Join us for a reading focused on the genuis and beauty of the editors and contributors of the West Trestle Review.
West Trestle Review is an online journal that publishes one poem each week by a woman who lives in California or Nevada. Our annual first annual chapbook, Catenary, highlights the work of select WTR contributors from the previous year.
A catenary is a curve formed by a length of rope, wire, or chain as it hangs freely between two points. WTR's editors chose this as the name of the annual chapbook because the journal is a place that hangs loosely between the digital age and the age-old craft -- and art -- of letterpress printing. We are very excited to be promoting the work of talented poets in this unique way.
At Meridian Press, up the big hill from the Truckee River and in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Katherine Case carves linoleum blocks, hand-sets metal type and prints on an antique SP-15 Vandercook proof press. She calls up inspiration from the traditional textile patterns of Africa, Asia and the Pacific; from poetry and music; from her two small children and from the diverse and abundant landscapes of the Reno-Tahoe area.
Katherine is a poet, printmaker and former Peace Corps Volunteer. She creates fine art prints, greeting cards and custom handmade books. Her poetry has appeared in numerous national publications and her linoleum carvings have illustrated books and broadsides, for which she has collaborated with poets such as Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Kay Ryan, Chana Bloch and Jennifer K. Sweeney. She has taught book arts and letterpress printing for over a decade at the Academy of Art University, the Nevada Museum of Art, the San Francisco Center for the Book and Sierra Nevada College.
Annie Stenzel‘s poems have most recently appeared in the print journals Catamaran Literary Reader, Quiddity, and Ambit, in online journals Lunch Ticket and Unsplendid and in the anthology Patient Poets. She has work forthcoming in Kestrel and elsewhere, and her work has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is also a letterpress printer, never happier than when her hands are covered in ink. She received a B.A. In English and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, both from Mills College. She works at a mid-sized law firm in San Francisco but lives across the Bay.
Karen Terrey is an editor and writing coach, working with many writers of all genres in workshops and individual coaching sessions through her business Tangled Roots Writing. She also teaches at Lake Tahoe Community College and Sierra College and volunteers with youth writing programs. She is a recipient of grants and scholarships and recently completed a month-long writing residency at the Vermont Studio Center. She earned her MFA at Goddard College. Her poetry chapbook Bite and Blood from Finishing Line Press is available at local bookstores. For more information see her blog at www.karenaterrey.blogspot.com.