Archive for February, 2012

POETRY App up for award

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

POETRY App Announced as Finalist for National Magazine Award : The Poetry Foundation:

Lynnell Edwards Poetry Reading at WVWC

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Poet Doug Van Gundy invites us to hear Louisville, Ky., poet Lynnell Edwards read from her new collection, “Covet” (Red Hen Press 2011).

“Edwards has a remarkable gift for finding the poetic in the everyday, and her poems crackle with wit and humor, thunder and burning leaves, desire and danger,” Van Gundy said.

If you go:
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Greek Alumni Room, Virginia Law Performing Arts Center, West Virginia Wesleyan College, 59 College Avenue, Buckhannon, WV 26201.
Q&A and book signing immediately following the reading.

View the “Covet” book trailer by Pam Swisher:

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Outstanding writers reading at Marshall this spring

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Many thanks to Art Stringer for sending news of the readings scheduled at Marshall University this spring:

Fiction writer Donald Ray Pollock

Reading: February 16 at 8:00 pm Shawkey Room (Memorial Student Center)

Donald Ray Pollock is the author of two books. His first book of short stories, Knockemstiff, won the 2009 PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Third Coast, The Journal, Sou’wester, River Styx, Boulevard, Folio, Granta, Washington Square, and The Berkeley Fiction Review. The Devil All the Time is his recently released first novel, praised in reviews by The New York Times, The Washington Post, the LA Times, and others. He works and teaches in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Distinguished writer Jayne Anne Phillips

Discussion: March 8 at 3:30 pm Shawkey Room (Memorial Student Center)

Reading: March 8 at 8:00 pm in the Booth Experimental Theater

Jayne Anne Phillips is the author of eight books, most recently the National Book Award Finalist, Lark and Termite. She was born and raised in West Virginia. Featured in Newsweek, Phillips’s first story collection, Black Tickets was lauded by Raymond Carver as a collection of “stories unlike any in our literature.” Nadine Gordimer has called her “the best short story writer since Eudora Welty.” Phillips’ first novel, Machine Dreams was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and chosen by the New York Times Book Review as one of twelve Best Books of the Year.

Jayne Anne Phillips’ works have been translated and published in twelve languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. Her work has appeared most recently in Harper’s, Granta, Doubletake, and the Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction. She has taught at Harvard University, Williams College, and Boston University, and is currently Professor of English and Director of the MFA Program at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey.

Poet Kathryn Kirkpatrick

Reading: April 5 at 8:00 pm in the Shawkey Room (Memorial Student Center)

Kathryn Kirkpatrick is the author of four collection of poems, most recently Unaccountable Weather. She is also the editor of Border Crossings: Irish Women Writers and National Identities (University of Alabama Press, 2000).
Her poems have appeared widely in such journals as Calyx, Carolina Quarterly, Cortland Review, Epoch, The Florida Review, The Hollins Critic, Kalliope, Shenandoah, The South Carolina Review, Southern Poetry Review, Sundog and other magazines. She teaches at Appalachian State University.

Visiting Writers Series readings are free and open to the public. The Series is supported by the Marshall English Department, the College of Liberal Arts, and the West Virginia Humanities Council.

James Harms publishes two new collections

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

James Harms has two new collections out this year, “Comet Scar” from Carnegie-Mellon University Press in January, and “What to Borrow, What to Steal,” from Marick Press later this month. Check out news of the reading and the new books at WVU Today.

James Harms poetry reading — Mountainlair Gold Ballroom, March 8, 2012, 7:30 p.m.

Rest in peace, Irene McKinney

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Rest in peace, Irene McKinney.

“I’m a hillbilly, a woman, and a poet, and I understood early on that nobody was going to listen to anything I had to say anyway, so I might as well just say what I want to.” — Irene McKinney

“A Conversation with Irene McKinney” (2005) — Interviewed by her friend Kate Long. Produced by West Virginia PBS with music from Bob Webb. —

Llewellyn McKernan interviewed Irene in 2010 at the West Virginia Writers Summer Conference —

Listen to Irene read three poems from an hourlong presentation at the W.Va. Book Festival in 2010 —

Songwriter Colleen Anderson interviews Irene about poetry and masks — Video by Fiona Smith —

“Irene McKinney remembered” by Glynis Board & John Nakashima —