Seattle poetry press co-editors to visit WWU

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Poets Matt Zapruder and Joshua Beckman, co-editors of poetry press Wave Books in Seattle, will present in the Black Box Theater of Walla Walla University at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

The evening is free and open to the public.

Zapruder is an awarded poet from San Francisco and New York, a musician, a translator and a professor at the University of California-Riverside's creative writing school.

The title poem of Zapruder's second book, "The Pajamaist," was recently translated into German and made into a graphic novel. Zapruder is also a guitarist for The Figments, and a songwriter on his own, recording folk-pop ballads.

Fellow Wave Books editor Joshua Beckman boasts an equally long resume as the author of six books of poetry including "Things Are Happening," which won the American Poetry Review and Honickman First Book Prize in 1998.

In 2006, Beckman organized the Poetry Bus Tour, which visited 50 American cities in 50 days to conduct poetry readings and familiarize audiences with contemporary poets.

The Black Box is on the west end of the Walla Walla University Campus in the Canaday Technology Center. The parking lot is on the corner of Southwest Fourth Street and Davis Avenue.

For more information call 527-2123.

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