If interested in having me for a reading, class visit, or conference/festival, please contact me at lorcaloca AT aol DOT com

Friday, February 26, 2010

the day after bits

yesterday was my birthday! i had a great day.
color me surprised: i really like adam lambert's new single.
i checked out the MoMA website to view the current exhibitions and my heart flew out of my chest when i saw the musuem was currently featuring gabriel orozco, one of my favorite contemporary artists. but then i noticed the exhibit ends on march 1. oh no! i'm freaking going to miss the exhibit; i arrive in nyc the third week of march. damn!!
but, oh readers, the MoMA gods smiled down on me and gifted me with another exhibit. this one features the work of marina abramović, another of my favorite artists. yes!! and her exhibit runs through may. oh yes. i'm so there.
sade was right: it's never as good as the first time.
three poems by david gewanter .

love this photo

lady gaga and cyndi lauper

you gotta love this fellner guy

The Best American Poetry anthologies are killing us. It is impossible to see the word "best" as a fun way of trying to see what's out there in the poetry world from one famous author's point-of-view, and we all know that more than one point-of-view can lead to things like never passing a health care bill.

Kazim Ali on Jean Valentine

It’s easy to say you get lost in Jean Valentine’s poems, but you don’t. You get found.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Hottie of the week: Johnny Weir

nyc here i come

well, i'm off to nyc next month. i'll post the full details soon but i can tell you two things:

the reading will be in the east village and i will be reading with henri cole.

needless to say, i'm thrilled beyond belief to be reading with henri cole. i freaking adore his work.

mr. cole will be on tour reading from his selected which is titled pierce the skin. do you want an autographed copy?

Friday, February 19, 2010

a poetics of suspicion: Chicana/o poetry and the new

from puerto de sol:

...one must have a politically and economically viable identity in order to willingly lose it, to throw it to the wind. Those who say that for aesthetic reasons identity is dead, fragmented, or passé, often have a viable identity
they do not need to worry about. Being invisible or visible as a white male
is quite different than being invisible or visible as a Chicana/o.

J. Michael Martinez & Jordan Windholz

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


has it really been a week since i last blogged?
the death of lucille clifton really bummed me out. i'm glad i once got the chance to hear her read.
i was called a mean queen on a blog this week. ha. so true!
i think i might be reading in nyc next month. i think.
oh la la la


huge congrats to cynthia cruz for winning a hodder fellowship!!!

Sawtooth Poetry Prize

January 1, 2010 through March 1, 2010

$1,500 for a book of poems
Final Judge: Terrance Hayes
The winning volume will be published in January 2011 by Ahsahta Press.

The Sawtooth Poetry Prize honors a book of original poetry in English by a single author; translations are not eligible for this award. The winning poet receives a $1,500 honorarium upon publication plus 25 copies of the published book. In addition to announcements in national publications, the winning book and author will be featured on the Ahsahta website, as will lists of finalists and semi-finalists.

Full guidelines here.

from the NYT: Lucille Clifton, Poet Who Explored Intricacies of Black Lives, Dies at 73

Lucille Clifton, a distinguished American poet whose work trained lenses wide and narrow on the experience of being black and female in the 20th century, exploring vast subjects like the indignities of history and intimate ones like the indignities of the body, died on Saturday in Baltimore. She was 73 and lived in Columbia, Md.


Reading: February 1 - March 30, 2010
Reading fee: $20.00
Final Judge: Tom Sleigh

Winner receives 50 books, a reading, $1000.00, and a letter-pressed broadside created by book-artist Kerri Cushman.

Send between 48 and 60 pages of poetry, no more than one poem per page, no smaller than 12 point font, Arial, Courier, or Times. Do not include Table of Contents in page count. Entries will be judged blind, so include cover letter with ms title, poet’s name, and all contact information.

No restriction on content or style; we’re simply looking for excellent poetry.

Full guidelines here

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

CantoMundo Master Poetry Workshop

Dear Latina and Latino poets,

We are inviting applications for the Inaugural CantoMundo Master Poetry Workshop, the only national, poetry-centered workshop/retreat specifically for Latina/o poets.

Inspired by the culturally-rooted visions of Cave Canem and Kundiman, CantoMundo seeks to create a space where Latina/o poets can:

1. nurture and enhance their poetics;
2. lecture and learn about aspects of Latina/o poetics currently not being discussed by the mainstream poetry publishers and critics; and
3. network with peer poets to enrich and further disseminate Latina/o poetry.

The Inaugural CantoMundo Master Poetry Workshop is a three-day retreat that will develop, sustain, and support a diverse community of Latina/o poets.

This year, CantoMundo will convene July 8-11, 2010, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Master Poets Martín Espada and Demetria Martínez will each teach a three-hour craft workshop. These workshops will center on a particular element of poetic craft that is of interest to the instructor. All participating poets will attend both workshops.

In addition to the workshops, a guest lecture and a craft lecture will be presented. Applicants are free to submit a proposal for a craft lecture to cover a topic of their choice.

CantoMundo also will include a reading and book-signing that will be open to the public.

The three-day retreat will culminate in a visioning session where participants will discuss and plan the subsequent CantoMundo gathering. All participants will be asked to provide input and volunteer time to this collaborative and cooperative resource for Latina/o poets.

Applicants are encouraged to submit an application to participate in the Master Poet Craft Workshop as well as a separate proposal to present a craft lecture, if desired.

Master Poet Craft Workshops

If you are interested in applying to participate in the Master Poet craft workshops, please submit the following:

1. Cover letter (One page, single-spaced, 8½ x 11-sized paper, with 1-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font) - Include
a. Contact Information
i. Name
ii. Address
iii. Phone Number
iv. Email
b. Brief history of previous publications and/or public readings/performances
c. Statement of commitment to CantoMundo vision
d. What you would like to gain from the CantoMundo retreat
2. Sample of writing (Five pages maximum, single-spaced, 8½ x 11-sized paper, with 1-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font)

Criteria for Craft Workshop Selection
The criteria are:
a. a significant record of publishing in poetry (book-length manuscript, chapbook, major journals, etc.) and/or broad and accomplished experience in the performance of original poetry. Self-published work is excluded.
b. Self-identify as Latina/o

Lecture Presentation
If you are interested in presenting a lecture on or about Latina/o poetry or a poet’s work, please submit the following:
1. Cover letter (One page, single-spaced, 8½ x 11-sized paper, with 1-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font)- Include
a. Contact Information
i. Name
ii. Address
iii. Phone Number
iv. Email
b. Brief history of previous lectures, publications and/or public readings/performances
c. Statement of commitment to CantoMundo vision
d. What you would like to gain from the CantoMundo retreat
2. Abstract for lecture (One page, single-spaced, 8½ x 11-sized paper, with 1-inch margins, 12-12-point Times New Roman font)

Criteria for Lecture Selection
The criteria are:
1. coherence, clarity, salience, and originality of lecture topic;
2. experience in presenting lectures and/or readings; and
3. self-identify as Latina/o.

The individual(s) who are chosen to present a craft lecture will be allowed to audit the craft workshop.

Formatting Directions for Applications
WordDocs only
Letter-sized paper (8½ x 11), with 1-inch margins
12-point font, Times New Roman

Email the application packet (Cover Letter and Writing Sample and/or Abstract)
as a WordDoc attachment to:
Celeste Guzman Mendoza

Please put CANTOMUNDO APPLICATION in the heading

or mail your packet
(Cover Letter and Writing Sample and/or Abstract) to:
Deborah Paredez
Associate Director
Center for Mexican American Studies
1 University Station F9200 WMB 5.102
Austin, Texas 78712

All applications must be received by 5 p.m. CST, Friday, March 19, 2010

2010 Kundiman Asian American Poetry Retreat

In order to help mentor the next generation of Asian-American poets, Kundiman is sponsoring an annual Poetry Retreat at Fordham University in New York City. During the Retreat, nationally renowned Asian American poets will conduct workshops with fellows. Readings, writing circles and informal social gatherings will also be scheduled. Through this Retreat, Kundiman hopes to provide a safe and instructive environment that identifies and addresses the unique challenges faced by emerging Asian American poets. This 6-day Retreat will take place from Tuesday to Sunday. Workshops will not exceed eight students.

Tuition fee is $350. Room and Board is free to accepted Fellows.

Send five to seven (5-7) paginated, stapled pages of poetry, with your name included on each page. Include a cover letter with your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and a brief paragraph describing what you would like to accomplish at the Kundiman Asian American Poetry Retreat. Include a SAS postcard if you want an application receipt. Manuscripts will not be returned. No electronic submissions, please.

Complete guidelines here

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

oliver has a new house!

oliver de la paz has a fancy new website.

and his blog has followed him to his new casa.

i typed casa! i didn't know i could write spanish!!

Sunday, February 07, 2010

the new nonsense

I have always loved the word guitar.
la lala la la lala la
i got my contributor copies of witness yesterday. it's a thrill to share space with two of my favorite poets: paula bohince and srikanth reddy.
i'm finally sending some poems out this week. i'm going to hit some of the big boys and girls.
and look: i have a poem in the new issue of new england review. it's one of my favorite poems from my collection. thanks again, c. dale!
so i'm like the last person in the world to share this news, but big congrats to d.a. powell and to beth bachmann.
my big toe is big.
gosh, this post has become one of those bragging posts. i got published here and i got published there. oops!
i read a terrific sonnet by jehanne dubrow today in the new republic.
i sometimes dream of guitars.

hottie not

i was asked to take down my last "hottie of the week" post. so i did. i really don't know how to feel about it.

i'm a bit upset and i'm bit perplexed but mostly i'm thinking why am i even giving this a second thought.

but i'm giving it a second thought.

the "hottie of the week" is just a silly feature on my blog. heck, it's nonsense. i guess some people are offended/made uncomfortable by nonsense.

oh well.

i hope the person who asked me to take it down doesn't email me trying to further "explain" the reasoning. i don't want to hear it. i will delete the emails without reading them.

i am taking this personally! ha.

okay, enough of this nonsense! time for new nonsense!

Monday, February 01, 2010

fluffernutter bits

working on a new poem. it's titled "to james" and it's about vermont, james allen hall, cigarettes, rivers, loneliness, gossip, and the rain.
january is already over. wow.
last night i finished a poem i've been revising for four years. hmm. i don't think "finished" is the right word. what word did valery use instead? ah, yes: abandoned.
sad are only those who understand
i just spilled some coffee on my lap. don't worry, faithful readers! it's iced coffee.
d.a. powell strikes again: the fluffer talks of eternity.
i'm giggling!
confession: i didn't apply to yaddo and macdowell this month. i was going to apply, but then i realized that i'm broke. ha. so instead i'm going to spend my summer working.
i miss sabrina orah mark.
just a warning: don't google image the word "fluffer!"
today at work i saw the most handsome mexican man. dark brown skin. moustache. grass-stained jeans. old work boots. as he walked past me i thought: there goes my muse.
robert hass: september notebook: stories.