STEWART FLORSHEIM AND DIANE FRANK
Read from Their Recent Work
Thursday, June 16 at 7 PM
Stewart Florsheim is the son of refugees from Hitler's Germany. He has received several awards for his poetry, including the 2005 Blue Light Book Award, and has been widely published in magazines and anthologies. He was the editor of Ghosts of the Holocaust, an anthology of poetry by children of Holocaust survivors.
Florsheim will read from A Split Second of Light - poems about his childhood, growing up and traveling the world, and the imagined lives of the people inside great works of art. His book is quiet and powerful, grounded in the reality of a Jewish family, in the world that was handed down, father to son.
Florsheim's gift for scene-setting and succinct phrasing, and his eye for revealing detail, make this a rewarding collection. - Chana Bloch, author of Blood Honey.
Award-winning writer Diane Frank will read from Entering the Word Temple, her fifth poetry collection. Her first novel, Blackberries in the Dream House, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Frank, whose poems have been described as jewel-like images on the page, teaches at both San Francisco State University and Dominican University in San Rafael. She has mentored hundreds of writers at SFSU, City College of San Francisco, the University of Vermont, and the Professional Writing Program at MIU in Fairfield, Iowa.
Her friends describe her as a harem of seven women in one very small body.