Friday, April 30, 2010


AWP has begun accepting panel proposals for our 2011 Conference in
Washington, DC. The conference will be held from February 2-5, 2011 at the
Marriott Wardman Park and Omni Shoreham Hotels. AWP seeks a wide range of
unique, diverse, informative, and intelligent programming that helps us
better serve our large and growing constituency. The proposal process is
competitive, so it¹s important that all individuals submitting a proposal
are familiar with AWP¹s guidelines and expectations in order to insure
conference events are successfully executed. The deadline for proposals is
May 15, 2010. To submit a proposal please visit:

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I'm waiting for the national media to "discover" Kendrick B. Meek who is the Democrat running for the Senate (Florida).

The first women allowed to serve aboard submarines will be reporting for duty by 2012. The U.S. military has ordered an end to the sex-barrier.
I'm trying to complete the work of moving all my personal files over to the Gelman Library (George Washington University) by June 1st. Today I came across several folders of June Jordan material. Whew. I thought I had given everything to the Givens Collection at the University of Minnesota.

I thought I had completed the reading of Poet Lore submission but 4 new packets arrived in the mail yesterday. I'm certain the article about the journal in a recent Poets & Writers magazine has resulted in an increase in submissions.
April 30, 2010

Tricycle Daily Dharma
The State of Not-Knowing

The state of not-knowing is a riveting place to be. And we don’t have to climb rocks to experience it. We encounter not-knowing when, for instance, we meet someone new, or when life offers up a surprise. These experiences remind us that change and unpredictability are the pulse of our very existence. No one really knows what will happen from one moment to the next: who will we be, what will we face, and how will we respond to what we encounter? We don’t know, but there’s a good chance we will encounter some rough, unwanted experiences, some surprises beyond our imaginings, and some expected things, too. And we can decide to stay present for all of it.

Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel, "Open Stillness" (Spring 2010)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

SNCC: We remember...the struggle continues.
For information about Segyu Rinpoche and his efforts to translate the core of ancient Buddhist traditions for modern westerners please go to:

The show opens Sunday in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art and continues through Sept. 6th. The Gallery is located at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM. and Sunday from 11 AM to 6 PM.
Baseball is a game of numbers in which every player falls short of perfection. Similarly, in life, while we have all had a few hits or scored a few runs, we strike out a lot. Whether we're superstars or benchwarmers, God's our biggest fan.

    - Rick Warren

We are excited to announce that E. Ethelbert Miller will be at AED to discuss A Lesson Before Dying next week. AED staff responded with such enthusiasm to Ethelbert and the book! We look forward to an engaging discussion on the book, race in contemporary society and other relevant themes.
Date: Tuesday, May 4
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Place: Balcony Room D
1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW.
Kindly RSVP to Rebecca Logan at by Friday, April 30.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ichiro Watch:

3 hits tonight. Average is .330
He has had a major league-leading 11th multi-hit game.
2,060 hits since 2001.
This weekend!

CSPAN2's Book TV to Air Panels from the Tenth National Black Writers’ Conference

Saturday May 1, 2010 & Sunday May 2, 2010

12 pm (ET)SAT /  12 am (ET) SUN
Approx. 1 hr. 27 min.
2010 National Black Writers' Conference: Panel on Politics & Satire
“Politics and Satire in the Literature of Black Writers”
Herb Boyd, Thomas Bradshaw, Charles Ellison, Major Owens

Photo Credit: Kerika Fields

1:30 pm (ET) SAT1:30 (ET) SUN Approx. 1 hr. 33 min.
2010 National Black Writers' Conference: Panel on Literary Activism
“The Black Writer as Literary Activist” I wonder where they got the term literary activist from?  Hmmm. Ethelbert?Patrick Oliver, Kalamu Ya Salaam, Dorothea Smartt, Frank Wilderson

Check your local cable operator for listings.
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North Country Institute & Retreat for Writers of Color 

Tuesday, July 6 - Saturday,  July 10, 2010
Tuition Assistance Available!

Workshops in:
Fiction & Memoir

This Retreat will be held at the Valcour Educational Conference Center in Plattsburg, NY.

Limited Space Available.
Contact the Center for Black Literature
718.804.8883 to learn more. 
[non- refundable registration fee applicable.] 

To find out who's teaching, tuition and to download the application visit :

(Need based scholarships available on a first come first serve basis. You must apply to qualify.) 
Sponsored by Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, The City University of New York and SUNY Plattsburg.
To see more events, visit

The Center for Black Literature
Medgar Evers College, CUNY
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11225
Phone: 718.804.8883
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"Writers on Writing" with Dr. Brenda M. Greene
SUNDAY's, 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
WNYE 91.5 FM
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After the success of our 1 year anniversary we wanted to hit the ground running for our second year. To show appreciation for our environment we invited the upper echelon of the DMV music scene to party with us. As always DJ Underdog will be taking us through time and space, but in addition The Cornel West Theory will be rockin Fela covers down stairs and Slimkat78 will be joing Underdog on the 1’s and 2′. The thought of it makes my heart twitter honestly. If you managed to miss the 1 year anniversary you can scroll down and check out some photos.
When: April 29th, 2010
Where: Bossa Lounge
Why: Because you need to get down and dirty… I know you do.
Damage: $5.00

Drinks for Dreams
On May seventh a team of DC's cleanest party promoters are coming together to Drink for Dreams at District Lounge. While DJ Jahsonic covers the 1's and 2's, we will be raising funds for the implementation of the second DC area Dream Leaders conference scheduled to take place in June.
The Cornel West Theory
I find it easy to love the Cornel West Theory simply because they are so well named, but they are also an extremely talented and well spoken group of poets and musicians. In many ways I think they embody exactly what a Hip Hop band from from DC should be about.
DTMD make it clear that hip hop is safe. After releasing the debut EP in January the duo have been steady proving hip hop pessimists wrong. Their first video off the EP falls in line with the rest of their success.
Africa Africa Africa
We’re back with the newest, freshed edition of DJ’s Underdog’s Africa Africa Africa. And yes it’s FREE! This selection of Afrobeat tunes, is infused with additional sounds that inspire and energize.Turn your volume up and rock out this mixtape where ever your day may take you.
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LunchBox Theory is comprised of your favorite baby buddhas, Allison and Christine. We have made it our mission to rid our environment of all wackness by bringing you parties from the heart and music for your soul. Never with out purpose, LunchBox is focused on keeping our community (that’s you) peaceful and healthy.
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Poetry Events May 2010

May 8 (12:30-1:15pm) Greta Ehrig and Anne Becker will read their poetry as part of the Green Man Festival in Greenbelt, MD. This year’s theme is “Honoring Our Earth Through Conscious Choice.” Activities on May 8 & 9 will reconnect us to the folklore of ancient civilizations through science, art, music and myth, and will feature performances and exhibitions by many local artists, musicians, dancers, and puppeteers. See website: for schedule and directions.

May 9 (6pm) Iota Poetry Series, hosted by Miles David Moore, Clifford Bernier and W. Perry Epes are featured readers. Articles Press Hour and Art Hang hosted by Ethan L. Edwards follows. Iota Club and Café, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA. For more information, contact or call (703) 256-9275.

May 17 (7:30-9:30pm) Writing a Village, free monthly poetry workshop led by Anne Becker, poet laureate of Takoma Park, MD. All levels of experience are welcome. Bring a poem and ten copies to share with the group. Rose Room, Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave. For more information email

May 20 (7:30pm) Third Thursday Poetry Series. Don Berger, Martin Fitzpatrick and Anne Becker will read in the new auditorium of the Takoma Park Community Center.

May 21 (7:30pm) Reading by the poets from the recent collaborative exhibition, This Is Our Body.” Anne Dykers, Regina Coll, Greta Ehrig, Nicole Salimbene, James Landry, Tiziana Lohnes and Anne Becker will put their poems from the show in the context of their bodies of work. In the auditorium of the Takoma Park Community Center.

May 26 (12:30-1:30pm) Lunch and Learn, a mini poetry workshop by Anne Becker, poet-in-residence at Iona Senior Services. 4125 Albemarle Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016. For more information contact:

Recommended Workshops at the Writer’s Center, Bethesda, MD
April 27 -6/1 (10:30am-1pm) Nan Fry leads a six-week workshop, “Sources and Origins of Poetry.” In this workshop, we’ll explore early forms such as proverbs, chants, charms, curses, and riddles. Through discussion, in-class exercises, and brief reading and writing assignments, our goal will be to generate poetry that has energy, mystery, and authority.

May 4-May 20 (10:30am-1pm) Judith McCombs leads a three-week workshop (meeting Tues. & Thurs.) “Slanting, Scattering, Squeezing Rhymes.” Many writers are turning to the older, more musical poetic forms. This workshop will practice using the abundant options of slant- or off-rhyme, and the simple forms and eccentric scatterings of internal and end rhymes. All levels.

Call (301) 654-8664 or go to for more information and registration.
Author, James McBride, Speaks at Prince George’s Community College
Largo, Md. ­–– As part of the college’s Book Bridge Project, Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) will host Author’s Day with renowned author, James McBride on Monday, May 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Rennie Forum on the campus of PGCC. 

The Book Bridge Project is a collaborative effort between the college and community to select a book for everyone to read together. The Project culminates with a visit and discussion with the author.

"This year the college overwhelmingly voted for James McBride's novel Song Yet Sung, which was also the novel of choice for One Maryland, One Book,” says Dr. Michele L. Simms-Burton, associate professor of English and director of The Book Bridge Project. “During the Fall of 2001 through Spring of 2002, we read Mr. McBride's memoir The Color of Water. We are delighted to have Mr. McBride come to our college for the second time."

Song Yet Sung is part historical, part gothic, and essentially revolutionary. The novel examines slavery in the 19th century, on the eastern shore of Maryland.

The first nine students to arrive will receive a copy of the novel. Mr. McBride will participate in a book signing following the program.
For more information about the program, call 301-322-0575.

Politics & Prose Bookstore


Sandra Beasley

for her new collection of poems

I Was the Jukebox

Sunday, May 2, 1 p.m.

5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW • Washington, DC • (202) 364-1919

Medgar Evers College
Film & Culture Series


'The Impact Of Art And Culture'
An Evening With Revolutionary Avant Garde Artist:
Featuring the film:
'Panther Suite'
'The Black Panther Suite', is a multi disciplinary visual montage piece featuring a score by Asian American Jazz composer Fred Ho. The Black Panther Party came to symbolize the apotheosis of the late 1960s in the American society for the fight of equal rights. The Panther Suite is Ho's meditation on the lagacy of Malcolm X and the influence of the Chinese revolution & Mao Zedung upon the Black Panther philisophy of social justice & equality.

Founders Auditorium
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Doors Open At 6:15 P.M.
Open Mic At
6:30 P.M.
Film & Culture Series Begins At
7:00 P.M.
Take the #2, 3, 4 or 5 train to the Franklin Ave. stop.
The auditorium is between Crown & Montgomery Sts.

 Admission is free RSVP at to guarantee a seat.

This program is co-sponsored by 
The Asian American / Asian Research Institute (AAARI) 
Medgar Evers College The Male Development and Empowerment Center.

The Center for Black Literature
Medgar Evers College, CUNY
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11225
Phone: 718.804.8883
TUNE IN every week to
"Writers on Writing" with Dr. Brenda M. Greene
SUNDAY's, 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
WNYE 91.5 FM

Just a reminder: the annual Po-Rap-Try Concert will be held this Saturday, May 1, 2010, 2 to 4: 00 pm at the Glendale Branch Library, 6101 N. Keystone Ave. Awarding 16th Annual Etheridge Knight Youth Poetry Contest Winners and youth 21 years and under performing in poetry, positive rap, dance and music. Special guest artist: Poet and Performing Artist Mijiza yaa Soyini.

This event is free and open to the public

317.524.6988 fax

Etheridge Knight, Inc.
PO Box 18043, Indianapolis, IN 46218
Photographs of El Salvador
May 14, 2010
La Cabaña Restaurant
3614 14th Street NW
Washington DC

Voices on the Border invites you to an exhibition of photographs from our partner communities in the Lower Lempa of Usulután.

Join our staff, executive director, board members, and a surprise guest speaker for discussion and refreshments.

Proceeds from sales of the photographs will go to support our Emergency Medicine and Disaster Preparedness Project, which are we launching in partnership with the George Washington University Ronald Reagan Institute for Emergency Medicine.

Pupusas served, full bar available

For more information please call (202) 529-2912
or email voices@votb.orG

If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, please visit our website

Membership Director

Council of Literary Magazines and Presses
Fulltime Position (4 days/wk.) to Start May 24th

The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, a nonprofit technical service provider for independent literary publishers, seeks an outgoing, lit-savvy, multi-tasker with event planning, project management and editing/publishing experience eager to serve as the organizational liaison to literary-magazine and small-press publishers.

Responsibilities: Oversee, advise and maintain CLMP's membership of 500+ independent literary publishers; solicit prospective members and coordinate renewal campaigns; manage the in-house literary publishers database; organize CLMP's literary publishers conference at AWP and a literary writers conference at The New School; help coordinate annual CLMP spelling bee benefit; negotiate group-rate member discounts; edit CLMP's monograph series and annual CLMP Literary Press and Magazine Directory; work closely with the Board of Trustees and help cultivate donors; represent CLMP at local and national book fairs; handle in-house design and layout; help manage webmaster and interns; some travel required, with occasional weekend and evening obligations.

Qualifications: Proficiency with Excel, Adobe Creative Suite and database programs. Ability to effectively communicate in person and by phone with a varied constituency of members and donors. Knowledge of the literary publishing landscape and the issues facing it. Must have strong organizational skills, be detail-oriented and self-motivated. Must be able to function as part of a close-knit, collaborative staff and oversee multiple projects while meeting deadlines. The ideal candidate should have an aptitude and enthusiasm for learning new technologies, keeping up with current publishing trends and, above all, a love of literature.

Position works four days per week at $34,000 with full benefits, including paid vacation, health and life insurance, and 403(b) retirement plan. CLMP is an equal opportunity employer.


Hello There,

I hope you are well. I am sending this to you in particular, because you are likely to know either teens girls, or their parents here in Philly.

You may or may not know that I am teaching a class through Mt. Airy Learning Tree in Philadelphia.

This is a series of dynamic workshops designed to empower teen girls, called Go Girl, Go! We begin on Tuesday May 11th, but at the moment I don't have enough girls enrolled to make the class a go, so I need help spreading the word.

Please send this to your networks that have reach in the Philadelphia area, so we can get the word out so this awesome class can happen.

For more information, go to:

Thanks for helping me spread the word!
Be Well and Make Today GREAT!

~Charli (I guess that's "Charlene" for some of you! ;-)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


RUTH ELLEN KOCHER:  A link to her words...

a b o u t a w o r d


Malcolm X assassin Hagan is freed on parole in NYC :

THE LITTLE e-NOTE: The 1 Question Interview

Katharine Coles, Director of the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute and Utah's Poet Laureate.



Haven’t you changed your practice already?  I have, some, and I’m a hidebound, academic creature.  Poetry is a dialectic art, always in conversation with itself and with the larger world of human and inhuman endeavor.  It is also a protean thing.  In response to its dialogue with poetry and the world, poetry changes itself. 

New media have expanded poets’ access to materials beyond our wildest imaginings.  Suddenly, we can get to books and sites of and about poetry, science, philosophy, art, the history of the steam engine, whatever; we can hear of Ornette Coleman for the first time and download a track and be listening within a minute, all right from our comfy chairs.  What did we do before Google?  I hardly remember. 

At the same time we’re expanding the sources we take materials and ideas from, we are expanding our sense of audience, of who or what we might be talking to. When I was younger, poetry lived in the far back corner of the basement of the bookstore or library.  It wasn’t going to fall into your lap; you had to look for it.   Now, some kid can be out surfing the web and come across a poem completely by accident.  True, she might not like it.  She might ignore it and move on.  But she just might spend a few minutes with a poem; she might even click on the “If you liked this poem” button and find another poem, and another.  This is happening now on poetry web sites, yes, but also on places like YouTube, on social networking sites, on personal web sites, and on blogs.  This blog, say.  No wonder poets are already thinking beyond the lone reader bent to a slender, lovely book under the lamp, beyond bookstore readings (though I hope neither of these is going away), and toward poems downloadable at 99 cents a pop.  Will this change our idea of who our readers might be?  Our focus on the book as an essential poetic unit?  Sure, to some extent, it must.  And since distribution of poetry is suddenly so easy, poets are also having to think about practical issues like how (or whether) to control their work and its distribution. 

So poets are adapting as poets have always done, responding to our environment, much of which is suddenly made of new media.  If we decide not to hunker down on the farm, which is a perfectly viable option, we develop new tools and new ways of thinking that we apply when we make our poems.  This changes us, as it always has, as poets and poetry changed in response to the printing press and the Industrial Revolution and the horrors of the 20th Century’s mechanized death.  Now, we may move more quickly, try to get more of this world into the poem, adapting forms and language to do so.  We may shorten our attention, may refuse to connect the dots.  Do we risk shallowness?  When has that not been a risk in poetry?

The poem is changing too, then, with and through the poet, both its content and, inevitably, its forms.  This is what poetry has always done, and in any given poetic moment specific adaptations make some poetries look very new, maybe not very much like poems as we are used to thinking of them.  We’ve got hypertext—it’s old hat by this time, isn’t it?—and poets writing computer programs that make poems for them, and people using new media to do exotic things with collage and performance and erasure.  In other words, poetry in a new media world will do exactly what poetry has always done, which is experiment and play and respond to changing realities.

These changes feel big, vertiginous even, and scary.  But again, we tend to think the world we’re used to is the world as it’s always been.  Like poems themselves, poetry making, distribution, and consumption have always responded to the aesthetics, markets, and technologies of their times.  When my father was a child, poems ran regularly in local newspapers; now, I get my daily poems on line.  Small poetry presses, which surged in importance in the sixties and seventies and waned in the eighties and nineties are resurging again now, just as new media are exploding.  What this means, I don’t know.  Only that what we’re looking at is the brand new same old, only bigger and dizzyingly faster.

April 25, 2010

Concert Calendar
For Immediate Release

Brahms Birthday Concert

A Brahms Birthday Concert featuring Elizabeth Kluegel, soprano, the Teiber Trio (Regino Madrid, violin, Derek Smith, viola, Charlie Powers, cello), and Carl Banner, piano. Johannes Brahms' Piano Quartet #3 in C minor, Op. 60; Robert Schumann's Liederkreis Op. 39; J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations (arranged for string trio).

Tuesday May 4, 2010 at 7:30 pm. The Dennis & Phillip Ratner Museum, 10001 Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda MD.

$20 admission, $15 students, seniors; children 12 and under free with parents. Tickets may be purchased through our website.

This concert is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

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The deadlines for 35 writing contests fall in May, including (on May 1) Fugue's two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Fugue for a poem and a short story.

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In celebration of National Poetry Month, every day Poets & Writers Magazine is posting a new poem from the spoken-word album Poetic License, a three-CD set that features one hundred performers of stage and screen reading one hundred poems selected by the actors themselves. In today's selection, Harriet Walter reads "The Walk" by Thomas Hardy.

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