This week we welcome Leslie Heywood as our guest blogger. Leslie is Professor of English and Creative Writing at SUNY-Binghamton. She is the author of Pretty Good for a Girl: A Memoir (Free Press/Simon & Schuster). She has published two books of poetry, The Proving Grounds (Red Hen Press) and Natural Selection (Louisana Literature Press). Lost Arts, her third poetry book, is forthcoming Spring 2013. Her poetry has been published in Prairie Schooner, Paterson Literary Review, Women’s Studies Quarterly, North American Review, and elsewhere. Her poems “Telescope” and “Don’t Eat the Tuna” were nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has also published widely on the subject of women’s sports, and is a lifelong athlete, currently a CrossFit competitor and owner of the CrossFit affiliate CrossFit Kinesis. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and two daughters.
In other news . . .
Celebrate 25 Years of The Best American Poetry! Pre-Order a copy and save the dates for launch readings:
Boston - April 4, 6:00 PM: Metcalf Building, George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Second Floor, Boston, MA. With Robert Pinsky, David Lehman, Frank Bidart, Carl Phillips, Lloyd Schwartz, Charles Simic, Rosanna Warren, and Franz Wright. Details here.
NYC - April 11, 7:00 PM: The New School, Tishman Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY. With Robert Pinsky, David Lehman, Mark Doty, Edward Hirsch, Richard Howard, Marie Howe, Major Jackson, Lawrence Joseph, Yusef Komunyakaa, Sarah Manguso, J.D. McClatchy, Paul Muldoon, Meghan O'Rourke,Thomas Sleigh, Susan Wheeler, and C. K. Williams. Details here.
"To celebrate the series' twenty-fifth anniversary, Lehman asked former poet laureate Pinsky to select 100 "best of the best." The result is a concentrated, high-caliber, and exhilarating overview of the intensity and artistry that have made American poetry so splendidly varied and vital since 1988."
Donna Seaman, Booklist