December 10 Mark Strand + Malachi Black + Season Finale Party!!!!
TED JONATHAN is a poet and short story writer. Born and raised in the Bronx, he now lives in New Jersey. Bones & Jokes, his most recent full-length collection of poems and short stories, was published by NYQ Books (2009). His first collection Spiked Libido was published by Neukeia Press. Ted's work has appeared in New York Quarterly, Web Del Sol Review, Pedestal, Hiram Poetry Review, and many other magazines. Translations of his poetry have appeared in multiple Russian magazines.
Cathy Park Hong's first book, Translating Mo'um, was published in 2002 by Hanging Loose Press. Her second collection, Dance Dance Revolution, was chosen for the Barnard Women Poets Prize and was published in 2007 by WW Norton. Her third book of poems, Engine Empire, was published in May 2012 by WW Norton. Hong is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a Village Voice Fellowship for Minority Reporters. Her poems have been published in A Public Space, Poetry, Paris Review, Conjunctions, McSweeney's, Harvard Review, Boston Review, The Nation, American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, and other journals. She is an Assistant Professor at Sarah Lawrence College and is regular faculty at the Queens MFA program in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Craig Morgan Teicher is a poet, critic, and freelance writer. His latest book, To Keep Love Blurry: Poems, is new from BOA. His first book of poems, Brenda Is In The Room And Other Poems, was chosen by Paul Hoover as winner of the 2007 Colorado Prize for Poetry. His collection of short stories and fables, Cradle Book, was published in spring 2010 by BOA. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, A Public Space, Jubilat, Seneca Review, Forklift Ohio, Octopus, La Petit Zine, Fairy Tale Review, Verse, and Colorado Review, as well as The Best American Poetry 2009. His reviews of poetry and fiction, and profiles of poets, appear widely in places like NPR.org, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Poets & Writers, Poets.org, Time Out New York, Boston Review and Bookforum. He is Director of Digital Operations and Poetry Reviews Editor of Publishers Weekly, a poetry editor of The Literary Review, a contributing editor of Pleiades, and a Vice President of the National Book Critics Circle. He also teaches at The New School and New York University and lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and children
Hosted by Matthew Yeager and John Deming
The KGB Bar Monday Night Poetry Series debuts tonight with readings from Erin Belieu and Brenda Shaughnessy.
ERIN BELIEU was born and raised in Nebraska. Her first book, Infanta (1995), was a winner of the Nationa Poetry Series and named a best book of the year by The Washington Post and Library Journal. Her second collection, One Above & One Below, was the winner of the Midland Authors Prize in poetry and the Ohioana prize, and her most recent collection, Black Box, was a finalist in 2007 for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She is presently Director of the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Florida State University. With Cate Marvin, she is the co-founder and co-director of VIDA, a literary organization that seeks to explore critical and cultural perceptions of writing by women through meaningful conversation and the exchange of ideas among existing and emerging literary communities.
BRENDA SHAUGHNESSY is the author of Our Andromeda, brand new this Fall from Copper Canyon. Her earlier books are Interior with Sudden Joy (1999), which was nominated for the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, a Lambda Literary Award, and the Norma Farber First Book Award, and Human Dark with Sugar (2008), winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. Her work has appeared in the Yale Review, the Boston Review, McSweeney’s, and the Best American Poetry. Shaughnessy is the recipient of a Bunting Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and a Japan/U.S. Friendship Commission Artist Fellowship. The poetry editor at Tin House magazine, she currently teaches creative writing at Princeton University and Eugene Lang College at the New School.
Here is the full fall schedule:
April 16, 2012
Reading starts at 7:30
Hosted by Megin Jimenez and Matthew Yeager
Admission is FREE
85 East 4th Street
Melissa Broder is the author of two poetry collections, Meat Heart (Publishing Genius, 2012) andWhen You Say One Thing But Mean Your Mother (Ampersand Books, 2010). Poems appear or are forthcoming in Guernica, Redivider, Court Green, The Missouri Review online, Barrelhouse, The Awl, and Drunken Boat. She edits La Petite Zine and curates the Polestar Poetry Series at Cakeshop in NYC. By day, she is a publicity manager at Penguin. Broder received her BA from Tufts University and is getting a slow, scenic MFA at CCNY.
Martine Bellen is the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently Ghosts! (Spuyten Duyvil Press). Her collection Tales of Murasaki and Other Poems (Sun & Moon Press), won the National Poetry Series. She collaborated with David Rosenboom on Ah! Opera No-Opera, which had its world premiere at REDCAT in L.A. She is currently collaborating with Zhang Er on the libretto Moon Lady: The Story of Chang E.
This week we welcome Michael Robbins as our guest blogger. Michael’s first book of poems, Alien vs. Predator, will be published by Penguin in March 2012. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Harper's, Boston Review, and elsewhere. He reviews books regularly for the London Review of Books, Poetry, The New York Observer, and several other publications . Michael received his PhD in English from the University of Chicago. Read Robert P. Baird's interview with Michael here.
In other news . . .
Triple bill at KGB bar on Monday, February 13: Star Black, Louis Asekoff, and Mark Ford (making a rare U.S. appearance). 7:00 pm 85 E 4th Street, NYC. Details here.
We've featured Stephanie Brown's prose and poetry here so often over the years that we've given her her own category. One of our most popular posts continues to be Sex in the Stacks, her piece about the sub genre of pulp erotica that features librarians. Stephanie's poems have been included four times in The Best American Poetry (1993, 1995,1997,2005). Most recently, David singled out a poem of Stephanie's on NPR as being one of his three favorite poems of 2011. In short, we're big fans of Stephanie Brown and we think that if you read her work, you will be too.
And if you happen to be in NYC tonight, February 5th, you can hear Stephanie Brown in person when she shares the bill with David Lehman at the KGB Bar. (7:30pm - 85 East 4th Street NYC - Free) It's going to be a great evening.
Hosted by Megin Jimenez and Matthew Yeager
Reading starts at 7:30pm
Admission is FREE
85 East 4th Street
Shelley Stenhouse won the Pavement Saw Press Award for her collection, PANTS; was a finalist for the 2009 National Poetry Series; received a New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellowship; an Allen Ginsberg Award; two Pushcart Prize nominations, and three residencies at Yaddo Art Colony. Her poem, “AIDS,” has been quoted in Poet’s Market. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in The Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, Third Coast, Margie, and New York Quarterly (among others), and in Poetry After 9-11: An Anthology of New York Poets. Shelley has read on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and on several television networks: NY1, Oxygen and Manhattan Cable’s Poetry Thin Air. Her collection Impunity was published this year by NYQ Books
Tony Hoagland was born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. His books of poems include Unincorporated Personas in the Late Honda Dynasty (Graywolf Press, 2010); What Narcissism Means to Me (2003), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Donkey Gospel (1998), which received the James Laughlin Award; and Sweet Ruin (1992), chosen by Donald Justice for the 1992 Brittingham Prize in Poetry and winner of the Zacharis Award from Emerson College. Hoagland's honors include two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship to the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the 2008 Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers magazine, as well as the Poetry Foundation's 2005 Mark Twain Award in recognition of his contribution to humor in American poetry.
*****Happy New Year from Monday Night Poetry! We will return in February 2012.
Dear Best American Poetry blog:
Last night I went to the KGB bar to hear Vijay Seshadri and David Lehman read their poems. While there, I picked up this t-shirt from Matthew Yeager, the series’ co-director.
This morning, after showering, I put on the t-shirt and amazing things started to happen. I immediately sat at my desk and started to write! Out they came, effortlessly and, I must say, brilliantly: sonnets, pantoums, odes, a sestina. Not wanting to waste time, I immediately submitted this new work, unlike anything anyone anywhere has ever written, to the New Yorker, Poetry, the Atlantic, and right away the phone started ringing!!!
After a few hours, though words were still thrumming in my brain, I pushed away from my desk and, while heading to the kitchen for coffee, caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. Not only does the t-shirt fit perfectly, it flatters, thanks to the design genius who thought of those vertical lines! Or maybe it isn’t an illusion and since wearing this shirt I really have in fact dropped a few el bees. Do I have the body of a cheerleader or what??!!? Thanks KGB!!!
I understand from those in the know that these t-shirts are available for a limited time only and only to those who go to the KGB bar next Monday for the final reading of the season. Don’t miss out!! This too can be yours.
ps. It was a great reading!!!
I was talking with Gina Myers last week about generations of American poets and how quickly everything has changed—that there’s a new group of emerging writers and magazines and reading series that suddenly seems to view “us” as influences and precursors rather than colleagues. This is weird for me, because 1) I never really felt like I was part of a “present” that could have been interpreted as a “past,” and 2) I still think of myself as “emerging.” While I think my feelings are similar to those of lots of other 30ish & 40ish poets, I also think there’s something interesting happening with schools and canons and currency and community that hasn’t happened before.
I was also talking to one of my faculty colleagues at Emory about “generations” of students—how the generation of this year’s students is so radically different than the generation of two years ago, and how that one was so different from the generation five years ago. This rapid turnover of attitudes, social stances, and psyches shouldn’t exactly come as a surprise—every time Apple or Google releases a new product, reality (i.e., cognition) changes. The iPhone 4S generation (people) will be succeeded sometime next year by the iPhone 5 generation, and the two groups’ approaches to the world will be different.
Against the railing we/Against the railing we
Are privy/Are pricey?/Are privy
To time in the for-ever form
Your loving me too long/Your loving me too long
And longingly Jackie pointed her Soul
Gun at my face and breaking habit
With my body I lifted myself from
My carbon copy cunt/My carbon copy cunt
Pulled myself apart
I come in triplicate/I come in triplicate
But delicate as lipstick left out on the dashboard
We caught ourselves feeling too much/
We caught ourselves feeling too much
Of our atmosphere forgotten along
With every oil spill this year
--Christie Ann Reynolds
A couple of weeks ago I read with Emily Kendal Frey at KGB and was introduced by my wonderful hosts—Matt Yeager and John Deming—partially in terms of my past—how Coconut (my poetry magazine and publishing company) had helped to set a new standard for online publishing, was very influential, etc. I was flattered to pieces but also (through no fault of my hosts!) a little scared—had I become a part of the past? Emily’s work is so smart and real and fresh. I like to think/hope that mine is too—the audience seemed to like my reading. & at the Stain series four nights later (Christie Ann, Steven Karl, and Erika Moya, hosts), people again seemed really happy with my poems.
But then, generations—as a means of aesthetic characterization—have been replaced, haven’t they? Currency is the choice to engage, and community—replacing canons and schools—is the lattice one engages. “Movement” still makes sense, but only in the context of community, rather than the hitherto reverse. I’m “present” to the degree that I choose to speak in the (poetic) language of soon-to-be 2012. I’m “emerging” to the degree that I contribute something new. “Influence” is no longer linear or vertical, but multi-vectored.
Our having had
Our having had this opportunity
to be together
is the beginning
of a union
is the beginning of a union
that will last
that will last for many lives
In any case, I like today; there's so much going on. Coconut Books is publishing nine new books over the next 18 months (including Christie Ann's first book, from which the above excerpt is taken); Coconut the magazine is coming back in 2012 with three new Editors (Gina, Kim Gek Lin Short, and Danielle Pafunda) and five Editorial Assistants (Jess Rowan, Lauren Schimming, Ken Jacobs, Hilary Cadigan, and Christeene Fraser); I'm currently in the midst of lots of readings and reading planning (both the ones I host and the ones I give); my own (2011) book Reveal is at the typesetters. This week in this space I'll share all of this stuff going on with me with you.
Thanks, David and Stacy, for this opportunity.
Monday Night Poetry at KGB Bar is proud to host three of this year's National Book Award judges.
85 East 4th Street
Thomas Sayers Ellis received his M.F.A. from Brown University. He is the author of The Maverick Room (2005), which won the John C. Zacharis First Book Award. His poems and photographs have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Callaloo, Best American Poetry (1997, 2001 and 2010), Grand Street, The Baffler, Jubilat, Tin House, Poetry, and The Nation. He is an Assistant Professor of Writing at Sarah Lawrence College, a faculty member of the Lesley University low-residency M.F.A Program and a Caven Canem faculty member. He lives in Brooklyn, NY and is currently working on The Go-Go Book: People in the Pocket in Washington, D.C. A new collection of poetry, Skin, Inc., was recently published by Graywolf Press.
Kathleen Graber is the author of The Eternal City (2010), chosen for the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets and a finalist for the National Book Award, and Correspondence (2006), winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize and a finalist for the National Poetry Series. Graber’s honors include a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, an Artist Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Hodder Fellowship in Creative Writing at Princeton University, and an Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship. She has taught at New York University and Virginia Commonwealth University.
Roberto Tejada is a poet and art historian, specializing in Latino and Latin American art. He is the author of the poetry chapbooks Gift & Verdict (1999) and Amulet Anatomy (2001) as well as the full-length collections Mirrors for Gold (2006) and Exposition Park (2010). Tejada’s publications on art history include National Camera: Photography and Mexico’s Image Environment (2009) and Celia Alvarez Muñoz (2009). He founded and co-edits the journal Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas and is the Distinguished Endowed Chair in Art History by Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts.
I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark
from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman
THE RULE OF THUMB
Ringfinger was nervous
when they learned
that Hand might succumb
to the rule of Thumb.