Tebot Bach welcomes poets Nicholas Karavatos & Kim Noriega to Golden West College.
NICHOLAS KARAVATOS is included in the anthology Punk Rock Saved My Ass (Ukiah: Medusa’s Muse, 2010) and the latest issue of West Wind Review (University of Southern Oregon, 2010). In December 2009, Amendment Nine published his first book titled No Asylum (Arcata, 2009).
David Meltzer wrote on the back cover: “Nicholas Karavatos is a poet of great range and clarity. This book is an amazing collectanea of smart sharp political poetry in tandem with astute and tender love lyrics. All of it voiced with an impressive singularity.”
Nicholas Karavatos lives near Dubai, teaching at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Previously he taught in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. He is a graduate of New College of California and Humboldt State University.
KIM NORIEGA grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, but in her late 20's bought a brand new Camaro, and -- with her five-year-old (beautiful!) daughter in tow -- drove "as far south and west" as possible without leaving the country -- to San Diego to be exact -- where they danced together on the beach singing Pretenders' songs and made angels of sand instead of snow.
Now that her daughter is grown, Kim spends her time (when not writing) putting her books in order according to the Dewey Decimal Number Classification System (mostly 800s) and thinking of crafts to make for her day job with her family literacy kids using yogurt containers. Kim's favorite flower is the lilac (closely followed by wild violets and black tulips) and her favorite color is red -- which is why she wore a red lace wedding gown when she married her beloved, Ernie.
Kim’s poem "Heaven, 1963," first published in Tebot Bach's Blue Arc West: Anthology of California Poets, was featured by former U.S. Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser, in his nationally syndicated column, American Life in Poetry. The title poem of her first book, Name Me, recently published by Fortunate Daughter Press, was a finalist for the 2009 Joy Harjo prize.
Golden West College, Community Room 102:
The entrance closest to the venue is on Gothard near the corner of Gothard & Edinger in Huntington Beach. DO NOT USE THE MAIN ENTRANCE to the College on Golden West as there will be a long walk across the campus to find the room. Please ignore the sign directing you to the parking sticker vending machine. The Tebot Bach audience does not pay for parking.
Nicholas Karavatos' next poetry reading/book-signing is in San Francisco, CA on Monday, July 5 at Bird & Beckett.