Please join us for an evening of poetry and conversation with:
CATHERINE WAGNER, KAPLAN HARRIS,
BRENNA YORK, & MATVEI YANKELEVICH
Friday September 27
@ Rob Halpern and Lee Azus’s home:
319 Garland Street in Ypislanti
Gathering begins 7:00. Readings begin at 7:30.
Beer & Wine & Partners, all welcome!
Bios and Links:
Catherine Wagner’s collections of poems include Nervous Device (City Lights, 2012) and three previous books from Fence. Her work appears in the recent edition of the Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry and other anthologies. She teaches in the MA program in creative writing at Miami University and lives in Oxford, Ohio with her son.
Recent work by Catherine can be found here:
Brenna York resides within the Peabody Manor in Oxford, Ohio. She released Mr. Ivy, a chapbook with Plumberries Press, this past June at the Midwest Press Festival in Milwaukee. Brenna is a graduate of EMU’s Creative Writing Program.
A performance of “Twat-lite”, a collaboration between Brenna York and Elizabeth Mikesch, can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/user14622738
Matvei Yankelevich is the author of the poetry collection Alpha Donut (United Artists Books) and the novella-in-fragments Boris by the Sea (Octopus Books), and the translator of Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms (Overlook/Ardis). He is one of the founding editors of Ugly Duckling Presse, where he curates the Eastern European Poets Series. He is a member of the Writing Faculty at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College; in Fall 2013 he is Visiting Writer at Long Island University’s MFA in Creative Writing.
Recent work by Matvei can be found here: http://bombsite.com/issues/119/articles/6447
[excerpts from the long poem “Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt” and a film based on the same poem made in collaboration with Jeanne Liotta]
Kaplan Harris is an editor & scholar. He has forthcoming essays in the Cambridge Companion to American Modernist Poetry & an exhibition catalog on the clairvoyant conceptualist Hannah Weiner. He lives with his daughter in Buffalo, NY.
Recent work by Kaplan can be found at:.
“The 2013 Buffalo Small Press Fair,” Harriet Open Door Series (May 2013).
“Avant-Garde Interrupted: A New Narrative after AIDS.” Contemporary Literature 52.4 (winter 2011).
“A Zine Ecology of Charles Bernstein’s Selected Poems,” Postmodern Culture 20.3 (May 2010).
Interview for “Into the Field #5” (podcast series), hosted by Steve McLaughlin, Jacket2 (June 2011)
The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley. Edited by Kaplan Harris, Rod Smith and Peter Baker. University of California Press.
It excites the Creative Writing blog to announce the Creative Writing Graduate Showcase on Thursday, April 18th from six until eight in the evening. This blessed event will be hosted in the Carillon Room in the Halle Library on EMU‘s campus. The graduate performances promise to “blow down doors and hurl windows from the highest of towers.” Those performing include Nicholas “Mr. Electric Ocean” Mourning, Arthur “Ace” Challenger Oemke, and the articulated semtex-man Gerard Breitenbeck. Each will be performing an aspect of their Creative Masters Thesis projects. Mourning’s work is a an ethnographic mapping that bisects poetics and the electric self. Oemke’s can best be referred to as debauched fiction that attempts to undermine the authority of the sensorium. Capping the event, Breitenbeck will showcase new forms which break stale narrative sculptures and blast through our rectangular age with a re-percussive return to the early eighties.
Great news! Upcoming performances by the Temporal Arts Collective. The event, [ a n o c t a v e ], will be taking place Saturday November 17th at 9:00pm 106. N. Adams Apt. 2 in Ypsilanti. The event promises to be “an evening of contemporary poetry.” A mix of performers, alums, current undergrads, graduate students and innumerable others will be there. Those reading include, but are not limited to:
- Kellie Nadler
- David Boeving
- G. Matthew Mapes
- Jonah Mixon-Webster
- John Farmer
- Nick Compton
- Miranda Metelski
- and Kristen Gines
For more information about the Temporal Arts Collective check out their Facebook page.
If you cannot make it, fear not, the blog will send one of its staff writers to the event.
Hello. Greetings from the ether, this week are two events that I think the community ought to be aware of. Both will be reviewed by the EMU:CW:B staff and/or its affiliates.
Chronologically the first event is Storytellers Lounge. This event is held in the Student Center room 300 and begins at 9pm October 25th, this Thursday. It is part of an ongoing series that takes place every four weeks. “Storytellers Lounge is a whole new experience for almost anyone who attends. Inspired by the Moth StorySLAM, eight to ten people will have the opportunity to share a real-life story with an audience. The performers will range from emerging writers, performers and artists to EMU faculty, staff and students with the purpose to entertain, inspire and motivate.”
The second event I wish to bring to the attention of the community is the Madhouse Poetry Night. More than a few Eastern Michigan University students will be performing at the Ugly Mug Friday October 26th starting at 7:00pm. Be aware, there is a one drink minimum. For more information I’ll leave this link here.
Also, in the interest of keeping the reader engaged I would like to address the banner art for the Creative Writing Blog. We are currently accepting photo-submissions to replace our banner art. If you have a picture/image you feel would work just perfectly in that space please submit via the submissions page.
Electric Ocean Strip Search, a monthly performance series in collaboration with the EMU Student Creative Writing Group, will present Speak Easy on Tuesday, August 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Germack Coffee Roasting Company (2517 Russell St, Detroit). The Germack Coffee Roasting Company is co-sponsoring this event.
New poets and experienced performers are invited to participate in an open mic from 5:00-6:30 pm before the show. Participants are encouraged to be early and sign-up early.
EOSS is scheduling performers for the Fall and would love to have you on their shores. Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or contact them on their Facebook page to perform in September, October, and November.
Catch EMU Creative Writing Professor Christine Hume with Catherine Wagner when they read at The Woodward Line – a free poetry series at The Scarab Club in Detroit – on Wednesday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m.
The Scarab Club is located at 217 Farnsworth in Detroit.
Christine Hume is the author of three books and two chapbooks: Musca Domestica (Beacon Press 2000); Alaskaphrenia (New Issues 2004); Lullaby: Speculations on the First Active Sense, a chapbook and CD (Ugly Duckling Presse 2008); Shot (Counterpath Press 2010), and Ventifacts (Omnidawn 2012). She is coordinator of the interdisciplinary Creative Writing Program at Eastern Michigan University.
Catherine Wagner’s books include Nervous Device, forthcoming from City Lights in 2012; My New Job (Fence, 2009), Macular Hole (Fence, 2004), Miss America (Fence, 2001). Her work has been anthologized in the Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry, Out of Everywhere: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America and the UK (second edition), Gurlesque, Poets on Teaching, Starting Today, Best of Fence, Best American Erotic Poems and elsewhere. She is associate professor of English at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
BELLDAY POETRY PRIZE
$2,000 PRIZE TO WINNING POET
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MARCH 15, 2012
CONTEST FINAL JUDGE: RAE ARMANTROUT
Rae Armantrout has published 10 books of poetry, including her most recent book, Money Shot (2011), and Versed (2009), which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work is widely anthologized and appears in Postmodern American Poetry, several editions of Best American Poetry, and The Oxford Book of American Poetry(2006). She is a professor of poetry and poetics at the University of California, San Diego.
Bellday Books will publish the winning book and award $2,000 and 25 copies of the book to the winning author.
- Submit a manuscript of 60-90 pages of original poetry in any style in English. The manuscript must not have been published in book or chapbook, but may contain poems that have appeared in print or on the Internet. Entries may consist of individual poems, a book-length poem or any combination of long or short poems.
- Submitted manuscript must contain 2 title pages: Name and contact information should appear on first title page only. Name should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript.
- Include a table of contents page, but do not send an acknowledgements page.
- Manuscript must be typed single-spaced, paginated and bound with a binder clip.
- Enclose an SASE for announcement of the winner. Manuscripts cannot be returned.
- Postmark deadline: March 15, 2012.
- Include a check or money order for $25 reading fee, payable to BELLDAY BOOKS.
- Bellday Books reserves the right not to select an award winner, in which case all reading fees will be refunded.
CONTEST MAILING ADDRESS
Bellday Books, Inc.
P.O. Box 3687
Pittsburgh, PA 15230
Questions may be directed to:
Looking for something to do this weekend? Catch Creative Writing MA graduates Barry Graham and Brynne Barnes reading at the Ugly Mug (317 West Cross Avenue, Ypsilanti) tonight, Saturday, January 28, at 6:30 p.m. This reading is part of the Madhouse Poetry Series.
Facebook event page here: http://www.facebook.com/
Hear Creative Writing Undergraduate students Nick Compton, John Farmer, Chris LeBlanc, G. Matthew Mapes, Elizabeth Mikesch, Jonah Mixon-Webster, and Brenna York read their work when The Temporal Arts Collective presents Tilting Time: An Evening of Contemporary Poetry, taking place Wednesday, January 25, at 6:00 p.m. in the Halle Library, room 300 (note: this is a room change due to flooding on the first floor of the Library).
This is a free event, so don’t miss out!