Monday, June 30, 2008
Poets at the Torture Survivors' Vigil
Rare Video of Frank O'Hara Reading a Poem - art, life, love - it's all there
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Persis M. Karim's "Rumi’s Conversation with Shams on the Occasion of his 800th Birthday"
Monday, June 23, 2008
Writing Workshop Leadership Training by Pat Schneider
A rare opportunity to study with the brilliant Pat Schneider in North Carolina. My first writing teacher, she changed my life forever.
Amherst Writers & Artists
Writing Group Leadership Training Program
August 20 – 24, 2008 Marshall, NC, Bend of Ivy Lodge
Have you ever thought about the possibility of leading writing groups? Learn the unique method developed by Pat Schneider, author of Writing Alone and With Others (Oxford University Press 2003). This intensive five-day training will teach you the principles that distinguish Amherst Writers & Artists from other approaches. Trainees will also learn:
Creating and maintaining a safe creative environment
Responding helpfully to group members’ writing
Leadership and group facilitation skills
Exercises and prompts to use with writing groups
How to structure a writing group session
Practical aspects of leading writing groups
Leading writing groups for traditionally silenced people
Facilitating the healing potential of writing groups
Here’s what some recent trainees have said about the AWA Training:
“So far from home, so far from what I expected, so far from the person I was when we started this training four days ago. I came to improve my skills and gain confidence as a leader. Who knew that I would be transformed? As a leader, yes, but also as a writer – and as a person…”
“It was an inspiring training, full of joy and promise. The support I received from everyone truly astonished me…”
“What I most appreciated about the AWA leadership training was the way in which it was led. The whole training moved seamlessly… The participants were immediately empowered to speak up with their writing voices and their trainee voices. There was just the right balance of writing and training…”
For further information, please visit our website at www.amherstwriters.com.
Amherst Writers & Artists
P.O. Box 6011, Florence, MA 01062
An Honorable Way Out of Iraq
The Iraqis have reached a consensus — the U.S. should leave Iraq. Regardless of whether they are Kurds, Sunni, or Shi’a; regardless of political party, there is a general agreement that the United States should depart soon — within the year, or at most, three years. Yet some Americans, especially conservatives, are shocked that the Iraqis would show such a lack of gratitude to the United States...
Instead of negotiating a long-term presence, the U.S. should be negotiating a withdrawal. Both large portions of Iraqis and U.S. citizens are widely supportive of a timetable for withdrawal.
Read Shamoo's excellent 10-point plan for withdrawal at Foreign Policy in Focus here.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Announcing The Deep Music: A Collaboration Between Poet Sarah Browning and Children of Incarcerated Fathers
The United States has the world’s highest incarceration rate, imprisoning over two million of its citizens. Washington, DC’s incarceration rate is four times the national average. These two million men and women are largely invisible: we do not know their stories, we have not heard their voices. The impact of incarceration on families is another untold story. As a society, how can we evaluate the effectiveness of a policy, if we do not know its impact?
Poetry has the power to humanize social policy, to give voice to those made voiceless by our society’s decision to lock up so many of its citizens. The Deep Music will tell these human stories, through poems written by incarcerated men, their children, and myself.
In May and June of this year I am meeting for four Saturday mornings with young people involved with Hope House DC, a remarkable organization that serves incarcerated DC fathers and their families. Together we are writing poetry.
The Institute for Policy Studies is also a collaborator with us on the project, providing a place to meet and working space for me. They'll be hosting our public reading and exhibiting the young people's poetry. The oldest multi-issue progressive think tank in the country, IPS turns Ideas into Action for Peace, Justice and the Environment. I am very grateful for their support.
In the workshop the young writers write about everything young people are concerned with: their neighborhoods, their families, boyfriends and girlfriends, dreams, the future. Growing up in low-income communities, they also write about gangs and shootings and fear. In the coming weeks we'll be posting some of their poems and I'll be posting drafts of my own new work.
Please visit the project's blog The Deep Music DC at http://thedeepmusicdc.blogspot.com/ to read poems and post your comments.
Three Upcoming Events
Saturday, June 28, 7:30 pm
DC Poets Against the War Sarah Browning, Rose Berger and Joseph Ross will read their poetry at TASSC's Anti-Torture Vigil, Saturday, June 28th 7:30pm, Lafayette Park, in front of the White House.
The Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) International (www.tassc.org) holds a vigil every year near the UN International Day in Support of Survivors and Victims of Torture. This year the 11th Annual 24-Hour Vigil is at Lafayette Park in front of the White House, June 28 ,7:00 AM to June 29, 7:00 AM. Please come join the survivors, their friends, families, and supporters, in solidarity against the practice of torture.
Sarah Browning is the coordinator of DC Poets Against the War and Split This Rock Poetry Festival. Rose Berger and Joseph Ross were co-editors of Cut Loose The Body: An Anthology of Poems on Torture.
For more information about TASSC International, please visit www.tassc.org. If you have questions about the Vigil or how you can help, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call TASSC's office at 202-529-2991.
John Murillo and Suzanne Zweizig at Miller Cabin
Tuesday, June 24, 7:30 pm
The Word Works is pleased to invite you to the 2008 Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series hosted by Kathi Morrison-Taylor and Melissa Tuckey.
Tuesday, June 24, at 7:30 pm, the reading features John Murillo and Suzanne Zweizig
The reading is followed by an open mic and reception.
The Miller Cabin is located at Picnic Grove 6 on Beach Drive at the Military road Overpass in Rock Creek Park.
Rain location for this program: Sixth Presbyterian Church, 5413 16th Street, NW, DC
Enter through alley at the back of church
For more info, call Kathi Morrison Taylor at 703-820-8133
John Murillo is a Cave Canem fellow and graduate of New York University's MFA program in creative writing. His poetry has appeared in such publications as Ploughshares, Ninth Letter, Lumina, and the anthology, DC Poets Against the War. His awards include two Larry Neal Writers' Awards, a 2008 Pushcart Prize nomination, and fellowships from The New York Times and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Suzanne Zweizig's poetry has appeared in The Beloit Poetry Journal, Subtropics, and Niedergasse. Her creative nonfiction has been anthologized in Ticking Along Free, published in Switzerland. She received a MacDowell Fellowship for her poetry in 2008 and was a semi-finalist in The Nation/Discovery contest for emerging poets in 2004. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She works at the Swiss Embassy in Washington DC.
The Arts Club of Washington Presents: Sandra Beasley & Sarah Browning
Tuesday, June 24, 20086:30 pm
A reading by two Arts Club literary lights. Club member and Literary Committee Chair Sandra Beasley has recently made her debut with Theories of Falling, published by New Issues Poetry & Prose. Whiskey in the Garden of Eden, the first book of poetry by Sarah Browning, the club's administrator for the National Award for Arts Writing, was published by The Word Works in 2007. The evening is free and open to the public.
6:30 pm: Enjoy a glass of wine
7:00 pm: Program
8:00 pm: Reception and book signing
Cosponsored by Poets & Writers, Inc.
Arts Club of Washington
2017 I Street, NWWashington, DC
Farragut North, Farragut West Metros
Sandra Beasley works as an editor at The American Scholar. She is the Literary Chair of the Arts Club of Washington, and coached the Virginia State Champion in the 2007 Poetry Out Loud competition. She has also served as a board member for the Word Works, a local literary non-profit, and as the Editor-in-Chief of Folio. Theories of Falling received the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize, selected by Marie Howe. Other awards include the 2008 Maureen Egen Exchange Award from Poets and Writers and the 2006 Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize from Passages North, at Northern Michigan University.
Sarah Browning is the author of Whiskey in the Garden of Eden (The Word Works, 2007) and coeditor of D.C. Poets Against the War: An Anthology (Argonne House, 2004). She administers the National Award for Arts Writing at the Arts Club of Washington and is director of Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness. A recipient of an artist fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and a Creative Communities Initiative grant, she also hosts the Sunday Kind of Love poetry series at Busboys & Poets in Washington, DC.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Foreign Policy in Focus in Yes Magazine
by John Feffer, Co-Director, Foreign Policy in Focus
Friday, June 13, 2008
What's Your Problem - Kathi Wolfe in City Paper
Read the story here.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Grace Paley: The role model who keeps on giving
"Grace is important to us readers, writers and activists struggling to be conscious, making real art out of what we know as real life, transforming real life into what we want it to be."
And there, under the story, is a large photo of Grace and two men holding a banner in front of a chain-link fence. Nuclear installation? Toxic waste dump? We don't know - we just see the word "This" on the banner. The men look serious, earnest, intense. Grace is short, of course. Her head just peeks out above the word This. She is grinning. This is what I want real life to be. This.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Cornelius Eady and Toi Derricotte to Receive Kray Award for Service to Poetry
From the South Bend (IN) Tribune:
SOUTH BEND — Cornelius Eady and Toi Derricotte will receive the 2008 Elizabeth Kray Award for service to the field of poetry. The prize, presented by Poets House, will be awarded Monday at the 13th annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge.
The Kray Award honors individuals whose service to the field of poetry embodies the spirit of Poets House co-founder Elizabeth Kray, who served as an innovative advocate of a greater presence for poetry in the United States.Eady is an associate professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Notre Dame.
In 1996, Eady and Derricotte co-founded Cave Canem, a national community of African-American poets committed to the discovery and cultivation of new voices in African-American poetry. An initial gathering of 27 poets, Cave Canem has become an influential movement with a fellowship of more than 250 poets residing in 34 states.
Eady is the author of seven books of poetry, including “Hardheaded Weather”; “Brutal Imagination,” which was a 2001 National Book Award finalist; “The Gathering of My Name,” nominated for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize; and “Victims of the Latest Dance Craze,” winner of the 1985 Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets.
Eady’s work in theater includes the libretto for the opera “The Running Man,” which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1999, and his play “Brutal Imagination” won Newsday’s 2002 Oppenheimer Award for the best first play by an American playwright.
A recipient of the Prairie Schooner Strousse Award, Eady also has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Foundations.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Bring Out Your Rodent Poems
To coincide with the beginning of the twelve year Chinese zodiac cycle, Poetry Macao takes this opportunity to announce an ambitious twelve year anthology project. The intention is to collect poems for an annual supplement based on the year of the reigning animal in the Chinese zodiac.
The years ahead are as follows:
2009 – ox
2010 – tiger
2011 – rabbit
2012 – dragon
2013 – snake
2014 – horse
2015 – sheep
2016 – monkey
2017 – rooster
2018 – dog
2019 – pig
For Poetry Macao 2008 we therefore now open submissions for poems in any way connected with mice, rats, or rodents of any description or conception.
About Poetry Macao
regions) will always be a priority for the journal. Although translation is an important feature, Poetry Macao is primarily an English language journal and one of its key goals is to bring Macao’s Chinese and Portuguese language poets to an English-reading audience. Poetry Macao’s first number – in 2007 – coincides with the November 6 Australia-Macao poetry evening being held at the University of Macau. Therefore the first issue has strong participation by Australian poets, something Poetry Macao hopes to continue into the future.
In general terms, ‘Macao’ is the thematic focus of the journal. The idea is intended to be taken broadly. Macao is not just a single point on the map; associated with a long history of east-west communication (and confusion), Macao is a name suggestive of cultural crossing of all kinds, and of the accommodation of cultures for each other. Poetry Macao encourages contributions consonant with this idea and is especially interested in western engagements with (and responses to) Chinese culture, and the converse (Chinese engagement with the west).
Contributions of various kinds are sought – poetry of course but also dialogue, artwork, photography… Macao is an opening between worlds and following that idea, we – at Poetry Macao are open to suggestions.
Beyond this general call, Poetry Macao will make specific calls from time to time for themed supplements or for participation in activities such as dialogue or responses to particular poems or poets. The first of these specific calls relates to the animal rulers-of- the-years in the Chinese zodiac.
Please check by e-mail before sending anything other than a single word-file attachment.
Friday, June 06, 2008
Mickle Street Review
The newest issue of Mickle Street Review is available online!
The issue's theme is "Sights and Sounds." In addition to the critical essays, reviews, and poetry (including two poems of mine, I am proud to say), there are two special "rooms" that I highly recommend. The "Listening Room" has recordings of different people reading Whitman, from Ralph Bellamy (in 1943) to Orson Welles (1953) to Jesse Pearson with music by Rod McKuen interpreting "The Erotic Words of Walt Whitman" in 1970. The "Viewing Room" has educational films on Whitman that are really fun to watch--I love how the actors portraying Walt try to consciously sound "poetic." There's a fabulous film from 1972 in which Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. reads "O Captain!" to a montage of Kennedy and MLK images, conflating a series of fallen leaders. The "Viewing Room" also provides links to other "cinepoetic" postings elsewhere on the web, and those are extremely fun--don't miss the students in a "Video Biography" translating Whitman's experiences onto contemporary suburbia (the stroke scene is wonderfully weird, and the music chosen for the final credits is truly bizarre). There's also a link to Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand's Manhatta (1921) that is fascinating.
Monday, June 02, 2008
More BEA Tidbits
And far and away the best news from BEA this year, Lynda Barry's giant book of writing advice, What It Is (the formless thing which gives things form) from Drawn and Quarterly. Anyone needing a LARGE hint for what to get me for any old occasion, look no further. As Matt Groening so eloquenly put it, Lynda Barry is the Funk Queen of the Universe.
I also found a note to myself that the murals painted on the rotunda ceiling at Griffith Observatory are by Hugo Ballin, from 1935. I googled them and found that they're called The March of Science Through the Ages, but I couldn't find any good pictures on the web - only washed out stuff from a distance. The observatory website doesn't seem to mention them. Sigh. Science trumps art. Read about Ballin here: http://www.lamurals.org/MuralistPages/Ballin.html
Lessons From Iraq: three events this month
Wednesday, June 11
7:30pm to 8:30pm
Barnes and Noble
20852 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD, USA
Lessons From Iraq: Avoiding the Next War.
Join Miriam Pemberton and Ivan Eland at a book discussion about what we've learned from the Iraq War.
Tuesday, June 17
6:30pm to 8:00pm
New York University Puck Building
295 Lafayette St.
New York, NY, USA
Join William Hartung, Aziz Huq, Frances Fitzgerald, and Jeffrey Laurenti at a book discussion about what we've learned from the Iraq War.
Sunday, June 22
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St NW
Washington, DC, USA
Join Miriam Pemberton, William Hartung, and Andy Shallal at a book discussion about what we've learned from the Iraq War.
Foreign Policy In Focus is a network for research, analysis and action that brings together more than 600 scholars, advocates and activists who strive to make the United States a more responsible global partner. It is a project of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in Washington. www.fpif.org
Iota schedule June-December 2008
Attached is the Iota Poetry Series schedule for June-December 2008.
All readings will take place at 6 pm at Iota Club and Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd. in Arlington. Admission free.
Sunday, June 8:
with musical guest Shannon Brown
Sunday, July 13:
with guest host Steven B. Rogers
Sunday, Aug. 10
and expanded open reading
with guest host Mike McDermott
Sunday, Sept. 14:
14th Anniversary Celebration
featuring readers from the previous year
(no open reading this time)
Sunday, Oct. 12:
Sunday, Nov. 9:
Sunday, Dec. 14: