June 3, 2002

Chris Stroffolino, Brett Ralph & Katharine Salzmann

Monday, June 3, 2002, 7:30 pm
Pacific Switchboard
2632 SE 25th (at Clinton), space E
(above Clinton St. Video) Portland, Ore.

Suggested donation $5

About the readers:

Katharine Salzmann writes poetry and works as a massage therapist in Portland where she lives with her tap-dancing daughter, Lake. Her chapbook, Hemopoiesis, was published by Persian Pony Press in 1995.

Chris Stroffolino recently moved to Oakland from the east coast and currently teaches English at St. Mary's College. He's the author of two full length books of poetry (Stealer's Wheel, 1999 and Oops, 1994) as well as several chapbooks--all of which are out of print. He has also played keyboards in a number of rock bands and coedited a Cliffs Notes version of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night while living in a freezing apartment in Brooklyn with a cat named Pancho.

Brett Eugene Ralph was born on Friday the 13th, in May of 1966. He spent the better part of his youth in Louisville, Kentucky, playing football and singing in punk rock bands. The author of two chapbooks, his work has appeared in publications such as Exquisite Corpse, Mudfish, Conduit, and The American Poetry Review. He also reviews contemporary poetry for Rain Taxi Review of Books. Ralph has taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Southwest Missouri State University, and the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies, Leh, Ladakh, in the Himalayas of northern India. He currently lives on 400 acres in rural western Kentucky, where he is an Associate Professor of English at Hopkinsville Community College. His band, Rising Shotgun, can be heard in seedy dives throughout the South.