by Win Bassett
In an effort to be a charitable citizen of the independent publishing community, we’d like to give a little love to our contributors, friends, and fellow members each week!
* Jeremy Glazer reviews The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine, edited by Don Share and Christian Wiman, for the Los Angeles Review of Books.
* Nick Ripatrazone reviews Allison Seay’s debut collection To See the Queen in The Iowa Review.
* Wendy Xu interviewed by Cary Stough at The Missouri Review.
* Carolina Ebeid’s micro-essay went up last week at NPM DAILY.
* William Wright has published a wonderful story on his exterminator who knows Keats my heart:
Bobby went on surveying the shelves, mentioning his love of Theodore Roethke (“the early work—stuff like ‘Cuttings’”), William James, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Shakespeare, and Hopkins. “I love that Hopkins fella. He sure as hell was ahead of his time, was he not? Died at 44, the poor bastard. Them sonnets are some of the best shit I read.” Then he recited half of “The Windhover,” began stumbling over the words, became immediately flustered, and shouted, “Fuck it! You know what I mean!”
* Stefania Heim has joined Timothy Donnelly and BK Fischer as a poetry editor at the Boston Review.
* Carmen Machado is killing it. Her recent things that’ve come out are this, from The New Yorker, and this, at Lightspeed. In May, she heads to the Millay Colony. In June, she’ll be at Sycamore Hill. In July, she’s teaching at the IYWS and the ISWF.
* Rachel Mennies’s “Grandfather Onion” from The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards ran at Poetry Daily.
* Amanda Miska has a new story in the spring issue of Five [Quarterly].
* BCP’s Rebecca Hazelton has been loving Elisa Gabbert’s The Self Unstable: “What a book! Reading these prose poems feels like you’re playing an intellectual game of Two Truths and a Lie, only the categories keep changing on you. There’s humor and then there’s wicked humor, and Gabbert specializes in the latter.”
* Nick McRae’s “Apple” featured on Sunday at Verse Daily! The poem is from Nick’s latest collection, Mountain Redemption (Black Lawrence Press).
* John Ebersole has 3 new poems at Canadian-based Zouch Magazine.
* Aaron Belz is reading on Friday at Hullabaloo Books in Brooklyn to celebrate the release of his latest collection, Glitter Bomb (Persea).
* Loved the Asymptote interview with Katerina Stoykova-Klemer:
The process for translating was practically the same for each of the poets. By the time I finished reading the original poem, often I could already imagine the translation, and I would immediately write down the first draft.
* Leslie Jamison, Amy Woolard, and Julia Cooke reading in one room on April 30, thanks to VQR and A Public Space.
A night of music and poetry spanning from the 14th Century to the modern era, including readings from Hafez, Rumi, and Farrokhzad. Poems will be read in both Persian and English.
Win Bassett‘s essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The Paris Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Guernica. His stories and poems have been published or are forthcoming in PANK, Image, Ruminate, and Trop. He’s a former assistant district attorney and serves on the PEN Prison Writing Program Fiction Committee. Follow him on Twitter: @winbassett