Friday, August 31, 2012


I received this link from the poet Lenard Moore a few days ago:
Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Friday, August 31, 2012 -- 10:06 AM EDT

Bernanke Makes Forceful Case for More Fed Action to Spur Growth

The Federal Reserve chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, delivered on Friday a detailed 
and forceful argument for the benefits of new steps to stimulate the economy, 
reinforcing earlier indications that the Fed is on the verge of action.

Mr. Bernanke said that the Fed’s policies over the last several years have 
provided significant benefits, that a clear need remained for the Fed to do more 
and that, in his judgment, the likely benefits of such actions outweighed the 
potential costs.


Keep an eye on how the Republicans (and the media) will keep using the word "failed" when talking about President Obama and his administration. Has Obama failed America? Of course not. Do people have a problem with some of his policies?  Yes, they do. Our debates and discussions should focus on the role of government in our lives. How do we make wealth and distribute it fairly?  How do we provide everyone with equal opportunities? How do we care for the sick and elderly?  How do we build a multicultural society that is progressive and tolerant of minority rights? Decisions must be made. Depending on your worldview you might be upset with certain policies that have been promoted by the Obama Administration. A good example of this might be Gay marriage . One can disagree with Obama's position based on one's personal values but it's ridiculous to state that Obama has "failed" us. This is life and not a classroom. There are no "failing" grades. We need to "graduate" into reality. We need to find common ground between people and accept that our nation is still an experiment in living. It's a struggle to create a more perfect union. Perhaps we are a people in need of a second Bill of Rights. Failure is the absence of dreams.
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Hello friends! MCBA and Open Book will be closed Monday, September 3 in celebration of Labor Day -- but before the long weekend arrives, make sure these upcoming events are on your calendar!

Wednesday, September 5; 5pm
Jerome Mentorship deadline
Applications for the MCBA / Jerome Foundation Book Arts Mentorship Program Series IV are due very soon! Visit the Mentorships page to download the application form, and view submission guidelines, eligibility info and other important details.

Thursday, September 13; 6-8pm
Opening reception: Five Years: The Minnesota Book Artist Award
at Cargill Hall, Minneapolis Central Library
This exhibition celebrates the fifth anniversary of the award and highlights the extraordinary and diverse work of its past winners: Jody Williams (2008), Paulette Myers-Rich (2009), Wilber H. "Chip" Schilling (2010), Regula Russelle (2011), and Cave Paper's Bridget O’Malley and Amanda Degener (2012). Read more...

Tuesday, September 18; 7pm
Book Arts Roundtable with Paper Darts Magazine
Since its founding in 2009, Paper Darts has taken the Twin Cities literary world by storm, growing from a handmade zine to include a book publishing wing and a literary agency. Combining contemporary writing with high-quality visual art, they make one of the best-looking literary magazines around. Come hear editors Meghan Murphy, Jamie Millard, Courtney Algeo, and Holly Harrison talk about their recent projects, straddling the print/digital divide, and more.

Save the Date: Tuesday, October 9
An Evening of Fine Wine and Fine Books

Nominations are now open for the 2013 Minnesota Book Artist Award! This annual award, sponsored by MCBA and the Minnesota Book Awards (coordinated by The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library), recognizes a Minnesota book artist or collaborative group for excellence in a body of work as well as significant contributions to Minnesota’s book arts community. Read more and make your nomination today!

Attention educators! MCBA's spiffy new Youth and Community Programs catalog is now available! Please keep an eye out in your mailbox, or if you are not on our mailing list, email to receive one. Information about MCBA's Youth and Community programs -- perfect for school field trips, scouting activities, library and community events, and anyone who works with youth -- is also available online!

MCBA will be on the road all throughout the month of September! Come visit us at any or all of these community gatherings around the metro and beyond:

Saturday, September 1; 10am-3pm
at Walker Art Center's Free First Saturday Families

Saturday, September 8; 10am-5pm
at the Target Children's Book Festival in Bloomington

Saturday, September 15; 12-5pm
at the Anderson Center Children's Festival in Red Wing

Saturday, September 15; 3-4:30pm and
Sunday, September 16; 2-3:30pm
at the Maple Grove Art Fair

Saturday and Sunday, September 15-16
at the Owatonna Arts Center
Workshops Saturday and Sunday (free; registration required)
Open House Sunday, 1-4pm (free; drop in, no registration required)

Saturday, September 15; 11am-6pm
at the Walker Art Center / Printed Matter "Overbooked" Art Book Fair

And in other bookish news:

Join the Carleton College Gould Library in welcoming Hand, Voice and Vision -- a marvelous retrospective celebrating 30 years of the Women's Studio Workshop. This exhibition is touring the U.S., and Carleton is the exhibition's only stop in Minnesota, so catch it while you can! Read more... 

Call for Artist's Books
MCBA is actively seeking new artist's books for consignment in its retail store. Our 7th annual Evening of Fine Wine and Fine Books is planned for Tuesday, October 9. This occasion draws a collecting audience and provides an excellent opportunity to showcase new work by local and regional artists. At this time, we are specifically interested in new artist's books. Submissions are accepted and juried on an on-going basis. To be considered, please email a description of your work (including price), a brief bio, and digital images of the work to MCBA's Consignment Manager Elizabeth Carls at

Keep connected with MCBA and join the community dialogue on our Facebook page!

Support MCBA by becoming a member or renewing your membership today! Minnesota Center for Book Arts is a non-profit organization (501c3) that depends on contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations and government grants to support its community outreach, artist programs and education initiatives. Visit our Giving page or call 612-215-2520.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are held at Minnesota Center for Book Arts, located in the Open Book building at 1011 Washington Ave. S. in Minneapolis. For a map, directions and more information, visit our website or call 612-215-2520.

MCBA’s educational and artistic programming is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State’s general fund, and its arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. Additional support is provided by Target, Wet Paint, private foundations, MCBA members, and supporters like you.

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The next E-Box is ready and will be given to the poet Alicia Gregory tomorrow morning.  This will be the third E-Box presented to a writer this year. Karolina Gajdeczka and James Cherry already have their goodies. The E-Box consists of books taken from my personal collection that I feel will help another writer. It's a gift from one heart to another. It's also a celebration of the book and a way of promoting reading in our community. For those of us who decide to be writers a good library is essential. During difficult economic times one doesn't want to be forced into selecting  bread before books. I hope the E-Box will bring Alicia moments of joy and discovery.

Denise preparing the E-Box


Thursday, August 30, 2012


Ethan Cox, Rabble: "If there was any confusion over whether the suspension of strikes at most schools signaled an end to the broader social movement the strike generated, it was put to bed with an emphatic bang Wednesday in the streets of Montreal. The largest demonstration since the spring sent a strong message that this movement is here to stay."


I've always enjoyed listening to Juan Williams over the years. I think he was honest when making the comments about Ann Romney. Notice how folks try to put this spin on how American women will identify with her. Is she not a corporate wife? How can you bypass that fact? She's not a single mom working and raising a family. She has her own experience - and she has been blessed.

Cameron Jones, Photographer has images available from day 2 (August 29, 2012) of 
the Republican National Convention currently being held at Florida's Tampa Bay 
Times Forum.

Some of the photos include images of the convention audience (wide and 
intimate),  convention goers, and convention speakers including Condoleezza 
Rice, John McCain, Rand Paul, and Newt Gingrich. 

If you know of publishers, bloggers, independent journalists or other media 
outlets that might be interested in these photos, please feel free to forward 
this email on to them.

Anyone interested in these images should contact:


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

International Visions Gallery
New Works by Michael Platt and Stan Squirewell
August 31, - October 6
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 8, 2012
Hidden in Red Dirt, Pigment Print on Paper by Michael Platt

Third Eye Blind, Mixed Media by Stan Squirewell
See you there!

Tim Davis
Founder + Director  
International Visions Gallery | 2629 Connecticut Avenue, NW  
Washington DC | 20008

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to be shared:
“We maintain that to be homosexual is African.” We are calling for poems by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals living in Africa and in the Diaspora. The poems may focus on loss, childhood, violence, food, discrimination, love, fruits, disease, migration, strife, etc. In other words, poems on any topic are welcome – and in any form. The only requirement is that each poem must be of high merit. We prefer unpublished poems. Poems can be in any lan
guage; however, translations have to be provided in English. If original poems are accepted, they will be published alongside the translations. If a translator is used, the author should indicate how credit should be acknowledged. Please submit no more than five poems.

Send email submissions to Abayomi Animashaun ( by January 20, 2013. Please include “Poetry Submission” in the subject line.
A New Anthology of Poems from Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Africans
With this anthology, we reject this slogan and all acts of aggression against members of LGBT commun...
Dolores Kendrick and DCCAH present Poetry in a Garden

Spend a Summer Sunday with poetry from the world's top literary artists.

SUNDAY | SEPT 9 | 5 - 8pm
Doors open at 4:30pm
at The Textile Museum
2320 S Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008

Master of Ceremonies | Willie Lloyd Reeves
Poetry | Dolores Kendrick, Dr. Joanne Gabbin,
                Myra Sklarew & Introducing
               the P.I.P. Poets
Music | Steven Bundick
Cuisine | Deliteful foods
Desserts | Tasty Expressions

For complimentary admission, please RSVP by Sept 5 at


 JUNE JORDAN : Material for scholars.

Finding Aids at The University of Minnesota

330+ items – June Jordan and E. Ethelbert Miller Correspondence Collection

Tricycle Daily Dharma August 29, 2012

Buddhism is Having Fun

The frustrating thing about our life is that there is no control over our emotions. That’s why there’s no fun. The whole purpose of Buddhism is to have fun, isn’t it? And in order to have fun you have to have control. If someone else has control over you, that’s it: there’s no fun.
- Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, "Do Nothing"


The John Cage Centennial Festival Washington, DC

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


The Nationals could blow this season if they are not careful. September could arrive with this club clinging to first place. This team is no longer hitting.  Suzuki had 2 hits for the Nats - that's how strange things are right now. Last night's game was over after the first inning. Oh, and here come those Cardinals. The Nats need to play their home games like it's the playoffs.


How many of  us pulled the plug last night?  I watched just one speaker at the Republican Convention - the black woman from Utah. That was enough for me...
Funny how she could make reference to Parks and King and then                       Obama never happened. Oh, and if I hear the word "failed" again I'll puke. This is all so sad. The world falling apart and we can't move beyond race or religion. We create funny narratives and then we go looking for those funny hats for our heads. Somewhere the Dutch ships are being built again. I'm going down to the shore and wait for Romney and Ryan. Biden the abolitionist warned us. We've heard the story before. Now it returns as the future instead of history.


Going through old files today - always finding nice surprises. This morning a copy of a poem June Jordan dedicated to me back on April 9, 1999.


This is an interesting concept. The creation of one's own university:


Ichiro Suzuki's Success Displayed in Museum Run by Parents ...

Dennis Normile for The New York Times .... with the headline: For Those Seeking Success, a Place to Take It In.
Thanks for signing up; come talk with other Advocates September 6th, lunchtime, at the Institute for Policy Studies.

DC Advocates for the Arts
Dear Ethelbert,

Thank you for signing up to receive information via the DC Advocates for the Arts website.

Our organization is celebrating a recent huge win for our community - a $6 million dollar increase in arts funding for 2013. Thanks to you if you are one of the thousands of advocates who took action with us this past season. You can see video from our April rally here, and pictures from our recent fundraiser honoring Councilmember Jack Evans here.

Thursday September 6th at lunchtime (noon to 1:15) we're having a member meeting to get ideas for our fall programming. There is no cost to attend, and hope you'll join us if you can. Feel free to bring your lunch. This meeting will occur at the Instiute for Policy Studies, 1112 16th Street NW, Suite 600, in the board room. No need to rsvp.

DC is a tremendously complex funding ecosystem. A city of 600,000 with 15-20 million visitors per year, arts and culture are a critical component of the local economy. DC Advocates for the Arts is building coalition to advance DCs creative communities. In organizing and growing the voice behind this sector, we will positively affect change that will advance the industry and District economically, nurture creative thinking skills in our children and further cultivate a culturally rich place to live. To become a part of our coalition and support our efforts, please become a member.

Hope to see you September 6th at our lunchtime meeting!


Robert Bettmann
FY13 Advocacy Director
DC Advocates for the Arts

Time for a change.


Missouri U.S. senate candidate Todd Akin has stoked more outrage today by claiming that male homosexuality is a disease and that the medical establishment has found the cure. The Republican congressman, already under fire for his controversial comments regarding rape, told a reporter for Cape Giradeau's KBSI 23 News that "female breastmilk - when fed directly to an adult homosexual male daily for at least four weeks - has a 94% chance of permanently curing homosexual perversions."
Southern Cultures, the award-winning quarterly from UNC's Center for the Study of the American South, has just released its 2012 Politics issue. You can read it in print, online, and for Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader.

Inside the new Politics issue:

...Guest Editor Ferrel Guilllory explores five important political trends in the South that could decide this election

...Bill Clinton talks Bill Clinton

...Jack Bass remembers the colorful public and private lives of Strom Thurmond

...Seth McKee surveys the past, present, and future of Southern politics

...Stephen J. Whitfield remembers the South in the shadow of Nazism

...and much more, including the politics of desegregation and the immigration debate.

Read it today at

Monday, August 27, 2012

Forthcoming in the
Hilary Tham Capital Collection
                   August 2012 
The Word Works
Dear Friends of The Word Works--
Bernadette Geyer Chosen  
for Hilary Tham Capital Collection 
bernie geyer HTCC 2012
Bernadette Geyer's manuscript, The Scabbard of Her Throat, has been selected by Cornelius Eady for publication by The Word Works in its Hilary Tham Capital Collection.

The book is slated for release in time for the 2013 AWP conference in Boston.

Geyer is the author of the chapbook What Remains and recipient of a Strauss Fellowship from the Arts Council of Fairfax County. Her poems have appeared in Oxford American, North American Review, The Los Angeles Review, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. Geyer works as a copy editor in the Washington, DC, area.
Every spring, manuscripts are solicited from The Word Works community and then forwarded to the judge. Each judge reads the submissions just as entries for the Washington Prize are presented: without identifying information of any kind.

Hilary Tham was the first author published in the Capital Collection, and later reinvigorated the imprint when she became editor-in-chief. The series was named after Tham upon her death in 2005 and has evolved over the years, most recently having moved from a jury process to selection by an outside judge of national standing. Past judges include Denise Duhamel and Gray Jacobik.
September 13, 2012 at 7:30 pm, The Word Works International Editions author Moshe Dor (Scorched by the Sun, translated by Barbara Goldberg) will be honored in a 65th anniversary celebration of the State of Israel program co-sponsored by the Center for Israeli Studies, the Embassy of Israel, American University departments of Performing Arts and Literature, and The Word Works.

The program, "Israel in Poetry and Song: Evening of Roses," features the American University Chamber Singers, performing songs specially commissioned for the occasion, as well as "Erev Shel Shoshanim." Dor is the lyricist of this song, translated as "Evening of Roses."  

This free program open to the public will be presented at the Katzen Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC.    
FALL 2012 "In the Works" Workshops

Karren Alenier and Adele Steiner Brown will lead poetry workshops on selected Sundays this fall. Check out the options for fresh inspiration in these "In the Works" workshops!  
Workshops will take place at the Friendship Heights Village Center in Chevy Chase. The cost will be $80 for each four-session workshop, each of which meets for an hour and a half as listed below. To reserve your spot, mail a check (payable to Friendship Heights Village Center) to: 

Friendship Heights Village Center
Attention: Jennie Fogarty
4433 South Park Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD

Strategies for Writing in Poetic Forms
As led by Karren LaLonde Alenier
4 Sundays in October-- 11:30 am-1 pm
Have fun shaping your words using such poetic forms as sonnet, pantoum, ghazal, and paradelle. We'll look at the work of some notable poets using these forms, discuss strategies, write our own, and workshop the new poems. Some poetic writing experience would be helpful but not required.
Register by October 1, 2012

Poetry and Art
As led by Adele Steiner Brown
4 Sundays: November 4 & 18,  
December 2 & 9-- 11:30 am-1 pm

Let's use art in all of its forms to inspire poetry! We'll read poetry by such poets as John Keats, Notozake Shange, Seamus Heaney, and Justine Rowden who were moved to write by paintings, photographs, sculpture, and music. Then we will use various art forms (including works at the Chevy Chase Village Center) to inspire our own writing.
Register by October 30, 2012

For further information, call Jennie Fogarty at 301-656-2797, or email Karren Alenier at

The Word Works is a 501c-3 nonprofit and member of CLMP.




This afternoon I spoke at the Institute of International Education. I spoke to a group of people from around the world who were participating in the International Visitor Leadership Program. My topic was " Promoting Social Change Through the Arts."  We had a lively discussion. I talked about being a literary activist and shared ideas about the type of art that was created during the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s. I made reference to James Forman's The Making of Black Revolutionaries and read a passage of his description of Bernice Reagon (one of the original Freedom Singers) singing to an audience in Albany, Georgia. I also made reference to Mahalia Jackson singing at the March on Washington in 1963. Both examples illustrated the role music (and singers) played in contributing to the movement for social change. I also shared with the group excerpts about art and aesthetics from The Quotable Karenga by Ron Karenga:

- Black Art must be for the people, by the people, and from the people. That is to say, it must be functional, collective and committing.

- "Art for art's sake is an invalid concept, all art reflects the value system from which it comes.

- There is no art in the world you should have to go to school to appreciate.

One can easily take issue with these statements - and we did. They helped to shape a good discussion.
While people were talking Ms. Amany Zain Elabden from Sudan was listening and drawing. Below is what she thought I looked like. Hey - let us make a social change.



One of the joys of fatherhood is running into your child downtown on a crowded street. I come out of a cafe on L Street (today) and there is my daughter. She has a big smile on her face. I recognize this person and she is beyond special to me. She is on her way back to her law firm. We walk a few blocks together and when we stop it's like that first hello. Not one but two kisses before we have to go. Many years ago she would be on my back but today she's a woman opening her own doors. I look over my shoulder just to catch another glimpse of her...


Save the Date:
Accra, Ghana
May 16-19, 2013

YARI  YARI  NTOASO  Continuing the Dialogue

International Symposium on Literature by Women from Africa and its Diaspora.


They keep selling us drama because we consume it so well.  Is the upcoming election really going to be a close one?  Have we been sold the Obama Administration has "failed" us? Just circle that word "fail" and see how often you hear or read it between now and November. I'm going to unplug from this madness. Too many additives in the news these days. I try to especially avoid "race porn" and only read things that will keep my head clear and open to new ideas. Yes, I'll vote for Obama for president again. I don't believe the guy is gravity. He's just another president. Geez - did I think about Lyndon Johnson or Gerald Ford everyday?  No, I didn't. Oh, and I only saw a glimpse of Martin Luther King, Jr. once in my life. I never saw the signs for coloreds in the south. I didn't get drafted and knew no one killed in Vietnam. I'm only still here because my mom and dad warned me about running with that fast crowd. I don't think my mom ever voted Republican in her life. Well, maybe for John Lindsay when he ran for mayor of New York. That's because he was the first politician we ever saw in the St. Mary's Projects (South Bronx). In 1968 I left the South Bronx and headed South. In my bags a book by Marshall McLuhan. Do you know what I'm talking about? It's the media...

Sunday, August 26, 2012





The Nationals are slumping right now. When will it end?  No one is hitting. Zimmerman and Harper were carrying this team once. So was Desmond - oh - and the pitching - it's still there but they need runs. The key problem is the team is no longer scoring first. How long do you keep Werth as a leadoff hitter? The best guy for that role might be Lombardozzi. It might all come down to Stras pulling us out of the darkness before we descend into the pit of September. The Cardinals will show us no mercy when they come to town. Did St. Louis create baseball or was that just Stan the Man and Brother Gibson?
this is why I no longer want to write poems
but live them with you: embers
blazing in a fire outside language

     - Francisco X. Alarcon
"Where is your office?
What do you do exactly?"

She peered at him over bridged hands, her smile in hiding.

"You know things. I think this is what you do," she said.
"I think you're dedicated to knowing. I think you 
acquire information and turn it into something stupendous and awful.
You're a dangerous person. Do you agree?  A visionary."

 - from COSMOPOLIS by Don DeLillo


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Saturday, August 25, 2012


Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Saturday, August 25, 2012 -- 7:01 PM EDT

Republicans Postpone Start of Convention Because of Severe Weather

Because of the expectation of bad weather in Tampa, Fla., the Republican 
National Convention will immediately recess after it convenes on Monday, picking 
back up on Tuesday afternoon.

“Our first priority is ensuring the safety of delegates, alternates, guests, 
members of the media attending the Republican National Convention, and citizens 
of the Tampa Bay area,” Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National 
Committee, said in a statement. He said that officials expected convention 
participants to encounter transportation problems because of wind and rain.


Shirin Sadeghi, Truthout: "Are we to believe that a fundamentalist in a suit is less scary than a fundamentalist in a beard, even if both are spouting hatred against women?"
Heading up to Takoma Park this morning...
Summer fading in a few days.

Finally reading Becoming African Americans: Black Public Life in Harlem 1919-1939.

Will use the late afternoon to read and discard a pile of old magazines.


I watched the Nationals in Philadelphia last night. They look like a team getting ready to enter a slump. Minor mistakes being made here and there. Bats are starting to have holes. The bullpen is suspect to me.Too many guys coming in and walking folks. You won't be able to to that in September and expect to win. I fear the Cardinals right now.These birds often bring omens.

Friday, August 24, 2012

34 miners dead in South Africa.
Bad weather about to hit Haiti
Cholera in Sierra Leone
What are you doing this evening?
Beltway Poetry logo
September 9, 2012 at 2:00 pmBeltway Poetry Quarterly
We're hosting a reading!

Hope you can join us for what is sure to be a great reading!

Saturday, September 9 at 2:00 pm
"The Literary Commute": a reading celebrating two literary journals, Beltway Poetry Quarterly and Baltimore Review.  Featured poets: Francisco Aragon, Michael Gushue, Shia Irgang-Laden, Beth Lefebvre, Katy Richey, Seth Sawyers, and Edgar Silex.  Introduced by the editors.
Free admission.
The Writers' Center, 5408 Walsh St., Bethesda, MD.
Meet the editors and hear about upcoming issues...

Beltway Poetry News:
Kim Roberts, Editor
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