Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Delphic Interview

I recently had the pleasure and privilege of being interviewed about my poetry and related issues by none other than my Lovely Friend Naomi Thiers, on behalf of Delphi Quarterly, an excellent online journal that specializes in interviews with writers. (I blogged about it not long ago when Naomi was featured.) The result, deftly edited and wonderfully introduced by Delphi's editor Ramola D., is now online. Read it, then check out the rest of this fine site.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Awarded!

I am very pleased to report that on Friday May 9, 2014, I was awarded the 2014 Larry Neal Writers' Award for adult poetry. These awards, now in their 31st year, are given by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and honor the great African-American writer and activist who served as the first chairman of the Commission. It is therefore a special honor and pleasure for me to be recognized by and in the city that I have called home for almost 34 years. My thanks to the many of followers of this blog who have been my readers and supporters!

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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.