Renowned poets coming to SSU to take part in literary series March 4
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Sonoma State University’s Writers at Sonoma is bringing two nationally renowned poets to campus next month to take part in the university’s literary series.

Gillian Conoley and Todd Melicker will read from their new books at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, in Weill Hall in the Green Music Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Conoley's new collection of poetry is "PEACE," just out with Omnidawn. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, including "The Plot Genie," "Profane Halo," "Lovers in the Used World," and "Tall Stranger," a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

She has received the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from The American Poetry Review, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a Fund for Poetry Award.

Her work is widely anthologized, most recently in W.W. Norton’s new Postmodern American Poetry. Conoley's translations of Henri Michaux, "Thousand Times Broken: Three Books by Henri Michaux" will be out this fall with City Lights. Editor and founder of VOLT magazine, Conoley is Professor and Poet-in-Residence at Sonoma State University. 

Todd Melicker daily wanders the streets of Petaluma, gathering data as a GPS technician. He is the author of the chapbooks "day collects" (Woodland Editions), "the immaculate autopsy" (Achiote Press), and "king & queen" (LRL Textile Editions). "rendezvous," his first full-length collection, was chosen by Zach Savich as the winner of the second annual Black Box Poetry Prize from Rescue Press. His work has also appeared in several journals including VOLT, Ambush Review, and New American Writing. 

This annual reading is sponsored by Instructionally Related Activities, the Nadenia Newkirk Foundation for Writers, and Zaum. For more information, contact Coneley at (707) 664-3919 or e-mail at

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