July Westhale will read her award-winning poems of poverty, grief and sanctuary in California cotton-country, from her acclaimed new book, Trailer Trash, selected by Robin Coste Lewis for the Kore Press First Book Award (just out from Kore Press). Westhale is an Oakland poet writing about the cotton-country of Riverside County, Southern California in the 80s and 90s. A book about poverty, ravaged landscape, and gender, Trailer Trash touches on a fuller, dustier California than Hollywood would have you believe.
Never be ashamed of where you come from, Westhale's poems seems to be saying, even when where you come from is broken, dry, and made of tin.
July Westhale is a poet and essayist who works to reconcile the disparity between academia and the poor / working class, and engages in larger conversations about breaking down borders between the two. She teaches Creative Writing, works in reproductive health/patient advocacy, and writes expansively in several genres (YA, Creative Nonfiction, Journalism).
Robin Coste Lewis calls Trailer Trash «An unpretentious, deeply psychological lyric... running back and forth between the poles of „exquisite“ and „horrifying“ with courageous agility.»
«An amazing grace of injury and its aftermath.»----Brian Teare
$5 suggested donation at the door, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Books will be available for purchase at the event.
This event is made possible in part with funds from Poets & Writers. For more information: korepress.org