June 6th, 2013
Dear Poets and Friends,
Poetry.LA just added two intriguing new poets to its expanding collection of online videos: Natalie DĂaz and Sarah Vap.
We caught up with them in May at Hitched, a reading series spotlighting emerging poets that Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo curates monthly at Beyond Baroque.
Natalieâ€™s collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2012. Sarahâ€™s latest collection, Arco Iris, was published by Saturnalia Books also in 2012.
For more information about the poets including links to buy their books, you can go to the poetâ€™s individual page by clicking on All Poets. Then click that poetâ€™s name.
Best to you,
A video showcase of poets &
poetry venues in Southern California
June 6th, 2013
Editor in Chief
W. Todd Kaneko, Arlene Kim, Anne M. Doe Overstreet
Poetâ€™s Bookshelf Editor
DMQ Review is pleased to announce the release of the Spring 2013 issue featuring the poetry of Jada Ach, John Amen, Mary Donnelly, Glenn Halak, Elizabyth Hiscox, Michaelsun Stonesweat Knapp, Janet Norman Knox, Mercedes Lawry, Karen An-hwei Lee, Emily Oâ€™Neill, Alan Soldofsky, Tim Suermondt, and Anthony Warnke, with artwork by Carolyn Krieg.
In collaboration with Peter Davis, editor of Poetâ€™s Bookshelf: Contemporary Poets On Books That Shaped Their Art, Volumes I & II, the DMQ Review is also pleased to present the Bookshelf essay as well as new poems from Charles Harper Webb as our â€śFeatured Poet.â€ť
Carolyn Krieg Â© 2013 All Rights Reserved
May 20th, 2013
KPFA Radio & La PeĂ±a Cultural Center present
Fresh from Cuba, the celebrated poet and public intellectual
Presented by AL YOUNG
California Poet Laureate emeritus, novelist, essayist
& Kathleen WeaverÂ
poet, biographer, translator
Thursday, June 13, 7:30 pm
La PeĂ±a Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705
$10 advance tickets, $12 door:Â Â Â www.Lapena.org
benefit for KPFA + La PeĂ±a
NANCY MOREJĂ“NÂ is the best known and most widely translated woman poet of post-revolutionary Cuba. Born in 1944 in Havana to a militant dock worker and a trade-unionist seamstress, MorejĂłn graduated from Havana University. She was Cubaâ€™s first black woman poet to be internationally acclaimed as a poet. Her distinctive poetry is shaped by an Afro-Cuban sensibility and an eloquent concern for Cuban nationhood, cultural fusion, and the rights of women. She has published more than twenty volumes of poetry, as well as critical works and translations from French and English. Her works in English translation include Looking Within / Mirar adentro, Selected Poems 1954-2000, Where the Island Sleeps Like a Wing, translated by U.S. poet Kathleen Weaver, and With Eyes and Soul/Images of Cuba with photographs by Milton Rogovin.Â For many years, MorejĂłn served on the editorial staff of UNEAC (Union of Cuban Writers and Artists). Currently she is president of the Cuban Writersâ€™ Union, UNEAC, and an advisor at Casa de las Americas in Havana.
Â MorejĂłn has won Cubaâ€™s prestigious National Literary Award, the National Prize for Poetry, and the National Award in Criticism â€“ as well as many international awards, including the Latin American Studies Association Cuba Prize. Thoroughly bilingual, she has read and lectured at universities in the U.S.Â She served as writer in residence at Wellesley College and conducted a two-day symposium on her work at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Howard University Press has published a collection of critical texts on her work: Singular Like a Bird: The Art of Nancy MorejĂłn.
AL YOUNGÂ is a distinguished writer, poet, fiction writer, anthologist, and educator. HisÂ many honors include Poet Laureate of California, the PEN-Library of Congress Award for Short Fiction, the PEN-USA Award for Non-Fiction, two American Book Awards, and the Richard Wright Award for Excellence in Literature. His writings have been translated into many languages, including Russian, and Urdu. His works in fiction include Seduction By Light and Sitting Pretty; in poetry, Something About the Blues, and Coastal Nights and Inland Afternoons: Poems 2001-2006.
Â In the 1970â€™s Young wrote film scripts for producer Joseph Strick, Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, and Richard Pryor. In the 1980â€™s and 90â€™s, as a cultural ambassador for the United States Information Agency, he traveled throughout South Asia, Egypt, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian West Bank. In 2001 he traveled to the Persian Gulf to lecture on American and African American literature and culture in Kuwait and in Bahrain for the U.S. Department of State. Subsequent lecture tours have taken him to Southern Italy in 2004, and back to India in 2005.. Blending story, recitation and song, Young often performs live with musicians. In 2005, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him Poet Laureate of California.
Â Kathleen Weaver is a poet, author of the biography, Peruvian Rebel,The Life and Work of Magda Portal; co-editor of The Penguin Book of Womensâ€™ Poetry and The Other Voice; translator ofÂ Nancy MorejĂłn, Julio CortĂˇzar, Omar Cabezas, and many others.
NOTE: Nancy MorejĂłn and Kathleen Weaver will also appear Sunday, June 9, in San Francisco at the Emerald Tablet
Contact: Bob BaldockÂ |Â email@example.comÂ |Â 510.848.5006
Nancy MorejĂłn reads at the First International Festival of Poetry of Resistance, Toronto 2009
Â “Mujer Negra,” a poem by Nancy MorejĂłn translated by Kathleen Weaver @ Tumblr
I still smell the foam of the sea they made me cross.
The night, I can not remember it.
The ocean itself could not remember that …
TodavĂa huelo la espuma del mar que me hicieron atravesar.
La noche, no puedo recordarla.
Ni el mismo ocĂ©ano podrĂa recordarla …
Â© La PeĂ±a Cultural Center
April 25th, 2013
SFJAZZ Poetry Festival: Icons
SFJAZZ Poet Laureate Ishmael Reed brings a diverse group of poets center stage, many riffing with improvising instrumentalists. Following each nightâ€™s final performance, young poets will have a chance to get onstage during an open-mic session and perform their work beginning around 10:30PM.
The first annual SFJAZZ Jazz Poetry Festival features a diverse cast of poets â€“ among them the stateâ€™s current poet laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, the celebrated feminist poet Lorna Dee Cervantes, the elegant Beat writer Michael McClure and Reed himself â€“ many performing with improvising instrumentalists. Those musicians include such gifted Bay Area players as woodwind master Melecio Magdaluyo, jamming with poet and performance artist Genny Lim on June 7. The following night, Reed mixes it up with pianist Mary Watkins, on a bill with the commanding Al Young, performing his poetry with bassist Dan Robbins.
â€śFor SFJAZZâ€™s first annual Jazz Poetry Festival, we have assembled some of the most prominent Bay Area poets, some of whom will be accompanied by some of the finest local musicians,â€ť says Reed, a prolific writer of poems, essays, novels and plays who taught for decades at UC Berkeley. â€śThis may be the most exciting and diverse poetry festival held in San Francisco in recent years.â€ť
April 18th, 2013
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