A Year in Poetry (and some other updates)

I have to admit, poetry has been good to me in 2010.  I can’t speak to all the other things in my life, many of which have been disappointing, but poetry, yes, poetry has been a friend to me.

A few weeks ago I read Just Kids by Patti Smith.  I thought it was delightful.  It spoke to that (admittedly big) piece of adolescence that I still have in me, a sense of friendship, and most importantly, art.  I’m paraphrasing here but in the book Patti says that her mom always told her that wherever you end up on New Year’s (Eve vs. Day not clear, but in the same spirit I suppose) is basically what the year ahead of you looks like.  That’s why this year, for the first time (embarrassing, I know) I am going to go to the Poetry Project on New Year’s Day for their 37th Annual New Years Day Marathon Reading.  I never make it there for various reasons/excuses, but this year I feel it’s really important that I go.  I will most likely go by myself but I don’t really mind.  Sometimes you just have to make the space for things like this.  Actually I will most likely go to yoga first (the thing I am actually most thankful to have found this year), then to the Poetry Project.  New Year’s Eve I will spend among friends.

I hope that 2011 will continue to be full of friends and poetry.

The last POP of 2010 was recently published featuring an interview with Andrew Whiteman (of Broken Social Scene and Apostle of Hustle) by poet/friend Chris Tonelli.

Poets off Poetry also had a really good year thanks to all the interesting contributors and you, the readers.  This series means a lot to me and I’m happy to have as awesome a place as Coldfront to publish it!

Two poems of mine recently appeared in the new online journal Country Music, edited by Scott Abels.  Thanks Scott!

Oh, and also, Ben Mirov and  Amy Lawless did a mirco-write up of Office Work for this neat series they do call “Ben and Amy Read Chapbooks” on the Best American Poetry Blog.  This is so awesome and flattering.  It’s enough to make me emoticon 🙂

What else?

OH!  Here’s a sneak peek at the cover and contributors of LIT 19!

Launch party planning is in the works!  Friday, February 18 at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe!  Same as last year!  Featured readers TBA.  Stay tuned for details but be sure to save the date!

Also, LIT and POP will be at AWP in February.  Be sure to stop by and pick up a copy of LIT 19 and also a POP chapbook of poems published over the year!

Happy New Year’s friends.  Chin up, chin up.

LIT Launch Party this Wednesday!

LIT 18 in the flesh!  Woo-hoo!

And remember, if you are around this Wednesday please join us for the launch party, where you will be able to purchase this pretty little journal for only $5!

Wednesday, July 28
6.30-8.30pm

powerHouse Arena
37 Main street
Brooklyn, NY
6.30-8.30pm
http://www.powerhousearena.com/newsletters/100728/

The launch will feature readings by:

Eduardo Jiménez Mayo reading on behalf of Rafael Pérez Gay
Traci O Connor
Nate Pritts
Mike Young

Rafael Pérez Gay, born in 1957 in Mexico City, is an author, editor, publisher, critic and journalist. His works include the novels Me perderé contigo (You’ll Be the End of Me) published in 1988, Esta vez para siempre (This Time It’s Forever) published in 1990, a collection of short stories Llamadas nocturnas (Late-Night Calls) published in 1993, and an anthology of selected texts by Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera, the founder of Mexican modernism, in 1996. In 1997 and 2001, respectively. Selections of Rafael Pérez Gay’s extensive journalistic production were presented in book form under the titles, Cargos de conciencia (A Guilty Conscience) and Diatriba de la vida cotidiana (Diatribe on Everyday Life). Paraísos duros de roer (Heaven is Hard to Swallow) appeared in 2006, along with another tome of fiction entitled, Sonido local (The Local Sound). In 2009, Planeta Publishing Corporation released his latest novel, Nos acompañan los muertos (The Dead Keep Us Company). He lives with his wife – writer Delia Juárez – in Mexico City.

Eduardo Jiménez Mayo, born in 1976 in Boston, is a translator, a professor, and a student of world literature and law. He studied Hispanic literature at Harvard University and at the Universidad San Pablo-CEU in Madrid, Spain. He has taught world literature at The University of Texas at San Antonio. In 2005, his scholarly study of the philosophical writings of the Spanish poet Antonio Machado was published in Madrid. And his translation of the award-winning fiction of Mexican author, Bruno Estañol, in Mexico: A Traveler’s Literary Companion was published in 2006 by Whereabouts Press. Presently, he is pursuing a law degree at Cornell Law School.

Traci O Connor’s book of fiction, Recipes For Endangered Species, was released in 2009 by Tarpaulin Sky Press. She has published in many journals, most recently Mid-American Review, Sidebrow, and Gargoyle. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with her spouse – the writer, Jackson Connor – their four children, one labradoodle, and a “cat.”

Nate Pritts is the author of three books of poems, most recently The Wonderfull Yeare (Cooper Dillon, 2010). The founder & principal editor of H_NGM_N, Nate works online with gifted students through Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth

Mike Young is the author of the poetry collection We Are All Good If They Try Hard Enough (PGP 2010) and the story collection Look! Look! Feathers (Word Riot Press 2010). He co-edits NOO Journal and Magic Helicopter Press. Visit him in Northampton, MA and online at mikeayoung.blogspot.com.