Describe the room you write in.
You mean, Do I have a room of my own? Well, yes. In our small brick house here in Tucson there is a room I call "mine." Adorning the walls are pieces of art that have special connections for me: paintings by fine artists who are friends, some of my black and white photos, a piece of my daughter's cross stitch work, a tea towel with a printed picture of the country church in Sussex, England, which is a part of my childhood memory, and so on. A miscellany of connections.
A computer sits on a table which is deep enough for me to push back the keyboard and write in longhand on the table's front edge. All my creative writing appears first in longhand. But all my first drafts are not done in this room. Sometimes I sit in coffee shops with my notebook. For a few years I met quite regularly with a couple of friends in our houses or libraries or various cafés where we wrote together as well as talked about our writing.
Does your husband, poet David Ray, share the same writing space?
David and I share the house space, of course, and have books all over the place, but he doesn't use this room of mine for writing. He writes in many spaces, such as his study/library which is a separate building in our back yard, or the kitchen, or the back closed-in porch. He catches inspiration wherever it catches him.
Describe a typical writing day.
I don't think I have typical writing days. Or let's say a typical writing day would also include many other activities. I don't have the discipline I hear about with envy of those writers who can get up early and go straight to work with the first freshness of the day. I usually work through other commitments first – volunteer teaching, certain responsibilities with a Quaker Meeting to which I belong, maybe some task I've taken on of editing someone else's work – before I settle to writing. Then I have to take the time to listen to and bring forward the ideas or phrases that have been simmering as undercurrent in my mind during all the other tasks.
Talk about the poems in your new chapbook, Fishing in Green Waters, recently published by Červená Barva Press.
I am excited by the publication of Fishing in Green Waters by Červená Barva Press. Two earlier chapbooks had obvious themes: travel in Tangents, and my childhood in England in Sleeping in the Larder. This new one is more elusive in theme, and maybe more mysterious for that reason. Several of the poems refer to those sparks of excitement which come from recognition of some moment of transient beauty, or a small gesture which speaks for a historic moment. There is recognition, too, in poems written for a newborn ("Ghazal") and for a centenarian ("Time Divided").
What are you working on now?
What am I working on now? Always new poems come along, making their own way in unplanned sequence. I like to write prose, too. I have written several "personal essays," some of which have been published in magazines, and I would like to gather these for a book collection. Some of these have a "first time" theme, such as the process of applying for citizenship, or calling a crime hotline because you know both a victim and a murderer, or serving on a jury.
Where do you find inspiration for writing?
My inspiration comes from life! But I think that more than inspiration it is a matter of catching connections. We have these thoughts that put one image next to another, but then our minds rush on to the next thing because there is some mission to be accomplished – explaining something, perhaps, or trying to remember, or going about a daily task. But the inspiration is there in the arcs between this thought and that, between nature and our "made" world.
Share just a few of your favorite writers that you read over and over again.
One of my favorite writers is Gabriel García Márquez, whose works I struggle to read in Spanish because he is a wonderful stylist as well as a great storyteller, and several of his books I reread with pleasure. I would happily reread English 19th century novelists, such as Dickens or Eliot or Austen. The poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins is uplifting in both spirit and language, and that of William Stafford I find rewarding for being wise as well as whimsical. And, apart from poems by David Ray, my "secret" favorite single poem is "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden.
(These readings current as of march 1st, go to the Readings page to see updated listings!)
The Blacksmith House Poetry Series
New Voices: Emerging Writers
Jean Monahan and Dan Tobin
Gail Mazur and Joyce Peseroff
All readings take place at:
EVENT: Powow River Poets Monthly Reading Series
Poetry for the Spring Equinox
In the place that Thoreau made famous, hear poetry to celebrate the beauty of the natural world.
Sunday, March 19, 2 p.m.
Walden Pond State Park
If the weather is reasonably good, the reading will be outdoors;
Helen Marie Casey will present "Poetry and the Dustbin of History"
Sunday, March 26, at 3 p.m.
On Sunday, April 2nd, at 2 p.m.
April 27, 7:30 P.M.
Červená Barva Press will be having a poetry reading to
Tuesday, February 28 7:30 p.m.
Phillip Burnham and Ann Carhart
Tuesday, March 28 7:30 p.m.
Wendy Sanford and Patricia Wild
Tuesday, April 25 7:30 p.m.
Kevin Bowen and Susan Donnelly
Tuesday, May 30 7:30 p.m.
Melissa Bates and David Johnson
Cambridge Cohousing living room
175 Richdale Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140
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Amherst's Jones Library and jubilat announce the
4th annual jubilat/Jones Spring Reading Series.
Readings will take place in the Trustees Room at the Jones Library, 43 Amity Street in Amherst, and will be followed by a Q & A session with both guest poets, during which visitors can meet the poets. All readings are free and open to the public.
Sunday, February 12th, 3:00 p.m.
Caroline Knox & Evelyn Shockley
Sunday, March 5th, 3:00 p.m.
Daisy Fried & Rynn Williams
Sunday, April 2nd, 3:00 p.m.
jubilat editors read, featuring
Jen Bervin & Terrance Hayes
Sunday, May 7th, 3:00 p.m.
Tom Thompson & Miranda Field
For more information call 413.577.1064 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE NEW ENGLAND POETRY CLUB WINTER 2005 CALENDAR
founded in 1915 by Amy Lowell, Robert Frost, Conrad Aiken
* Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public*
PLEASE NOTE! The LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI GOLDEN ROSE READING is postponed until April,2006
March 14th: Tuesday March 14th at 7p.m. JORIE GRAHAM
44 Pearl Street
April: Golden Rose Award to, and reading by, LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI
Date: March 3 at 8 p.m. at Amherst Books, Amherst, MA. Refreshments.
In Search of Emily: Journeys from Japan to Amherst by Masako Takeda
Precise Machine by Dennis Barone
Irregular Numbers of Beasts and Birds by Cecil Helman
Mid-American Chants by Sherwood Anderson
nothing fictional but the accuracy or arrangement (she by Sawako Nakayasu).
Present, past and future Quale Press authors will be in attendance to sign books: Dennis Barone, David Giannini, Brian Clements, Holly Iglesias, Mary A. Koncel, and Peter Johnson.
Quale Press: http://www.quale.com
Poetry Reading Series Co-sponsored by the University Professors Program and the Humanities Foundation at Boston University, the Poetry Reading Series strives to make poetry a fundamental part of university and community life. By presenting the work of both renowned and emerging poets, the series attempts to broaden our vision of poetry’s concerns and effects. In the past, the series has featured readings by Jorie Graham, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Geoffrey Hill, Marcia Karp, Robert Pinsky, Gjertrud Schnackenberg, Marilyn Hacker, Saskia Hamilton, and Linda Gregg, among others.
The 2005-2006 Schedule:
Thursday, March 30th at 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 20th at 5 p.m.
All readings are free, open to the public and take place in Room 505, College of General Studies, 871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston MA 02215
Readings will be followed by bookselling and signing.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Photgraphs through March 6th
11 W. 53rd St.
The Unterberg Poetry Center
92nd St. Y; 1935 Lexington, AVE.
www.92y.org (check website or call for prices)
Monday, March 13, 8:00 PM
The Poets' Theatre 1: The Odyssey
Sunday, March 26, 11:00 AM
Tom Bishop on Samuel Beckett Critics and brunch
Monday, April 3, 8:00 PM
Samuel Beckett at 100: Three plays
Monday, April 10, 8:15 PM
Henri Cole & Carl Phillips
Monday, April 17, 8:00 PM
Sunday, April 23, 11:00 AM
Stephen Koch on Ernest Hemingway & John Dos Passos Biographers & brunch
Thursday, April, 27, 8:00 PM
Nicole Krauss & Colson Whitehead
Thad Rutkowski will be the featured reader in all these readings:
Jan. 8, Sunday, 6 p.m., Quetzal Quill reading. Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street, Manhattan.
With Paolo Javier, Sarah Gambito. Hosted by Rigoberto Gonzalez. $6, includes drink. Info: (212) 989-9319. Jan. 15, Sunday, 6 p.m., Beat Night reading. With Larry Simon's groovy band, Alice B. Talkless,
Iris Schwartz. $6, includes drink. Info: (212) 989-9319. Feb. 3, Friday, 10:30 p.m. Book party for In the Arms of Words: Poems for Disaster Relief,
edited by Amy Ouzoonian. St. Mark's Church, 131 E. 10th St. (at Second Avenue), Manhattan. $8. Feb. 14, Tuesday, 8 p.m. Wife of Bath Valentine's Day reading, Bowery Poetry Club, 308 The Bowery (at Bleecker).
$6. www.bowerypoetry.com. I'll read as Baron Thundertwig. Feb. 16, Thursday, 8 p.m. Reading for art opening. Fusion Arts, 57 Stanton Street (between Forsythe & Eldridge),
Manhattan. Hosted by Tsaurah Litzky. Free Feb. 21, Tuesday, 7 p.m., Poets for Oxfam, Oxfam Books & Music, 91 Marylebone High Street,
London W1, England. Hosted by Todd Swift.
March 15, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. World's End Books & Music, 474 Main Street, Beacon, NY. $3. Plus open reading. Contact: email@example.com.
April 3, Monday, 8 p.m.? Reading at Telephone Bar, Second Avenue at East 10th Street, Manhattan.
April 17, Monday. Reading at University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado
April 30, Sunday, 7 p.m. Hosting NYSCA-funded reading by David Kirschenbaum, Dan Wilcox and Wanda Phipps, in celebration of Boog City magazine. ABC No Rio, 156 Rivington Street (between Suffolk and Clinton, 2 blocks below Houston). Manhattan. $5 donation. (212) 254-3697 or www.abcnorio.org
May 16, Tuesday, all day. Poetry in Performance, Aaron Davis Hall, City College of New York, 133 Street and Convent Avenue. Hosted by Barry Wallenstein. I'll read at about 4 p.m.
Hope to see you! --Thad Rutkowski
SIX ORGANIZER POETS: Autumn Konopka, Kelley White,
"THE JEW, THE HEART & WORDS" featuring Amy
A CELEBRATION OF WALT WHITMAN: 150TH
SCHUYLKILL VALLEY JOURNAL CONTRIBUTORS
COMMON WEALTH POETS READ
CELEBRATING POE AND HIS BIRTHDAY
VALENTINE'S DAY LOVE POETRY READING
FOUR MONTGOMERY COUNTY POET LAUREATES
SCHUYLKILL VALLEY JOURNAL PUBLICATION
CONFRONTATION LITERARY JOURNAL AND ITS POETS: FEATURING THE EDITOR, MARTIN TUCKER
All Manayunk Art Center (MAC) literary events are on Sundays from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Requested donation fee is $4.00. Refreshments are provided. The MAC is in Philadelphia at 419 Green Lane (rear). Zip code is 19128. Peter Krok is Humanities/Poetry Director of the MAC. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. MAC Web site address is www.manayunkartcenter.org. The MAC phone number is ( 215) 482-3363. The goal, as E. M. Forster wrote, is "Only Connect." Please contact the MAC if you have any program suggestions.
The Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts,
The Magazine of the Manayunk Art Center,
just published issue # 21, Fall 2005, $6.00
To order: Manayunk Art Center
419 Green Lane (rear)
Philadelphia, PA 19128
For submission guidelines: www.manayunkartcenter.org
Wilmette Public Library, Wilmette, IL on Sunday, April 2, 2006 at 2 p.m. Allison Joseph, editor of the literary journal Crab Orchard Review, will read her poetry at the Wilmette Public Library, Wilmette, IL on Sunday, April 2, 2006 at 2 p.m. She is the first poet featured in the 2006 series of free poetry readings hosted by the library at 1242 Wilmette Ave. The series, now in its third year, is produced by Free Lunch: A Poetry Miscellany, the Glenview-based poetry magazine. For more information call (847) 256-5025.
Joseph, of Carbondale, Illinois is a faculty member at Southern Illinois University, where she is also Director of that institution's Young Writers Workshop for high school students. Her work and her five volumes of poetry have won numerous awards, including those from the Illinois Arts Council; Plowshares, a literary journal; and So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Literature.
The poet's reading will be preceded by presentations of poems from American or world literature by five audience members, who will sign up to read one of their favorite poems. The most effective audience reader will receive a $25 gift certificate from Alibi Books of Glenview, Illinois. The other readers will be given one-year subscriptions to Free Lunch. Ron Offen, editor of Free Lunch, notes, "All the audience readers will be winners." After the event, free refreshments and book sales and signings by Joseph will be offered.
Funding for the series is provided by the Wilmette Public Library; the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; and Free Lunch Arts Alliance, the publisher of Free Lunch, which has been published since 1989. Among the notable poets it has published are Billy Collins, Donald Hall, and Lisel Mueller. Find more information about Free Lunch at poetsfreelunch.org.
April 17, Monday.
Thad Rutkowski reading at University of Northern Colorado
Queer Latina/o America Lecture Series 2006 Calendar of Events:
Tuesday, January 9 Denilson Lopes (University of Brasília), “In Search of
Queer Invisibility,” 4:00 p.m. (2609 SSWB/International Institute). Thursday, February 16 Achy Obejas (author), “Identity and Dislocation”, 4:00
– 5:30 p.m. (1528 CC Little).
Friday, March 10 Javier Laureano (University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras), “Historia, política y performatividad: El rompecabezas inicial de la parada de orgullo LGBT en Puerto Rico", 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. (3512 Haven Hall).
Friday, March 10 Rubén Ríos Avila (University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras), “The End of Gay Culture?” 2:30 p.m. (Hussey Room, in the Michigan League).
Tuesday, March 28 Rane Arroyo (poet), How to Name a Hurricane (reading), 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. (1636 International Institute/SSWB).
Tuesday, April 4 Carmelita Tropicana (Alina Troyano, performer), I, Carmelita Tropicana (performance). 7:00-9:00 p.m. (Film and Video Studio, Duderstadt Center, N. Campus).
Wednesday, April 5 Carmelita Tropicana (American Culture Workshop lunch presentation), 11:30 am – 1:00 p.m. (3512 Haven Hall).
Thursday, April 6 Carmelita Tropicana: Your Kunst Is Your Waffen (film screening and discussion with artist), 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. (1528 CC Little).
The Queer Latina/o America Lecture Series is sponsored by the UM Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, LGQR Initiative, American Culture Program; Latino Studies Program, Romance Languages and Literatures Department, Arts at Michigan, Rackham Graduate School, and University Libraries.
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
We'd like to invite you to our next show, starting at 7.30 on Sunday, March 5, 2006.
You probably know the drill already, but the place is Nyitott Mu hely at Ráth György utca 4, near Déli train station.
Olen Steinhauer (www.olensteinhauer.com) will read from one of his novels, comedienne Leila Estes will entertain us with her wit and charm, wandering minstrel Steve Jones (www.singlish.hu) will bring his guitar, and Albjona Hyseni's poetry will be read by Aaron Hunter, one of the editors of Pilvax magazine ( www.pilvaxmag.com), where her work has appeared.
As always, we'll be reserving some open mike slots for YOU, so talk to the organizers before the show and grab a chance to present your own poems, prose, songs or anything else. But even if you don't, you'll still have the chance to win some of our fabulous prizes by answering our crazy quiz questions, or trumping everyone else in the traditional writing competition.
Entrance is free, and the bar serves a wide selection of drinks.
Hope to see you there!
Ezennel meghívunk következ
o estünkre, március 5.-én 7:30-ra. A helyszín, mint mindig, a Nyitott Mu hely (Ráth György utca 4, a Délinél).
Olen Steinhauer (www.olensteinhauer.com) egy részletet fog felolvasni regényébol, Leila Estes stand-up komika humorával fog elkápráztatni minket, Steve Jones (www.singlish.hu) gitározik majd és énekel, Aaron Hunter, a Pilvax magazin (www.pilvaxmag.com) szerkesztoje pedig Albjona Hyseni verseit fogja felolvasni.
Amint az már szokássá vált, bárki elhozhatja saját verseit, prózáját, zenéjét vagy bármi egyebet, és azt el oadhatja az est folyamán. Az érdeklodok beszéljenek a szervez okkel a musor kezdete elo tt. Lesz továbbá kvízkérdés, íróverseny, és az ezekkel járó fantasztikus díjak. Belépés ingyenes, a bárban italok széles választéka.
Beauty of the Father
New play by Nilo Cruz
Manhatten Theatre club production at City Center
131 W. 55th St.
NEW YORK, NY January 20, 2006 - DARKLING: A Poem, Anna Rabinowitz's book-length acrostic poem (Tupelo Press, 2001) will move from page to stage to inhabit a new realm as an experimental opera-theatre work produced by American Opera Projects (AOP). This innovative production of DARKLING blurs distinctions between poetry, theater, and music and challenges conventional modes of narrative as well as familiar approaches to opera and theater. It stretches the boundaries of opera and transforms Rabinowitz's poem into a new form of theatre art, establishing poetry as a genre that can have a vital life off the page and on the stage.
DARKLING brings to the stage award-winning New York poet Anna Rabinowitz's acclaimed book of the same name-a work that burrows through history by way of an "inheritance of truncated histories" and "sketchy memories" derived from old letters and unidentified photos the poet found in a shoebox neglected for decades on a shelf in her parents' home.
DARKLING assembles narratives of the Holocaust not through the convention of narrative details but through the turbulence of multiple voices in the act of finding themselves. The American Opera Projects production, conceived and directed by Michael Comlish, recasts opera in an innovative, contemporary form by creating a landscape that interweaves the poetry with original live music, projected films and images, collages of spoken text and pre-recorded soundscapes.
Rabinowitz has garnered ongoing praise for Darkling since its publication in 2001. Darkling has been hailed by Booklist as "...a piercing and powerful incantation" of the voices of her family's Holocaust victims and acclaimed as "a daring masterpiece," a work that makes "a unique contribution to Holocaust literature," and as one of the "ineradicable Twin Towers of Holocaust poetry in English." Audiences reacted with similar praise when excerpts from AOP's theatrical adaptation of DARKLING were presented to sold-out houses by The Guggenheim Museum as part of the Works & Process series on November 13 and 14, 2005.
DARKLING is a work that speaks for those who did not survive to tell their stories or write their memoirs. It is a poetry of accumulation that is a profound processing of loss and aftermath, affirming memory, ceremony, and life itself. Timothy Donnelly, in his introduction of Rabinowitz at the Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y, asserted that the poet presents the reader with "a new form of remembering,"
Original music has been composed by Stefan Weisman and Lee Hoiby. Music direction is by J. David Jackson, with instrumental accompaniment by members of the FLUX Quartet. The cast of performers includes five world-class singers and seven actors.
Performances of DARKLING will begin Sunday, February 26th at the East 13th Street Theatre, 136 East 13th Street (at 3rd Avenue) and run through Saturday, March 18th. Opening Night is Tuesday, February 28, 2006. Tickets can be purchased through Ticket Central, www.TicketCentral.com and by phone 212-279- 4200,12-8 PM, daily. Tickets are priced at $30-$45, and are discounted for students and seniors.
Michael Comlish, an AOP veteran since 1999, has spearheaded the development of DARKLING at AOP in workshops held over the last 2 years. His work has been praised by the press as "high-style," "unorthodox," "wickedly uproarious," and "anti-Romantic," and he was featured in the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" for his casting of pundit Andrew Sullivan as Benedick in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Comlish has worked with Richard Foreman, David Herskovits (director of AOP's TONE TEST, '04), and Anne Bogart (whom he assistant directed for AOP's MARINA, '03). Within the largely bleak world of DARKLING, Comlish continues to explore a style that has been called "absurd, surreal, while playfully shifting among levels of reality."
Adaptor-Director Michael Comlish and Charles Jarden (AOP Executive Director and Producer) have put together an exceptional creative team for DARKLING. Three composers contribute music: Stefan Weisman (American Composers Orchestra, Sequitur) has written for the voice and for the instrumental ensemble; Thomas Hamilton (long- time Robert Ashley collaborator) has created a pre- recorded soundscape; and song composer Lee Hoiby has contributed a new commission, "The Darkling Thrush," based on the famous poem by Thomas Hardy. Music Director J. David Jackson (MET Opera, conductor of AOP's premiere of MARINA starring Lauren Flanigan), and Brian DeMaris (New York City and Ash Lawn Operas), who will conduct DARKLING, complete this outstanding group of creative artists.
Lead singers include tenor Jon Garrison (MET Opera, NY Philharmonic) and baritone Marcus DeLoach (NYC Opera, Central City Opera) and ensemble members Jody Sheinbaum, Hai-Ting Chinn and Mark Uhlemann. Featured actors include Sid Williams (Actor's Studio, "The Sopranos"), Polish film star Elzbieta Czycewska, Hillary Spector, Carol Monda, Julie Lockhart and Perri Yaniv.
Production elements: Set Design by Glenn Reed; Lighting Design by Brian Scott; Hair and Costume Design by Anna Kiraly; Projection and Video Editing by Gregory King; Sound Design by Zachary Williamson; Production Management by Scott Schneider; Instrumental Ensemble contracted by FLUX Quartet's Tom Chiu.
With DARKLING, American Opera Projects continues its exploration and remembrance of the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust. AOP has returned to the subject frequently because, AOP Executive Director Charles Jarden states, "the Holocaust remains a story that wants to be told. Over the last several years we have received more submissions concerning this theme than in any other category. I think that world disasters, natural ones such Hurricane Katrina and the Tsunami, and especially man-made ones, like the war in Iraq and 9/11, resonate to such a degree with creative artists that they are led back to collective memories, like the Holocaust, and to lessons about humanity and compassion that we learned, or did not learn."
Founded in 1988, American Opera Projects has gained international recognition as an arts organization devoted to creating, developing, and presenting new American opera, opera projects and experimental music theatre. Additional press material is available at: www.operaprojects.org/press.
American Opera Projects' DARKLING runs February 26 through March 18, 2006 at the East 13th Street Theater, Tuesdays & Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 pm; Sunday Feb 26 at 3 PM, Monday Feb 27 at 8 PM with opening night at 8 PM on Tuesday, Feb 28th. The performance lasts approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes with no intermission. Panel discussions with the creators will follow performances on 26 Feb; 4, 7 & 14 March 2006.
American Opera Projects:
138 S. Oxford Street,
Brooklyn, New York 11217
Tel: (718) 398-4024/Fax: (718) 398-3489
DARKLING: A POEM by Anna Rabinowitz (© Tupelo Press, 2001). www.tupelopress.org
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