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Oct 03 2016

Poetry Reading with Ross Gay

CGU's Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards program joins with Fourth Sundays: Poetry at the Claremont Library, to present a poetry reading by Ross Gay, winner of the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. This event is free & open to the public. Books will be for sale, and light refreshments will be provided.
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Contact: tufts@cgu.edu
9:30pm
Claremont Public Library
208 N. Harvard St.
91711 Claremont, California
Oct 14 2016

Nimrod Write Night and Awards Celebration

Join Nimrod International Journal for our first annual Write Night in celebration of the winners and judges of Nimrod's annual writing contest. The evening will feature a special Author Chat with National Book Award Winner Robin Coste Lewis, author of Voyage of the Sable Venus, and National Book Award finalist Angela Flournoy, author of The Turner House, and the 38th Annual Nimrod Literary Awards Ceremony, with readings by Chad B. Anderson, Bryce Emley, Markham Johnson, and Ruth Knafo Setton. The Author Chat, Awards Ceremony, and Book Signing afterward are free and open to the public. An Author Reception featuring all the Conference guest authors will precede the Author Chat and Awards Ceremony.Author Reception Tickets: $50. This includes the Author Reception, a copy of either The Turner House OR Voyage of the Sable Venus, and reserved seating for the Author Chat and Awards Ceremony.Two-Day Pass, including Nimrod Write Night and Saturday Conference: $100.Reservations and payment for the Author Reception alone and the Two-Day Pass must be received by October 7th. No reservations are needed for the Author Chat and Awards Ceremony. One-Day Pass registrants may register up to Late Registration on the 15th.For more information, contact Nimrod at 918-631-3080, nimrod@utulsa.edu or visit the website: www.utulsa.edu/nimrod.

7:00pm
The University of Tulsa
800 South Tucker Drive
74104 Tulsa, Oklahoma
Oct 15 2016

Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers

Join Nimrod International Journal for an all-day writing conference with workshops in fiction, poetry, memoir, mystery, young adult fantasy, writing queries and synopses for literary agents, and more. The day also includes one-on-one editing sessions with the Nimrod board of editors, readings, and panel discussions. Key guests include National Book Award finalist Angela Flournoy, author of The Turner House, and Robin Coste Lewis, author of Voyage of the Sable Venus, which won the 2015 National Book Award for Poetry. Also joining the conference will be fiction writer Toni Jensen, author of From the Hilltop: Stories, which was published in 2010 through the Native Storiers Series at the University of Nebraska Press; poet Chloe Honum, author of The Tulip-Flame; memoir writer Beth Kephart, author of A Slant of Sun; mystery writer Will Thomas, author of Anatomy of Evil; young adult writer Brenna Yovanoff, author of The Replacement; and romance writer Sherry Thomas, author of The Hidden Blade. They will join over thirty other writers and editors.

The cost of the workshop is $60. Scholarships are also available.

For more information, contact Nimrod at 918-631-3080, nimrod@utulsa.edu or visit the website: www.utulsa.edu/nimrod.

Admission fee: $50.00
10:30am
The University of Tulsa
800 South Tucker Drive
74104 Tulsa, Oklahoma
Oct 17 2016

Anne Waldman and Meredith Monk

The Academy of American Poets is pleased to present our Fall Conversation Series in partnership with Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, featuring composer and choreographer Meredith Monk in conversation with American Book Award-winning poet Anne Waldman. Free and open to the public.
 
Meredith Monk is a Grammy-nominated composer, singer, director/choreographer and creator of new opera, music-theater works, films, and installations. Recognized as one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, Monk’s work has been presented by BAM, Lincoln Center Festival, and London’s Barbican Centre, among other major venues around the world. Her many honors include a MacArthur “Genius” Grant, three Obie Awards, and two Bessie Awards for Sustained Creative Achievement. In 2014, Monk also received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama.
 
Anne Waldman is the author of over forty books of poetry, most recently Voice’s Daughter of a Heart Yet To Be Born (Coffee House Press, 2016). Her numerous honors include the American Book Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award, the Dylan Thomas Memorial Award, and the Shelley Memorial Award. Waldman is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and is the director of the MFA Writing and Poetics program at the Naropa Institute. She divides her time between Boulder, Colorado, and New York City.
 
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7:00pm to 8:00pm
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
10012 New York, New York
Oct 19 2016

Marcia Aldrich

Afternoon Conversation 3 pm, LookOut! Gallery Reading in RCAH Theatre at 7 pm

7:00pm
Michigan State University
362 Bogue Street
Snyder Hall
48825 East Lansing, Michigan

poems

poem
North to Parowan Gap

Turn right up there
and get off these pavements
there aint no sense
to holding up the traffic
and we aint hurrying
you just turn there and that dirt road
goes out to the Gap
where them Indins wrote on them rocks
I remember the first time
I ever got drunk.  Me and my brother
we was following
poem
Slumped in a prickly armchair 
on a humid summer night, 
I listened dully to dogs
barking with brainless pleasure 
far away and in this street 
under the Victory flags.

The bronze eagles with spread wings, 
flightless on walls and porches, 
reflected the light from stars, 
as my slow imaginings 
moved between
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Chicago ran a fever of a hundred and one that groggy Sunday.
A reporter fried an egg on a sidewalk; the air looked shaky.
And a hundred thousand people were in the lake like shirts in 
   a laundry.
Why was Johnny lonely?
Not because two dozen solid citizens, heat-struck, had keeled
   over backward.
Not because