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Reading Room: Stephanie Young Is Deep

on April 1, 2009

Oakland poet, Mills College staffer, and generally interesting person Stephanie Young is one of three poets reading at Studio One’s First Friday series on April 3.

Young is the co-editor of Deep Oakland, a neat online “museum” of Oakland where people send in text, audio, and photo stories about living in the city. The site is relatively new, and pretty sparse, but it’s a great idea with nice design flair. Check out the gallery of Oscar Grant-related graffiti, and audio of farmer’s markets around town.

For years Young hosted a poetry reading series in her house, and in 2006 she edited Bay Poetics, a 496-page anthology of poems by Bay Area writers (with “Bay Area” stretching from Santa Cruz to Napa, in this case). She’s also published two books of her own, Picture Palace in ’08 and Telling the Future Off in ’05.

Finally, if you’re curious about the behind-the-scenes process of poetry publishing, check out this interview with Young after her first book came out at this blog, which interviews poets after their first books came out.

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