Sunday, March 18, 2012


You are invited to

Burt Kimmelman and Diane Simons
read on
Saturday, March 24 at 8 p.m.
The Shed http://www.shedspace.org/Home.aspx
366 6th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn

Burt Kimmelman’s seventh collection of poems, The Way We Live (Dos Madres Press,2011) appeared a few months ago. For over a decade he was Senior Editor of thenow defunct Poetry New York: A Journal of Poetry and Translation. In addition to his poetry, he has published five critical books, two of them monographs including The "Winter Mind": William Bronk and American Letters(Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1998), and more than eighty articles onmedieval, modern, and contemporary poetry. "Taking Dinner to My Mother," a poem from his collection, As If Free (Talisman House,2009), was featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac.

Recent interviews of Kimmelman are available online: with Tom Fink in Jacket2(text), and with George Spencer at Poetry Thin Air(video). More on Kimmelman can be found at the recently released “;Burt Kimmelman: A Survey”(critical commentary and poetry samples selected by Karl Young—a part of his Light & Dust Poetry Anthology) and at BurtKimmelman.com.

Diane Simmons’ short fiction collection, Little America, winner of the 2010 Ohio State University prize for fiction, was published by the Ohio State University Press in June. Her short story, “Yukon River,” was a runner-up for the 2010 Missouri Review Editor’s Prize. Other short fiction has appeared in numerousjournals such as Beloit Fiction Review, Blood Orange Review, and Northwest Review. Her novel, Dreams Like Thunder, won the Oregon Book Award for Fiction. Her novel, Let the Bastards Freeze in the Dark, was published by Simon and Schuster.

In addition, she has published critical biographies on Maxine Hong Kingston and Jamaica Kincaid. Her book, Narcissism of Empire,examined popular British Imperial writing. She holds a BA in History fromthe University of Oregon, an MA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York, and a Ph.D. in English from the City University of New York.

Read more about Diane Simmons at Dianesimmons.net.

Sunday, March 11, 2012


Congratulations to Paul Pines who has some of his poems set to music by composer Daniel Asia, recorded by the Pilsen Philharmonic, and now available on the Summit Labels release of Dan's CD "Of Songs and Psalms." The CD includes his 5th Symphony-shaped around Paul's work as well as that of Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai. The CD can be ordered directly from Summit or on Amazon.

Saturday, March 10, 2012


You are invited to survey Burt Kimmelman over at the Light & Dust Anthology of Poetry. The site is maintained by Karl Young who put up an essay on Burt's work, along with his selections from various books of poems. Here’s the link: http://www.thing.net/~grist/ld/Kimmelman.htm.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012


You are invited to:

Readings in Contemporary Poetry at Dia:Chelsea
Bob Holman and Thomas Fink

Event Information
Thursday, March 15, 2012, 6:30 pm
535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor
New York City
$6 general admission; $3 Dia members, students, and seniors
Tickets are available at the lecture only. Reservations recommended.

For ordering and other information, go HERE.

Bob Holman
Perhaps best known as a leader of the spoken word poetry movement, including slam and hiphop poetries, Bob Holman recently published his fifteenth book, Picasso in Barcelona (Paper Kite Press). This follows A Couple of ways of Doing Something, a collaboration with Chuck Close (Aperture) and Crossing State Lines: An American Renga from Farrar Strauss (co-editor). He teaches at Columbia and NYU and is a founder of the Bowery Poetry Club where he serves as Artistic Director. He is a proponent of poetry-media collaborations, producing five seasons of "Poetry Spots" for WNYC-TV, winning three Emmys; his five-part PBS series, The United States of Poetry, won an INPUT (International Public Television) Prize. He was the host of MTV's "Spoken Word Unplugged," appeared on "HBO Def Poetry Jam," and created the first major spoken word record label, Mouth Almighty/Mercury. His current mission is bringing attention to Endangered Languages -- half the languages on earth will disappear this century. His 3-part series on this subject, "On the Road," is available on LinkTV, and he is in preparation for "Word Up!", a 90-minute special for PBS. Recent travels have been to Wales (he is learning Welsh), and to the griots of West Africa and their counterpart, the azmaris of Ethiopia. He is co-director of the Endangered Language Alliance.

Thomas Fink
Thomas Fink was born in New York City in 1954. He is the author of seven books of poetry, including most recently Peace Conference (Marsh Hawk Press, 2011), Clarity and Other Poems (Marsh Hawk Press, 2008), and a book of collaborative poetry with Maya Diablo Mason, Autopsy Turvy (Meritage Press, 2010). A Different Sense of Power: Problems of Community in Late-Twentieth Century Poetry (FDU Press, 2001) is his most recent book of criticism, and in 2007, he co-edited Burning Interiors: David Shapiro’s Poetry and Poetics (FDU Press). His work has appeared in The Best American Poetry 2007, and his paintings hang in various collections. Fink is a Professor of English at CUNY-LaGuardia, and lives in New York City.

Monday, March 05, 2012


Collin Kelley reviews Steve Fellner's latest Marsh Hawk Book, The Weary World Rejoices, in the March 2012 issue of Gently Read Literature. Among other things, Kelley calls the book "...not only truly edgy but frightening"!

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