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Jun 29 2016

Book Launch for Blue Hallelujahs

Join Cynthia Manick in the launch of her debut book of poetry Blue Hallelujahs (Black Larence Press). Special guests include Amber Atiya, Linda Susan Jackson, Tyehimba Jess, Leigh Stein, and Ed Toney.  

Advanced Praise for Blue Hallelujahs - "What we remember is what we become. Rocking chairs holding mothers and "animals that root the ground for peaches, bones and stars." In Blue Hallelujahs Cynthia Manick holds fast to what brought us across. These are not the things you will hear about Black people on the nightly news. But they remain the things that lock the arms of Black people around Black people when we need what we need to keep moving on. I am so grateful to this sweet box of sacred words."
—Nikky Finney, Author of Head Off & Split, Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry

6:30pm to 9:00pm
138 S. Oxford St
11217 Brooklyn, New York
Jun 30 2016

Longfellow: How a Poet Became a Millionaire

From the time he relinquished the Smith Professorship of Modern Languages at Harvard in 1854 until his death in 1882, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a professional poet, a feat which no one in the United States had previously pulled off. He and the family not only survived, but thrived. Literary Historian Rob Velella joins us to tell the story of how Longfellow's popularity and business acumen made him a millionaire.

Please call (617)876-4491 or email reservationsat105@gmail.com to sign up!

Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site
105 Brattle St
02138 Cambridge , Massachusetts
Jul 08 2016

Dave Day

Dave, born into slavery, lived for the first three-quarters of the 19th century in the Edgefield District of South Carolina. Thirsty for knowledge, he dared to challenge anti-slave-literacy laws by learning to read and write. He left an indelible record of his life and times in a series of original poems inscribed on his pots. This is the moment to celebrate him, for David Drake, as he was known after Freedom came, has just been inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame!

The celebration begins in Aiken at 6:00 pm on Friday, July 8 at the Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. SW. At the opening reception, experts on Southern Folk Pottery will exhibit examples from their collections and discuss them with attendees. Author Lucinda Clark will offer a program of local children reading poems inspired by Dave’s writings. Filmmaker George Wingard will present the prize-winning documentary film “Discovering Dave.” Refreshments will be served.

On Saturday, July 9, the celebration moves to Edgefield’s historic Courthouse Square. Festivities will begin at 11:00 am with live bluegrass music. Area artisans, including award-winning woodcarver Ike Carpenter, will demonstrate their skills. Master potter Justin Guy will recount the story of Edgefield Pottery in his newly opened studio, The Phoenix Factory. A blacksmith, painters, and other artists will exhibit their work.

Aiken County Historical Musuem
433 Newberry St. SW
29801 Aiken, South Carolina
Jul 10 2016

Golden Rose Award Presentation and Reading

New England Poetry Club’s Golden Rose Award, first awarded in 1919, is one of the oldest poetry prizes in the United States. The rose is awarded to “the poet, who by their poetry and inspiration to and encouragement of other writers, has made a significant mark on American poetry.” Past honorees include Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize winners and some of the most famous names in American poetry. This year’s winner is Fanny Howe.

Fanny Howe is the author of more than 20 books of poetry and prose; she grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and studied at Stanford University. Howe’s collections of poetry include Second Childhood (2014), Come and See (2011), On the Ground (2004), Gone (2003), Selected Poems (2000),Forged (1999), Q (1998), One Crossed Out (1997), O’Clock (1995), and The End (1992). She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Poetry Foundation, the California Council for the Arts, and the Village Voice, as well as fellowships from the Bunting Institute and the MacDowell Colony. Her Selected Poems won the 2001 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. In 2001 and 2005, Howe was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. In 2008 she won an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She was awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 2009; Second Childhood (2014) was selected as a finalist for the National Book Award.

Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site
105 Brattle Street
02138 Cambridge, Massachusetts
Jul 10 2016

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival: Brian Turner and Doug Anderson

The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is a unique outdoor arts event located on the grounds of this National Historic Landmark in the heart of Farmington.  Beginning on June 22, the festival presents the first of five performances, scheduled for three Wednesday and two Sunday evenings throughout the summer.  Adding to the humanities-rich content of the festival, Hill-Stead offers poetry writing workshops prior to all performances.  The community cherishes this series of readings and music concerts in the informal outdoor setting of the Hill-Stead estate.  Visitors can come early to tour the museum’s world-class Impressionist art collection, walk the trails or attend the pre-performance Prelude conversations with the headlining poets.

Brian Turner earned an MFA from the University of Oregon and lived abroad in South Korea for a year before serving in the U.S. Army for seven years. He was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999-2000 with the 10th Mountain Division. Then in November 2003 he was an infantry team leader in Iraq for a year with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. His first book, Here, Bullet, chronicles his time in Iraq.Turner has been featured on National Public Radio, the Newshour with Jim Lehrer and the BBC. He has received a NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry, the Amy Lowell Traveling Fellowship and a fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. Turner has taught English at Fresno City College.

Poet Doug Anderson served as a combat medic in the Vietnam War. He has written about his experiences in the Vietnam War in both poetry and non-fiction.  He is the author of the poetry collections The Moon Reflected Fire (1994), the winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Blues for Unemployed Secret Police (2000). In 2000 he published his memoir, Keep Your Head Down: Vietnam, the Sixties, and a Journey of Self-Discovery.  

Admission fee: $15.00
Hill-Stead Museum
35 Mountain Rd
06032 Farmington , Connecticut

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In the Shreve High football stadium,
I think of Polacks nursing long beers in Tiltonsville,
And gray faces of Negroes in the blast furnace at Benwood,
And the ruptured night watchman of Wheeling Steel,
Dreaming of heroes.

All the proud fathers are ashamed to go home.
Their women

Feed them some small treat.
Notice the surprised forward flick of ears, 
the lightening and softening
of their large, beautiful eyes.
How kindly they look on you
the next time you approach.
You are not the first to have discovered this.
Soldiers, winter-camped
We cannot live, except thus mutually
We alternate, aware or unaware,
The reflex act of life: and when we bear
Our virtue onward most impulsively,
Most full of invocation, and to be
Most instantly compellant, certes, there
We live most life, whoever breathes most air
And counts his dying years by sun and sea.