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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

tell it, sister

kristy bowen: ..it's sorta nice to write something and not be obsessed with where to send it, the poem as currency, the entire book as currency for what? career? respect? acclaim? The stakes of poetry are so laughably low and so very important at the same time it makes my head spin.

bits

victoria chang on craig morgan teicher.
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do you have a martin ramírez art book that you no longer want? i will buy it from you.
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kevin young is the next editor of the best american poetry poetry series. i can't wait to read his selections.
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in about a month i will be in nyc. i can't wait. i just hope another blizzard doesn't strike while i'm there.
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love song with ruin: paul guest.
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it's going to rain tomorrow!
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i can't wait to visit poets house while i'm in nyc. it looks amazing.
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do you know of any good dim sum places in chinatown? do tell!
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goodness: awp dc is coming up fast. it's going to be fun. i just know it. i can't wait to see a lot of you again, to meet a lot of you for the first time. the only downside? i will be on a tight budget. for real. but i can't wait to buy c. dale young's new book and luke johnson's first book.
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"silence, torn in half."

Untitled (Galleon on Water): Gouache, colored pencil, and pencil on pieced paper: Martin Ramirez: 1960-63

Monday, December 27, 2010

post xmas bits

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i've been a bad blogger!
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got a smurf snuggie-like thing for xmas! i'm taking it with me to macdowell.
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interview: emma trelles.
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found out i was a finalist for a year-long residency. so close! onto the next application.
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rigoberto gonzález: small press highlights
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i'm disappointed NO ONE has invited me to participate in an off-site reading at awp. i got poems. and i got a mouth. come on, people!
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Friday, December 17, 2010

bits

is this thing on?
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i've been busy this week. no time to blog. sorry.
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working on a new poem.
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it rained yesterday. man, i love rainy days in southern arizona. rain makes me hopeful.
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We asked some of the major American poets--winners of the biggest national awards, huge presences all, who they thought was the single most important contemporary poet, and what they thought was her/his influence on their own work and on the work of other contemporary poets.
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who knew h. l. hix was such a hottie? yum.
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i will be blogging and posting pics from the macdowell colony. i know a lot of you love that. heck, i love it when other writers blog while in residence at a colony. but i won't name names or post pics of other artists; i will respect their privacy. but i will let you see what's inside my picnic basket. ha.
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chickens!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Call for Contributions: Collection in Memory of Rane Arroyo

Submissions of any genre are invited for an edited collection in memory of poet and playwright Rane Arroyo (1954-2010). His 11 books of poetry, collection of short stories, and numerous plays and performances blazed new trails in Puerto Rican / American literature in their blending of so-called “high” and “low” cultures, their frank reflections on homosexuality, ethnicity, and social class, and their experimentation and self-reflexivity. Rane won numerous accolades during his lifetime and was respected and loved by many, particularly those students and authors whom he influenced and inspired.

Rane was unafraid to push and blur boundaries, and this collection seeks to honor him and his courage by doing the same. To that end, I welcome any sort of contribution in any genre and from any perspective that you feel appropriate to the occasion and to the memory of Rane Arroyo. This may include, but is certainly not limited to, “traditional” (or not-so-traditional) literary criticism, poems or other creative works, personal essays, reflections on teaching Rane’s work, and more.

Essays of literary criticism should be approximately 6,000-8,000 words in length, including end notes and a list of works cited that follows the norms of the Modern Language Association. Other submissions may be in any format. Please feel free to include images, especially if you own them and can grant copyright permission. Images of Rane are certainly welcomed, as are any other images that might be pertinent to your submission.

Interest in submitting should be expressed via email to Betsy A. Sandlin, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Sewanee: The University of the South, 735 University Avenue, Sewanee, TN 37383, (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail) no later than March 31, 2011. Please indicate what you plan to submit and, if appropriate, a title and brief abstract. Final submissions will be due no later than May 31, 2011.

Cave Canem 2011 Retreat

When: June 19-26
Where: University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Faculty: Toi Derricotte, Cornelius Eady, Terrance Hayes, Carl Phillips, Claudia Rankine and Natasha Trethewey
Guest Poet: Amiri Baraka
Application Period: December 1, 2010 — January 15, 2011

Full guidelines here.

Monday, December 06, 2010

bits

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i'm a chicano poet. thank you very much.
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have i started shopping for xmas? hell no.
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here are more macdowell colony pics. go ahead. click on the link. you know you want to.
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hi, gc waldrep!
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don't forget to feed my fish.
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i might be giving a reading in texas next year. i'm a lone star. giddy up.
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call me crazy, but i love xmas music. don't you? at work that's all they play. a lot of my co-workers are already sick of the tunes, but not me. there's one christmas song that always makes me a bit weepy. but i'm not going to tell you which one. you might use that song against me.
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i like egg salad.
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Thursday, December 02, 2010

geez

What did winning the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize and, as a result, having your first book published mean to you? What effect did it have on your writing career?

Emma Trelles:
Winning this prize has been an honor, and it immediately impacted my writing career, which to me is more of a way of living than a profession. I've been introduced to a wide community of Latino writers that I had not met or, in some instances, even known about, poets such as Brenda Cárdenas, John Murillo, Paul Martinez Pompa, and Silvia Curbelo, who selected my manuscript Tropicalia for the prize and whose aversion to po-business I find sort of punk rock and inspiring. I feel as if I've joined this vast array of art makers, all of us unified by some facet of Latino/Hispanic culture—perhaps language or music, perhaps the politics of displacement or gender. We are our own distinct voices, but the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize draws us into an unexpected harmony. Although I lived in Miami for a big portion of my life, and I'm of Cuban descent, I've never felt all that Latino, so my arrival to this sphere of writers is filled with a sense of discovery.

A part of her answer is disheartening. Her admission that she didn't even "know about" some Latino poets makes me sad. Hell, it pisses me off. A poet is a reader first. How can she claim to be a poet and not know what her contemporaries are writing? And yet, she's soon going to asking Latino poets to buy her book, to get to know her work. And I will. Because I support Latino/a poets. Because Latina/o poetry thrills me as a reader and provides me with fuel to keep the creative fires burning.

But I see this again and again in our community. So many young Latino/a poets don't read books published by other Latina/os.

Here's some some advice: Read. Read. Read. Read. Read. Read. Read. Read. Read. Read. Read. Read. Read. Read. Read. Read. Read. Read. Read. Read.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

december bits

congrats to kevin gonzalez!
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kevin, you need a new author pic. like today. the pic you're using doesn't do justice to your ultra-feathered hair. let's see all of it. give us the farrah shot!
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there's a lot of handsome men at this starbucks. men in suits. men in hard hats. men in tight jeans.
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amen.
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love the cover of this upcoming book.
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there's a bee in my bonnet.
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i sent off to five first book contests this fall. the joy of waiting begins!
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a big thank you to the editors of beloit poetry journal for two things. one: for taking "variation on a theme by josé montoya," a code-switching poem that i wrote for bilingual readers, for chicanos, for citizens of the border. two: for carefully reading the poem and offering insightful comments and suggestions.
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does anyone have the address for josé montoya? i want to send him a copy of the journal when my homage to "el louie" is published.
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i need to buy a new scarf. oh oh.
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i've been having trouble placing my newer poems. poems with a lot of spanish in them. but i expected that. i'll keep sending them out.
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¡si, se puede!