwan National Museum of Fine Arts,
The Contemporary Center of Art, The Cheekwood Art Museum, The Phoenix Art
Museum, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Gene Siskel Film
Center, The Pacific Film Archive, The Los Angeles Film Festival, and The
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, IDFA.
“Lighthouse”, 16 mins (2009), is about Chinese workers working and living at a factory town
in southern China. The events of seeing, being seen and remaining unseen
open up imagination, understandings and communicate a social statement. .
More info: http://www.chijangyin.