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.



September news. . .

. . . Paul Siegell's newest book, jamandbootleg, has reviews up at the following sites: Relix Magazine, Black Ocean, Surrender to the Flow, and Amazon. Congrats, Paul! . . . Fourteen finalists have been named in the Keystone Chapbook Prize competition from Seven Kitchens Press. This year's judge, Karen Weyant, will select the two winning manuscripts in October; check the 7KP blog for further updates and a list of finalists and semifinalists . . . Kudos to poet Shanna Wheeler, whose chapbook Lo & Behold is forthcoming next month from Finishing Line Press. You can pre-order a copy by clicking here . . . The third annual Stillwater Poetry Festival is coming up on Saturday, September 12--find out more by clicking here . . . Sascha Feinstein reports that this fall's visiting writer will be Scott Russell Sanders, who will read at Lycoming College on Monday, September 28 . . . more news added as we get it: pop me an e-mail . . .

Scott Russell Sanders: Williamsport: 9/28/09

Monday, September 28, 7:30 PM - Essayist Scott Russell Sanders will give a reading in Honors Hall on the campus of Lycoming College. This reading is free and open to the public.

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. 

EMCA Open Poetry Readings: Tunkhannock: 9/13/09

Sunday, September 13, 2 - 5 PM: The Endless Mountains Council of the Arts will resume its presentations of monthly Open Poetry Readings. The program will be held at the EMCA Gallery, 302 West Tioga Street, in Tunkhannock. Members of the public are invited to read from their favorite poets or read from their own work . . . or just sit, listen, and enjoy. The event is free and refreshments will be served. For more information, please call 836-3622 or 945-7621.

Stillwater Poetry Festival: 9/12/09

Saturday, September 12: The third annual Stillwater Poetry Festival will feature readings by Joe Weil, Lee Upton, Phill Miller, Gabriel Welsch, Ed Ochester, James Hoch, Todd Davis, Jerry Wemple, and K.A. Hays, among others. Participate in morning poetry workshops! Enjoy the live acoustic music! Pay what you wish! Find out more by clicking here!

Don Riggs: Philadelphia: 9/08/09

The Moonstone Arts Center, 110A South 13th St in Philadelphia, will present a poetry reading by Don Riggs at 7 PM on Tuesday, September 8.

Will Schutt & Michael Scalise: Bucknell: 9/8/09

Tuesday, September 8, 7 PM: The Stadler Center for Poetry presents a reading by poet Will Schutt and nonfiction writer Michael Scalise.

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.

Fox Chase Reading Series-Open Mic: Philadelphia: 9/08

Tuesday, September 8, 7-9 PM:

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 foxchasereadingseries@yahoo.com.

Upcoming notices:
  • 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.

Kudos - Shanna Wheeler

Kudos to Shanna Wheeler, whose chapbook Lo & Behold is forthcoming next month from Finishing Line Press. You can pre-order a copy by clicking here--just scroll down (chapbooks are listed alphabetically by author).