Up for the day. Yes, it's that kind of day. That kind of week. But exciting company arrives Thursday, and I'm cooking again, so I'm getting in gear.
postcard: Knox College
In honor of Homecoming the English Department's Caxton Club Presents:
THE MILLION POEMS SHOW
(Poetry's revenge on television: talk, reading, collaboration, and audience participation.)
Show: Friday, October 13, 4 pm, Studio Theatre, Center for Fine Arts
Reading: Saturday, October 14, 2 pm, Muelder Reading Room, Seymour Library
Karen Leona Anderson grew up in Connecticut and received her B.A. from McGill University. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop and the recipient of a Rotary Scholarship to New Zealand. Her work has been published in jubilat, Verse, Indiana Review, Fence, Volt, and other journals. She is currently writing a dissertation on poetry and science in Ithaca, New York, where she helps curate the SOON reading series.
Jasper Bernes was born in Southern California in 1974 and educated at Hampshire College and Cornell University. His poems appear or are forthcoming in The Canary, Bayou, No Tell Motel, Xantippe and in The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries. He lives in the Bay Area with his girlfriend Anna Shapiro and their son, Noah, and is currently working on his PhD in twentieth-century poetry at UC Berkeley.
Once a contestant on Who's Life is This Anyway?, "Karl Parker" has publicized his
poems--both prose and the other kind--in journals and webplaces such as Spoon River, Fence, Seneca Review, MiPoesias, and the tiny. He was awarded the 2004 National Arts Club Literary Committee Scholarship for Poetry and nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2005). Having received an MFA from the New School, he currently teaches creative writing at Hobart & William Smith colleges, where there's an enormous body of water, and is more than happy to be here.
Show Host: poet and critic Jordan Davis is the author of Million Poems Journal and host of The Million Poems Show, a live poetry talk show based in Manhattan at the Bowery Poetry Club. His blogs, Equanimity and Million Poems, draw more than 35,000 readers each month. His poems have appeared in Chicago Review, American Letters and Commentary, Boston Review, and Fence, among other journals. He is a columnist for the acclaimed literary review, Constant Critic, and his reviews have appeared in Publishers Weekly, Paper, and the Village Voice. He has read his poetry everywhere from Copenhagen to San Diego, giving several readings a year in New York. He has also lectured at the Poetry Project, The New School, the University of Kansas, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Columbia College, and the New York City public schools. With Chris Edgar he edits The Hat, an annual literary journal.
Musical Guest: as one-third of Nothing Painted Blue and under his own name, Franklin Bruno has released over a dozen albums of original songs since 1990, and toured the U.S. extensively. His newest band is The Human Hearts, whose debut CD Civics is forthcoming on Chicago-based Tight Ship records. Other musical projects include the "songbook" album Tempting: Jenny Toomey Sings the Songs of Franklin Bruno, and several records and tours with The Mountain Goats. His criticism has appeared in Village Voice, Slate, and The Believer; his book on Elvis Costello's Armed Forces (Continuum Press) appeared in 2005. His poetry has appeared in Zyzzyva, The Hat, and the anthology Intersections: Innovative Poetry from Southern California (Green Integer). He has taught philosophy at UCLA, Pomona College, and Northwestern University; in January, he will begin an appointment at Bard College.
Sponsored by the John and Elaine Fellowes Fund, the Office of the Dean of Students, and the Office of the Dean of the College. Special thanks to the Department of Theater and Dance for their sponsorship and support.
This event is free and open to the public.