From San Diego CityBEAT
City Works in Progress
Sunshine/Noir is a collection of essays, fiction and poetry focused on the San Diego/Tijuana region. It’s the first release by City Works Press, a nonprofit small press that got its start publishing San Diego City College’s literary journal. In 2003, the City Works folks decided to step it up and yet keep it a DIY venture. Two years later, they had the funds for Sunshine/Noir.
In the introduction to the anthology, Jim Miller, a San Diego City College English professor, a City Works founder and one of the authors (along with Kelly Mayhew and Mike Davis) of Under the Perfect Sun: The San Diego Tourists Never See, explains the anthology’s title by pointing to San Diego’s paradoxes: the city’s rich history is compromised by its push to grow; no other city in California has as large a gap between rich and poor; and the carefree image the San Diego tourist industry promotes is undermined by a constant military presence. Such dichotomies prompt “attempts to explore the meaning of place,” Miller writes. The anthology seeks to do just that.Sunshine/Noir features local and expatriate writers like Perry Vasquez (who designed the cover) and Victor Payan, City of Quartz author Mike Davis, San Diego State Uiniversity professor Hal Jaffe, Voz Alta and Taco Shop Poets founder Adrian Arancibia, poet Marilyn Chin and author Jimmy Santiago Baca. Saturday, June 11, at 7 p.m., the ICE Gallery (3714 30th St., North Park, 619-244-9302) hosts a book-release party where copies of the anthology will be available for purchase. A second book party happens at Voz Alta on June 25. The book is also available at cityworkspress.org
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