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Garrett Caples in Conversation with Patrick James Dunagan, Brian Lucas, and Micah Ballard at <em>Bookslut</em>

Poetry News

Hey Chicago, speaking of lectures at the Poetry Foundation… Garrett Caples, poet and author of newly published collection of essays, Retrievals, published by Wave, is giving a talk on Surrealism on November 6th! In the meantime, Chicagoans, you may look forward to this event of the future by retrieving the past with Caples, Dunagan, Lucas, [...]

Timothy Donnelly and Lucy Ives Deliver Lectures This Week

Poetry News

It’s a special week in our fall season of events with back-to-back nights of lectures. On Wednesday we’re thrilled to host Timothy Donnelly who will deliver one of his Bagley Wright Lectures, titled “Meaningfulness and Homesickness.” If you recall, Donnelly contributed to Harriet’s 2013 celebration of National Poetry Month. You’re welcome to reacquaint yourself with [...]

Japanese Bookstore Invites Customers to an In-Store Sleepover Party

Poetry News

A sleepover party at a bookstore??? Yes please! From the Wall Street Journal: If you are a book lover in Japan who has always dreamed of spending an entire night at a bookstore, here is your chance to make that dream come true. Japanese bookstore chain Junkudo will keep its doors open throughout the night [...]

Angel Spirit Presences Rejoice! Flying Object’s 4-Year Anniversary is Here!

Poetry News

Almost! Almost! On October 11th Flying Object will celebrate four years of magical presence in the state of Massachusetts by hosting a benefit raffle to keep the magic object flying. Flying Object is a 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to support writers, artists, musicians, and publishers both locally and nationwide. Their project space also hosts [...]

Split This Rock Joins PEN American Center to Protest United States’s Refusal of Entry to Amjad Nasser

Poetry News

Remember when we told you about Department of Homeland Security officers at Heathrow Airport denying the British-Jordanian poet, Amjad Nasser, the right to travel into the United States to deliver a lecture at New York University? Well, our friends at Split This Rock and PEN American Center wrote a letter to the Secretary of Homeland [...]

The Red Squirrels at Coole

From Poetry Magazine

[Note: Each month we feature a guest post from a contributor to Poetry’s current issue. Frances Leviston’s “Trimmings” appears in the October 2014 issue. Previous posts in this series can be found on the Editors’ Blog.] I write this guest piece shortly after learning that the poem of mine accepted by Poetry will appear, not [...]

<em>HTMLGiant</em> to Shut Down on October 24

Poetry News

HTMLGiant is set to close on October 24! Sometimes you just gotta call it a day? Co-founder Gene Morgan writes: Blake Butler and I started this place because we wanted a hub for all of the writing we love, all of the people we enjoy reading, and to do it with a certain openness that [...]

Mercedes Eng Introduces <em>Jacket 2</em> to the Life and Legacy of Bud Osborn

Poetry News

Bud Osborn was a poet and a social justice activist in Vancouver until his death earlier this year. At Jacket 2, Mercedes Eng considers the ways in which Vancouver’s conflicts appear in the writings of poets like Bud Osborn, who call Vancouver home. Bud Osborn was a poet and social justice activist much beloved in [...]

Busboys and Poets Award Presented to Martín Espada

Poetry News

Last month Martín Espada received the Busboys and Poets Award, given in recognition of a poet’s achievements and as a way to pay tribute to Langston Hughes (who worked as a busboy before making it big). The award was presented at the Fall for the Book festival based at George Mason University. Yesterday, we were [...]

Gina Myers Brings the Big-Picture at <em>MFA Day Job</em>

Poetry News

Is there life after MFA? Gina Myers thinks so! The well-versed author of A Model Year and Hold It Down (2009 & 2013, Coconut Books) holds it down at MFA Day Job: in this interview she walks readers through her resume and explains why it’s important to have a job that doesn’t come home with [...]

On Erasure at <em>Jacket2</em>

Poetry News

At Jacket 2, Mary Hickman takes on the politics and poetics of defacing and also, perhaps, “refacing” books with works by Jen Bervin and Mary Ruefle as two examples. At the 2013 Associated Writers and Writing Programs Conference in Boston, I wandered among rows of bright, strange, and intriguing books piled high on independent poetry [...]

Notice: Lyric Can Interrogate Frame (Catherine Wagner’s Seven Answers)

Poetry News

To accompany the publication of their second issue, Canadian small poetry magazine Touch the Donkey has posted a straightforward, substantive interview with Cathy Wagner, who has a poem in the issue called “Notice.” There’s a twist: “For the first half of 2014, I sent ‘Notice’ to any journal that solicited my work, just changing the [...]

Victoria Chang is Winner of the 2014 PEN Center USA Literary Award and the California Book Award!

Poetry News

Three cheers, Victoria! From our friends at Hyphen Magazine: For poet Victoria Chang, writing is risk-taking. “To be a creative person, you have to take risks all the time,” she says during our phone interview. “Everything that you do and every word that you write has to be a risk. You have to not be [...]

Matthew Klane Has Good Taste in Poetry

Poetry News

We’re into this “What I’m Reading Now” feature at Drunken Boat, which today brings us recommended current-poetry reads from poet Matthew Klane, who co-runs (with Adam Golaski) Flim Forum Press from Albany, where he also teaches, writes, and curates the Yes! Poetry & Performance Series. In his mind’s-eye at the moment: Wyoming, by Iris Cushing; [...]

Leaving the World Alone

Featured Blogger

I am going to be devoting my blog posts this month to a central idea: bodies whose sensory capacities have been compromised, and how literatures can engage, represent, or transform these states of being. What kind of writing is produced by these compromised bodies? And how do these bodies read texts? The list of the [...]

Trisha Low’s 18th-Century Conduct Book

Poetry News

Not easily dismissed: a rigorous review of Trisha Low’s The Compleat Purge (Kenning Editions 2014) by Karissa LaRoque at GUTS, “an open-access, peer-reviewed Canadian feminist magazine.” Purge, LaRoque notes, “is described in the DISCLAIMER as a ‘transcription of personal ephemera,’ but Low never confirms nor denies that the work is strictly autobiographical.” LaRoque did her [...]

Welcome to the Newest Issue of <em>The Volta</em>

Poetry News

–also known as Evening Will Come. In this most recent issue (October 2014) Joshua Marie Wilkinson and Lily Hoang have brought together a gaggle of poets and scholars to mull the connections of avant-garde poetry and accessibility. From JMW’s introduction to the new issue at Evening Will Come: Starting in Summer 2012, I sent out [...]

At Best American Poetry: Erin Belieu Interviews Matthew Zapruder

Poetry News

Wow: Erin Belieu interviewed Matthew Zapruder for the Best American Poetry blog! Belieu and Zapruder met on the infamous Wave Poetry Bus Tour of 2006. She recounts a memory from the tour in which Zapruder encouraged her to buy a rare print, “Germ Isolation In Dingbat Land,” “a highly detailed cartoon of an adorable germ [...]

When You Are Blacklisted: Amjad Nasser Speaks Out

Poetry News

After accepting an invitation to speak at NYU’s Gallatin School, Amjad Nasser’s travel to the U.S. stopped after he was harassed by United States Homeland Security at Heathrow Airport. Without any concrete details or reason, Homeland Security denied the prominent Jordanian poet and writer access to his connecting flight to New York. At Jadaliyya, Nasser [...]

Emily Dickinson Tarot Cards! While Supplies Last!

Poetry News

Holy priestess: Factory Hollow Press has made you a magickal deck of Emily Dickinson Tarot Cards, with each suit designed by a different artist! “I have an errand imminent / To an adjoining Zone.” Swords are by Phoebe Harris, pentacles by Emily Pettit, wands by Bianca Stone, major arcana by Halie Theoharides, and cups by [...]