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Jan 22 2019

CLMP Face Out Emerging Writers Showcase

Featured authors include Youmna Chlala (The Paper Camera, Litmus Press); T’ai Freedom Ford (& more black, Augury Books); Shiv Kotecha (The Switch, Wonder); and Zahra Patterson (Chronology, Ugly Duckling Presse). Wine reception to follow.

For over 50 years, The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) has been the service organization for small independent literary publishers across the nation and beyond. CLMP is proud to bring readers and writers of literature—including print, digital, and online publishers—together in the true spirit of community. With support from the Jerome Foundation, CLMP's Face Out Program empowers writers and their publishers by sharing essential tools that enhance digital visibility and marketing presence. Greenlight is excited to host a showcase of this year’s emerging writers introduced by editors from their presses. 

7:30pm
Greenlight Bookstore, Fort Greene
686 Fulton St
11217-1609 Brooklyn, New York
Jan 24 2019

POETRY NIGHT at Opolis

Join us for the first Opolis Poetry Night.  Our Vegan | Vegetarian Kitchen and Full Bar opens at 6 p.m., and we are hoping to start readings at 7 p.m. Please bring and share what you write.
 
6:00pm
Opolis
113 North Crawford
73069 Norman, Oklahoma
Jan 26 2019

Grief, and What Comes After Book Launch Party

The poet Ailey O’Toole will be reading from her debut collection, Grief, and What Comes After (Rhythm & Bones Press, 2018).

This fierce first collection, a compilation of pain, rejuvenation and rebirth, pioneers landscapes of forgiveness, where Ailey O’Toole’s poems ascend to create a resting place of self-compassion and atonement. Follow along as O’Toole recounts her journey from emotional decimation to a place of redemption and self-love. Her shuttles of reckoning dive-bomb and crash, but never fail to pull passengers from the wreckage. These poems are a punch to the gut, a heart beating on the page, a nightmare turned daydream, as Ailey O’Toole buries what we hope to find and helps us see grace in the wild. How do we heal after re-injuring ourselves the same way? Following any major collapse, O’Toole helps us to find resiliency within ourselves in her debut collection.

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7:00pm
Big Blue Marble Bookstore
551 Carpenter Lane
19119 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jan 27 2019

Screening of The Web Opera

A special event and screening of the first episode of THE WEB OPERA, a collaboration between Michael Ross and Kate Gale about issues of cyberbullying and cyber abuse. The event is free.

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1:00pm
Red Hen Press
1540 Lincoln Ave
91103 Pasadena, California
Jan 29 2019

January U35 Reading with Mass Poetry

U35 is a bi-montly reading series for poets under 35. The series seeks to promote and bolster Massachusetts poets under the age of 35 while giving them a venue to share their work and connect with other poets. If you are a poet under 35, sign up to read at a future event!
 
January's U35 reading will be on Jan. 29, 7-8:30pm at Trident Booksellers & Cafe. Our readers are Cassandra de Alba, Aly Pierce, and David G. Walker. Read all about them below!
 
Cassandra de Alba's work has appeared in Gabby, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Smoking Glue Gun, Spy Kids Review & The Shallow Ends, among other publications. Her chapbooks habitats (Horse Less Press, 2016) and ORB (Reality Hands, 2018) are about deer and the moon, respectively. She is a co-host at the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge and an associate editor at Pizza Pi Press.
 
Aly Pierce lives in Salem, Massachusetts where she waits tables and mails you records from Deathwish Inc.
 
David G. Walker is married to the love of his life and is the father to two precocious kids. He is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Pause: A Collection of Moment Poems and Donating Organs in Boxes from Finishing Line Press, and Ifs, Ifs, Ifs from Cervena Barva Press. He teaches high school in Springfield, MA and edits the podcast literary magazine Golden Walkman Magazine.
 
7:00pm
Trident Booksellers & Cafe
338 Newbury Street
02115 Boston, Massachusetts

poems

poem
A Bird came down the Walk—
He did not know I saw—
He bit an Angleworm in halves
And ate the fellow, raw,

And then he drank a Dew
From a convenient Grass—
And then hopped sidewise to the Wall
To let a Beetle pass—

He glanced with rapid eyes
That hurried all around—
They looked like frightened Beads, I thought—
poem

I have known hours built like cities,
House on grey house, with streets between
That lead to straggling roads and trail off,
Forgotten in a field of green;

Hours made like mountains lifting
White crests out of the fog and rain,
And woven of forbidden music—
Hours eternal in their

poem
We stand on the edge, the fall
into depth, the ascent

of light revelatory, the canyon walls moving
up out of

shadow, lit
colours of the layers cutting

down through darkness, sunrise as it 
passes a

precipitate of the river, its burnt tangerine 
flare brief, jagged

bleeding above the far rim for a split