14 Sunday Sep 2014
No tags :(
14 Sunday Sep 2014
No tags :(
08 Monday Sep 2014
No tags :(
Please join Friends of the MFA Creative Writing Program and the ODU Alumni Association on 2 October 2014, Thursday, at 6:30 pm in the Barry M. Kornblau Alumni Center at ODU (corner 49th Street and Hampton Boulevard) in this Pre-Literary Festival Event —
|Thursday, October 2 /6:30-8:30 pm
Barry M. Kornblau Alumni Center
Lorraine Eaton, MFA’99
- Food writer for the Virginian-Pilot; author, Tidewater Table Cookbook
Dr. Amy Price Neff
- Co-owner, Pendulum Fine Meats in Norfolk
Patrick Farrell, MA ’09
- English Dept. faculty member & food/wine aficionado
- Founder & General Manager of Five Points Community Farm Market
Please contact Katherine Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP
or to find out more information by September 26.
This free event is sponsored by the MFA Creative Writing Program,
Friends of the MFA Creative Writing Program, Pendulum Fine Meats,
and the ODU Alumni Association.
For more information on the 2014 ODU Literary Festival,
“The Hungry Heart is Telling You” (October 6-10, 2014)
please visit us online.
|OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION • BARRY M. KORNBLAU ALUMNI CENTER • NORFOLK, VA WWW.ODUALUMNI.ORG • 888.ODU.3435|
08 Monday Sep 2014
No tags :(
Here is a short excerpt from the letter I wrote to them both, which appears on their blog today:
“In April this year, The New York Times ran Junot Diaz’s article MFA Vs. POC. ‘I was,’ he says, ‘a person of color in a workshop whose theory of reality did not include my most fundamental experiences as a person of color—that did not in other words include me.” I would hasten to add that faculty of color also experience this same kind of fundamental unease, as they struggle through the rituals of academic tenure and continually encounter those kinds of scrutiny that suggest their credentials and what they bring to the table are somehow wanting, even when they are not.” ~ (from Luisa A. Igloria’s guest letter to Nancy Peacock and Karen McElmurray at Marginalia)
08 Monday Sep 2014
No tags :(
Mark your calendars and tell all your friends and networks to come for one solid week of literary awesomeness at ODU ~ from 6-10 October 2014, we will be hosting the 37th ODU Literary Festival.
This year, the overall theme is literature, food, sustenance, and community— and their urgent relevance and relationship to our cultural milieu and conversations.
Our lineup of luminous writers includes Michael Ruhlman, Chef Jeff Henderson (appearing for the ODU President’s Lecture Series), Annia Csiezadlo, Sarah Lightman, Tarfia Faizullah, Sasha Pimentel, Ellen Dore Watson, Kate Christensen, Nikky Finney, and Jane Hirshfield.
Other events will feature MFA Alumni Tara Shea Burke, Dana Staves, Dianne Alford, and Lorraine Eaton; and ODU Faculty Delores Phillips, Tom Socha, and Don Zeigler.
04 Monday Aug 2014
No tags :(
Dear friends, readers, and book lovers, I’ve been tagged! ~ that is, by fab friend and fiction writer Marianne Villanueva, who in turn was tagged by the exciting Rashaan Alexis Meneses – to participate in “The Virtual Blog Tour.”
When one is tagged, one must answer 4 basic questions, and then tag (and briefly introduce) 3 to 4 other writers who will then each continue the process with their own writing friends.
Inquiring further into the process, I was directed to this passage on poet and North American Review editor Vince Gotera‘s blog, which describes what it’s all about:
“The ‘virtual blog tour’ is an excellent, friendly way for writers, artists, and other creative folks to bring attention to their own work as well as that of others. It begins with an invitation from another artist or writer. Then in your blog you acknowledge the person who invited you, answer four given questions about your work and your process, and then invite three other people to participate. These people then do the same thing, referring their blog readers to the blogs of three more people, and so on. It’s a wonderful sort of ‘pyramid scheme’ that’s beneficial for everyone: the artists and writers as well as the readers of their blogs. We can follow links from blog to blog and then we can all learn about different kinds of creative process and also find new writers and artists we may not have known about before.”
The 4 Questions for the Virtual Blog Tour:
1. What are you currently working on?
Out of my daily writing practice, I have gathered poems into books! I have two (2) new books: one has just been released~ Night Willow (prose poems), from Phoenicia Publishing in Montreal, in early June this year; and on August 3, 2014, Utah State University Press released my book Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser, which was selected by Mark Doty for the 2014 May Swenson Prize.
Currently, I am sending out a brand new manuscript and hoping that it finds a home very soon. I’m also excited to begin outlining work for at least a couple of new projects ~ essays on poetry/poetics, perhaps a book on poetry and food.
2. How does your work differ from others of its genre?
Every writer brings a unique voice, sensibility, temperament, and approach to his or her own writing. All this is informed by one’s particular history, milieu, background, and experiences.
In my work I am always interested in trying to write strong and compelling poetry that is lyrical and unafraid of complexity and intellect.
My sensibility, honed and informed by my history as a Filipina writer in the diaspora, as a woman steeped in family and larger histories in the Baguio of my childhood, growing up, and my imagination— all inform my writing in a singular way.
3. Why do you write/create what you do?
To play. To think and reflect. To dream. To argue (with/against/for/to ___). To be badass. To find light. To navigate the dark. To draw. To shade. To sift. To pray. To take apart. To tinker. To make and remake. To cook. To find and lose and find. To try. To be.
4. How does your writing/creating process work?
In other parts of my blog, and in recent interviews and reviews here and there, I’ve had the opportunity to share a bit more in detail on my creative process especially for the last three, going on four, years now of my daily writing practice.
I write and revise on a daily basis. The benefits for me of having cultivated a daily discipline: being better able to tune out external noise and tune in to the space where writing can happen.
On the other side of the solitary and individual space where the writing happens for each of us, there is that space which intersects with community, with others. It’s important that a writer find a way to balance the solitary act of writing and creating, with the ability to connect deeply to the world around her. ________________________________________________________________
And now, here are 4 writers I am tagging, and introducing ~ Ta-dah!
I am very glad to have recently made the acquaintance of the poet Sam Roderick Roxas-Chua, who grew up in Glendale, California. Sam has read for Oregon Poetry Association, Windfall Reading Series, Isangmahal Arts Collective, NW Poets Concord, Talking Earth, PoetsWest, Brigadoon Books, Fault Lines and Word Lab in Manila, Philippines.
He is published by The Jefferson Monthly, The Inflectionist Review, Word Laboratories, Mixer, Concord, and Paw Print. In June 2014 he won the First Place award for The Missouri Review‘s 7th Annual Audio Competition in Poetry. He is a member of Red Sofa Poetry Critique Group and Centrum’s Madrona Writers Group in Port Townsend, WA. Sam lives in Eugene, Oregon and is a student at Pacific University’s MFA in Writing program.
Erica Goss is 2013-2014 Poet Laureate of Los Gatos, CA. Born in Germany and raised in California, Erica Goss has been writing poetry since she was a child. As a writer, she is interested in the juxtaposition between nature and human beings, finding inspiration in that tenuous intersection of the wild and the domesticated. Her poems often deal with how far people can encroach upon nature, where the boundaries are, and how we project our own hopes and fantasies upon the natural world.
Erica is a former editor of Caesura, the journal of literature and art published by the Poetry Center San Jose. She taught high school poetry for five years, has lead art and writing camps for young people, and currently teaches poetry workshops for adults. In 2012, she began writing a column on video poetry for Connotation Press. Her poems, reviews and essays have appeared in many literary journals, most recently Pearl, Ekphrasis, Main Street Rag, Café Review, Perigee, Dash Literary Journal, Eclectica, Up the Staircase, Lake Effect, Stirrings, Passager, Caveat Lector, Rattle, Zoland Poetry, Comstock Review and Innisfree Poetry Journal. She received the Many Mountains Moving Prize for poetry in 2011.
She was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2010 and 2013, and received the first Edwin Markham Prize for poetry, judged by California Poet Laureate Al Young. Wild Place was also a finalist in the 2010 White Eagle Coffee Store Press Chapbook Contest, and received a special mention from Jacar Press’s 2010 Chapbook Contest. Erica hosts Word to Word, a Show About Poetry, on KCAT Cable TV in Los Gatos.
I am very excited to read poet R.A. Villanueva‘s new book Reliquaria, which won the prestigious 2013 Prairie Schooner Book Prize. He is also the winner of the inaugural Ninth Letter Literary Award for poetry.
Reliquaria is available to pre-order now from University of Nebraska Press, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon. Here is the description of the book from Amazon:
“In his prize-winning poetry collection Reliquaria, R. A. Villanueva embraces liminal, in-between spaces in considering an ever-evolving Filipino American identity. Languages and cultures collide; mythologies and faiths echo and resound. Part haunting, part prayer, part prophecy, these poems resonate with the voices of the dead and those who remember them. In this remarkable book, we enter the vessel of memory, the vessel of the body. The dead act as witness, the living as chimera, and we learn that whatever the state of the body, this much rings true: every ode is an elegy; each elegy is always an ode.”
A semi-finalist for the 2013 “Discovery”/Boston Review Prize and a finalist for the 2011 Beatrice Hawley and Kinereth Gensler Awards, additional honors include fellowships from Kundiman and The Asian American Literary Review, and scholarships from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Recent poems have been nominated for The Pushchart Prize and anthologized in A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. He holds graduate degrees from Rutgers University and New York University.
His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Five Points, The Common, AGNI, Gulf Coast, Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, DIAGRAM, Bellevue Literary Review, Smartish Pace, Painted Bride Quarterly, Indiana Review, The Collagist, The Literary Review, Paperbag, Crab Orchard Review, RATTLE, Lantern Review, The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010, This Recording, Letters: A Journal of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Kartika Review, La Fovea, Mead, and The Margins.
He is on the Editorial Board of Tongue: A Journal of Writing and Art; and formerly served as the Poetry Editor of Washington Square and co-curator of Experiments & Disorders, a performance series at Dixon Place devoted to new poetic forms.
Born in New Jersey, he lives in Brooklyn and London.
When I desperately need real, tell-it-to-me-like-it-is writing truths drawn from lived experience, I turn to Marginalia, the correspondence between two writing friends, Karen McElmurray and Nancy Peacock. I was very happy to have met Karen McElmurray in person, finally*, at the AWP this year in Seattle, where I went and listened to her talk at a panel on the “Hidden Populations” in the writing workshop/writing classroom. Her voice, in person, was as I encountered it on the page: memorable and lovely because real and true.
Karen writes both fiction and creative nonfiction. Her memoir, Surrendered Child, won the AWP Award Series for Creative Nonfiction and was listed as a “notable book” by the National Book Critics Circle. She is also the author of Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven (University of Georgia Press), a novel that won the Lillie Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing and, most recently, The Motel of the Stars, part of the 2009 Linda Bruckheimer Series from Sarabande Books. Karen has an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Virginia, an MA in Creative Writing from Hollins University, and a PhD from the University of Georgia, where she studied American Literature and Fiction Writing. Her work has received numerous awards, including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She is frequently visiting writer and lecturer at a variety of programs and reading series.
*P.S.: My bad, bad memory!!! the 2014 AWP in Seattle was where I met Karen again, a very very very long time after I first met her (very briefly). This was at a local writing conference at Christopher Newport University, shortly before or after her first book was published!
P.P.S.: Here is Karen’s Virtual Blog Tour post!
Please check out these writers’ works!!!
22 Tuesday Jul 2014
No tags :(
Save the date!~ Sunday August 3rd at 4: 30 p.m.
Prince Books is pleased to host a poetry reading and book signing with
Luisa A. Igloria
for her latest poetry collection,
(Copies of the book will be available during the book launch and reading event.)
Like much of Luisa’s work, Night Willow employs memory and associations as well as the ingredients of the everyday, but goes beyond the narrative and the purely lyrical to create a dream-like atmosphere that contains beauty, bewilderment, anguish, and hope.
“In prismatic prose poems of daughters and fathers, of aging and longing, of loves and laments, Luisa A. Igloria fashions for us an ancient tongue for the 21st century, one that gets to the heart of why poetry is written: the pure lyric impulse of trying to live. In a time when words too often play flippant ironic games, Igloria instead takes us beneath language’s skin, to show us “how the planets align, how trees cast their shadows along the broken boundary; how the wolves howl as they press closer to their prey.”
~ Sean Thomas Dougherty, author of ?Scything Grace; Nightshift Belonging to Lorca (Paterson Poetry Prize finalist); Except by Falling (2000 Pinyon Press Poetry Prize); and ?Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line
“In old stories, the elders speak of warriors with heart: ‘nakem;’ of growing wiser as ‘growing in heart.’ In this fierce, sensual collection, Luisa A. Igloria tracks her own growing of heart, and in the process tears open the reader’s heart as well. Her poems knife through the surfaces of ordinary life to reveal layers of poignancy, depth, and vulnerability. …With razor-sharp language and an unflinching eye, she reveals a world of secret names given in childhood to confuse the gods, …the ways past and present shadow each other, the urgent desire “to touch, be touched, be filled with fleeting grace.” ~ Reine Arcache Melvin, author of A Normal Life and Other Stories
Readers may be familiar with Igloria’s poem-a-day project, published on Dave Bonta’s blog, Via Negativa; what they may not realize is that she was the first Filipina woman of letters installed in the Palanca Literary Hall of Fame in the Philippines, and is an eleven-time winner of that country’s highest literary award, the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (in poetry, non-fiction, and short fiction) as well as having a very long list of American poetry awards to her credit.
Luisa A. Igloria is a poet, professor of English and Creative Writing, and Director of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University. Her books include Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser (selected by Mark Doty for the 2014 May Swenson Book Prize, Utah State University Press); Night Willow: Prose Poems, The Saints of Streets; Juan Luna’s Revolver (2009 Ernest Sandeen Prize, University of Notre Dame Press);Trill & Mordent; and 8 other books.
Luisa has degrees from the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was a Fulbright Fellow from 1992-1995. She has lived and worked in Hampton Roads for the last fifteen years; she enjoys cooking with her family, book-binding, and listening to tango music.
For questions regarding the Prince Books event, please contact their staff at 757-622-9223 or send an email to: email@example.com
26 Monday May 2014
No tags :(
Dear friends and lovers of poetry, Today I am filled with gratitude for the amazing Beth Adams and Phoenicia Publishing, for the beautiful work on my new book, NIGHT WILLOW (Prose Poems).
Phoenicia has just announced that NIGHT WILLOW is now available at a special pre-publication price of $12.50 (direct orders only) before the official book release date of June 17 ~
I wanted to share this opportunity so you can take advantage of this special pre-publication offer from Phoenicia— and also to ask that in the next few weeks, you check this blog for information on the Norfolk Va. Book Launch and Reading Event for NIGHT WILLOW. Very soon, I promise!!!
Below, I share 3 poems from the book.
Thank you so much for your readership and support, which I value beyond measure!!!
Mil gracias / Maraming Salamat ~
_________________________________________________________ Excerpts from NIGHT WILLOW (Prose Poems) by Luisa A. Igloria
Who’s to say what you can believe or not? For every animal of affection that walks into your ark, its snarling twin pulls at the chains, trembles the floorboards. You feed them both, you give the same milk and the same bone wrapped in meat, hunks of bread to sop up the oil and broth. In the dark, it’s hard to tell one from the other. Their eyes have the same marble sheen, obsidian or clear grey flecked with green. One will tolerate the length of the journey. The other will pace and pace, howl at the moon, the rain, the sun, its shadow. You know it could tear you to pieces if you gave it more than a chance. But you sing to both, you run your hands through their sorrowful pelt: this one thing they let you do without complaint, knowing you too must live in your skin.
“Poem for Passing Encounters at the Grocery Checkout Aisle”
(after D. Bonta’s “Poem for Display at a Police Checkpoint”)
The cashier sporting a nose ring and Kiss Everlasting French Fake Nails cracks her gum every few seconds; her high ponytail bobs as she flips through a three-ring binder and its plastic-covered product list pages. Finally she asks, What’s that? pointing to the 4 small purple potatoes I’ve placed on the counter. After I tell her and she rings me up, the young man—a high school or college student working through the summer— bags my purchases. Paper or plastic? he asks, and I say Paper to Jihad, for that is what his name tag says. And I know his name might mean either a holy war or the struggle of believers in Islam to fulfill their religious duties or to make believers out of their enemies. But I do not think there are any mujahideen here, no children running through the frozen food section with homemade bombs strapped under their vests. A couple of men are buying lottery tickets in the corner, and it’s true, no one ever seems to buy any of the exotic imported fruit marked at ridiculous prices. The deeply sun-tanned man in the aisle next to us hefts two six-packs of Dos Equis into his cart, and whistles as he moves to the exit. When he passes I read Alma y Luz tattooed with roses on his right bicep. Behind me, a couple of local firefighters are waiting their turn with a cart full of pork spareribs, lean ground beef, and barbeque sauce. One of them picks out a foil-covered piece of candy from the rack near the chips and magazines. What? he says to his companion; I love Cadbury Creme Eggs. And his friend says Whatever, man and laughs.
Love is the opening of the heart, the welcoming of your beloved. Birdling, tiny thing that bumps head-on, unwittingly, into the glass— you are not yet the announcing angel. Like you I’ve been distracted by the flicker on surfaces, yellow-green, light-dusted, feathery as eyelashes. What do you see as you stop to take a breath, as you teeter, then center, weight full on the ledge? Indentations in the stucco: imperfect, unlevel— clumsy as a new lover’s caress, yet punctuated with ardor. I lie beneath the sill, hair in disarray, attempting repose. It is either the moment before or the moment after. When you find your bearings and flit away, your shadow mimics the pulse fluttering at my throat: momentary touch, what visited there last.