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I will start with two quotations from the book After-Cave, written by Michelle Detorie and recently published by Ahsahta Press. The first quotation: “Time is with the animal. It has a politics.” The second: “(It is evil, to imagine the self.” A lot has been said about whether women are allowed to take up space [...]

Douglas Kearney’s Poetry Reading Do’s and Don’ts at <em>Poets and Writers</em>

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Hello! Greet your week by reading a few tips from a champ–a poetry reading champ, that is! Yes we’re talking about Douglas Kearney: the fabulous trickster, poetry reader, and poetry writer! See what he has to say about performing writing in front of a live audience in this interview recently published at Poets and Writers. [...]

At <em>Jacket 2</em> Angela Rawlings Talks Translation

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Did you know that “apiculture” is the art and science of raising honeybees? Or that Melitta Urbancic was a poet, actress, and sculptor who traveled from Austria to Iceland to escape the ravages of WWII? In this talk, commissioned in March of this year, Angela Rawlings speaks to a group celebrating the release of Urbancic’s [...]

A Look into the Letters of Baraka & Dorn and Robert Creeley

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Not to be missed, though we almost did miss this one, is Alan Gilbert’s review of two books of collected/selected letters: Amiri Baraka and Edward Dorn: The Collected Letters and The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley now up at Boston Review. Gilbert surveys the books, writing: One value of a writer’s correspondence is the glimpse [...]

Congratulations to Khadijah Queen, 2014 Winner of The Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers!

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Hurrah! She’s the queen! Congratulations to Ms. Khadijah Queen, winner of this year’s Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Performance Writing. This prize, in memory of Leslie Scalapino and her commitment to experimental writing and performance, includes a $2,500 cash prize, print publication by Litmus Press, a staged reading of the piece by Fiona Templeton’s company [...]

McSweeney’s New Status: Non-Profit

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New York Times reports that off-beat, intelligent publishing house, McSweeney’s, is adding a new feather to its cap: non-profit status. The San Francisco-based publisher, founded by Dave Eggers, has been churning out risky material for the last 16 years. What’s with the change? NYT’s Alexandra Alter is here to helps us unpack the headline: McSweeney’s, [...]

New Issue of <em>Asymptote</em> Features Hirato Renkichi, Russian Poetry Feature, Eugene Ostashevsky, More

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Asymptote’s fall issue is here! This looks incredible. Not heard? It’s a “new international journal dedicated to literary translation and bringing together in one place the best in contemporary writing.” They are certainly achieving that. The October issue includes poetry by Hirato Renkichi, from Collected Poems, translated from the Japanese by Sho Sugita; new work [...]

Garry Thomas Morse’s Multilingual Writing

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At Jacket2, Sarah Dowling thinks through multilingual writing in the poetry of Garry Thomas Morse, and argues that “In asking that we attend to the untranslatable, to the unassimilable, multilingual writing also asks whose languages we are speaking, what languages aren’t we hearing, which histories are contained within a word. To read multilingual writing is [...]

<em>Village Voice</em> Votes Dorothea Lasky ‘Best Local Poet 2014′

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Hurray! Congratulations to Dorothea Lasky who NYC’s own Village Voice has named ‘Best Local Poet 2014!’ We can’t think of a better winner. (Afterall, have you read Thunderbird?) Read all about Lasky’s distinction right here: On dorothealasky.com, Dorothea Lasky’s Technicolor Tumblr, a Nicki Minaj video huddles comfortably beside a collage by John Ashbery, next to [...]

The Bay Area Rocks On: <em>Tripwire #7</em> is Here, Ouroboros Launches Bandcamp Site

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The San Francisco Bay Area is in the grip of the worst drought since the dust bowl, but thankfully there are more than a few souls who are making it rain. This week the eccentric and irreverent band, Ouroboros, launched a brand new website, which includes recordings from the group’s first two albums: The Runic [...]

ALA Cites Concerns Over Adobe’s E-Book Platform

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Adobe Digital Editions has been fielding harsh criticism since users found out that the latest version of Adobe Digital Editions is collecting user-data and sending it back to Adobe. According to this recent article at Publishers Weekly, the American Librarian Association suggests you think twice before dipping into that digital edition of Leaves of Grass. [...]

Announcing…. the 2014 National Book Award Finalists!

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Hip-hip-hurray! The National Book Foundation announced this morning the finalists for the 2014 National Book Award in the categories of: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and young people’s literature. We’ll be nail-biting until the bitter end but in the meantime, if you haven’t already, be sure to get acquainted with these titles! From Publishers Weekly: The National [...]

The Poetry Project Announces Emerge-Surface-Be Fellows for 2014-2015!

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The Poetry Project’s second round of coveted “Emerge-Surface-Be” mentor fellowships has been announced! (We were happy to help ya apply last year, and also featured an Open Door piece with fellow Rangi McNeil and mentor Edwin Torres.) The program “formalizes the distinct yet unspoken pedagogical aspect of The Poetry Project’s programs while providing a unique [...]

FSG Celebrates John Berryman Centennial With Four New Books

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The New York Times pays heed to the centennial of John Berryman’s birth, for not to “would be to shuck a very large obligation indeed.” For the occasion, Farrar, Straus and Giroux is celebrating Berryman in four new books: a new Berryman volume titled The Heart Is Strange: New Selected Poems; reissues of The Dream [...]

Platforms for Writing: Patrick Durgin Searches at <em>Jacket 2</em>

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While explaining Hannah Weiner’s telegram in Art in the Mind, a study of conceptual art at Oberlin in 1970, Patrick Durgin walks readers through a few pieces that he has been working on, to be read on anything but paper. From Jacket 2: What is a prosodic device? In 1970, Hannah Weiner exhibited a telegram [...]

Impermanent Architecture: At <em>Jacket 2</em> Mercedes Eng Explores Built Environments

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Mercedes Eng most recent contribution to Jacket 2 looks at Vancouver’s tent city through the lens of two poetic texts about the built environment: Lisa Robertson’s Occasional Work and Seven Walks from the Office of Soft Architecture and Thursdays Writing Collective’s The Stanza Project, edited by Elee Kraljii Gardiner. From Jacket 2: Last week the [...]

Hunting for Poems in a Sea of News

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How do you find all the poems fit to print? That’s a question Elizabeth Lorang asked in her quest to catalog poetry published in newspapers from the 18th to the 20th century. UNL Today reports: For nearly a century, United States history was documented in newspapers through more than the typical news reports. Millions of [...]

Cecily Nicholson’s Book-Length Documentary Poem, <em>From the Poplars</em>

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At The Small Press Book Review, rob mclennan reviewed Vancouver poet Cecily Nicholson’s second book, From the Poplars (Vancouver BC: Talonbooks, 2014). A book-length documentary poem that points to an uninhabited island on the North Arm of British Columbia’s Fraser River, it is also a “meditation on an unmarked, twenty-seven and a half acres of [...]

Talks From Copenhagen REVERSE Festival: Steven Zultanski on Conceptual Writing, Vanessa Place on Divya Victor’s ‘Race Card’

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Just a few weeks ago, an international poetry festival—REVERSE 2014—took place in Copenhagen. Participating poets and scholars were Steven Zultanski, Vanessa Place, and Robert Fitterman from stateside; Susanne Christensen, from Denmark; and Natalia Fedorova, from Russia, among many others. Martin Glaz Serup, poet and contributing writer to the literary collective Promenaden, has published the talks [...]

Homeland Security Defends Its Stance: Keeping America Safe from Poetry

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The Washington Post bears additional news about the fate of British-Jordanian poet Amjad Nasser who Homeland Security barred from entering the United States last month. As WP writes: “Poetry can be dangerous,” Rumi said, and U.S. Homeland Security isn’t taking any chances. The Jordanian-British poet Amjad Nasser had been invited to speak at New York [...]