Authors will gather for unique ‘reading’ event


UC San Diego’s Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout and San Diego Citybeat’s Edwin Decker will read from their works on Wednesday, May 2, in the Museum of the Living Artist, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will start at 7 p.m.

Museum members may attend for free, other pays $5 at the door or bring a snack/wine to share.

• Armantrout’s book of poetry ”Versed,” published by the Wesleyan University Press, earned the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. On March 11, 2010, Armantrout was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for ”Versed.”

Her work has been honored by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and she received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008. Her most recent collection, ”Money Shot,” was published in February 2011.

• Decker is a freelance journalist and columnist whose work has appeared in magazines and newspapers across the country. His satiric and sometimes controversial column, “Sordid Tales,” runs every other week in San Diego CityBeat.

Decker’s book ”Barzilla and Other Psalms,” published by Puna Press, was nominated for a 2007 San Diego Book Award and his performance piece, “Questioning Innocence is Questionable,” won the grand prize for the San Diego Visual Arts Performance Slam.

Following the reading, there will be open mic for writers or painters who would like to share a few pieces of their work.

Questions? Contact host, Michael Klam at (619) 957-3264 or (619) 236-0011. Writers/artists who would like to read, can sign up ahead of time at or on the night of the show.