Sunday 2 June 2013

Highly Recommended 2nd June, 2013.


William Carlos Williams Centre for the Arts

Wednesday, June 5th.
Great to see that
Philip Nikolayev and Katia Kapovich are reading from their English and Russian work here this week.

KATIA KAPOVICH reads here and in the following link:

PHILIP NIKOLAYEV reads here at the Carol Novack Tribute Reading in NYC last December.

Booking office: (201) 939 4902

Susan Millar DuMars,    Richard W. Halperin,       Noel King and John W. Sexton.
THURSDAY, 6th June. Irish Writers Centre

In Dublin, Salmon Press and the Irish Writer's Centre host the Dublin launch of four new collections by


The Carol Novack Tribute Reading mentioned above was organised by Larissa Shmailo and Marc Vincenz. Larissa will be well known to you from her work in translation, from her own poetry and the amazing poetry and music events which she and Mad Swirl organises. Here she is interviewed in POETRY THIN AIR, a great resource, interviewing important new poets.

Other poets in this series include Michael Graves, Eve Packer, Susan Scutti, Bruce Weber, Jee Leong Kohn / Miriam Stanley and Thomas Fucaloro….


Orhan Pamuk, Turkey's Nobel Prize Winning author.
Disturbing reports from Turkey this week in particular. A nation with such culture and history is being torn apart by threats to its democracy. To help us keep in mind what is at stake we look at some of the contributions which Turkey has made to world literature.

Jason Goodwin studied Byzantine history at Cambridge and has listed his top ten picks, encompassing poetry, history, and fiction, about this 'elusive and contradictory' country.

Here, Mark Lawson looks at an early work from Nobel prize winner Orhan Pamuk and was struck at how the author has consistently worked 'close to contentious politics and history'.

Robert Archambeau's indepth review of Prairie Style by C S Giscombe appears in the latest issue of  The Volta, and provides insights into the poet's work and the challenges facing modern poets today.

"In Giscombe’s hands, the emancipation of narrative dissonance becomes a means of emancipating himself—and, if we are attentive, us—from the kinds of narratives about race that perpetuate old inequities. And in using dissonance as a means of addressing race, he’s bringing to his poetry an attitude long-established in African-American music: As Duke Ellington once told a journalist for whom he played some of his recordings, “That’s the Negro’s life... Hear that chord! Dissonance is our way of life in America”


Two important literary festivals to watch out for in Cork this summer:


A full programme of events is available here:


Some of the featured poets in this year's festival include:
Tsead Bruinja, Noel King, Matthew Sweeney, Jan Glass, Michele Vassal and Gene Barry.


These two publications are now getting ready to publish their latest editions.
The Battersea Review, Issue 3. The Summer issue this year will include:

POETRY: Stephen Sturgeon, Philip Nikolayev, Pushkin and Mandelshtam tr. by Philip Nikolayev, Alfred Corn, Peter Robinson, Alexei Tsvetkov, Katia Kapovich, Geoffrey O'Brien, Greg Delanty, M.A. Schorr, John Hennessy, Mark Lamoureux, Whit Griffin, Elizabeth-Ashley Best, Adrienne Raphel, Kit Schluter, Sophocles tr. by U.S. Dhuga, Ben Mazer.

CRITICISM: An essay by Mandelshtam tr. by Philip Nikolayev, Stephen Sturgeon on Wallace Stevens, Robert Archambeau on T.S. Eliot and Class, Raymond Barfield on T.S. Eliot & F.H. Bradley, John Howard on Jonathan Edwards, Allison Vanouse on Aviation and Rockets, D.M. Stewart on Aesthetics, Cassandra Nelson on Screens, Thomas Graves on Edgar Allen Poe, Mario Murgia on Federico Garcia Lorca, Sean Campbell on Randall Jarrell and Robert Lowell, Ann Fallon on The King, Ben Mazer on Harvard & Yale Poetry Culture between the World Wars.
Website is here:
or keep in touch via their fb page here:

Poetry Bus 5 has secured funding for it's fifth print issue. An international literary magazine which publishes short stories, poetry, artwork and criticism as well as a cd of music and spoken poetry. Poetry Bus is becoming one of those magazines which you'll want to say you were involved with.

"The Poetry Bus has probably published more first time poets alongside well known ones than any other magazine. Now in its fifth incarnation with undoubtedly the best issue yet,(just wait til you see it!) it is perfect bound with full colour illustrations (including a graphic short story!) from amazing artists and crammed with poets new and not so new!

We have a truly eclectic selection of poetry from Irish and international poets regardless of age, sex, nationality, friendship or standing. The Poetry Bus continues to offer opportunities for all equally and never forgets that it was created to provide a top class showcase as well as a level playing field. This ethos remains vitally important to us."The Poetry Bus runs an open fb group which you can join and keep in touch with their shenanigans:


The Guardian have been running a readers book blog section online since 2008. In case you haven't seen this you can take a look at some of the latest reviews here, and perhaps think of reviewing.

For example, this blog below, posted by Billy Mills last week, takes a look at the international poetry world, from publishing to poetry slams.

While this link gets you to the latest round up of reader's reviews.

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