Randy Boone hails from Hellertown, Pennsylvania and teaches at Northampton Community College's Monroe Campus. His most recent publications include poems in Spout, Glimpse, Lehigh Valley Literary Review, English Journal, Connecticut River Review, Clark Street Review, and Epicenter, and a chapbook, Ignoble Daydreams for Impudent Minds (Violent Publications).
Born in Tennessee and reared in Ohio, Scott Russell Sanders studied at Brown University and earned his Ph.D. from Cambridge University before going on to become a Distinguished Professor of English at Indiana University. Among his more than twenty books are novels, collections of stories, and works of personal nonfiction, including Staying Put (Beacon, 1993), Writing from the Center (Indiana U.P., 1995), and Hunting for Hope (Beacon, 1998). His memoir, A Private History of Awe (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2006), was nominated by the publisher for a Pulitzer Prize. His latest book is A Conservationist Manifesto (Indiana U.P., 2009), which envisions a shift from a culture based on consumption to one based on caretaking. For his writing, Sanders has won the AWP Creative Nonfiction Award, the John Burroughs Essay Award, the Lannan Literary Award, the Indiana Humanities Award, and the Mark Twain Award. His work has appeared in such magazines as Orion, Audubon, and The Georgia Review, and it has been reprinted in The Art of the Essay, The Norton Reader, and more than fifty other anthologies, including the annual Best American Essays. In his books he is concerned with our place in nature, the practice of community, the relationship between culture and geography, and the search for a spiritual path. He and his wife, Ruth, a biochemist, have reared two children in their hometown of Bloomington in the hardwood hill country of Indiana’s White River Valley.
Will Schutt is a poet and translator from New York City. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Faultline, FIELD, Harvard Review and The Southern Review. In 2003, he co-founded Verso, a culture and arts magazine based in Siena, Italy, where he was a contributing editor and translator until 2007. He is the 2009-2010 Stadler Fellow at Bucknell. Click here for more information and to read one of Will's poems.
Michael Scalise's essays and articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Ninth Letter, Post Road Magazine, Hot Metal Bridge, The Rumpus, PopMatters and many other publications. He earned his M.F.A. at George Mason University, where he studied creative nonfiction. He is the 2009 Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell. Click here for more information and to read an excerpt from one of Michael's essays.
The Fox Chase Review and the Blue Ox Bistro present The Fox Chase Reading Series: 2nd Tuesdays Poetry Open Mic.
Host: Diane Sahms-Guarnieri
Location: Rhawn St and Oxford Ave in the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia.
Come early to sign up and enjoy the great atmosphere of the Blue Ox Bistro: excellent menu and ten rotating drafts on tap. Sign up ahead of time for the open mic by emailing email@example.com.
- The Autumn/Winter 2009 edition of The Fox Chase Review is due first week of September.
- September 26: C.A. Conrad and Frank Sherlock will read at 3 Sisters Corner Cafe.
The Fox Chase Reading Series at 3 Sisters Corner Café
Corner of Barnes and Loney Streets, Fox Chase Section, Philadelphia.
July 25, 2009: 2 - 4 PM
Vincent Quatroche is from Fredonia New York and is a Professor at Fredonia State University. Quatroche has released two CDs of his work at Sleeping Giant Records and has published several full length collections of his poetry and prose. Quatroche was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His latest release is expected this summer. You can view his website at www.rubbereden.com.
Timothy Gager is the author of seven books of short fiction and poetry. Two poetry chapbooks, These Poems are not Pink Clouds (Propaganda Press) and this is where you go when you are gone (Cerena Barva Press) were released in 2008. He hosts the Dire Literary Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts every month and is the co-founder of Somerville News Writers Festival. His short stories have appeared in Twelve Stories, Word Riot, Skive, Dogzplot, Six Sentences, 55 Word, The Binnacle, Scene Boston, Thieve’s Jargon, Long Short Story, The Smoking Poet, Zygote in My Coffee, Slurve, Poor Mojo’s Almanac, Tuesday Shorts, VerbSap, Long Short Story, The Smoking Poet, Write This Magazine and Further Fenway Fiction. His poetry has appeared in The Blood Orange Review, The Fox Chase Review, Night Train, Poems for All, Right Hand Pointing, GUD, Boston Poetry Journal (Bad Ass Edition), Edifice Wrecked, Blue Print Review, Barnstorm, Lit Up Magazine, Hobart, The Long Islander, Spare Change, Delmarva Review, High Horse, Third Lung Review, Poesy XXIV and The Ibbetson Street Journal. He has had over 150 works of fiction and poetry published since 2007 and has four times been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
Timothy is the current Fiction Editor of The Wilderness House Literary Review, the founding co-editor of The Heat City Literary Review and has edited the book, Out of the Blue Writers Unite: A Book of Poetry and Prose from the Out of the Blue Art Gallery. A graduate of the University of Delaware, Timothy lives in Dedham, Massachusetts and is employed as a social worker.
Victory Brewing Company announces its third annual performing arts extravaganza, The Victory Collaborative, on Sunday July 19th! Calling local singers, songwriters, poets, spoken word poets, classical musicians, theatrical performers—come share your work! We are also looking for artists to showcase their paintings, graphic arts pieces and photography to be displayed on the stage.
- Date: July 19th 2009
- Time: 2-4 PM
- Location: VBC Restaurant Beer Hall, 420 Acorn Lane, Downington PA 19335
There are only twelve slots available, any interested performers please email Christine Yurick at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Name and contact information
- Brief description of performance, whether song, music, poem, etc. and proposed length of performance
- If you are a poet or a theatrical performer, please send a sample of your work for review
- Samples of artwork for visual artists
- Please remember: no profanity, and no graphic lyrics or literature. Participating artists will receive a free beer and pint glass!
For more information and to see pictures from last year’s event, please click here: http://www.victorybeer.com/V_event.html
The Fox Chase Reading Series
2nd Tuesdays Poetry Open Mic
July 14, 2009
7pm to 9pm
Host: Diane Sahms-Guarnieri
Please join us for the “2nd Tuesdays Poetry Open Mic” at The Blue Ox Bistro located at Rhawn St. and Oxford Ave in the Fox Chase Section of Philadelphia. Come early to sign up and enjoy the great atmosphere of The Blue Ox Bistro, excellent menu and ten rotating drafts on tap. Sign up early for the open mic by emailing us at email@example.com
Transportation: Our venues are located one block from the Septa Fox Chase Station. The station is 15 minutes from Market East Station via the R-8 in Center City. If you take the R-8 to “2nd Tuesdays Poetry Open Mic” save your receipt- The Blue Ox Bistro will pay your fare! The Fox Chase Bus Loop also services the 18 and 24. There is free parking behind the Bistro.
The Cafe Muse Series is held at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 South Park Avenue in Chevy Chase, MD. Classical guitar by Mike Davis begins at 7 pm; featured readings start at 7:30pm. Open poetry mic follows.
Other events in this series:
- May 4: Judy Neri & Anne Harding Woodworth
- June 1: Wayne Miller & Eric Pankey
- July 6: sculptor Mark Behme & poet JoAnne Growney
- August 3: Luis Alberto Ambroggio & Yvette Neiser Moreno
Hosts: Adele Steiner & Laura Goldberg. For directions, call 301-656-2797.
The Word Works web site can be found at http://www.wordworksdc.com/.
Fourth River Award for Creative Nonfiction 2009
Fourth River is looking for poetry and creative nonfiction that capture the places—natural, built and imagined, urban, rural or wild—where humans and nature converge and collide. First place winner in each category will be published in Fourth River and will receive a $500 cash prize upon publication. Contest judges to be announced.
- Submissions should be postmarked no later than October 15, 2009.
- Previously published works and works accepted for publication elsewhere are not eligible.
- Students, faculty and employees of Chatham University are not eligible.
- Include a title page with your name, address, phone number and the title of your submission(s).
- Your name must not appear on the actual manuscript.
- The reading fee is $5 for three poems or one essay (7,000 word maximum), and includes a copy of Issue 7.
- Please make checks payable to Chatham University.
- Multiple submissions are acceptable, but each submission must be accompanied by a reading fee.
- Manuscripts will not be returned.
- (Please note: the reading fee does not apply to regular submissions. )
- Send your submission, your reading fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
- The Fourth River, Chatham University, Woodland Road, Pittsburgh PA 15232, Attention: Fourth River Award for (please insert genre here--Poetry or Nonfiction).
The 2009 Autumn House Poetry and Fiction Contests
Guidelines for the 2009 Autumn House Poetry Contest judged by Alicia Ostriker
Guidelines for the 2009 Autumn House Fiction Contest judged by Sharon Dilworth
- The winners will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel grant to participate in the 2009 Autumn House Master Authors Series in Pittsburgh.
- The deadline is June 30, 2009.
- We ask that all submissions from authors new to Autumn House come through one of our annual contests.
- All finalists will be considered for publication.
- The final judge for the Poetry Prize is Alicia Ostriker.
- The final judge for the Fiction Prize is Sharon Dilworth.
- All full-length collections of poetry 50-80 pages in length are eligible.
- Fiction submissions should be approximately 200-300 pages. All fiction sub-genres (short stories, short-shorts, novellas, or novels) or any combination of sub-genres are eligible.
- If you wish to be informed of the results of the competition, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
- Autumn House Press assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts.
- All entries must be clearly marked “Poetry Prize” or “Fiction Prize” on the outside envelope.
- Twenty five dollar handling fee (check or money order) must be enclosed.
- MANUSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE RETURNED.
- Send manuscript and $25.00 fee to: Autumn House Press, PO Box 60100, Pittsburgh PA 15211
Tuesday evenings, 7:30 pm at Joaquin Miller's Cabin in Rock Creek Park, Picnic Area 6 (Beach Drive at Military Road overpass):
- June 9: Deborah Bernhardt & Marcela Sulak
- June 16: Tyler Caroline Mills, Katherine Casey & Baobao Zhang
- June 23: Chris Goodrich & Nancy Krygowski
- June 30: Melanie Henderson & Luke Johnson
- July 7: April Lindner & Bonnie Naradzay
- July 14: George Drew & W Luther Jett
- July 21: Cynthia Atkins & Dan Vera
- July 28: January Gill O'Neil, Joseph O Legaspi & Joseph Ross
featuring Katonya Mosely, Shayna Israel, Aaren Yates Perry and Charan Morris.
For more information: www.poetsandprophets.com
Joel Chace has published poetry and prose poetry in print and electronic magazines such as 6ix, Tomorrow, Lost and Found Times, Coracle, xStream, Three Candles, 2River View, Joey & the Black Boots, Recursive Angel, and Veer. He has published more than a dozen print and electronic collections. Recently out from BlazeVox Books is Cleaning the Mirror: New & Selected Poems, and from Paper Kite Press is Matter No Matter, another full-length collection. Two new chapbooks have also appeared: Scaffold, from Country Valley Press; and (b)its, from Meritage Press. For many years, Chace has been Poetry Editor for the experimental electronic magazine 5_Trope.
Ron Silliman has written and edited over 30 books to date, most recently The Alphabet... Silliman was the 2006 Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere, a 2003 Literary Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and was a 2002 Fellow of the Pennsylvania Arts Council as well as a Pew Fellow in the Arts in 1998. He lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two sons, and works as a market analyst in the computer industry. He is a member of The Grand Piano collective.
Featured Readers: Eileen Moeller, Rafi Lev Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, Cheryl Grady Mercier,
Elizabeth Quigley, Walt Feldman and Paul Selbst.
May 16th at 2pm ~ 3 Sisters Corner Cafe, corner of Barnes and Loney Streets ~ Fox Chase Section ~ Philadelphia, Pa. 19111.
Mulberry Poets & Writers Association (MPWA) has announced an extension of the deadline for the Eighth Annual Regional Poetry Contest. The new deadline for entries is May 15. (The previous date was March 30.)
The contest carries a top prize of $100, with $50 given to second place and $25 going to the third. Several will be recognized with an Honorable Mention. The winners will be invited to present their poetry at a public reading in Scranton in July, and winning poems will be published in the 2009 online edition of The MPWA Journal. The contest will be judged by Tara Shoemaker Holdren, Dr. David Elliott, and Susan Luckstone Jaffer. For further information, contact the contest coordinator, Richard Aston, at (570) 829-3163 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
· The contest is open to former and current residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania, except MPWA Board members and previous first-place winners.
· Each entrant is limited to a maximum of three poems.
· The entry fee is $2 for each poem submitted.
· An individual may win in only one of the first, second, or third place categories. If more than one of his or her poems rank in a winning category, only the highest will be counted for that person.
· Each poem must be original and unpublished.
· Each poem should be typed on a 8½ x 11" paper, single spaced, except for intentional spacing.
· Each new poem should start on a new sheet of paper. If it exceeds one page, please staple the pages together. Each poem should take a maximum of three pages.
· List the title(s) of your poem(s) in a cover letter including your name address, email, and phone. If a poem is untitled, use the first few words.
· Do not put your name on the poem.
· Keep a copy of your poem. Submitted poems will not be returned.
Send submissions to: MPWA Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 468, Scranton, PA 18501. Entries must be postmarked by May 15, 2009. Winners will be notified before July 1, 2009.
Join Julia Kasdorf and Katie Bode-Lang, award-winning poets and Bellefonte residents, as they share and discuss their work with each other and their audience. Copies of their books will be available for purchase and signing.
Julia Spicher Kasdorf's poetry collections include Sleeping Preacher (1992) and Eve's Striptease (1998), both from the university of Pittsburgh Press.
Katie Bode-Lang's first chapbook, Spring Melt, was selected by G.C. Waldrep as the runner-up for the 2008 Keystone Chapbook Prize and is forthcoming in May from Seven Kitchens Press.
Call 814-355-1516 for more information.
Location: Centre County Library Historical Museum, 203 N. Allegheny Street, Bellefonte, PA.
Ted Mathys is author of The Spoils ($16, Coffee House Press).
"[Mathys] is a bit like the mid-century poets of the New York School of poetry (which counts John Ashbery and Frank O'Hara among its members), only with the whimsy replaced by a menacing sense of claustrophobia. You find he can go from high culture to low in one stomach-churning swoop... wonderfully, disturbingly, upsettingly real. Reading Mathys, one remembers that poetry isn't a dalliance, but a way of sorting through life-or-death situations." - Los Angeles TimesChris Martin is author of American Music ($15, Copper Canyon Press), recipient of the Hayden Carruth Award; he is the editor of Puppy Flowers.
Please join us for the “2nd Tuesdays Poetry Open Mic” at The Blue Ox Bistro located at Rhawn St. and Oxford Ave in the Fox Chase Section of Philadelphia. Come early to sign up and enjoy the great atmosphere of The Blue Ox Bistro, excellent menu and ten rotating drafts on tap. Sign up early for the open mic by emailing email@example.com.
Transportation: Our venues are located one block from the Septa Fox Chase Train Station. The station is 15 minutes from Market East Station via the R-8 in Center City . The Fox Chase Bus Loop also services the 18 and 24.
Sunday, April 19, 2-5 PM:
This is just a reminder about Sunday's open poetry reading at the Endless Mountains Council of the Arts, 302 W. Tioga Street, Tunkhannock, PA., 2-5 PM. This event is being held in honor of the late Martha Fray Sampson, founder and first president of the EMCA, who passed away in October 2008. Besides being an acclaimed artist, Ms. Sampson was a great lover of poetry; many of her poems will be on display alongside her artwork. The theme for this event is based on one of Ms. Sampson's favorite expressions, "Share What Makes You Happy." Attendees are invited to read their own work, read the work of their favorite poets, read from Ms. Sampson's work, or just enjoy the recitations of others. Refreshments will be provided.
For more information, please contact coordinator Jamie Smith at 610-436-3235 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarah Manguso is the author, most recently, of the memoir The Two Kinds of Decay (2008), named an Editors' Choice by the New York Times Sunday Book Review and a Best Nonfiction Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle. The paperback is forthcoming this spring.
"If art can be described as the path one takes toward some form of compassion, this distilled and luminous book offers us one such map. An exploration of a body at a particular moment in its history, narrated by an unsparing yet appealing consciousness, The Two Kinds of Decay brings the reader to a place of grace and compassion that is absolutely breathtaking."-Nick Flynn
"One of the most movingly humane books I have read in a long time; it is a hard-earned vision of life, every word grounded in both body and soul."-John Burnham Schwartz
Manguso's other books include the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape (2007), one of three volumes in McSweeney's One Hundred and Forty-Five Stories in a Small Box, and the poetry collections Siste Viator (2006) and The Captain Lands in Paradise (2002), named a Favorite Book of the Year by the Village Voice. Her writing has appeared in Conjunctions, the London Review of Books, the New Republic, the New York Times Magazine, the Paris Review, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and three volumes of the Best American Poetry series.vIn 2008 she received the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa, the Pratt Institute, and the Graduate Writing Program at the New School. Born and raised near Boston, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.
The Mulberry Poets & Writers Association (MPWA) announces its Eighth Annual Regional Poetry Contest:
- The overall winner of the contest will receive a $100 cash prize.
- Two other winners will share $75 in cash prizes -- $50 for 2nd place and $25 for 3rd place.
- Several poets will be recognized with an Honorable Mention.
- Judges will be Tara Shoemaker Holdren, Dr. David Elliott, and Susan Jaffer.
- All winners will be invited to present their poetry at a public reading on or about Saturday, July 11, 2009, in Scranton, PA.
- All winning poems will be published in the 2009 online edition of The MPWA Journal.
- For further information, contact the contest coordinator, Richard Aston of Wilkes-Barre, at 570-829-3163 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Contest Rules: Open to former and current residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania, except for MPWA Board members and previous first place winners.
- Each entrant is limited to a maximum of three poems.
- The entrance fee is $2 for each poem submitted.
- An individual may win in only one of the first, second, or third place categories.
- If more than one of his or her poems rank in a winning category, only the highest will be counted for that person.
- Each poem must be original and unpublished.
- Each poem should be typed on a 8½ x 11" paper, single spaced, except for intentional spacing.
- Each new poem should start on a new sheet of paper.
- If it exceeds one page, please staple the pages together.
- Each poem should take a maximum of 3 pages.
- List the title(s) of your poem(s) in a cover letter including your name address, email, and phone.
- If untitled, use the first several words.
- Do not put your name on the poem.
- Keep a copy of your poem; submitted poems will not be returned.
Send submissions to: MPWA Poetry Contest; P.O. Box 468; Scranton, PA 18501.
- The contest postmark deadline is March 30, 2009.
- Winners will be notified by June 1, 2009.
Justin Vitiello is a Professor Emeritus of Italian at Temple University. He received his B.A. from Brown University (1963) and, after a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Spain (1963-64), he did his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (English, Italian, Spanish) at the University of Michigan (1964-70). He has published numerous scholarly articles on and translations of medieval, Renaissance and modern Italian, Sicialian and Spanish poetry. His books (including those listed below that are for sale directly from him in autographed copies) are: Il carro del pesce di Vanzetti (poems, 1989), Vanzetti's Fish Cart (poems, 1991), Sicily Within (essays, 1992), Italy's Ultramodern, Experimental Lyrics: Corpo 10 (1992), Poetics and Literature of the Sicilian Diaspora; Studies in Oral History and Story Telling (1993, reprinted in 1998), Labyrinths and Volcanoes: Windings Through Sicily (essays, 1999), suicidio di un poeta etnico/suicide of an ethnic poet (poems, 2004), Labirinti e vulcani: nel cuore della Sicilia (essays, 2005), and amapolas y cardos/poppies and thistles (poems and poetic sketches of Spain, 2006). He is presently working on another book of poetry in Spanish and English dealing with his recent experiences in Latin America and two other lyric volumes in Italian and English touching upon his family's anarchist and tragic history.
Ellen Peckham has read, published and exhibited in the U.S. , Europe and Latin America . She frequently uses both art forms in a single work, the text decorating and explicating and the image illuminating. Her archives of drafts, edits and art are collected at the Harry Ransom Center For The Humanities and a 7-minute visual biography, Parallel Vocabularies, is available on DVD and via her Web site.
Moonstone Arts Center presents the 2009 Poetry Ink event--
One hundred poets will read. Each reader gets 3 minutes; that's 5 hours of poetry! We supply the coffee, you bring the desserts. For 2009, the readings will be in regular alphabetical order, A to Z. (We did reverse order in 2008).
Final registration deadline is Friday, March 27.
If you're excited to present your work at this event, please click on the link below and fill out a registration form today or just send us an email saying you plan on reading. Please also forward this message to others who might be interested.
2000 Murray Avenue at Beacon -- Pittsburgh, PA. 412-422-8888. Free. Open Mic to follow if time allows.
Click here to visit the POESIS blog (also listed at right in PA Poetry Links).
Emanuel is the author of Hotel Fiesta, The Dig, Then Suddenly— and the forthcoming book of poetry Mob and Torch. Her work has been featured in the Pushcart Prize Anthology, Best American Poetry, and The Oxford Book of American Poetry. Also a distinguished teacher and editor, she has been the recipient of numerous awards for her poetry, including two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and a National Poetry Series Award.
Emanuel’s appearance is part of a poetry series begun in 2004 and made possible by a generous endowment from UPJ alumna Esther Goldhaber Jacovitz. This event, coordinated by UPJ’s major in Creative and Professional Writing, is free of charge and open to the public. A book signing will follow.
Location: 501 CL.
Paul Siegell is the author of Poemergency Room (Otoliths Books, 2008) and the forthcoming jambandbootleg (A-Head, 2009). He is a staff editor at Painted Bride Quarterly and has contributed to The American Poetry Review, BlazeVOX, Coconut, No Tell Motel and other literary and online journals. You can find his blog "ReVeLeR @ eYeLeVeL" at http://paulsiegell.blogspot.com. Siegell got his B.A. in English Writing in 2000 from the University of Pittsburgh.
This reading is free and open to the public.
For more information, please contact coordinator Jamie Smith at 610-436-3235 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MC: Angela Runciman.
For more information, please contact coordinator Jamie Smith at 610-436-3235 or e-mail at email@example.com.
Two poets on staff at the Stadler Center for Poetry will read together in Bucknell Hall.
K. A. Hays, the 2008-09 Stadler Emerging Writer, earned an M.F.A. in the Literary Arts at Brown University and studied as an undergraduate at Bucknell and Oxford Universities. Poems from her first book, Dear Apocalypse (Carnegie Mellon), have appeared in such venues as Missouri Review, Southern Review, and the anthology Best New Poets 2007. Her verse translations and fiction have appeared in GulfCoast, Hudson Review, Fugue, and elsewhere. She is a native of southeast Pennsylvania.
Erinn Batykefer, the 2008-09 Stadler Fellow, earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Art History from the University of Delaware and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was the Martha Meier Renk Distinguished Poetry Fellow. Batykefer’s debut collection of poetry, Allegheny, Monongahela, won the 2008 Benjamin Saltman Prize and will appear from Red Hen Press this year. Her poetry and nonfiction have recently appeared in Prairie Schooner, American Literary Review, The Journal, and Agenda (UK). She is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information please contact the Stadler Center for Poetry at 570-577-1853.
_____ _____ _____ _____ _____
Outside the Basilica di San Petronio
A girl is after pigeons, tracking them.
She bows her head. She holds up her palms.
Her hand goes out and the things gust off.
Meanwhile the nuns in the basilica clutch beads
beneath their habits. And the priest
cleans the chalice, making it shine.
She is eager for the next step: to hold the flurry
of beak and breast, to draw it close.
She is stepping, pausing, tensed
and watchful as the underside of prayer.
When the birds rise, the white in their breasts
flashes before the basilica. The girl’s arms fall.
It is as easy as wine to blood, how they lift
into the ether. They are as good to her
as the miraculous saints. Dear saints,
keeping always and perfectly away.
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In O’Keeffe’s From the Lake, No. 3,
I see a lace of algae as a map—here, a waterway,
gritty houses dotting Troy Hill as it rises from the river,
ochre silt like sandstone sheared by highways.
It is summer. We pull the seashells from the garden
and press each one to our ears; we listen through dirt
for their coiled echolalia,
the way they endlessly whisper back the wishes
we tied to stones and dropped in the rivers.
The way they relay the secrets of our younger selves back
in the semaphores of the sea: furling,
unfurling. This is our city from above, the way
we remember it—suspended in a haze of morning;
we see through the weight of air blued by water
to the shapes we know, the way we can see our faces
welling up through a breath-fogged mirror:
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Firehouse Friday Writer’s Soiree. Ticket price: $5
Box office opens at 7 pm; no call ahead reservations.
Touchstone Theatre, 321 East Fourth Street, Bethlehem PA 18015 [610-867-1689]. firstname.lastname@example.org
Born in Tehran and raised in Los Angeles, Khakpour is the author of Sons and Other Flammable Objects (Grove/Atlantic). The debut novel received much acclaim in The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and other publications. Her writing has appeared widely in The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Chicago Reader, and elsewhere. Khakpour received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MA from The Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars.
This event is free and open to the public.
"None of it was news to him, that these bad things happen—that’s not the part that got him at all. After all, it first occurred to him on one of the days of his early childhood, when America was still new for them all—at one of the moments when he had spied his mother sobbing in the kitchen to no one but a running sink, while on TV Lucy bawled into Ethel’s armpit to the laughter of some invisible audience—that the new world, while a very demanding place for all of its inhabitants, held a functional almost laughable misery for its own and a possibly unconquerable one for the others. Here, the older your world, Xerxes-the-child contemplated, trying to make some rules out of it all, rules that even Xerxes-the-adult could not fully argue with, the sadder and badder your days."
Sunday, February 8, 2-5 PM
The Endless Mountains Council of the Arts is holding an Open Poetry Reading at the EMCA Gallery, 302 West Tioga Street, Tunkhannock. All are welcome. Read your own work or read from your favorite poet. For more information, call 836-3622 or 945-7621.
Sponsored by the Endless Mountains Council of the Arts.
Award-winning poet, freelance writer and musician Rick Kearns will be Poetry Thursdays' featured reader at the Midtown Cinema's Reel Cafe, 250 Reily Street, Harrisburg.
Kearns' poetry has been published in three chapbooks and two full collections, including Street of Knives (Warm Springs Press, 1993), Boricua In Between (1997), Jazz Poems (1997) and Endtime Poems (1998, Pacobooks). Red Pagoda Press has published five of his poems in brochure form since 2000. His latest collection of verse, The Body of My Isla, was published in 2007. As a journalist, Kearns has written for daily, weekly and monthly news publications since 1986. In the last decade his work has focused on Latino and Native American issues. Kearns' poems have appeared in numerous anthologies: El Coro/A Chorus of Latino and Latina Poetry (Univ. of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, 1997); Voices from the Nuyorican Cafe (Henry Holt & Co., NY, 1994 [Winner of the American Book Award]), and in literary reviews such as The Massachusetts Review, Chicago Review, Drum Voices Revue (So. Illinois University Edwardsville), Painted Bride Quarterly, The Patterson Review, HEART Quarterly, Big Hammer, Palabra: A Journal of Chicano and Literary Art, Yellow Medicine Review, and Fledgling Rag
Kearns' feature begins at 8 PM, following a 7 PM open mic. Poetry Thursdays, celebrating its tenth year as a weekly poetry series, is sponsored by the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel. Marty Esworthy and Julia Tilley host. For more information: (717) 909-6566.
For more information, please contact coordinator Jamie Smith at 610-436-3235, or e-mail email@example.com.
Time: 2 PM
Location: 3 Sisters Corner Café, Philadelphia
In 2009, the Stadler Center for Poetry will conduct the twenty-fifth annual Seminar for Younger Poets. Held for three weeks in June, the Seminar provides an extended opportunity for undergraduate poets to write and to be guided by established poets. Staff and visiting poets conduct writing workshops and offer lecture/discussions, present readings of their own work, and are available for individual conferences. In the past, such poets as Robin Becker, Denise Duhamel, Linda Gregg, Terrance Hayes, James Harms, Mary Ruefle, Gerald Stern, David St. John, Michael Waters, and Kazim Ali have served as visiting poets. Numerous readings provide the participants with the opportunity to hear and be heard by their peers. Applicants compete for ten places in the Seminar, all of which come with fellowships. Fellowships include tuition, housing in campus apartments, and meals. Accepted students are responsible only for their travel to Bucknell and a modest library deposit. A limited number of travel scholarships are available on the basis of need.
For the 2009 Seminar, visiting poets Kwame Dawes and Dana Levin will join director G. C. Waldrep and staff members Deirdre O'Connor, Erinn Batykefer, and K. A. Hays.
The dates of the 2009 Seminar will be Sunday, June 7, to Sunday, June 28. The postmark deadline for applications is Friday, January 30. Click here for complete application guidelines and here for a program FAQ.
The vacant lots are occupied, the woods
Diminish, Slate Hill sinks beneath its crown
Of solvent homes, and marketable goods
On all sides crowd the good remembered town.
Returning, we find our snapshots inexact.
Perhaps a condition of being alive
Is that the clothes which, setting out, we packed
With love no longer fit when we arrive.
Yet sight that limited our truth were strange
To older eyes; the town that we have lost
Is being found by hands that still arrange
Horse-chestnut heaps and fingerpaint on frost.
Time shades these alleys; every pavement crack
Is mapped somewhere. A solemn concrete ball,
On the gatepost of a sold house, brings back
A waist leaning against a bucking wall.
The gutter-fires smoke, their burning done
Except for, fanned within, an orange feather;
We have one home, the first, and leave that one.
The having and leaving go on together.
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The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel is pleased to celebrate its 10th anniversary by returning to Midtown Harrisburg, with an inaugural reading for Poetry Thursdays at the Cartel's new home, the Reel Cafe in the Midtown Cinema, at 7 pm, on Thursday, Jan. 8. Berks County Poet Laureate Heather Thomas will be the premier featured reader.
Thomas, an award-winning poet, is professor of English at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of seven books of poetry, including Blue Ruby (FootHills Publishing, 2008). Resurrection Papers (Chax Press, 2003) was translated into a bilingual edition and published in Argentina. The Fray, an art and poetry collaboration, was created with artist Barbara Schulman. Her poems appear in anthologies including Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania and in more than 30 print and online journals. Thomas has garnered awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative American Poetry, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
The weekly reading series, Poetry Thursdays, began in a long-gone coffehouse on Third Street in 1999. A lot has changed since then, and the Midtown area has recently become a very lively cultural center. And the Cinema is right in the thick of things! In 2009, we'll also soon feature performers like Rick Kearns, Jennifer Hill-Kaucher and Dan Waber. Also-- Craig Czury, Maria Thiaw, and Harrisburg's self-proclaimed ambassador of poetry, Keith Snow. Featured poets generally begin reading at 8, after an hour of open mic which begins at 7pm. Marty Esworthy and Julia Tilley host the long-running series.The Midtown Cinema's Reel Cafe is at 250 Reily Street, Harrisburg. For more information: 717 909-6566.