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Remembering Wanda Coleman December 6, 2013: There are only two poets who have shaped me profoundly as a poet. One of them is former San Francisco Poet Laureate Jack Hirschman, who is turning 80 years old next week whose birthday event I’ll be attending at City Lights in San Francisco. I cherish Jack like a father, like someone who will one day be gone and I won’t have said [...] by

GOOD DAYS AND BAD DAYS: A Poetry Month Closing In The Form Of An Email Exchange With My Father. April 30, 2012: In honor of all things brave and vulnerable—all things poetic—I am sharing this exchange with you now.  Thanks for the amazing month. On Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 6:36 PM, Amber Rose T <***************> wrote: Dear papa, I didn't get the part. More and more I fail at being someone else, someone else is all I've ever known how to [...] by

Final push for Diane Di Prima and a sub-closing… April 30, 2012: Harriet—  I will keep this as short as a multi-tiered tweet:  We are at 84% for Diane Di Prima's fundraiser! Is it possible to take us all the way to 100% by Tuesday?  I think so. In sub-closing, I wanted to tell you I looked back today through some of my favorite posts on Harriet over the last few years and found myself back at the [...] by

What my Pop’s calls “Hokey Pokey”: A Story Of Return. April 24, 2012: This month took a big turn for me when I went from blogging about drunken poetry shenanigans in Iowa to becoming very integrated in the recovery efforts and support of one of my biggest idols, Diane Di Prima. Then a few days ago, another strange miracle dropped it's heavy dose in my lap. I woke up on Saturday and checked my emails on my phone [...] by

A note from DIANE DI PRIMA. April 19, 2012: I am speechless. In under 3 days, we have raised over $11,000.00 for Diane Di Prima at GIVE FORWARD. As the emails started to flood my inbox from Give Forward, sending me not only each donor's name (which, I copied and pasted and sent to Diane), but also MANY emails from people wanting to help with organizing fundraisers, shows, workshops... [...] by

A Very Personal Message To The Poetry Community On Behalf Of Diane Di Prima. April 17, 2012: Earlier this month, my spirit animal and close family friend poet Michael McClure sent me an email regarding San Francisco Poet Laureate Diane Di Prima who is now 78 years old.  Michael knows that Diane has had a particularly important impact on my life.  Her memoir, Recollections of My Life As A Woman changed me on a fundamental level.  Her [...] by

IOWA-PART TWO: THE REVENGE April 12, 2012: PREVIOUSLY, ON IOWA PART ONE… Back To The Lecture At Hand.... It was Saturday night and poets Derrick Brown, Beau Sia and I were performing at The Mill in Iowa City during The Mission Creek Festival.  Beau opened with a killer rendition of his famous piece, "Deep" and ended with What Must (really for real) Be Said a poem [...] by

IOWA’S MISSION CREEK FESTIVAL- PART ONE. April 9, 2012: Like any great film, I thought I'd start the story of Iowa's recent Mission Creek Festival with it’s end, then go back and start you off at the beginning.  So here it is.  Standing before you (above you?), tagged, tickled and pickled in Talisker.  How did we get here, you ask?  How did the Iowa Writer's Workshop and all it's glory get to [...] by

Paris Reviewed. April 4, 2012: After presenting an award at the the Paris Review Spring Revel last night in New York, I spoke briefly with a Big Editor about where poetry has been and where it is going. Verbatim, here is our last exchange before some imported, expensive cheeses were placed on the table: Editor: “...for me, it seems as though the newer poetry coming out of [...] by

A quicky with Thomas Sayers Ellis May 1, 2011: Now that I've got your dirty, dirty attention, I'd like to post a quick comment about last week's Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington D.C. which I judged with several other people, including poet Thomas Sayers Ellis and some guy who runs the Shakespearean Theater.   If saying "some guy" reads a little harsh, then please know I didn't mean [...] by