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Shout Out: Eileen Tabios, Poet-Editor Issue at Otoliths April 30, 2010: I've previously featured a number of independent publishers answering my questions: Why did you start your small press/why did you become an independent publisher? What need was not being met by the existing presses? A quick rundown of who responded: Post #1: Eileen Tabios of Meritage Press, Francisco Aragón of Momotombo Press, Reb [...] by

Shout Out: Urayoán Noel and Pierre Joris, Barzakh April 29, 2010: [caption id="attachment_12561" align="alignnone" width="220" caption="Collage by Alice Notley"][/caption] Who really believes that the abundance and proliferation, the birth of so many new literary journals can be a bad thing? I don't. The more venues for diverse poetries, the better off we all are. One such new journal is Barzakh, a [...] by

Shout Out: Irene Faye Duller, Lunada April 26, 2010: As we near the end of the smorgasbord that has been National Poetry Month, I wanted to say a few things about live readings and performance space.  I am interested in the intermixing of form, language, and disciplines thriving elsewhere, other than academic literary spaces. One such space exists in San Francisco's Mission District. [...] by

Shout Out: Rachelle Cruz and “The Blood-Jet Writing Hour” Radio Show April 22, 2010: “Poetry is the blood-jet. There is no stopping it.” --Sylvia Plath I wanted to shout out Rachelle Cruz, whose work I was introduced to a couple of years ago at the San Francisco Litquake's boisterous Litcrawl, where she read for the API arts org, Kearny Street Workshop. I picked up her chapbook, honey may soon run out, because I was [...] by

Asian Pacific American Lit Pubs April 18, 2010: I am trying to remember when the Asian Pacific American Journal stopped printing; it's been a few years now. So APAJ ceased publication, and then Kearny Street Workshop, who for years were one of very few independent publishers dedicated to Asian American writing, ceased the publication arm of their programming. This sounded quite dire to me, the [...] by

Props to Eleven Eleven, and Shout Out to Daphne Gottlieb April 16, 2010: [Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang, "CHEESE SPREADERS" (2008) digital pigment print, 24" x 36"] The above image is what you see on the front page of the online journal Eleven Eleven. At first I thought these were antique book spines, but if you look closely, you'll see they are Kraft cheese spreaders, which have washed up on a Northern [...] by

Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry April 14, 2010: I wanted to shout out some good poet folk here, for this anthology, Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry, recently published by University of Arkansas Press. This anthology is edited by San Francisco Bay Area based poets Neelanjana Banerjee, Summi Kaipa, and Pireeni Sundaralingam. I got nothing but love for [...] by

AWP: Some Thoughts 1 April 12, 2010: It’d been six years since my last visit to AWP. This is not a confession. I had a strange time back then, adrift, inadequate feeling. You know, not feeling that I’d done enough, that I wasn’t pulling my own weight as a poet in the world. This is another way of saying that at that point in my career, I was so dependent upon the [...] by

Poets in The World April 7, 2010: Hi all, So maybe I will see some of you at AWP this week. It's a quick in and out for me. I teach in San Francisco on Friday morning, and then I'm off to Denver. On Saturday afternoon, I speak on a panel entitled, "Poets in the World: Building Diverse Communities through Independent Poetry Centers, Blogs, and Radio," organized by Camille [...] by

Transnational Poetics: Some Thoughts April 4, 2010: What up, Harrieteers, I wanted to say a few things about a recent Transnational Poetics panel in which I recently participated at UC Berkeley with fellow author and blogger, Javier O. Huerta, as well as local poet and performer, Maya Chinchilla. Regarding my own apparent status as a poet from a transnational community, my interest is in that [...] by