August Kleinzahler in conversation with Bill Corbett
May 9, 2017, 7:00 PM
Before Dawn on Bluff Road / Hollyhocks in the Fog is a dual collection of August Kleinzahler's best poems, divided--like his life--between New Jersey and San Francisco. Providing readers with a guide to Kleinzahler's interior geography, Before Dawn on Bluff Road (New Jersey) and Hollyhocks in the Fog (San Francisco) function as both word-maps and word-anatomies of one of our greatest poet's lifelong passions and preoccupations. Sallies, Romps, Portraits, and Send-Offs: Selected Prose, 200-2016 collects a host of essays, remembrances and review covering everyone from Thom Gunn and E.E. Cummings to Kleinzahler himself.
August Kleinzahler published his first book of poetry, A Calendar of Airs, in 1978. Since then, he has published seven others. In 2003, Farrar, Straus and Giroux published The Strange Hours Travelers Keep, which won the 2004 Griffin International Poetry Prize. His most recent collection of poetry, Sleeping It Off in Rapid City, won the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award. He is also the author of two books of prose, Cutty, One Rock: Low Characters and Strange Places, Gently Explained and Music: I-LXXIV, and the winner of the 2008 Lannan Literary Award for Poetry. A native of Fort Lee, New Jersey, Kleinzahler currently lives in San Francisco.