Grolier Poetry Book Shop // Meet Our August Poet in the Spotlight: Ruth Lepson

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Ruth Lepson is poet-in-residence at the New England Conservatory of Music. Her most recent book of poems, ask anyone (Pressed Wafer), won the Philip Whalen Award from Chax Books; her other books are I Went Looking for You (blazeVOX), Morphology (photographs and dream prose poems, blazeVOX), and Dreaming in Color (Alice James Books). She edited Poetry from Sojourner: A Feminist Anthology (University of Illinois Press). Her poetry and prose have appeared in Jacket2, Ping Pong, Let the Bucket Down, spoKe, Harvard Review, Talisman, EAOGH, AGNI, and in City of Notions: An Anthology of Contemporary Boston, Resist Much Obey Little, Supplement, Boog City: An Anthology of New York and Boston Poets, and Caterina Davinio’s animation game at the Venice Biennale.
 
She has read on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” in St Petersburg, Russia and Barcelona, at the ICA Black Mountain College exhibit, and the Gloucester Writers Center, and will read in the Pioneer Valley Poetry Festival this October.
 
Though she has collaborated with visual artists and dancers, she has worked primarily with musicians, performing in the bands low road and Box Lunch, improvising at The Bee Hive (Boston Center for the Arts), and recording with musicians who set poems from her last book (listen at ruthlepson.com). She has often performed with musicians in New York and Massachusetts. Flutist Mario Caroli and electronic composer Jean-Paul Charles played Charles’ setting of her poetry at Harvard. She has been lucky enough to perform with some of today’s most exciting musicians from the Conservatory.
 
Ruth has taught at Boston College, The Kennedy School of Government, Bentley University, Northeastern University, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and The Art Institute of Boston. She worked at Partisan Review and Boston University Journal, gave workshops in the poets-in-the-schools program, and organized poetry readings for Oxfam America.

Read more at: http://www.grolierpoetrybookshop.org/
**Update: We are happy to announce that the August spotlight was featured on www.masspoetry.org. Thank you!

Pioneer Valley Poetry Festival 2018

I am looking forward to being part of the Pioneer Valley Poetry Festival at Amherst College the weekend of October 12. Other readers are Keith Jones, Elinor Nauen, Patrick Donnelly, Fanny Howe, Peter Gizzi, Brian Henry, Uche Nduka, Eleni Sikelianos, Monica de la Torre, Sawako Nakayasu, and Michael Leong.

Get in touch for more information.

The Annual Boston Poetry Marathon 2018

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We’re pleased to announce that it’s Boston Poetry Marathon time again!

This year's event takes place at Outpost 186 in Cambridge, MA on Friday, August 10, 7-10:30pm, Saturday, August 11 12:00-10:30pm and Sunday, August 12 12-6pm.

100+ poets read for 8 minutes a-piece, all weekend long. A wonderful time of year!

For  more information: www.facebook.com/bostonpoetrymarathon/

April/May Updates

I am happy to be involved with Poets for Living Waters and will, in the near future, have one of my poems featured on their website: poetsgulfcoast.wordpress.com. It's a response to an exercise in the anthology they were involved with, called Big Ecology.

Also, I’ll be reading at the 90th anniversary of The Grolier Poetry Book Shop in Cambridge on May 19th. The celebrations will be held from 12:00-6:00pm. Come out if you can!

Reading this Saturday and more...

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A quick reminder that I’m reading with the great Fanny Howe at Outpost in Inman Sq., Cambridge, at 4:00pm on Sat., Feb 3. I hope to see some of you. http://www.outpost186.com/

I'm also happy to have poetry in the upcoming WoodCoin online magazine. http://www.woodcoin.net

Lastly, I’ve be invited to read at Amherst College in mid-October in a new, exciting poetry series organized by some of the innovative poets of the Pioneer Valley, who are putting that part of Mass. on the poetry map.

The Home School

Last week I attended, well, half attended, The Home School in Hudson, NY, because I thought it was time to shake things up. There, I became a student for the first time in decades, & it was useful to note how various poets led their poetry workshops. Harryette Mullen was my favorite, a reminder to ‘be yourself,’ do a sophisticated analysis of a poem yet be simple in your discussion of writing—If you enjoy it, do it, she reminded them. Wild CA Conrad developed/gave ritual workshops every morning which helped ground us, however wacky they seemed, involving touch, sight, fast writing, and listening. Myung Mi Kim was the hit of the week—doing groundbreaking work in poetry—more on that another time. Jorie Graham came up to read & to my joy says she’d be happy to come to my class this year. Adam Fitzgerald’s reading was so fast & contained so many contemporary references--younger generations have access to worlds and languages I do not—but at least that got me thinking about what might happen next. Got all sorts of ideas for my own poetry workshop, so we’ll see this term what happens.

Poetry Readings at Outpost 186, Fall-Winter

Happy to be invited to read in this Saturday afternoon series, organized by poet and editor Ben Mazer. I will be reading with Fanny Howe in February.

Outpost 186
186 Hampshire St
Inman Square, Cambridge
For more information: www.facebook.com/Outpost-186

Here is the full schedule:
Sat. September 30, 4-6 pm
Jim Dunn
John Mulrooney

Sat. October 28, 4-6 pm
Ben Mazer
Stephen Sturgeon

Sat. November 11, 4-6 pm
Marc Vincenz
David Blair

Sat. December 2, 4-6 pm
Thomas Graves
Rob Chalfen

Sat. January 6, 4-6 pm
Judson K. Evans
Gale Batchelder

Sat. February 3, 4-6 pm
Ruth Lepson
Fanny Howe

Sat. March 3, 4-6 pm
Philip Nikolayev
John Hennessy