Here are this week’s picks.
Monday Night Poetry: David Lehman + Kim Addonizo
Monday, Dec 2nd @ 7-9pm
KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St, New York, NY
David Lehman is the author of many collections of poems, including Yeshiva Boys (Scriber, 2011), When a Woman Loves a Man (Scribner, 2005), Jim and Dave Defeat the Masked Man (with James Cummins, Soft Skull Press, 2005), and The Evening Sun (2002). He edited The Oxford Book of American Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2006), and is the series editor of The Best American Poetry. He is on the core faculty of the graduate writing programs at the New School and New York University. He lives in New York City, and a New and Selected Poems, will be out from Scribner in Nov. of 2013.
Kim Addonizo’s books of poetry include Lucifer at the Starlite (W. W. Norton, 2009); What Is This Thing Called Love: Poems (2004); Tell Me (BOA Editions, 2000), which was a finalist for the National Book Award; Jimmy & Rita (1997); The Philosopher’s Club (1994); and Three West Coast Women, with Laurie Duesing and Dorianne Laux (1987). Addonizio is also the author of In the Box Called Pleasure (1999), a collection of stories, and, with Dorianne Laux, the co-author of The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry (1997). She co-edited Dorothy Parker’s Elbow: Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos (2002) with Cheryl Dumesnil. Addonizio was a founding editor of the journal Five Fingers Review. Among her awards and honors are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, and a Commonwealth Club Poetry Medal. Kim Addonizio teaches in the M.F.A. program at Goddard College and lives in San Francisco.
No, Dear/Small Anchor Press: The Brothers, Perdendo and Perdendosi
Tuesday, Dec 3rd @ 7pm
61 Local, 61 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201
Join No, Dear/Small Anchor Press for our 2013 final celebration of Brian Trimboli‘s new chapbook–The Brothers, Perdendo and Perdendosi
Reading with Brian: Paul Hlava, Monica McClure and Elizabeth Pancrazi
“The brothers and their father are delightfully specific, but also tragic Everymen. Trimboli’s concerns are with masculinity’s sad and inexorable toll on youth, in a way that’s mythic and particular, heartbreaking and beautiful all at once.”
“To read Brian Trimboli’s ‘The Brothers, Perdendo and Perdendosi’ I first traversed hard metal screws and blood red thread. Here is a chapbook about one family—the thread of shared blood imposing self-reflection: a father who confounded, embarrassed, and demanded. A brother walked beside the speaker and saw the same ‘orchestra of small insanities held together with catgut.’ Trimboli writes of how each generation bears onward despite the previous one, that the children might indeed master the meaningless: to rename, they might establish a little control. They endure. This even, breathing, blood-rich narrative made me want to squeeze everyone I have ever known for just one more drop of meaning.”
- Amy Lawless
The Poetry Project: Diaz & Wakoski
Wednesday, December 4 @ 8pm
St. Mark’s Church, 131 E. 10th St, New York, NY
Natalie Diaz grew up in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. After playing professional basketball in Europe and Asia for several years, she completed her MFA in poetry and fiction at Old Dominion University. She has been awarded the Bread Loaf 2012 Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry, the 2012 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Literature Fellowship, a 2012 Lannan Residency and the 2012 Lannan Literary Fellowship. Her first book, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press. Diaz currently lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona, and directs a language revitalization program at Fort Mojave, her home reservation. There she works and teaches with the last Elder speakers of the Mojave language. She is a faculty member at the new low-residency MFA program at The Institute of American Indian Arts.
Diane Wakoski, who was born in Southern California and educated at UC, Berkeley, made her home and began her poetry career in New York City from 1960-1973. In 1989 her selected poems, Emerald Ice (Black Sparrow Press) won the William Carlos Williams prize from the PSA. The most recent of her more than 20 collections of poetry are The Diamond Dog (ANHINGA, 2010) and a new collection, Bay of Angels, (Anhinga Press, 2013). Since 1975, she has lived in East Lansing, Michigan where she was Poet In Residence and University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University, from which she retired in the spring of 2012.
The New Salon at NYU: Joshua Beckman & Deborah Landau
Thursday, December 5th @ 7pm-8:30pm
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, New York University, 58 West 10th Street, New York, NY
Poets: Deborah Landau, Joshua Beckman
Joshua Beckman is the author of seven collections of poems: Things Are Happening (1998); Something I Expected To Be Different (2001); Nice Hat. Thanks. (2002), written with Matthew Rohrer; Your Time Has Come (2004); Shake (2006); Take It (2009); and most recently Micrograms (2011). He has also published two books of translation: Poker by Tomaž Šalamun (2004) and 5 Meters of Poems by Carlos Oquendo de Amat (2010) co-translated with Alejandro de Acosta). His first collection, Things are Happening, won the first annual Honickman-APR book award, and his translation of Poker by Tomaž Šalamun was a finalist for the PEN America Poetry in Translation Award.
Deborah Landau is the author of The Last Usable Hour, a Lannan Literary Selection published by Copper Canyon Press, and Orchidelirium, which won the Anhinga Prize for Poetry. A third collection of poems, The Uses of the Body, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon. Her poems and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, Tin House, Boston Review, The Kenyon Review, The Best American Erotic Poems, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and elsewhere, and have been translated into Mongolian, Romanian, Russian, and Greek. She was educated at Stanford, Columbia, and Brown, where she was a Javits Fellow and received a Ph.D. in English and American Literature. For many years she co-directed the KGB Bar Monday Night Poetry Series and co-hosted the video interview program Open Book on Slate.com. She directs the Creative Writing Program at New York University, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, sons, and daughter.
Admission is free. Sponsored by The Poetry Society of America and the NYU Creative Writing Program.
The Multifarious Array Reading Series
Friday, Dec 6th @ 7pm
Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Dan Chiasson, Deborah Landau, and Amber Galeo