Alison Luterman - New Poetry Book!



A new book by poet Alison Luterman is always something to celebrate! Please join us to happily welcome Desire Zoo, her latest collection, into the world!

From her publisher’s website:

"Alison Luterman's eye is on women, on children, in the streets and in the woods. Or at home alone in front of a desk. Her arms envelop love in whatever form it shows up: a cup of coffee from her husband, or the curve of a pregnant woman's belly as she walks around the lake in flip-flops. Luterman's poems are concerned with this and more. She is not abstract–she can't stop telling stories. She doesn't know how to refrain from making meaning out of scraps of beauty that she's found. For Luterman, poetry is both a privilege and a job."


Who is Alison Luterman?

I grew up in Massachusetts, the oldest of four children.  I started writing poetry when I was seven, and putting on plays in the living room using younger siblings as victims, I mean actors. 

These days I teach poetry and creative writing in elementary and high school classrooms, as well privately for adults through The Writing Salon.  (  I also travel to retreat centers where I lead weekend workshops in poetry, personal essay and improvisation.  

The Largest Possible Life, and See How We Almost Fly, are her poetry books. She has also had  poems published in The Sun, Rattle, The Brooklyn Review, Oberon, Tattoo Highway, Ping Pong, Kalliope, Poetry East, Poet Lore, Poetry 180, Slipstream, and other journals and anthologies. Her plays are, Saying Kaddish  With My Sister, Hot Water, Glitter and Spew, Oasis, and The Recruiter.  She is currently writing some ten-minute plays. Her personal essays have appeared in The Sun, The New York Times, The Boston Phoenix, The San Francisco Chronicle, More Magazine, The East Bay Express, Response, and elsewhere. She performs improvisational spoken word and dance with the Oakland-based performance ensemble Wing It! 

She lives with her husband, who is a Special Ed teacher and a musician, in Oakland, California.


Event date: 
Friday, April 25, 2014 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
4100 Macarthur Blvd
94619 Oakland