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Mar 21 2018

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Writers Speak Wednesdays with Jericho Brown

Stony Brook Southampton MFA in Creative Writing & Literature presents Writers Speak Wednesdays with poet Jericho Brown on March 21, 2019, 7 p.m., in the Radio Lounge on the second floor of Chancellors Hall at Stony Brook Southampton.

Brown is the author of two books of poetry. The New Testament (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), which received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, was described by Yusef Komunyakaa as a chronicle of “life and death, personal rituals and blasphemies, race and nation, the good and the bad” that illuminates “scenarios of self-interrogation and near redemption.” His first collection of poetry, Please (New Issues, 2008), won the 2009 American Book Award. The collection has received tremendous praise since its release; Ilya Kaminsky notes: “His lyrics are memorable, muscular, majestic. His voice in these lines is alive—something that is quite rare in his generation of very bookish and very ironic poetics. Brown’s poems are living on the page, and they give the reader that much: a sense of having been alive fully, if only for a duration of 75 pages of this volume. Indeed, Jericho Brown’s first book is one of those rare things: a debut of a master poet.”

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Chancellors Hall at Stony Brook Southampton
39 Tuckahoe Road
11968 Southampton, New York
Mar 20 2018

First and Last Word Poetry

Doors open 6:30 pm. Third Tuesday of every month, with different featured poets each time, and a chance to read your own work during the open mic section at the end.
Hosted by Harris Gardner and Gloria Mindock
Tickets: $4
Admission fee: $4.00
Center for Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue
02143 Somerville, Massachusetts
Mar 21 2018

Six Points Reading Series ft. Jenny Molberg, Erin Adair-Hodges, and Sarah Nordgren

This March we are pleased to welcome Jenny Molberg, Erin Adair-Hodges, and Sarah Nordgren. 

JENNY MOLBERG won the 2014 Berkshire Prize for her debut collection, Marvels of the Invisible (Tupelo Press, 2017). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, Poetry International, North American Review, Copper Nickel, The New Guard, The Adroit Journal, Mississippi Review, and other journals. She is the recipient of the 2013 Third Coast poetry prize, was featured in Best New Poets 2014, and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In 2017, she was the Mark Strand scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference. Molberg holds an MFA from American University and a PhD from the University of North Texas. She currently teaches at the University of Central Missouri and is Co-editor of Pleiades.

ERIN ADAIR-HODGES is the winner of the 2016 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for her first poetry collection Let’s All Die Happy, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press as part of the Pitt Poetry Series in 2017. A poet/essayist born and raised in New Mexico, Erin earned an MFA from the University of Arizona and then quit poetry; eight years later, her first accepted poem won The Georgia Review‘s Loraine Williams Prize. Her work can also be seen now or in Boulevard, Crazyhorse, Green Mountains Review, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Radar, and more. Erin is currently the Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Toledo.

SARAH ROSE NORDGREN is a poet, teacher, and intergenre text artist. Her two books of poetry are Best Bones (2014), winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, and Darwin’s Mother, which is recently released from University of Pittsburgh Press in November 2017. Her poems and essays appear widely in periodicals such as Agni, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review Online, Copper Nickel, and American Poetry Review, and she creates video and performance text art in collaboration with Kathleen Kelley under the name Smart Snow.

Books available for sale following the reading.

7:30pm to 9:00pm
Unabridged Bookstore
3251 N Broadway
60657 Chicago , Illinois
Mar 21 2018

Launch of From Our Hearts to Yours: New Narrative as Contemporary Practice

Join us for the east coast launch of From Our Hearts to Yours: New Narrative as Contemporary Practice (published by ON Contemporary Practice), the first comprehensive anthology of essays on New Narrative writing and community practices written primarily by a younger generation of poets and poet-scholars. With editors Rob Halpern and Robin Tremblay-McGaw, and contributors Thom Donovan, Ariel Goldberg, Ted Rees, Kathy Lou Schultz, Brian Teare, Trace Peterson, Kaplan Harris, and others.

Admission fee: $8.00
The Poetry Project
131 E 10th Street
10003 New York, New York
Mar 22 2018

The New Salon: Reading and Conversation Kaveh Akbar, with Deborah Landau

The New Salon series brings writers into an intimate setting to discuss the implications of their work and craft.
Kaveh Akbar's debut full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, was published in 2017 with Alice James in the US and Penguin in the UK, and his chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, was published by Sibling Rivalry Press. Kaveh founded and edits Divedapper, a home for dialogues with the most vital voices in contemporary poetry. The recipient of a 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and currently lives and teaches in Florida.
Co-Sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program
Free and open to the public.
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street
New York University
10003 New York, New York


In the middle of every field,
obscured from the side by grass
or cornhusks, is a clearing where
she works burying swans alive
into the black earth. She only
buries their bodies, their wings.
She packs the dirt tight around
their noodle necks & they shake
like long eyelashes in a hurricane.
She makes me feed
A cry was heard among the trees,
not a man's, something deeper.
The forest extended up one side
the mountain and down the other. 
None wanted to ask what had made
the cry. A bird, one wanted to say,
although he knew it wasn't a bird.
The sun climbed to the mountaintop,  
and slid back down the other side.

I sit and meditate—my dog licks her paws
on the red-brown sofa
so many things somehow
it all is reduced to numbers letters figures
without faces or names only jagged lines
across the miles half-shadows
going into shadow-shadow then destruction         the infinite light

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