Common Ground#452

Publishing-in-Transit: Belladonna*

Featuring Marcella Durand, Tonya Foster, Zoe Tuck, and Cole Swensen


12 p.m. Eastern / 9 a.m. Pacific

Marcella Durand, Tonya Foster, and Zoe Tuck join writer and critic Cole Swensen for a conversation on literary publishing. We open and conclude with readings from our guests.

In this talk

Publishing-in-Transit is a monthly series celebrating contemporary literary editors, all of the often-unrecognized work that they do, and the community-based and conversational nature of contemporary innovative literary publishing.

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Marcella Durand

Marcella Durand
Marcella Durand’s most recent books include The Prospect, just now out from Delete Press,, and Earth’s Horizons, her translation of Michèle Métail’s book-length poem, Les Horizons du sol, published this spring by Black Square Editions, Other publications include Rays of the Shadow (Tent Editions, 2017); Le Jardin de M. (The Garden of M.), with French translations by Olivier Brossard (joca seria, 2016); Deep Eco Pré, a collaboration with Tina Darragh, (Little Red Leaves); AREA (Belladonna); and Traffic & Weather (Futurepoem), written during a residency at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She is currently working on a new collection forthcoming from Black Square Editions.

Tonya M. Foster

Tonya M. Foster
Tonya M. Foster is the author of A Swarm of Bees in High Court, and the bilingual chapbook La Grammaire des Os; the chapbook A History of the Bitch (forthcoming, Sputnik and Fizzle, 2020); and co-editor of Third Mind: Creative Writing through Visual Art. Her next poetry collection, Thingification is forthcoming from Ugly Presse, 2021. Monkey Talk, a cross-genre series about race, paranoia, aesthetics and surveillance, is in development with support from a 2020 Creative Capital Foundation grant. A 2020-2021 Lisa Goldberg Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University, Tonya holds the George and Judy Marcus Endowed Chair in Poetry at San Francisco State University. She was raised in New Orleans, and her family goes generations back in Louisiana.

Zoe Tuck

A portrait of Zoe Tuck
Poet Zoe Tuck was born in Texas, became a person in California, and now lives in Northampton, MA, where she is building the Threshold Academy, a future bookstore and nontraditional educational and performance space. She co-curates the But Also house reading series, co-edits Hot Pink Magazine, and works at Belladonna* Collaborative and Tripwire Journal. She has been teaching a series of classes on friendship literature through Liminal Lab. Zoe is the author of Soft Investigations (Daisy Mayhem Books, 2019) and Terror Matrix (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2014). She blogs about books, writes poems, and is working on an autobiographical novel.

Cole Swensen

A black and white photo of poet Cole Swensen.
Photo by Anthony Hayward
Poet Cole Swensen is the author of 17 volumes of poetry and a collection of critical essays, Noise That Stays Noise. A book of hybrid poem-essays, Art in Time, was published by Nightboat in 2021. A former Guggenheim Fellow, she has been a finalist for the National Book Award and has been awarded the Iowa Poetry Prize, the SF State Poetry Center Book Award, and the National Poetry Series. She has also translated over 20 volumes of poetry, prose, and art criticism from French and won the 2004 PEN USA Award in Literary Translation.