This week we welcome Simon Wickham-Smith(left) and Elizabeth Myhr (far left) as our guest bloggers. Wickham-Smith is a scholar and translator of contemporary Mongolian literature, and a composer of electronic music. He lives in Seattle. Elizabeth Myhr publishes poetry, critical essays and book reviews. She is poetry editor for Raven Chronicles, managing editor for Marick Press, and co-editor of Web Del Sol Review of Books. Currently studying in the graduate MFA program at Seattle Pacific University and a member of The Milton Center Writer’s Workshop, she lives with her delightful family in Seattle.
Welcome, Simon and Elizabeth.
And while we're on the subject of Mongolia . . . The U.S. Department of State's America 21: Books in Translation" program has awarded a $12,000 grant to Mongolian poet Mend-ooyo to complete a first-of-its-kind anthology of American poetry translated into Mongolian. Among those poets likely to be included are Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Anne Bradstreet, Henry David Thoreau, Stephen Crane, Allen Ginsberg, Langston Hughes, Sherman Alexie, David Lehman, Thelma Homer, and Joy Rainey King.
In other news:
Beginning Sunday at midnight, AMCTV will reprise season two of the celebrated series Mad Men. See the Mad Men blog here, for a discussion of how Frank O'Hara's poetry hovers over the sequence of events that take place in 1962.