Monday, January 28, 2013

The Tree Is The Right Kind of Green But The Wrong Kind of Fake Press

Here are my intros from Saturday's Bad Shadow Affair. Thanks everyone who came!

Nick Gulig:
If there are 7 billion people, then there are seven billion versions of the world. If there are ten quintillion insects, then let’s not forget about their versions, either. The world you experience is your world. This could get lonely. Or confusing. But Nick seems to embrace variance as an outcome of the imagination and this is a certain kind of faith. That the imagination, too, can collapse this distance. Sometimes his poems want to hold your hand on a beach and sometimes they want to push you into a busy street, but either way, he takes away the distance we feel when he gives us the waves surrounding the beach or the city surrounding the street. Maybe this is how we’re forgiven, or simply how we forge. I think his work experiments with different versions of faith: in space, in objects, that the “you” in his poems is a version of the real. Check out his work here:

Lawrence Giffin:
The architecture of a wing or wound, the architecture of religion, your name, a feral child living in milkweed & mud. Giffin’s poems are intricate constructions that reveal our artifice as well as intuitive desire. His scaffolding seems to cover everything, pulling a stanza about a book of political philosophy into the same poem with holiday shopping and a housing project. They acknowledge the inextricable. What surprises me in these poems is that sometimes the observations feel mediated by the distance of history and paper and at others, like someone is sitting on your toilet, watching you take an unjustifiably long, hot shower. Giffin writes, “My fear is that time will heal the wounds before I’ve had my chance to finger them.” In reading his new book from Ugly Duckling Presse, Christian Name, I’ve learned to accept if not love the scrutiny we’re cast under. Check out his work here:

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

My Gloves Cover Two Pulsing Hearts Press

Whenever I pass National Jewish Health in Denver-- NJHealth as the posters have it---I always misread it as NinjaHealth. And I get excited.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Poetry Is Alive, Deal With It Press

People on Facebook seem to be pissy or just sad about the Washington Post blog about how useless poetry is and how no one cares about it. But no one seems to be actively engaging the comments section of the WP. So, here is a link to the article:

Here is a link to my comments.
And I'm pasting them below, too:

Part of the challenge and pleasure of reading poetry is that it sets forth to offer the reader something radically new, and in turn, we have to re-train ourselves to read. Writing that tries to de-stable standards of normalcy cannot use the syntax, the language of this very normalcy. It is a language of fracture and fragment, a language that breaks down meaning to regenerate it, to reinvigorate it. A language that tries to collapse boundaries, to free us from constraints, to help us form new relationships with people, objects, places, time, and our own imaginations. As Hejinian writes, it’s a language that “invites participation.” I think it’s immensely important to take what we learn in academic studies or in our jobs and everyday life and experiment with how these histories and ideas can be explored creatively. It trains us to be open and active readers and to develop agency as thinkers and as citizens in this world.

When I teach poetry, I want my students to generate a body of work that feels and sounds like their unique personality but that also surprises them in the complexities and linguistic leaps they’ve accomplished over the course of the semester. I love this Stevens line that goes, “the life of the poem in the mind has not yet begun,” because I think it embodies the challenge and joy that many students face when they begin reading poetry. In high school and in some of their college courses, they’re taught that there is a single answer they need to discover, that there is a singular and correct way of reading a text. Poetry can show students/readers that the pleasure of the text comes from reading it numerous times and each time, gleaning more nuanced and diverse meanings, that “the life of the poem in the mind” can blossom with the multiplicity of interpretation.

Panic Heart Press

In proofing the spring issue of the Denver Quarterly, I realized that I didn't know the correct spelling of "dormouse." If you were ever in love with the cartoon version of Alice in Wonderland as a kid, you might think it's "doormouse." Anyways, I searched the term on Google, which promptly brought me to this ridiculous video. This is how I learn how to spell now, I guess:

Yes, I learn how to spell by listening to rodents snore.


Also, I do love lists like this:
14 words with no English Equivalent:

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Drive-by Feelings Press

New Bad Shadow Affair reading happening Saturday the 26th. Head's up, you should come:


It is 2013 now! Bad Shadow Affair: Please come hear Dan Beachy-Quick, Nick Gulig, Michelle Naka Pierce, and Lawrence Giffin next Saturday, Jan 26th, at 7pm.

It will be nice to see everyone!
Bad Shadow Affair @ Lost Lake Lounge
3602 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, Colorado 80206
We'll start promptly at 7pm!!!!!
Saturday, Jan 26th

Born in Japan, Michelle Naka Pierce is the author of Continuous Frieze Bordering Red (2012), awarded Fordham University's Poets Out Loud Editor's Prize; She, A Blueprint (2011); Beloved Integer (2007); and TRI/VIA (2003). Pierce is associate professor and director of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University.

Lawrence Giffin is the author of Get the Fuck Back into that Burning Plane (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009), Sorites (Tea Party Republicans Press, 2011), Ex Tempore (Troll Thread, 2011), and a split chapbook with Lauren Spohrer, Just Kids (Agnes Fox Press, 2012). He lives in Durham, NC.

Born in Wisconsin, educated in Montana and Iowa, Nicholas Gulig currently lives in Colorado where he is PhD candidate at the University of Denver. He is the recipient of awards for poetry from CutBank, Red Hen Press, Camber Press, and the Black Warrior Review, as well as a Fulbright Fellowship to Thailand in 2011. His first full-length collection of poems, North of Order, is forthcoming from YesYes Books in the September.

Dan Beachy-Quick is a poet, writer, and critic. He is the author of four collections of poems, most recently, Circle's Apprentice (Tupelo Press), and A Whaler’s Dictionary (Milkweed Editions), a collection of essays about Moby Dick. His honors include a Lannan Foundation Residency.

Over and out,
Julia & Sommer


Also, next weekend and the weekend after (when I will go), this performance piece is happening. Strongly encourage you to come with me Feb 1st or 2nd:

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Strange Breakfast Days Press

I've been so busy lately I forgot to stock my house with breakfast food. For someone else, this might mean that he/she just got ready for work and 1) skipped bfast or 2) stopped by a fastfood place or grocery store en route to work. For me, this means I rummaged through my fridge and put anything that existed into the oatmeal.

1) oatmeal
2) 2 eggs
3) cilantro
4) salsa

Yeah.....I'm telling you this because I am both embarrassed and actually think it tasted fine. Or, is that just another reason to be embarrassed? But guess what, you can't judge until you try it yourself!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sometimes You Drink Tea Cross-eyed & with a Spoon Press

Good news for you anywhere:

My friend, the nonfiction writer, Ariel Lewiton, has a piece up at Vice Magazine:

My friend Xander Goldberg made this music video, "Girls," for the band Santigold:

The song will be featured on the HBO show, "Girls."

And if you're in NY:
Mark your calendars for the launch party of Drunken Boat#16, held at the Asian American Writers Workshop next Thursday, Jan. 24th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm - featuring contributors from Trance Poetics, including editor & poet Kristin Prevallet, Edwin Torres, Elena River & Marco Maisto and Caroline DeVane, Fiction Writers Nora Maynard and Rosalind Palermo Stevenson, Open City Fellows Peggy Lee and Celina Su, and a special collaborative performance by award winning US poet specializing in cross-disciplinary ephemeral collaborations Terri Witek & her Brazilian collaborator, Cyriaco Lopes, whose most recent New York show "Crimes Against Love" won a Worldstudio AIGA and RTKL award and was featured on the front page of The Advocate. The event will be MC'ed by Drunken Boat's own Ravi Shankar.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Beasts & Burdens Press

Wendy Xu has two lovely poems up at Banango Street, along with translations by Zach Schomburg:

Come and get it while it's hot, right? Right, guys?


I'm incredibly happy to say that my bff Benh Zeitlin received 3 Oscar nominations for his film, Beasts of the Southern Wild. I've known this movie was going to be amazing for years, but it's a relief to see larger money-oriented industries actually support a low budget movie that takes risks with the imagination. I hope more movies like his will receive this kind of attention in the future-- it would be a welcome shift in the public's attention. Maybe what I admire most is that Benh has never been distracted--by money, scripts written by other people, etc-- his vision has always been clear and he's pursued it with avid dedication and joy. There is a scrappy joy to his work that buoys me.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Minotaurist Goes on Vacation Press

Happy to let you know I have three poems in the current issue of Ghost Town. It's a print journal but their new website allows you to read everything digitally, too, so:


Been consulting at the Writing Center all day. This evening KJS is making dinner, Michigan style, for me and a few friends.


This reading is happening Friday night in Denver. Buckle up:

Please come out and support the New Year and celebrate the arts Friday, January 11th at the Deer Pile. Smorg is pleased to host Dani Rado, Will Skinker and Cassandra Smith, all hail Denver writers. C'est magnifique!

The Deer Pile is located above City o City (206 E 13th Ave). Delicious food and drinks available at City o City. Meet there.

Reading starts promptly at 7pm (to make way for the event following ours).

Come early for dinner or a drink and stay late. Hope to see you there!

Dani Rado recently graduated from the University of Denver's creative writing program and currently is an assistant professor at Johnson & Wales University. She's had works published in Harpur Palate, MochilaReview, SNReview, 5th Wednesday, and Clackamas Literary Review, among others.

Will Skinker was born & raised in Marshall Virginia, then moved to Portland OR, and then to San Francisco CA, and then to Denver CO. Auguste Press published his book Mascara in 2007, and Lew Gallery Editions published his small book Feed My Lambs in 2011. He attempts to climb mountains for fun and is writing a long non-fiction work-in-progress about his mountaineering adventures titled We Eat Distance, two chapters of which have been published. His poems appear and disappear in journals here and there and this makes him smile. He moved to Denver in July of 2012 with his wife Yolanda and their two cats. He works for Adam's Camp in Centennial CO, a non-profit organization that runs summer camps for developmentally disabled children and their families.

Cassandra Smith is a visual artist and poet. She works as an editor and book designer for Omnidawn Publishing. She would like to be a museum of lost objects but for now this is only an internet: She has degrees. She has fire. She lives somewhere in the middle.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Tennis Courts Are Covered in Snow Press

New issue of DIAGRAM is up:

TEXT BY: Ari Banias, A. M. Brand, Rachael Button, Michael Canavan, Taylor Collier, Melissa Cundieff-Pexa, David M. DeLeon, Kevin Ducey, Tessa Fontaine, James Allen Hall, Dale Megan Healey, W. Scott Howard, Ted Jean, Brandon Kreitler, Norman Lock, Will Mackin, Todd McCarty, Steven Moore, JoAnna Novak, Hai-Dang Phan, D. E. Steward, Eric Torgersen, M. A. Vizsolyi, and R. Williams.

Then there are four REVIEWS: Ryan Walsh on Charlotte Pence, William John Bert on Kenneth Reitz, Lawrence Lenhart on Adam Thirlwell, and a review of Arianne Zwartjes's DETAILING TRAUMA.


New issue of The Volta:

Friday Feature lists some of the editors' favorite books of 2012.

Evening Will Come presents Sara Renee Marshall's Feminist Poetics Issue, with her introduction & essays by Sandra Doller, Danielle Pafunda, Arielle Greenberg, Rachel Zucker, Carmen Gimenez Smith, & Dawn Lundy Martin. And Julie Carr interviews Lisa Robertson as well.

The Conversant: conversations and interviews with Jen Hofer & John Pluecker on their Antena project, Jeffrey Williams with Donna Haraway, Virginia Konchan with Cathy Wagner, Leonard Schwartz with Michael Hardt, Andy Fitch with Srikanth Reddy and Evie Shockley, Nature Theater of Oklahoma with Kate Valk, HL Hix with Julie Carr, Noah Eli Gordon, & Eileen Myles, Justin Yockel with Ruben Espinosa, Philip Metres with Dimitri Psurtsev, Andy Fitch with Thom Donovan & Matvei Yahkelevich, as well as Thom Donovan talking with Matvei Yankelevich.

Heir Apparent features a new suite of poems from Ben Mirov and They Will Sew the Blue Sail has new poems by Angela Carr, Clayton Eshleman, & Lisa Fishman.

Tremolo: Brian Blanchfield interview by Ben Rutherfurd

Medium & Arroyo Chico: new videos from Drew Krewer & Laura Maher

The Pleistocene: a conversation with Brent Hendricks
& Lynn Xu Takes Down the Clouds