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2017 Chapbook Reading
October 20, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us in celebrating this year’s Poetry Chapbook honorees!
This year’s Chapbook Reader is Kimberly Kruge for her manuscript High-Land, Sub-Tropic. Additional readers are David Denny and Basma Kavanagh.
Kruge, Denny, and Kavanagh will read from their works.
Suggested admission: $10/$5 members. Guests receive a free letterpress broadside.*
A reception will follow.
As this year’s chapbook reader selection, High-Land, Sub-Tropic is published as a limited-edition, letterpress-printed, and hand-bound chapbook created by artist Ed Rayher of Swamp Press. Limited-edition, letterpress-printed, and hand-bound chapbooks of the work of Guest Curator Juan Felipe Herrera—designed and printed by artist Amber McMillan—are published by the Center. Poems selected from the manuscripts by David Denny and Basma Kavanagh are printed as letterpress broadsides by Center artists.
*Additional signed chapbooks and broadsides will be available for purchase at the reading.
The Center invites emerging writers to apply to the 2018 Chapbook Program. Applications must be submitted online by December 15th at midnight.
ABOUT THE HONOREES
Kimberly Kruge is a poet and translator who lives and works in Guadalajara. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Copper Nickel, The Massachusetts Review, Poetry Northwest, The Missouri Review and others. Her translations can be found in Precog Mag, Riot of Perfume and Luvina. She is the founder of the Comala Haven for Writers, a workshop and retreat for women in Mexico. www.kimberlykruge.com
David Denny‘s new collection, Some Divine Commotion, is forthcoming from Shanti Arts Books this fall. Previous titles include Man Overboard, Fool in the Attic, and the short story collection, The Gill Man in Purgatory. His story, “Sometimes Only the Sad Songs Will Do,” will appear as Story of the Week on October 30 at Narrative magazine. His web site: www.daviddenny.net.
Basma Kavanagh is a Nova Scotia poet, visual artist, and letterpress printer. She produces artist’s books under the imprint Rabbit Square Books. She has published two collections of poetry, Distillo (Gaspereau, 2012), and Niche (Frontenac, 2015), which won the 2016 Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. www.basmakavanagh.ca
ABOUT THE JUDGE
Juan Felipe Herrera is the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States (2015-2016) and is the first Latino to hold the position. From 2012-2014, Herrera served as California State Poet Laureate. Herrera’s many collections of poetry include Notes on the Assemblage; Senegal Taxi; Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems, a recipient of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross The Border: Undocuments 1971-2007. He is also the author of Crashboomlove: A Novel in Verse, which received the Americas Award. His books of prose for children include: SkateFate, Calling The Doves, which won the Ezra Jack Keats Award; Upside Down Boy, which was adapted into a musical for young audiences in New York City; and Cinnamon Girl: Letters Found Inside a Cereal Box. Herrera is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth.
ABOUT THE REVIEWERS
Sharon Dolin is the author of six poetry collections, including Manual for Living (2016), Serious Pink (2015 reissue), Whirlwind (2012), and Burn and Dodge (2008), which won the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. Her other awards include the Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and a Drisha Arts Fellowship. She is co-founder and director of the Center for Book Arts Annual Poetry Chapbook Competition in New York City. She teaches at Poets House in New York City and directs the international writing workshop, Writing About Art in Barcelona.
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Writer, vocalist, and sound artist, is the author of TwERK (2013, Belladonna); three chapbooks which include Ichi-Ban and Ni-Ban (MOH Press), Manuel is destroying my bathroom (Belladonna Press), and the album, Televisíon. Her interdisciplinary work has been featured at The Walker Center, The Kitchen, Yale University, Recess Activities Inc, Cal Arts, The Whitney and Museum of Modern Art and the 2015 Venice Biennale to name a few.
Jeanne Marie Beaumont is a writer whose poems are included in more than two dozen anthologies and textbooks, among them Good Poems for Hard Times, Poetry Daily: 366 Poems from the World’s Most Popular Poetry Website, The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, 20th ed., The Norton Introduction to Literature, When She Named Fire: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by American Women, and The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop.
Support for the Center’s Chapbook Reading is provided, in part, by Poets & Writers, Inc., through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. The Center’s Chapbook Reading and Broadsides Reading Series are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.