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Recordings of Kelsey Street Press authors reading from their work as well as extended interviews with Barbara Guest's daughter, Hadley Guest, conducted by Patricia Dienstfrey, Susan Gevirtz, and Kathleen Fraser, are available through the Penn Sound Archive

Recordings include:

  • Bhanu Kapil reading fromThe Vertical Interrogation of Strangers, October 6, 2006 and Humanimal, February 16, 2008

  • Elizabeth Robinson reading from Bed of Lists and House Made of Silver, with an introduction by Patricia Dienstfrey, April 15, 2008

  • Hazel White reading from Peril as Architectural Enrichment, October 5, 2011

  • Kathleen Fraser reading from Something (even human voices) in the foreground, a lake, January 17, 2007

  • Laura Mullen reading from Tales of Horror, January 27, 2007

  • Laynie Brown reading from Rebecca Letters, February 7, 2007

  • Mei-Mei Bersenbrugge reading from Concordance, October 26, 2006

  • Myung Mi Kim reading from Under Flag, March 7, 2007

  • Rena Rosenwasser reading from Elevators, August 8, 2011

  • Sabrina Dalla Valle reading from 7 Days and Nights in the Desert (Tracing the Origin), April 25, 2014

  • Susan Gervitz reading from Black Box Cutaway, March 22, 2007, and Aerodrome Orion & Starry Messenger, June 3, 2009



45th Anniversary Reading, December 13, 2019


In celebration of Kelsey Street Press's 45th Anniversary, The Poetry Center, and Green Arcade Books and Kelsey Street Press presented Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Ching-In Chen, and Andrea Abi-Karam, reading at McRoskey Mattress Co., in San Francisco. Following Patricia Dienstfrey and Rena Rosenwasser, co-founders of the press, recalling its history and several of the authors it has presented, Rosenwasser introduces Berssenbrugge. Berssenbrugge reads from NEST (Kelsey Street Press, 1998) and from her forthcoming book A Treatise on Stars (New Directions, 2020). Mg Dufresne, of Kelsey Street Press, introduces Abi-Karam, who reads from their book EXTRATRANSMISSION (Kelsey Street Press, 2019). Roberts then introduces Chen, who reads from their book recombinant (Kelsey Street Press, 2017) to close the event. The program was supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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