This week we welcome Karen Chase as our guest author. Karen is the author of two collections of poems, Kazimierz Square and BEAR, (both from CavanKerry) as well as Jamali-Kamali, a book-length homoerotic poem which takes place in Mughal India. Her award-winning book, Land of Stone, tells the story of her work with a silent young man in a psychiatric hospital where she was the hospital poet. Polio Boulevard, a memoir, is just out from SUNY University Press. The Larooco Log: FDR on the Houseboat is forthcoming in early 2016.
Her poems have been anthologized in The Norton Introduction To Poetry, Andrei Codrescu’s An Exquisite Corpse Reader, and Billy Collins’ Poetry 180. Chase lives in Western Massachusetts.
Find out more about Karen here.
In other news . . .
We follow the work of Anna West, which is why we're eager to see this exhibit. Opening Reception: Friday, November 14th from 6-9PM
168 North 6th Street Williamsburg •
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Saturday, Sunday 1 - 6 pm or by appointment
This week we welcome Lisa Marie Basile as our guest author. Lisa is the author of APOCRYPHAL (Noctuary Press, October 2014), and the chapbooks Andalucia and Triste. Her poetry and other work can be seen in PANK Magazine, Tin House, The Nervous Breakdown, Johns Hopkin’s The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, The Huffington Post and Prick of the Spindle, among others. Read a poem of hers here. She is the editor-in-chief of Luna Luna Magazine and a co-curator for Diorama, a NYC-based collaborative poetry/music salon. She is a graduate of the New School’s MFA in Writing program, and works as a content director. Find out more about Lisa here. Follow her on twitter @lisamariebasile
For registration or other information, visit the American Irish Teachers Association or contact Doris Marie Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 917-691-2883
Hear Dawn Lundy Martin read from "Discipline," hailed by Fanny Howe as “necessary, and hot on the eye.” She is joined by the winner of the 2013 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize Geffrey Davis, showcasing his debut collection "Revising the Storm," and Arisa White, presenting from "Hurrah’s Nest," a finalist for the 2013 Wheatley Book Award. Reception and book signing follow. Free and open to the public.
This week we welcome Rosemary Griggs as our guest author. Rosemary earned a BA at University of Iowa and an MFA at San Francisco State University. Her poetry book Sky Girl won the Alberta Prize and is available from Fence Books. Terrance Hayes selected her poem "SCRIPT POEM" from MAKE Magazine to be included in Best American Poetry 2014. She works as a flight attendant and lives in Oakland, California.
Our friends Jeanne McCulloch and Rex Weiner write with the good news that following the successful inaugural launch of the Todos Santos Writers Workshop in January 2014, the January 2015 program will take place January 26-31. The application period is now open. Here is the news:
Join us in our "Pueblo Magico" by the sea for a 5-day intensive workshop for writers at all levels interested in Fiction, Non-fiction, and Memoir. Faculty: Gordon Chaplin (memoirist/novelist) Jeanne McCulloch (editor), Rex Weiner (journalist), plus afternoon seminars with guest novelist Jonathan Penner, literary agent Meg Thompson, Baja poet Edmundo Lizardi, UC Irvine Prof of Spanish/Portuguese Viviane Mahieux, and Donald Cosentino, UCLA Professor Emeritus of World Arts and Cultures, on “Tricksters, Heroes and Trickster/Heroes.” One-on-one mentoring options. Boutique hotel discounts available.
The setting is beautiful, the faculty is experienced and talented, and the rates are reasonable. Check out the Todos Santos website for more information.
Words on a Wire is KTEP's show about fiction, poetry, the writing community, the publishing world and whatever other issues concern literary writers and readers of books. On October 26, Daniel Chacón spoke with Emma Trelles, whose 2011 poetry collection Tropicalia won the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize. Emma also happens to post here regularly about literature, art, and other subjects that capture her wide-ranging interests.
You can Emma's blog posts here.
Leslie McGrath is a poet and literary interviewer. Winner of the 2004 Pablo Neruda Prize for poetry, she is the author of Opulent Hunger, Opulent Rage (2009), a poetry collection, and two chapbooks, Toward Anguish (2007) and By the Windpipe (2014.) McGrath’s satiric novella in verse, Out From the Pleiades will be published by Jaded Ibis Press in December 2014. Her poems have appeared most recently in The Awl, Agni, Salamander, and The Common. She teaches creative writing and literature at Central Connecticut State University and is series editor of The Tenth Gate, a poetry imprint of The Word Works press (Washington, DC.)
Nin Andrews received her BA from Hamilton College and her MFA from Vermont College. The recipient of two Ohio Arts Council grants, she is the author of several books including The Book of Orgasms, Spontaneous Breasts, Why They Grow Wings, Midlife Crisis with Dick and Jane, Sleeping with Houdini, and Dear Professor, Do You Live in a Vacuum. She also edited Someone Wants to Steal My Name, a book of translations of the French poet, Henri Michaux. Her book, Southern Comfort was published by CavanKerry Press in 2010. Her book, Why God Is a Woman is forthcoming from BOA Editions. Follow Nin's blog here. Follow Nin on Twitter here.
Nicole Santalucia received her MFA from The New School University and her PhD in English from Binghamton University. She founded The Binghamton Poetry Project, a literary outreach program, in 2011. In 2013, Nicole won the Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Prize from Arcadia Magazine Inc. for Driving Yourself to Jail in July—published in January 2014. Her non-fiction and poetry appear in The Cincinnati Review, Paterson Literary Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, 2 Bridges Review, Bayou Magazine, Gertrude, Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment, Burlesque Press and others.Nicole received honorable mention awards from Astraea Lesbian Foundation Writers Fund as well as the Allen Ginsberg Award. She teaches English and Creative Writing at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.
7:30 pm. 85 E 4th St, New York, New York 10003
DARA WIER's most recent book is You Good Thing from Wave Books, 2013, a Believer's readers' choice for 2014. Her previous books include Reverse Rapture (Poetry Book of the Year, American Poetry Center, San Francisco St. University, 2009), Remnants of Hannah, Voyages in English, and Blue for the Plough. She writes a sporadic blog for Flying Object, flying-object.org/, a community arts space and project in Hadley, Massachusetts, and she leads workshops and seminars for the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers.
DAVID LEHMAN is the author of many collections of poems, including New and Selected Poems (Scribner, 2013), Yeshiva Boys (Scriber, 2011), When a Woman Loves a Man (Scribner, 2005), Jim and Dave Defeat the Masked Man (with James Cummins, Soft Skull Press, 2005), and The Evening Sun (2002). Among his books of non-fiction are A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs (Shocken Books, 2009) and The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets (Doubleday, 1998), which was named a "Book to Remember 1999" by the New York Public Library. He edited The Oxford Book of American Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2006), and is the series editor of The Best American Poetry. He is on the core faculty of the graduate writing programs at the New School and New York University. He lives in New York City and Ithaca, NY
Submit Your Work To The Inquisitive Eater: New School Food
"It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we that we cannot straightly think of one without the others," M.F.K. Fisher writes in the Art of Eating. The best food writing is not just about what's on the plate, but is, like all literature, also interested in language, psychology, and the most pressing issues of the day. The Inquisitive Eater: New School Food provides a forum for artists and academics to explore the intersections between food and family, the environment, politics, economics, social justice, and media.
Selected Poems by Paul Violi
published by Gingko Press,
Charles North and Tony Towle, Editors.
10 River Terrace (at Murray Street)
New York, NY 10282 (212-431-7920)
October 22, 2014, 6 to 8 p.m.
There will be refreshments, and books will be available.
This week we welcome M.J.Fitzgerald as our guest author. M. J. is a fiction writer, and Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota. Her novels include Concertina and The Placing of Kings. Rope-Dancer is a short story collection. She has written for UK television, translated novels from Italian, and published essays and memoir pieces in anthologies and literary magazines. Her latest essay came out in Literary Imagination in summer 2014.
In other news . . .
Take a blogging intensive workshop with Managing Editor Stacey Harwood. Four Mondays beginning November 3. Details here.
This week we welcome Karen Schiff as our guest author. Karen is a visual artist, a sometime songwriter, & a former -- & still occasional -- English professor. Her artwork is currently on view in “Art=Text=Art: Private Languages / Public Systems,” at SUNY/Buffalo, where she will speak on "Articulate Anti-Articulations" at the exhibition's symposium in November. This year, her artist's project Counter to Type appeared in the College Art Association's Art Journal, along with her essay "Connecting the Dots / Hijacking Typography." Her drawings showed this summer at Hverfisgallerí in Reykjavik, Iceland, & last year she published a review of Agnes Martin: Paintings, Writings, Remembrances in Art in America. You are warmly invited to visit her Brooklyn studio (112 2nd Ave., #22), during Gowanus Open Studios (October 18-19, noon-6 p.m.). Poetry fans are also invited to the Gowanus Loft (61 9th St., #C8), where October 16-19 she is also showing a book-page collage-painting, "One Woman / Three Lives / (Gertrude Stein)." Find details & follow her on Facebook (/karen.l.schiff) & more rarely on Twitter (@KLSchiff).
We recently learned that Wallace Stevens's Hartford, Connecticut, home has been sold and its new owners plan to use it as a private residence. While we're pleased that the home won't fall into disrepair, we're sad that the property will not be available as a historic site for lovers of Stevens's poetry to enjoy.
Now, news come to us that Alison Johnson (Wallace Stevens: A Dual Life as Poet and Insurance Executive) is making a documentary about Stevens, one that, in addition to the basic biographical information, will include footage of his home at 118 Westerly Terrace and his office at The Hartford (formerly the Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company), and footage of his furniture and paintings. Johnson is working with Richard Startzman of Santa Fe, who films the Santa Fe Opera and with whom she has worked on other projects.
Their plan is to place the finished film on YouTube so that people all over the world will have a chance to learn more about Stevens, take a virtual tour of his house and office, and view the paintings that gave him such pleasure.
Finishing this documentary will require additional funds. If you click on the link here, you can easily make a contribution toward this worthy project.
You can watch a trailer here or follow this link:
Alison Johnson has enlisted prominent Stevens's scholars and poets to contribute commentary on Stevens' life and poetry and to read poems and excerpts from letters. Paul Mariani, an award-winning poet and author of several important biographies (and whose biography of Stevens will be published by Simon & Schuster in the summer of 2015), will read several Stevens poems and will also read passages from letters in which Stevens discusses the paintings he has received from Paris. Glen MacLeod, author of two important books about the relationship between Wallace Stevens and the world of art, will discuss this important aspect of Stevens's creativity. John Serio, who edited The Wallace Stevens Journal for almost three decades and has edited Wallace Stevens: Selected Letters and The Cambridge Companion to Wallace Stevens, will also appear in the film.
Thank you Alison Johnson for spearheading this important initiative!
I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark
from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman
THE RULE OF THUMB
Ringfinger was nervous
when they learned
that Hand might succumb
to the rule of Thumb.