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Aug 24 2018

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: New Poets of Native Nations with Heid E. Erdrich at Zenith Bookstore

Heid E. Erdrich presents New Poets of Native Nations (Graywolf Press, 2018), a landmark anthology celebrating Native poets first published in the 21st century, on Friday, August 24, 2018, 7 p.m., at Zenith Bookstore in Duluth, Minnesota.
Gathering poets of diverse ages, styles, languages, and tribal affiliations, editor Heid E. Erdrich presents an extraordinary range of new Native poetry. The 21 poets featured in the collection, whose first books were published after the year 2000, have written poems of great breadth, including long narratives, political outcries, experimental work, and traditional lyrics. The result is a contemporary, singular, and essential anthology.
Heid will be introduced at this evening's event by Duluth author Linda LeGarde Grover, whose most recent work Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year received the 2018 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir and Creative Nonfiction.

Praise for New Poets of Native Nations
“This collection is a breathtaking, wide-ranging work of art, comprising everything from electrifying political dissent to narratives in verse to abstract formats. It is a modern classic.” – Buzzfeed
“Here are twenty-one new (and not-so-new) Native poets, writing in English and sometimes our original languages still listening and translating into language what is given to give back. These twenty-one new poets, like their predecessors, are emerging from the Earth or falling from the Sky, from industrial streets, boarding schools, fast cars, all-night tribal or city dances, MFA programs, and bureaucratic lines. Beauty threads with squalor. This is Earth. What a collection Heid E. Erdrich has made of so many original and fresh Native voices, from so many places, gathered here, right here; it is happening, this new Native Nations poetry.” — Joy Harjo
“At their best, anthologies minimize canonization and maximize community and conversation. In New Poets of Native Nations, Heid E. Erdrich invites twenty-one innovative voices to talk to each other and us, and the result is remarkable. I love how this generous collection integrates work from established writers such as Gordon Henry, LeAnne Howe, and Janet McAdams with newer poets like Natalie Diaz, Jennifer Foerster, Layli Long Soldier, and Tommy Pico, and in so doing illustrates the incredible diversity of contemporary Indigenous poetry. This is an important book not just for Native American writing but for American literature and American history.” — Dean Rader
About the Author
Heid E. Erdrich is the author of five collections of poetry, including Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media, which received the 2018 Minnesota Book Award in poetry. She has won numerous awards as have her collaborative poet films, which can be viewed online at vimeo.com/user32717386. She has been named a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Fellow in Literature. She is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain, and lives and teaches in Minneapolis.
Zenith Bookstore
318 Central Ave N
55807 Duluth, Minnesota
Aug 20 2018

Poetry Unlocked Presents Louis V Clark III & Lisa Vihos

Louis V. Clark III was born and raised on the Oneida reservation in Wisconsin. He started writing poetry to exorcise the demons that accompany racism added to alcoholism that haunted his youth. The University of Arkansas offered to publish his first chapbook, Two Shoes in 2010. The Wisconsin Historical Society Press took a chance on a unique concept and published his second book, How to be an Indian in the 21st Century in 2017, a memoir in poetry and prose. This book has won the Midwest Independent Booksellers Peoples Choice Award for 2017. Both books have won awards from the Oneida Arts Board for excellence in Literature. Clark has been honored to be on National Public Radio as well as Wisconsin Public Radio. A sequel to How to be an Indian is due out sometime in 2019.

The poems of Lisa Vihos have appeared in numerous journals, both print and online. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, her fourth chapbook, Fan Mail from Some Flounder, just appeared in 2018 from Main Street Rag Publishing. She is the poetry and arts editor of Stoneboat Literary Journal and the Sheboygan organizer for 100 Thousand Poets for Change.

The Draw
800 S. Lawe Street
54915 Appleton, Wisconsin
Aug 20 2018

New Poetry with Arminé Iknadossian

LA poet Arminé Iknadossian curates our selections—always the best of what's new. We read and discuss, going as deep as we can in one sitting.
In August, we look at National Book Award-winning Terrance Hayes' American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin—one of the first and biggest takes on the harrowing Trump era.
HOW IT WORKS: All book clubs require a ticket, and include the book, snacks/bevs, and a dedicated moderator - to keep the discussion on track! All clubs meet at The Last Bookstore. You can get your ticket (we'll ship the book to you!) at the link on this page or just come in to the store and look for our book club display (near the book tunnel). If you choose the on-line option (the one with shipping), please send a mailing addy to [email protected].
Arminé Iknadossian is the author of the chapbook United States of Love & Other Poems (2016) and the full-length collection The Hallow Women forthcoming from Main Street Rag Press (Spring 2018). Arminé’s poetry has most recently been published in Lullaby of Teeth: An Anthology of Southern California Poetry, Margie, Pearl, Rhino, Split This Rock, Alabama Literary Review, The Nervous Breakdown, Angels Flight Literary West, and Entropy. Her music journalism appears in Modern Drummer, TOM TOM Magazine, BRMC Official, and Rekwired. Arminé has an MFA in Poetry from Antioch and has worked as a teacher, as assistant editor to Arianna Huffington, Robert Scheer and Molly Ivins, and most recently as bookstore manager of Beyond Baroque, a beloved, Los Angeles literary institution. From 2013-2015 Arminé served as Writing Consultant for The Los Angeles Writing Project through CSULA. In the Spring of 2017, she was chosen as a Writer in the Schools for Red Hen Press. Arminé is honored to be the new associate poetry editor of Angels Flight Literary West. Find out more at armineiknadossian.com.
The Last Bookstore
453 South Spring Street
90013 Los Angeles, California
Aug 21 2018

A Reading and Artist Talk by Nick Flynn, Stephen Mitchell, & Paul Stopforth

Nick Flynn is the author of nine books, including the memoirs, The Reenactments, The Ticking is the Bomb: A Memoir of Bewilderment, and Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, and the poetry collections My Feelings, The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands, and Some Ether. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, the Paris Review, and National Public Radio’s This American Life. He has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, PEN, the Library of Congress, and was a Fellow at The Fine Arts Work Center. He is currently a professor on the creative writing faculty at the University of Houston. 
Stephen Elliott is the author of eight books including the memoir, The Adderall Diaries, the novel Happy Baby, and the essay collection, Sometimes I Think About It. He has directed three movies including About Cherry, which premiered at the Berlinale and was released by IFC, and After Adderall, which was the closing night film for the Slamdance Film Festival. Most recently he is working on the web series Driven
Early in his career Paul Stopforth created several bodies of work that were startling in their courageous engagement with the repressive society in which he lived. His uncompromising refusal to turn away from a world of pain and injustice cost him dearly, but earned him enormous respect from his peers and from discerning art critics who saw his work in its first, youthful incarnations at The Market Theatre Gallery, where he was a director from 1977 to 1984. Invited to be Artist-in-Residence at Tufts University Stopforth left South Africa for the United States in the late 1980s, despairing that there would ever be change in his country. He took up a teaching position at Harvard University and taught drawing while on the faculty of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He recently retired to paint on a full-time basis. Stopforth has exhibited his work since 1971 in galleries and museums in South Africa, the United States and Europe. He has served as curator and juror for a number of institutions and competitions, and in 2004 he delivered the Ruth First Memorial Lecture at Brandeis University. His work is held in many public and private collections in South Africa and abroad. He is represented by The Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown.
Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown
24 Pearl St
02657 Provincetown, Massachusetts
Aug 21 2018

Cave Canem at Bryant Park

Join Cave Canem for an evening of poetry in Bryant Park with Christian CampbellMyronn HardyDawn Lundy Martin and Michelle Whittaker. Free and open to the public. In case of rain, the event is held under a tent at the Reading Room.

Christian Campbell is the author of Running the Dusk (2010), which won the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and was a finalist for the Forward Prize for the Best First Collection and the Cave Canem Poetry Prize among other awards. Running the Dusk was translated into Spanish and published in Cuba as Correr el Crepúsculo (2015). Campbell studied at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and has received awards and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, the Fine Arts Works Center, Bread Loaf and elsewhere. His art criticism has been commissioned by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Guggenheim Bilbao, Nahmad Contemporary, Barbican Centre and Schirn Kunsthalle.  He delivered the fifteenth annual Derek Walcott Lecture for Nobel Laureate Week in St. Lucia and also won the Art Writing Award from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries for his work on Jean-Michel Basquiat. Campbell was recently the inaugural writer-in-residence at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh.

Myronn Hardy is the author of five books of poems: Approaching the Center, winner of the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award, The Headless Saints, winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Catastrophic Bliss, winner of the Griot-Stadler Prize for poetry, Kingdom, and most recently, Radioactive Starlings. His poems have appeared in The New York Times MagazinePloughshares, the Virginia Quarterly ReviewFIED and elsewhere.  He divides his time between New York City and Morocco.

Dawn Lundy Martin is a poet, essayist, and conceptual-video artist. She is the author of four books of poems: Good Stock Strange Blood (Coffee House, 2017); Life in a Box is a Pretty Life (Nightboat Books, 2015), which won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry; DISCIPLINE (Nightboat Books, 2011), A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering (University of Georgia Press, 2007), and three limited edition chapbooks. Her nonfiction can be found in The New Yorker, Harper's, and elsewhere. Martin is Professor of English in the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh and Co-director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics. 

Michelle Whittaker has been published in the New York Times Magazine, New Yorker, The Southampton Review, Narrative, and other publications.  She was awarded a 2017 NYFA Fellowship in Poetry and the author of the poetry collection, Surge (great weather for MEDIA). Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Program of Writing and Rhetoric at Stony Brook University.

Bryant Park Reading Room
Between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues
Suite #310-A
11201 New York, New York



Hung up on
my hearing
and deep in whose
one too many
nights and never
a black-out
Doing the best
I can, only a man
It hurts me too
Blues in the night
Verlaine Blues
sitting here thinking
a blues for Anne
(all nerves)
and mine


As if the lucky might ride it to shore
while the others go under.

Some dogs make for higher ground,
spurred by a shake or a sound
in a frequency to which we never tuned.

Dogs’ ears rise now
to the scream of the still-black screen,
the pitch before the picture.


If I could see nothing but the smoke
From the tip of his cigar, I would know everything
About the years before the war.
If his face were halved by shadow I would know
This was a street where an EATS sign trembled
And a Greek served coffee black as a dog's eye.
If I could see nothing but his wrist I would know