PSC Oct. 2019: Haskins, Sullivan


Poetry Santa Cruz presented a reading by Lola Haskins and David Allen Sullivan at Felix Kulpa Gallery, on the evening of October 10, 2019.

Visiting reader Lola Haskins splits time between Gainesville, Florida and Skipton, Yorkshire, UK. No stranger to the Santa Cruz poetry community, her latest book is titled Asylum: Improvisations on John Clare. She drew inspiration – and epigrams – from the 19th-century British poet to lend thematic cohesion to a wide-ranging collection of poems composed over many years. A favorite Clare line: “Having only myself in my army, I led the way”.

David Allen Sullivan, on his website, describes his varied interests and talents:

David in China

“My first book of poetry–Strong-Armed Angels—was published by Hummingbird Press, and three of its poems were read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. My second book was a series of poems concerning the Iraq war, Every Seed of the Pomegranate. I then co-translated with Abbas Kadhim the selected poems of Adnan al-Sayegh, the Iraqi poet, which was published as Bombs have Not Breakfasted Yet. I wrote Black Ice, a book length series of poems about my father’s dementia and death, and a chapbook which won the Mary Ballard award: Take Wing, about my mother-in-law’s cancer. I’m currently finishing a book of poems about my year as a Fulbright lecturer in Xi’an, China, and writing a long narrative poem about the friendship between a US soldier and an Iraqi interpreter. I’m also creating an anthology of poems about the artwork of Bruegel and Bosch with my art historian mother, co-translating young Chinese poets with my former graduate students, and co-translating young Iraqi poets with Abbas Kadhim. I teach literature and film at Cabrillo Community College, in Santa Cruz, California, where I live with my family. “