Sowing The Lit Field: The Zone 3 Blog


Poetry Reading with Cait Weiss Orcutt and Douglas Kearney

October 5, 2017
8:00 pm, Art & Design Building, Room 120

Los Angeles native CAIT WEISS ORCUTT has been published in FIELD, Tupelo Quarterly, Slipstream, The Pinch, and other journals. Her honors include the Helen Earnhart Harley Fellowship and OSU’s Academy of American Poets Award. Cait won the 2016 Zone 3 Press First Book Award or her poetry collection, VALLEYSPEAK

Advance praise for VALLEYSPEAK:

"Valleyspeak is both exorcism and re-enchantment. It's also a collection of memorizing coming-of-age visions that emerge from the world of L.A. daughters, 'Sweet Valley/Ophelias, who haven’t quite/drowned.'  In this world of cars, swimming pools, porn, pills, and beautiful parents distracted by their own desires, Cait Orcutt unravels secrets of addiction and abandonment that are personal, familial, and cultural.  A re-angler of the 'mind’s film,' she unravels and detoxifies the Valley’s intoxicating spells as she magically re-makes them."
—Mary Syzbist


Poet, performer, and librettist DOUGLAS KEARNEY received his BA from Howard University and his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. He has published six books, most recently, Buck Studies, described by the New York Times as "a potent cocktail of political anger and radical formal experimentation." In the Los Angeles Times, poet David St. John observed, “What Doug’s articulating is the fragmentation of the self and sensibility that you see prominently in T.S. Eliot and The Waste Land. He’s at the other end of the century, using a multicultural voice inflected with the concerns of what it means to be a young black man at this time and at this place." His other books include The Black Automaton (2009), a National Poetry Series selection; Patter (2014), a finalist for the California Book Award; and Someone Took They Tongues (2016), a collection of opera libretti. Learn more about Kearney at 


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