Tuesday, September 25, 2018

your harvest moon annogram

Poetry in Translation this Sunday

Hélène Sanguinetti
Not-to-be-missed on Sunday, September 30, at 1:30pm—Poetry in Translation at the JCC in Tarrytown: George Kraus will read from his translations of Vallejo, Borges and 16th century Spanish poets Gongora, Quevedo, and Sor Juana; Ann Lauinger, her translations of Filippo Naitana who will be there to present the original Italian; Beth Gersh-Nešić, will share her translations of art critic and poet André Salmon; and I will read from Hélène Sanguinetti’s The Hero, forth-
coming from Chax Press.

Toy Hall of Fame Nominees

The National Toy Hall of Fame is considering Chutes and Ladders, American Girl Dolls, tic-tac-toe, chalk, and the Magic 8 Ball. The Hall of Fame’s Chris Bensch says, "This year, the Susan Lucci of the toy world is the Magic 8 ball.” After seven tries, it has not yet been inducted. Will our favorite Magic 8 ball win? Fingers crossed “It is decidedly so” shows up as the answer in November.

Kevin Pilkington
Kevin Pilkington at Dodge Poetry Festival

Kevin Pilkington, winner of the National Book Award and four-time Pushcart nominee, will be giving two poetry readings at The Dodge Poetry Festival on October 20 at 2pm and October 21 at 12:30pm. Kevin will take his place among top poets at the four-day event, the largest poetry festival in North America. Here’s more on the festival lineup.

Mary McCray's Cowboy Meditation Primer

Poet Mary McCray’s astonishing second book, while reading like a novel, integrates highly crafted poetics. A gorgeous immersion into southwestern landscape, the Primer is as much a spiritual as external journey. Easterner Silas Cole finds camaraderie in the company of the mysterious Coyote, the quiet cook, and gambling cowboys who teach him to reel in his soul as well as the herd they drive. While Silas can “extract the holes of bullets” and “save them like buttons, he ultimately learns "nothing but earth wants your bones. This is a gritty and lyrical narrative I could not resist. Congratulations to Mary on another highly original and beautifully written work!

Gil Fagiani celebrated at Calandra Institute

Gil Fagiani (1945-2018)
On October 16, the Italian American Writers Association will launch 
Missing Madonnas, the first posthumous poetry collection in Gil Fagiani’s Bordighera Press trilogy, which includes Chianti in Connecticut and Stone Walls, at John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, at 6pm. Thanks to Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella for championing her late husband’s poetry, memoirs, and translation. RSVP calandra@qc.edu and visit the IAWA website for more on IAWA second Saturdays in Manhattan.

New Releases

Robert Mitchell, Reason's Dream  (Dos Madres Press)

Margaret Randell, translator; María Vázquez Valdez, Kawsay - The flame of the jungle (The Operating System)

Julia Aldrich Carter, Life Lines (Dos Madres Press)

Gil Fagiani, Missing Madonnas (Borighera Press)

Diane Lockwood, Editor. The Practicing Poet (Terrapin Books, 2018)

Mary McCray, The Cowboy Meditation Primer (Trementina Press)

Cole Swensen, translator; Hervé LeTellier, Atlas Inutilis (Black Square)

Creative Opportunities

Arthur Vogelsang 8-week One-on-One Online Poetry Workshop 

Pedestal Magazine submit up to 5 poems before December 2

Coffee Poems submit poem in English or other language by 10th each month to coffeepoems@writerscenter.org

Red Quinoa Salad

My friend Elyse Faltz made this scrumptious protein-rich salad, a perfect bridge to fall eating. Enjoy!

1 cup uncooked red quinoa
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons finely minced shallots
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 cups 1/2-inch-diced seeded tomato
1/2 cup 1/2-inch-diced seeded cucumber
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1 15-oz can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
2 oz (1/2 cup) crumbled feta cheese
4 lemon wedges

Cook quinoa according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain, place in large bowl, and cool one hour. While quinoa cools, whisk oil and next four ingredients in small bowl. Let stand 20 minutes. Add dressing, tomato, and next four ingredients to quinoa; toss well. Serve with feta and lemon wedges.

Poetry readings / literary events

Norwalk Library, Poets in Conversation, October 4, 7pm, Amy Nawrocki, Brian Clements

Notre Dame, October 5-7, AndNow Festival of New Writing

Rae Armantrout
Zinc Bar, Saturdays, 4:30pm; October 6, Chia-Lun Chang, Zahra Patterson; October 13, Myra Al-Rahim, Myung Mi Kim; October 20, Rae Armantrout, Ariel Goldberg; October 27, Jos Charles, Simone White

Mahopac Library, October 15, 6:30pm, Mahopac Poetry Group Reading and Open Mic

Troubadour, October 15, 8pm, J. Chester Johnson, Elizabeth Powell, £7

John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, October 16, 6pm,  Missing Madonnas  by  the late Gil Fagiani, book launch; RSVP calandra@qc.edu

McNally Jackson, October 16, 7pm, bilingual book launch, María Vázquez Valdezs Kawsay - The flame of the jungle; Margaret Randall, Urayoán Noel, Elizabeth Zuba, Mónica de la Torre, Lila Zemborain

UPenn, October 18, 10am-5pm, A New Disability Poetics, symposium on relationships between 
the disabled body and contemporary poetic practices

Curley's Diner, Home of Curley's Poets
Unitarian Universalist Congregation, October 20, 3pm, book launch of Tuesday Night Live, anthology of PoemAlley/
Curley’s Poets

The Bonbonnerie Tearoom on Madison, October 25, 6pm, Poetry Dinner; Megan Henson, Susan Glassmeyer, Pauletta Hansel; RSVP $25

ʼRound the Net

Rachel Cohen
in performance
Director Rachel Cohen of Racoco Productions on spending a week at Abrons Arts Center to develop a new piece, TILT 

Poet Cindy Hochman on reviewing Brett Evans's and Christopher Shipman's Keats is Not the Problem, and Lynn Schmeidler's History of Gone in Pedestal 82

Publisher Lynne DeSilva-Johnson for the 2019 Operating System Catalog now live

Poet Meg Lindsay on “Pain Scale" in the September Light; “That First Hospital Stay” in the October Months to Years, “What They Don’t Tell You,” in 2019 Pulse; and Tiferet  finalist  “Diagnosis”

Yorktown Heights Poet Laureate John McMullen for this list of journals that accept 
Murano glass

Art Historian Laura Morelli for this look into the history of Murano glass

Guitarist Johnny Moses, via guitarist Michael Cefola, for this article on the benefits of arts in the boonies

Poets and Writers for this article about the effort to save Edna St. Vincent Millay’s home

Poet Christina Rau on winning the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association's 2018 Elgin Award for her book Liberating The Astronauts (Aqueduct Press, 2017)

Hooch with Lou and Eugenie Spirito
Poet Linda Simone for her essay appearing in The Practicing Poet (Terrapin Books, 2018) and sharing this link to free Alice Munro stories

Author and dog rescuer Louis Spirito on adopting Hooch, whom we hope inspires another book

Poet Neal Whitman for poems, “One Day at Point Pinos Lighthouse: A Docent’s Reflection and Refraction,” in Stacking Stones: An Anthology of Short Tanka Sequences (Keibooks, 2018); with Amelia Fielden, “Weather Uncertain, Conditions Unknown,” Atlas Poetica 32: A Journal ofWorld Tanka

Memoirist Sarah Bracey White for “And Then Suddenly," a podcast by Angela Santillo  about Sarah’s mother, segregation and freedom; and “One on One with Vin Daquino

Photo by Dan Bush of Missouri Skies
Thanks to old school pal Eric Schecter on Facebook, I realized tonight is the Harvest Moon. To honor this celestial event, Eric evoked the Neil Young song of the same name. On this moon I wish you the magical powers of a full heart, and inspired imagination.

Until next time,

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