Friday, December 23, 2016

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

American Fix

Dug the truck out of Phil's garage but didn't know where Phil had gone.

~

Enough love and song on the byways
enough coming to grips.

~

Before I could tell another's lie I was lying in it.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

The gorgeous cover of Go On. Cover design by David Blakesley. Cover image: Rebecca Hoenig. "Grandma's Game." 1998. Mixed media.

Go On is now available for purchase from Parlor Press or Amazon.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

GO ON: Launch Events

I'm looking forward to reading from my forthcoming poetry collection, Go On, at these upcoming events:

Offsite Free Verse Editions Reading
AWP Conference
February 9, 2017, 5:30 pm
Courtyard Washington Embassy Row
1600 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20036

Wordsmiths Reading Series
Bucks County Community College
With J.C. Todd
Newtown, PA
February 20, 2017, 1 pm

Cambridge Public Library
With Ruth Lepson and Celia Gilbert
Cambridge, Massachusetts
March 19, 2017
Details TBA

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Fall Reading Series

I'm really excited about the reading series that I'm co-directing with poet Christopher Bursk at Bucks County Community College. If you're local, I hope to see you there!

Bucks County Community College is pleased to announce its Wordsmiths Reading Series schedule for Fall 2016:

Friday, September 30, 7:30 p.m., Zlock Performing Arts Center
Li-Young Lee with Vida Chu


Friday, November 13, 2 p.m., Orangery
40th Annual Bucks County Poet Laureate Reading


Friday, December 2, 7:30 p.m., Gallagher Room
Richard Blanco with Winners of the LGBT Youth Poetry Prize

Saturday, December 3 – Writers' Conference, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Gallagher Room
Featuring Richard Blanco, President Obama's 2013 Inaugural Poet and benefiting The Rainbow Room, Attic Center, and Galaei

The Wordsmiths Reading Series is sponsored by the College’s Cultural Programming Committee. Events are free and open to the community, and held at the College's Newtown Campus. For more information contact Chris Bursk: 215.968.8156 or burskc@bucks.edu. 

Bucks County Community College
275 Swamp Road
Newtown PA, 18940

Bucks County Launches Search for the Next Poet Laureate

Friday, May 20, 2016

Thomas Merton Prize in Poetry of the Sacred

I'm so pleased and honored that “Soledad,” a lyric sequence that I co-authored with Elizabeth Savage, was selected by Elizabeth Robinson as the winning poem for the Thomas Merton Prize in Poetry of the Sacred.

Here's the link to the 21st annual Festival of Faiths taking place now in Louisville, KY. Our poem will be performed later today (time tba): Festival of Faiths

Our sequence will be published in the winter issue of Parabola. Here's a sneak peek:


Soledad

In which the sun
as bright as an orb
(which it was)

as sparks flew
or spurs
from disappointment’s—

that was all
as she drove listening
lone survivor

not a song
but a lyric
ran through it

*

When the dead are lost
in the sun—who are you

praying for? once
they blazed a path

once they burned
and the sparks blink

behind in effort
what survives the lyric

some small night
holds wilder nouns

in alien calm
one winter psalm

*

an alien calmness
engulfs an edge
wraps round

the wilder brush

beyond effort’s saving
sparks blind
crush

while stones
like thieves
find the rush

insatiable
and tell lies as lyric’s lost
accomplices

*

accomplices blind
by alien calm

a rap unrushed
a guest that lies
a thief in trust

in hindsight
crushed

if all we strike
breaks to light

*

if all we bend’s
already bent
invisibly

as a node’s nudge
dives down
only to be

caught
in dust
gust

*

bent to tend
low of dusk
sun belies
lyrics rushed

*                                     

this winter song
her lone accomplice
as stars once wished upon

now stare down
on woodland thrush

*

once along sabbath
sun
            startling orb
thrust upon
woodland wished
accomplishment



Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016

YEW


Please check out the GORGEOUS new (mini-)issue of YEW.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Colorado Review

Can't wait to read the new issue of Colorado Review! Here's my new poem that appears in it.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Spring Reading Series

I'm really excited about the reading series that I'm co-directing with poet Christopher Bursk at Bucks County Community College. If you're local, I hope to see you there!

Bucks County Community College is pleased to announce its Wordsmiths Reading Series schedule for Spring 2016:

Friday, March 4, 7:30 p.m., Orangery
Dean Rader and Elizabeth Savage


Dean Rader’s debut collection of poems, Works & Days, won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize. His recent collection Landscape Portrait Figure Form (Omnidawn) was named by the Barnes & Noble Review as one of the Best Books of Poetry of the year. He was won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2015 George Bogin Award from the Poetry Society of America. Rader is a professor of English at the University of San Francisco and the editor of the 2014 anthology 99 Poems for the 99 Percent. His forthcoming collection, Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry, will appear in 2016 from Copper Canyon.

Elizabeth Savage is author of Idylliad (2015) and Grammar (2013), both from Furniture Press Books, and two chapbooks, Jane & Paige or Sister Goose and Woman Looking at a Vase of Flowers. Her critical work appears most recently in The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century American Women Poets, Contemporary Women's Writing, and Jacket. She has served as poetry editor for Kestrel: A Journal of Literature & Art since 2008.

Friday, April 8, 7:30 p.m., Orangery
Mary Biddinger and Katherine Falk


Mary Biddinger is the author of four full-length collections of poetry, most recently Small Enterprise (Black Lawrence Press, 2015). Her work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Green Mountains Review, jubilat, The Laurel Review, and Pleiades, among others. She is a Professor of English at the University of Akron, where she teaches poetry writing and literature, and edits the Akron Series in Poetry at the University of Akron Press. She is the recipient of a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship in poetry, and is currently working on a book-length volume of prose poems. 

Katherine Hahn Falk was first runner up for Bucks County Poet Laureate 2015. She won Bowman’s Hill First Annual Poetry Contest and the H. MacKnight-Black Poetry and Literature prize. Katherine was a runner-up in Japan Airlines’ Haiku contest (out of 40,000 entries). Her poems have been published in US 1 Worksheets and Freshet anthologies. Katherine has had the privilege and joy of being a member of Dr. Christopher Bursk’s workshops and the Bucks County poetry community for over a decade. Prior to meeting Chris Bursk, Katherine studied at the graduate level at the City University of New York’s Lehman College with Billy Collins. She was a poet in the New Jersey Poets in the Schools Program.

Saturday, April 23, 2016 – “”The Muse is in the Details: A  Free Workshop for High School Teachers of Poetry,” sponsored by the Bucks County Poet Laureate Program  10- 3 p.m. in the Solarium, Bucks County Community College’s Newtown campus. To register call 215-968-8156.

Friday, May 6, 2016 – BCCC’s Wordsmiths Reading Series presents George Drew, author of Down and Dirty and the forthcoming Pastoral Habits: New and Selected, and the 2016 Bucks County Muse Award recipients, Jim Freeman, David Kime, Kathleen Mulholland, and Marylou Kelly Streznewski. The 7:30 reading is held in the Orangery of BCCC’s Newtown Campus and is free and open to campus and community.

Saturday, May 7 – The Herb and Pamela Perkins-Frederick Book Fair and Alumni Reading; a 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. series of open readings by BCCC alumni/ae and community authors selling and signing their books. Local authors who wish to display and sell their books and alumni/ae interested in reading should register by calling 215-968-8156.

The Wordsmiths Reading Series is sponsored by the College’s Cultural Programming Committee. Events are free and open to the community, and held at the College's Newtown Campus. For more information contact Ethel Rackin: ethel.rackin@bucks.edu or 215-497-8719. 

Bucks County Community College
275 Swamp Road
Newtown PA, 18940