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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 10 2018

New Works: Marcus Jackson, Amanda Johnston and Dustin Pearson

Come celebrate the recent publications of new work by three extraordinary Cave Canem poets. Marcus Jackson is the author of Neighborhood Register (CavanKerry Press, 2011) and most recently, Pardon My Heart (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2018), of which Peter Covino feted as “a lyrically complex, beautifully integrated collection.” Amanda Johnston‘s debut Another Way to Say Enter (Argus House Press, 2017) holds poems that possess “A beautifully crafted, fierce and compelling voice” as said by Cave Canem co-founder Toi Derricotte. Dustin Pearson is the author of  Millennial Roost (Eyewear Publishing, 2018), a debut of which Jericho Brown says is “a beautifully necessary book.” Free and open to the public. Refreshments served. This event is co-sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program.

Marcus Jackson earned a BA from the University of Toledo and continued his poetry studies at NYU and as a Cave Canem fellow. His poems have appeared in such publications as The American Poetry ReviewThe New Yorker, and Tin House. His first collection of poetry, Neighborhood Register was released in 2011 by CavanKerry Press. His second collection, Pardon My Heart (Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly Books), is out this year.  He lives with his partner and son in Columbus, Ohio, and he teaches in the MFA programs at Ohio State and Queens University of Charlotte.

Amanda Johnston earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Southern Maine. She is the author of two chapbooks, GUAP and Lock & Key, and the full-length collection Another Way to Say Enter (Argus House Press, 2017). Her poetry and interviews have appeared in numerous online and print publications, among them, CallalooPoetryPuerto del SolMuzzlePluck!, and the anthologies, Fulldi-ver-cityThe Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, and Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism. The recipient of multiple Artist Enrichment grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Christina Sergeyevna Award from the Austin International Poetry Festival, she is a member of the Affrilachian Poets and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. Johnston teaches at the Stonecoast MFA program, is a co-founder of Black Poets Speak Out, and founder and executive director of Torch Literary Arts.

Dustin Pearson is the author of Millennial Roost (Eyewear Publishing, 2018), and a McKnight Doctoral Fellow in Creative Writing at Florida State University. The recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Pearson has served as the editor of Hayden’s Ferry Review and a Director of the Clemson Literary Festival. He won the Academy of American Poets Katharine C. Turner Prize and holds an MFA from Arizona State University. His work appears in Blackbird, Vinyl Poetry, Bennington Review, and elsewhere.

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NYU Lillian Vernon House
58 W 10th Street
10003 New York, New York
Oct 09 2018

New Works: Tim Seibles, Safiya Sinclair and Jacqueline Allen Trimble

Enjoy a display of exceptional poetry showcasing new collections by Cave Canem faculty, fellows and friends. Heralded by Martin Espada as “a poet of extraordinary sensitivity,” Tim Seibles is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently One Turn Around the Sun (Etruscan Press, 2017). Safiya Sinclair is the author of Cannibal (University of Nebraska Press, 2016), which Publisher’s Weekly calls a “stunning debut collection.” Jacqueline Allen Trimble‘s debut collection American Happiness was published by NewSouth Books in 2016 and recognized by Mark Childress as “timely and timeless, elegant and brutal, wise and innocent.” Free and open to the public. Refreshments served. Co-sponsored with The New School Creative Writing Program.

Tim Seibles is the author of six collections of poetry, including Body Moves (1988), Hurdy-Gurdy (1992), Hammerlock (1999), Buffalo Head Solos (2004), and Fast Animal (2012), which won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, received the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and was nominated for a 2012 National Book Award. His latest work of poetry, One Turn Around the Sun was published by Etruscan Press in 2017. His poems have been published in the Indiana Review, Black Renaissance Noire, Cortland Review, Ploughshares Massachusetts Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and numerous other literary journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry. Seibles lives and teaches at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Safiya Sinclair is a poet and librettist born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is the author of Cannibal (University of Nebraska Press, 2016), winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Addison M. Metcalf Award, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Poetry, the Phillis Wheatley Book Award, and the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Cannibal was selected as one of the American Library Association’s “Notable Books of the Year,” and was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award, as well as being longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize. Sinclair’s other honors include a Pushcart Prize, a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, fellowships from Yaddo, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her poems have appeared in The New YorkerGranta, The Nation, PoetryKenyon Review, Oxford American, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in poetry at the University of Virginia, and is currently a PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.

Jacqueline Allen Trimble is a Cave Canem Fellow and an Alabama State Council on the Arts Literary Fellow. Her poetry has appeared in various print and online journals including The Louisville Review, The Offing, and Blue Lake Review.  Published by NewSouth Books, American Happiness, won the 2016 Balcones Poetry Prize.  Jennifer Horne, the poet laureate of Alabama, wrote about the collection “Her grace is in the anger distilled to the bitter draft you savor as it bites,” and Honoree Jeffers, the 2018 Harper Lee Award Winner for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer, said, “I longed for her kind of poetry, these cut-to-the flesh poems, this verse that sings the old time religion of difficult truths with new courage and utter sister-beauty.  And I am so grateful for her gift, her grown-woman poetics.” Trimble lives and writes in Montgomery, Alabama, where she is a professor of English and chairs the Department of Languages and Literatures at Alabama State University.

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The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street
10011 New York, New York
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 the 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 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



To hold the bird and not to crush her, that is the secret. Sand turned too quickly to cement and who cares if the builders lose their arms? The musk of smoldered rats on sticks that trailed their tails through tunnels underground. Trickster of light, I walk your cobbled alleys all night long and drink your salt.


Each crisp autumn
there are fewer leaves, more clarity—
light cycles of the haymound
odors of late roses
rivers rushing where we
once meandered
content in the casual chaos of each
season, plotting no espionage
because we did not know
the world as terror then.


Hung up on
my hearing
and deep in whose
one too many
nights and never
a black-out
Doing the best
I can, only a man
It hurts me too
Blues in the night
Verlaine Blues
sitting here thinking
a blues for Anne
(all nerves)
and mine