Showing posts from 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.

The Arrival of Evening

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

A Review of Go On in Columbia Poetry Review: by Emily Bieniek

Check out this lovely new reviewof Go On.

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…

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 fr…

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.

The Jewish Book Council's 2016 Berru Poetry Award

I am honored to have been named a finalist for this year's National Jewish Book Award. Thank you to the Berru Charitable Foundation and to the Jewish Book Council. Here is a photo of the reading I gave last Wednesday, March 8 with Stanley Moss and Yehoshua November at the Harvard Club in New York.

Reading with J.C. Todd at Bucks County Community College

Bucks County Community College, whose Wordsmiths Reading Series brings the voices of award-winning poets and authors to the region, invites the public to hear J.C. Todd and Ethel Rackin read their poetry at 1 p.m. Monday February 20, in historic Tyler Hall on the Newtown campus.
Todd, winner of the 2016 International Literary Award in poetry and a 2014-16 Pew Fellow, has held fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Ragdale and Ucross and a writing residency at Humboldt University in Berlin. Her books include What Space This Body (Wind, 2008) and two chapbooks. Individual poems have been published in The Paris Review, The American Poetry Review, Ekphrasis, and are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal.
Todd teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Bryn Mawr College. Last fall, Todd served as judge for the Bucks County Poet Laureate Competition.

Rackin is the author of The Forever Notes (2013) and Go On (2016), both from Parlor Press. Elizabeth Robinson awarded …

Off Site Free Verse Editions Reading, Washington DC AWP

Off Site Verse Editions Reading, Washington DC 
Associated Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference

Thursday, February 9 at 5:30 PM-7PM  Courtyard Washington Embassy Row 1600 Rode Island Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036

Join us in celebrating fine new books by Free Verse Editions writers as well as hearing poetry read by outstanding past and upcoming writers on the Free Verse Editions list. Readers will include Jennifer Atkinson, Bruce Bond, Hannah Craig, Derek Gromadzki, Lew Klatt, Eric Pankey, Donald Platt, Ethel Rackin, Jon Thompson, and Felicia Zamora.

In addition, Free Verse Editions will have a table at the Bookfair (653T). Please stop by!

Rendering the Poem Combustible: Arthur Vogelsang’s Orbit - The Kenyon Review

I'm excited to announce this new review, and am hoping that it renews interest in Vogelsang's work, which is more relevant than ever.

2016 National Jewish Book Awards Winners and Finalists

I'm pleased and honored to announce that Go On was named a finalist for the 2016 National Jewish Book Award in Poetry.

More information here.