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Nov 16 2016

Chris Dombrowski

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
Nov 16 2016

Fall Workshop: A Reading

Participants in Afaa M. Weaver's fall poetry workshop, “The Bop,” share work honed in class. Poet, critic and scholar Afaa M. Weaver has published 12 books of poetry, most recently, The Government of Nature (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013), winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize, and City of Eternal Spring (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016). He is the recipient of a Barnes & Noble Writer for Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a PEW fellowship in Poetry. A Fulbright Scholar, he is Alumnae Professor of English at Simmons College, where he convenes an international festival of contemporary Chinese poetry. Potluck refreshments follow. FREE and open to the public. 

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Cave Canem
20 Jay Street
Ste. 310-A
11201 Brooklyn , New York
Nov 15 2016

Laurel Ann Bogen, Amy Uyematsu, and Charles Harper Webb

 Laurel Ann Bogen is the author of ten books of poetry and short fiction including Washing a Language; Fission; The Last Girl in the Land of the Butterflies; The Burning; Do Iguanas Dance, Under the Moonlight? and Rag Tag We Kiss. She was selected “Best Female Poet/Performer” by the L.A. Weekly in their Best of L.A. issue and a founding member of the acclaimed poetry performance troupe, Nearly Fatal Women. Bogen has read/performed in venues as diverse as Cornell University, The Savannah College of Art and Design, The Knitting Factory (NYC), The DA Center for the Arts, The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority, The Museum of Contemporary Art and LACE. The recipient of the Curtis Zahn Poetry Prize from the Pacificus Foundtion and two awards from the Academy of American Poets. http://laurelannbogen.com/

Amy Uyematsu’s new poetry collection, Basic Vocabulary, confronts today’s complex world of drone warfare and post 9/11 unease with boldness, curiosity, candor, and insight. She unites the political and spiritual and welcomes what she calls, “Elegant disorder / even my mind / leaping branch to branch”. Amy Uyematsu is a third-generation Japanese-American poet and teacher from Los Angeles. Uyematsu’s poems consider the intersection of politics, mathematics, spirituality, and the natural world. She is the author of several poetry collections including, 30 Miles from J-Town, Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain, and Stone Bow Prayer. Her first book was awarded the 1992 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Amy was a co-editor of the widely-used UCLA Asian American Studies anthology Roots: An Asian American Reader. Called “Southern California’s most inventive and accessible poet,” former rock musician and psychotherapist.

 Charles Harper Webb is and acclaimed essayist, Professor of English at CSU, Long Beach, and the nation’s foremost proponent of Stand Up Poetry. He has published numerous books of poetry. His awards include the Morse Poetry Prize, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the Felix Pollock Prize, the Benjamin Saltman Prize, a Whiting Writer’s Award, and a Guggenheim fellowship. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review,Paris ReviewIowa ReviewPloughsharesMichigan Quarterly ReviewPoets of the New CenturyBest American Poetry, and The Pushcart Prize.

 For more information regarding this event, please email publicity@redhen.org

Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd
90069 West Hollywood, California
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
Nov 10 2016

Poet's Night with Tupelo Press

Book Culture will host a reading and discussion by Tupelo authors Stephen Massimilla and Myra Kornfeld to celebrate their new book Cooking with the Muse: A Sumptuous Gathering of Seasonal Recipes, Culinary Poetry, and Literary Fare. www.ccokingwiththemuse.com They will be accompanied by Tupelo poets Annie Guthrie, author of The Good Dark and Suzanne Parker, author of Feed and by Columbia poet BK Fischer, author of St. Rage's Vault and Mutiny Gallery. A brief Q & A will follow, and wine and delectable edibles will be served. This special event is free and open to the public. They will be accompanied by Tupelo poets Annie Guthrie, author of The Good Dark and Suzanne Parker, author of Feed. 


Stephen Massimilla is a poet, scholar, professor, and painter/photographer. Acclaim for his previous books includes a SFASU Press Prize for The Plague Doctor in His Hull-Shaped Hat; the Bordighera/CUNY Poetry Prize for Forty Floors from Yesterday; the Grolier Poetry Prize for Later on Aiaia; a Van Rensselaer Award, selected by Kenneth Koch, and other honors. He has recent work in hundreds of publications from AGNI to Verse Daily. Massimilla holds an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. from Columbia University and has taught extensively in the Columbia Core and the Department of English and Comparative Literature, as well as at Barnard College, The New School, and elsewhere. For more info:stephenmassimilla.com and cookingwiththemuse.com

Myra Kornfeld is a chef, educator, and nutrition instructor, and the author of three previous cookbooks, The Healthy HedonistMore Than 200 Delectable Flexitaroian Recipes for Relaxed Daily feasts; The Healthy Hedonist Holidays; and The Voluptuous Vegan. She teaches in the Graduate Nutrition program at the Maryland University of Integrative Health and at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York, and she is head chef for the website myfoodmyhealth.com. She specializes in cooking parties and team-building events. For more info: Myrakornfeld.com and cookingwiththemuse.com

Annie Guthrie, author of The Good Dark (Tupelo, 2015), is a writer and jeweler living in Tucson. She has a metalsmithing studio at Splinter Brothers Warehouse and can be found through her website, www.annieguthrie.net. She teaches at the University of Arizona Poetry Center and also mentors select students wishing to apprentice in poetry or to further their art projects through her courses in “Oracular Writing.”

Suzanne Parker is a winner of the Kinereth Gensler Book Award from Alice James Books.  Her book Viral was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Her poetry has appeared in Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, Hunger Mountain, Drunken Boat, and numerous other journals.  She is a winner of the Alice M. Sellars Award from the Academy of American Poets and was a Poetry Fellow at the Prague Summer Seminars. Suzanne’s creative non-fiction is published in the travel anthology Something to Declare. Suzanne is the managing editor at MEAD: A Magazine of Literature and Libations.

Book Culture
536 West 112th Street
10025 New York, New York


Except for the chickens humming to each other,
making themselves look boneless in the dirt, 
I want no memory of this place.

I will leave gingerly.
I will leave strung out.
I will leave rocking on my heels in unbearable heat.

the Mexican girls still faking and mourning Selena 
from their perfect cement stoops



Click the icon above to listen to this audio poem.

It was not Death, for I stood up,
And all the Dead, lie down—
It was not Night, for all the Bells
Put out their Tongues, for Noon.

It was not Frost, for on my Flesh
I felt Sirocos—crawl—
Nor Fire—for just my Marble feet
Could keep a Chancel, cool—

And yet, it tasted, like them all,
The Figures I have seen