Saturday, June 21, 2008

Introducing Gary Brower

Gary L. Brower, Placitas NM, possibly most familiar to us as a Duende Poetry Series organizer, will be reading a long poem at PWP, "Gunslinger in New Mexico," which he describes as
a riff on the 200-page poem of Ed Dorn, "Gunslinger," the great surrealistic anti-epic of the 60s [Ed note: audio files at Penn Sound]. I knew Ed when he & I taught at the Univ. of Kansas many years ago. Dorn, of course, if you don't know his work, is one of the Black Mountain Poets along with Robert Creeley, Robt. Duncan, Denise Levertov, Chas. Olson.
Gary Brower Reads, CD with "Gunslinger in NM," is available through Vox Audio (Bruce Holsapple), PO Box 594, Magdalena, NM 87825. Gary's books are available from Destructible Heart Press. Look for Gary's CD and books at PWP.

Gary, born in Kansas City, Mo. but now living in Placitas, NM, has a Ph.D. in Romance Languages & Literatures from the University of Missouri at Columbia, has taught at US universities and directed academic programs in Barcelona, Madrid and Guadalajara. A specialist in Hispanic literature, especially Latin America, he has published numerous essays in Spanish and English on Latin American writers in academic journals. He has also written two books on the impact of Japanese haiku on western poetry, translated poetry, worked as a journalist in Los Angeles and with the southern Oregon Mexican migrant worker community (which included extensive ESL outreach).

Gary's poetry and translations have been widely published in numerous poetry magazines. Currently one of the Duende Poetry Series of Placitas organizers, his chapbooks, Planting Trees in Terra Incognita and The Book of Knots, both published by Destructible Heart Press, appeared in 2006 and 2007, respectively. A broadside photo-poem, CDs and readings (often accompanied by guitarist El Nino David and dancer Susannah Garrett) at venues that include the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Sunflower Festival, Duende Poetry Series and on CDs round out an already ample list.

(All from the far more detailed bio, Gary Brower, a Portrait, at Outlaw Poetry)

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