Garcia in the Dock Street Theatre courtyard, where he reads in the Piccolo Spoleto Sundown Poetry Series on Monday, May 26; photograph by Sarah Poe
May 21, 2014
Nationally lauded poet Richard Garcia celebrates his new book’s debut at Piccolo Spoleto
WRITTEN BY Bridget Venatta
Did you know a Pushcart Prize-winning poet has spent a decade living on James Island, where he writes in a backyard safari tent? And can you imagine what led him to nearly quit poetry decades ago? We learned that answer and more during a talk with San Francisco native Richard Garcia. Last month, his new book, The Other Odyssey, debuted from Dream Horse Press (its manuscript won the American Poetry Journal Book Prize in 2012), and this fall a second tome, The Chair, follows from BOA Editions. Along with creating his own pieces, he teaches a low-residency MFA course in creative writing at Los Angeles’ Antioch University, leads poetry classes at area schools, and heads up a biweekly workshop for a group of local talents known as The Long Table Poets. A pair of writers from that last circle organizes the Piccolo Spoleto Sundown Poetry Series, which Garcia kicks off this Monday, May 26 with his first official reading from The Other Odyssey at the Dock Street Theatre (135 Church Street). Meet him afterward during a reception at Corrigan Gallery (62 Queen Street).