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Leslie Scalapino (1947-2010), poet, novelist, and essayist, was born in Santa Barbara and raised in Berkeley. She attended Reed College and UC Berkeley before founding O Books. Her poetry volumes include Considering how exaggerated music is (1982); Way (1988); New Time (1996); Sight (1999), a collaboration with Lyn Hejinian; Zither & Autobiography (2003); Day Ocean State of Stars' Night (2007); and It's go in horizontal: Selected Poems, 1974-2006 (2008). Among her more than fifteen books of prose and inter-genre writing are How Phenomena Appear to Unfold (1991); Goya's L.A., a Play (1994); and the novel Defoe (1994). The Tango, a collaboration with visual artist Marina Adams, was published by Granary Books in 2001. The Dihedrons Gazelle-Dihedrals Zoom was published in 2010. Scalapino's honors include an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, two NEA Grants, the Lawrence Lipton Prize, a Zellerbach Grant, and the Poetry Center Award from San Francisco State University. She has taught at Mills College, Bard College, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the Otis Art Institute.