February 16, 2011

Second Biennial Princeton Poetry Festival

The second biennial Princeton Poetry Festival will be held April 29-30, 2011.

The event will include poets who are at present teaching at Princeton University, including Michael Dickman, Meghan O'Rourke, Brenda Shaughnessy, Tracy K. Smith, Susan Wheeler and C.K. Williams.

It will also include poets from around the world, including the Brazilian poet Paolo Henriques Britto and his US translator, Idra Novey, the Israeli poet Agi Mishol, and the Slovenian poet Aleš Šteger along with his US translator, Brian Henry.

Other American poets taking part are Anthony Carelli and Kathleen Graber, both published by Princeton University Press, along with Mark Doty, Sharon Olds, Carl Philips, Charles Simic, and Natasha Trethewey.

Event Information
Friday, April 29, 2011
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Readings and discussions begin at 2 PM each day

Ticket Information:
$15 per day, $25 for both days and $10 per day for students
For advance tickets, call University Ticketing at 609.258.9220

See http://www.princeton.edu/arts/ for more information

February 15, 2011

The Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest

Is there a story in you that's too long for a poem?

There's still time left to enter The Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest

Submissions must be 1200 words or less. There is no entry fee. Ron Carlson, celebrated author of four novels and five short story collections, will be the final judge.

The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short story in the Winter 2012 issue, and the author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2011 Writers Workshop, June 18th-25th, in Gambier, Ohio.

Submission Guidelines
* Writers must be 30 years of age or younger at the time of submission.
* Stories must be no more than 1200 words in length.
* One submission per entrant.
* Please do not simultaneously submit your contest entry to another magazine or contest.
* The submissions link will be active February 1st to February 28th. All work must be submitted through our electronic system. We cannot accept paper submissions.
* Winners will be announced in the late spring. You will receive an e-mail notifying you of any decisions regarding your work.


February 8, 2011

Elizabeth Bishop at 100

The poet Elizabeth Bishop was born 100 years ago on Feb. 8. Her father died months later, and her mother was institutionalized early in her childhood, so she was raised by relatives in Nova Scotia and Massachusetts.

She became one of the most beloved and important American poets of the 20th century, although her greatest fame came after her death in 1979.

To celebrate her centennial, Farrar Straus & Giroux, her publisher for most of her career, is bringing out three new editions of her writing :
These books make clear that Bishop was as much a prose writer as she was a poet.  Prose is in fact considerably fatter than Poems, which contains all of the The Complete Poems, 1927-1979 plus a selection from the posthumous collections of drafts and fragments.

Poems Prose Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker: The Complete Correspondence

February 4, 2011

Mammogram by Jo McDougall

via  The Writer's Almanac


'They're benign,' the radiologist says,
pointing to specks on the x ray
that look like dust motes
stopped cold in their dance.
His words take my spine like flame.
I suddenly love
the radiologist, the nurse, my paper gown,
the vapid print on the dressing room wall.
I pull on my radiant clothes.
I step out into the Hanging Gardens, the Taj Mahal,
the Niagara Falls of the parking lot.

by Jo McDougall
from her book Satisfied with Havoc, Autumn House Press, 2004

Satisfied with Havoc (Autumn House Poetry)