Left Coast Writers presents a book launch celebration for a new chapbook, The Unexploded Ordnance Bin by longtime LCW member Rebecca Foust, joined by cover artist Lorna Stevens.
“The ticking IS the bomb,” Nick Flynn says, and the idea of events from our genetic, cultural, historic, and experienced past—coiled and waiting to explode in our lives—lies at the core of this Rebecca Foust’s new collection, winner of the 2018 Swan Scythe Press Chapbook Award. The Unexploded Ordinance Bin presents new poems that ignite a long, sparking fuse about contemporary culture, society, and political events now dividing family, community, and country.
The program will include a short reading of poems from the book, brief remarks from the book’s cover artist, and audience Q & A. Refreshments will be served.
Rebecca Foust’s writing career began the year she turned 50, in 2008, and right here at Book Passage with Left Coast Writers and Linda Watanabe McFerrin’s Life into Lit class. Since then, Foust has published six books, including The Unexploded Ordnance Bin and Paradise Drive, winner of the Press 53 Poetry Award and reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement, The San Francisco Chronicle, and widely in journals including the Georgia, Harvard, and Hudson Reviews. Recognitions include the CP Cavafy and James Hearst poetry prizes, and fellowships from The Frost Place, Hedgebrook, MacDowell, and Sewanee. Foust was Marin County Poet Laureate in 2017-19 and works now as Poetry Editor for Women’s Voices for Change, an assistant Editor for Narrative Magazine, and co-producer of a new series about poetry for Marin TV, Rising Voices.