KGB Monday Night Poetry Reading Series
Hosted by Laura Cronk & Michael Quattrone
With original hosts Star Black & David Lehman
Monday, October 6, 2008: Michael Lally & Terence Winch
MICHAEL LALLY has published twenty-seven books of poetry and prose, including the 1970s‚ underground bestseller ROCKY DIES YELLOW (Blue Wind Press), CANT BE WRONG (Coffee House Press) winner of the 1997 Oakland Pen Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature, the 2000 American Book Award winner IT’S NOT NOSTALGIA (Black Sparrow Press), and most recently MARCH 18, 2003, published jointly by Libellum and Charta Presses in a third edition in 2006, with illustrations by Alex Katz. Other honors include a 92nd Street Y Discovery Award in 1972 and two national Endowment for the Arts poetry grants. Among many radio and television interviews, he was profiled on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered in 1979 for editing the poetry anthology NONE OF THE ABOVE (Crossing Press) and interviewed by host Michael Silverblatt on NPR’s Bookworm show in 1997 for CANT BE WRONG. His poems have been in numerous magazines, such as The Partisan Review, Tri-Quarterly, The World, Poet Lore, and in the anthologies, THE OUTLAW BIBLE OF AMERICAN POETRY (Thunder’s Mouth Press), OUT OF THIS WORLD (Crown), IDENTITY LESSONS (Penguin). Lally has worked at a variety of jobs, from college teacher to limousine driver, including book reviewer, for The Washington Post and The Village Voice, and screenwriting (e.g. narration for DRUGSTORE COWBOY, co-wrote FOGBOUND, the Thessalaski International Film Festival award winner for 2003). But his longest running job is as a TV and film actor (an artist on NYPD BLUE, a psycho detective on JAG, a crusty cavalry captain on DEADWOOD, a detective in BASIC INSTINCT, Sykes in WHITE FANG, the voice of Sparks in Ralphy Bakshi‚s COOL WORLD).
TERENCE WINCH has published four books of poems, Boy Drinkers (Hanging Loose, 2007), The Drift of Things (The Figures, 2001), Irish Musicians/American Friends (Coffee House Press, 1986), which won an American Book Award, and The Great Indoors (Story Line Press, 1995), which won the Columbia Book Award. That Special Place: New World Irish Stories (Hanging Loose, 2004) is a collection of non-fiction pieces on his experiences playing traditional Irish music. He has also published a book of short stories called Contenders (Story Line, 1989) and numerous chapbooks. His work has appeared in many anthologies, including The Oxford Book of American Poetry (2006), Poetry 180 (2003), Best American Poetry (1997, 2003, 2007), and in such publications as The Paris Review, American Poetry Review, New American Writing, The World, The New Republic, Shiny, Verse. He was the subject of a profile on NPR’s All Things Considered, and has been featured several times on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac radio program. He has received an NEA Fellowship in poetry, as well as grants from the DC Commission on the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Commission, and the Fund for Poetry. The son of Irish immigrants to New York, Winch has also played Irish music all his life. In 1977, he started a band with his brother called Celtic Thunder, and recorded three albums with the group. The band’s second recording, featuring his popular song “When New York Was Irish,” won the INDIE for Best Celtic Album. In 1992, Irish America magazine named Winch one of its Top 100 Irish Americans. See www.terencewinch.com.
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