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Memory traces April 20, 2010: [caption id="attachment_11593" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Dinh Q. Lê. Untitled from the South China Sea Pishkun series (still 1) 2009, c-print, 50 x 89 inches. Courtesy P•P•O•W. "][/caption] For fun and because I found his post provocative, I thought I’d answer the six sets of questions Thom Donovan provided in “For an [...] by

WILLA website April 15, 2010: WILLA: Women in Letters & Literary Arts recently launched its website. As outlined in its mission statement, “WILLA 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.” Apropos Christian Bök’s recent post [...] by

my little AWP April 9, 2010: While various poetry worlds—and Harriet—shift their focus to AWP in Denver this week, there are still plenty of readings and events going on here in New York City. Last night, Dodie Bellamy, Tim Griffin, and Kevin Killian read at White Columns, one of New York’s oldest and most vital nonprofit art spaces. It’s currently overseen by [...] by

poets and the academy April 5, 2010: I’d like to try to split the middle between Linh Dinh's and Ange Mlinko’s posts (here and here) on poets and poetry in the academy. As someone who spent ten continuous years in the university as an undergraduate and graduate student, and has now spent twelve years outside of it as an editor and writer, I feel sympathetic to both sides of the [...] by

Things I’ve learned while blogging for Harriet . . . August 31, 2008: —that blogging is hard work I have a new respect for people who blog every day. I’m a regular reviewer of art and literature for a variety of publications, and during busy periods I sometimes have a deadline a week. Yet even this doesn’t compare to the rigors of having something intelligent and coherent (not that I always succeeded) to post [...] by

Fast poetry August 30, 2008: Mark’s post about the Republican National Convention site being 2.68 miles from his house reminds me—in a non-self-congratulatory way—of the various political protests I’ve attended over the past decade, many of them with poets, some with non-poets, and a few alone. I say “non-self-congratulatory” because what I’ve mostly come away [...] by

Poetry’s violent dream August 28, 2008: Blogging for Harriet this summer has felt a little bit like a slow striptease—never knowing how many personal details to reveal, or which parts to keep covered up. It’s my sense that readers enjoy a little bit of personal information (I definitely do), but too much—for me, at least—and I begin to think, Who cares? . . . or worse, if the [...] by

Interview with Vivek Narayanan (Part II) August 24, 2008: Alan: In “Four Ground-breaking Things In Five Issues of Civil Lines or, Ways to Get Your Head Out of the Postcolonial Sand,” you make equations between particular historical moments in India and its literature. Here in the United States, writers and artists have worked for eight years under the cloud of the Bush administration, and, to a [...] by

Interview with Vivek Narayanan (Part I) August 24, 2008: I first met Vivek Narayanan here in New York City at the Beats in India: A Soul of Asia Symposium hosted by the Asia Society, which I blogged about back in June. I really enjoyed talking with him, and he agreed to being interviewed via email once he returned to India in August. Because it’s a bit long, I’ve divided the interview into two [...] by

“Apolitical poems are also political” August 22, 2008: In mid-August of 2004, I visited the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams with poets Kristin Prevallet, Roberto Tejada, Tonya Foster, David Buuck, Richard Deming, Nancy Kuhl, and my then 1 1/2-year-old daughter Sophie (all of whom have gone on to big things, including Sophie). We were there to check out the various [...] by