Here's the quick back story about how I know the phenomenal writer Toni Mirosevich: she ruined my life.
Seriously! There I was, a semester away from graduating from the undergraduate Creative Writing program at San Francisco State University. I wasn't entirely sure what I wanted to do with my life, but I knew I wanted to write fiction. Still, I missed poetry and I thought that revisiting the poetry side of my writing life might enliven something in my fiction.
So, I thought, for one of my last requirements I'd embark on the adventure of one of Toni's poetry classes. Silly me, thinking I could just slip in and out of a Toni Mirosevich class without being permanently changed.
You know how the rest of the story goes. The class open my eyes in ways I never thought possible, and I fell in love with poetry all over again. Now I'm unable to escape it, and it's all Toni's fault.
So if you're in the Bay Area this Thursday, February 24, come to the library to hear Toni read from her new book, The Takeaway Bin, and to discover why she's such an influential force in literature. I'll be reading some of my poetry, for which Toni is to blame, and poet Mary Peelen will also be reading.
See event details on the library's website, or on Facebook.