Writer Stephanie McCoy and Poet Bill Mayer will read from their latest work.
Stephanie McCoy was born in Florida and spent many a summer driving across country to visit North Carolina after her family moved out West. She received her BA and MFA from Mills College. In between degrees she was a Fulbright Fellow in Hamburg, Germany. In 1998 her book, Brilliance in the Shadows: a biography of Lucia Kleinhans Mathews, was published by the Arts & Crafts Press. Sweet as Cane, her first novel, was published in 2012 by Saturday Morning Press. Her second work of fiction, The She-Novelist in Venice, is based on the American author Constance Fenimore Woolson, and is forthcoming. Stephanie McCoy's third novel My Darling Hattie Belle, a sequel to Sweet as Cane, is a work-in-progress. ~~ Bill Mayer was born and raised in Los Angeles. He received his BA and MA from San Francisco State University, studying with Jack Gilbert, Stan Rice, William Dickey and Nanos Valaoritis. In the late '60s, he was invited to join a poetry workshop with Gilbert, Linda Gregg, Larry Felson, George Stanley, Bill Anderson, Wilbur Wood, and others. The workshop persists to this day with some of its original participants. Mayer has published 5 books of poetry: Longing, (Pangaea, 1992), The Uncertainty Principle (Omnidawn, 2001), the chapbook, The Deleted Family (Paroikia, 2004), Articulate Matter (Paroikia, 2012), and A Truce With Fantasy, (Kelsay Books, Aldrich Press, 2015). Poems have also appeared in a number of magazines: Caterpiller, Ironwood, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Montana Gothic, Five Fingers Review, Red Rock Review, Paris Atlantic, Poetry Flash, Alimentum, Omniverse, Danse Macabre (an online magazine) and Visions International, among others. He was included in an anthology of American poets who have lived in Greece, Kindled Terraces, edited by Donald Schofield (Truman State University Press, 2004). Mayer is also a professional photographer who has exhibited at the Mythos Gallery in Berkeley as well as working with Tony Keppelman on Hummingbirds, a photographic essay published by Little-Brown. He is as well an importer of German and Austrian wines. He has spent extended time in Vermont, England, Greece, Hawaii, Monterey, Germany, France, Italy, and Austria, and presently lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, Jane McKinne-Mayer, who teaches art history at the California College of the Arts.