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April Sure Was a Busy Month!

By Harriet Staff

We’re back! While we were out of the newsroom a few things happened—here’s a brief run-down!

Jackqueline Frost’s debut book of poems, The Antidote (Compline, 2013) is now available as a second edition after the first edition sold-out. Whew! The Brooklyn Poetry Summit took place during the weekend of April 18th/Easter Weekend/4-20: fabulous wrap-up available here. Junot Díaz’s essay, “MFA vs. POC” (published in The New Yorker) has started a critical dialogue about obstacles for people of color in MFA programs. Less than sixty days until NOT NOTHING: SELECTED WRITINGS BY RAY JOHNSON, 1954-1994 comes out: Siglio Press! July 2014! Edited by Elizabeth Zuba, with an essay by Kevin Killian! If you were planning on submitting to The Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships—WA-WAA! Too late. But if you’re under 30, try again next year! The finalists for the California Book Awards for Poetry are: George Albon for Fire Break (Nightboat) (which already won the Northern California Book Award in April), Victoria Chang author of The Boss (McSweeney’s), Brenda Hillman for Seasonal Works With Letters On Fire (Wesleyan University Press), Alli Warren for Here Come The Warm Jets (City Lights Publishers), and Allison Benis White for Small Porcelain Head (Four Way Books). There’s some brutal competition! Not sure who to even root for there… Three-cheers for the fantastic Simone White and the spectacular Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church: in June, White will join the staff of the 40+ year-old non-profit organization in the newly-created role of Program Manager. As the team at the project writes: “We are thrilled to announce that Poet Simone White will be joining our staff in a new part-time position. As many of you know, Simone has been doing a remarkable job as the Monday Night Readings Coordinator for the past two years.” Yess! By the way, have you seen the wonderful essays that she contributed to Harriet all month long in April? While you’re there, if you haven’t already, do check out the lovely posts published in the glorious month that recently passed us by! All this to say—we had a fun April—here’s to an even better May!

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Posted in Poetry News on Monday, May 5th, 2014 by Harriet Staff.