Eskimo Pie Girl's Bio:
Eskimo Pie Girl has published several chapbooks including Eskimo Pie Girl Dreams (1997, reprinted in 2003 as Raining All Over), Matsuyoi: 50 Haiku for the Moon (2000), The Cook Inlet Poems (2005), Border Crossing (2006), A Celtic Epic (2007), and 200 San Juan Ridge Haiku for Lew Welch (2008). She has worked as an editor for 25 years. Her poems, interviews, editorials, short stories, photos, essays, lyrics, and articles have been published by the following. Sacramento Poet News; UP--University of California, Davis, Undergraduate Publication; ZINE--An Artistic Collective; Bringing Hope to a Hopeless World: An Anthology of Northern California Women Poets; Hear Here: An Anthology of Sacramento Poets and Musicians; Without Rhyme or Reason: Fragments (Seattle); Welcome to Hell: A Sacramento Anthology; Poetry Now; Environmental Health Perspectives, Journal of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; Because People Matter; The Flatlander (Yolo County); The Art of the View: Cache Creek Nature Preserve Anthology; ApparentDepth (L.A.); Say Yes: A Sacramento Anthology; Catalyzer; Mt. Aukum Press; The University Press of Mississippi; The University of California, Davis, Arboretum Review; Clan of the Dog; Dufus; Lummox Journal; Putah Creek Poems; From the Mouths of Angels (L.A.); Rattlesnake Review; University of California, Davis, Center for Environmental Health Sciences; The Third Sunday Writing Group Anthology; 24th Street Irregular Press; Kiss of Death Press; Babel Magazine; Sacramento News and Review; Mystery Island; Tree Stories; Intermask; Mountains We Have Crossed: An Anthology of Women Poets; Tule Review; LRB Poetry Series; University of California, Davis, Friends of Environmental Toxicology; The Nevada County Poetry Series Anthology; Last Call: The Legacy of Charles Bukowski; 12-Gauge Press; Love and Sadistic Dharma: A California Anthology of Poetry; Love Potion Broadside Series; Poetic Perambulations: a University of California, Davis, Arboretum Anthology; and Los Poesy. She has been interviewed by the Sacramento Bee, the Sacramento News and Review, the Davis Enterprise, and the University of California Davis Cal Aggie.
Along with Ms. Nancy, Eskimo started the Sacramento Third Sunday Writing Group in 1995, and the group has been meeting every month for 13 years. She has been VP of the Sacramento Poetry Center and was one of the founding editors of Poetry Now. She has been on the board of and helped with the startup of the Sacramento International Film Festival and the Sacramento State Annual Writing Conference. She is a certified docent and gardener for the UC Davis Arboretum.
She has given over a 100 readings and has read her poetry in Sacramento, Davis, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Lodi, Stockton, Reno, Auburn, Nevada City, El Dorado Hills, New Hampshire, Fresno and elsewhere. Some of the places Eskimo has read: The Watershed Festival; The Heritage Festival; The Davis Whole Earth Festival; The Crest Theatre; the State Capitol; The Weatherstone; Joe Marty's; The Sacramento Poetry Center; The Nevada County Center for the Arts; Espresso Metro (Downtown and SCC); The Press Club; The Torch Club; Cafe Paris; Cafe Mexico; Juliana's Kitchen; Luna's; Matrix Art Gallery; 750 Art Gallery; Delta of Venus; La Raza Galeria Posada; ABC Del Rio (New York); the Sacramento County Jail; Carol's Book's; Duke's; Terra Tazza; Barnes and Noble--Stockton and Sacto; Java City; Headquarters for the Arts; Cafe Roma; Lioness Books; On Broadway; California Juice Company; Border's Books; Cafe International; North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center; Phantom Galleries. This is the very very "short" list and it will take Eskimo much more time to list all the venues she's read at.
Sacramento's best guitar player has washed her dishes and generally tidied up her house, and an acquaintance of Charles Bukowski mopped her kitchen floor and cleaned her refrigerator. One of Elvis Costello's band members fixed Eskimo's doors and helped her rake the lawn. She was the "poetic interlude" at gigs by David Houston, Larry Garner, and Omar Shariff (who stated that Eskimo wrote the most beautiful poem about men that he had ever heard). She has shaken hands with Margaret Atwood, Michael McClure, Gary Snyder, Jorie Graham, Carolyn Forche, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Sherman Alexie and Lucille Clifton. She was once mentioned in a short story by Todd Walton published in the Sacramento News and Review. She has books signed especially "for Eskimo Pie Girl" by William T. Vollmann and Michael Madsen. She has been on the T.V. and radio 24 times and most recently was shown, not reading poetry, but dancing in the street on a Bay Area T.V. station. What people have said about her: "Genius!" --Hugh Fox and Bradley Mason Hamlin; "May you be a light to the world!" --Neeli Cherkovski; "Dynamite!" --Bill Gainer; "I love wandering around SPAM!" --Ben Hiatt (RIP). "[She is] very soft and lovely" --Noel Peattie (RIP). "You are perhaps the best poet in town, period" --Arturo Mantecon. "You fuckin' rock!" --frank andrick. Her work has been likened to that of William Faulkner, Charles Bukowski, Wallace Stevens, Saul Bellow and REM. And speaking of strange bedfellows, she slept for exactly 45 nights on Allen Ginsberg's bed.