Monday, November 23, 2009

readings, zines & the gift of poetry

What a great weekend of poetry and people. Friday’s reading at The Lawrence Street Gallery was a great night with a lovely and supportive crowd. It was a pleasure to share the stage with Zinka Joseph. She read from her beautiful chapbook of poems, Lands I Live In (Mayapple Press), and wowed the audience with such a beautiful voice and a lovely charm. It was a pleasure to meet Zilka and share an evening of poetic voices with her.

Saturday’s launch of Renaissance City was incredible. Hosted by John Jeffire at Maxwell’s in Garden City, this event rocked the house. A full bill of poetry and music carried on for five hours! This was my first time at Maxwell’s and what a sight. It’s an art fair/ antique bizarre/ performance venue wrapped into one cool warehouse that was warmed with wine and friendship. The readings were inspiring, the music eclectic, and the audience was fully engaged. Thank you to John Jeffire and the folks at Maxwell’s for throwing a great party (and to poet Ken Meisel for the red wine!).

After such a great weekend of hearing poetry, I was inspired to read some new work and introduce myself to more voices. I simply have to share this as it’s too good of a deal to miss out. Did you know you can get a free issue of Notre Dame Review? If you’ve ever considered subscribing to this wonderful journal, take advantage of this incredible web offer here. I did and can’t wait to start receiving NDR on a regular basis.

Not only is it important that we support our literary presses, but what other way can you be introduced to so many great voices all in one sitting? I highly recommend treating yourself to a subscription or two to some of the many great journals out there.

I recently subscribed to Poetry. If you haven’t yet, now is the time. I just noticed they have an incredible gift bonus offer. When you buy yourself a subscription to Poetry, you get a gift subscription for free. This is a great idea for the holidays. Support your literary presses and give the gift of poetry this holiday season.

Another splurge this weekend includes ordering a copy of the 2009 Pushcart anthology. I’m looking forward to seeing what the year brought in. I was reminded to do so, as the time has come for the new nominations to make their way to the Pushcart Prize folks. There are always some great new voices featured, so I’m looking forward to what will arrive in the mail in a few short days.

This week, be sure to join me on Wednesday for a Q&A with poet Dawn Potter. Her latest book is a surprising take on Milton… and the art of discovery. You’ll have to wait until Wednesday to learn more, but I do hope you’ll come back to find out about her beautiful new book, Tracing Paradise.

Thanks for stopping in today. Have a great Thanksgiving week and see you next time.

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