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TOMORROW Wednesday 4/1 Patrick Donnelly Reading for The Mayo Center

Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 1, at 3:30 PM, Patrick Donnelly (Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin), Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA, will read for The Mayo Center at St. Johnsbury Academy (1000 Main Street) in St. Johnsbury, VT.

Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin is available from Four Way Books

Lighting the Shadow is here! April 2015! Available for preorder! Sending gratitude to the universe and the next. Thank you, Lorna Simpson, for the beautiful cover photograph, for being so generous. I’m crying and cooking some blueberry pancakes, y’all! Hello, 2015 :) #poetry #fourwaybooks #cavecanem #amwriting #writinglife #litlife #art #rachelelizagriffiths #lightingtheshadow

Salmagundi contributor Alex Dimitrov with Executive Editor Peg Boyers after Alex read from his new book of poems, Begging For It, at Skidmore. Keep a keen ear open for this very gifted young writer. Here’s a link to five new poems online at The Brooklyn Rail including “Nights With People, Days Without” which knocked us out at last night’s event: 

http://www.brooklynrail.org/2013/06/poetry/five-dimitrov

And here’s a poem that’s in the book which first appeared in Salmagundi Magazine:


Refusing the Ledge
BY ALEX DIMITROV


For months only travelers and the dead
touching you. In hotel rooms higher

than a summer suicide—laced with sugars
and sweat, the steps from the interior

to the ledge. An address book, a book of names,
someone’s life laid open in bed.

So when he spoke to you
your hair grew a shade darker

and his voice felt cooler 
than the pavement outside—

where a child lost his only possession,
a balloon deflating through his ribs.

How brief, how brilliant 
the minutes felt in their unkindness.

And you chose to be touched
instead of touching down.

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Furs Not Mine, along with our other Spring 2015 titles, is now available from Four Way Books!

 

Meet Andrea Cohen, author of Furs Not Mine

Andrea Cohen’s poems and stories have appeared in The Atlantic MonthlyThe New RepublicThe New YorkerPoetryThe Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. Her previous poetry collections include The Cartographer’s Vacation, winner of the Owl Creek Poetry Prize, Long Division, and Kentucky Derby. She has received a PEN Discovery Award, Glimmer Train’s Short Fiction Award, and several residencies at The MacDowell Colony. She directs the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Writers House at Merrimack College.

 

About Furs Not Mine

The poems in Furs Not Mine display Andrea Cohen’s masterful craft and lyricism and her keen wit. In Cohen’s elegiac shoals, we see how “Great griefs are antidotes / for lesser sorrows,” and in her strange, surprising narratives, we glimpse a man darting into traffic for a hubcap, “meaning to build his dream / vehicle from scrap.” These poems, too, have the feel of dreamy constructions, in which bliss “from a distance, can look like pain.” That’s the magic of this collection: it holds loss and promise in the same image––sometimes even the same word.

 

Praise for Furs Not Mine

“Who says true wit should be read its last rites? Andrea Cohen’s deft lyric gift makes short work of that dire thought, cutting to the quick of all that casts a spell or a pall. In Furs Not Mine, she’s come into her own by mastering the disarming arts of the pithy epiphany and the mordant lament, the bittersweet testament that takes but three steps from feathers to iron, the beguiling Metaphysical trope with a hard-bitten American twist. Her wily ways with the mother tongue are equal to every curve the world throws, showing over and over how the soul of wordcraft can run rings around ‘the central O / of loss and going on.’” — David Barber

 

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Upcoming Readings for Andrea

April 9 @ 7 pm for an AWP Offsite Reading with Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr., Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Josh Kalscheur, Paul Otremba, and Gregory Pardlo @ 612 Brew, in the cellar event room (945 Broadway St. NE) in Minneapolis, MN (9 minute cab ride from convention center).

April 10 from 11-12 pm AWP AUTHOR BOOK SIGNING @ tables 1423 & 1425 with Paul Otremba. 

April 27 @ 8 pm with Nate Klug @ Blacksmith House (42 Brattle St.) in Cambridge, MA.

May 1-3 with Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Cynthia Cruz, Gregory Pardlo, and Cammy Thomas @ Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem, MA.

May 6 @ 7 pm for Four Way Books Spring Launch Reading with Paul Otremba, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, and Rebecca Reilly @ Book Culture on Columbus (450 Columbus Ave (between 81st and 82nd Street) in NYC.

May 7 @ 7 pm for FWB @ The Bureau of General Sciences: Queer Division (208 W 13th St., Room 210) with Patrick Donnelly and Paul Lisicky in NYC.

May 20 @ 7 pm with Liam Callanan @ Aurora Providence (276 Westminster St.) in Providence, RI.

June 16 @ 7 pm for Four Way Books at Bryant Park with Daniel Wolff, Gregory Pardlo, and Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr. in NYC.

 

For up-to-date information about author readings, visit our events page and/or website

Today’s The Day!

TODAY, Tuesday, March 31 is the deadline to submit to The Four Way Books Levis Prize in Poetry! Do it now!

The Four Way Books Levis Prize in Poetry

Martha Collins, judge

For a book-length collection of poetry written in English by a poet regardless of publication history. Previous publication of a chapbook is fine and those poems may be in the collection submitted. $1000.00 honorarium and participation in a Four Way Books reading in NYC.

$28.00 processing fee. Online or paper submissions accepted.

Read the guidelines.

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Series | India, along with our other Spring 2015 titles, is now available from Four Way Books!

 

Meet Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr., author of Series | India

Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr. is a poet, translator, and corporate consultant. She has published translations from classical and contemporary Persian, and is currently collaborating on the translation of a Tibeto-Mongolian oral folk epic. She was the founding CEO/Managing Partner of Conflict Management Inc. and Alliance Management Partners LLC, consulting firms that assisted global corporations and governments form, manage, and repair complex inter-organizational alliances. She has a B. A. and J. D. from Harvard University and an M.F.A. from Warren Wilson College.

 

About Series | India

The poems in Series | India explore the rich borderlands between the familiar and the foreign, illumination and opacity, gods and charlatans, through the braided, sometimes unstable narratives of young Westerners in India. In lyrics deeply informed by Gray’s study and experience in India, and formally characterized by shifting and juxtaposed perceptions, perspectives, and voices, we encounter a young couple seeking refuge and enlightenment in a place where the lines between the divine, the human, the gorgeous, the deadly, and the hilarious are often indistinct.

 

Praise for Series | India

“In a gorgeously-woven book-length sequence of poems that moves from New York to India, from a dying mother to a motley group of spiritual seekers, Liz Gray masterfully explores human desire and ambivalence as well as the contemporary world’s inescapable mélange of the crass and the divine. These poems delight in the linguistic opportunities of Sanskrit texts and myths as well as our own Modernist canon. Gray possesses a fine poetic intelligence, as humble and compassionate as it is keen.” —Jennifer Grotz

 

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Upcoming Readings for Elizabeth 

April 9 @ 7 pm for an AWP Offsite Reading with Andrea Cohen, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Josh Kalscheur, Paul Otremba, and Gregory Pardlo @ 612 Brew, in the cellar event room (945 Broadway St. NE) in Minneapolis, MN (9 minute cab ride from convention center).

April 10 from 3-4 pm AWP AUTHOR BOOK SIGNING @ tables 1423 & 1425 with David Dodd Lee.

May 7 @ 6 pm for the Four Way Books Spring Launch Reading with Liam Callanan, Josh Kalscheur, and Daniel Wolff @ McNally Jackson (52 Prince Street (between Lafayette & Mulberry)) in NYC.

May 12 @ 6:30 pm for Politics & Prose with Josh Kalscheur, Cynthia Cruz, and Paul Otremba @ Busboys & Poets (625 Monroe St. NE) in Washington, DC.

May 27 @ 7 pm with Daniel Wolff, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, and Gregory Pardlo @ KGB Bar (85 E 4th St.) in NYC. 

June 9 @ Hugo House with Josh Kalscheur and Rachel Eliza Griffiths in Seattle, WA. 

 

For up-to-date information about author readings, visit our events page and/or website

We can’t believe it, but it’s true. Next week is AWP! Stop by tables 1423 & 1425 at the bookfair and be sure to join us on Thursday night for an offsite reading with readers from Four Way Books, Bull City Press, Persea Books and Unicorn Press. See you soon!

Review of “Small Porcelain Head” by Allison Benis White in “Birmingham Poetry Review”

“What astonishes about this collection is White’s rigorous examination of her own project and process in poem-time, a refined flaying. Just as Bishop’s drafts attest to the codependence of emotional and aesthetic honesty, White asks herself, and us, the grave and necessary questions: ‘Is this the beauty to be made from suffering? Or is this just suffering, through witness, glorified?’” You can read Michelle Chan Brown’s full review of Allison Benis White’s Small Porcelain Head in the Spring 2015 number 42 issue of Birmingham Poetry Review

Small Porcelain Head is available from Four Way Books

This Thursday, April 2, at 5 pm, Daniel Wolff (The Names of Birds) will read with John Sayles (director/author), Maggie Renzi (producer/actor), Michael Preston (actor/clown), Donna Dennis (sculptor), and Bob Taplin (sculptor) at the Wadsworth Atheneum (600 Main St.) in Hartford, CT.

The Names of Birds is now available from Four Way Books

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Listen and Other Stories,along with our other Spring 2015 titles, is now available from Four Way Books!

 

Meet Liam Callanan, author of Listen and Other Stories

Liam Callanan is the author of the novels The Cloud Atlas, a finalist for an Edgar Award, and All Saints, a Target Bookmarked Breakout book. A frequent public radio essayist, Liam has taught at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Born in Washington, DC, and raised in Los Angeles, he now calls Wisconsin home. He’s on the web at liamcallanan.com.

 

About Listen and Other Stories

Listen and Other Stories is a book where characters ask readers to do just that: listen to their stories, especially because many aren’t the type of people who often get listened to—even though they should be. These characters’ trials, missed connections, and sundry challenges are full of surprises—some good, some bad, some funny, some wise, and some all this at once. Even more surprising, there’s tenderness here and a lot of heart—which often gets the collection’s characters into a lot of trouble.

 

Praise for Listen and Other Stories

“Over and over Callanan finds that moment when a character’s past, their deepest longings, their most intimate fears, emerge from the flood-waters of daily life and stand exposed. These richly imagined and beautifully written stories transport the reader from TV studios to lonely woods, from an old convent to a new gym, from war-time Alaska to the beach at Santa Monica. The result is a wonderfully readable and hugely pleasurable collection.” —Margot Livesey

 

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Click here to buy our copy of Listen and Other Stories. 

 

Upcoming Readings for Liam

April 10 from 2-3 pm AWP AUTHOR BOOK SIGNING @ tables 1423 & 1425 with Cammy Thomas.

April 14 @ Ivy Bookshop (6080 Falls Rd.) in Baltimore, MD.

April 16 @ George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. 

April 17 @ Politics & Prose Bookstore (5015 Connecticut Ave. NW) in Washington, DC.

April 19 @ 7 pm for Sunday Night Fiction @ KGB Bar (85 E 4th St.) in NYC.

April 23 @ 7 pm @ Left Bank Books (399 N Euclid) in St. Louis, MO.

May 7 @ 6 pm for Four Way Books Spring Launch Reading with Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr., Josh Kalscheur, and Daniel Wolff @ McNally Jackson (52 Prince Street (between Lafayette & Mulberry)) in NYC.

May 9 for BONK! Reading Series in Racine, WI. 

May 20 @ 7 pm with Andrea Cohen @ Aurora Providence (276 Westminster St.) in Providence, RI.


For up-to-date information about author readings, visit our events page and/or website

Review of “Animalities” by David Dodd Lee in The Rumpus

“The charismatic musicality of Lee’s poetic ear accompanies me as I delve into the unnatural, the confusing, and the difficult to parse. The surreal and the subversive survive in an appetizing proposal structured by a dynamic melodiousness. I’m constantly struck by the desire to hear a line again and again.” Read the full review by Jessica Guzman Alderman here

Animalities is available from Four Way Books.

Mitch Teich Discusses Short Stories with Four Way Books Author Liam Callanan for NPR News in Milwaukee

“’I still feel like short stories are really concerned with a moment; the moment in particular when everything changes for a character. After that moment, nothing is the same as it was for the character at the core of it,’ says Callanan.” Click here for more. 

Listen and Other Stories by Liam Callanan is now available from Four Way Books

A Few More Hours to Submit

Tomorrow March 31 is the deadline to submit to The Four Way Books Levis Prize in Poetry! Do it now!

The Four Way Books Levis Prize in Poetry

Martha Collins, judge

For a book-length collection of poetry written in English by a poet regardless of publication history. Previous publication of a chapbook is fine and those poems may be in the collection submitted. $1000.00 honorarium and participation in a Four Way Books reading in NYC.

$28.00 processing fee. Online or paper submissions accepted.

Read the guidelines.

Cynthia Cruz Reading Sunday 3/29

This Sunday, March 29, at 2 pm, Cynthia Cruz (Wunderkammera finalist for Foreword Reviews’ 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award in Poetry) will read with J. Scott Brownlee, Nicole Sealey, Jason Koo, Jessica Greenbaum and Joshua Mehigan for “A Branch Grows in Brooklyn” at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church (157 Montague Street (off Clinton Street)) in Brooklyn, NY. There is a suggested $5 donation. A reception will follow the reading.

Wunderkammer is available from Four Way Books

Cynthia Cruz and Rigoberto Gonzalez Reading Tomorrow Wednesday March 25

Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25, at 6:30 pm, Cynthia Cruz (Wunderkammer) will read with Afaa Michael Weaver and Jericho Brown at Cambridge Public Library in the Lecture Hall (449 Broadway) in Cambridge, MA.

Wunderkammer is available from Four Way Books

Also tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25, at 8 pm, Rigoberto González (Unpeopled Eden, winner of the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize) will read at American University (4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW) in Washington, DC.

Unpeopled Eden is available from Four Way Books

Call For Poetry Submissions

You have until March 31 to submit to The Four Way Books Levis Prize in Poetry. That may seem far away, but it’ll be here before you know it. Submit now.

The Four Way Books Levis Prize in Poetry

Martha Collins, judge

For a book-length collection of poetry written in English by a poet regardless of publication history. Previous publication of a chapbook is fine and those poems may be in the collection submitted. $1000.00 honorarium and participation in a Four Way Books reading in NYC.

$28.00 processing fee. Online or paper submissions accepted.

Click here for guidelines.