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Interview & Reading with Liam Callanan

“I think one of the benefits, one of the many benefits, of being with Four Way Books is that they made me think about that, ordering. Because Four Way began as a poetry-focused press, so they think about ordering the contents of a book all the time. It’s funny, when they asked me what order I wanted these stories in, I all but shrugged: ‘Whatever, we can do them alphabetically, or chronologically.’ And they thought I was insane: ‘This is your book. You need to think about where the stories go, how they speak to one another.’” Read the full interview by Emily Gray Tedrowe with Liam Callanan (Listen and Other Stories, available from Four Way Books) for Fiction Writers Review here

Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 20, at 8:30 pm, Liam Callanan will read at Aurora (276 Westminster St.) in Providence, RI.  Jared Paul will be hosting and there will be a curated open mic. 

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.

Rick Barot Interviews Four Way Books Author Kevin Prufer for “New England Review”

“One of the things I think poetry is best at is communicating the sense of a mind at work on an unsolvable problem—that is, enacting the processes of that mind through poetic music, measure, ambivalence, and ambiguity.“ Read the full interview here

Churches is available from Four Way Books

“Missing Black Men in America” for WUNC 91.5 North Carolina Public Radio with FWB Author Reginald Dwayne Betts

Click here to listen to “Missing Black Men in America” by Laura Lee and Frank Stasio with Reginald Dwayne Betts (whose poetry collection Bastards of the Reagan Era is forthcoming from Four Way Books this fall) for WUNC 91.5 North Carolina Public Radio. 

FWB for Politics & Prose TONIGHT Tuesday 5/12

Tonight, Tuesday, May 12, at 6:30 pm, Four Way Books authors Josh Kalscheur (Tidal), Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr. (Series | India), Cynthia Cruz (Wunderkammer), and Paul Otremba (Pax Americana) will read for Politics & Prose with Busboys & Poets at 625 Monroe St. NE in Washington, DC.

Tidal, Series | India, Wunderkammer, and Pax Americana are available from Four Way Books

Three Four Way Books Author Readings This Weekend

Tonight, Friday, May 8, at 6 pm, Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr. (Series | India) will read with Ravi Shankar, Nancy Kuhl, and Elizabeth Willis at The New Haven Review new books launch at The Institute Library (847 Chapel St.) in New Haven, CT.

Series | India is available from Four Way Books

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 9, at 6 pm (doors open at 5:30), Liam Callanan (Listen and Other Stories) will read for BONK! Reading Series (AAUW Book Sale Space, below CVS, 1122 West Blvd.) in Racine, WI.

Listen and Other Stories is available from Four Way Books.

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 9, at 6:30 pm, Josh Kalscheur (Tidal) and Cammy Thomas (Inscriptions) will read at Aurora (276 Westminster St.) in Providence, RI.

Tidal and Inscriptions are available from Four Way Books.

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

Meet the Spring Authors: Brett Fletcher Lauer, Author of "A Hotel in Belgium"

Brett Fletcher Lauer is the deputy director of the Poetry Society of America and the poetry editor at A Public Space. He is the co-editor of Isn’t It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets (Wave, 2004) and his poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Fence, Harper’s, Tin House, and elsewhere.

A Hotel in Belgium is available from Four Way Books.

A Hotel in Belgium explores the emotional space between loyalty and skepticism. Here is a psyche preoccupied with both doubt and dread, but also a desire to surrender itself to the risks of love and trust. These smart, beautiful poems—often complicating their lyricism with formal rigor and adaptations of found texts—investigate the delicacy of human relationships and the hopeful relentlessness with which we pursue them. The voice of these poems is tender, imaginative and sometimes wry, building an urgent narrative of melancholy, self-doubt and the ultimate resilience of the spirit.

Praise for A Hotel in Belgium

“Brett Fletcher Lauer's A Hotel in Belgium is about estrangement and the distances created by our disparate experiences of the world (‘the machinery in you malfunctions in me’). In these poems, mood and moons are viewed as if via telescope and operate according to stage directions ('a thousand gray stars prearranged / to shine so-so over the wonders of modern cities’). But just when you become accustomed to the sheen of these poems’ surfaces, sinkholes of precisely rendered beauty and vulnerability appear. The result is surprising and unsettling in the best way.”

- Matthea Harvey

“…These poems are serious, funny, confident, weird, sensitive, and generous. They achieve something close to Frank O'Hara’s dream of 'true abstraction,’ a deeply personal and human tone that does not resort to the limiting confines of the specifics of autobiography. This book points forward to a new exciting direction in American poetry, and I am so glad we can finally take it with us into the future.”

- Matthew Zapruder

An excerpt from a review by Timothy Liu for Coldfront of A Hotel in Belgium:

“As hemlines rise and fall, so do poetic fads and blockbuster meds, our homegrown strain of Symbolism and Deep Imagism having gone into hibernation (like God) along with the likes of Larry Levis, Mark Strand and Stephen Dobyns all amplifying a more plain-spoken spellbound tradition in lines and stanzas chiseled to last—this would be in keeping with the company BFL (Brett Fletcher Lauer) assiduously keeps…" Read the full review here.

An excerpt from a review by Publishers Weekly of A Hotel in Belgium:

"Lauer’s poems ripple like muscle, even as they circle around the notion that we may not possess tools strong enough to arrive at a singular definition of who and what we are….By laying bare superstitious patterns of mind that we routinely interpret as meaning, Lauer’s poems reveal the indeterminacy of what we’re able to know…without forgoing what beauty is to be found in the attempts we make to know it.” Read the full review here

Read Brett Fletcher Lauer’s poem "Representative Character”, featured on Poets.org, here.

Visit our events page regularly to see if Brett Fletcher Lauer is reading near you. 

Tonight at Housing Works in NYC

Tonight, June 12, at 7 pm, Cynthia Cruz (The Glimmering Room), Farrah Field (Rising, Wolf and Pilot) and poets from Birds, LLC, Belladonna, Black Square Editions, and Futurepoem, will be reading at the FACE OUT Reading & Reception: Maximizing the Visibility of Emerging Writers event at Housing Works (126 Crosby St.) in NYC. Hope you can come!

The Glimmering Room, Rising and Wolf and Pilot are all available from Four Way Books

Upcoming Readings for Four Way Books Authors

This Saturday, May 23, at 6:30 pm, Daniel Wolff (The Names of Birds) will read with Karina Borowicz, Lucia Cherciu, Leslie Gerber, Anne Gorrick, Djelloul Marbrook, Jo Pitkin, Maxine Silverman, and Barbara Louise Ungar for CHRONOGRAM Poets at Golden Notebook Bookstore (36 Tinker Street) in Woodstock, NY.

The Names of Birds is available from Four Way Books.

This Wednesday, May 27, at 7 pm, Daniel Wolff (The Names of Birds), Rachel Eliza Griffiths (Lighting the Shadow), Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo (Digest), and Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr. (Series | India) will read at KGB Bar (85 E 4th St.) in New York, NY.

The Names of Birds, Lighting the Shadow, Digest, and Series | India are available from Four Way Books

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

So Many Four Way Books Author Readings & Events This Weekend!

Today, Friday, May 1, at 7 pm, Daniel Wolff (THE NAMES OF BIRDS) will read with Lucia Perillo at Hugo House (1634 11th Ave) in Seattle, WA.

THE NAMES OF BIRDS is available from fourwaybooks.com.

Today, Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 3, Rachel Eliza Griffiths (LIGHTING THE SHADOW), Andrea Cohen (FURS NOT MINE), Cynthia Cruz (WUNDERKAMMER), Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo (DIGEST), Poet Laureate of Northampton Patrick Donnelly (NOCTURNES OF THE BROTHEL OF RUIN), and Cammy Thomas (INSCRIPTIONS) will all be participating in the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem, MA. Click this link for the schedule: http://www.masspoetry.org/festival2015/

LIGHTING THE SHADOW, FURS NOT MINE, WUNDERKAMMER, DIGEST, NOCTURNES OF THE BROTHEL OF RUIN, and INSCRIPTIONS are all available from fourwaybooks.com.

Today, Friday, May 1, at 7 pm, Paul Otremba (PAX AMERICANA) will read with Tomás Q. Morín at Brazos Bookstore (2421 Bissonnet St.) in Houston, TX. 

PAX AMERICANA is available from fourwaybooks.com. 

This Sunday, May 3, at 10:15 am, Poet Laureate of Northampton Patrick Donnelly (NOCTURNES OF THE BROTHEL OF RUIN) will read with Danielle Legros Georges, Frannie Lindsay, and Anna M. Warrock for Grief and Poetry: Crafting Loss at Old Town Hall (on the First Floor, 32 Derby Square) in Salem, MA. 

NOCTURNES OF THE BROTHEL OF RUIN is available from fourwaybooks.com. 

This Sunday, May 3, at 2 pm, Daniel Wolff (THE NAMES OF BIRDS) will read at the Boston Nature Center (500 Walk Hill Street) in Mattapan, MA.

THE NAMES OF BIRDS is available from fourwaybooks.com. 

This Sunday, May 3, at 2:30 pm, Rachel Eliza Griffiths (LIGHTING THE SHADOW) will read at the Harlem Arts Salon (1925 Seventh Avenue, 7L) in Harlem, NY. Click this link to RSVP: http://www.harlemonestop.com/event/21612/harlem-arts-salon-featuring-rachel-eliza-griffiths-lashonda-barnett-and-keyon-harrold

LIGHTING THE SHADOW is available from fourwaybooks.com. 

For up-to-date information about author readings, please go to our Tumblr events page: http://fourwaybooks.tumblr.com/events and/or our website:http://fourwaybooks.com/site/new-and-events/

TONIGHT Wednesday May 20 Liam Callanan Reading in Providence, RI

Tonight, Wednesday, May 20, at 8:30 pm, Liam Callanan (Listen and Other Stories) will read at Aurora (276 Westminster St.) in Providence, RI. The reading will be hosted by Jared Paul and there will be a curated open mic.

Listen and Other Stories is available from Four Way Books

Poems by Four Way Books Authors on Poets.org

Over the past few days, Four Way Books authors Noelle Kocot (4, The Raving Fortune), D. Nurkse (The Rules of Paradise, Leaving Xaia, Voices Over Water), and Victoria Redel (Woman Without Umbrella, Make Me Do Things) have all had their poems featured on Poets.org. Click here to read “Happiness” by Noelle Kocot. Click here to read “Showers” by D. Nurkse. Click here to read “Economics” by Victoria Redel. 

4, The Raving Fortune, The Rules of Paradise, Leaving Xaia, Voices Over Water, Woman Without Umbrella, and Make Me Do Things are available from Four Way Books

Four Way Books Author Readings Next Week

This Monday, May 11, at 9 pm, Josh Kalscheur (Tidal) will read for The Dirty Gerund at Ralph’s Rock Diner (148 Grove St.) in Worcester, MA.

Tidal is available from Four Way Books

This Tuesday, May 12, at 6:30 pm, Josh Kalscheur (Tidal), Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr. (Series | India), Cynthia Cruz (Wunderkammer), and Paul Otremba (Pax Americana) will read for the FWB for Politics & Prose reading with Busboys & Poets (625 Monroe St. NE) in Washington, DC.

Tidal, Series | India, Wunderkammer, and Pax Americana are available from Four Way Books

This Thursday, May 14, at 7 pm, Eugenia Leigh (Blood, Sparrows and Sparrows) will read with Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Helene Achanzar at The Poetry Foundation (61 West Superior St.) in Chicago, IL. 

Blood, Sparrows and Sparrows is available from Four Way Books.

Next Sunday, May 17, at 1 pm, Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr. (Series | India) and Daniel Wolff (The Names of Birds) will read for Poetry at Cedarmere (225 Bryant Ave.) in Roslyn Harbor, NY.

Series | India and The Names of Birds are available from Four Way Books.

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