Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Play Dates and Pot Luck

Spent last night hanging with Jennifer Jean and Colleen Michaels as we plan for our reading in NYC on August 6 (see sidebar for more info). As I mentioned in my confession, it was time for a play date/pot luck. Much needed girl time while our kids played into the night.

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I was kicking myself for not taking photos on our evening, but how much of my life needs to be content?

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A bit of old news, but Underlife was a finalist for the 2010 Paterson Poetry Prize. Sherman Alexie won the award for his book, Face. Here’s the full list of award recipients. And congrats to Nin Andrews, also a finalist, for her collection Southern Comfort.

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Congrats to Martha Silano, whose third book The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception, was chosen by Campbell McGrath as the winner of the 2010 Saturnalia Book Prize. Very cool.

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Also, congrats to Thomas Sayers Ellis for his interview in Publishers Weekly, and on his highly anticipated release of his second collection Skin Inc: Identity Repair Poems.

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Sending good thoughts to FW today.

5 comments:

Erin Dionne said...

That darn Sherman Alexie!! He won the National Book Award for young people's literature a year or so ago for THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART TIME INDIAN, and now this!

Sheesh.

UNDERLIFE wins in my book!

Heidi G said...

A good book you might be interested to read (while it is not poetry) along the lines of downsizing one's life and getting rid of stuff (and therefore a lot of time and personal energy used to think about, take care of, and clutter one's life unncessarily) is entitled: "Throw 50 Things Away". This little book is on my personal to-read list.

Martha Silano said...

Hi January,

Ladies Night potluck with kids running around in the night: the best!!

Congrats on being a finalist for the Paterson!! And thanks for the nod to my good news ;-)

What I am really excited about is getting to meet you at AWP, cuz now I am definitely going (whereas before I was way on the fence).

Jessie Carty said...

That's pretty awesome that you were a finalist! Have fun in new York :) still hoping to read there someday but I might have a chance at LA next year. Yay for poetry

Catherine said...

You're in some pretty illustrious company there! Congratulations!

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