Cobalt Blue: Writings from the Papers of Sam Francis
Sam Francis Foundation
November 19, 2019
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About the Author
Jaime Robles took her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, where she studied with Kathleen Fraser, William Dickey and Maxine Chernoff.She co-founded Five Trees Press, an award-winning literary press in San Francisco, and in the 1980s she was poetry acquisitions editor at The Lapis Press, Santa Monica, the press established by the abstract- expressionist painter Sam Francis. She also worked as an editor with the late museum director and art scholar, Dr. Pontus Hulten. She also writes text for both musical and visual settings. With her musical collaborator, composer Peter Josheff, she premiered the one-act chamber opera Inferno, June 2009 in Berkeley, California. An aria from Inferno can be found here. Their one- act opera, Diary, was produced in 2004 by Goat Hall Productions in their San Francisco opera theater series, Fresh Voices.Robles is currently editor and publisher of Five Fingers Press and Woodland Editions. Her work is in collections at the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley; The Beinecke Library, Yale University; The Bender Room, University of San Francisco; Columbia University; and Harvard University, among others. She has received publishing grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities; a fellowship from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program; and a grant from the Fund for Poetry. Her writing has been published in numerous magazines, including 26, Conjunctions, First Intensity, NEW AMERICAN WRITING, and VOLT.Jaime Robles has taught editing and book arts at New College of California, Naropa University in Boulder, San Francisco State University, Saint Mary's College in Moraga, and the University of San Francisco.