Common Ground#452

Publishing-in-Transit: Belladonna*

Featuring Marcella Durand, Tonya Foster, Zoe Tuck, and Cole Swensen


12 p.m. Eastern / 9 a.m. Pacific

Marcella Durand, Tonya Foster, and Zoe Tuck join writer and critic Cole Swensen for a conversation on literary publishing. We open and conclude with readings from our guests.

In this talk

Publishing-in-Transit is a monthly series celebrating contemporary literary editors, all of the often-unrecognized work that they do, and the community-based and conversational nature of contemporary innovative literary publishing.

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Marcella Durand

Marcella Durand
Marcella Durand’s most recent books include The Prospect, just now out from Delete Press,, and Earth’s Horizons, her translation of Michèle Métail’s book-length poem, Les Horizons du sol, published this spring by Black Square Editions, Other publications include Rays of the Shadow (Tent Editions, 2017); Le Jardin de M. (The Garden of M.), with French translations by Olivier Brossard (joca seria, 2016); Deep Eco Pré, a collaboration with Tina Darragh, (Little Red Leaves); AREA (Belladonna); and Traffic & Weather (Futurepoem), written during a residency at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She is currently working on a new collection forthcoming from Black Square Editions.

Tonya M. Foster

Photo of Tonya M. Foster
Tonya M. Foster is the author of A Swarm of Bees in High Court; La Grammaire des Os; and the forthcoming Thingifications. She is a co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing through Visual Arts; and the forthcoming Umbra Galaxy (Wesleyan University Press). A recipient of awards and fellowships from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (C.D. Wright Award), SF MoAD, Headlands Center for the Arts, Radcliffe Institute, Creative Capital Foundation, the Mellon and the Ford Foundations, among others, Dr. Foster holds the George & Judy Marcus Endowed Chair in Poetry at San Francisco State University. She is the author of a host of yet-to-be-finished projects.

Zoe Tuck

A portrait of Zoe Tuck
Zoe Tuck was born in Texas, became a person in California, and now lives in Massachusetts. She is the author of Terror Matrix (Timeless, Infinite Light) and the chapbooks “Vape Cloud of Unknowing” (Belladonna*) and the “The Book of Bella” (DoubleCross Press), the latter of which is bound in a dos-a-dos edition with Emily Hunerwadel’s “Peach Woman”. In addition to teaching private creative writing and literature classes, Zoe is the co-host of the Northampton-based But Also reading series with Britt Billmeyer-Finn and the co-editor of Hot Pink Magazine with Emily Bark Brown. Since 2019, she has been an active member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, where she has co-curated both the Close Distances and the In-Flux reading series.

Cole Swensen

A black and white photo of poet Cole Swensen.
Photo by Anthony Hayward
Poet Cole Swensen is the author of 17 volumes of poetry and a collection of critical essays, Noise That Stays Noise. A book of hybrid poem-essays, Art in Time, was published by Nightboat in 2021. A former Guggenheim Fellow, she has been a finalist for the National Book Award and has been awarded the Iowa Poetry Prize, the SF State Poetry Center Book Award, and the National Poetry Series. She has also translated over 20 volumes of poetry, prose, and art criticism from French and won the 2004 PEN USA Award in Literary Translation.

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