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Sep 11 2015

Writers Block A Festival of Staged Readings to Benefit the Actors Fund

Carol Muske-Dukes
I Married the Ice-Pick Killer

Please come to a staged reading of “I Married the Ice-Pick Killer” at the Howl Happening Gallery, 5 East 1st St., NYC (Between Bowery & Second Ave.)

A new play by acclaimed poet, novelist, and essayist, Carol Muske-Dukes
The actors: Caroline Kinsolving, David Joseph, Victoria Vance, Christopher Smith,
Iris McQuillan-Grace, and Ann Pelligrini –– Directed by Christopher Grabowski


Writers Block reaffirms Howl! Arts and Howl! Happening’s commitment to showcasing the vision of contemporary writers, performers, and artists. The festival also serves to support Howl! HELP’s mission to provide emergency financial assistance and social service support to artists. 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Actors Fund. For information: howlarts.org.


BENEFIT TICKET PRICES:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2105772 $8 In Advance (for all plays in the festival) / $10 At Door / $50 Festival Pass available at Howl! Happening

***100% of the proceeds from ticket sales go to the Actors Fund

Admission fee: $10.00
7:00pm
Howl Happening Gallery
5 East 1st St.
(Between Bowery & Second Ave.)
10003 New York, New York
Dec 09 2015

The Poet as Memoirist: Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light (Knopf, 2015) and three books of poetry. Her collection Life on Mars won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. Duende won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. The Body’s Question was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers Award in 2004 and a Whiting Award in 2005. In 2014 the Academy of American Poets awarded Smith with the Academy Fellowship, awarded to one poet each year to recognize distinguished poetic achievement.

Moderated by Honor Moore, nonfiction coordinator, Creative Writing Program. 

6:30pm
The New School, Wollman Hall
65 W. 11th Street, 5th floor (Room 500)
10011 New York, New York
Sep 10 2015 to Sep 12 2015

The 10th Annual Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

The festival begins Thursday night with a film about the creation of the US Forest Service. Friday and Saturday almost 30 authors including NC Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson, Sara Gruen and Wiley Cash will present free readings.

The Friday night banquet with Jay Erskine Leutze and Saturday night's "Conversation With Barbara Kingsolver and Ann Patchett" are ticketed events. Four writing workshops and a nature walk require registration and tickets.  More information is at cmlitfest.org

7:00pm to 10:00pm
Burnsville Town Center
6 South Main Street
28714 Burnsville, North Carolina
Oct 03 2015

Reading With Lyric Hunter, Bill Berkson and Lewis Warsh

Reading at Berl's Featuring
Lyric Hunter, Bill Berkson and Lewis Warsh

Free. More information here: http://www.berlspoetry.com/events/2015/10/3/lyric-hunter-bill-berkson-lewis-warsh 

4:00pm
Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop
126a Front St (Between Jay St and Adams St)
11201 Brooklyn, New York
Sep 11 2015

Reading with Jackie Wang, Christopher Nealon and Jackqueline Frost

JACKIE WANG, CHRISTOPHER NEALON AND JACKQUELINE FROST

  • Friday, September 11, 2015
  • 7:00pm  9:00pm
7:00pm
Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop
126a Front St (Between Jay St and Adams St)
11201 Brooklyn, New York

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poem
At cold daybreak
we wind
up the mountainside
to Haleakala Crater.
Our hands knot
under the rough of
your old army blanket.

We pass protea
and carnation farms
in Kula,
drive through
desolate rockfields.

Upon this one place
on Earth,
from the ancient
lava rivers,
silverswords rise,
startled
into starbursts
by
poem
Like Brooms of Steel  
The Snow and Wind  
Had swept the Winter Street -
The House was hooked  
The Sun sent out   
Faint Deputies of Heat -
Where rode the Bird  
The Silence tied  
His ample - plodding Steed
The Apple in the Cellar snug  
Was all the one that played.
poem
Little fly,
Thy summer’s play
My thoughtless hand
Has brushed away.

Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?

For I dance
And drink and sing,
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.

If thought is life
And strength and breath,
And the want
Of thought is death,

Then am I
A happy fly,
If I live