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Last fall, I enrolled in a literature seminar in the New School writing program unlike any literature class I’ve ever taken: the AshLab. The project of the class involved contributing to creative and scholarly research documenting John Ashbery's poetry as well as his 19th-century Victorian residence in Hudson, New York. The work is intended for a general audience to read on a website. On Monday, April 8, The New School hosted a presentation by the collective hive mind of faculty and students that over the course of four semesters has produced this new virtual archive, which went live last week.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
Join Best American Poetry series editor David Lehman and poet and editor Dan Nester as they read and delve into the mysteries of the sestina, a 700 year old poetic form that continues to beguile poets and poetry lovers with its arcane rules and rigid structure. Nester is the editor of The Incredible Sestina Anthology (Write Bloody Publishing), a volume that gathers more than 100 sestinas by poets from Sherman Alexie to Louis Zukovsky and includes classics as well as modern masterpieces. The sestina comprises six six-line stanzas plus a final three line envoi. The words that end each line... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
In its inaugural exhibition, Dumbo Sky presents artist and poet Joseph A. W. Quintela’s sculptural series, Portrait of the Artist as the Cast of You in Eye. Molded from shredded dictionaries on Quintela’s own body, this collection of self-portraits engages questions of self-definition, blurred identity, multiple personas, and building an understanding of others via de-formation of self. The closing reading this Thursday will feature such poets as Best American Poetry series editor David Lehman, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Jackson Taylor, Maya Pindyck, Ronnie Norpel, and Joseph A.W. Quintela. The poets will read in pairs with short intermissions following a closing celebration.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
Tina Chang, Brooklyn’s poet laureate, will read at The New School’s Poetry Forum next Wednesday, to be followed by a Q&A moderated by David Lehman. A graduate of Columbia’s MFA program and a native New Yorker, Ms. Chang’s work has been noted for its lush attention to memory and the effect of political and social conditions on our most personal family moments. Her latest collection is Of Gods & Strangers (Four Way Books, 2011), which followed her debut in 2004 with Half-Lit Houses (Four Way Books). Ms. Chang was also the co-editor of an anthology, Language for a New Century:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
We've got another big, beautiful magazine ready to go to press. Issue #30 features David Lynch, Bruce Sterling, and many other excellent artists and writers. We just need donations to help print it. We even got a grant, because high... Continue reading
Cooking show host (and intrepid New Oregon Arts & Letters reporter) Nora Robertson sets out to demonstrate the simplest of dishes, the hard-boiled egg, but the lesson soon goes awry as surreal interludes of virgin sacrifices to a Ghanaian snake... Continue reading
KZME goes on the air at 107.1 FM this fall covering local music arts, arts and culture, and they're having a party. Hip-pop one-man performance Boy Eats Drum Machine, five piece indie/Americana band Celilo, and anglophile indie-poppers Hugs break it... Continue reading
Host Nora Robertson sits down with Michael Brophy, Stephanie Snyder and Dark Horse Comics' Shawna Gore Collected by the Seattle Art Museum, the Portland Art Museum and Microsoft, Brophy’s work was the subject of a Tacoma Art Museum exhibition, “The... Continue reading