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West of Charles St. :: George Stanley at Johns Hopkins


North of California St. coverGeorge Stan­ley vis­its the East coast of his nation of ori­gin next month to take part in the Poet­ry at Hop­kins Eng­lish read­ing series at Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­si­ty in Bal­ti­more. Stan­ley and Kevin Kil­lian, the San Fran­cis­co-based poet, nov­el­ist, play­wright, art crit­ic, and schol­ar, will be read­ing on April 3rd and “In Con­ver­sa­tion” on April 4th. The events are co-spon­sored by JHU’s Pro­gram in Women, Gen­der and Sex­u­al­i­ty; all the details are avail­able here.

Stanley’s most recent book, North of Cal­i­for­nia St., was recent­ly high­light­ed by George Fether­ling in the Van­cou­ver Sun as one of “Three BC col­lec­tions that stand out.” Says Fether­ling: “North of Cal­i­for­nia St. is a rich selec­tion … with an inci­sive intro­duc­tion by the poet Sharon The­sen. His poems are often like slide shows, kalei­do­scop­ic and dis­con­tin­u­ous … At times he ris­es to great beau­ty.”

More reviews/response to North of Cal­i­for­nia St. are col­lect­ed else­where on this blog, includ­ing the lament (from the intro­duc­tion to 2003’s A Tall, Seri­ous Girl) that “Stanley’s work has been, in effect, exclud­ed from the canon of ‘van­guard’ Amer­i­can poet­ry, and from the odd process by which the poems of a small per­cent­age of poets become acces­si­ble in the wider world of class­rooms and far-flung lit­er­ary scenes.” Here’s hop­ing this appear­ance at such an august insti­tu­tion some 4,000 km away goes some small dis­tance to cor­rect­ing the over­sight.