UC Riverside’s Writers Week reading + Feb issue of The Conversant (I interview Gregory Pardlo about Digest)

February 3, 2015

This week, I’m leaving snowy Milwaukee to return to UC Riverside for the 28th annual Writers Week as the alumni reader. I’ll be reading 10406704_1025308504151333_6838358957773050954_nWed, Feb. 4, 1:30pm in the UCR Bookstore Lounge.  Thanks to Tom Lutz, Writers Week director!  

Here’s the full Writers’ Week schedule here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1552679325000052/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Also, February’s issue of The Conversant is live.  I was very happy that Gregory Pardlo took some time out to chat with me about Digest.  The issue also features ManifeStation: Anaïs Duplan & Kione Kochi, Caleb Beckwith w/Tom ComittaDanielle Susi w/Leigh Stein, Stephanie Anderson w/Jaime Robles, Zach Savich w/Andy Stallings, Amy Lawless w/Tyler Brewington & Kelly Schirmann, Ivy Johnson w/Robert Grenier, Jeff Alessandrelli w/Trey Moody & Joy Katz w/Sarah Vap.  Happy reading!

Women’s & Queer Hour @ Woodland Pattern Poetry Marathon

January 31, 2015

Dear friendlies, I’ll be reading this Saturday in the annual Woodland Pattern Poetry Marathon.

Over 150 poets and writers from Milwaukee and environs will participate from 10am-1am at Woodland Pattern – 720 E Locust St in Milwaukee.

I’ll be reading during the 10pm Queer Hour with Soham Patel, Tobias Wray, Noel Pabillo Mariano, Todd Wellman, Siwar Masannat, Liz Weinstein, Carina Gia Farrero, Rachel Niemann & Elisa Karbin.

I’m hosting the 9pm Women’s Hour (where Cassie Nicholson, Chelsea Wait, Nakeysha Roberts Washington, Dawn Tefft, Freesia McKee, Albulena Shabani, Bethany Price, Wendy Vardaman, Sarah Busse & Ryder Collins will read)!

The point of the marathon is to raise money for Woodland Pattern (a great bookstore & community center which sponsors community readings & workshops & carries a lot of small press titles). If you haven’t pledged or sponsored & are willing to do so, you can make a pledge here at http://woodlandpattern.org/marathon_2015.shtml via PayPal (see the left side of the webpage). If you do pledge, be sure to let me know & thanks for those who already have! Hope to see you there!

Poetry Out Loud!

January 19, 2015

If you’re near Burlington, WI, check out POETRY OUT LOUD! featuring students from Catholic Central H.S. TONIGHT at 6:00 p.m @ The Coffee House at Chestnute & Pine (492 N. Pine St., Burlington, WI). I’ll be reading some work with Peter Burzynski, Tobias Wray, & the POET LAUREATE of Wisconsin, Kimberly M. Blaeser. Come out & support CCHS students and enjoy an evening of poetry!

Woodland Pattern’s Shift: Guest Curators from the LGBTQ Community featuring Trish Salah & Oliver Bendorf

January 16, 2015

Woodland Pattern Book Center is happy to present Shift: Guest Curators from the LGBTQ Community, a series of readings, performances, and exhibitions curated by local LGBTQ artists and focused on sex and gender diversity in the contemporary arts.

Saturday, January 17, 7:00pm, Woodland Pattern – 720 E Locust St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212

Our first program, curated by Ching-In Chen, will feature readings by Trish Salah & Oliver Bendorf.

Here’s a sample of their work:

“Presents I might give you:
blood urgent with hunger, measured

be longing, the comfort and cut
of teeth, these two bodies (male, female),

graciousness with other lovers, fresh bread,
argument hot with Arak, stories, resilient regard.”
– from Trish Salah’s “Wanting in Arabic.”

“Call me tumblefish, rip-roar, pocket of light, haberdash and milkman, velveteen and silverbreath, your bitch, your little brother, Ponderosa pine, almanac and crabshack and dandelion weed.” – from Oliver Bendorf’s “Split It Open Just to Count the Pieces,” published in //The Spectral Wilderness//, winner of the 2013 Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize.

Bios: Trish Salah is Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg. Her current research, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Insight Grant, investigates the emergence of Transgender and Transsexual Minority Literatures. In 2014 she co-organized and hosted, Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism, a 3-day conference on Trans and Two Spirit Literatures and co-edited the fourth issue of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, focused on Trans Cultural Production. She is the author of the Lambda award winning poetry book, Wanting In Arabic (TSAR 2002, 2nd edition 2013) and of Lyric Sexology: Volume I (Roof Books 2014). Currently she is working on a book of essays on trans literatures, and a novel.

Facebook link to invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/644023199074929/?pnref=story

Oliver Bendorf is a teaching artist and writer. His book of poems, The Spectral Wilderness (Kent State UP), won the 2013 Wick Poetry Prize. His poetry, comics, and essays can be found in Alaska Quarterly Review, Best New Poets, Buzzfeed, Indiana Review, Original Plumbing, The Rumpus, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, and elsewhere, and he has received fellowships from the Lambda Literary Foundation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where he teaches, reads about, and makes animation, poetry, color, comics, gender, ghosts, and zines.

Ching-In Chen is author of The Heart’s Traffic and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities. A Kundiman, Lambda and Callaloo Fellow, they are part of Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities, and was a participant in Sharon Bridgforth’s Theatrical Jazz Institute. They have been awarded fellowships and residencies from Soul Mountain Retreat, Ragdale Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Millay Colony, and the Norman Mailer Center. In Milwaukee, they are cream city review‘s editor-in-chief, senior editor of The Conversant, and serve on the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission. www.chinginchen.com

Many thanks to our community co-sponsors at FORGE! & Genderqueer Milwaukee!
$8 General / $7 Students & Seniors / $6 WPBC Members; $25 for a series pass

Future SHIFT series events: Guest curator Freesia McKee will present poet Danez Smith – Saturday, February 28th at 7 pm. Guest curator Josie Osborne will present David Trinidad & Marilyn Annucci – Saturday, April 25, 7pm. Guest curator Carl Bogner will present a program with dates and times to be decided. For series updates, please visit us at woodlandpattern.org. This reading was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Our Favorite APIA Writing at Hyphen!

January 7, 2015

Thanks to Hyphen magazine editor Karissa Chen for asking Tina Bartolome, Matthew Olzmann, myself, Kirstin Chen, Michelle Peñaloza, Cathy Linh Che, Chang-Rae Lee, Eugenia Leigh, Ed Lin,Janine Joseph, Kimarlee Nguyen, Celeste Ng & Denis Wong for our favorite APIA writing. Glad I got to recommend the work of Mg Roberts & Monica Ong Reed & to see Joseph O. Legaspi, Sejal Shah,Vanessa Hua, Todd Kaneko, Cathy Hong, Chiwan Choi, Nicholas Wong & more on this list! Happy APIA reading!

Check out the list here:

Our Featured APIA Poets and Writers Recommend Their Favorite APIA Writing

local ground(s) Midwest Poetics anthology

November 19, 2014
local ground(s) Midwest Poetics, edited by Sarah Busse & Wendy Vardaman

local ground(s) Midwest Poetics, edited by Sarah Busse & Wendy Vardaman

Thanks to Sarah Busse & Wendy Vardaman for co-editing Local Ground(s)–Midwest Poetics: Selected Prose Verse Wisconsin 2009-2014 (Cowfeather Press) & including my zuihitsu on the Kundiman community as part of it! ‪#‎MidwestPoetics‬

Here are some snippets from the anthology which I posted during the digital launch party to celebrate the publication earlier tonight:

“… I have always been drawn to the spaces between languages, cultures, countries, emotional and mental states (like waking and sleeping, for example)–the interstitial spaces, and the hybrid or syncretic ones that result when the two merge. For me, this is to embrace the transformation, flux, and becoming that is life.” – Brenda Cardenas in “local ground(s) Midwest Poetics,” edited by Sarah Busse & Wendy Vardaman ‪#‎MidwestPoetics‬

“‘I am writing,’ I explain, ‘a poem.’ ‘ Would it help?’ Would it hurt? There are all kinds of arts unfolding spontaneously–not sloppily–here at the Capitol. In the signs by protesters, in the posters. In the display of signage on the walls and hanging from the balconies. In the drumming of the student groups that have loudly led days of chanting. In the costumes of, for instance, a man who dresses up as an Imperial Walker. In the chants. In the bagpipes played by the firefighters who joined the protesters early on, who themselves slept over a few days ago. In the musicians who came with their guitars and cellos and saxophones. In the musicians who come with only their voices when instruments are banned around Day 19. In the knitting and crafting circles that meet at specific times. In the chalkboard at Ian’s, amended daily with a new color for the names of more countries from which donations have come. In the pictures and videos that people create and share on web sites, blogs and Facebook pages. In the little campsites of those who have been here many days, with their home-made quilts and arrangements of stuff to create a place. In the Post-Its that will cover the Capitol doors when they close to Wisconsin’s citizens on Day 28 ….” – Wendy Vardaman, from “The Essay That I Begin Writing While Walking to the Wisconsin Capitol Trying to Discern the Right Question 2/24/11″ #‎MidwestPoetics‬

“Some of the places I liked to visit in my imagination were from the stories that my mother told me. She was the first person to tell me that the name of her town, Cuicatlán, meant land of the song in the Mazatec indigenous language.” — Moisés Villavicencio Barras, from an interview conducted by Sarah Busse for local ground(s) ‪#‎MidwestPoetics‬

“One night a poet from Jakarta prefaced his reading of a poem called ‘Going Home’ by explaining that when he wrote it he had returned home after having been away for ten years. What he didn’t say was he had been in exile because of his political activism, his work for democracy in Indonesia. A haunting line in the poem has lived in my memory as image: a faded and tattered sign bearing his name and the message ‘come home whenever.’ The memory of the poem, the image, the circumstances of the reading, the backstory, etc.–all these now always color my own reading or writing of poems about home places.” – Kimberly Blaeser, interviewed by Wendy Vardaman for “local ground(s)” ‪#‎MidwestPoetics‬

A Natural History of My White Girl on Poem-A-Day

November 13, 2014

My poem, A Natural History of My White Girl,” is up on the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day today — thanks to all of you for reading/in conversation & to Gregory Pardlo for asking the question!

WI Library Association, cream city Friendlies reading, Java Nets writing workshops + November Conversant

November 6, 2014

Dear all,

Here are some upcoming events where you’ll find me:

Thursday, Nov. 6, 4:30-5:15pm:

Thanks to Nick Demske for inviting me, with Dasha Kelly, Marco Jaimez & Evan Maruszewski to represent BONK! Performance Series at the Wisconsin Library Association. We’ll be performing & chatting about “Turning Local Weirdos Into Artistic Powerhouses One Library Program At A Time” on the Collaborations & Innovations track: http://wla.wisconsinlibraries.org/events-conferences/annual-conference/programs-thursday

 

Friday, Nov. 7, 7pm:

I’ll be emceeing our 1st cream city Friendlies Reading (UWM vs NMU), hosted by cream city review, Fri, 7pm, Union Art Gallery! Midwestern Friendlies is an initiative to build strong community and networks across writers in graduate creative writing programs in the Midwest. This event matches University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee writers Mollie Boutell, Sherri Hoffman & Soham Patelwith Northern Michigan University writers Cory Ferrer, Robin McCarthy &Becky Pelky. Free and open to the public!

 

Saturday, Nov. 8, 10:45am-12pm

I’ll be facilitating a writing workshop as part of Java Scripts, a monthly community writing workshop hosted by Still Waters Collective at CityNet Cafe (306 E. Wisconsin Ave):

Join us every second Saturday for a casual, coffee house writing series to stretch your imagination, exercise your pen and connect you with new neighbors. Whether you’re a committed writer or a never scribe, we  invite you to get inspired this year! A new facilitator will lead a writing prompt and circle discussion each month.

There’s no admission cost, but we insist that everyone supports the venue with the purchase of a beverage or food.

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Also, in editing news, happy to announce that The Conversant‘s November issue is live, featuringAngela Buck‘s selection of Nada Gordon from Leonard Schwartz’s Cross-Cultural Poetics Archive; Celeste Guzman Mendoza on Ai for our Intersecting Lineages series; Rachel B. Glaser w/ Natalie Lyalin; Philip F. Clark w/Francisco Aragón; Omnidawn Publishing‘s Rusty Morrison withJoshua Corey; Metta Sáma‘s Female Aesthetic(s) Symposium (Part 2) w/Racquel Ima-Writer Goodison, Monica Hand, Patricia Spears Jones, Tracy Chiles McGhee & Arisa White; Caleb Beckwith‘s interviews w/F. Gordon Faylor as well as William V. Spanos, The People‘s Mathew Timmons & Ben White w/Janice Lee & Jared Woodland; rob mclennan w/George Stanley;David Koehn w/Jim Daniels; Radio Free Albion’s Tony Trigilio w/ Peter Davis;Mary Cappello w/ Peter Covino; and Sasha Steensen w/ Martin Corless-Smith! Also, a welcome to our new audio/video editor, Cassie Nicholson

Richard Stockton College Visiting Writers series with Judy Copeland Oct. 21!

October 21, 2014


10704225_10152796605512250_4162943744816637214_oReading with Judy Copeland Oct. 21 at Richard Stockton College, 8pm in L-112!  Thanks to Cynthia Arrieu-King for organizing!

1st Midwestern Friendlies Meet hosted by Indiana Unvirsity & October issue of The Conversant!

October 4, 2014

midw friendliesI — along with poetry reader Franklin KR Cline and fiction reader Michael Larson — will be reading for cream city review/University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at tomorrow’s 1st Midwestern Friendlies Meet, hosted by Indiana University at The Back Door (207 S College Ave, Bloomington, Indiana). The Midwestern Friendlies and Meets are an initiative to build strong community and networks across writers in graduate creative writing programs in the Midwest and readers from Butler University, Indiana University, Ohio State University, Purdue University and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will also be reading. Come say hello if you’re in the area!

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If you haven’t checked out the new October issue of The Conversant yet, please take a peek! Featuring these conversations — Female Aesthetic(s) Symposium (Part 1): Monica Hand, Patricia Spears Jones, Ruth Ellen Kocher & Tracy Chiles McGhee with Metta Sáma; H.L. Hix with Naomi Ward; our 1st Intersecting Lineages conversation between Rosebud Ben-Oni with Jason Koo; Cathy Wagner with Laura Sims; Tony Trigilio’s Radio Free Albion interview with R. Erica Doyle; Philip Metres with Ivan Zhdanov; J’Lyn Chapman with Rachel Blau DuPlessis; Stephanie Anderson with Joanne Kyger; Rusty Morrison with Ewa Chrusciel; Andrew Wessels with Claire Huot and Robert Majzels; “to make a new whole of the fragments”: A Roundtable Discussion with Poets in Women Write Resistance; Catherine Theis with Nathan Hoks; Elaine Bleakney with Dan Brady; The People: Mathew Timmons & Ben White with John Burtle & Elana Mann (Ep. 14), Kim Calder & Vanessa Place (Ep. 15); Marietta Brill with Michael Ruby & Elisabeth Workman and Sandra Simonds: Poets in Tank Tops Discuss the Universe!


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