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Nov 14 2016

Yusef Komunyakaa and Cécile McLorin Salvant

The Academy of American Poets is pleased to present our Fall Conversation Series in partnership with Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa in conversation with Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant. Free and open to the public.
Yusef Komunyakaa is the author of numerous collections of poetry, most recently The Emperor of Water Clocks (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015). His honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and the Wallace Stevens Award. Komunyakaa is a former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and is currently Distinguished Senior Poet in New York University’s graduate creative writing program. He lives in New York City.
Cécile McLorin Salvant has been described by The New York Times as “the finest jazz singer to emerge in the last decade.” In 2009, after a series of concerts in Paris, she recorded her first album “Cécile,” with Jean-François Bonnel’s Paris Quintet. A year later, she won the Thelonious Monk competition in Washington D.C. In 2014, her second album, “Woman Child” was nominated for a Grammy. Her third album, “For One To Love,” won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2016.


7:00pm to 8:00pm
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
10012 New York, New York
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.
Read more at http://cgu-sah.doomby.com/diary/tufts-poetry-awards/poetry-reading-with-... 

Contact: tufts@cgu.edu
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.

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
The University of Tulsa
800 South Tucker Drive
74104 Tulsa, Oklahoma
Oct 19 2016

Marcia Aldrich

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

Michigan State University
362 Bogue Street
Snyder Hall
48825 East Lansing, Michigan



Not far
from a college.
A man
living by himself

kept his fighting cocks in plain sight. Each had its own tether and
miniature shed and dish with embossed sobriquet. Their domestication
reserved for battle before the table. Gallus gallus domesticus. A young


—author of the earliest known signature

That arrow & life were homonyms. That his name
       Predates all others, incised sunbaked on a slab
              Of Eupratian clay. Stylus a broken reed, though it

Carries somehow the bedazzled opalescent mojo


Listen. It was wrong from the beginning.
Never more than an afterthought, I was blamed.

Understandable: the weak never have the patience
for history. We are too filled with song,

with anointing the stilled body with oil.
Your father was frightened of the immutable,

becalmed, over