Monday, September 27, 2010

Keith Ekiss Gets Broadsided

"Exterpation" from Keith Ekiss's new poetry collection Pima Road Notebook was turned into a beautiful electronic broadside by artist Douglas Culhane.

Judy Halebsky Events

Language and Migration: Lecture and Poetry Reading by Judy Halebsky, author of Sky=Empty, selected by Marvin Bell for the 2009 New Issues Poetry Prize.

UC Berkeley
October 7th, 12:00-1:30
2223 Fulton St
6th floor conference room

Judy Halebsky is a contributing editor and translator for the bilingual poetry journal Eki Mae. Residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Millay Colony have supported her work. Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she spent five years in Japan studying art and literature on fellowships from the Japanese Ministry of Education. She teaches writing and world literature at Dominican University of California and is artist-in-residence at Theatre of Yugen.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Grand Valley Writers Series: Khaled Mattawa

Khaled Mattawa, author of Tocqueville, will be giving a reading at Grand Valley State University on Wednesday, September 22nd.

KHALED MATTAWA, poet and translator

The Grand Valley Writers Series
1 Campus Drive, Allendale, MI 49401-9401

JACK RIDL, author of Losing Season

ADAM SCHUITEMA, Author of Freshwater Boys

SUZANNE RIVECCA, author of Death is Not An Option
Q&A and READING, 2:30-3:45, KIRKHOF 2216

LAURA KASISCHKE, Author of In a Perfect World and Eden Springs


Wayne Miller at Hope College

Wayne Miller
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Jazz begins at 6:30 p.m.; reading begins at 7:00 p.m.

All Visiting Writers Series readings are free and open to the public.

Readings are held at the Knickerbocker Theatre, 86 East 8th Street, downtown Holland, unless otherwise noted.

The Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series

Hope College
Holland, Michigan

Friday, September 17, 2010

Detroit Michigan Writers' Retreat: Sept 17 and 18

Friday, September 17

6:30 p.m. - Reception
College for Creative Studies, Center Galleries
201 East Kirby, Detroit, MI 48202-4034

7:30 p.m.- Reading (open to the public $10) featuring Thomas Lux, Quincy Troupe, Patricia Smith, Michael Thomas, Meg Kearney and Khaled Mattawa.

College for Creative Studies, Wendell W. Anderson Jr. Auditorium
Walter B. Ford II Building (located next door to the Center Galleries on Frederick Douglass between John R. and Brush Streets) Book Sales from The Book Beat

Saturday, September 18

All programs (Must be registered) will take place at

The Arts League of Michigan -Virgil H. Carr Center
311 E. Grand River, Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 965-8430,
This is a beautiful recently restored building in the heart of Downtown's Paradise Valley, very near the Detroit Opera House and YMCA.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Khaled Mattawa Wins Academy Fellowship

Khaled Mattawa, author of Tocqueville (New Issues, 2010), has been named the recipient of the 2010 Academy Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets.

The Fellowship is awarded once a year to a poet for distinguished poetic achievement and provides a stipend of $25,000.

Previous recipients include Li-Young Lee, Gwendolyn Brooks, W. S. Merwin, and James Wright.

Khaled Mattawa will be honored at the fourth annual Poets Forum, October 28-30, in New York City. They will read from their work at the Poets Awards Ceremony and be part of intimate panel discussions on contemporary poetry presented by the Academy of American Poets. (from the press release)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Khaled Mattawa in Big Rapids, MI

The poet Khaled Mattawa will be giving a reading from his new book Tocqueville on Wednesday, September 15th, 4 o'clock, at Great Lakes Book and Supply.

Khaled Mattawa was born in Libya and immigrated to the U.S. in his teens. He is the author of three previous books of poetry and has translated eight volumes of contemporary Arabic poetry and co-edited two anthologies of Arab American literature. He has received a Guggenheim fellowship, an NEA translation grant, the Alfred Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, the PEN American Center Poetry Translation Prize, and three Pushcart Prizes. Mattawa teaches in the MFA (Creative Writing) Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Great Lakes Book and Supply
840 Clark St
Big Rapids, MI 49307
(231) 796-1112

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

New Issues at the Kerrytown BookFest Sunday

On Sunday, September 12th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., New Issues will be at Booth #109 during the Kerrytown BookFest 2010 (315 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104).  Talk to the editors, pick up the latest publications, and get some great deals of Michigan poetry.

Book Signings:
1:30 - Khaled Mattawa
2:00 - Josie Kearns
2:30 - Deanne Lundin
3:00 - John Rybicki
3:30 - Linda Nemec Foster
4:00 - Mary Ann Samyn

Poetry Reading
Sunday, September 12th, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 South Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (
Poetry reading by Khaled Mattawa, Mary Ann Samyn, Josie Kearns, John Rybicki, Deanne Lundin and Linda Nemec Foster. Reading sponsored by MCACA.

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Scott Blackwood's Novel Finalist for PEN USA Award

Congratulations to Scott Blackwood, author of We Agreed to Meet Just Here (AWP Award Series in the Novel). His book was named a finalist by PEN USA for the 2010 Literary Award for fiction.

"We Agreed to Meet Just Here is a lyrical mystery about disappearance, told in precise and luminous prose." —Robert Eversz

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Poetry Daily Features New Issues Poets

"Knowledge" by Lisa Lewis, from Vivisect. Featured on September 5, 2010.

"Ode to the Creosote Bush" by Keith Ekiss, from Pima Road Notebook. Featured on September 3, 2010.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

New Book: Pima Road Notebook by Keith Ekiss

Pima Road Notebook
$15.00 paper | 73 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-930974-93-7
Publication Date: Sept 1, 2010
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"Pima Road Notebook, Keith Ekiss’s remarkable first collection, contrasts the finite imagination of the American dream with the enduring serenity and mystery of the Sonoran Desert, where the ridiculous—fairways and greens—compete with the sublime—saguaros and palo verdes."—Michael Collier

Keith Ekiss is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University and the past recipient of scholarships and residencies from the Bread Loaf and Squaw Valley Writers’ Conferences, Santa Fe Art Institute, Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Petrified Forest National Park. He lives in San Francisco.

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Linda Nemec Foster September Events

Sunday, September 12, 2010
Kerrytown Book Festival in Ann Arbor. Linda Nemec Foster will sign copies of her poetry book, Talking Diamonds, at the New Issues Press booth at 3:30 PM. She will also give a poetry reading with other New Issues authors (Khaled Mattawa, Josie Kearns, John Rybicki, Deanne Lundin, Mary Ann Samyn) at the Crazy Wisdom Bookstore in Ann Arbor from 5:00-6:30 PM.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 from 6:00-9:00 PM
Linda Nemec Foster will conduct a poetry workshop entitled, A Passion for Poetry, based on the current art exhibit at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Workshop takes place at the Center, 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck, MI 49453. For more info, contact Krista Reuter, Program Director or go to their website

Monday, September, 20, 2010 at 7:00 PM
Linda Nemec Foster will read at the Wellspring Literary Series, which is a partnership between the English Department at Central Michigan University and the Art Reach Center in Mt. Pleasant. The reading will take place at the Art Reach Center, 111 E. Broadway, Mt. Pleasant, MI. 48858, at 7pm on Monday, 9/20. For further information, contact Robert Fanning (