"Lantern Review" Interviews Future Four Way Books Author Eugenia Leigh
“I did have the blessing of several teachers who assured me that my book was “done” and that I should begin to submit the manuscript, but in hindsight, I’m grateful it took another few years (and several new poems) before Four Way Books accepted it for publication. The one positive thing about sending out an almost-but-not-yet-finished manuscript into the real world is that it instilled a severe urgency in me. Knowing that actual humans were reading my manuscript forced me to revise it obsessively and often albeit in a mode of near-panic." Read the full interview here.
Keep an eye out for Eugenia Leigh’s collection, Blood Sparrows and Sparrows, forthcoming from Four Way Books this fall.
Four Way Books Author Rigoberto Gonzalez on "Magic of Books" for NBC News
“‘When I came to the US, I knew there was something magical about sitting down and reading a book. There was a kind of peace I admired and looked forward to especially because there was no peace in my house,’ explains González, whose fourth book of poetry, Unpeopled Eden, was published last fall.” Read the full article by Erika Sanchez here.
CHANGE OF PLANS: Patrick Donnelly NOT Teaching Tomorrow in West Falmouth, MA
The workshop that Patrick Donnelly (Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin) was supposed to teach tomorrow, February 22, at 11 am, ”How to Be a Good Public Reader of Your Own Writing”, at West Falmouth Library in West Falmouth, MA, has been canceled. If you have already paid, please contact Alice Kociemba for a refund.
Patrick Donnelly Teaching a Workshop at West Falmouth Library on Saturday
This Saturday, February 22, at 11 am, Patrick Donnelly (Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin) will be teaching a workshop,"How to Be a Good Public Reader of Your Own Writing", at West Falmouth Library (575 West Falmouth Highway) in West Falmouth, MA. It is open to both poets and prosers. Pre-registration is required. It costs $25 per person.
Review of "All You Do Is Perceive" by Joy Katz in "PANK"
"Especially surrounded by this pulsing human noise, Katz’s third collection of poetry shows readers a loud, beautifully chaotic world rendered with astonishing precision." Read the full review by Rachel Mennies from PANKhere.
"In her third book of poetry, All You Do Is Perceive, Joy Katz moves between narrative, lyrical, and meditative language, making meaning from the switches in register. Her images—a newborn, a lynched man, a woman’s mastectomy scar—are dependably urgent and resonant.” Read the full interview Joy Katz had with The Paris Review’s Elizabeth Hoover here.
Attend Patrick Donnelly's "How to Be a Good Public Reader of Your Own Writing" Workshop This Saturday
This Saturday, February 22, at 11 am, Patrick Donnelly (Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin) will be teaching a workshop called ”How to Be a Good Public Reader of Your Own Writing”. It’s open to both poets and prosers and pre-registration is required. It costs $25 per person. The workshop will be held in the West Falmouth Library (575 West Falmouth Highway) in West Falmouth, MA.
Brian Komei Dempster Speaking for the "Day of Remembrance: Race Prejudice, War Hysteria, and the Failure of Political Leadership: The World War II Internment of Japanese Americans and its relevance to the defense of civil liberties today" Event at De Anza College This Afternoon
A Review of "Wolf and Pilot" by Farrah Field in "Pleiades"
"In Farrah Field’s stunning second collection of poems, Wolf and Pilot, challenges to traditional narrative structures are presented within the guise of more conventional literary forms.” You can read the full review by Kristina Marie Darling in the winter issue (volume 34.1) of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing (& Reviews).
Wayne Miller Writes a Love Letter to Joy Katz's "All You Do Is Perceive" for "LARB"
“All You Do Is Perceive operates mostly as a kind of constrained verse — not constrained formally, as the term is generally applied, but constrained by a rigorously limited perspective. As the title indicates, the book is interested in the phenomenological complications of how one perceives, and we often feel ourselves contained entirely by the speaker’s mind." Read more of what Wayne Miller has to say about Joy Katz’s All You Do Is Perceive as well as what others have to say about great poetry collections from 2013.
On Saturday, February 22, at 11 am, Patrick Donnelly (Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin) will be teaching "How to Be a Good Public Reader of Your Own Writing", a workshop open to both poets and prosers. Pre-registration is required. The fee is $25. The workshop will take place at West Falmouth Library (575 West Falmouth Highway) in West Falmouth, MA.
David J. Daniels' "Clean" is a "Gay Book to Look Out for in 2014"
"From the ‘basement / of that suburban church with its sad paint / job in Texas’ to an old drag queen’s ‘parlor,’ ‘that bazaar of flounce, chintz, feathers,’ Clean, the award-winning collection by David J. Daniels, tears back the curtain of life to expose gorgeousness and grit. These poems pay homage to the addict, the grandmother, the closeted, and the lover, to the dead, the dying, and the living who refuse to die.” Click here to read the full list of “Gay Books to Look Out for in 2014” by Ramon Johnson from About.com. David J. Daniels’ poetry collection, Clean, is forthcoming from Four Way Books this spring.
Congratulations to FWB Authors Rob Schlegel and Kevin Prufer
Congratulations to FWB author Rob Schlegel (January Machine, April 2014), winner of the Grub Street Book Prize, and to FWB author Kevin Prufer (Churches, April 2014), who was a finalist for the prize! Read more here.
Jane Wong from "Warscapes" Reviews Brian Komei Dempster's "Topaz"
"Ten years after Inada, Dempster opens up this scar not as an act of violence but as an act of dedication. The result is a deeply personal – and hopeful – constellation of poems in which he pieces together his identity in relation to generations past. This history is both scarred and beautiful; under the light of Topaz, we are met with ‘quartzed asphalt’ and ‘gemstones/strewn in the wasteland.’" Read the full review here.
Review of Kamilah Aisha Moon's "She Has a Name" in "Jewish Currents"
"With her own name a poem, Kamilah Aisha Moon (She Has a Name) enters the published world with a stunning first book, a collection of poems so wrought, honest, and compassionate that I will return to them, learn from them, and surely continue to be moved by this poet’s essential voice.” Read the full review by Janlori Goldman here.
The deadline to submit to the Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry is March 31. Brenda Shaughnessy will be the judge.
For a book-length collection of poetry written in English by a poet who has not previously published a book of poems. Previous publication of a chapbook is fine and those poems may be in the collection submitted. $1000.00 honorarium and participation in a Four Way Books reading in NYC.
$28.00 processing fee. Online or paper submissions accepted.
Be sure to read the complete guidelines before you submit. Who knows? Maybe this weekend is a great time for you to put in some time on your manuscript.
Review of "Make Me Do Things" by Victoria Redel in "Bookforum"
“Make Me Do Things is a series of profiles made beautiful by its author’s restrained and elegant prose—Redel’s characters are on the brink of loving someone or nothing, and we watch them hesitate even as their worlds shrink. The characters’ uncertainty echoes the title’s urgency—Make me do things! Make me save myself!" Read the full review by Annie Piotrowski in Bookforum.