Shocking!: Author R. Zamora Linmark.

Words / Things to do in March: make spring break plans; dig out green clothes; celebrate National Small Press Month. We’ll help you with the last one.

Bamboo Ridge–Hawai’i’s oldest literary small press–presents its annual event to celebrate independent publishers everywhere: For the Love of Bamboo Ridge: a benefit reading and performance by R. Zamora Linmark features a wine and pupu reception with music from the Earl Seki/Nando Suan Guitar Duo followed by a reading from noted guest, R. Zamora (Zack) Linmark.

Born in Manila and educated in Hawai’i (Kaimuki High, UH-Manoa), Linmark is about to see his second novel Leche published by Carroll & Graf. His first novel Rolling the R’s (1995) and poetry collection Prime Time Apparitions (2005) have kept him on the cross-cultural literary map for more than 10 years and his work has been anthologized in numerous publications. O’ahu has nabbed the author as the 2007 spring semester’s UH-Manoa Distinguished Visiting Writer–a fortunate occurrence for Bamboo Ridge, which honored Linmark with the Editors’ Choice Award for Poetry in last year’s issue number 89.

Sexual orientation, jokes, pop culture, religion, Pidgin EnglishÖ Linmark’s work is edgy and provocative, described as ‘Manila meets Michael Jackson’ by poet Rafael Campo, ‘vibrant Technicolor life of crossed time zones and shocked cultures.’

For the Love of Bamboo Ridge: a benefit reading and performance by R. Zamora Linmark, Manoa Valley Theatre, 2833 E. Manoa Rd., Tue 3/13, 7pm, $20, [bambooridge.com], 626-1481