Poetry. Winner of the Francis Jaffer Book Award, a first book prize honoring the memory of Bay Area poet, editor, and feminist Francis Jaffer. This year's prize was chosen by Barbara Guest, who has the following to say about CUSP: "Music, a story 'circular and multiplying' each portion of the poem 'according to its own great score' and 'light now raging' over each page. Cusp is a poem of exceptional sensibility and ardor." San Francisco resident Jocelyn Saidenberg is the publisher of Krupskaya Press, which specializes in experimental writing and which features a revolving board of editors. "the erstwhile manservant having come to what indifference. to what/ profound conviction of having lost the right track. his own track. her/ trajectory. plane trees. He offers non-pareils and we arm. we inflate"-from "This Side Up Again."
Jocelyn Saidenberg is a writer, educator, and performer based in the Bay Area. Her books include: KITH & KIN (The Elephants, 2018), Mortal City (Parentheses Writing Series, 1998), CUSP (Kelsey St. Press, 2001), NEGATIVITY (Atelos Press, 2007), DEAD LETTER (Roof Books, 2014), in addition to three chapbooks, Dusky, Dispossessed, and Shipwreck. Her work has been published in several journals and anthologies such as SFMoMA Open Space, The Encyclopedia Project, and Bay Poetics. Since 1998 she has worked as the founding editor and publisher for Krupskaya Press, with 39 titles circulating to date, and has curated literary events through Bay Area arts organizations, in addition to serving as the long-time director of Small Press Traffic. She teaches creative writing at UC Berkeley and the Prison University Project at San Quentin.Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA