Ana Bozicevic is the author of Stars of the Night Commute and Rise in the Fall. Her translation of Zvonko Karanović recently received a PEN American Center/NYSCA grant. She flirts with knowledge at The Graduate Center, CUNY in New York City..
Leopoldine Core was born and raised in Manhattan. Her poems and fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Open City, The Literarian, Joyland Magazine, Agriculture Reader, Harp & Altar, Drunken Boat, The Brooklyn Rail, No Dear and Rattapallax.
Star Black founded the KGB Poetry Series in 1997 with David Lehman. Her most recent books of poems are Ghostwood (Melville House) and Velleity's Shade (Sarurnalia Books). Her collages were recently exhibited at John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University's MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literature.
Upcoming, Fall 2012 December 3 David Lehman + Mark Doty December 10 Mark Strand + Malachi Black + Season Finale Party!!!!
Henri Cole is the author of numerous collections, including Touch: Poems (2011), LA Times Book Prize finalist Pierce the Skin: Selected Poems 1982-2007 (2010), Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize winner Blackbird and Wolf (2007), and Pulitzer Prize finalist and Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner Middle Earth (2003). He has also collaborated with visual artists Jenny Holzer and Kiki Smith. Cole has received the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Rome Prize, the Berlin Prize, the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Carmargo Foundation. From 1982 to 1988 he served as the executive director of the Academy of American Poets. Cole has taught at Ohio State University, Harvard University, and Yale University. He lives in Boston.
John Koethe is the author of several collections of poetry, including North Point North: New and Selected Poems (2002). His most recent book, Ninety-Fifth Street, won the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of the American Poets. He received the Kingsley Tufts Award for Falling Water (1997), the Frank O’Hara Award for Domes (1973), and the Bernard F. Connors Award. His poetry has been included in several anthologies, including Best American Poetry. He has been granted fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has also received a lifetime achievement award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. Critic Andrew Yaphe calls Koethe “one of our foremost Romantic poets, an inheritor of the tradition of Stevens and Ashbery.”
Laura Kasischke was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Michigan. Her books of poetry include Wild Brides (1992), Fire and Flower (1998), Dance and Disappear (2002), Gardening in the Dark (2004), Lilies Without (2007), and Space, in Chains (2011), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Kasischke has won numerous awards for her poetry, including the Juniper Prize, the Beatrice Hawley Award, the Alice Fay DiCastagnola Award, the Bobst Award for Emerging Writers, and the Rilke Poetry Prize from the University of North Texas. She has also won several Pushcart Prizes, as well as received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Kasischke’s narrative expertise helps account for her dual career as a novelist. Her novels include Suspicious River (1996), White Bird in a Blizzard (1999), The Life Before her Eyes (2002), which was made into a movie starring Uma Thurman, In a Perfect World (2009), and The Raising (2011). Taking on such weighty subjects as global pandemics and school shootings, Kasischke’s novels have nonetheless enjoyed broad popular appeal.
Dana Levin’s first book, In the Surgical Theatre, was awarded the 1999 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize and went on to receive nearly every award available to first books and emerging poets. Copper Canyon Press brought out her second book, Wedding Day, in 2005. The Los Angeles Times says of her work, "Dana Levin's poems are extravagant...her mind keeps making unexpected connections and the poems push beyond convention...they surprise us." Her poetry and essays have appeared in many anthologies and magazines, including APR, Poetry, and The Paris Review. She has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, PEN, the Witter Bynner Foundation and the Library of Congress, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the Whiting Foundation. A 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, Levin’s most recent book is Sky Burial (Copper Canyon), which was noted for 2011 year-end honors by The New Yorker, the San Francisco Chronicle, Coldfront, and Library Journal. A teacher of poetry for over twenty years, she co-chairs the Creative Writing and Literature Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.
Maurice Manning’s first book of poems, Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions (2001) was chosen by poet and judge W.S. Merwin for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. His subsequent books include A Companion for Owls: Being the Commonplace Book of D. Boone, Lone Hunter, Back Woodsman, &c. (2004), Bucolics (2007), and The Common Man (2010), which was one of two finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Manning was inspired by the lives of his grandmothers, great grandmothers, and a great-great-grandmother, and he grew up listening to stories of his father’s childhood spent on a farm in Eastern Kentucky. Inventive and historical, his work reflects his heritage and a respect for the natural world. Manning received a fellowship at the Fine Art Work Center in Provincetown. He teaches at Transylvania University, a fine liberal arts college in Lexington, KY.
Patrick Rosal is the author of three full-length poetry collections, Boneshepherds, My American Kundiman, and Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive. His collections have been honored with the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award, Global Filipino Literary Award and the Asian American Writers Workshop Members' Choice Award. In 2009, he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines. He is currently on the faculty of Rutgers University-Camden's MFA program. He taught creative writing for several years at Bloomfield College and twice served on the faculty of Kundiman’s Summer Retreat for Asian American Poets. His poems and essays have been published widely in journals and anthologies including Tin House, Drunken Boat, American Poetry Review, New Orleans Review, Harvard Review, Crab Orchard Review, Indiana Review, North American Review, The Literary Review, Pindledyboz, Black Renaissance Noire, Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Non-Fiction, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art , and the Beacon Best. His work has been honored by the annual Allen Ginsberg Awards, the James Hearst Poetry Prize, the Arts and Letters Prize, Best of the Net among others. His chapbook Uncommon Denominators won the Palanquin Poetry Series Award from the University of South Carolina, Aiken.
Upcoming, Fall 2012 November 19 Henri Cole + John Koethe November 26 Ana Bozicevic + Star Black + TBD December 3 David Lehman + Mark Doty December 10 Mark Strand + Malachi Black + Season Finale Party!!!!
TED JONATHAN is a poet and short story writer. Born and raised in the Bronx, he now lives in New Jersey. Bones & Jokes, his most recent full-length collection of poems and short stories, was published by NYQ Books (2009). His first collection Spiked Libido
was published by Neukeia Press. Ted's work has appeared in New York
Quarterly, Web Del Sol Review, Pedestal, Hiram Poetry Review, and many
other magazines. Translations of his poetry have appeared in multiple
DAVID MILLS is the author of The Dream Detective, currently on the small press bestseller list. He
has a master's in creative writing from New York University and is a
cum laude grad of Yale University. He is a 2010 Queens Poet Laureate
Finalist. He has won NYFA, Breadloaf, Henry James, Brio, PALF (to travel
to a writer's conference in Ghana, West Africa) and Soros Fellowships
to travel to Poland to write poems about the Holocaust. Mills is the
2003 recipient of the Chicago State University Langston Hughes Poetry
Prize. His dramatic works have been commissioned by the Juilliard School
of Drama and the Urban Stages Theater. His poetry has appeared in
Ploughshares, Fence, Jubilat, Callaloo, Rattapallax, and many others. He has also recorded his poetry on RCA records with jazz artist Steve Coleman. He has written book reviews for the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Rolling Stone and New York Post. .
BEN LERNER is the author of three full-length poetry collections, most recently Mean Free Path (2010) and Angle of Yaw (2006), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Northern California Book Award. His sonnet sequence, The Lichtenberg Figures (2004), won the Hayden Carruth Award, and was chosen by Library Journal as one of the year’s 12 best poetry books. His poetry has been included in the anthologies Best American Poetry, New Voices (2008), and 12x12: Conversations in Poetry and Poetics (2009). Born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, he earned a BA in political science and an MFA in creative writing from Brown University, and was a Fulbright scholar in Madrid. His acclaimed novel Leaving the Atocha Station, draws on this experience abroad. Lerner is a member of the MFA Program faculty at Brooklyn College.
SAMPSON STARKWEATHER is is the author of five chapbooks, most recently Like Clouds Never Render from O’clock Press. His city-destroying mechabook The First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather is forthcoming from Birds, LLC in early 2013. He lives in Brooklyn and is a founding editor of Birds, LLC. He is the starting shooting guard for the Williamsburg Crunchers, the world’s most famous poetry basketball team.
Cathy Park Hong's first book, Translating Mo'um, was published in 2002 by Hanging Loose Press. Her second collection, Dance Dance Revolution, was chosen for the Barnard Women Poets Prize and was published in 2007 by WW Norton. Her third book of poems, Engine Empire,
was published in May 2012 by WW Norton. Hong is the recipient of a
Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a Village Voice
Fellowship for Minority Reporters. Her poems have been published in A
Public Space, Poetry, Paris Review, Conjunctions, McSweeney's, Harvard
Review, Boston Review, The Nation, American Letters & Commentary,
Denver Quarterly, and other journals. She is an Assistant Professor at
Sarah Lawrence College and is regular faculty at the Queens MFA program
in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Craig Morgan Teicher is a poet, critic, and freelance writer. His latest book, To Keep Love Blurry: Poems, is new from BOA. His first book of poems, Brenda Is In The Room And Other Poems, was chosen by Paul Hoover as winner of the 2007 Colorado Prize for Poetry. His collection of short stories and fables, Cradle Book, was published in spring 2010 by BOA. His
poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, The Paris Review,
The Yale Review, A Public Space, Jubilat, Seneca Review, Forklift Ohio,
Octopus, La Petit Zine, Fairy Tale Review, Verse, and Colorado Review,
as well as The Best American Poetry 2009. His
reviews of poetry and fiction, and profiles of poets, appear widely in
places like NPR.org, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Poets & Writers,
Poets.org, Time Out New York, Boston Review and Bookforum. He
is Director of Digital Operations and Poetry Reviews Editor of
Publishers Weekly, a poetry editor of The Literary Review, a
contributing editor of Pleiades, and a Vice President of the National
Book Critics Circle. He also teaches at The New School and New York University and lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and children
The KGB Bar Monday Night Poetry Series debuts tonight with readings from Erin Belieu and Brenda Shaughnessy.
ERIN BELIEU was born and raised in Nebraska. Her first book, Infanta
(1995), was a winner of the Nationa Poetry Series and named a best book
of the year by The Washington Post and Library Journal. Her second
collection, One Above & One Below, was the winner of the Midland
Authors Prize in poetry and the Ohioana prize, and her most recent
collection, Black Box, was a finalist in 2007 for the Los Angeles Times
Book Prize. She is presently Director of the Graduate Creative Writing
Program at Florida State University. With Cate Marvin, she is the
co-founder and co-director of VIDA, a literary organization that seeks
to explore critical and cultural perceptions of writing by women through
meaningful conversation and the exchange of ideas among existing and
emerging literary communities.
BRENDA SHAUGHNESSY is the author of Our Andromeda, brand new this Fall
from Copper Canyon. Her earlier books are Interior with Sudden Joy
(1999), which was nominated for the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for
Poetry, a Lambda Literary Award, and the Norma Farber First Book Award,
and Human Dark with Sugar (2008), winner of the James Laughlin Award
from the Academy of American Poets. Her work has appeared in the Yale
Review, the Boston Review, McSweeney’s, and the Best American Poetry.
Shaughnessy is the recipient of a Bunting Fellowship at the Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and a Japan/U.S.
Friendship Commission Artist Fellowship. The poetry editor at Tin House
magazine, she currently teaches creative writing at Princeton
University and Eugene Lang College at the New School.
Here is the full fall schedule:
Sept 24: Erin Belieu + Brenda Shaughnessy
Oct 1: Cathy Park Hong + Craig Morgan Teicher
Oct 8: Ben Lerner + Sampson Starkweather
Oct 15: David Mills + Ted Jonathan
Oct 22: Mark Leidner + Nate Slawson
Oct 29: Dorianne Laux + Cornelius Eady + Joseph Millar
Nov 5: Wayne Miller + Jerry Williams
Nov 12: Nat'l Book Award Judges - Laura Kasischke + Dana Levin + Maurice Manning + Patrick Rosal
Nov 19: Henri Cole + John Koethe
Nov 26: Ana Bozicevic + Fanny Howe
Dec 3: David Lehman + Mark Doty
Dec 10: Mark Strand + Malachi Black + Season Finale Party
Matt Hart is one of the readers at the season finale of the KGB Bar Monday Night Poetry series next week. Here's an excerpt from his review of Paul Violi’s Overnight in ColdFrontMag:
<< Violi has a penchant for creating works which WOBBLE back and forth between being formal-ish, language-game type poems and snapshots of language forms not ordinarily considered poetry at all. For example, in addition to the three "Acknowledgments" poems in Overnight, there’s also the hilarious "Counterman" which is a sort of Abbot and Costello-ish "who’s on first" routine consisting of sandwich orders given and taken at a deli counter, "Finish These Sentences" which is a list of interrupted sentences that need to be finished (endlessly by the reader), and the marvelously cagey "I.D. Or, Mistaken Identities" -- which is essentially eleven "who am I" style riddles. Here, each riddle/section of the poem is a deliberately ambiguous and wildly uttered monologue of clues about its unnamed speaker – ostensibly some famous figure from history or culture – which ends with the question "Who am I?" Here’s number three:
For handing over Philologus To the widow of the man I’d commanded him to murder (She then made him slice off bits Of his own flesh, roast them And eat them)——For this, Plutarch commended me For at least one act Of understanding and decency.
Who am I? >>>
Ed, note: For more of the review, click here. Answer to the brainteaser will be given after a twenty-four grace period in which guesses ranging from Macbeth to Coriolanus will be entetained. There's a clue in that sentence, but you'd need to be either Zorba the Greek or the Mighty Quinn to puzzle it out.
Laura Cronk's first book of poems, Having Been an Accomplice, won the 2011 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and is forthcoming from Persea Books. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies such as Barrow Street, Ecotone, WSQ, McSweeney’s, The Best American Poetry, and The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel. She is currently on the faculty of the Riggio Honors Program: Writing for Democracy at The New School.
Marie Ponsot has published numerous poetry collections, including Easy (2009), Springing (2002),The Bird Catcher (1998), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the 1999 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; The Green Dark (1988), Admit Impediment (1981), and True Minds(1957). Ponsot, who also translates books from the French, has taught in graduate programs at Queens College, Beijing United University and New York University. Among her awards are a creative writing grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Prize, and the Shaughnessy Medal of the Modern Language Association. She teaches in the graduate writing program at Columbia University in New York City, and was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2010.
Melissa Broder is the author of two poetry collections, Meat Heart (Publishing Genius, 2012) andWhen You Say One Thing But Mean Your Mother (Ampersand Books, 2010). Poems appear or are forthcoming in Guernica, Redivider, Court Green, The Missouri Review online, Barrelhouse, The Awl, and Drunken Boat. She edits La Petite Zine and curates the Polestar Poetry Series at Cakeshop in NYC. By day, she is a publicity manager at Penguin. Broder received her BA from Tufts University and is getting a slow, scenic MFA at CCNY.
Martine Bellen is the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently Ghosts! (Spuyten Duyvil Press). Her collection Tales of Murasaki and Other Poems (Sun & Moon Press), won the National Poetry Series. She collaborated with David Rosenboom on Ah! Opera No-Opera, which had its world premiere at REDCAT in L.A. She is currently collaborating with Zhang Er on the libretto Moon Lady: The Story of Chang E.