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May 25 2018

Weirdd Poetry Reading

This month we are proud to welcome WEIRDD poetry readers Wren Hanks, Amy Meng, & Julia Guez to share their latest work with a wildcard lecture by Daniel Hernandez Diaz on astrophysics titled "History of the Universe in Fifteen Minutes.'
 
Wren Hanks is the author of The Rise of Genderqueer, a 2018 selection for Brain Mill's Mineral Point Poetry Series. A 2016 Lambda Emerging Writers Fellow, his recent work appears in Best New Poets 2016, Gigantic Sequins, Jellyfish Magazine, The Wanderer, and elsewhere. He is the author of several other chapbooks, including Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press). He is an associate editor for Sundress Publications and co-edited Curious Specimens, an anthology of the strange and uncanny. He lives in Brooklyn, and you can find him on twitter at @suitofscales.
 
Amy Meng holds degrees from Rutgers University and New York University. She is the author of Bridled (Pleiades Press, 2018) and a Kundiman Fellow. Her poetry has appeared in Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, New England Review, and Narrative Magazine. She currently lives in Brooklyn.
 
Julia Guez has received a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia, a Fulbright Fellowship and the “Discovery”/ Boston Review Poetry Prize. Her poetry, translations and essays have recently appeared in POETRY, The Guardian, Circumference, and PEN Poetry Series. Guez works at Teach For America-New York and lives with her family in Greenpoint. She teaches creative writing at Rutgers.
 
7:00pm
Books Are Magic
225 Smith Street
11231 Brooklyn, New York
May 25 2018

Toni Jensen & Daisy Atterbury

Toni Jensen’s first story collection is From the Hilltop. Her stories and essays have been published in journals such as Orion, Catapult, and Ecotone, and have been anthologized in New Stories from the South, Best of the Southwest, and Best of the West: Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri, among others. She teaches in the Programs in Creative Writing and Translation at the University of Arkansas and in the low residency MFA Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is Métis.
 
Daisy Atterbury is a writer based in Santa Fe and New York. She’s currently working on a project that considers U.S. settler colonial dynamics, soundscapes and the built environment in New Mexico (which includes Outer Space). She co-directs an annual seminar program founded in 2010 to support conversation around aesthetics and politics in northern NM. Her work has engaged audiences through various media formats including film, installation and performance as well as more traditional outlets of production and publication. She received her MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, and she teaches creative writing at Queens College, CUNY.
 
Admission fee: $8.00
8:00pm
The Poetry Project
131 E 10th Street
10003 New York, New York
May 26 2018

Multi-media Poetry with Mong-Lan, presenting Dusk Aflame: poems & art

Dusk Aflame: poems & art is a bittersweet melange, a delirium of experiences and memories. Buenos Aires looms large with elegiac, nocturnal footsteps:  on the edge of chaos and accidents waiting to happen. Buenos Aires, womb and capital of the tango, a melancholic music and sultry dance created by men and women who felt a need for the embrace. Death aspires to be a character here, and Dusk, too, female, animistic. On a lighter note, Mong-Lan continues with her cherished theme--love poems to nourishing delectables, like persimmon, rice, and sesame seed.  Dusk Aflame includes odes to the body, to the South, New Orleans, Houston, Galveston, and an island off the coast of Thailand. Jazz in poetry, in rhythm to the syncopations of life, to the tango, all comes together in a voice and world vision that is uniquely Mong-Lan's. 

Mong-Lan's lyrical brush and ink paintings accompany her poems in a poetic dance of movement, providing a visual resonance and portent to her work. Her vital virtuoso strokes assume their own characters and lives of their own. 

Suggested donation:  $7

Mộng-Lan, writer, former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Fulbright Scholar, has published seven books of poetry & artwork, and three chapbooks. She has won prizes such as the Juniper Prize, the Pushcart Prize, the Great Lakes Colleges Association's New Writers Awards, among others. A former college professor with the University of Maryland in Tokyo, she left her native Viet Nam on the last day of the evacuation of Sai Gon. Also a musician and composer, she has released nine albums of jazz piano and tangos, which showcase her poetry. As a visual artist, her artwork has been exhibited in galleries and in museums such as the Dallas Museum of Art and in public exhibitions in Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok, Bali and Buenos Aires. Mong-Lan as a dancer has studied ballet, jazz and flamenco, and has specialized as a tango dancer, performer, and teacher, having over twenty years of tango dance experience, in Buenos Aires, San Francisco, New York City, Tokyo, Bangkok, Hanoi, and elsewhere.

2:00pm
River Oaks Bookstore
3270 Westheimer Rd
77098 Houston, Texas
May 29 2018

Art in the Basin Open Mic

Join Amy Joy Robateau and Tim W. Brown at the biweekly Art in the Basin open mic. Poetry, fiction, storytelling -- all spoken word styles are welcome. 

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8:00pm to 10:00pm
Mon Amour Coffee and Wine
234 W. 238th St.
10463 Bronx, New York
May 29 2018 to Jun 03 2018

Truth and Beauty: A Poetry Workshop with Ellen Bass and Marie Howe

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty . . .” If you want to encounter more truth in your poems, to express it in the most beautiful way possible, to craft poems that reflect the inextricable marriage of truth and beauty, love and death, the luminous and the ordinary, please join us for this special workshop.
 
We will write poems, share our writing, and hear what our work touches in others. We’ll also read model poems by contemporary poets and discuss aspects of the craft. But mainly this will be a writing retreat—time to explore and create in a supportive community. Though the focus is on poetry, prose writers who want to enrich their language will find it a fertile environment.
 
The structure of the workshop:
 
This workshop is oriented toward generating new work. We’ll start each day with a talk about some aspect of the craft of writing. Then the rest of the morning will be devoted to writing. Unlike workshops where there are multiple short writing prompts, we prefer to schedule longer writing sessions so that there’s time to go deeply into your writing. You may not be actually writing that entire time, but there’s space for writing, reflection, starting off on a whole new topic, maybe taking a short break to refresh yourself and beginning again.
 
The workshop begins with dinner on Tuesday, May 29th, and will end with our group poetry reading on Saturday evening, June 2nd. There will be a last breakfast together on Sunday, June 3, before check out.
 
About Mabel Dodge Luhan House:
 
As an historic inn and conference center which offers retreat-style setting and artistic and literary workshops, the Mabel Dodge Luhan House continues to build on its 80-year history of personal, intellectual, and artistic ferment.
 
 
Rooming and costs:
 
Fees vary according to your room These fees are all-inclusive, including the workshop, lodging, and all meals.
 
There may be an opportunity for a commuter spot for $1900. Workshop fees and all meals are included in this spot.
 
Admission fee: $2 500.00
9:00pm to 1:00pm
Mabel Dodge Luhan House
240 Morada Lane
87571 Taos, New Mexico

poems

poem

Be it dark; be it bright;
    Be it pain; be it rest;
Be it wrong; be it right—
    It must be for the best.

Some good must somewhere wait,
    And sometime joy and pain
Must cease to alternate,
    Or else we live in vain.

poem
We must ask ourselves                         what purpose is
ultimately served by this                                 suspension of
all the accepted                                              unities
if, in the end, we return to                               the unities
that we pretended to question
poem

Each crisp autumn
there are fewer leaves, more clarity—
light cycles of the haymound
odors of late roses
rivers rushing where we
once meandered
content in the casual chaos of each
season, plotting no espionage
because we did not know
the world as terror then.