The best of California art, poetry, food, and wine all come together at our 3rd annual Pairings event. Meet Sonoma winemakers, chefs, and artists along with our featured "Flight of Poets:" Sam Sax, Melissa Stein, Joseph Rios, and Julia Bouwsma. Sommelier Christopher Sawyer MCs with poets Tess Taylor and Hollie Hardy.
Julia Bouwsma is the author of two poetry collections: Midden (Fordham University Press, 2018), selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the Poets Out Loud Prize, and Work by Bloodlight (Cider Press Review, 2017), which recently received the 2018 Maine Literary Award. She lives and works on an off-the-grid farm in the mountains of western Maine where she serves as Book Review Editor for Connotation Press: An Online Artifact and as Library Director for Webster Library in Kingfield, Maine.
Joseph Rios is the author of Shadowboxing: Poems and Impersonations (Omnidawn), winner of the Before Columbus American Book Award. In 2016, his debut poetry collection was chosen by Claudia Rankine as a finalist for Omnidawn's first book prize. Recent poems published or forthcoming in The Nation, The San Francisco Chronicle, Huizache, and elsewhere. He is a graduate of Fresno City College and the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Los Angeles.
Sam Sax is a queer, jewish, writer & educator. The author of Madness (Penguin, 2017) winner of The National Poetry Series and ‘Bury It’ (Wesleyan University Press, 2018) winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. He’s received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lambda Literary, & the MacDowell Colony. He’s the two-time Bay Area Grand Slam Champion with poems in BuzzFeed, The Nation, The New York Times, + other journals. He's a 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow from the Poetry Foundation and a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Currently sam's the poetry editor at BOAAT Press.
Melissa Stein is the author of the poetry collections Terrible blooms (Copper Canyon Press) and Rough Honey, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, Harvard Review, New England Review, American Poetry Review, Best New Poets, and others, and she’s received awards and fellowships from the NEA, Pushcart Prize, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Yaddo, and MacDowell Colony, among others. She is a freelance editor in San Francisco.