Monday, February 22, 2010

"Poets in Print" Reading Series at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center Featuring David Dodd Lee and Mary Ann Samyn

New Issues Poets David Dodd Lee and Mary Ann Samyn will present readings from their work on Saturday, March 13,2010 at 7 p.m. Broadsides featuring the poet's work will be created by KBAC artists. The broadsides and other works by the poets will be available during the event for sale and signing. Broadsides from other "Poets in Print" events and other book arts creations are also available for sale.This event is free and refreshments are served. Doors open at 6:30.

David Dodd Lee is the author of The Nervous Filaments (2010, Four Way Books), a book of Ashbery erasure poems, which is forthcoming from Blazevox, and Orphan, Indiana, which is forthcoming from U. of Akron Press. His four other books of poetry include: Downsides of Fish Culture (1997, New Issues), Arrow Pointing North (2002), and Abrupt Rural (2004, New Issues).

Mary Ann Samyn is the author of several collections of poetry, including Beauty Breaks In (New Issues, 2009) and The Boom of a Small Cannon (Dancing Girl Press, 2010). She teaches in the MFA program at West Virginia University where she is also the Bolton Professor for Teaching and Mentoring.

The Poets in Print Reading Series
Suite 103A, Park Trades Center
326 W. Kalamazoo Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Detroit's ML Liebler Honored with Award

ML Liebler, author of The Moon a Box (New Issues, 2004) is the recipient of the 2010 Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers Magazine. Other writers honored include Junot Diaz and Maxine Hong Kingston.

Poets & Writers Announces Recipients of 2010 Writers for Writers Award and Editor's Award

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Goldie Goldbloom Talks POWs, Hasidic Jews, and Hot Italians: The Toads’ Museum Interview

Goldie Goldbloom Talks POWs, Hasidic Jews, and Hot Italians: The Toads’ Museum Interview Matthue Roth interviews Goldie Goldbloom, author of Toads’ Museum of Freaks and Wonders for

Goldbloom Novel to Debut at Chicago's Women & Children First

Toads' Museum of Freaks and Wonders, a novel by Goldie Goldbloom, will debut at Chicago's independent bookstore Women & Children First, Sunday, March 14th, at 4:30 p.m.

Goldbloom's novel was chosen by novelist Joanna Scott to win the 2008 AWP Award Series in the Novel, an award given by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

In her judge's citation, Joanna Scott called Toads’ Museum of Freaks and Wonders "a strange, mesmerizing tale about characters uncomfortably defined by superficial eccentricities. It is also a wrenching love story."

Visit the New Issues website for more information about Goldbloom's novel. The book will be available February 26.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Happy Birthday Herbert Scott

Herb Scott, the founding editor of New Issues Press, was known for being an inspiring creative writing professor and a tough editor. In the newly released collection of his work, edited with an introduction by David Dodd Lee, we can once again be reminded that Herb was above all a poet, and one of huge talent.

His friends and family, former colleagues and students, have a tradition of raising a glass to his memory every February 8th, his birthday. This year I intend to not only raise my glass to him, but also read aloud and share his poetry. I encourage others to do the same.

The Other Life: Selected Poems of Herbert Scott 1974-2005
Carnegie Mellon University Press
ISBN: 978-0-88748-521-3
$19.95, 240 pages, paper
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"The Other Life is testament to a quiet force in American poetry, to a generous soul who bore witness to the world with goodwill and good humor. While Herbert Scott was a modest man, this collection is not a modest accomplishment. Reading these wonderful, rich poems spanning his entire career gathered together in one book feels like a warm home we enter from the cold. We can take our boots off, sit down and calmly ease into the sustaining light of these poems."

Blackwood Grub Street Finalist

We Agreed to Meet Just Here by Scott Blackwood, winner of the 2007 AWP Award for the Novel, was named Finalist for the 2010 Grub Street National Book Prize in Fiction. The winner, Vestal McIntyre won the prize for his novel, Lake Overturn, published in 2009 by Harper.

Theories of Falling Reviewed

Theories of Falling by Sandra Beasley has been reviewed by Andrew Kozma for Zoland Poetry. A taste: "[The first section] embodies a world of deception, where things don’t shift form, they shift interpretation. The poems here show a mastery of metaphorical narrative, all the poems fitting together tightly towards a single goal even though the poems themselves tackle widely varying subjects." Read the whole review here.

Theories of Falling, winner of the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize, was released in the spring of 2008. It just sold out of its first edition and will be reprinted.