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Friday, September 10, 2004

2004/05 DCPS Schedule

I woke up today and realized that I should go ahead and post the schedule for the new season. By the time I finished writing the history of last season, season three could be over; think of the pickle I'd be in then.

So here it is -- I'm very excited about all these readers.

All readings will be held at Internationalist Books, 405 W. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC

September 18th, Saturday, 8pm
Joseph Donahue -- author of Incidental Eclipse, World Well Broken, Monitions of the Approach and Terra Lucida. The reading will celebrate Carolina Wren Press's publication of his latest chapbook, In This Paradise. Donahue is a visiting professor of English at Duke University.

James Brasfield won the 2000 PEN Award in Translation for his work on the Ukranian poet Oleh Lysheha's Selected Poems. An NEA Fellow and Pushcart Award winner, Brasfield has twice been a senior Fullbright professor in the Ukraine. His poems have appeared in Agni, Black Warrior Review, Chicago Review, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Poetry Wales, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, and the Seattle Review.

October 23rd, Saturday, 8pm
Aaron McCollough is the author of Welkin and Double Venus, editor of Gut Cult, and mind behind the Flowers that Glide web log. His poems have been published in Denver Quarterly, Canary, Stride, Phoebe, and Drunken Boat. His third book, Little Ease, is forthcoming. He is earning his doctorate in English literature at the University of Michigan.

Tony Tost won the 2003 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets for his manuscript Invisible Bride. His poems have appeared in Fence, Spinning Jenny, Field, and Typo. He lives in Carrboro, NC.

November 13th, Saturday, 8pm
C. S. Giscombe is the author of the poetry collections Here, Giscome Road, and Inland and a work of non-fiction Into and Out of Dislocation. He is a professor of English at Penn State University. His honors include a Fullbright Scholarship, the Carl Sandberg Award for Poetry, and inclusion in The Best American Poetry 1996.

Jon Thompson, professor at NC State University, will celebrate the publication of his first poetry collection, The Book of the Floating World with the reading. He is the editor of Free Verse: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics.

January 15th, Saturday, 8pm
Standard Schaefer won the 1999 National Poetry Series award for his collection Nova. He will be celebrating the publication of his second poetry collection, Water & Power. He currently lives in San Francisco where he works as a freelance journalist and as the non-fiction editor of the New Review of Literature.

Second reader to be announced.

February 19th, Saturday, 8pm
Cole Swensen is the author of more than eight collections of poems including National Poetry Series winner New Math, New American Poetry Series award winner Noon, and Try which won the Iowa Poetry Prize in 1998. In addition to teaching in the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she translates French poets such as Olivier Cadiot and Jean Tortel.

Chris Vitiello is the author of Nouns Swarm a Verb and edited the highly acclaimed literary journal Proliferation. He lives in Durham where he works for a technical documentation company.

March 26th, Saturday, 8pm
Kent Johnson, with Forrest Gander, is the translator of Immanent Visitor: Selected Poems of Jaime Saenz which was a finalist for the PEN Award in Translation for 2002. He is also the translator of Doubled Flowering: From the Notebooks of Araki Yasusada, Also With My Throat I Shall Swallow Ten Thousand Swords (forthcoming from Combo Books), and The Miseries of Poetry. He teaches at Highland Community College in Illinois and was named teacher of the year in 2004.

Patrick Herron,Carrboro Poet Laureate, is the editor of the fothcoming journal Close Quarterly and creator of His first two full-length collections, The American Godwar Complex and Be Somebody, are forthcoming. His poems and essays have appeared in Exquisite Corpse, Jacket, Fulcrum, The Canary and A Chide's Alphabet.

Ok: three more readings to post, but for now, I've got to run. Spread the word, and come if you can.....


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9/12/04, 8:07 PM

Blogger Ken Rumble said...

Thanks, Tony -- it's hard to believe the first reading is this Saturday. Swenson is reading with Chris Vitiello, and Schaefer's reading partner is still being negotiated with.....

Oh, and yes, I plan on recording the readings and getting the audio files up on the blog somehow; there may be a substantial delay between recording and posting though. An audio archive is a big goal for sure.

9/13/04, 12:49 PM

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9/13/04, 2:52 PM


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