Poet Chad Sweeney will be the Cal State East Bay English Department’s first Distinguished Writers Series presenter of the 2010-11 academic year at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 8, in the University Library’s Biella Room.
He will read from his just-released book, Parable of Hide and Seek, as well as work from his earlier collection, Arranging the Blaze. A book signing will follow.
Arroyo Literary Review is also proud to announce that Mr. Sweeney will have a selection of new poems in the forthcoming Spring 2011 issue.
Susan Gubernat, associate professor of English and series director, says, “Chad Sweeney—poet, editor, translator, teacher—represents the trajectory that a new generation of poets is taking, and it is all upward: visionary, yet still rooted in the things of this world.”
In The Café Review Thom Dawkins wrote, “In Parable of Hide and Seek Sweeney has pared down the language until each poem becomes something of a koan or a short Gnostic parable.
“Sweeney’s poems … are never sentimental, but it is clear from the first word to the last that this is someone who pays close attention to the world, to the names and sounds of things, as any good poet should.”
To read more about Chad Sweeney, click here.
The reading is free and open to all. Campus parking is $2 per hour at meters, or $10 per day, per vehicle, payable at kiosk machines that take dollars and quarters.