SPD is delighted to announce that Maya Khosla and here book All the Fires of Wind and Light is being honored with the 2020 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Literary Award, named for the late poet and professor at The University of California at Berkeley, and created to provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community.

The 2020 PEN Oakland Award winners will be formally recognized on Saturday, December 5, from 2:00-5:00 P.M. PST. This will be a free virtual event, which will be broadcast live on Facebook on the Oakland Public Library Facebook page.

All the Fires of Wind and Light
(Sixteen Rivers Press, 2019)
By Maya Khosla

"ALL THE FIRES OF WIND AND LIGHT invites readers to find themselves in the wild, even in the most challenging times. Drawing from personal history, ancestry, and explorations ranging from the Bay of Bengal to the Sierra Nevada, the Cascade Mountains, and beyond, Khosla takes readers into worlds that are all but hidden—among "the best-kept secrets of our forests"—and sometimes all but lost. "In this moment of time, when we are witnessing the progression of Earth's seeming destruction through climate change, along with an increased visibility of man's immoral tendencies, comes a book of poems so lovely in its undertaking, so infused with scientific knowledge and imagistic beauty, that a thousand candles are lit in the cavern of despair," writes Katherine Hastings, Sonoma County Poet Laureate Emerita and author of Shakespeare & Stein Walk into a Bar. Maya's work also shows sudden flares of understanding about the sheer scale of fragmentation, even disappearance, of our forests and other ecosystems. And yet these poems are "fortified by nutrients and hope" in the powers of natural rejuvenation. "Maya Khosla's dazzling poems in ALL THE FIRES OF WIND AND LIGHT are dense with beauty and wisdom...Fire ecology, a widely misunderstood field, is a central theme," writes Lucille Lang Day, coeditor of FIRE AND RAIN: ECOPOETRY OF CALIFORNIA." 

Read moree about the 31st Annual PEN Oakland Literary Awards here

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