poetry in your ears

November 30, 2020

If recent publications are any indication, poetry readers are also eager to listen. Several poets have issued audio versions of their latest books at the same time as the books themselves. For example,
Margaret Atwood, Dearly
Jericho Brown, The Tradition
Barbara Kingsolver, How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons)
Aimee Nezhukumatathil, World of Wonders

In addition, here are some other places to find audio poetry:

Happy listening!

Thursday poetry

November 11, 2020

Beyond Baroque and the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books are two venerable L.A. literary institutions. This year, due to COVID-19, the Festival of Books, and the Poetry Stage, had to be canceled, though virtual events are ongoing (see daily calendar at the FoB link above).

This Thursday, November 19, 2020, 6:00pm, Beyond Baroque will present the first installment of The Poetry Stage Redux, featuring Sara Borjas, Nickole Brown, Cyrus Cassells, Victoria Chang, Cathy Colman, Megan Fernandes, Jane Hirshfield, Jessica Jacobs, John Murillo, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil. The reading event will be streamed live via Crowd Cast and is free with advance registration.

Additional broadcasts will be streamed December 3, 10, and 17, 2020.

today, times three!

October 21, 2020

Today, Wednesday, October 21, 2020, is a big day for poetry. Here are links to three terrific virtual events that should be enormously inspiring (times are Pacific):

At 12:30pm, U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo reads and discusses her work as part of the October 19-23 celebration, Always Indigenous: Fifty Years of the Chief Seattle Club.

At 5:00pm, Dear America Town Hall —Real Patriotism: The Art of Activism and Protest features readings and discussion by Sherwin Bitsui, Fenton Johnson, Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Debra Marquart, facilitated by Terrain.org editor-in-chief Simmons Buntin.

At 7:30pm, Town Hall Seattle presents Kathleen Flenniken in conversation with fellow poet Sharon Bryan.

Enjoy!

Congratulations to the 175 writers, scholars, artists, and scientists who have been named winners of 2020 Guggenheim fellowships. The impressive list includes the following poets:

  • Michael Dickman, Poet, Princeton, New Jersey; Lecturer in Creative Writing, Princeton University
  • Janice N. Harrington, Poet, Champaign, Illinois; Professor of English, University of Illinois
  • Ada Limón, Poet, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Philip Metres, Poet, University Heights, Ohio; Professor of English, John Carroll University
  • Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Poet, Oxford, Mississippi; Professor of English, University of Mississippi
  • Lisa Olstein, Poet, Austin, Texas; Professor, Department of English, University of Texas at Austin
  • Jana Prikryl, Poet, Brooklyn, New York
  • Diane Seuss, Poet, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Brian Teare, Poet, Charlottesville, Virginia; Associate Professor of Creative Writing, University of Virginia

“Guggenheim Fellowships are grants to selected individuals made for a minimum of six months and a maximum of twelve months. Since the purpose of the Guggenheim Fellowship program is to help provide Fellows with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, grants are made freely. No special conditions attach to them, and Fellows may spend their grant funds in any manner they deem necessary to their work.”

have you seen this?

June 12, 2017

SAL Poetry

The 2017-2018 lineup for the Seattle Arts and Lectures Poetry Series is now posted and tickets are on sale. There are six events between October and May, featuring speakers Stephen (Steph) Burt; A.E. Stallings; Gregory Orr; Tyehimba Jess; Rachel McKibbens, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, and Javier Zamora; and Aimee Nezhukumatathil. The SAL Literary Arts Series features another six lectures. Get these on your calendar, and get your tickets before they sell out!

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