Monday, January 24, 2011

Salmon’s Off-Site Reading at AWP 2011

I will be taking part in Salmon Poetry’s off-site AWP reading in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this great press. It takes place on Friday, Feb. 4th, at 8pm, at Pigment Art Studio, 1848 Columbia Rd. NW, Washington, D.C.

This is a blockbuster reading, also including the launch of 10 new poetry collections by Andrea Cohen, Christoher Locke, Allan Peterson, Philip Fried, Drew Blanchard, Drucilla Wall, Simmons Buntin, John Fitzgerald, Alan Jude Moore, and Patrick Chapman.

As well as the above, readers include Kevin Higgins, Susan Millar DuMars, Stephen Powers, Patrick Hicks, Eamonn Wall, Helene Cardona, Devon McNamara, William Pitt Root, J.D. Smith, Pam Uschuk, Adam Tavel, Irene McKinney, Jeanne Wagner, and, as I mentioned, myself.

The event is supported by Culture Ireland. Hope to see you there....

Oh, and Salmon will also have a table at the AWP Bookfair. Its location is Table E26, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Exhibition Level. My book Ancestor Worship will be on sale, as well as Salmon’s other books, so please stop by. The Bookfair runs every day during the conference.

Monday, January 17, 2011

New Yinzer reading, Feb. 2nd

Mark your calendar, call the newspaper, there’s an upcoming poetry event! I will be giving a reading in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, February 2nd, as part of “The New Yinzer Presents” series. It takes place at ModernFormations Gallery, 4919 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. Admission is $5 or, if you can cook, free with contribution to potluck.

Reading with me is Alan Jude Moore, a fellow Salmon poet, who is coming all the way from Dublin, Ireland. Moore is one of the best of the new generation of Irish poets, and this is a great opportunity to hear someone one might not always get to hear. Also reading are Pittsburgh-based poets Ellen McGrath Smith and Kevin Finn. It looks like it’s going to be a good time.

Click here for more details, to check out the author photos, bios, etc.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Review of Best Irish Poetry

My review of the Best of Irish Poetry 2010 (Southword Editions) now appears at Todd Swifts blog Eyewear. Books of this type are handy snapshots of the contemporary poetry of a time and place (country, region, etc.), but cant really pretend to be objective, can they? I mean, so much of it comes down to who’s editing the thing. So, what of the contemporary Irish poetry as seen here through the lens of editor Matthew Sweeney? You are just one click of a link away from finding out....