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A respondent named Steve wrote: To JL Kato: No, that will not count as being present. You need to be on Monument Circle so that when the news media captures images it will not look as if we couldn't garner a large crowd. Go to a poetry reading some othere time -- or better yet, the Arts Council should reschedule that event for another day entirely. Present means being there. Physically, not just in spirit.
A few days later, I replied: To Steve: I've decided to attend the poetry reading at the Artsgarden instead of attending the rally. Doing otherwise is like a sick patient missing a doctor's appointment so he can attend a seminar on health care. If I had not made this commitment, then, yes, I would be on the Circle. But I need my poetry fix.
To JL Kato: With all due respect, I think you have it backwards. the arts in Indianapolis is the sick patient and the poetry reading is the seminar.
Hi, Steve: As someone who has organized poetry readings, I know it can be a thankless job. As someone who has been fortunate to be invited to read at literary events, I know how important it is to have an audience. I'm not going to throw away the efforts of the organizers and readers of (the) Artsgarden event. That said, we're really on the same side. So, how can I help (albeit not from 12:15 to 1:15)?
By the way, T.J. Reynolds and Mijiza Soyini are the featured poets in the Artsgarden. They will rock the mic. Their appearance was arranged by Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf, who will be hobnobbing with fellow state laureates in Rhode Island that day. Michael Collins will fill in as host. See you there.
Apr 14, 2009
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April 14, 2009
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Fanny Howe and Ange Mlinko Receive Major Literary Awards
from Poetry Foundation
Howe to receive $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize
CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is pleased to announce that poets Fanny Howe and Ange Mlinko are the winners of its sixth annual Pegasus Awards.
Howe is the recipient of the 2009 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Established in 1986 and presented annually by the Poetry Foundation to a living U.S. poet whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition, the Ruth Lilly Prize is one of the most prestigious awards given to American poets, and at $100,000 it is one of the nation’s largest literary prizes. Poet and critic Ange Mlinko is the winner of the Randall Jarrell Award in Poetry Criticism. The prizes will be presented at the Pegasus Awards ceremony at the Arts Club of Chicago on Tuesday, May 19.
In announcing the Lilly Prize, Christian Wiman, editor of Poetry magazine, said: “Fanny Howe is a religious writer whose work makes you more alert and alive to the earth, an experimental writer who can break your heart. Live in her world for a while, and it can change the way you think of yours.”
“The selection of Fanny Howe as this year’s winner of the Lilly Prize does honor to the traditions—of excellence, importance, and discovery—that the prize has stood for since it was established over 20 years ago,” said John Barr, president of the Poetry Foundation.
The Poetry Foundation issued the following statement in making the award: “Reading Fanny Howe—both the poetry and the prose—one has the sense of a life that has been inhabited so intensely and lovingly that even her smallest fragments seem steeped in that experience. Her poetry can be elusive and hermetic, and then abruptly and devastatingly candid; it is marked by the pressures of history and culture, yet defiantly, transcendently lyrical. She is a demanding and deeply rewarding artist, and her body of work seems larger, stranger, and more permanent with each new book she publishes.”
Fanny Howe, 68, has written many books of poetry, including Gone (University of California Press, 2003), Selected Poems (UC Press, 2000), On the Ground (Graywolf Press, 2004), and The Lyrics (Graywolf, 2007). She has also written novels, five of which have been collected in one volume called Radical Love. At age 17 Howe left her home in Boston for California and has since spent her life there and in England, Ireland, and Massachusetts. In recent years she has won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has written two collections of essays, The Wedding Dress (UC Press, 2003) and The Winter Sun (Graywolf, 2009). Howe has three grown children and six little grandchildren; she currently lives on Martha’s Vineyard.
Ange Mlinko is the third recipient of the Randall Jarrell Award in Poetry Criticism. The $10,000 prize is awarded for poetry criticism that is intelligent and learned as well as lively and enjoyable to read. Mlinko, 39, is the author of two books, Matinees (Zoland Books, 1999) and Starred Wire (Coffee House Press, 2005), which was a National Poetry Series winner in 2004 and a finalist for the James Laughlin Award the following year.
The Poetry Foundation issued the following statement in announcing Mlinko’s award: “From Sappho to the Language poets, from Nicolas of Cusa to The Brady Bunch, Ange Mlinko’s criticism is brilliantly wide-ranging; it is eclectic and astringent yet always lucid and generous. We are pleased to recognize a young critic whose distinctive sharp wit and formidable power have helped revitalize the art of writing about poetry.”
Mlinko was born in Philadelphia and currently lives in the lower Hudson Valley, where she raises her two sons. She has an undergraduate degree in philosophy and mathematics from St. John’s College and an MFA from the Creative Writing Program at Brown University. Her poetry and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry and the Poetry Foundation website, the London Review of Books, The New Yorker, Bookforum, and The Nation, where she also writes an occasional column on language called Lingo.
About the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize
American poetry has no greater friend than Ruth Lilly. Over many years and in many ways, it has been blessed by her personal generosity. In 1985 she endowed the Ruth Lilly Professorship in Poetry at Indiana University. In 1989 she created Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowships, for $15,000 each, given annually by the Poetry Foundation to undergraduate or graduate students selected through a national competition. In 2002 her lifetime engagement with poetry culminated in a magnificent bequest that will enable the Poetry Foundation to promote, in perpetuity, a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture.
The Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize honors a living U.S. poet whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition. Established in 1986 by Ruth Lilly, the annual prize is sponsored and administered by the Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. Over the last 20 years, the Lilly Prize has awarded more than $1,000,000. The previous recipients are Adrienne Rich, Philip Levine, Anthony Hecht, Mona Van Duyn, Hayden Carruth, David Wagoner, John Ashbery, Charles Wright, Donald Hall, A.R. Ammons, Gerald Stern, William Matthews, W.S. Merwin, Maxine Kumin, Carl Dennis, Yusef Komunyakaa, Lisel Mueller, Linda Pastan, Kay Ryan, C.K. Williams, Richard Wilbur, Lucille Clifton, and Gary Snyder.
About the Pegasus Awards
The Poetry Foundation has established a family of prizes with an emphasis on new awards to under-recognized poets and types of poetry. Inaugurated in 2004, the Pegasus Awards are announced annually in the spring. The Poetry Foundation believes that targeted prizes can help redress underappreciated accomplishments, diversify the kinds of poetry being written, and widen the audience for the art form. With this in mind, it may create additional prizes in the years ahead.
About the Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine and one of the largest literary organizations in the world, exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative literary prizes and programs. For more information, please visit www.poetryfoundation.org.
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Writers in The Heartland is now taking applications for its inaugural season. Writers in the Heartland is a writing colony for creative writers in all genres. The colony is located in Gilman, Illinois, approximately 2 hours south of Chicago. It is located on a beautiful 30-acre wooded site with lakes and walking paths. A limited number of one-week residencies are available for September 4-11 and October 2-9. All lodging and food is included. For the inaugural year, we are only accepting applications from writers living in the Midwest region of the United States.
Applications must be received by April 15, 2009, to be considered. Decisions will be announced by July 1st. For further information about applying to Writers in the Heartland, see our website www.writersintheheartland.org. or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Katie Kowalski is 24 years old. She’s bounced around since earning her degree in English and Creative Writing: two months teaching writing composition at a military summer camp, five months as a nanny in Germany, and one month of full time job hunting. She currently resides in Indianapolis, thriving as a temp and tutor. She enjoys word games, blogging, karaoke and playing fetch with her cat.
Apr 5, 2009
Note: Dana Roeser will be at Butler University tonight at 7:30 in the Krannert Room of Clowes Hall at Butler University.
Continuing a tradition started by former Indiana Poet Laureate Joyce Brinkman, the current laureate, Norbert Krapf, announced the lineup for this year's lunchtime readings at the Indianapolis Artsgarden, Illinois and Washington streets. The readings are every Monday in April, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Don't be surprised if you hear birds chirping during the indoor reading. They're real.
Karen Kovacik and Mitchell Douglas
Catherine Bowman and Hanna Sullivan
T.J. Reynolds and Mijizaa yaa Soyini
Mark Neely and Donald Platt
Apr 4, 2009
Oh, by the way, if you're searching for the event calendars, look in the upper left-hand corner of this page. Just click on a month.
Call for Submissions-Booth
Booth, a new semi-annual literary journal sponsored by the M.F.A. program at Butler University, seeks poetry, prose, and literary comics for its premiere issue, which will appear online in May of 2009.
Each issue of Booth will offer an interview or two with authors from Butler's Visiting Writers' Series (current slate includes Charles Simic, T.C. Boyle, Elizabeth Alexander, Jane Hamilton, April Bernard, Mark Kurlansky). Booth will also present a series of sham memoirs, a satirical take on the lurid, overblown, I-came-through-hell misery memoir that has the tendency to turn out to be a lie. And we seek other intriguing and playful work that challenges the reader.
The editors welcome submissions by both emerging voices and established writers. Simultaneous submissions are welcomed as long as we are notified immediately if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere. No multiple submissions, and we do not accept previously published work.
Deadline to submit for the first online issue is April 15th. Poetry: up to 5 poems. Fiction: up to 7,500 words. Literary Comics: up to 20 pages
Please include with your submission a brief cover letter as well as a SASE for return response.
Please specify if your submission should be directed to the Poetry or Prose Editor and address to:
Booth, ________ Editor
c/o English Department
4600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208
Please note that we do not yet accept submissions via email.
This possibility was reported at An Evening With the Muse reading earlier this evening (March 8). The Writers' Center had lost funding for the year that would have paid operating expenses at 812 E. 67th St. The Indianapolis Art Center, which leases the space, had allowed WCI to stay in its space until a new tenant could be found.
Rohana McCormack, who is the host of the monthly reading, said she is trying to complete plans for a new venue, possibly on Wednesday evenings at a Northside bookstore or coffeehouse. She is promising to let people know by e-mail about any changes in the schedule. The reading series had been planned for the second Sunday of the month, with featured guests Bonnie Maurer in April and Norbert Krapf in May.
Richard Pflum, who runs the twice-monthly Poetry Salon, said that beginning in April, the open workshop will meet at Rohana's house on 71st Street. Details to come. In the meantime, the next scheduled salon at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, will meet at the current WCI location.
What's not known is the fate of classes that were rescheduled for this spring.
Expect updates as clarifications from WCI officials come in.
UPDATE (8:30 a.m. 3-9-09)
Barbara Shoup, executive director of WCI, has said the organization has received no communication that the Art Center has rented the WCI space to a new tenant. The Writers Center may remain at its current space until the Art Center manages to rent the space. If and when the WCI is rented, Barbara says, there is space available for classes from organizations that have offered to help.
What I'm hearing is that the big classroom of the Writers' Center has been leased by the Indianapolis Art Center, but that the other areas, including the two offices and the small classroom, are still available. For events such as An Evening With the Muse, the readings will be scheduled in the foyer of the building. So, what will happen to the furniture and books in the big room?