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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Yeah!

Congrats to Rigoberto Gonzalez who just won the The Poetry Center Book Award from The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University. The award went to Other Fugitives and Other Strangers, his second book of poems.

Here's the list of past winners.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Wi-Fi Bits

I'm at the public library. Trying out the new laptop. Man, this sucker is way faster than my desktop. But I still can't get a handle on using a tracking pad instead of a mouse. I might buy a wireless mouse.
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Congrats, BJR!
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Pet peeve: Poets who refer to themselves as "prize-winning poets" in their biographies. Gag! Any fool can win a prize. Look at me!
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The new X-Files film sucks. Big time. Space Chimps had a more believable plot.
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Pet peeve: Poets who mention they've been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in their bios. Who gives a fuck? If you actually win a Pushcart then I might care. Stop trumpeting a nomination! Each print/ online journal gets to nominate like 4 or 5 poets a year. I wonder how many poets get nominated each year? Hundreds? Thousands? You're not a "winner" if you get nominated. You're just part of the mob.
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Adam thinks he saw me riding a Harley. I was wearing "oddly low-cut boots." Yikes!
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Friday, July 25, 2008

Yet Another Bits Post

My mom is 61 today. We went out for dinner. She's at a casino now. She loves the slots.
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Are you a kiss ass, Keith?
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The hottest guy on Project Runway got booted off!
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Manuel and I hung out yesterday evening. Aaron and Manuel sitting in a tree...
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I used to be slot.
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Franciso is doing a lot of good work.
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Keith is starting an interesting online project.
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I got a postcard!
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I wanna go to Breadloaf/ Sewanee one day. I like gossip. And books.
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Galatea Resurrects #10
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Interview: Francisco Aragón. Looking forward to the Scott Inguito chapbook.
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Is she moving to Arizona???
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You go, Collin.
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I'm digging the new laptop.
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Monday, July 21, 2008

Boxcar Poetry Review Issue 15

is up and running.

Bits

Track 1: Lush Life by Jericho Brown.
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Stayed at my sister's this weekend. This explains all the blog posts over the past two days.
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Leslie is blogging about her time at Sewanee.
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Cool site: Apostrophe Cast. You can hear readings/ lectures by some fine writers. Like: Sabrina Orah Mark, Danielle Pafunda, and Cecily Parks. Glad to hear Sabrina's second book will be out in 2009 from Saturnalia Press.
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New crush: Adam Gertler.
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Review: The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine
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If you are not photogenic or not like having your picture taken or do not know how to send a jpg attachment, then please do not submit.
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Interview: Kevin Goodan
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As noted in several online dictionaries, 'La Raza' means 'the people' or 'the community,' " the group says on its Web site. "Translating our name as 'the race' is not only inaccurate, it is factually incorrect

Great MFA Blog

Allison Joseph maintains a wonderful blog for students, graduates, alumni, and friends of the MFA program at Southern Illinois University. The blog is a mix of publication notifications, reading tour announcements, and community spirit.

Love it.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Err...Okay

Reb Livingston has dreams. Sometimes she dreams about poets. Did she dream about you?
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Do you dream about poets?
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Sometimes I have naughty dreams about Billy Collins, Robert Hass, Sean Singer, Carl Marcum, Carl Philips, Terrance Hayes, Brian Teare, Paul Martinez Pompa, James Hall, Ted Berrigan, Alex Lemon, e.e. cummings, Spencer Short, Forest Gander, Bruce Smith, DA Powell, Maurice Manning, Mark Strand, David Trinidad, Sherman Alexie, Dan Beachy-Quick, Ciaran Berry, Frank O'Hara, Tony Tost, and Suji Kwock Kim.

Hayden’s Ferry Review Sucks

I really don't know why I dislike Hayden’s Ferry Review. True: I once submitted and was rejected. False: this is the reason for my dislike. Why do I dislike this journal so much? I should love HFR. I'm a proud graduate of Arizona State. I even know one of the poetry editors!

HFR was one of the first journals I started reading when I first began to write poetry at ASU. Along with Crazyhorse, Poetry Northwest and Poetry. I spent hours in the library reading back issues. I always found something to love in the other journals. But I don't recall loving any poems in the HFR issues. That doesn't sound right. I'm sure they've published some amazing poems.

Hayden's Ferry Review now has a blog. Sigh.

I apologize to the folks over at HFR. This is an illogical post. And I haven't read an issue of HFR for over three years. I'm sure they're publishing good work these days. Look at the list of contributors in the latest issue. Very impressive!

Still I would never submit again.

Why do I dislike the journal? I wish I knew.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Professor Alfred Arteaga, prolific poet, dies



He became an assistant professor of English at UC Berkeley in 1990 and was tenured in the Department of Ethnic Studies in 1998. He published five collections of his poetry, interspersed with fiction. These works included: "FrØzen Accident" (2006), "Zero Act" (2006), "Red" (2000), "Love in the Time of Aftershocks" (1998) and "Cantos" (1991). He also published a book on literary theory called "Chicano Poetics: Heterotexts and Hybridities" (1997).

After his death, many of his students wrote comments about him on Barbara Jane Reyes' poetry blog.

"Cervantes and Shakespeare died on the same day. I wonder what other great soul passed last week to accompany (Professor Arteaga) to the land of fast cars, screaming guitars, and what I can only assume is a wonderland of wine, women and song," wrote Andrea Solomon, one of his former students.

Call for Submissions

Found this call over at the blog of Poet Mom:

Earth's Body: An Ecopoetry Anthology

Coeditors Ann Fisher-Wirth and Laura-Gray Street solicit submissions for an international anthology of ecopoetry.

We are looking for a wide and varied array of submissions. Our working definition of "ecopoetry" is flexible; it includes not only what might be called nature poetry, and not only poetry that focuses on environmental issues, but also experimental poetry--poetry that explores language in its relations with the other-than-human. We welcome work by emerging as well as established poets. We welcome serious poems, playful poems, poems in open or traditional forms. Depending on limitations of space, we will consider not only short poems but also poems of several pages. The anthology will include only living poets or poets who were alive as of July 2007, and will include only poems either written in English oral ready translated into English; for poems not written in English, both the original and the translation must be submitted, and if accepted,both will be published. We will consider work that has been previously published.

The deadline for submissions is DECEMBER 15, 2008. Please send up to six poems to BOTH Ann Fisher-Wirth and Laura-Gray Street. You may send them as email text or by snail mail. If they come as email text, make sure the spacing and lineation travel accurately. WE WILL NOT OPEN ATTACHMENTS. Please also include a short bio and a cover letter, and an SASE for our reply.

Ann Fisher-Wirth
English Department
Bondurant C-135
University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677
afwirth@olemiss.edu

Laura-Gray Street
English Department
2500 Rivermont
Randolph College
Lynchburg, VA 24503
lstreet@randolphcollege.edu

VAIO Bits

Gave my desktop computer to the kids. Bought myself a Sony VAIO. It was affordable and had a big screen. I wasn't looking for anything fancy. Just something I could use everyday. I really like the look of it. And I love the feel of the keyboard.
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I've written three new poems this summer. Three poems for the second collection. I just have to publish the first mss now!
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My VAIO came with alot of crapware. Must delete.
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Hooray for Jacob and C. Dale!
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Waiting to hear about Sewanee, Matthew.
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A couple of folks have emailed asking how I got into the Vendler anthology. A bribe? Begging? No! Another poet recommended my work. I sent Helen's people some poems. Helen took one. That's it.
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Currently reading: Karen An-hwei Lee's Ardor.
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Mini-interview: R. Zamora Linmark.
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And the winner is...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Nerd Power Bits

Goodbye, contact lenses! Hello, glasses! I'm now wearing frames very similar to these. I haven't worn glasses since high school. Nerd power!
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Starting to plan my move to Bucknell University. I will be flying down there in the middle of August. I don't have to worry about housing since the residency comes with a fully furnished two bedroom apartment.
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Once again: thank you thank you thank you to my poems for housing and feeding me.
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Mini-interview: Sean Hill. Love that photograph, Sean!
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My frames are still a bit too large. They keep sliding down my nose. Will have to go back for another fitting.
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Don't you hate it when bloggers brag about acceptances? I will have a poem in the third edition of this anthology.
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