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/

Launch for spoKe Magazine - Grolier Poetry Bookshop

Launch for spoKe Magazine Hosted by Kevin Gallagher Readers Ruth Lepson Sue Standing Alison Vanose Marc Vincenz The Grolier Poetry Book Shop ("the Grolier") is an independent bookstore on Plympton Street near Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. Although founded as a "first edition" bookstore, its focus today is solely poetry.

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

 

The Phillip Whalen Award

The winner of the Phillip Whalen Award this year is Ruth Lepson, for her book of poetry, ask anyone, from Pressed Wafer.

The award was created 3 years ago to recognize outstanding works of literature that seem to embody qualities Phillip Whalen brought to poetry, a projectivist practice with great flow, elements of surprise, and a sense that everything is just as it has to be. Previous winners have been Kyle Schlesinger and James Yeary, and Phillip Sultz.

There are no guidelines or applications for the award; rather, it is selected by Chax Press and friends (Chax books are ineligible) out of the books that come into our purview during a year, with the award then announced some time between April and August of the ensuing year.

There is no particular benefit from this award other than recognition; however, if anyone wishes to donate to or endow this award for the future, please contact us.

You may order ask anyone directly from Pressed Wafer, The Grolier Poetry Book Shop, or Small Press Distribution.
 

Caterina Davinio Poetry Network

Happy to be a participant in this project:

Dear friends poets and artists,

To celebrate my participation at the Medellín International Poetry Festival 2017, where I am performing for the second time (the first was in the early nineties) as a poet and an electronic poet, I have created the online poetry happening "Medellín Highs Medellín Blues” where poets from all over the world are invited.

Participation in "Medellín Highs Medellín Blues" is free; young poets and artists are encouraged. The theme is free, but texts on the topic of peace and friendship among the peoples are welcome.

You are invited to post your poem (max 30 lines) or enter a picture or video (please, send a YouTube link) in the comments of this post.

If you want to share, THIS IS THE LINK: 

http://caterina-davinio-poetry-network.blogspot.it/

If you find problems in posting or you want to stay in my mailing list, to stay tuned about the development of this project, or you just want to contact me privately, please write to: davinio@tin.it

Everyone is welcome!

Warmly

Caterina Davinio