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George Evans

George Evans
Visiting Writers Series

George Evans is the author of five books of poetry published in the US and England, including his most recent, The New World (Curbstone Press), and Sudden Dreams (Coffee House Press), shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He also translated The Violent Foam: New & Selected Poems (Curbstone Press), by Nicaraguan poet Daisy Zamora, co-translated The Time Tree: Selected Poems of Huu Thinh (Curbstone Press) from Vietnamese, and edited the two volume scholarly work Charles Olson & Cid Corman: Complete Correspondence, 1950 1964 (National Poetry Foundation: University of Maine). His poetry, fiction, essays, and translations have been published in literary magazines throughout the US, including Conjunctions, DoubleTake, Exquisite Corpse, Grand Street, Manoa, New Directions in Prose and Poetry, New Letters, Ploughshares, Poetry, Southwest Review, and Sulfur. His work has also been published (in English and translation) in Australia, England, France, Ireland, Japan, Nicaragua, and Viet Nam. Twice the featured poet in Cid Corman’s seminal literary magazine Origin, his work is represented in a number of major anthologies, including the Norton anthologies Postmodern American Poetry, Against Forgetting, the forthcoming Contemporary Voices of the Eastern World, and in The Other Side of Heaven: Postwar Fiction by Vietnamese and American Writers (Curbstone Press). An antiwar activist veteran of the Viet Nam American War, he is one of the subjects of a forthcoming multi segment radio series addressing the impact of war on culture and society, produced for National Public Radio (NPR) by the Center for Emerging Media at WYPR in Baltimore. George’s grants and awards include a 2003 Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship, two US National Endowment for the Arts Writing Fellowships, a Literature Fellowship for Poetry from the California Arts Council, an earlier Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship, and a Monbusho Fellowship and residency from the Japanese Ministry of Education for the study of Japanese literature and culture—he lived in Japan for over two years. He has also been the recipient of writing residencies from the Lannan Foundation’s Residency Program (Marfa, Texas), and the Heinrich Böll Cottage (Achill Island, Ireland). George was the founder and editor of Streetfare Journal, a non profit public art and literature project which published and displayed contemporary poetry and photography posters on 14,000 buses to an audience of 10 million readers in 15 US cities until 2000. Established in 1984, Streetfare Journal received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund, the Lannan Foundation, The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, the Australian Arts Council, and other private foundations, under the corporate sponsorship of New York based Transportation Displays Incorporated (TDI). A graduate of The Johns Hopkins University (M.A., Writing Seminars/English), and Carnegie Mellon University (B.A., English), George has traveled extensively in the US and abroad, and currently lives in San Francisco with his wife, Nicaraguan poet Daisy Zamora. For the past several years George has taught writing classes at a number of universities and colleges, most recently as a lecturer for the Writing Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and has been a member of the faculty for summer writing workshop programs at Naropa University (Boulder), and the William Joiner Center, University of Massachusetts (Boston).