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May 30 2017

Book Launch Party for Medusa's Country

An all-star reading to celebrate Larissa Shmailo's new book, Medusa's Country, with

Larissa Shmailo’s newest book of poetry is Medusa's Country (MadHat). Larissa’s work appears in Measure for Measure (Everyman's Library / Penguin Random House), Words for the Wedding (Perigee / Penguin Putnam), and Contemporary Russian Poetry (Dalkey Archive Press). Larissa translated Victory over the Sun for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's reconstruction of the first Futurist opera; the libretto has been used for productions at Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Smithsonian, and the Garage Museum of Moscow. Larissa edited the anthology Twenty-first Century Russian Poetry (Big Bridge Press) and has also been a translator on the Russian Bible for the American Bible Society. Larissa's other poetry collections are #specialcharacters (Unlikely Books), In Paran (BlazeVOX [books]), A Cure for Suicide (Červená Barva Press), and Fib Sequence (Argotist Ebooks). Her novel is Patient Women (BlazeVox) and her poetry CDs are The No-Net World and Exorcism (SongCrew).

Lee Ann Brown  is the author of Other Archer, which also appears in French translation by Stephane Bouquet as Autre Archere (Presses Universitaires de Rouen et du Havre, 2015),  In the Laurels, Caught (Fence Books, 2013), which won the 2012 Fence Modern Poets Series Award, as well as Crowns of Charlotte (Carolina Wren Press, 2013), The Sleep That Changed Everything (Wesleyan, 2003), and Polyverse (Sun & Moon Press, 1999), which won the 1996 New American Poetry Competition, selected by Charles Bernstein. Brown has held fellowships with Teachers & Writers Collaborative, Yaddo, Djerassi, the MacDowell Colony, the International Center for Poetry in Marseille, France, and the Howard Foundation. In 1989, Brown founded Tender Buttons Press, which is dedicated to publishing experimental women’s poetry.

Tim Fitts lives and works in Philadelphia.  Fitts is the author of Hypothermia, a collection of short stories, and The Soju Club.  His stories have been published by The Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, The Xavier Review, among others.  He teaches in the Liberal Arts Department at The Curtis Institute of Music and serves on the editorial staff of The Painted Bride Quarterly.

Ron Kolm is a member of the Unbearables. He is a contributing editor of Sensitive Skin magazine. Ron is the author of The Plastic Factory, Divine Comedy, Suburban Ambush, Duke & Jill and Night Shift. A new collection of his poetry, A Change in the Weather, has just been published by Sensitive Skin. He's had work in Flapperhouse, Great Weather for Media, the Resist Much / Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance anthology, Public Illumination Magazine, Local Knowledge and the Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. Ron’s papers were purchased by the New York University library, where they’ve been catalogued in the Fales Collection.

 Dean Kostos’s forthcoming poetry collection is Pierced by Night-Colored Threads. His books include This Is Not a Skyscraper (recipient of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, selected by Mark Doty), Rivering, Last Supper of the Senses, The Sentence That Ends with a Comma, and Celestial Rust. He edited Mama’s Boy and Pomegranate Seeds (its debut reading was held at the United Nations). His work has appeared in over 300 journals, including The Bangalore Review, Boulevard, Chelsea, Cimarron Review, The Cincinnati Review, Rabbit Ears: TV Poems, Southwest Review, Stand Magazine, Western Humanities Review, and on Oprah Winfrey’s website Oxygen.com. He presented a paper and his poems at the Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University.

Irina Mashinski is a bilingual poet and translator. She has authored eight books of poetry in Russian; her most recent collections are Volk [Wolf] (Moscow: NLO, 2009) and Ophelia i masterok [Ophelia and the Trowel] (New York: Ailuros Publishing, 2013). Irina Mashinski's work has appeared in Poetry International, Fulcrum, Zeek, The London Magazine, and other journals and anthologies. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming Anthology of Russian Poetry from Pushkin to Brodsky (Penguin, 2015), as well as co-founder and editor of the literary journal Storony Sveta, and co-editor of the journal Cardinal Points. She received First Prizes in the Russian America (2001) and Maximilian Voloshin (2003) poetry competitions, and First Prize in the 2012 Joseph Brodsky/Stephen Spender Translation Prize competition.

Born in Hong Kong, Marc Vincenz is British-Swiss and has published nine collections of poetry; his latest are Becoming the Sound of Bees (Ampersand Books, 2015) and Sibylline (Ampersand Books, 2016).  He is the translator of many German- French- and Romanian-language poets, including Herman Hesse Prize winner, Klaus Merz, Prix Goncourt winner, Jacques Chessex and Ion Monoran. His most recent book of translations is Lifelong Bird Migration by Jurg Amann (Spuyten Duyvil, 2017).  He is Coeditor of Fulcrum and Plume, publisher of MadHat Press and Plume Editions, and lives and writes in the Berkshires.


Admission fee: $10.00
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia
10014 New York, New York
May 31 2017

Bellevue Literary Review Spring Reading

To celebrate the publication of the BLR’s latest issue, editor-in-chief Danielle Ofri hosts an evening of readings by contributing authors from the issue, including Caitlin Kuehn (winner of the 2017 Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction), Colter Jackson, Jay Kidd, and Gardner McFall.

Join us to learn more about the BLR and to enjoy an evening of poetry and prose in one of the most unique venues for great literature in New York City, Bellevue Hospital.

May 31, 2017, 6pm
Bellevue Hospital - Rotunda area
1st Avenue at 28th St, NYC

Free and open to the public

Jay Kidd has published poems in The Florida Review, Atlanta Review, Ruminate Magazine, Burningword, Mason’s Road, Chelsea Station Magazine, and the Bellevue Literary Review. He was the 2013 winner of Ruminate's McCabe Prize for Poetry, and 2015 winner of Atlanta Review’s International Poetry Competition. Jay lives in New York City and studies the craft of writing at The Writers Studio.

Gardner McFall is a poet, librettist, and children’s book author. She has recently published poems in Barrow Street, Hanging Loose, and The Hopkins Review. She lives and works in New York City.

Caitlin Kuehn is from small-town Wisconsin, where she graduated with a bachelor of science in biology, and, for one whole year, attended medical school. Now residing in New York City, she is advancing towards an MFA at City College. "Of Mothers and Monkeys" is her first published work.

Colter Jackson works as a freelance writer and illustrator in New York City. She has written scripts for both Tina Fey and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, only one of which was funny. She is the author and illustrator of the picture book Elephants Make Fine Friends (Penguin, 2015) and is at work on a novel. You can find more of her work in GOOD Magazine, Tin House, and The Rumpus.

Bellevue Hospital
462 First Avenue (at 28th Street)
10016 New York, New York
May 31 2017

Women of Wisdom & Wine with Guest Poet/Artist, Aliza McCracken

Please join us at WOW, the Women of Wisdom & Wine fellowship, where ladies come together to deepen their faith and build friendships.  We encourage one another to become better daughters, sisters, wives, mothers and friends.

Pastor Craig Harrison will give a wonderful talk from 6:00-7:00 pm with a reception to follow, while guest poet and visual artist, Aliza McCracken shares her newest creation, Peaceful Moments, from 7:00-9:00 pm.  Personally signed copies are available upon request.  They make beautiful gifts for yourself and someone you care about.  

Aliza's popular collection of art and poetry can also be purchased at this event.  Inspirational titles include: Spirit of Joy, Pure Grace, Creative Abundance, The Dance of Love, Celebrating a Beautiful Life, and A Season of Miracles.  A portion of proceeds benefiting artistic literacy and humanitarian programs.  

Please bring your family and friends.  We hope to see you there!

To learn more, please visit stfran.org and alizamccracken.com.

St. Francis of Assisi Parish
900 H Street
93304 Bakersfield, California
Jun 01 2017

Passwords: Cheryl Clarke On Gwendolyn Brooks

Poet and essayist Cheryl Clarke discusses the poetics and politics of Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Reading from Brooks’ early and late poetry, Clarke examines Brooks’ contributions to a radical black practice of poetry and her representations of the black working class in A Street in Bronzeville and The Near-Johannesburg Boy.

Presented as a part of Our Miss Brooks 100.

Admission fee: $10.00
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 NYC, New York
Jun 04 2017

Of Stars and Hurricanes: Two Columbia Novelists Return

Former Columbia residents Carrie Brown and John Gregory Brown will read from their work at a celebration of literature’s history in this planned city.

Carrie Brown’s most recent novel is The Stargazer’s Sister, historical fiction about a nineteenth-century astronomer’s sister.

John Gregory Brown’s newest novel, A Thousand Miles from Nowhere, follows the path of a Hurricane Katrina survivor seeking redemption.

At “Of Stars and Hurricanes," HoCoPoLitSo will also honor two of Columbia’s own forces of nature, Padraic and Ellen Kennedy, for their work creating a literary life in Howard County.

A reception will follow. Tickets are $20 and available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2725249.

Information about the event can be found at https://hocopolitso.org/john-and-carrie-brown.

Or visit us at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1175646235849426.

Admission fee: $20.00
Slayton House Theatre
10400 Cross Fox Lane
21044 Columbia, Maryland

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James Merrill House



The obvious is difficult
To prove. Many prefer
The hidden. I did, too.
I listened to the trees.

They had a secret
Which they were about to
Make known to me—
And then didn't.

Summer came. Each tree
On my street had its own
Scheherazade. My nights
Were a part of their wild

Storytelling. We were
Entering dark

In the darkened moment a body gifted with the blue light of a flashlight
enters with levity, with or without assumptions, doubts, with desire,
the beating heart, disappointment, with desires—

Stand where you are.

You begin to move around in search of the steps it will take before you

A second ago my heart thump went
and I thought, "This would be a bad time
to have a heart attack and die, in the
middle of a poem," then took comfort
in the idea that no one I have ever heard 
of has ever died in the middle of writing 
a poem, just as birds never die in mid-flight.
I think.