STATES Issue 21
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>>>>> Featuring Readings by:
Julia Johanne Tolo
Also in the issue: Lynne DeSilva-Johnson
"In praise of those who came before us, with hope for those who will come after us"
Please join us for an evening of poetry, dance, reading and art to benefit 350.org, a political action group that devotes its efforts to fighting climate change
Readings by R. J. Palacio, author of Wonder, and members of Sweet Action Poetry Collective. Dances choreographed by Cynthia Kalathas and Lori Ana Perez-Piazza and performed by Judy Schneier, Alicia Lafranchi, Lindsay Blake and Lori Ana Perez-Piazza
A silent auction with something for everyone, fine art, a weekend in a Woodstock Craftsman cottage, and more will be held as well to further benefit 350.org
Free refreshments, beer, and wine will be served. Click here for the Facebook invite
Saturday April 7, 2018
9:30 – check-in and refreshments, 2nd floor lobby
10:30 – reading by Jim Minick
11:30 – poetry panel discussing student-submitted work
12:45 – luncheon, Moody Dining Hall (pay at the door)
2:00 – reading by Cynthia Manick
3:15 – reading by Janisse Ray
4:00 – public reception, 2nd floor lobby
R266. This Pussy Fights Back: Poems of Witness and Resistance
Grand Salon D, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm
Despite significant advances made in the fight for women’s equality over the past fifty years, there still exists a deeply entrenched hatred of and prejudice against women and girls across the globe. As manifested during the 2016 US presidential campaign and election, sexism is not only alive and well, it is thriving. Five award-winning poets share poems of witness and resistance, shedding necessary light on the realities lurking behind the myth that we live in a postfeminist society. Join Lisa Dordal, Kendra DeColo, Wendy Chin-Tanner, Allison Joseph, and Cynthia Manick.
Poetry & The Body with Chia-Lun Chang, Alex Cuff, Rico Frederick, Ricardo Hernandez, Cynthia Manick and Adeeba Talukder
Graduates of Poets House’s Emerging Poets Fellowship read new work composed on the theme of the body as inspired by experiences working in the Poets House archives.
Presented as part of Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & The Body, the second annual initiative of the Poetry Coalition, a national poetry coalition working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.
Current / Bodies: Art and Action on the Waterfront
Tue, Jan 23, 6:30 pm
$5/Free for Members
Brooklyn Historical Society and Underwater New York present six New York artists and writers whose works address the history and future of our waterways. Join photographer Chester Higgins, visual artists Barry Rosenthal, Nancy Nowacek, and Francis Estrada, and poets Cynthia Manick and Wo Chan as they consider New York’s waterfront as a site of continuity and a threshold for political, social, and environmental change.Offered in connection with the new exhibition “Waterfront” at BHS DUMBO.
zakia henderson-brown is of starshine and clay lineage. She is the winner of the 2017 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship, and her manuscript What Kind of Omen Am I, selected by Cate Marvin, is forthcoming in the spring of 2018. She was a 2016 Poets House Emerging Poets fellow, and has received additional fellowships and support from the Fine Arts Work Center, Callaloo Journal, and Cave Canem. Her poems have appeared in African American Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Day One, North American Review, Vinyl, Washington Square Review, and others. She currently serves as associate editor at nonprofit publisher The New Press and lives in her native Brooklyn.
Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press). A Pushcart Prize nominated poet with a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School; she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Fine Arts Work Center, Millay Colony, Hedgebrook, Poets House, and the Vermont Studio Center. A winner of the 2016 Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry and a 2017 recipient of the Barbara Memorial Fund Award for Poetry; Manick serves as East Coast Editor of the independent press Jamii Publishing and is Founder and Curator of the reading series Soul Sister Revue. Her poem "Things I Carry Into the World" was recently made into a film by Motionpoems, a organization dedicated to video poetry. Manick’s work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day Series, African American Review, Bone Bouquet, Callaloo, Clockhouse, Human Equity Through Art (HEArt), Kweli Journal, Muzzle Magazine, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, PLUCK! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts and Culture, St. Ann’s Review, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Lynn Melnick is the author of the poetry collections Landscape with Sex and Violence (2017) and If I Should Say I Have Hope (2012), both with YesYes Books, and the co-editor of Please Excuse This Poem: 100 Poets for the Next Generation (Viking, 2015). Her poetry has appeared in APR, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, A Public Space, and elsewhere, and she has written essays and book reviews for Boston Review, LA Review of Books, and Poetry Daily, among others. A 2017-2018 fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, she also teaches poetry at the 92Y and serves on the Executive Board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Born in Indianapolis, she grew up in Los Angeles and currently lives in Brooklyn.
Born in Shandong, China, in 1987, Wendy Xu is most recently the author of Phrasis (Fence, 2017), winner of the Ottoline Prize. The recipient of a 2014 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, her poetry has appeared in The Best American Poetry, Boston Review, Poetry, A Public Space, and widely elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn, teaches in the Creative Writing MFA Program at Columbia University, and is poetry editor for Hyperallergic.
Come celebrate Black Lawrence Press poets and writers Gillian Cummings, Cynthia Manick, Matthew Ramond, and Genanne Walsh. Enjoy an afternoon of literature as the authors read from their work. Snacks and refreshments, made on-site by the Octopus Literary Salon's chef, to be served.
Committed to fostering African American poets, Cave Canem presents a reading of works from West Coast fellows. These poets will show you why you need to "beware of the dog."
Olive Blackburn is the author of Communism is up there and we are down here but it is happening now (Timeless Infinite Light, 2014). She recently completed her doctorate at UCLA, writing a dissertation on the intersection of modern dance history and Marxian political economy. She lives in Oakland.
Lorraine Lupo is the author of By Way Of (Green Zone Editions). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The New England Review, Fourteen Hills, Across The Margin, Breather and The Art Book Review. She also edits the Periodic Postcard wherein subscribers receive a poem in their actual mailbox. See her about subscribing!
Jared Stanley is a writer and artist. He is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, including EARS, The Weeds, and Book Made of Forest, as well as many chapbooks, pamphlets, artist editions, and ephemera, including A Continual Hint, Green Hearts and Fire to You, How the Desert Did Me in, and Special Newlands Extraction Rubbing. Other writing has recently appeared in Triple Canopy, Literary Hub, The Offing, and Poem-a-Day. He was born in Arizona, raised in the East Bay, and lives in Reno, Nevada.
Cynthia Manickis the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). A Pushcart Prize nominated poet with a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School; she is a winner of the 2016 Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry and a 2017 recipient of the Barbara Memorial Fund Award for Poetry. Manick’s work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day Series, African American Review, Bone Bouquet, Callaloo, Clockhouse, Human Equity Through Art (HEArt), Kweli Journal, Muzzle Magazine, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, PLUCK! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts and Culture, St. Ann’s Review, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Savoy Bookshop & Café will host a poetry reading with Mystic native Christia Madacsi Hoffman, the author of Intent; and Brooklyn poet Cynthia Manick, the author of Blue Hallelujahs. This event is free and open to the public; no RSVP is required.
Christia Madacsi Hoffman
Christia Madacsi Hoffman grew up along the banks of the Mystic River in Mystic, Connecticut. A longtime Austin, Texas resident, Hoffman’s work has appeared in the Texas Observer and the annual anthology of the Austin International Poetry Festival. Through her company, CenterLight Media, Hoffman works as a marketing and editorial writer, graphic designer and actor. Her early career adventures included antique furniture restoration and leading treks in the high Himalaya.
Inspired by a friend’s daily photography series, Christia Madacsi Hoffman set an intention to write a minimum of two lines of verse per day for 365 days. Four years and thousands of lines later, the result is her debut collection of poetry, Intent. Throughout, Hoffman reveals an accessible and insightful poetic voice as she explores the universal themes of place, beauty, youth and family. Her moving reflections remind us there is depth in our everyday experiences and significance in our intentions. Intent is published by Hedgehog & Fox, an imprint of Warner Literary Group.
Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). A Pushcart Prize nominee with a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School; she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Fine Arts Work Center, Hedgebrook, Poets House, and the Vermont Studio Center. Manick serves as East Coast Editor of the independent press Jamii Publishing and is Founder of the reading series Soul Sister Revue. Her poem "Things I Carry Into The World" was recently made into a film by Motionpoems, an organization dedicated to video poetry. Her work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day Series, African American Review, Bone Bouquet, Callaloo, Kweli Journal, Muzzle Magazine, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, Passages North, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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Westerly, RI 02891
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Published: Hedgehog & Fox - April 10th, 2017