David Ferry will be launching his translation of Virgil’s Aeneid at 7pm on Monday, November 6, 2017, in The Poetry Center (Mildred Sawyer Library) on 73 Tremont Street. Please see attached flyer for details. We hope to see you there!
- Thursday, October 19, 2017, 7 PM. The Custom House, 25 Water Street, Newburyport. A Melopoeia with Rhina Espaillat, Alfred Nicol, and John Tavano.
- Friday, April 6, 2018. Boston National Poetry Month Festival, The Boston Public Library: A Melopoeia with Rhina Espaillat, Alfred Nicol, and John Tavano.
2. Ellin Sarot will be one of the contributors reading from the new anthology, “Black Lives Have Always Mattered,” on Tuesday, October 24th @ 7pm at Porter Square Books. 3. Anna M. Warrock has a new chapbook, “From the Other Room,” out from Slate Roof Press. Her book is available for purchase at Porter Square Books (also see order card below for mail ordering).From Nina MacLaughlin’s literary column in The Boston Globe: “From the Other Room wades into the waters of grief … Though suffused with sorrow, Warrock’s lines aren’t leaden. They move with the simplicity of haiku. At the center, the poems suggests how it is possible to become at home with loss.” 4. Atar Hadari has a new book, “Lives of the Dead,” out from Arc Publications.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1908376643Atar Hadari was born in Israel, raised in England, trained as an actor and writer at the University of East Anglia before winning a scholarship to study poetry and playwrighting with Derek Walcott at Boston University. His plays have won awards from the BBC, Arts Council of England, National Foundation of Jewish Culture (New York), European Association of Jewish Culture (Brussels) and the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he was Young Writer in Residence. Plays have been staged at the Finborough Theatre, Wimbledon Studio Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum (where he was a Mentor Playwright), Nat Horne Studio Theatre (New York) and Valdez, Alaska. His “Songs from Bialik: Selected Poems of H. N. Bialik” (Syracuse University Press) was a finalist for the American Literary Translators’ Association Award and his poems have won the Daniel Varoujan award from New England Poetry Club, the Petra Kenney award, a Paumanok poetry award and many other prizes. His nineteen-page translation of Hanoch Levin’s “Lives of the Dead” filled a third of Poetry magazine in 2009.
5. Jonas Zdanys has published four new books in 2017:
- Preliudai po lietaus / Preludes After Rain. (Macau, China and Markwell, Australia: Flying Island Books, ASM, and Cerberus Press 2017. Pocket Poets Series).
- St. Brigid’s Well. (Chicago: Purple Flag Press 2017).
- Two Voices/Du Balsai. Jonas Zdanys and Kornelijus Platelis. Poems and translations. (Chicago: Purple Flag Press 2017).
- Three White Horses. Poems by Jonas Zdanys, Paintings by Sou Vai Keng. (Beaumont: Lamar University Literary Press 2017).
Please join us on October 18th for an event hosted by the New England Poetry Club and the Grolier Poetry Book Shop!
The Role of Poetry in Contemporary America: Dean Rader and Steph Burt in Conversation, moderated by Ifeanyi Menkiti
Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
7:00 pm, free & open to the public
Cambridge Public Library
Community Room (basement)
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
Dean Rader is a professor of English at the University of San Francisco. His newest collection, Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry, was published in January 2017 by Copper Canyon Press. Works & Days, his debut collection, won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize and the Writer’s League of Texas Book Award. Landscape Portrait Figure Form (Omnidawn, 2014) was named one of the best books of poetry of the year by the Barnes & Noble review. He writes frequently about literature, culture, and politics for The San Francisco Chronicle and The Huffington Post.
Stephen Burt (who also goes by Steph and Stephanie) is Professor of English at Harvard and the author of several previous books of poetry and literary criticism, among them Belmont and Close Calls with Nonsense, both from Graywolf Press, as well as The Poem Is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them (Harvard University Press). Her new collection, Advice from the Lights (Graywolf Press), goes on sale October 3.
Oct. 3, 2017: AWARD WINNERS’ READING, Part One
7:00 Yenching Library (open to the public
Anna Rabinowitz, Sheila Margaret Motton Book Award
Lynn Pedersen, honorable mention, Sheila Margaret Motton Book Award
Krysten Hill, Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize
Vivian Shipley, honorable mention, Barbara Bradley Award
D.G. Geis, Firman Houghton Award
Hilde Weisert, Gretchen Warren Award
Lamar University Literary Press is pleased to announce Unlocking the Word, the first major anthology of found poetry, and invites all poets who are currently exploring the form or who may be interested in doing so to submit their work for consideration.
“Found poetry” is a literary form that uses words not meant to be a poem (as they originally appeared) and turning those words into a poem. A found poem works because the poet who discovers it is able to find poetry in ordinary language and discover or understand the aesthetic possibilities of all words no matter where they originally appear. Found poetry therefore involves an appreciative sense of the innate aesthetic possibilities of all language. The goal is to use poetic sensibilities to find the right text and to ensure its thematic and narrative integrity even while restructuring its form through spacing and line breaks. The original words therefore should not be changed, and the original text should not be edited or revised.
Sources can be any published text, including textbooks, newspaper and magazine articles, letters, emails, advertisements, speeches, and other “non-creative” publications. The anthology will not include found poems discovered in any literary text (poetry, fiction, or drama).
Unlocking the Word will focus on the joy of the discovery of the transformative aesthetic elements in everyday language and the poetry that resides all around us. Jonas Zdanys is an award-winning bilingual poet and literary translator.
How to Submit:
- Submissions should be emailed, as a Word document attachment only, to Jonas Zdanys: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Submit up to 5 found poems, on or before December 1, 2017. Include your name and email address on each poem. Previously published poems should be acknowledged.
- For each found poem, indicate the exact source of the original text.
- Include a short biography and a listing of books published, if any.
Poets will be notified in early 2018 if their works have been selected for inclusion in Unlocking the Word.
Other anthologies from Lamar University Literary Press include:
- The Great American Wise Ass Poetry Anthology, Jerry Bradley and Ulf Kirchdorfer, editors
- Pushing the Envelope: Epistolary Poems, Jonas Zdanys, editor
- A Shared Voice, Tom Mack and Andrew Geyer, editors
- The Beatest State in The Union, Chris Carmona, Rob Johnson, and Chuck Taylor, editors
- Texas Weather: An Anthology of Poetry, Short Fiction, and Nonfiction, Terry Dalrymple and Laurence
- Musgrove, editors
HOWL, the series debut of Emmanuel Music’s Late Night at Emmanuel in Back Bay at Emmanuel Church (15 Newbury Street) on September 23 at 8 pm (and again at 10 pm).
We’d like to extend a 20% discount for NEPC MEMBERS! By simply entering code: SAVE20 while ordering tickets for either set at www.EmmanuelMusic.org, members will receive the discount.
Emmanuel Music’s Late Night at Emmanuel is a series of programs fully curated by members of its acclaimed ensemble and is complemented by fun nibbles, drinks and composer and artist talkbacks.
What is HOWL?
The evening will feature “HOWL,” a speaker and string quartet that sets the poetry of Allen Ginsberg to music by Lee Hyla, performed by baritone David Kravitz and the Arneis Quartet. In addition, there are twosettings of Ginsberg’s poem “A Supermarket in California,” from Andy Vores and Elena Ruehr, both written for Kravitz and the Arneis Quartet. This poem describes an imaginary encounter between the poet and Walt Whitmen, whom Ginsberg greatly admired, as Whitman wanders around a supermarket, then out into the night, and finally to the Greek underworld.
The evening will also feature the world premiere of “Schwartzsongs” from Pulitzer-prize winning composer John Harbison. The threeSchwartzsongs were written between 2015 and 2017 and are the composer’s effort to reproduce the reciting and reading voice of renowned poet, educator and WBUR contributor, Lloyd Schwartz, who will narrate the program. Harbison’s composition “The Right to Pleasure,” for mezzo-soprano and string quintet, will receive its Boston premiere of the orchestrated version. It will be performed by mezzo-soprano Lynn Torgrove, the Arneis Quartet, and double bassist Randall Zigler.
Francis Blessington, member of the New England Poetry Club, has a new book out titled Poems from Underground (Deerbrook Editions, 2017). For reviews and more information about his new book, please see the flyer below!
The Millay Arts and Poetry Festival is a three day series of 35 events and performances, featuring more than 80 performers, authors, presenters, poets, actors, musicians, and visual artists. It is a celebration of the art and legacy of Edna St. Vincent Millay. Individual event tickets are now on sale for the 2017 festival, happening over September 7th, 8th, and 9th in Rockland, Maine. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit http://millayhouserockland.org/.