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Saturday: Big Night at WNY Book Arts Collaborative

Linh Dinh

This Saturday (Jan. 30) Just Buffalo presents Big Night featuring poet Linh Dinh at the Western New York Book Arts Collaborative (468 Washington St). The event begins at 8pm and will feature a media performance by Al Larsen, fiction by Ken Sparling, and food by Geoffrey Gatza.

Dinh is a Vietnamese-born poet, fiction-writer, editor and translator who currently resides in Philadelphia. Since coming to the U.S. in 1975, Dinh has been widely published, including Best American Poetry 2000, 2004 and 2007. His latest novel Love Like Hate is set for release in May by Seven Stories Press. His books of poetry include American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007), and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009). Dinh has also written Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), two collections of stories, the latter of which was chosen as one of the books of 2004 by the Village Voice. He is editor of two anthologies, Night Again: Contemporary Fiction From Vietnam (1996), Three Vietnamese Poets (2001) and translator of Night, Fish and Charlie Parker (2006) by exiled poet Phan Nhien Hao. Dinh’s work, which has been translated into many languages including French and Spanish, has allowed him to read in such cities as London and Berlin.

Ken Sparling is an Ontario-based writer whose work includes Hush Up and Listen Stinky Poo Butt, a novel self-published with the help of his wife, two children and duct tape. Hush Up is available from Artistically Declined Press ( Sparling first gained attention in the early 1990s when his stories were published in Blood & Aphorisms, a Toronto literary journal. His other work includes Dad Says He Saw You at the Mall (1996), For Those Whom God Has Blessed with Fingers (2005) and Book, which will be released later this year by Pedlar Press.

Al Larsen has brought his unique brand of media art and music to festivals such as YoYo-A-GoGo and the What the Heck Fest, along with venues like CBGBs Record Canteen in New York City. He is no stranger to performing on street corners and in basements.

Geoffrey Gatza, a Kenmore native, has written several books of poetry including Kenmore: Poem Unlimited and Housecat Kung Fu: Strange Poems For Wild Children. Gatza graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and Daemen College. He was also sous-chef at The Mansion (414 Delaware Ave.) and current editor and publisher of BlazeVOX Books. Gatza served under the U.S. Marines during the First Gulf War.

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