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Dec 09 2015

The Poet as Memoirist: Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light (Knopf, 2015) and three books of poetry. Her collection Life on Mars won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. Duende won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. The Body’s Question was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers Award in 2004 and a Whiting Award in 2005. In 2014 the Academy of American Poets awarded Smith with the Academy Fellowship, awarded to one poet each year to recognize distinguished poetic achievement.

Moderated by Honor Moore, nonfiction coordinator, Creative Writing Program. 

The New School, Wollman Hall
65 W. 11th Street, 5th floor (Room 500)
10011 New York, New York
Oct 17 2015

Reading With Cecily Parks, Aracelis Girmay and Chloe Garcia Roberts

Reading With Cecily Parks, Aracelis Girmay and Chloe Garcia Roberts

Free. More information here: http://www.berlspoetry.com/events/2015/10/17/cecily-parks-aracelis-girmay-chloe-garcia-roberts 

Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop
126a Front St (Between Jay St and Adams St)
11201 Brooklyn, New York
Nov 20 2015 to Nov 22 2015

Poetry @ For The Community Fest

Of the two partners, Houston Free Thinkers and Visionary Noise, this festival is our way to give back to the people of Houston and surrounding counties.

Before and after this festival, HFT and VN not only bring up issues of awareness, but also do benefit shows for local and national organizations such as, Food Not Bombs, Feal Good Foundation, Local Live Radio, etc, as well as highlight local acts and performers. We celebrate freedom as a unified whole, and we all believe that it comes in various forms; art, poetry, activism, music.

In addition, we have featured speakers of like groups such as The Free Your Mind Conference, The Anti Media, The DC Free Thinkers. We have been written about in The Houston Press many times, and have been promoted for on KPFT Houston. With art, we have had the pleasure of having Shanti Visual Art and Morphis Art, who has toured with Slightly Stoopid doing live paintings.

Past and present vendors have included Raw Tejas Soaps, The Houston Exchange Network, I Am Bitcoin/Yo Soy Bitcoin, Houston Stand Down, The Generators Playground, and countless merchants and artists.

We have a team of people brainstorming to make sure that this festival continures to remain unique, and free!

Please check us out on FB!

Visionary Noise, The Houston Free Thinkers, and FTCX

(if any poets would care to join us on the stage, please get in contact!) 

1:00pm to 3:00am
Last Concert Cafe
1403 Nance Street
77002 Houston, Texas
Oct 17 2015

Pink Poetry

You are invited to enjoy the "Think Pink" exhibit at the Broward Art Guild starting Saturday, October 3rd. Next you may focus on an artwork to inspire your poem.

Then we would meet on Saturday, October 17th at 6 pm and read your ekphrastic or art inspired poem for the first round of the meeting. For the second round, you may read 2 poems of our own or your favorite poem.

The Broward Art Guild is located at 3280 NE 32nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 and open Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Directions:Go East on Oakland Park Blvd,Pass US1/Fed HwyGo over drawbridgeMake left on A1ATake left on NE 32nd StPass 1st left on NE 33rd AveIt will be on the left. You can see Bokampers at the end of the block.Please remember to pay parking booth and put the printout on dashboard.

Hosted by: Suzzette Dawes (contact: Suzzettethepoet@gmail.com)http://suzzettedawes.blogspot.com/p/upcoming-events.html 

Broward Art Guild
3280 NE 32nd St
33308 Ft Lauderdale, Florida
Oct 17 2015

Nimrod Journal's Conference for Readers and Writers

Join Nimrod International Journal for an all-day writing conference with workshops in fiction, poetry, memoir, mystery, nonfiction, young adult fantasy, finding a literary agent, and more. Also featured will be panel discussions, readings, and the chance to sit down for a one-on-one editing session with an experienced editor. Key guests include poets Tina Chang and Benjamin Myers, fiction writers Karen Russell and Molly Antopol, mystery writer Megan Abbott, nonfiction writer Héctor Tobar, young adult fantasy writer Sarah Cross, young adult writer Jennifer Latham, memoirist Francine Rigold, and over thirty other writers and editors. 

Admission fee: $60.00
The University of Tulsa
Allen Chapman Student Union
440 S. Gary
74104 Tulsa, Oklahoma

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There was love and there was trees.
Either you could stay inside and probe your emotions
or you could go outside and keenly observe nature.
Describe the sheen on carapaces,
the effect of breeze on grass.

What's the fag doing now? Dad would say.
Picking the nose of his
"Four winds blowing thro' the sky,
You have seen poor maidens die,
Tell me then what I shall do
That my lover may be true."
Said the wind from out the south,
"Lay no kiss upon his mouth,"
And the wind from out the west,
"Wound the heart within his breast,"
And the wind from out the east,
"Send him empty from the
One searches roads receding, endlessly receding, receding.
The other opens all doors with the same key.  Simple.

One's quick to wrath, the wronged, the righteous, the wroth
The other loafs by the river, idles and jiggles his line.

One conspired against statues on stilts, in his pocket
The plot