Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Chilean poet, publisher and Ludington writer read at Kazoo Books

For my southwest Michigan readers ... while others of you may simply be interested in checking out these books by Michigan writers. 

Author corner at Kazoo Books

Kalamazoo, MI—Mariela Griffor and George Dila spend much of their time being the publisher and the editor writers approach with hope in their hearts. At a reading on Saturday, January 18, at 1 p.m., at Kazoo Books on 2413 Parkview in Kalamazoo, however, the two will show their other, equally passionate, side—as writers.

Mariela Griffor is an editor, translator, and poet. She was born in the city of Concepción in southern Chile. She is the author of Exiliana (Luna Publications, 2007) and House (Mayapple Press, 2007) and founder of Marick Press, based in Detroit. Mariela holds an MFA in Creative Writing from New England College. Her forthcoming publications include the translations Canto General by Pablo Neruda (Tupelo Press, 2013) and Bye, have a good time! by Kristina Lugn.

Mariela Griffor
At Kazoo Books, Griffor will be reading from her third poetry collection, The Psychiatrist, published by Eyewear Publishing in November 2013. The Psychiatrist contains poems written between 1986 and 2011. This collection of new and selected poems explores the tension between political idealism, motherhood, and the shifting ground of modern society across cultures and nations. 
“Reading Mariela Griffor’s poetry has been a revelation to me. Hers is one of the most intense poetic voices among the rising stars of Chilean and Latin American poetry in recent times,” says Raúl Zurita, one of Latin America’s most celebrated poets.

George Dila’s collection of short stories, Nothing More to Tell, was published by Mayapple Press in 2011, and his short fiction chapbook, Working Stiffs is forthcoming from One Wet Shoe Press in 2014. His stories and personal essays have appeared in numerous journals, including North American Review, Literal Latte, Fiction Now, Palooka, Potomac Review, Cleaver, and others. A native Detroiter and graduate of Wayne State University, George now lives and writes from the small Lake Michigan town of Ludington. In addition to writing, he is the fiction editor of the paper-and-ink quarterly Third Wednesday, and the Re-prints editor of the online journal Referential.

Griffor and Dila will be available to answer questions after the reading as well as sign books.

To learn more about Mariela Griffor, see my interview with her on The Smoking Poet

To learn more about George Dila, read my article about the thriving literary life in Ludington, Michigan, at Northwest Michigan's Second Wave Media.

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