Laird Hunt, Josephe Lease, Maureen Owen, Lightsey Darst reading Counterpath May 11

Join us at Counterpath–613 22nd St. in Denver–on Friday, May 11, 7 p.m. for readings by Coffee House Press authors

Joseph Lease
Lightsey Darst
Maureen Owen, JKS Faculty
and Laird Hunt, JKS Alum

Joseph Lease’s critically acclaimed books of poetry include Testify (Coffee House Press, 2011); Broken World (Coffee House Press); and Human Rights (Talisman House, second edition forthcoming). Lease’s poems “‘Broken World’ (For James Assatly)” and “Send My Roots Rain” have been selected for Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology (Second Edition). “‘Broken World’ (For James Assatly)” was also selected for The Best American Poetry 2002. He teaches at the California College for the Arts.

Originally from Florida, Lightsey Darst is a writing instructor, dance critic, and dancer who lives in Minneapolis where she curates a writers’ salon. The recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, her poems have appeared in the Antioch Review, Diagram, Gulf Coast, Monkey Bicycle, New Letters, and elsewhere. Find the Girl from Coffee House Press is her first collection.

Maureen Owen (born July 6, 1943, in Graceville, Minnesota ) is an American poet, editor, and biographer. She is the author of over nine collections, most recently Erosion’s Pull. Her awards include an American Book Award, an NEA fellowship, and the Los Angeles Times Book Festival Prize.

Laird Hunt is the author of a book of short stories, mock parables, and histories, The Paris Stories (2000), from Smokeproof Press, and three novels, The Impossibly (2001), Indiana, Indiana (2003) and The Exquisite (2006), all from Coffee House Press. A new novel, Ray of the Star, was recently released by Coffee House. He is published in France by Actes Sud, and has novels either published or forthcoming in Japan and Italy. His writings, reviews, and translations have appeared in the United States and abroad in, among other places, McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, Bomb, Bookforum, Grand Street, The Believer, Fence, Conjunctions, Brick, Mentor, Inculte, and Zoum Zoum. Currently on faculty in the University of Denver’s Creative Writing Program, he has had residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. He and his wife, the poet Eleni Sikelianos, live in Boulder, Colorado, with their daughter, Eva Grace. See