Katherine Factor, Michael French, and Augusta Funk
On the 10/19/22 edition of Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour:
Dr. Andy’s first guest is poet, editor, educator, and Choose Your Own Adventure author Katherine Factor. Discussing her award-winning poetry book A Sybil Society, Factor describes “playing language as an instrument,” writing poetry in mythic tradition, and teaching young readers to move through life creatively. UC Davis arts administrator Michael French drops in to inform us of upcoming events in the arts and fondly remember Broadway luminary Angela Lansbury. Finally, Augusta Funk, upcoming featured poet at the Poetry Night Reading Series, talks inspiration and shares an evocative poem.
Katherine Factor is an editor, educator, and Choose Your Own Adventure author. Her debut poetry collection, A Sybil Society, won the Interim Poetics TEST SITE Poetry Prize. She has held positions as the Poet-in-Residence at Idyllwild Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Academy and as assistant editor of inter|rupture. Her poems have been semi-finalists for awards from the PANK, the Cleveland State University, the Madeleine Plonsker Lake Forest Emerging Writers’ Award, and the Beyond Baroque Poetry Prize. Poems and prose can be found in TYPO, Rescue Press, TIGHT, Wesleyan Books, Quarterly West, Poets for Living Waters, Occupy Poetry, DIAGRAM, Colorado Review, and in audio at WFMU. Her next book, Big Bigfoot's Secret Vacation, is coming out Spring 2023.
Augusta Funk is a poet, scholar, and teacher. Currently a PhD student in English at UC-Davis, her research focuses on twentieth-century feminist and queer poetry at the intersections of the critical geography, abolition, and lyric theory. She has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference, Vermont Studio Center, and the Helen Zell Writers’ Program. Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets, Poetry Daily, Witness, The Massachusetts Review, Poetry Northwest, Colorado Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Cream City Review, Fairy Tale Review, and elsewhere.
“Woven Air: Dhakai Jamdani Textile From Bangladesh,” an exhibition of traditional Bangladeshi textiles noted for a weaving technique that creates surface decorations, can be viewed at the UC Davis Design Museum until December 11, open weekdays from noon until 3 p.m. For more information about this exhibition, visit arts.ucdavis.edu/design. For more information about all UC Davis arts events, visit arts.ucdavis.edu.
Augusta Funk will be opening for Margaret Ronda at the Poetry Night Reading Series, hosted by Dr. Andy, on October 20, 2022 at the John Natsoulas Gallery.
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