extended hiatus

Due to expanded commitments to my small press, I've been forced to cut down on some other projects. I would be delighted if someone else came forward to carry on this blog. Meanwhile, I hope some of the links and contacts herein are of some use.



CFS: Washington Prize


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/.

Dan Waber: Scranton: 2/29/08

Friday, February 29, 8:30 PM: Poet Dan Waber will read from his new book, Echolalia, at Anthology New & Used Books, 515 Center Street (2nd floor) in Scranton. You can read about (and order) Dan's book by clicking here.

Sascha Feinstein: Bloomsburg: 2/26/08

Tuesday, February 26, 7:30 PM: Poet Sascha Feinstein will give a reading of his work in the Schweiker Room of the Andruss Library on the campus of Bloomsburg University.

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: Bucknell: 2/26/08

Tuesday, February 26, 4 PM: John Hoppenthaler will give a poetry reading in the Willard Smith Library of the Vaughan Literature Building on the campus of Bucknell University.

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.

Poetry Residence at Bucknell: 2/23 deadline

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.

Chestnut Hill College Poetry Festival: Philly: 2/22-23

Chestnut Hill College Poetry Festival

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 chcapply@chc.edu

Heather McNaugher & Kirk Nesset: Pittsburgh: 2/22/08

Friday, February 22, 8 PM: Heather McNaugher and Kirk Nesset will read their work at the Most Wanted Fine Arts Gallery, 5015 Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh. This event is part of the Pot Luck Readers Series; suggested donation is $5 (or bring a dish).

McNaugher is the author of the forthcoming Panic & Joy; Nesset is the winner of the 2007 Drue Heinz Literature Prize.

Kevin Clark: Bloomsburg: MOVED to 2/20/08

Kevin Clark's "Love & Other Silly Notions" will be featured at the February 20th River Poets reading, Tuesday evening at Phillips Emporium (Bloomsburg).

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.]

Eavan Boland: Bucknell: 2/19/08

Tuesday, February 19, 7 PM: Poet Eavan Boland will give a reading in Bucknell Hall on the campus of Bucknell University.

Eavan Boland is the author of nine collections of poetry, including Against Love Poetry (2001), The Lost Land (1998), An Origin Like Water: Collected Poems 1967-1987 (1996), and, most recently, Domestic Violence (2007). Among her many awards and honors are a Lannan Foundation Award in Poetry and an American Ireland Fund Literary Award. She is a professor of English at Stanford University, where she directs the creative writing program.

This event is free and open to the public.

Event to honor Michael Wurster: Pittsburgh: 2/19/08

Michael Wurster has fostered poetry in Pittsburgh for over 30 years, teaching, advising, and conducting a free monthly open workshop. Most recently he co-edited Along These Rivers, a collection of poems by Western PA-based poets, in connection with Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary. His students, friends, and colleagues are honoring Michael. They'll present him with a belated valentine: a tribute volume, Stories About Time. True to Wurster's big-tent approach, the book, edited by Ziggy Edwards and Arlene Weiner, has poems from A (Amenta) to Z (Zdrale). Lynn Emanuel writes the preface. Other authors include Ed Ochester, Arlan Hess, Jan Beatty,and Richard St. John.

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.

update: Watershed released

The inaugural issue of Watershed: The Journal of the Susquehanna is out, and contains poems by Richard Brook, Emily Grosholz, Steven Good, Kevin Clark, Marjorie Maddox, JoAnne Growney, James Najarian, Chad Schell-McGaw, Gary Renzelman, Tara Shoemaker Holdren, Shanna Wheeler, Lynell Jones, Todd Davis, and Sandra Kohler.

For more information about Watershed, contact editor Jerry Wemple at river@bloomu.edu.

update: Betsy Wheeler: new chapbook

Betsy Wheeler, who held the Stadler Fellowship at Bucknell, announces the release of her new chapbook: Start Here, published by Small Anchor Press. Betsy is the copublisher, with Dean Gorman, of Pilot Books.

update: Heather McNaugher interview

Karen Lillis, who's just joined our PA Poets roster, has interviewed Heather McNaugher on her small press blog. You can read the interview here.

update: Karen Lillis: 3 poems

Karen Lillis has three poems in SALiT Magazine.

Second Thursdays at Public Library: Lewisburg: 2/14/08

Frances Gundrum, from the Public Library for Union County in Lewisburg, organizes a monthly poetry reading on the second Thursday of every month from 7-8 PM. The February reading falls on Valentine’s Day, and poets are invited to come and share love poems.

There is no registration for the readings, and drop-ins are welcome. Complimentary coffee and tea.

Craig Czury: Marywood Univ: 2/11/08

Monday, February 11, 7:30 PM: Poet Craig Czury will give a reading of his work in the Comerford Theatre on the campus of Marywood University.

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.

update: Heather McNaugher: new chapbook

Prererelease Announcement: Heather McNaugher's chapbook, Panic & Joy, scheduled for publication this spring by Finishing Line Press, is now available for preorder (click on the press link, open the New Releases section, and scroll down).

Heather McNaugher is Assistant Professor of English at Chatham University, where she is Poetry Editor of Fourth River. Her work has appeared in Paper Street, The Bellevue Literary Review, 12th Street Review, The Paterson Literary Review, Blithe House Quarterly, The New Yinzer and Dirt Rag Magazine.

Richard Grunn performs "Urbano's Circus": Kingston: 2/8/08

Friday, February 8th, 7 PM: Urbano's Circus performed by Richard Grunn.

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.

update: Barbara Crooker: new book

Congratulations to Barbara Crooker, whose book Line Dance was recently published by Word Press. You can read more about Barbara's new book (and order a copy) by clicking here.