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Molly Fisk edited California Fire & Water, A Climate Crisis Anthology, with a Poets Laureate Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets. Author of The More Difficult BeautyListening to Winter, and five volumes of radio commentary, her new collection Walking Wheel is forthcoming from Red Hen Press. Fisk has won grants from the NEA, the California Arts Council, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Winter Sun

How valuable it is in these short days,
threading through empty maple branches,
the lacy-needled sugar pines.

Its glint off sheets of ice tells the story
of Death’s brightness, her bitter cold.

We can make do with so little, just the hint
of warmth, the slanted light.

The way we stand there, soaking in it,
mittened fingers reaching.

And how carefully we gather what we can,
to offer later, in darkness, one body to another.
Molly Fisk, from The More Difficult Beauty

Patricia Caspers is the founding Editor-in-Chief of West Trestle Review and the author of three full-length poetry collections: In the Belly of the Albatross (Glass Lyre Press, 2015), Some Flawed Magic (Kelsay Books, 2021) and The Most Kissed Woman in the World (Kelsay Books, forthcoming, 2024). Caspers won the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, and her work has been published widely in journals such as Ploughshares, Valparaiso, and Spillway.


Upcoming Events

12.16 Matthew Cooperman and Aby Kaupang
1.13 Dan Rounds and
2.10 Frank Gioia and Beverly Parayno
4.13 Luisa Giulianetti and
5.11 Tom Mitchell and Rick Robbins



October 14 Gail Entrekin and Stewart Florsheim

Septermber 30 Camille Norton and Stella Beratlis

September 9 Mary Mackey and Joshua McKinney

August 12 Judie Rae and Ensemble

July 22 D.R. Wagner and Dave Boles

June 10 Terry Ehret, John Johnson and Susan Cohen

May 20 Lois P. Jones and William O' Daly

April 29 Elizabeth Robinson, Randy Prunty and Alexandra Mattraw

April 22 Tim Kahl and Eugene Berson

March 25 Alice Pettway and Lara Gularte

March 11 Bill Gainer and Todd Boyd

February 11 Rooja Mohassessy and Tamer Mostafa

January 14 Brad Buchanan and Gary Kruse


December 10 Jeff Knorr and Jeanine Stevens

November 12 Linda Jackson Collins and Kim Kralowec

October 29 Yuyutsu Sharma, Katy Brown and Allegra Silberstein

October 15 S'more Poetry & Song at The California Railroad Museum

October 8 Lara Gularte and Dianna Henning

September 10 Linda Scheller and Gary Thomas

August 12 Emmanuel Sigauke and Aeisha Jones

July 21 Paco Marquez

July 9 Catherine French and Lisa Dominguez Abraham

June 11 Stan Zumbiel and Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas

June 5 Poetry Picnic in McKinley Park

May 14 Jon Davis and Greg Glazner

April 27 Doug Rice, Jamil Jan Kochai, Tristan Beach

April 9, 2022 Zia Torabi and Bob Stanley

March 26, 2022 Susan Kelly-DeWitt and Albert Garcia

Mar 17, 2022 Bin Ramke (a Discussion with Joshua McKinney)


Dec. 4, 2021 Four for the Quarter: O' Daly, Halebsky, Straight Out Scribes

Sept. 25, 2021 Four for the Quarter: McKinney, Knorr, Levine, Gourdine

July 24, 2021 Evan MyQuest and Lelania Fowler

July 10, 2021 Sue Daly and Lara Gularte

June 26, 2021 Bill Pieper and Julie Woodside

June 19, 2021 D. R. Wagner reads from DISTANT LIGHTS in Sacramento

June 12, 2021 Jeff Ewing book release for Wind Apples

May 27, 2021 Lucille Lang Day Literary Lectures: Native American Poetry: Traditional and Contemporary Visions and Themes

May 13, 2021 Jennifer Sweeney [Literary Lectures] To Remain in Perhaps: A Deeper Look at the Lyric Poem

May 7, 2021 Natasha Sajé and Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas

April 24, 2021 D.R. Wagner Live in Locke book release reading for DISTANT LIGHTS

April 22, 2021 Literary Lectures with Maxine Chernoff

April 16, 2021 Jennifer and Chad Sweeney

February 25, 2021 Steve Cirrone: Shakespeare as Science Fiction

February 11, 2021 Bob Stanley: The Poetry of Carolyn Forché

January 28, 2021 Karma Waltonen speaks about Margaret Atwood

January 14, 2021 Frank Stanford: A Talk by John Amen, Greg Brownderville, & John Erwin


November 31, 2020 MALDEF Reading