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Sep 24 2018

Cafe Muse Reading Series

Poets Wendell Hawken and Susan Okie will read from their work, and an open mic will follow. The evening starts with classical guitar by Michael C. Davis and includes refreshments. The Village of Friendship Heights Center is a five-minute walk from the Friendship Heights Metro Rail station.

Cafe Muse is a longstanding monthly poetry series in the Friendship Heights neighborhood of Chevy Chase, MD, featuring nationally and internationally recognized poets. The series is sponsored by The Word Works:

7:00pm to 9:00pm
Village of Friendship Heights
4433 S. Park Avenue
20815 Chevy Chase, Maryland
Sep 25 2018

Readings by Rodney Koeneke and Fred Moten

Rodney Koeneke’s most recent book of poems, Body & Glass, was published by Wave Books in 2018. Other collections include Etruria (Wave Books, 2014), Musee Mechanique (BlazeVOX, 2006), and Rouge State (Pavement Saw Press, 2003). His work has appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, Fence, Granta, Harper’s, Harriet, Nation, Poetry, Zyzzyva, and elsewhere. An early member of the Flarf collective, he was active in the San Francisco Bay Area poetry scene until he moved in 2006 to Portland, Oregon, where he teaches in the history department at Portland State University.

Fred Moten teaches in the department of performance studies at New York University. His most recent work is the trilogy consent not to be a single being, which was published by Duke University Press in 2017–18. He and Stefano Harney are authors of All Incomplete, forthcoming next year from Minor Compositions/Autonomedia. In 2018 Moten received the Roy Lichtenstein Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and was named a United States Artists Writing Fellow.

Admission fee: $10.00
535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor
10011 New York, New York
Sep 25 2018

September U35 Reading Series w/Mass Poetry

September's U35 will be held at Trident Booksellers & Cafe, and will feature Noah Augustine, Thomas Mixon, and Melissa "Meezy" Saunders.

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Trident Booksellers & Cafe
338 Newbury Street
02115 Boston, Massachusetts
Sep 25 2018

Beach=Culture: Red Hen Press

Red Hen Press presents Bradley Bazzle, Cai Emmons, Tammy Lynne Stoner, Brittany Ackerman, and Ryka Aoki for an evening of poetry at the Annenberg Community Beach House, starting at 6:30 PM. The event is free.

Tammy Lynne Stoner’s work has been selected for more than a dozen anthologies and literary journals. She was nominated for a Million Writers Award and earned her MFA from Antioch University. Stemming from what her grandmother calls her “gypsy blood”, Tammy has lived in 15 cities, working as a biscuit maker, a medical experimentee, a forklift operator, a gas station attendant, and a college instructor, among other odd jobs. She is the creator of Dottie’s Magic Pockets and the Publisher of Gertrude, based in in Portland, OR, where she lives with her lady-friend, Karena, and their three kids.

Ryka Aoki is an author, composer, and teacher who was honored by the California State Senate for “extraordinary commitment to the visibility and well-being of Transgender people.” Ryka is a two-time Lambda Award finalist, and two of her compositions were adopted as “songs of peace” by the American Association of Hiroshima Nagasaki A-Bomb Survivors. Ryka has an MFA from Cornell University and is professor of English at Santa Monica College.

Red Hen Press is a place for writers’ work to be published and celebrated; it is a literary family for a diversity of voices that articulate the variety of human experience. The Press has been in partnership with Beach=Culture since the 2009 opening season. Past Beach House readers include Camille T. Dungy, Ilya Kaminsky, Susan Straight and Ron Carlson, recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction and a National Society of Arts and Letters Literature Award. 

Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy
90402 Santa Monica, California
Sep 26 2018

Book Launch & Poetry Reading by Harriet Levin & E. Ethelbert Miller

Please join us for a poetry reading with Harriet Levin and E. Ethelbert Miller!
In My Oceanography Levin plunges into psychic depths to confront desire, fear and loss. These poems expand borders as her language strives toward transcendence. The life and work of post-minimalist sculptor Eva Hesse serves as a starting point, yet these poems extend far beyond ekphrasis in their imaginative renderings of Hesse's life against the demands of her art. In exploring the persona's struggle to create art, Levin's poems engage the reader and connect us to the demands of work, marriage and the everyday.
Prize winning poet and novelist Harriet Levin has been combining her writing with activism for over twenty years. The author of the newly released poetry book, My Oceanography, her two previous collections include The Christmas Show (chosen by Eavan Boland for the Barnard New Women Poets Prize and the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award) and Girl in Cap and Gown (a National Poetry Series Finalist). Her debut novel, How Fast Can You Run, a Novel Based on the Life of Lost Boy of Sudan Michael Majok Kuch came out of a One Book, One Philadelphia writing project she founded with her family and students to help reunite several Lost Boys of Sudan with their mothers living abroad. She has written for The Forward, PEN America, The Smart Set, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares and other journals. She holds a MFA from the University of Iowa and teaches creative writing and directs The Certificate Program in Writing and Publishing at Drexel University.
E. Ethelbert Miller is a writer and literary activist. He is the author of several collections of poetry and two memoirs. For fourteen years he has been the editor of Poet Lore, the oldest poetry magazine published in the United States. Miller has been a Fulbright Senior Specialist Program Fellow to Israel in 2004 and 2012. He has taught at several universities and currently serves on the faculty at the University of Houston/Victoria. Miller’s poetry has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, German, Hungarian, Chinese, Farsi, Norwegian, Tamil and Arabic.
Miller is host of the weekly morning radio show On the Margin which airs on WPFW-FM 89.3 and the host and producer of The Scholars on UDC-TV. On April 19, 2015, he was inducted into the Washington DC Hall of Fame. In 2016, Miller received the AWP George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature and the DC Mayor's Arts Award for Distinguished Honor. The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller, published in 2016 by Willow Books, is a comprehensive collection that represents over 40 years of his career as a poet. Miller’s most recent book is If God Invented Baseball, published by City Point Press.
Penn Book Center
130 South 34th Street
19104 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sep 26 2018

A Reading by Sara Nicholson

Poet Sara Nicholson reads from her work as part of the Holloway Series in Poetry, which is sponsored by the English Department at the University of California at Berkeley.

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University of California Berkeley
315 Wheeler Hall Maude Fife Room
94720 Berkeley, California
Sep 26 2018

Poets on Craft: Lillian-Yvonne Bertram and Jennifer Chang

Hear two exceptional poets read from and discuss their work in this intimate meeting-of-the-minds, co-presented with Kundiman. Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is the author of But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise (Red Hen Press, 2012), chosen by Claudia Rankine as the winner of the 2010 Benjamin Saltman Award. Jennifer Chang's Some Say the Lark (Alice James Books, 2017) won the 2018 William Carlos Williams Award, and was long-listed for the PEN Open Book Award. Cave Canem fellow Camonghne Felix moderates. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served. Co-sponsored by the New School Creative Writing Program.
Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is an Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing Program MFA at UMass Boston. She is a Cave Canem fellow and author of Personal Science (Tupelo Press, 2017); a slice from the cake made of air (Red Hen Press 2016); and But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise (Red Hen Press, 2012), chosen by Claudia Rankine as the winner of the 2010 Benjamin Saltman Award. Bertram’s other publications include the chapbook cutthroat glamours (Phantom Books, 2012), winner of the Phantom Books chapbook award; the artist book Grand Dessein (commissioned by Container Press), a mixed media artifact on the work of artist Paul Klee and was recently acquired by the Special Collections library at St. Lawrence University; and Tierra Fisurada (Editoriales del Duende, 2002), a Spanish poetry chapbook published in Argentina. She interviewed the artist Laylah Ali for the exhibition booklet of Ali's 2017 art show The Acephalous Series. Bertram has published poetry, prose, and essays in numerous journals. Her honors include a 2017 Harvard University Woodberry Poetry Room Creative Grant, a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, finalist nomination for the 2013 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and others.
Jennifer Chang is the author of The History of Anonymity (University of Georgia Press, 2008) and Some Say the Lark (Alice James Books, 2017), which was long-listed for the PEN Open Book Award and won the 2018 William Carlos Williams Award. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications, including American Poetry Review, The Nation, The New Yorker, Poetry, and A Public Space. Chang also has poems and essays forthcoming in New England Review, New Literary History, The New York Times, and Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian Pacific American Literature and Culture. She co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman, an organization that supports Asian American writers, and teaches creative writing and literature at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Camonghne Felix, M.A. has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, Poets House and is an alumnus of the NYU Arts Politics M.A. program and the Bard MFA program. The 2012 Pushcart Prize nominee is the author of the chapbook Yolk (Penmanship Books, 2015), was recently listed by Black Youth Project as a "Black Girl from the Future You Should Know," and has been published in various publications, including Poetry, Academy of American Poets, Buzzfeed Reader, Teen Vogue, PEN America, The Brooklyn Rail, The Offing, and The Shallow Ends. A political strategist during the day, Camonghne represents high profile individuals, nonprofits, and advocacy organizations in all media and government interactions, helping clients influence the local and national issues that matter most to their communities. Her debut collection of poems, Build Yourself a Boat, was a 2017 University of Wisconsin Press Brittingham & Pollak Prize finalist, a 2017 Fordham University Poets Out Loud semi-finalist, and is forthcoming from Haymarket Books in 2019.
The New School, Wollman Hall
65 West 11th Street
10011 New York, New York
Sep 26 2018

MFA/Mass Poetry: Poets in the Galleries

In fall of 2018—from September through November—three poets will act as Poets in Residence at the galleries in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The workshops will take place on Wednesday evenings, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (On Wednesday nights after 4 p.m., admission is by voluntary contribution). The workshops are designed to be drop-in (although you can stay for the whole time if you like!) No poetry experience is required.
Once you write a poem based on the exhibit, you can submit it here. It might be featured online (on the Mass Poetry or MFA website), chosen as a Poem of the Moment by Mass Poetry, or excerpted for a Raining Poetry installation!
Regie Gibson will lead a workshop at the "French Pastels" exhibit on September 5, 12, 19, and 26.
Kathi Aguero will lead a workshop at the "Shelf Life" exhibit on October 3, 10, 17, and 24.
Krysten Hill will lead a workshop at the "Cecilia Vicuña: Disappeared Quipu" exhibit on October 31, and November 7, 14, and 28.
For more information, visit:
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Ave
02115 Boston, Massachusetts
Sep 26 2018

A Reading by Peter Gizzi

Peter Gizzi is an internationally recognized poet and the author of several collections of poetry, including Archeophonics (Finalist for the National Book Award, Wesleyan, 2016), In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems 1987-2011 (Wesleyan, 2014), Threshold Songs (Wesleyan, 2011), The Outernationale (Wesleyan, 2007), Some Values of Landscape and Weather (Wesleyan, 2003), Artificial Heart (Burning Deck, 1998), and Periplum (Avec Books, 1992).
He has been the poetry editor for The Nation, co-founded and edited o·blēk: a journal of language arts, and since 2003 has served as contributing editor to the journal Conjunctions. Other editorial projects include The Exact Change Yearbook (Exact Change/Carcanet, 1995), The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan, 1998), and with Kevin Killian, My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan, 2008).
A professor in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Gizzi has also taught for Brown University, the University of California, Santa Cruz, the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics Summer Program at Naropa, the University of New Orleans Summer Program in Madrid, Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa, and Cambridge University.
His honors include the Peter I.B. Lavan Younger Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets (1994) and fellowships in poetry from the Fund for Poetry (1993), the Rex Foundation (1993), Howard Foundation (1998), the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (1999), and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2005). In 2011, he was the Judith E. Wilson Visiting Fellow in Poetry at Cambridge University.
Woodland Pattern Book Center
720 E. Locust Street
53212 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Sep 26 2018

Poetry off the Shelf: Grady Chambers & Henri Cole

Join us for a reading with Grady Chambers from his debut collection, North American Stadiums, selected as the winner of the inaugural Milkweed Editions Max Ritvo Poetry Prize. Chambers was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.

Henri Cole, who judged the prize, is the author of numerous collections, including Touch: Poems, Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, Pierce the Skin: Selected Poems 1982–2007, and Pulitzer Prize finalist and Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner Middle Earth.
Cosponsored with Milkweed Editions.
Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
60654 Chicago, Illinois