Celebrating Robert Duncan

Michael Franco is hosting a day-long celebration of the life and work of poet Robert Duncan on April 13 at The Print Room in Somerville. Gratified to participate by talking about The Poet’s Mind, Duncan’s collected interviews. We’ll each read a poem by Duncan. Others will talk about his vowel-leading course, his correspondence with Denise Levertov, his flora and fauna, and so on. 2-9 PM.

For more information please click here to go to my “Readings” section.

Dinner at Fanny Howe's

Good to have dinner with poet Katie Peterson and her beautiful family at Fanny Howe’s place, with Christina Davis and Sandra Lim. Katie teaches at the University of California now and we miss her here. She has a new book, coming in a few days.

Hima af Klint & R.H. Quaytman at the Guggenheim

Don’t miss these exhibitions: Fri, Oct 12, 2018 – Tue, Apr 23, 2019

Mimi Gross

I had a wonderful and exciting visit with artist Mimi Gross at her studio today. She’s finally getting the credit she’s due for the collaborations she did with her then-husband Red Grooms back in the day, and she has a show of her early work now. Thank you Mimi!

Gerrit Lansing Panel 2019

Panel on Gerrit Lansing today at Poets House in NY. Well attended--poets of all stripes came--Anne Waldman, Pierre Joris, Geoffrey O'Brien, Kristin Prevallet, Mitch Highfill, Don Byrd, Kimberly Lyons, Mark Weiss, Star Black, Patrick Donnelly, Joe Elliot, etc. Simon Pettet flew in from SF just for this & then flew back! There will be other panels on Gerrit at Poets House and elsewhere in NY in the coming months, I hear. Thanks to Paolo at PH for having the panel & to Bob Podgurski for hosting it. Cd listen to Chuck Stein talk about Gerrit all day. Kate Tarlow Moragn talked about Gerrit & proprioception. I winged it. So many loved Gerrit....

Reading with Geoffrey O'Brien

Hello Everyone!

I will be reading with Geoffrey O’Brien at Outpost 186. The event will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST. Outpost 186 is located at 186 1/2 Hampshire St, Inman Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Let me know if you have any questions.

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Geoffrey O’Brien is the author of eight collections of poetry including Floating City (Talisman House, 1996), A View of Buildings and Water (Salt, 2002), Red Sky Café (Salt, 2005), Early Autumn (Salt, 2010), In a Mist (Shearsman, 2015), and The Blue Hill (Marsh Hawk, 2018). His other books include Hardboiled America (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1981), Dream Time: Chapters from the Sixties (1988, Viking), The Phantom Empire (W. W. Norton, 1993), Bardic Deadlines: Reviewing Poetry 1984-1995 (University of Michigan Press, 1998), The Browser’s Ecstasy (Counterpoint, 2000), Sonata for Jukebox (Counterpoint, 2004), The Fall of the House of Walworth (Henry Holt, 2010), and Stolen Glimpses, Captive Shadows: Writing on Film 2002-2012 (Counterpoint, 2013). He was editor-in-chief of The Library of America (1998-2017) and has contributed frequently to The New York Review of Books, Film Comment, The Village Voice, Artforum, and other periodicals. He lives in Brooklyn.

Ruth Lepson is poet-in-residence at the New England Conservatory of Music and has often collaborated with musicians, including for her last book, ask anyone—go to ruthlepson.com & click below the book cover to hear the musical settings.
Her other books are Dreaming in Color, Morphology (short dream prose poems with photographs), and I Went Looking for You; she edited Poetry from Sojourner: A Feminist Anthology. Ask anyone won the Philip Whalen Award from Chax Press. Her poems and prose have appeared in Let the Bucket Down, Jacket2, spoKe, Harvard Review, Agni, The Brooklyn Rail and many other places, including anthologies. She organized poetry readings for Oxfam America, taught in the poets-in-the-schools program, and worked at Partisan Review and the BUJournal. She taught at Boston College, Northeastern, The Art Institute of Boston, Bentley, The Kennedy School of Government, and Lorain County Comm. College in Ohio.

Linda Chase Ensemble

I am pleased to announce that I recently worked with Linda Chase, and attended one of her classes last week to collaborate with her current NEC ensemble. Linda’s students, graduate and undergrad, collaborate with artists of other kinds. I read some poems & they improved to them and we did a few poetry exercises as well.

For more about Linda: necmusic.edu/faculty/linda-chase

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!

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/

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.

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.