September 18th, 2013: Tresha Haefner & Leah Davidson

Tresha Haefner

Tresha Haefner

Tresha Faye Haefner’s work appears in various journals and magazines, including BloodLotus, Melusine, Pirene’s Fountain, Poet Lore, and Rattle. Her poem, “A Walk Through the Parking Lot at Midnight” won the Robert and Adele Schiff Poetry Prize from The Cincinnati Review. “I Will Arise Now and Go to Los Angeles” won the summer poetry contest hosted by Writer’s Row, and her poem, ”Vermin” was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the author of 2 chapbooks, The Lone, Breakable Night from OutoftheBlue Poetry Press, and Take This Longing, which will be published by Finishing Line Press in 2013. Currently she lives in Los Angeles, where she writes, teaches, and hosts the 4th Friday of Santa Monica’s ongoing poetry series, The Rapp Saloon. Her mission there is to promote writers, both new and established, and to help readers and listeners find the unique poets they deserve!

Tresha earned a B.A. in Modern Literary Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, but didn’t discover her love of poetry until the last class of her senior year, when she was introduced to more modern poets, such as W.B.Yeats, and Eavan Boland, to name a few. Since then, she has studied with luminaries such as Kim Addonizio, Sally Ashton, Brendan Constantine, Mathew Dickman, and Eloise Klein Healy. She currently teaches private poetry workshops in Culver City and on-line, for poets both new and established.
In 2012 she received her Master’s degree in Humanistic Psychology/Creativity Studies, the same year she also began teaching poetry workshops out of her home in Culver City. She uses what she knows about psychology to help her students reach and harness their deepest creative impulses. She uses what she knows about art to help them create the visions they want to bring forward into their lives.  The greatest gift of her craft, she says, is not the surprising line-break, but the ability of poetry to surprise the heart, and break it open.
 
Best of all, she'll bring her new book, Take This Longing, so you can buy a copy and take a little Tresha home with you.  Finally.
 
 

Leah Davidson

Leah Davidson

THE POET

Leah Noble Davidson has enthusiasm up the wahoo. Trained originally as a storyteller, she’s been writing and performing poetry for well over a decade. When not conducting design research, she’s working to get poets into classrooms. She’s been published in various magazines, journals, and small press zines including, but not limited to Alberta Street Anthologies, Blur, Night Bomb Press, Small Doggies, Harper Perennial, and Love and Car Crashes.

THE BOOK

Conventional wisdom holds that art and science are mutually exclusive. Leah Noble Davidson disagrees. Consider the laboratory of the human endeavor: The absolute magnitude of love. The combustion of passion. The gravity of pain. Davidson guides us through the physics of us and introduces a breakthrough theory: Poetry in motion. Poetic Scientifica is at once urgent and gorgeous and brutal. Davidson catalyzes cognitive and behavioral psychology, visual culture, and linguistics to remind us that science, like life, is a sequence of experiences that result in deeper understanding of our own stories. Call it a book; Davidson wrote an experiment. Booking performances, readings, and workshops September-November 2013.

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