Posts Tagged ‘literary’

Graywolf Press Poet Reading at Inauguration

The poet who will be reading at Obama’s inauguration, Elizabeth Alexander, is published by local Graywolf Press:

Elizabeth Alexander, who teaches at Yale, was plucked last week from the relatively obscure recesses of contemporary poetry for a moment on the world stage. President-elect Barack Obama has commissioned her to compose and read a poem for his inauguration, making her only the fourth poet in American history to read at one and elevating the art to unaccustomed prominence in the national psyche, at least for a day.

Mr. Obama’s inauguration, on Jan. 20, calls for an “occasional poem,” written to commemorate a specific event. This is not precisely what Ms. Alexander does, but she is preparing for the challenge.

“Writing an occasional poem has to attend to the moment itself,” she said in an interview, “but what you hope for, as an artist, is to create something that has integrity and life that goes beyond the moment.”

Fiction on a Stick Launch Party & Book Signing

Fiction on a Stick, Milkweed Editions

Fiction on a Stick, Milkweed Editions

Fiction on a Stick, edited by Daniel Slager, is the newest Milkweed anthology. It features the work of 24 local writers: Ann Bauer, Jacey Choy, Pallavi Sharma Dixit, Anastasia Faunce, Shannon Gibney, Linda LeGarde Grover, Miriam Karmel, Chrissy Kolaya, Steven Lang, May Lee-Yang, Éireann Lorsung, John Reimringer, Marcie Rendon, Ethan Rutherford, Dominic Saucedo, Kaethe Schwehn, Sun-Yung Shin, Sarah Stonich, Josiah Titus, Diego Vázquez, Robert Voedisch, Michael Walsh, Diane Wilson, and Kirk Wisland.

The launch party is tonight at 7 p.m. at Open Book, and there will also be a book signing at the Barnes & Noble in downtown Minneapolis tomorrow from noon to 1 p.m.

Disclosure: I was taught poetry by contributor Sun-Yung Shin, and dated the brother of another contributor, Éireann Lorsung, in high school. It’s a small world in Minnesota, especially in art!

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