Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Book Fair at The Rutherford Public Library Oct 1

William Carlos Williams

Wednesday October 1st, 2008 @ 7PM

Learn more about William Carlos Williams!
Start your holiday shopping at a Book Fair!
Featuring books about WCW and books by local poets and writers.

The Rutherford Public Library
150 Park Avenue
Rutherford, NJ 07070

Join us to learn more about Rutherford's famous doctor-poet.

On Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 7 PM, a panel of experts will help us learn more about the life of William Carlos Williams.


Borough Historian Rod Leith on "William Carlos Williams' Rutherford"
Writer and poet Joel Lewis on "WCW & Official Verse Culture"
Professor and poet Bob Quatrone on "The Hidden Poetry in The Autobiograpy of William Carlos Williams"

Panel presentations will be followed by audience discussion and Q&A moderated by Library Directors Jane Fisher (Rutherford) and John J. Trause (Wood-Ridge).

And, start your holiday shopping early! Book sale tables will be set up with signed books by authors and scholars recently featured at the WCW Symposium, including some out-of-print titles. Local poets and writers, including members of Rutherford's own Red Wheelbarrow Poets, will also be on hand to sign their books.

This is a free program and all are welcome.

Refreshments will follow the presentation.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Variations on a Natural Theme from Hobblebush Books

Hobblebush Books Logo
A Loon Year
Poems by
Hugh Hennedy
With Illustrations by
Jan Mercuri Grossman

Hobblebush Books
120 pp, Paperback
ISBN 978-0-9801672-1-4 / Price $15.95
Publication Date: March 15, 2008

Variations on a Natural Theme is bird-watching through the exquisite eye of a poet. This is a book for those who love loons and other birds of the ocean as well as for those who are fascinated by the power of poetry to illuminate the natural world. Each poem reminds us of the sudden appearance and disappearance of beauty—and its endless variations.

Sample Page from VARIATIONS... Book Sampler (PDF)

About the Author

Hugh KennedyHugh Hennedy lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. His poems have been published in many journals, among them Puckerbrush Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Tar River Poetry, Hawaii Review, and James Joyce Quarterly. His previous books of poetry are Old Winchester Hill (Enright House, 1993) and Halcyon Time (Oyster River Press, 1993).

About the Illustrator

Jan Mercuri Grossman lives in Amherst, New Hampshire. She is an eclectic artist, working with many types of media and materials. She began her study of art at the University of Connecticut. Recently, she has turned to oil painting to express her love of the natural world.

Hobblebush Books
17-A Old Milford Road
Brookline, NH 03033
Ph/Fax: (603) 672-4317

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

POZNAN CITY GOSPEL by A.J. Kaufmann Now Available

I love the blues as I love this city… only when it burns - A. J. Kaufmann


A. J. Kaufmann
Kendra Steiner Editions
Details: Published on September 20th 2008
9 pages 55 hand-numbered copies
price: $4 in the USA, $5 elsewhere

About the Chapbook:
~includes the following poems~
And the living theaters they never come
The sky’s a big bowl of pus round here
Seagulls against all obscurity
Tar & Feathers Blues
Orange skies fade out
Let’s draw us some pictures
Where the blues kills the singer

For more about A. J. Kaufmann visiti him online at Myspace: http://myspace.com/kaufmannpoetry and on his official site: http://ajkaufmann.pl/.

Hobblebush Books Announces Fumbling In The Light

Poems by
Sidney Hall, Jr
Hobblebush Books
112 pp, Hardcover
ISBN 978-0-9801672-2-1 / Price $21.95
Publication Date: October, 2008

Sidney Hall achieves a kind of sophisticated simplicity that is rare among his contemporaries. Call him a neoclassicist seasoned by the spirits of Zen and Taoism—his poems are revelations, beautiful and true.
-Sam Hamill

Sidney Hall patrols his territory—harsh and beautiful coasts, wild mountain places—with a restless energy, a keen eye and an almost unbearable need to reconcile what he loves of our fragile world with what he fears for it and for us. The poems are shot through with anger and sadness. Yet for all their dark urgency, they are illuminated with slant beams of hope as if to surprise each new visitor / who comes to the end of the world. Take these poems and let them pay out like kites on long strings; then reel them in, one by one.
- Marie Harris, Former New Hampshire Poet Laureate

These poems reflect a constant striving toward the creation of something gem-like, stanza by stanza, even as the author holds in his hands the earthiest of elements. What delights even more than these word pleasures, however, is the author’s joining of his highly exact style and rich imagery to a quiet but fiercely powerful moral vision and an almost oceanic humanity. This felicitous four-way marriage occurs in poem after poem, whether the subject be dark or light. Sidney Hall’s enlightened constellation of artistic concerns surely distinguishes the best poetry of this or any era.
- Lawrence Kinsman, author of Water from the Moon and A Well-Ordered Life

SIDNEY HALL JR. was born in 1951 and has lived most of his life in southern New Hampshire. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. His book reviews have also appeared in the Los Angeles Times Book Review. He is the author of two books of poems, What We Will Give Each Other, and Chebeague, and a book of memoirs, Small Town Tales, a collection of his newspaper columns.

Hobblebush Books
17-A Old Milford Road
Brookline, NH 03033
Ph/Fax: (603) 672-4317

2008 Dodge Poetry Festival Sept 25 - 28

2008 Dodge Poetry Festival Logo

2008 Dodge Poetry Festival Poster

Historic Waterloo Village in Stanhope, New Jersey will be re-opened especially for the audiences of up to 20,000 expected for the 12th biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, which will run from Thursday, September 25 through Sunday, September 28, 2008.

Join poets Chris Abani, Coleman Barks, Coral Bracho, Billy Collins, Lucille Clifton, Mark Doty, Martín Espada, Joy Harjo, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Ted Kooser, Maxine Kumin, Naomi Shihab Nye, Sharon Olds, Linda Pastan, Charles Simic, C. D. Wright, Franz Wright and dozens of other accomplished poets, musicians and storytellers for four days of poetry and music beside the Musconetcong River and among Waterloo Village’s lawns, trees, and landmark historic buildings.

For the complete schedule of readings, talks and other events: http://www.dodgepoetry.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/2008schedule-of-events.pdf

The biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival is the largest poetry event in North America. This four-day celebration of poetry has been called "poetry heaven" by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass, "a new Woodstock" by the Christian Science Monitor, and simply "Wordstock" by The New York Times.

The Festival, held in even-numbered years since 1986, immerses audiences and nearly five dozen internationally acclaimed poets in readings and conversations focusing on poetry. Events are held all day and evening in performance tents accommodating anywhere from 100 to 2,000 people. During each day of the Festival, eight or more separate stages offer different activities simultaneously. The most recent Festival, in September of 2006, attracted a total audience of nearly 17,000.

Among the world-renowned poets who have participated in past Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festivals are Chinua Achebe, Taha Muhammad Ali, Lucille Clifton, Billy Collins, Mark Doty, Rita Dove, Stephen Dunn, Allen Ginsberg, Donald Hall, Joy Harjo, Robert Hass, Tony Hoagland, Marie Howe, Galway Kinnell, Yusef Komunyakaa, Stanley Kunitz, Li-Young Lee, W. S. Merwin, Naomi Shihab Nye, Octavio Paz, Robert Pinsky, and Adrienne Rich.

An essential component of each Festival is a series of special programs for high school students and for teachers at all levels, elementary through college. More than 4,500 students and 2,000 teachers from throughout the country participate in conversations and readings designed specifically for them during the first two days of the Festival.

Visit http://www.dodgepoetryfestival.org/ to find out more. You can sign up for our mailing list on our site as well.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Drowing Lessons by Peter Selgin Due Out October 15 2008

drowning cover

Drowning Lessons: stories by Peter Selgin
Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for 2008
The University of Georgia Press, October 15, 2008
"There is nothing but water in the holy pools. I know, I have been swimming in them."--Kabir
-- BY CUNNING & CRAFT, a Guide for Fiction Writers

Join me in celebrating the publication of my first book of stories, Drowning Lessons, winner of the 2008 Flannery O'Connor Award.

Please mark the dates! I hope to see you!

"Peter Selgin's writing creates a current that will carry readers farther than they would ever have expected, and leave them on a new shore."--Hannah Tinti, author of The Good Thief

"Thank goodness for Peter Selgin, who shares with us the mysteries of the human
heart in this electric, revealing collection."--Benjamin Percy, author of Refresh,Refresh

"A stellar collection deserving recognition. High emotional intelligence, empathy, courage, and intellectual curiosity fuel this collection, giving it a rare narrative fire beyond the obvious and admirable excellence of craft."--Melissa Pritchard, author of Late Bloomer


peter's photo
Reading with Gary Gildner, author of Blue Like the Heavens, New & Selected Poems
Hudson Valley Writer's Center
300 Riverside Drive, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
at the Philipse Manor Train Station
Information at: http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001FbOzg7FTO-yHyH6ctnd-uvO62aBTW_Ytpk3QE2HsgqxE5kolkuq_2mTGeM4CU6b9QDnTtENyGDW14-TYRt3zxw3qAhFZU0abZ5aAvcEV1PvP-0Nljhq7hg==
Phone: 814-332-5953
Sunday, October 12, 4:30 p.m.


cornelia street cafe
Reading with Dustin Beall Smith,author of Key Grip, a Memoir of Endless

Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street, NYC
For information: visit

phone: (212) 989-9319
Sunday, October 19, 6:00 p.m.



life cover small
Life Goes to the Movies, a novel

"At the center of Life Goes to the Movies is Dwaine Fitzgibbon, a young filmmaker with a wild imagination and inexhaustible ambition. For Dwaine, every experience is potential material for the great film he's going to make, and everyone he meets becomes a part of his supporting cast. Swept up into the performance that is Dwaine's life, the novel's narrator, Nigel DePoli, describes their fraught friendship as it intensifies and evolves through the years. It's a riveting story, artfully constructed and told with wit, precision, and sensitivity."--Joanna Scott, author of Everybody Loves Somebody--Finalist, James Jones First Novel Fellowship --Finalist, AWP Award for the Novel; Forthcoming from Dzanc Books

BY CUNNING & CRAFT, a Guide for Fiction Writers

"There is craft and there is cunning. There is the struggle to get published at all. But there is also the chance that you will do something extraordinary. Peter Selgin illustrates the tricks, both basic and sophisticated. But greatness is what he's really interested in. He thrusts the readers into the company of those who wrote magnificently. Salinger is quoted, Hemingway, Thomas Mann, E.M. Forster, John Gardner. 'This book is for serious writers of all levels,' he writes in the beginning, and he's talking about intentions. If you mean to shoot for the stars, then this book is for you."--Benjamin Cheever, author of The Good Nanny

"A masterpiece of writing about writing. If, like Scheherazade, you had to spin out a story under threat of death, this is the how-to book to read. It's filled with
thoughtful, nuanced advice from a teacher/writer who actually writes--and writes beautifully and with great humor. The list of rejected stories is worth the price of the whole book."--Nora Gallagher, author of Changing Light



The Secret Life of Fiction: 199 Meditations on Works-in-Progress, is a book meant not only for aspiring and accomplished writers of fiction, but for anyone with an interest in how great fiction gets (and doesn't get) written. Like Francine Prose's enormously successful Reading Like a Writer, it offers an entertainingly erudite glimpse into the fiction writer's processes and pitfalls. But while that work examines only masterpieces (as does James Wood's How Fiction Works), The Secret Life of Fiction provides examples both exemplary and cautionary from works of novices and masters. It shows readers not only how fiction "works," but how and why it often fails to work.

Forthcoming from Writer's Digest Books
(date TBA)

June, 2009 Writing Workshop is Vitorchiano, Italy


Contact Information


Sous Rature is Open to Submissions

Sous Rature

Send work that is "inadequate yet necessary" - prose, poem, cross. Text and/or image. Art. Textart. Visit http://www.necessetics.com/sousrature.html for info...thanks.

Cara Benson

To read their current (1ssue August 2008) issue: http://www.necessetics.com/1ssue.html

VERSAL 7 Submission Call Deadline Jan 15 2008

Versal 6

The international literary journal from Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Now accepting submissions for Versal 7!

Versal wants your poetry, prose, and art for its seventh issue due outin May, 2009. Internationally acclaimed literary annual published in Amsterdam; perfect bound, 100 pages of the urgent, involved, & unexpected. See website for guidelines and to submit: http://versal.wordsinhere.com/.

We only accept submissions through our(easy-to-use) online submission manager. Inquiries (only) can bedirected to: versal@wordsinhere.com. Deadline: January 15, 2009.

Many thanks,

Megan M. Garr
Editor, Versal

Broadsided Submission Call Deadline October 15 2008

Empire by Helen Beckman Kaplan (watercolor)


Broadsided invites you to submit poetry and prose in response to the art posted on our website (http://www.broadsidedpress.org/) and attached to this email. Deadline: October 15, 2008. The selected writing will be published at http://www.broadsidedpress.org/ on November 1, 2008.

Responses need not be literal—you may take off in any tangent the work suggests. However, the art and writing must, together, work to create a greater piece. Poems must be 30 lines or shorter; prose pieces under 300 words. We accept submissions only in the BODY of emails (no attachments) sent to "mailto:broadsided@gmail.com" -- for complete guidelines and to see examples of past Switcheroos, visit www.broadsidedpress.org/guides.shtml

Why is it called The Switcheroo? Let us explain:

At Broadsided, a virtual, on-the-streets press that harnesses the tradition of the broadside, we have a group of artists who create visual responses to writing the editors have selected for publication. Each month, we post on our website an original visual/literary collaboration that anyone can download, print, and post -- a gang of Vectors around the country print and post the broadsides in local bus stops, coffee shops, offices, etc. In The Switcheroo, we turn the tables, asking a curator to select a piece of visual art and then soliciting written responses from writers.

This time, artist Elizabeth Terhune has chosen a watercolor by artist Helen Beckman Kaplan entitled "Empire." Helen Beckman Kaplan is a painter from Brooklyn who was educated at Rhode Island School of Design, Tyler School of Art, Indiana University and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has been a resident at Yaddo and Millay Colony, and has exhibited her work in New York at AC Project Room and Edward Thorp Gallery.

Of "Empire," Elizabeth Terhune has this to say:

Helen Beckman Kaplan's watercolor painting, "Empire," of a rather strange bird in an unusual—if not sad—landscape was selected for the Switcheroo because it repeatedly drew my attention even after many viewings. It kept pulling at me.

The bird embodies complex emotions. It is a quizzical creature in a landscape that appears a bit of a shambles, part balustrade, part fog, part rock face. There is an after-the-flood quality that is offset by the quirkiness of the piece. It is simultaneously peaceful while also being unsettling.

The overwhelming feeling is one of remoteness, and it is within this remoteness that I thought a poem might be found.

I like what can't be answered about this image. There is a Rorschach quality of swirling forms within the atmosphere that the bird contemplates. "Memory is a strange Bell—Jubilee, and Knell." I came across that line from one of Emily Dickinson's letters in Richard B. Sewall's wonderful biography of Emily Dickinson. It made me think of this watercolor and then that other American literary treasure, Edgar Allan Poe and his . . . raven.


We look forward to reading the responses that come in -- please feel free to post, forward, and pass along this announcement by any means you see fit.

The Editors


Monday, September 15, 2008

Grandpa's Wine by Gil Fagiani Released by Poets Wear Prada

Poets Wear Prada - Have You Had Your Poetry Today?
Grandpa's Wine: Poems by Gil Fagiani (Poets Wear Prada 2008)
Poems by
Gil Fagiani
SEPTEMBER 15, 2008
ISBN 978-0-9817678-2-6
(soft cover/17 pp.)
$8.00 (+ $1.50 S&H

The inspiration for Fagiani’s latest collection, Grandpa’s Wine, is the immigrant generation of his own family. Through stories, myths, and personal observations, he explores the turmoil facing immigrants everywhere, as they adjust to leaving one homeland, in search of new opportunities in another.

Grandpa’s Wine is written where people make a life among the ruins of a shattered world. Feelings and memories take the place of an old coherence, now lost and never to be replaced. Gil Fagiani’s poems inhabit this world’s poignancy, searching its sorrows with unimpeachable candor and a spare language that perfectly suits its straightforward tastes and its undervalued satisfactions.

Robert Viscusi, author of Astoria: A Novel

Gil Fagiani’s poems celebrate the older generation of Italian immigrants as they collide with America, as they simultaneously hold to old ways and forge new identities. His lean lines describe without judgment, like my grandmother tasting her sister-in-law's rosemary tomato sauce every Sunday, “good, good, good enough,” she would purr. This collection hums with love, but it is a love born of mastery of the ingredients, and the application of great discipline and control.

Angelo Verga, author of 33 New York City Poems

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September 21, 2008, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Hemsptead, NY:
The 16th Annual Italian Experience
The 7th Annual
Poets' and Writers'

A Celebration in Contemporary Italian Culture and the Literary Word
~With Featured Poets & Writers~
Louisa Calio,
Rosemary Cappello,
Dr. Rosetta D’Angelo,
Emily Ferrara,
Diana Festa,
Venera Fazio,
Daniela Gioseffi,
Barbara F. Hoffman,
Maria Lisella,
Rob Marchesani,
Frank Messina,
Jim Pignetti,
Frank Polizzi,
Dr. Anthony J. Tamburri
The Emily and Jerry Spiegel Theater
Hofstra's South Campus
(Hempstead Turnpike)
Hempstead,NY 11549
Join in a day of Italian music, cuisine, dance, foklore, art, theatre, and culture.
Sponsored by The Association of Italian American Educators with Hofstra's Italian Experience
We would like to thank http://www.mythopoetry.com/ for their support!
Info: 516-463-5042
Email: Louisa Calio
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Gil Fagiani Photo Credit: Maria Lisella

Gil Fagiani’s poetry collection, Rooks is set at Pennsylvania Military College in the 1960s (Rain Mountain Press, 2007); his chapbook, Crossing 116th Street: A Blanquito in El Barrio was published by Skidrow Penthouse in 2004. He has translated poetry written from Italian, Abruzzese dialect, and Spanish into English. He co-hosts the monthly literary reading of the Italian American Writers’ Association at the Cornelia Street Café, and is Associate Editor of Feile-Festa: A Literary Arts Journal. Fagiani is a social worker by profession, and directs a residential treatment program for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts in Downtown Brooklyn.

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C/O Roxanne Hoffman
533 Bloomfield Street - 2nd Floor
Hoboken, NJ 07030

POETS WEAR PRADA is a small press based in Hoboken, New Jersey devoted to introducing new authors through limited edition, high- quality chaplets, primarily of poetry.

New press, great authors, a publisher who is one miracle short of sainthood.

-Angelo Verga, Poetry Curator of The Cornelia Street Cafe

Poets Wear Prada is a poetry publishing house with excellent poets and affordable books with beautiful covers. Have you had your poetry today?

-Meredith Sue Willis, Books for Readers

Stylistically, these beautifully designed and produced chaplets bear their own distinctive signature.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

George Spencer is establishing a poetry slam in Quito, Ecuador. The first official open to the public slam is the 30th of September 2008. The venue is Cafelibro which is 5 blocks from 5 universities which have 10,000 students. If you are in the neighborhood or travelling in the vicinity please come by and participate! Contact George by email.

George Spencer está estableciendo un golpe de la poesía en Quito, Ecuador. El primer golpe, abierto al público, es el trigésimo del septiembre de 2008. El golpe ocurrirá en Cafelibro que es 5 bloques a partir de 5 universidades que tengan 10.000 estudiantes. ¡Si usted vive en el área o está viajando en la vecindad por favor viene y participa! Comunique con George por el email.

Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow Poets Anthology is Released

Red Wheelbarrow Poets

ISBN: 978-1-4357-5951-0
Trade Paperback $18.50
E-Book $12.50
200 pp.

There's a marvelous revival of poetry underway in Rutherford, NJ, home of the influential American poet William Carlos Williams. A Symposium on WIlliams has led to a poetry cooperative, several websites, two ongoing workshops, and a monthly reading. The RUTHERFORD RED WHEELBARROW POETS ANTHOLOGY is the living proof of the great vortex of poetic energy that has been created. The book features an unpublished poem by WIlliams and also poets like JOHN BARRALE, CELINE BEAULIEU, SONDRA SINGER BEAULIEU, GEORGE DE GREGORIO, MARK FOGARTY, JIM KLEIN, LOREN KLEINMAN, ZORIDA MOHAMMAD, DEBORAH SCHANTZ, CLAUDIA SEREA and many more!

Congratulations to BRANT LYON and JOHN J. TRAUSE whose works are included in this most excellent anthology!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Monday, September 8, 2008

Mark Terrill's The Salvador -Dalai-Lama Express from Main Street Rag

poems by
Mark Terrill
Main Street Rag, November 2008
softcover, 40pp.

A new 40-page chapbook of Mark Terrill's poems, The Salvador-Dalai-Lama Express, is tentatively scheduled for publication on November 17, 2008. The publisher, Main Street Rag, is offering an advance order discount through November 10th. Until that date, copies of the chapbook can be ordered for $7.00 instead of the regular $10.00 cover price.

To make an advance order, go to Main Street Rag’s Coming Soon Page and place your order via PayPal, which is the preferred method of payment. You'll find separate links for domestic & overseas orders. The advance discount price applies to online sales ONLY.

Both the release date and the size of the press run will be determined in part by the amount of advance sales, so your orders are important, as well as a good way to save some money. You'll also be supporting that endangered species known as the "small press."

Here’s an excerpt from The Salvador-Dalai-Lama Express:


Prosperous in our ignorance,
ignorant in our
the laws of nature
rain down upon us
in our stylish
waxed cotton
designer raincoats.

The hottest summer on record
and we're cooling our drinks
with chunks of ice
broken off from the
polar ice cap as it floats by
the kitchen window.

Other poems in The Salvador-Dalai-Lama Express have appeared or are forthcoming in Babylon Burning: 9/11 Five Years On, Blades, Blue Book, Bordercrossing Berlin, The Café Review, California Quarterly, Chiron Review, Diagram, Eclipse, Gin Bender Poetry Review, Little Horse’s Magazine, Louis Liard Magazine, Mineshaft, New Delta Review, Nth Position, Origin, Poesia, Poetry Salzburg Review, Presa, Red Mountain Review, Salamander, Santa Clara Review, Saranac Review, Shearsman, Spillway, Sulphur River Literary Review, Thunder Sandwich, Upstairs at Duroc, Vox, Vulcan and Water~Stone Review.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

New from Publish America: Starving Swallows by Radomir Luza

Starving Swallows
Radomir Vojtech Luza
Publish America, June 2008
ISBN: 1605637254
ISBN-13: 9781605637259
Trade Paperback
Retail $16.95
($14.95 + $3.50 S&H within USA at publisher's online bookstore)

Starving Swallows carries the spirit of a man locked in a mental hospital, not knowing when or if he will ever leave. It is blue, red and orange. It is pain and victory, humor and disdain. No tragedy. It was written usually at night on top of plastic garbage cans with only the dim corridor light seeing it through. It touches on twenty years of psychotropic medication and the highs and lows of its intake. But fool yourself not, Starving Swallows is a book dedicated to the one emotion that matters more than life itself: love. It eats breakfast with it, swallows lunch and harmonizes dinner. Starving Swallows is dedicated to love, old or new, borrowed or blue, and the mysterious miracle it is.

Radomir Vojtech Luza is a poet/writer/actor/comedian/sometimes lead singer who has had over one hundred poems published in over thirty-five literary journals. Radomir has been featured poet all over the country and has had twelve chapbooks published. He has organized and hoseted six or seven poetry series in north New Jersey, New York City and Los Angelos, and published and edited the literary journals Voices in the Library and California East. Radomir, who has a BA in English from Tudane University in New Orleans, has poetry collection coming out in 2009 from Poets Wear Prada Press, outside New York City in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Publish America

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

New From Wising Up Press: LOVE AFTER 70

September 1, 2008

Heather Tosteson, Nancy Pelletier, and Megan Krivchenia, Editors
Wising Up Press
ISBN 978-0-9796552-4-1
289 pps.
List Price: $16.00

Wising Up Press announces release of a new anthology, Love After 70. It includes the work of Hoboken, New Jersey writer Roxanne Hoffman* and is edited by Heather Tosteson, Nancy Pelletier, and Megan Krivchenia.

Comprised of stories, memoirs and poetry by over fifty accomplished contemporary authors, many over seventy, the collection explores what love—in all its forms—is like after 70. The work is passionate, tender, sensual, grieving, and wise—a wonderful road map for those who haven't arrived yet and a wonderful tribute to those who have. The collection will be of interest to a broad audience

Wising Up Press, located in Decatur, Georgia, is a new small press started by Universal Table, an organization whose purpose is to encourage and support our appreciation of diversity. Its first anthology, Illness & Grace, Terror & Transformation (2007) focused on how people find meaning in illness and trauma. The second, Families: The Frontline of Pluralism (2008) explores the challenges and rewards of our everyday experience living up close and personal, willingly or not, with differences in genes, sensibility, abilities and disabilities, sexual orientation, race, religion, and culture.

All three books are available on their website, www.universaltable.org/bookstore.html, and are also available through major internet booksellers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Wising Up Press
P.O. Box 2122
Decatur, GA 30031-21222

Jill C. Alt ◊ Lois Barr ◊ William Borden ◊ Regina Murray Brault
Patricia Brodie ◊ Anna Chance ◊ Joan Dobbie ◊ Juditha Dowd
Marilynn Dunham ◊ Stephanie Feuer ◊ Bernice M. Fisher
Maureen Tolman Flannery ◊ Emilie George ◊ Maralee Gerke
Ann Goethe ◊ Myrna Goodman ◊ Martha Deborah Hall
Carolyn Harris ◊ Grey Held ◊ Roxanne Hoffman
Phyllis Langton ◊ Martin Lindauer ◊ Christina Lovin
Marsha Mathews ◊ Janice H. Mikesell ◊ Lynn Ruth Miller
Angela Conti Molgaard ◊ Mary O'Dell ◊ Carl Palmer
Nancy Pelletier ◊ Julie Preis ◊ Joyce Richardson
Phil Richardson ◊ Elisavietta Ritchie ◊ Frank Salvidio
Cynthia Sample ◊ Wayne Scheer ◊ Ada Jill Schneider
Alexandrina Sergio ◊ Lucille Gang Shulklapper
Claudette Mork Sigg ◊ Ruth Silin ◊ Roger B. Smith
Paul Sohar ◊ Anna Steegmann ◊ J.J.Steinfeld
Dorothy Stone ◊ Patricia Sullivan ◊ Sylvie Terespolski
Don Thackrey ◊ Sondra Zeidenstein

Monday, September 1, 2008

Blood Dazzler: Poems by Patricia Smith is Out! September 1, 2008

Blood Dazzler
Poems by Patricia Smith
Coffee House Press
Trade Paperback
90 Pages
$16.00 List Price
Order from the Author:
$16.00 + $2 S&H
This book will arrive signed by the author.

In minute-by-minute detail, Patricia Smith tracks Hurricane Katrina as it transforms into a full-blown mistress of destruction. From August 23, 2005, the day Tropical Depression Twelve developed, through August 28 when it became a Category 5 storm with its “scarlet glare fixed on the trembling crescent,” to the heartbreaking aftermath, these poems evoke the horror that unfolded in New Orleans as America watched on television.

Assuming the voices of flailing politicians, the dying, their survivors, and the voice of the hurricane itself, Smith follows the woefully inadequate relief effort and stands witness to the immeasurable losses. An unforgettable reminder that poetry can still be “news that stays news,” Blood Dazzler serves not only as a memorial, but as a necessary step toward national healing.

BLOOD DAZZLER Book Release Party
Friday, September 5, 2008
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery
New York, NY

Brooklyn Book Festival
Sunday, September 14, 2008
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Brooklyn Book Festival
Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza
Brooklyn, NY

Book release party with D. Nurske
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby St. (one blk east of Broadway btwn Houston & Prince)
New York, NY

Dodge Poetry Festival
Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 8:00am
Sunday, September 28, 2008 at 4:00pm
Waterloo Village
Stanhope, NJ

From the soul-shattering drama of everyday life evident in news headlines to the liberating and uplifting power of poetry . . . Smith’s pieces are underscored by a reverence for the raw drama and passion of human existence.
World Literature Today

Spiritual and gutsy, Patricia Smith's satirical poems lay New Orleans bare, with Katrina at the driving wheel..."Blood Dazzler" is a document of feelings whose tinges of the blues capture an urgent witnessing through the natural empathy embedded in praise, woe, and awe.
—Yusef Komunyakaa

With her radiant powers of empathy, her fiercely acute ear for the musical possibilities of American speech, and her undiluted rage, Patricia Smith makes in Katrina's wake a sorrowful, unflinching and glorious book.
—Mark Doty

...full of capricious soul and formal inventiveness....I consider this new book a major literary event.
—Terrance Hayes


New from Archer Books: Rubber Side Down, August 2008

RUBBER SIDE DOWN (Archer Book, 2008)
Rubber Side Down: The Biker Poet Anthology
Edited by Jose (JoeGo) Gouveia
K. Peddler Bridges
ISBN: 1931122199
Paperback, 196pp
Archer Books, August 2008
$16.00 List Price

Rubber Side Down: The Biker Poet Anthology combines poetry, essays and photography that challenge the stereotype of the ‘bad boy’ biker, and chronicle the rise of the biker poet and biker poetry. The contributors to this book include the late Allen Ginsberg and Thom Gunn, Diane Wakoski, and a host of writers from the motorcycle press, including Dr. Martin Jack Rosenblum (Harley-Davidson Historian Emeritus), Susan Buck, and K. Peddlar Bridges. Featuring photos by noted motorcycle photographer, Michael Lichter (Choppers, Heavy Metal Art)

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