Congrats to Terrance Hayes for earning a National Book Award (NBA) nomination! Woo hoo! (I'm ordering his book Lighthead from Amazon today!)


Here's an article on Amiri Baraka's appearance at the Dodge Poetry Festival. He was asked back after many years in exile--after reading his infamous 9/11 poem. Well, he came back and stirred the pot again. Is anyone surprised?


Come out and hear me read this Saturday on the showWake up and Smell the Poetry!

Saturday, October 16, 10:30 a.m.
January Gill O'Neil, Bethel Steele and Ashley Jordan
Followed by open mic for poetry, spoken word and songs
HCAM Studios, 77 Main Street
Hopkinton, MA
Free admission, coffee and scones
Please send e-mail reply to to make sure we have enough seats!


The Boston Book Fest happens this Saturday, October 16. Check out these poetry events:

Poetry of Love, Loss and Healing
10 a.m. Boston Public Library Popular Reading Room
700 Boylston Street

In times of great happiness, and in times of great loss, many people turn to poetry, a form capable of distilling human experience and emotion down to truths as potent as they are beautiful. Three brilliant poets, Kevin Young, editor of the new anthology The Art of Losing, Jill McDonough, author of Habeus Corpus, and Meg Kearney, author of the PEN/L.L. Winship Award-winning Home By Now, read and discuss poems of love, loss and healing. Hosted by Harvard professor and poet Stephen Burt. Sponsored by the Mass Poetry Festival.

Poetry of Our Times
12:30 p.m. Cloud Place
647 Boylston Street

Three acclaimed poets read poems of detail and delight, of our struggles with mortality, with love, with the profound and the mundane. Edward Hirsch, author of How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry, reads from The Living Fire. He is joined by Elizabeth Alexander, author of Crave Radiance and “Praise Song for the Day,” which she composed for President Obama’s inauguration, and Ellen Doré Watson, Director of the Poetry Center at Smith College and author Dogged Hearts. This is contemporary American poetry at its best. Hosted by journalist and poet, Lloyd Schwartz. Sponsored by the Mass Poetry Festival.


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