Sunday, December 10, 2017

History’s Dark Trace: Michael McGriff’s Early Hour

My review of Michael McGriff's gorgeous new collection, History's Dark Trace, is now up on Kenyon Review Online.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Arrival of Evening

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? You can now purchase my limited edition chapbook from the inimitable Furniture Press Books.

Friday, June 16, 2017

You Need This Book

consolation snacks
by hassen saker with drawings by Don Riggs
a Furniture Press Book
Release: July 8, 2017

Hassen Saker is a transmedia creator, working in texts, audio, photography, film, performance and ephemeral acts. She is the author of the chapbook Salem from Belladonna, the poetry triptych, Sky Journal, from Dusie Press, and a forthcoming book of poetry from Least Weasel.

Saker has shown her photography in group shows and solo exhibitions. For her art film projects, in addition to producing and directing, she writes, scores, shoots, and edits the short films, which have been featured online, in public art spaces and screenings, and performed live in collaboration with other artists. The short poem-film, Solastalgia, a collaboration with poet Deborah Poe, will soon be featured on

Since 2006 Saker has been a green business owner, committed to the core values and large impact of independent business adhering to a Triple Bottom Line to create an ethical economy.
Over the past 10 years, she has served on both the Board of Directors of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia and on the Executive Committee for the Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association. She also collaborates on media projects with Natalie Jeremijenko of the xDesign Environmental Health Clinic at NYU.

In 2009, Saker founded the social media channel, VolkLibre, a community of artist-activists, for which she directed & produced Heroes, a series of short video interviews with sustainability role models.

Saker also directed and produced a feature length documentary film in 2012 and is currently in pre-production of two more feature documentaries with her company, Dog Feed Dog Productions.
Saker has lived throughout the U.S. & currently resides in the Philadelphia area.

This is clever meaningful wordplay in the purest sense. 
—Ashleigh Brilliant

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

University of Pennsylvania Bookstore: An Afternoon of Poetry Organized by Leonard Gontarek.

Apr 19, 2017, 12:30 PM 
University of Pennsylvania Bookstore
3601 Walnut St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

Please join us for an afternoon of poetry with local poets Alison Hicks, Ethel Rackin and Eleanor Stanford.

Alison Hicks is the author of poetry collections You Who Took the Boat Out, Kisand Falling Dreams, a novella, Love: A Story of Images, and an anthology, Prompted. Her poem “house in mind” was winner of Philadelphia City Paper 2011 poetry contest, and a second poem, “canoeing at night,” was selected as runner-up. She has twice received Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowships, in creative non-fiction in 2003 and in fiction in 2007.

Ethel Rackin is the author of The Forever Notes and Go On, a National Jewish Book Award finalist. Rackin's poems, book reviews, and collaborations have appeared widely in journals such as The American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Hotel Amerika, Jacket2, Kenyon Review, Parabola, Verse Daily, and Volt. She earned her MFA from Bard College and her PhD in English Literature from Princeton University. She has taught at Penn State Brandywine, Haverford College, and Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania, where she is currently an associate professor.

Eleanor Stanford is the author of two books of poetry, Bartram's Garden and The Book of Sleep, both from Carnegie Mellon University Press. Her poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, the Harvard Review, the Kenyon Review, and many others. She was a 2014/2016 Fulbright fellow to Brazil, researching and writing about traditional midwifery.

This event was organized by local poet Leonard Gontarek.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Aphorism's Enduring Instant: A Review of James Richardson's During

My thoughts on James Richardson's stunning new collection, During, are now up on the Kenyon Review Online.

(Re)animating the City: A Review of 'Deep City' by Megan Kaminski

I'm happy to contribute to the conversation on Kaminski's wonderful work in this new review on Jacket 2.