The Word Works announces its 28th annual Washington Prize competition, offering $1,500 and publication for a volume of original poetry by a living American writer. Previous winners of the Washington Prize include Prartho Sereno (the 2007 winner for her book Call from Paris), John Surowiecki, Richard Lyons, Carrie Bennett, Ron Mohring, Fred Marchant, and Enid Shomer.
Send manuscripts of 48 to 64 pages between Jan. 15 and March 1, 2008, inclusive. Please do not send manuscripts before Jan. 15 or after March 1. Author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and signature should appear on the title page only. Please include a table of contents containing the manuscript title, as well as a cover letter containing your bio and publication acknowledgements. Biographical and publication information must not appear anywhere in the manuscript except the cover letter, which must be detachable from the rest of the manuscript. Use a binder clip to fasten the manuscript. No manuscripts will be returned, but please include a self-addressed, business-sized envelope for notification of contest results.
The winner will be selected by July 1, 2008, and all entrants will receive a copy of the winning book when it is published in January 2009. The entry fee is $25 U.S., by check drawn on a U.S. bank only and made payable to The Word Works. Mail manuscripts to:
Steven B. Rogers, Director
Word Works Washington Prize
3201 Taylor St.
Mt. Rainier, MD 20712
The Word Works is a non-profit literary organization devoted to the dissemination of the best contemporary poetry. It publishes books of poetry in collectors’ editions featuring original artwork. It also sponsors programs such as the Joaquin Miller Cabin poetry reading series in Rock Creek Park and the Cafe Muse Literary Series in Chevy Chase, Md. The Word Works celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2004, and has sponsored the Washington Prize since 1981. For more information about The Word Works and the Washington Prize, please visit http://www.wordworksdc.com/.
Dr. Feinstein, a professor of English at Lycoming College and co-editor of The Jazz Poetry Anthology, will give a campus workshop discussing the making of jazz poems earlier in the day.
The reading is free and open to the public.
John Hoppenthaler is the author of two books of poetry, Lives of Water (2003) and Anticipate the Coming Reservoir (2008). His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney’s, Southern Review, and other magazines, and in several anthologies. A reviewer, essayist, and interviewer, he is editor of the literary journal Kestrel. Hoppenthaler served for several years as personal assistant to the novelist Toni Morrison. A regular faculty member at the West Virginia Writers Workshop and Writers at the Beach, he is assistant professor of English at East Carolina University.
The new Writers Up Close series brings to campus poets who also work in arts administration. Each poet speaks on his or her area of editorial/administrative expertise as a guest in Shara McCallum's course on arts administration, then presents a poetry reading in the Willard Smith Library.
This event is free and open to the public.
Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing
Named for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Bucknell graduate and initiated in the fall of 1993, the Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing offers an emerging writer four months of unfettered writing time during Bucknell's fall semester, without formal academic obligations. The Residence is designed to grant the writer time to complete a first or second book. The resident presents a public reading of his or her work and otherwise constitutes a literary presence on campus during the fall. Providing lodging on campus, an office in the Stadler Center for Poetry, and a stipend of $4,000, the Residence is awarded to writers of prose (fiction or creative nonfiction) and poets on an alternating basis.
The Stadler Center is currently accepting applications from poets for the 2008-09 Philip Roth Residence. The Residence will extend from late August 2008 through mid-December 2008. The application deadline is February 23; click here for application instructions.
February 22, 2008, 7 PM to February 23, 2008: Chestnut Hill College, 9601 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia.
Friday evening will feature a performance by musician Shawn Germain, who released his debut album titled "A Neverending Season" in 2007. Following his performance, there will be an open mic for poetry readings and music. On Saturday evening, three poetry readings will be dedicated to William Walker, Ph.D., senior vice president of the College, on the occasion of his retirement in June. The speakers for Saturday nights poetry readings will be Eli Goldblatt, John Ebersole, and Elizabeth Pearson.
For more information, call 215-248-7001 or contact email@example.com
McNaugher is the author of the forthcoming Panic & Joy; Nesset is the winner of the 2007 Drue Heinz Literature Prize.
Kevin Clark is a Pittsburgh-born poetry and fiction writer; he currently teaches English at Luzerne County Community College. Kevin performed his multimedia, interactive "Love and Other Silly Notions" last February for an audience in Huntingdon, PA. The project explores love's frailties and flirtations, as well as its fantasies and fulfillments.
A short Open Reading will follow (MC: Emeka Obiozor).
For this and other River Poets events, see their website here.
[Note: This event was rescheduled due to yucky weather on the 12th.]
The presentation/reading will take place Tuesday, February 19, at 7:00 pm, at the Te Cafe in Squirrel Hill (Pittsburgh), 2000 Murray Avenue. The Te Cafe regularly hosts poetry. Specialty teas and other beverages and tasty light suppers are available.
For more information about Watershed, contact editor Jerry Wemple at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no registration for the readings, and drop-ins are welcome. Complimentary coffee and tea.
A native of Dallas, Pennsylvania, Czury is the author of 15 books of poetry, many of which focus on the coal regions of Pennsylvania. He holds an MA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University and works as a poet in schools, homeless shelters, prisons, mental hospitals, and community centers throughout the world. His poems have been translated into Arabic, Spanish, Russian, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Chinese, Macedonian, Croatian, Albanian, and Italian. A featured poet at international poetry festivals, Czury lives in Reading, PA.
The reading is sponsored by the English Department and is free and open to the public.
Inspired by Alexander Calder's "Circus," "Il Circo di Urbano"(Urbano's Circus) is where art meets theatre. You will be amazed and entertained by these trash-constructed puppets as they perform their death defying and suspenseful acts. The show features Ivan the Iron-Clad Stomach, Clyde the Fearless Clown, and Boris the Elastic Acrobat. The Town Crier said, "The audience was soon cheering as these cleverly constructed puppets performed!" $5, or give of yourself! Bring us a poem or a work of art. Refreshments served.
Paper Kite Press Studio & Gallery: 443 Main Street, Kingston PA 18704.