Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Poetry Month

It is April and that means warmer weather (I hope!) and that the flood of poetry in honor of National Poetry Month is beginning. Here's a fine poem by one of our best poets, Yusef Komunyakaa: Daytime Begins with a Line by Anna Akhmatova.

Closer to home, I am delighted to report that my poem "Poem beginning with a found line," recently published in Broadkill Review, will be on display outside the New Deal Café in Greenbelt, MD, as part of their Poetry Moment Project. In connection with this, I will be reading during a National Poetry Month reading and reception on Sunday April 6 at the Café from 2-4 p.m. If you are in the DC area, please attend. The link has information about the Café, including address, phone number, and directions.

Add some poetry to your day every day in April...and always!

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

New Year News

Welcome to 2014! I have two items of interest to poetry lovers.

§ The 2014 Split This Rock Festival, presenting and celebrating poems of provocation and witness, is coming soon. Running from March 27-30, this event offers workshops, panel discussions, socializing, opportunities for activism, and readings featuring a stellar lineup of writers. The organizers particularly want the public to know that readings by the festival's featured poets are free and open to all and they would love to have large numbers attend, especially residents of the Washington, DC metro area. This festival is a long-running tradition and, to my knowledge, there is nothing like anywhere else. It deserves the strong support and participation of DC-area poets, literary folks of all kinds, and activists. For more information and to register, visit the Split This Rock website.

§ On a more personal note, I want to point my readers a newly posted interview with my dear friend, companion, and comrade-in-poetry Naomi, whose wonderful book, In Yolo County, I have written about before, has an excellent interview at Delphi Quarterly, an online journal featuring interviews with writers of all kind, in which she discusses the genesis of the book and gives some fascinating insights into her process of writing it. It's touching and informative and a good reminder that if you haven't bought the book, now is a good time to do so. Links to ordering it are in the article.

Happy New Year and may it be productive and poetic!

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Friday, December 06, 2013

Uncommon Happiness

I continue to be pleased and honored by a number of publications. The 2013 issue of Commonthought Magazine, a fine journal published by Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, contains three of my poems. Follow the link to get a copy; buy one if you can and support the publisher. I have other poems forthcoming in Broadkill Review and Northern Virginia Review. I will post details when they have appeared.

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

R.I.P. el.bows

Pitchfork reports that music aggregator el.bows has shut down. I knew something was up when I tried to click over to it yesterday. It will be missed.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Splendid Undertaking

A new project, designed to demonstrate Washington, D.C.'s significance in the history and current production of American poetry, is about to be launched. A Splendid Wake launches tonight. Its wiki, launched and maintained by the library at George Washington University, promises to be a major resource for information about poets and poetry in Washington. Unfortunately, I must miss the opening celebration, but I was able to add my bio to the wiki. The site is in the very early stages, but there is some information of interest and it will surely grow quickly.

If you are a D.C.-area poet or poetry lover, check out the site and see if you too can make a contribution. For more information of the genesis of this very important project, check out Karen Alenier's blog.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Not Getting Rusty

The latest issue of The Rusty Nail literary journal is out, containing my poem "Assorted Landscapes." The magazine is a publication from Sweatshoppe Press, who published my book Memory and Desire. They do excellent work, are extremely supportive and generous to their authors, and have published my poems in the past. Please support them by following this link and grabbing a copy; the price is quite reasonable.

I also just received word that the very excellent Broadkill Review, which, as you may recall, recently published several poems by my Lovely Friend Naomi, has accepted four of mine for an upcoming issue. Watch this space for details!

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Music, Dance, Poetry

As always, I'm happy to announce three recent publications. The Summer, music-themed issue of Little Patuxent Review is now available, including my poem "Aspirins and Coffee." You'll have to buy a copy (which you can do from their web site) if you want to read it (and many other excellent poems, stories, and essays), but you can view a video of my reading at the recent launch party. The video and others from the launch can also be accessed at LPR's site.

I was also pleased to be published in the latest edition of Words Dance, which you can order as a downloadable PDF at the link. And finally, you can read my poem "Memory and Desire" in Almost 5/Q, the blog associated with the very fine journal Almost 5 [quarterly].

I'd also like to give a shout-out to my friend, fellow DC poet, and workshop coordinator Jon Barrows, who has a poem in the latest issue of Stepaway, who, you may recall, published me in their previous issue. Congrats, Jon!

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