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KGB Monday Night Poetry is pleased to present... This Monday at KGB: Mark Doty + Vijay Seshadri + Season Finale Party Monday, December 8, 2014 Hosted by John Deming and Matthew Yeager Series founded in 1997 by Star Black and David Lehman Doors open at 7:00 pm Reading starts at 7:30pm Admission is FREE www.KgbBar.com 85 East 4th Street * New York, NY MARK DOTY's Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. His eight books of poems include School of the Arts, Source, and My Alexandria. He has also published four volumes of nonfiction prose: Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, Heaven's Coast, Firebird and Dog Years, which was a New York Times bestseller in 2007. The Art of Description, a handbook for writers, appeared in 2011. Widely anthologized, his poems appear in The Norton Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry and many other collections....Doty's work has been honored by the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, two Lambda Literary Awards and the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction. He is the only American poet to have received the T.S. Eliot Prize in the U.K., and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Ingram Merrill and Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Foundations, and from the National Endowment for the Arts....Doty lives in New York City and on the east end of Long Island. He is Professor/Writer in Residence at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Two new books are forthcoming, both from W.W. Norton: What Is the Grass, a prose meditation on Walt Whitman and the ecstatic, and Deep Lane, a new volume of poems. VIJAY SESHADRI is the author of Wild Kingdom (1996), The Long Meadow (2003), which won the James Laughlin Award, and 3 Sections (2013), which won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. The Pulitzer committee described the book as “a compelling collection of poems that examine human consciousness, from birth to dementia, in a voice that is by turns witty and grave, compassionate and remorseless.” Seshadri has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the NEA, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He has worked as an editor at the New Yorker and has taught at Bennington College and Sarah Lawrence College, where he currently directs the graduate non-fiction writing program. Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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KGB Monday Night Poetry is pleased to present... Patricia Spears Jones + Shanna Compton Monday, December 1, 2014 Hosted by John Deming and Matthew Yeager Series founded in 1997 by Star Black and David Lehman Doors open at 7:00 pm Reading starts at 7:30pm Admission is FREE www.KgbBar.com 85 East 4th Street * New York, NY PATRICIA SPEARS JONES was named by Essence.com as one of its “40 Poets They Love” in 2010. She is author of the poetry collections: Painkiller and Femme du Monde from Tia Chucha Press and The Weather That Kills from Coffee House Press and four chapbooks, the most recent Living in the Love Economy. Her work is widely anthologized....Spears Jones has been a culture maven for four decades. She was the first African American programmer as Program Coordinator at The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church. She served as Mentor for Emerge, Surface, Be, a new fellowship program at The Poetry Project. She ran the esteemed New Works Program for the Massachusetts Council of Arts and Humanities (1989-1991) and was Director of Planning and Development at The New Museum of Contemporary Art (1994-96). She is also actively involved in a variety of formal and informal organizations involved with progressive politics, social justice, feminism, the environment, and multi-culturalism, best seen in her appointment as Senior Fellow for The Black Earth Institute. She teaches for CUNY. Her art, theater, poetry and music essays, reviews and interviews can be found in print and online at www.tribes.org, Bomb, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Black Issues Book Review, The Boston Globe, and Essence and www.Essence.com. SHANNA COMPTON is the author of the poetry collections Brink, For Girls & Others, Down Spooky, and several chapbooks. The Seam, a book-length speculative poem, is forthcoming from Bloof Books in 2014. She is also the editor of a collection of essays on the topic of video games, Gamers. Her work has been widely published, including in the Best American Poetry series and other anthologies. Upcoming, Fall 2014 Dec 8 Mark Doty + Vijay Seshadri + Season Finale Party! Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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KGB Monday Night Poetry is pleased to present... Timothy Liu + Justin Marks Monday, November 24th, 2014 Hosted by John Deming and Matthew Yeager Series founded in 1997 by Star Black and David Lehman Doors open at 7:00 pm Reading starts at 7:30pm Admission is FREE www.KgbBar.com 85 East 4th Street * New York, NY Timothy Liu (Liu Ti Mo) was born in 1965 in San Jose, California, to parents from the Chinese mainland. He studied at Brigham Young University, the University of Houston, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. 
He is the author of Polytheogamy (Saturnalia, 2009); Bending the Mind Around the Dream’s Blown Fuse (Talisman House, 2009); For Dust Thou Art (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005); Of Thee I Sing (University of Georgia Press, 2004), selected by Publishers Weekly as a 2004 Book-of-the-Year; Hard Evidence (Talisman House, 2001); Say Goodnight (Copper Canyon Press, 1998); Burnt Offerings (Copper Canyon Press, 1995); and Vox Angelica (Alice James Books, 1992), which won the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award. 
 His newest volume, Don't Go Back to Sleep will be released in Oct. 2014 from Saturnalia. 
Liu’s honors and awards include a Pushcart Prize, Best American Poetry in 2002, and the Open Book Beyond Margins Award. He also edited Word of Mouth: An Anthology of Gay American Poetry, (Talisman House, 2000). 
He has served as a core faculty member at Bennington College’s Writing Seminars, and is currently an associate professor at William Paterson University. He lives in Manhattan. Justin Marks's second book of poems, You’re Going to Miss Me When You’re Bored, is forthcoming from Barrelhouse Books in 2014. His first book is A Million in Prizes (New Issues, 2009), and his latest chapbooks are We Used to Have Parties (Dikembe Press, forthcoming) and Best Practices (Greying Ghost, 2013). Recent work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Matter Barrelhouse, Leveler and Interrupture. He is a co-founder of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry press, and lives in Queens, NY with his wife and their 4 year-old twin son and daughter. Upcoming, Fall 2014 Dec 1 Patricia Spears Jones + Shanna Compton Dec 8 Mark Doty + Vijay Seshadri + Season Finale Party! Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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KGB Monday Night Poetry is pleased to present... A Celebration of The Agriculture Reader featuring Justin Taylor, Jeremy Schmall, Ian Dreiblatt, Melinda Wilson, and more Monday, November 10, 2014 Hosted by John Deming and Matthew Yeager Series founded in 1997 by Star Black + David Lehman Doors open at 7:00 pm Reading starts at 7:30pm Admission is FREE www.KgbBar.com 85 East 4th Street * New York, NY A reading celebrating AGR6 and X-ing Books happening as part of the storied Monday Night Poetry Series. Melinda Wilson, Ian Dreiblatt, and Jeremy Scmall (both X-ing author and AGR founding editor) will read from their work, and Justin Taylor will present some of the "greatest hits and rarities" from our back issues. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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KGB Monday Night Poetry is pleased to present... Lisa Jarnot, Steven Karl + William Wenthe Monday, November 3, 2014 Hosted by John Deming and Matthew Yeager Series founded in 1997 by Star Black + David Lehman Doors open at 7:00 pm Reading starts at 7:30pm Admission is FREE www.KgbBar.com 85 East 4th Street * New York, NY Lisa Jarnot is the author, most recently, of A Princess Magic Presto Spell (Solid Objects, 2014), as well as five full-length books of poetry. Her Joie de Vivre: Selected Poems 1992–2012 was published by City Lights in 2013, and her biography of Robert Duncan (Robert Duncan: The Ambassador from Venus) was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2012. She lives in Jackson Heights, Queens, with her husband and daughter. Steven Karl is the author of Dork Swagger, winner of the Joanna Cargill Prize for a first book (Coconut Books). His second book is forthcoming from Noemi Press. He is the features editor for Coldfront Magazine and a poetry editor for Sink Review. Recent writings have appeared in jubilat, Sprung Formal, and The First Time I Heard My Bloody Valentine. He lives in Miami, Florida. William Wenthe’s most recent book of poems is Words Before Dawn (LSU Press, 2012); his other books are Not Till We Are Lost (LSU Press) and Birds of Hoboken (Orchises Press). He has received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts, and two Pushcart Prizes. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The Georgia Review, Open City, Tin House, TriQuarterly, Ninth Letter, The Southern Review, Shenandoah; and other journals and anthologies. Critical essays on the craft of poetry have appeared in The Yale Review, Kenyon Review, and American Poetry Review. Born and raised in New Jersey, he teaches creative writing and modern poetry at Texas Tech. Upcoming, Fall 2014 Nov 3: William Wenthe + Steven Karl + Lisa Jarnot Nov 10: An Evening of Agriculture Reader's Poets: Jeremy Schmall + Justin Taylor + More Nov 17: Annual National Book Award Judges Reading: Robert Polito + Eileen Myles + Katie Peterson + Rowan Ricardo Phillips Nov 24: Timothy Liu + Justin Marks Dec 1: Patricia Spears Jones + Shanna Compton Dec 8: Mark Doty + Vijay Seshadri + Season Finale Party! Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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KGB Monday Night Poetry is pleased to present... David Lehman + Dara Wier Monday, October 27th, 2014 Hosted by John Deming and Matthew Yeager Series founded in 1997 by Star Black + David Lehman Doors open at 7:00 pm Reading starts at 7:30pm Admission is FREE www.KgbBar.com 85 East 4th Street * New York, NY David Lehman is the author of many collections of poems, including New and Selected Poems (Scribner, 2013),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). Among his books of non-fiction are A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs (Shocken Books, 2009) and The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets (Doubleday, 1998), which was named a "Book to Remember 1999" by the New York Public Library. 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 Ithaca, NY. Dara Wier's most recent book is You Good Thing from Wave Books, 2013, a Believer's readers' choice for 2014. Her previous books include Reverse Rapture (Poetry Book of the Year, American Poetry Center, San Francisco St. University, 2009), Remnants of Hannah, Voyages in English, and Blue for the Plough. She writes a sporadic blog for Flying Object, flying-object.org/, a community arts space and project in Hadley, Massachusetts, and she leads workshops and seminars for the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers. Upcoming, Fall 2014 Nov 3 William Wenthe + Steven Karl + Lisa Jarnot Nov 10 An Evening of Agriculture Reader's Poets: Jeremy Schmall + Justin Taylor + More Nov 17 Annual National Book Award Judges Reading Nov 24 Timothy Liu + Justin Marks Dec 1 Patricia Spears Jones + Shanna Compton Dec 8 Mark Doty + Vijay Seshadri + Season Finale Party! Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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KGB Monday Night Poetry is pleased to present... James Richardson + Star Black Monday, October 20, 2014 Hosted by John Deming and Matthew Yeager Series founded in 1997 by Star Black and David Lehman Doors open at 7:00 pm Reading starts at 7:30 pm Admission is FREE James Richardson is the author of several collections of poetry, criticism, and aphorisms, and has been awarded or nominated for some of the top awards in American literature, including the Jackson Poetry Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His work has appeared in multiple editions of The Best American Poetry, and in publications including The New Yorker, Paris Review, and Slate. Star Black is a photographer, poet, and artist. She has authored six collections of poetry and currently teaches in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton. She was recently published in The Paris Review and has written three books of sonnets, a collection of double sestinas, and a book of collaged free verse. Her poems have been anthologized in The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, 110 Stories: New York Writers After September 11, and The Best American Erotic Poems: From 1880 to The Present. Her collages have been exhibited at Poets House and The Center for Book Arts, and published in One of a Kind: UniqueArtists Books by Pierre Menard Gallery. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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KGB Monday Night Poetry is pleased to present... Matthea Harvey + Brett Fletcher Lauer Monday, October 13th, 2014 Hosted by John Deming and Matthew Yeager Series founded in 1997 by Star Black and David Lehman Doors open at 7:00 pm Reading starts at 7:30pm Admission is FREE Matthea Harvey is the author of five books of poetry--If the Tabloids are True What Are You? Of Lamb (an illustrated erasure with images by Amy Jean Porter), Modern Life (a finalist for the National Book Critics Cirlcle Award and a New York Times Notable Book), Sad Little Breathing Machine and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form. She has also published two children’s books, Cecil the Pet Glacier, illustrated by Giselle Potter and The Little General and the Giant Snowflake, illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence and lives in Brooklyn. Brett Fletcher Lauer is the deputy director of the Poetry Society of America and the poetry editor at A Public Space. He is the author of A Hotel in Belgium (Four Way Books, 2014), the co-editor of Isn’t It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets (Wave, 2004) and the forthcoming Please Excuse this Poem (Viking, 2014) co-edited with Lynn Melnick. Upcoming, Fall 2014 Oct 20 Star Black + James Richardson Oct 27 David Lehman + Dara Wier Nov 3 William Wenthe + Steven Karl + Lisa Jarnot Nov 10 An Evening of Agriculture Reader's Poets: Jeremy Schmall + Justin Taylor + More Nov 17 Annual National Book Award Judges Reading Nov 24 Timothy Liu + Justin Marks Dec 1 Patricia Spears Jones + Shanna Compton Dec 8 Mark Doty + Vijay Seshadri + Season Finale Party! www.KgbBar.com 85 East 4th Street * New York, NY Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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KGB Monday Night Poetry is pleased to present... Rusty Morrison + Camille Rankine + 2014 KGB Open-Mic Contest Winner, Spencer Everett Monday, October 6th, 2014 Hosted by John Deming and Matthew Yeager Series founded in 1997 by Star Black and David Lehman Doors open at 7:00 pm Reading starts at 7:30pm Admission is FREE www.KgbBar.com 85 East 4th Street * New York, NY Camille Rankine is the author of the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America's 2010New York Chapbook Fellowship. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press. The recipient of a 2010 "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize, she was featured as an emerging poet in the fall 2010 issue of American Poet and the April 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including American Poet, The Baffler, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, Narrative, Paper Darts, A Public Space and Tin House, and was commissioned by the New York Botanical Garden for their Literary Audio Tour. Camille earned her BA from Harvard University, and her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She was selected for a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 2013, and was named an Honorary Cave Canem Fellow in 2012. She is Assistant Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Manhattanville College, editorial director of The Manhattanville Review, and lives in New York City, where she sings with the band Miru Mir. Rusty Morrison's new letterpress, limited edition chapbook from speCt! is Reclamation Project. Her books include Beyond the Chainlink (Ahsahta 2014), Book of the Given (Noemi Press 2012), After Urgency (Tupelo 2012), which won The Dorset Prize, the true keeps calm biding its story (Ahsahta 2008), which won The Sawtooth Prize, the Academy of American Poet’s James Laughlin Award, the Northern California Book Award, and the DiCastagnola Award from Poetry Society of America, and Whethering (The Center for Literary Publishing, 2004), which won the Colorado Prize for Poetry. She is the co-publisher of Omnidawn, www.omnidawn.com. Her website: www.rustymorrison.com. Spencer Everett is the co-curator of COPULA, a Brooklyn-based reading series that features innovative poets and mixed media artists. Recent work has been published in iO and Critical Quarterly (UK). He was recently a resident at the Millay Colony and has been awarded a grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. Upcoming, Fall 2014 Oct 13 Matthea Harvey + Brett Fletcher Lauer Oct 20 Star Black + James Richardson Oct 27 David Lehman + Dara Wier Nov 3 William Wenthe + Steven Karl + Lisa Jarnot Nov 10 An Evening of Agriculture Reader's Poets: Jeremy Schmall + Justin Taylor + More Nov 17 Annual National Book Award Judges Reading Nov 24 Timothy Liu + Justin Marks Dec 1 Patricia Spears Jones + Shanna Compton Dec 8 Mark Doty + Vijay Seshadri + Season Finale Party! ***** About the Series: Labeled New York's best poetry series by such publications as New York Magazine and Time... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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Erin Belieu + Josh Bell Monday, Sept 29, 2014 Hosted by John Deming and Matthew Yeager Series founded in 1997 by Star Black and David Lehman Doors open at 7:00 pm Reading starts at 7:30pm Admission is FREE www.KgbBar.com 85 East 4th Street * New York, NY Erin Belieu was born and raised in Nebraska. Her first book, Infanta (1995), was a winner of the Nationa Poetry Series and named a best book of the year by The Washington Post and Library Journal. Her second collection, One Above & One Below, was the winner of the Midland Authors Prize in poetry and the Ohioana prize, and her most recent collection, Black Box, was a finalist in 2007 for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her newest volume, Slant Six, will be released in Nov. 2014 from Copper Canyon. She is presently Director of the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Florida State University. With Cate Marvin, she is the co-founder and co-director of VIDA, a literary organization that seeks to explore critical and cultural perceptions of writing by women through meaningful conversation and the exchange of ideas among existing and emerging literary communities. Josh Bell is Briggs Copeland Lecturer at Harvard University and the author of the book of poems No Planets Strike. He's recently published work in The New Republic, Tin House, Boston Review, and The New Yorker. A former member of the creative writing faculty at Columbia University, his second books of poems is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in the Spring of 2016. Upcoming, Fall 2014 Oct 6 Camille Rankine + Rusty Morrison + 2014 KGB Open Mic Winner, Spencer Everett Oct 13 Matthea Harvey + Brett Fletcher Lauer Oct 20 Star Black + James Richardson Oct 27 David Lehman + Dara Wier Nov 3 William Wenthe + Steven Karl + Lisa Jarnot Nov 10 An Evening of Agriculture Reader's Poets: Jeremy Schmall + Justin Taylor + More Nov 17 Annual National Book Award Judges Reading: Robert Polito + Eileen Myles + Katie Peterson + Rowan Ricardo Phillips Nov 24 Timothy Liu + Justin Marks Dec 1 Patricia Spears Jones + Shanna Compton Dec 8 Mark Doty + Vijay Seshadri + Season Finale Party! Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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KGB Monday Night Poetry is pleased to present... Richard Howard + Julie Sheehan Monday, Sept 22, 2014 Hosted by John Deming and Matthew Yeager Series founded in 1997 by Star Black and David Lehman Doors open at 7:00 pm Reading starts at 7:30pm Admission is FREE www.KgbBar.com 85 East 4th Street * New York, NY Richard Howard is the author of numerous volumes of poetry, including Trappings: New Poems (Turtle Point Press, 1999); Selected Poems (Penguin, 1991); No Traveller (Knopf, 1989); Findings (Atheneum, 1971) and Untitled Subjects (Atheneum, 1969), for which he received the Pulitzer Prize. His newest volume A Progressive Education will be out in October, 2014 from Turtle Point Press. He has published more than 150 translations from the French, including works by André Gide, Jean Giraudoux, Jean Cocteau, Albert Camus, Simone de Beauvoir, Charles de Gaulle, André Breton, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Roland Barthes, Emil Cioran, Claude Simon, and Stendhal, as well as Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du mal, for which he received the 1983 American Book Award for translation....Howard's honors include the Levinson Prize, the Harriet Monroe Memorial Prize, the National Institute of Arts and Letters Literary Award, the Ordre National du Mérite from the French government, and the PEN Translation Medal, as well as fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. He is a former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and lives in New York City, where he teaches in the Writing Division of the School of the Arts, Columbia University. - Julie Sheehan's three poetry collections are Bar Book, Orient Point and Thaw. Her honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award and NYFA Fellowship in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, most recently POOL, Pleiades, Raritan and The New Yorker. She teaches in and directs the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton. Upcoming, Fall 2014 Sept 29 Erin Belieu + Josh Bell Oct 6 Camille Rankine + Rusty Morrison Oct 13 Matthea Harvey + Brett Fletcher Lauer Oct 20 Star Black + James Richardson Oct 27 David Lehman + Dara Wier Nov 3 William Wenthe + Steven Karl + Lisa Jarnot Nov 10 An Evening of Agriculture Reader's Poets: Jeremy Schmall + Justin Taylor + More Nov 17 Annual National Book Award Judges Reading: Eileen Myles + Katie Peterson + Rowan Ricardo Phillips Nov 24 Timothy Liu + Justin Marks Dec 1 Patricia Spears Jones + Shanna Compton Dec 8 Mark Doty + Vijay Seshadri + Season Finale Party! Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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Mark Bibbins + Lucie Brock-Broido + Season Finale Party Monday, May 12, 2014 Hosted by John Deming and Matthew Yeager Series founded in 1997 by Star Black and David Lehman Doors open at 7:00 pm Reading starts at 7:30pm Admission is FREE www.KgbBar.com 85 East 4th Street * New York, NY Mark Bibbins is the author of The Dance of No Hard Feelings, Sky Lounge, which received a Lambda Literary Award, and They Don't Kill You Because You're Hungry, They Kill You Because They're Full, which was released this spring by Copper Canyon Press. He teaches in the graduate writing programs at Columbia University and The New School, where he co-founded LIT magazine. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, Boston Review, Tin House, The Best American Poetry, and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century. He was a 2005 New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow. Lucie Brock-Broido is the author of Stay,Illusion, which was released in 2013 and name a finalist for both the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the author of three previous collections of poetry, A Hunger, The Master Letters, and Trouble in Mind, as well as the editor of the poems of Thomas James, Letters to a Stranger. A volume of Brock-Broido’s selected poems, Soul Keeping Company was published in the U.K. She is Director of Poetry in the School of the Arts at Columbia University and lives in New York City and in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Thanks everyone for a great season! Fall 2014 Season to be announced soon! Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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Laura Sims + Ariana Reines Monday, May 5, 2014 Hosted by John Deming and Matthew Yeager Series founded in 1997 by Star Black and David Lehman Doors open at 7:00 pm Reading starts at 7:30pm Admission is FREE www.KgbBar.com 85 East 4th Street * New York, NY Laura Sims is the author of three books of poetry: My god is this a man, Stranger, and Practice, Restraint (Fence Books); her fourth collection, Staying Alive, is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2016. She edited Fare Forward: Letters from David Markson, a book of her correspondence with the celebrated experimental novelist (powerHouse Books), and has also published five chapbooks of poetry. Her work was included in the anthology, The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century, and individual poems have recently appeared in the journals: Aufgabe, Black Clock, Black Warrior Review, Colorado Review, Crayon, and Denver Quarterly. She has published book reviews and essays in Boston Review, Evening Will Come, Jacket, New England Review, Rain Taxi and The Review of Contemporary Fiction. Sims’s first book, Practice, Restraint, was awarded the 2005 Fence Books Alberta Prize, and in 2006, she received a JUSFC Creative Artists Exchange Fellowship to live in Tokyo. Sims is a graduate of the College of William and Mary. She received a Master of Fine Arts from University of Washington in 2000, and she is now an adjunct professor of creative writing and literature at NYU-SCPS. She has been a featured writer for the Poetry Foundation’s Harrietblog, and has been a co-editor of Instance Press with poets Elizabeth Robinson, Susanne Dyckman, and Beth Anderson since 2009. She lives with her family in Brooklyn. Born in Salem, Massachusetts, poet, playwright, and translator Ariana Reines earned a BA from Barnard College, and completed graduate work at both Columbia University and the European Graduate School, where she studied literature, performance, and philosophy. Her books of poetry include The Cow(2006), which won the Alberta Prize from Fence Books; Coeur de Lion (2007); and Mercury (2011). Her poems have been anthologized in Against Expression (2011) and Gurlesque (2010). Known for her interest in bodily experience, the occult, new media, and the possibilities of the long or book-length form, Reines has been described as “one of the crucial voices of her generation” by Michael Silverblatt on NPR’s Bookworm. ONLY ONE READING REMAINS IN OUR SPRING SEASON: May 12: Mark Bibbins + Lucie Brock-Broido + Season Finale Party THANKS EVERYONE FOR INCREDIBLE YEAR SO FAR!! Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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Roger Reeves + Russell Dillon Monday, April 28, 2014 Hosted by John Deming and Matthew Yeager Series founded in 1997 by Star Black and David Lehman Doors open at 7:00 pm Reading starts at 7:30pm Admission is FREE www.KgbBar.com 85 East 4th Street * New York, NY Roger Reeves's poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Tin House, among others. Kim Addonizio selected “Kletic of Walt Whitman” for the Best New Poets 2009 anthology. He was awarded a 2013 NEA Fellowship, Ruth Lilly Fellowship by the Poetry Foundation in 2008, two Bread Loaf Scholarships, an Alberta H. Walker Scholarship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and two Cave Canem Fellowships. He earned his PhD the University of Texas-Austin and is currently an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois, Chicago. His first book is King Me (Copper Canyon Press, 2013). Russell Dillon is the author of Eternal Patrol (H-NGM-N BKS 2013), co-editor of Big Bell, and author of the chapbook Secret Damage. He began life in New York, continued it in San Francisco, and now continues it further in New York. ONLY TWO READINGS REMAIN IN OUR SPRING SEASON: May 5 Ariana Reines + Laura Sims May 12 Mark Bibbins + Lucie Brock-Broido + Season Finale Party Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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Brian Blanchfield + Christopher Salerno Monday, April 21, 2014 Hosted by John Deming and Matthew Yeager Series founded in 1997 by Star Black and David Lehman Doors open at 7:00 pm Reading starts at 7:30pm Admission is FREE www.KgbBar.com 85 East 4th Street * New York, NY Christopher Salerno's most recent book of poems, ATM, was selected by D.A. Powell for the 2013 Georgetown Review Poetry Prize. Previous books include Minimum Heroic (Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, 2010), and Whirligig (Spuyten Duyvil, 2006). He is also the author of the chapbooks AORTA, Automatic Teller, winner of the 2013 Laurel Review Midwest Chapbook Prize. A 2014 New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellow, Salerno's poems have been published in numerous magazines, including Boston Review, Colorado Review,Fence, Denver Quarterly, American Letters and Commentary, Verse Daily,Mississippi Review. He is currently an assistant professor of English at William Paterson University where he manages the journal, Map Literary. Brian Blanchfield is the author of two books of poetry–Not Even Then (University of California Press) and A Several World, (Nightboat Books, 2014)–as well as a chapbook, The History of Ideas, 1973-2012 (Spork Press) and a collection of essays, in progress: Onesheets, a finalist for a 2013 Creative Capital Innovative Literature grant. His recent work has appeared in The Nation, Chicago Review, The Brooklyn Rail, A Public Space, Lana Turner, The Paris Review, Web Conjunctions, Guernica, The Awl, and The Poetry Project Newsletter, among other journals and magazines. Born in 1973, in Winston-Salem, NC, he spent his twenties in New York City, where he worked in the editorial department of Farrar, Straus and Giroux and taught creative writing and literature at Pratt Institute of Art. He has taught also as core faculty in the graduate writing programs of Otis College of Art and Design, in Los Angeles, and at the University of Montana, Missoula, where he was the 2008 Richard Hugo Visiting Poet and, for the three subsequent years, fulltime visiting faculty. Since 2010 he has been a poetry editor of Fence. With his partner John, he lives out past the streetlights in Tucson, where he teaches poetry in The Honors College at the University of Arizona and runs the Intermezzo reading series at The Temple Lounge downtown. Remaining Spring 2014 Schedule: Apr 28 Russell Dillon + Roger Reeves May 5 Ariana Reines + Laura Sims May 12 Mark Bibbins + Lucie Brock-Broido + Season Finale Party Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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Scott Hightower + Jeffrey Harrison Monday, April 14, 2014 Hosted by John Deming and Matthew Yeager Series founded in 1997 by Star Black and David Lehman Doors open at 7:00 pm Reading starts at 7:30pm Admission is FREE www.KgbBar.com 85 East 4th Street * New York, NY Scott Hightower was born in 1952 on a ranch in central Texas. He is the author of Self-evident (Barrow Street Press, 2012), Part of the Bargain (Copper Canyon Press, 2005), winner of the Hayden Carruth Award for New and Emerging Poets, as well as Tin Can Tourist (2001) and Natural Trouble (2003). His translations of poems from the Spanish have garnered Hightower a Willis Barnstone Translation Prize. He attended the University of Texas and Columbia University and is currently a contributing editor ofThe Journal. About his poetry, Marie Ponsot has said: "The most exciting quality of Hightower's work is its poetic and paradoxical unifying of emotional and intellectual depth with a marvelous quietness." Hightower's poems have appeared in the Yale Review, Salmagundi, Ploughshares, AGNI, The Paris Review, New England Review,Southwest Review, Gulf Coast and many others. He has taught at Drew University, Fordham University, F.I.T., Poets House, Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), and writing conferences throughout the country. He presently teaches at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University and lives in New York City. Jeffrey Harrison is author of five books of poetry, including The Singing Underneath, chosen by James Merrill for the National Poetry Series in 1987, andIncomplete Knowledge, runner-up for the Poets’ Prize in 2008. A volume of selected poems, The Names of Things, was published in 2006 in the United Kingdom. A recipient of Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, he has published poems in The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Nation, The Yale Review, and many other magazines and anthologies, and has taught at a number of colleges and universities, and at Phillips Academy, where he was Writer-in-Residence. He lives in Dover, Massachusetts. Remaining Spring 2014 Schedule: Apr 21 Brian Blanchfield + Christopher Salerno Apr 28 Russell Dillon + Roger Reeves May 5 Ariana Reines + Laura Sims May 12 Mark Bibbins + Lucie Brock-Broido + Season Finale Party Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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Nate Pritts + Jennifer H. Fortin + Adam Fell Monday, April 7, 2014 Hosted by John Deming and Matthew Yeager Series founded in 1997 by Star Black and David Lehman Doors open at 7:00 pm Reading starts at 7:30pm Admission is FREE www.KgbBar.com 85 East 4th Street * New York, NY Nate Pritts is the author of several collections of poetry, including the full-length Right Now More Than Ever and the forthcoming chapbook Pattern Exhaustion. Poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Southern Review, Court Green, Forklift, Ohio, and many other journals. He founded H_NGM_N, an online journal & small press, and continues to serve as Director and Prime Architect for its various endeavors. Nate lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York. We Lack in Equipment & Control (H_NGM_N Books, 2013) is Jennifer H. Fortin’s second book. Lowbrow Press published her first, Mined Muzzle Velocity, in 2011. Fortin is the author of four chapbooks, from Dancing Girl Press, the Dusie Kollektiv, Poor Claudia, and Greying Ghost Press. With three other poets, she founded and edits LEVELER. Fortin is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Bulgaria 2004-2006). She now works in Public Relations/Communications at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Adam Fell is a poet and fiction writer. He is the author of Dear Corporation, and I am Not a Pioneer and co-curator of Monsters of Poetry Reading Series. Remaining Spring 2014 Schedule: Apr 14 Scott Hightower + Jeffrey Harrison Apr 21 Brian Blanchfield + Christopher Salerno Apr 28 Russell Dillon + Roger Reeves May 5 Ariana Reines + Laura Sims May 12 Mark Bibbins + Lucie Brock-Broido + Season Finale Party Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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Matthew Zapruder + Charlotte Boulay Monday, March 31, 2014 Hosted by John Deming and Matthew Yeager Series founded in 1997 by Star Black and David Lehman Doors open at 7:00 pm Reading starts at 7:30pm Admission is FREE www.KgbBar.com 85 East 4th Street * New York, NY Matthew Zapruder is the author of four collections of poetry, including Sun Bear, forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in spring 2014. His most recent book, Come On All You Ghosts (Copper Canyon, 2010), was selected as one of the year’s top 5 poetry books by Publishers Weekly, as well as the 2010 Booklist Editors’ Choice for poetry, and the 2010 Northern California Independent Booksellers Association poetry book of the year. His second collection, The Pajamaist, was chosen by Tony Hoagland as the winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and by Library Journal as one of the top ten poetry volumes of 2006. The recipient of a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship, he lives in Oakland, where he is an editor at Wave Books and a new member of the Core Faculty at the MFA in creative writing at St. Mary’s College of California. Charlotte Boulay grew up in the Boston area and attended St. Lawrence University. She earned her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she taught writing for five years. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, The Boston Review, and Crazyhorse, among other journals. Her first book, Foxes on the Trampoline, will be released spring 2014 by Ecco Press. She lives with her husband in Philadelphia. Remaining Spring 2014 Lineup: Apr 7 Nate Pritts + Jennifer H. Fortin + Adam Fell Apr 14 Scott Hightower + Jeffrey Harrison Apr 21 Brian Blanchfield + Christopher Salerno Apr 28 Russell Dillon + Roger Reeves May 5 Ariana Reines + Laura Sims May 12 Mark Bibbins + Lucie Brock-Broido + Season Finale Party Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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KGB Monday Night Poetry is pleased to present... Rachel Zucker + Yona Harvey Monday, March 24, 2014 Hosted by John Deming and Matthew Yeager Series founded in 1997 by Star Black and David Lehman Doors open at 7:00 pm Reading starts at 7:30pm Admission is FREE www.KgbBar.com 85 East 4th Street * New York, NY Rachel Zucker is the author of nine books, most recently, MOTHERs and The Pedestrians (forthcoming, April 1). Her book Museum of Accidents was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She lives in New York with her husband and their three sons. She teaches at New York University and is currently a National Endowment for the Arts fellow. Yona Harvey is a literary artist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the author of the poetry collection,Hemming the Water (Four Way Books: New York), and the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation. Her poems can be found in jubilat, Gulf Coast, Callaloo, West Branch, and various journals and anthologies, including A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry (Ed. Annie Finch). She lives not far from where jazz pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams grew up. Williams married the spiritual to the secular in her music, and is a regular muse in Yona’s writing. In addition to her undergraduate and graduate degrees in English from Howard University (BA) and The Ohio State University (MFA), she also earned a Master of Library and Information Science degree from The University of Pittsburgh. She is an Assistant Professor of English at The University of Pittsburgh. Remaining Spring 2014 Lineup: Mar 31 Matthew Zapruder + Charlotte Boulay Apr 7 Nate Pritts + Jennifer H. Fortin + Adam Fell Apr 14 Scott Hightower + Jeffrey Harrison Apr 21 Brian Blanchfield + Christopher Salerno Apr 28 Russell Dillon + Roger Reeves May 5 Ariana Reines + Laura Sims May 12 Mark Bibbins + Lucie Brock-Broido + Season Finale Party Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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KGB Monday Night Poetry is pleased to present... John Yau + Lawrence Joseph Monday, March 17, 2014 Hosted by John Deming and Matthew Yeager Series founded in 1997 by Star Black and David Lehman Doors open at 7:00 pm Reading starts at 7:30pm Admission is FREE www.KgbBar.com 85 East 4th Street * New York, NY John Yau has published over 50 books of poetry, fiction, and art criticism. Yau’s many collections of poetry include Corpse and Mirror(1983), selected by John Ashbery for the National Poetry Series, Edificio Sayonara (1992), Forbidden Entries (1996), Borrowed Love Poems (2002), Ing Grish (2005), Paradiso Diaspora (2006), Exhibits (2010), and Further Adventures in Monochrome (2012). Honors and awards for his work including a New York Foundation for the Arts Ward, the Jerome Shestack Award, and the Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram-Merrill Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and was named a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by France. Yau has taught at many institutions, including Pratt, the Maryland Institute College of Art and School of Visual Arts, Brown University, and the University of California-Berkeley. Since 2004 he has been the Arts editor of the Brooklyn Rail. He teaches at the Mason Gross School of the Arts and Rutgers University, and lives in New York City. Lawrence Joseph is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Into It and Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973–1993 (which includes his first three books, Shouting at No One, Curriculum Vitae, and Before Our Eyes), published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He is also the author of two books of prose, Lawyerland, also published by FSG, and The Game Changed: Essays and Other Prose, published by the University of Michigan Press in its Poets on Poetry Series. Born in Detroit, he is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the University of Cambridge, where he received a M.A. in English Language and Literature, and the University of Michigan Law School. He is presently Tinnelly Professor of Law at St. John's University School of Law in Queens, and has also taught in the Program in Creative Writing at Princeton. Married to the painter Nancy Van Goethem, he has lived for the past thirty-three years in downtown Manhattan. Remaining Spring 2014 lineup: Mar 24 Rachel Zucker + Yona Harvey Mar 31 Matthew Zapruder + Charlotte Boulay Apr 7 Nate Pritts + Jennifer H. Fortin + Adam Fell Apr 14 Scott Hightower + Jeffrey Harrison Apr 21 Brian Blanchfield + Christopher Salerno Apr 28 Russell Dillon + Roger Reeves May 5 Kate Greenstreet + Laura Sims May 12 Mark Bibbins + Lucie Brock-Broido + Season Finale Party Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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KGB Monday Night Poetry is pleased to present... Joseph Millar + Dorianne Laux Monday, March 10, 2014 Hosted by John Deming and Matthew Yeager Series founded in 1997 by Star Black and David Lehman Doors open at 7:00 pm Reading starts at 7:30pm Admission is FREE www.KgbBar.com 85 East 4th Street * New York, NY Joseph Millar grew up in western Pennsylvania and was educated at Penn State and the Johns Hopkins University, where he earned an MA in poetry writing. He worked as a commercial fisherman and telephone repairman for more than 20 years, and his accessible narrative poems often take working life as a means of engaging themes of class, family, and romantic love. Millar is the author of several poetry collections, including Blue Rust (2011), Fortune (2007), and Overtime (2001), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Montalvo Arts Center, and Oregon Literary Arts. His poetry has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s National Public Radio program The Writer’s Almanac, and won a Pushcart Prize. Millar, who has taught at Pacific University, the University of Oregon, and Oregon State University, lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, poet Dorianne Laux. Dorianne Laux's most recent books of poems are The Book of Men (2011), winner of the Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry and the Paterson Poetry Prize, and Facts about the Moon (2007), recipient of the Oregon Book Award and short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Laux is also author of Awake, What We Carry, finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, andSmoke. She is the recipient of two "Best American Poetry" Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, two fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Widely anthologized, her work has appeared in the Best of APR, The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and The Best of the Net. In 2001, she was invited by late poet laureate Stanley Kunitz to read at the Library of Congress. Recent poems appear in The American Poetry Review, Cimarron Review, and Tin House. She and her husband, poet Joseph Millar, moved to Raleigh in 2008 where she teaches poetry and directs the MFA program at North Carolina State University. Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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It's time for KGB MONDAY NIGHT POETRY's 2nd ANNUAL POST-AWP SEMI-OPEN MIC CONTEST. Judging will be conducted democratically, by paper ballot, and the highest score will win a featured reading with a pairing of their choosing in the Fall '14 season. Last year's winner Lily Goderstad read with Joshua Beckman and Geoffrey G. O'Brien. Already on deck for Fall '14 are luminaries such as David Lehman, Billy Collins, and Dara Wier. You could read with them! Email Matthew Yeager at yeager.matthew@gmail.com before 5:00 pm to ensure a slot. Or just come to KGB. 85 E. 4th St. b/w 2nd Ave and the Bowery on Monday evenings at 7 PM for the Spring 2014 readings. Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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KGB Monday Night Poetry is pleased to present... Mary Jo Salter + David Lehman Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 Hosted by John Deming and Matthew Yeager Series founded in 1997 by Star Black and David Lehman Doors open at 7:00 pm Reading starts at 7:30pm Admission is FREE www.KgbBar.com 85 East 4th Street * New York, NY David Lehman is the author of many collections of poems, including New and Selected Poems (Scribner, 2013), 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 (Scribner, 2002). Among his books of non-fiction are A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs (Shocken Books, 2009) and The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets(Doubleday, 1998), which was named a "Book to Remember 1999" by the New York Public Library. 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 Ithaca, NY. Mary Jo Salter was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was educated at Harvard and Cambridge and taught at Mount Holyoke College for many years. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, including A Kiss in Space, Sunday Skaters, andA Phone Call to the Future: New and Selected Poems, all from from Knopf. Her most recent volume is Nothing by Design. Also the author of a children's book, The Moon Comes Home, and a coeditor of The Norton Anthology of Poetry, she is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and lives in Baltimore. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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KGB Monday Night Poetry is pleased to present... Tony Towle + Michael McDonough Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 Hosted by John Deming and Matthew Yeager Series founded in 1997 by Star Black and David Lehman Doors open at 7:00 pm Reading starts at 7:30pm Admission is FREE www.KgbBar.com 85 East 4th Street * New York, NY Tony Towle began writing poetry in 1960 and became associated with the New York School of Poetry three years later, when he took poetry workshops with Kenneth Koch and Frank O’Hara. His first major collection, North, was the Frank O’Hara Award for 1970 and published by Columbia University Press. (See Publications for a complete list of books.) He is the author of fifteen volumes of poetry, and he has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Poets Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, among other prizes and honors. Michael McDonough has published poems in Off the Coast, The Agriculture Reader, pax americana, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in Poetry from The New School and a BA in American Studies from Bard College. He is the author of Radiocartography (Straw Gate Books, 2013), as well as three chapbooks and an audio CD. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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KGB Monday Night Poetry is pleased to present... Jillian Weise + LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 Hosted by John Deming and Matthew Yeager Series founded in 1997 by Star Black and David Lehman Doors open at 7:00 pm Reading starts at 7:30pm Admission is FREE www.KgbBar.com 85 East 4th Street * New York, NY Jillian Weise's latest poetry collection, The Book of Goodbyes (2013), won the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and the Isabella Gardner Award from BOA Editions. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, Tin House and Verse Daily. She received creative writing fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, the Fulbright Program and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Aboout her first volume of poetry, The Amputee's Guide to Sex, the Los Angeles Times wrote, “Readers who can handle the hair-raising experience of Jillian Weise’s gutsy poetry debut will be rewarded with . . . a fearless dissection of the taboo and the hidden.” She is also the author of The Colony, a novel. LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is the author of the collection TWeRK (Belladonna Books 2013) as well as three chapbooks, which include Ichi-Ban and Ni-Ban (MOH Press), and Manuel is destroying my bathroom (Belladonna Press), as well as the album, Television. Her work has published in Rattapallax, Black Renaissance Noir, Nocturnes, Polvo, Spoken Word Revolution Redux, Drumvoices Review, Long Shot, The Black Scholar, P.M.S, Bum Rush the Page, Jubilat, Everything But the Burden, Black Belt, and Tea Party Magazine to name a few. LaTasha has received scholarships, residencies, and fellowships from Cave Canem, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, Naropa Institute, Caldera Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts (2003/2009), the Eben Demarest Trust, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Grant for Women. LaTasha was the poetry curator for the online arts journal,www.exittheapple.com. She is a Harlem Elohi Native. Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at The Best American Poetry