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Nov 29 2018

Cave Canem Poetry Prize Reading: Julian Randall

Hear 2017 Cave Canem Poetry Prize winner Julian Randall read from his debut Refuse (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018) of which the final prize judge Vievee Francis says, “Ultimately, these poems renounce. Randall’s work speaks to his refusal to abide by the expected boundaries and binaries set out for him.” Vievee Francis, Darrel Alejandro Holnes, honorable mention for Stepmotherland, and Shayla Lawson, honorable mention for Ti Ador(n)0, kick off the evening with introductory readings. Free and open to the public. Refreshments to follow. This event is co-sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program.

Julian Randall is a Living Queer Black poet from Chicago. He has received fellowships from Callaloo, BOAAT and the Watering Hole and was the 2015 National College Slam (CUPSI) Best Poet. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and the curator of Winter Tangerine Review’s Lineage of Mirrors. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as New York Times MagazineThe Georgia Review and Sixth Finch, as well as the anthologies Portrait in BluesNepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color and New Poetry from the Midwest. He is a MFA candidate for Poetry at Ole Miss.

Vievee Francis is the author of three books of poetry: Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State University Press, 2006), Horse in the Dark (Northwestern University Press, 2016), winner of the Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize for a second collection, and Forest Primeval (Triquarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2016), winner of the Hurston Wright Legacy Award and the 2017 Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in numerous print and online journals, textbooks, and anthologies, including PoetryBest American Poetry 201020142017, and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. She has been a participant in the Cave Canem Workshops, a Poet-in-Residence for the Alice Lloyd Scholars Program at the University of Michigan, and teaches poetry writing in the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop (USA, UK, and Barbados). In 2009 she received a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, and in 2010, a Kresge Fellowship. She serves as an associate editor of Callaloo and an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.

Darrel Alejandro Holnes is a poet and playwright from Panama City, Panama. His poems have been nominated for two Pushcart Prize and were finalists for the “Discovery”/Boston Review Prize. He won the 2017 C.P. Cavafy Poetry Prize for Poetry International and was a finalist for the 2016 Split This Rock! National Poetry Prize, the 2017 National Poetry Series, the BOAAT Poetry Prize, the Rumi Prize in Poetry and Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry. His is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from Cave Canem, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, CantoMundo and Vermont College of Fine Arts Postgraduate Writers Conference, among others. His poems have appeared in American Poetry ReviewPoetry MagazineCallalooBest American Experimental Writing, and elsewhere. Holnes teaches at NYU and is an Assistant Professor of English at CUNY – Medgar Evers College.

Shayla Lawson is the author of I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean (Saturnalia Books, 2018). She is a 2018 Yaddo Artist Colony Fellow, a 2017 MacDowell Fellow, and Writer-in-Residence at Amherst College.

NYU Lillian Vernon House
58 W 10th Street
10003 New York, New York
Nov 27 2018

Time Keeping and Time Travel: A Reading

Enjoy a night of poetry with the participants of Anastacia-Reneé‘s workshop “Time Keeping and Time Travel” as they share new poems that bend, restructure and reimagine “form.” Free and open to the public. Potluck refreshments served.

Cave Canem
Suite 310-A, 20 Jay Street
11201 Brooklyn, New York
Nov 19 2018

Erika Meitner, Hillary Adler, and Kai Carlson-Wee!

Erika Meitner is the author of Inventory at the All-Night Drugstore (Anhinga Press, 2003); Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls (Anhinga Press, 2011); Ideal Cities (HarperCollins, 2010), which was a 2009 National Poetry series winner; and Copia (BOA Editions, 2014). Her fifth book of poems, Holy Moly Carry Me, is due out from BOA Editions in September of 2018. Meitner’s poems have been anthologized widely, and have appeared in publications including Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, and Tin House. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Blue Mountain Center, and she was the 2015 US-UK Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast. She is currently an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she directs the MFA and undergraduate programs in Creative Writing.
Hillary Adler is co-founder of The Warblr, a political humor website fighting the Trump administration one laugh at a time. She holds an MFA from The New School and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Poetry Foundation, Huffington Post, Bustle, Marie Claire, Public Pool, and elsewhere. She curates and co-hosts The Red Room Poetry Series at KGB Bar in NYC, and can be found on twitter @HillaryAdler
Kai Carlson-Wee is the author of RAIL, forthcoming from BOA Editions. He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and his work has appeared in Ploughshares, Best New Poets, TriQuarterly, Blackbird, Crazyhorse, and The Missouri Review, which selected his poems for their 2013 Editor’s Prize. His photography has been featured in Narrative Magazine and his poetry film, Riding the Highline, received jury awards at the 2015 Napa Valley Film Festival and the 2016 Arizona International Film Festival. With his brother Anders, he has co-authored two chapbooks, Mercy Songs (Diode Editions) and Two-Headed Boy (Organic Weapon Arts), winner of the 2015 Blair Prize. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, he lives in San Francisco and teaches poetry at Stanford University.

KGB Bar & Lit Mag
85 E 4th St
10003 New York, New York
Nov 10 2018

Louisiana Book Festival

The Louisiana Book festival is a free, single day festival held in the heart of downtown Baton Rouge in the Louisiana State Capitol, State Library of Louisiana, Capitol Park Museum, and tents on neighboring streets  It features more than 250 authors and panelists discussing their books and more than 100 programs, includes the Young Readers Pavilion, where children and parents can enjoy storytelling and performances; Teen HQ, featuring bestselling and award winning young adult authors; live musical performances; cooking demos; and a wide variety of book-related activities and exhibitors. For more information visit http://www.louisianabookfestival.org/

Louisiana State Capitol, State Library of Louisiana, Capitol Park Museum, and tents on neighboring streets
701 N 4th Street
70802 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Oct 28 2018

Page Meet Stage: Sharon Olds & Ocean Vuong

An American icon meets her former student who is bound for greatness.
The series, often called “where the Pulitzer Prize meets the poetry slam,” is like no other poetry reading series anywhere. Each month, for over 10 years, two different poets, one who writes primarily for the page and another who is more performance oriented, take the stage together and read back and forth, poem for poem. It is not a slam or competition in any way. Check out YouTube to see some of the more memorable moments in the series, or go to PageMeetsStage.com for the complete schedule. Tickets are $12 (but discounted if purchased online and early). Call 646-543-5232 for more information.
Doors open 5:45 p.m. Show starts 6:00 and ends 7:30 p.m.
Admission fee: $10.00
Sheen Center
18 Bleecker St
10012 New York, New York


given his showing up to teach at the U 
disheveled, jittery cigarette and cigarette and probably 
the drink, losing the very way there 
over river, river of all song, all American story 
which starts way north of St. Paul quiet or undone 
wandering south, not 
enraged mostly, something stranger. 
That’s one epic
The drizzle-slicked cobblestone alleys 
of some city; 
                      and the brickwork back 
of the lumbering Galapagos tortoise 
they'd set me astride, at the "petting zoo"....

The taste of our squabble still in my mouth 
the next day; 
                      and the brackish puddles sectioning 
Never until the mankind making
Bird beast and flower
Fathering and all humbling darkness
Tells with silence the last light breaking 
And the still hour
Is come of the sea tumbling in harness

And I must enter again the round
Zion of the water bead
And the synagogue of the ear of corn
Shall I let pray the shadow