Thursday, October 30, 2008

RATTLE e-reviews: Hardy and Beasley

RATTLE has posted two new e-reviews of New Issues titles: Theories of Falling by Sandra Beasley and The Headless Saints by Myronn Hardy.

"Whether she is writing about allergy suffering or a philosophical analysis of American culture, Beasley insists on surprise and humor of top order. Her humor is witty, rich, and has the tone of a weary voice that has come to the conclusion that one must laugh at oneself in order to deal with the pain of life."
Theories of Falling reviewed by Jeremy Voigt.

"This is a sneaky collection in that it wrecks you incrementally, in small doses."
The Headless Saints reviewed by Casey Thayer.

Review of Jericho Brown's PLEASE

Read Missy McEwen's review of Jericho Brown's new book on the blog Immunization Against Invisibility: "The poems in Jericho Brown's Please hit you right away and make you say, "Wow," make you pause, make you close the book to take a break to recuperate from the blow. Please is a strong book of poems -- strong like a man's fist, strong like love, strong like music."

Friday, October 24, 2008

New Poetry from New Issues

New Issues announces the publication of two new poetry books: Please, a debut collection by Jericho Brown, and Tall If by Mark Irwin.

Claudia Rankine says this about Please: "To read these poems is to encounter the devastating genius of Jericho Brown." Read more reviews on the New Issues website. Read "Beneath Me" and "Your Body Made Heavy with Gin" from Please.

The American Book Review has called Mark Irwin's poetry “ . . . vibrant and alert, a poetry to contend with . . ." and Publisher's Weekly had this to say about Irwin's earlier work: "Brilliant, Irwin’s intellect and the urgency of his words remain traditionally steadfast." Read "Doors" and "Theory" from Tall If.

Both books are available online from and

Jericho Brown's Upcoming Poetry Readings

In 2008:

Thursday, November 6, 6:30 p.m.
Gemini Ink's University Without Walls Reading Series
The Local Brook Hollow Library Branch, 530 Heimer, San Antonio, TX

Friday, November 14, 7:00 p.m.
Lindsay J. Cropper Living Writers Series
Institute for Peace and Justice Auditorium, University of San Diego

Wednesday, November 19, 7:00 p.m.
Uncalled-For Reading Series
Unnameable Books (basement),456 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

In 2009:

Wednesday, January 21, 4:30 p.m.
UCSD New Writing Series
Visual Arts Facility Performance Space, University of California, San Diego

Thursday, February 26, 7:30 p.m.
Cleveland State University Poetry Center Reading Series, with TERRANCE HAYES
Cleveland State University

Thursday, March 5, 8:00 p.m.
Observable Reading Series, with MICHAEL DUMANIS
Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Ave. (at Manchester), Maplewood, MO 63143

Wednesday, March 18, 7:30 p.m.
Agnes Scott College Reading Series
The Fireplace Lounge, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia

Thursday, March 19, 7:00 p.m.
University of Georgia at Athens/VOX Reading Series, with JEFFEREY RENARD ALLEN
Location: TBA

Thursday, March 26, 7:00 p.m
Brazos Boookstore Reading Series, with BRADFORD GRAY TELFORD
2421 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005

Friday, October 17, 2008

Northern Michigan University Welcomes Sandra Beasley

Poet Sandra Beasley will be reading at the NMU's Women's Federated Clubhouse, 104 W. Ridge St. in Marquette, MI, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 18, 2008.

Beasley is the author of the poetry collections Theories of Falling as well as the forthcoming Bitch and Brew: Sestinas.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Geoff Rips at the Texas Book Festival

Geoff Rips, author of the novel The Truth, will join authors Carmen Tafolla, Sara Roahen, and Tom Piazza for the panel on "Evoking a Sense of Place" at the Texas Book Festival.

"Evoking a Sense of Place"
Saturday, November 1
@ the Texas State Capitol
Austin, TX

Friday, October 3, 2008

Reading by Winners of the 2008 Witter Bynner Poetry Prize

Matthew Thorburn (Subject to Change, New Issues) and Monica Youn, winners of the 2008 Witter Bynner poetry fellowships from the Library of Congress, will give a poetry reading in the Carol Huxley Theater in the New York State Museum on Friday, October 24, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.

The event, sponsored by the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, the New York Center for the Book, and the New York State Library, is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the reading.

Questions? Visit NY Literary Events Calendar or contact Pamela McLaughlin of New York Center for the Book at

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Carrie McGath Reads at FIRE, Oct 8

Carrie McGath, author of Small Murders (New Issues, 2006), will be reading at FIRE in Kalamazoo on Wednesday, October 8.