Join us for the LA launch of Spiral Staircase, the collected poems of Hirato Renkichi, just out from Ugly Duckling Presse. Translator Sho Sugita will read from the first definitive volume in English of the work of this pioneer of the Japanese avant-garde, along with LA-based authors Amarnath Ravva (American Canyon, Kaya Press) and Muriel Leung (Bone Confetti, Noemi Press).
Sunday Feb. 5th, 5 pm – 7 pm
2006 E Cesar Chavez Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90033
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Hirato Renkichi (1893-1922) “produced a unique brand of Futurism in the late 1910s and early 1920s through poetry, criticism, and guerilla performance,” influencing later Dadaist and Surrealist writers in Japan prior to WWII.
Sho Sugita lives in Matsumoto, Japan. His recent poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in VOLT, Poems by Sunday, Chicago Review, 6×6, Lana Turner, Paperbag, A Perimeter, and Asymptote.
Muriel Leung is from Queens, NY. Her writing can be found or is forthcoming in The Collagist, Fairy Tale Review, Ghost Proposal, Jellyfish Magazine, Inter/Rupture, and others. She is a recipient of a Kundiman Fellowship and is a regular contributor to the Blood-Jet Writing Hour Poetry Podcast. She is also poetry co-editor of Apogee Journal. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. Her first book Bone Confetti was published by Noemi Press in October 2016.
California-based writer Amarnath Ravva has performed at LACMA, Machine Project, the MAK Center at the Schindler House, New Langton Arts, the Hammer Museum, USC, UCSD,The Poetry Center at SF State, Pomona, CalArts, and the Sorbonne. He is currently working on a book about Victorian era botanical expeditions called The Glass House. His first book, American Canyon, was a finalist for the 1913 first book prize in 2012 & was a finalist for the PEN Center USA literary award in Creative Nonfiction in 2015.