Join us for a night of poetry and prose featuring the work of Katherine Case, Melanie Perish and Rebecca Eckland.
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 Case 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.
Melanie Perish is a writer, student, and teacher. Her latest chapbook is The Fishing Poems (Meridian Press, 2015). Melanie is a member of Poets & Writers, Inc., has done Poets in the Schools in New York and Utah, and has served on the Scholarship Committee of the Women’s Writing Workshops in upstate New York (1978 - 1983.)
Her poetry collection Passions & Gratitudes was published by Black Rock Press in 2011. Her other chapbooks include Notes of a Daughter from the Old Country (Motheroot Publications) and Traveling the Distance (Rising Tide Press). Her poems have appeared in Utah Holiday, Calyx, Sinister Wisdom and most recently in the Austin International Poetry Festival 2016 Anthology, di-vêrsé-city . She is Director of Development, Emerita at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Rebecca Eckland is a writer and cyclist from Reno, Nevada. She is an Athlete Ambassador for Shebeest Cycling, works as a Technical Writer, is a contracted ghost writer for The Parsons Company, Inc. and the founder of Literary Arts & Wine.
She holds an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Saint Mary's College of California as well as two Master of Arts degrees-- in English and French Language and Literature from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Her work has appeared in MARY: A Journal of New Writing (published by St. Mary's College of California), Hotel Amerika, TAYO: Literary Journal, The East Bay Review and several others. She was the first woman from Nevada to win the California Triple Crown Stage Race in 2015-- a 600 mile cycling race across the wilds of California. She is sponsored by Great Basin Bicycles where she coaches athletes in the Reno-Carson area...and where she raises chickens, grows an organic garden, tends bees and makes life comfortable for two cats.