February 22, 2019: George Higgins & Charlotte Innes
George Higgins is an Oakland poet and actor. About his first book There, There (White Violet Press, 2013), Joan Aleshire wrote, “this book deepens our knowledge of how to live in the world,” and Dan Tobin wrote, “these are poems of ‘perfect contact’ in which the soul inevitably ascends, even if it’s through a kill hole in the skull. There, There is an auspicious debut.” His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry (selected by Yusef Komunyakaa), Pleiades, Nimrod, Poetry Flash, Salamander, and Fugue, among others. He has an MFA from Warren Wilson College where he was a Holden Fellow. He is also a Cave Canem Fellow. He performs completely improvised one act plays with the improv troupe the (i)ncidentalists.
Charlotte Innes is the author of Descanso Drive (Kelsay Books, 2017), a first book of poems, and two chapbooks, Licking the Serpent (2011) and Reading Ruskin in Los Angeles (2009), both with Finishing Line Press. Her poems have appeared in many publications including The Hudson Review, The Sewanee Review, Tampa Review and Rattle. They have also been anthologized in Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond (Beyond Baroque Books, 2015) and The Best American Spiritual Writing for 2006 (Houghton Mifflin, 2006), amongst others. A former newspaper reporter, she has also written on literary topics for the Los Angeles Times, The Nation and other publications. Although she is originally from England, she has lived for almost 30 years in Los Angeles where she has taught journalism at the University of Southern California, as well as English, journalism, and creative writing at high schools throughout the Los Angeles area.