Michael Rothenberg to Guest at Spoken World Online May 18th–Monday’s Theme: Worlds Apart

_V4I0244Michael Rothenberg is co-founder of the non-profit 100 Thousand Poets for Change (www.100tpc.org), a 501(c)3, and the “Read A Poem To A Child” initiative. He is also co-founder of Poets In Need, a non-profit 501(c)3, assisting poets in crisis. His books of poetry include Unhurried Vision (University of New Mexico Press),  Man/Woman (a collaboration with Joanne Kyger), The Paris Journals (Fish Drum Inc.), Murder (Paper Press), and Sapodilla (Editions du Cygne-Swan World, Paris, France, 2016). Drawing The Shade was published in 2016 by Dos Madres Press, and Wake Up and Dream was published in 2017 by MadHat Press. His book Indefinite Detention: A Dog Story, was published in 2013 by Ekstasis Editions (Victoria, B.C., Canada),  in a Spanish/English edition by Varasek Ediciones, Madrid, Spain in 2017, and most recently in an Arabic edition translated by El Habib Louai and published in Cairo, Egypt by Arwiqa Publishers in 2020.  His editorial work includes several volumes in the Penguin Books Poets series: Overtime by Philip Whalen, As Ever by Joanne Kyger, David’s Copy by David Meltzer, and Way More West by Ed Dorn. He is also editor of The Collected Poems of Philip Whalen published by Wesleyan University Press. Rothenberg currently lives on in Tallahassee, Florida where he is Florida State University Libraries Poet in Residence.

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Lisa Pasold to Guest at Spoken World Online May 11th–Monday’s Theme: Stars

Lisa Pasold, photo by Louis Maistros CHAIR REMOVED AND CROPPED2Lisa Pasold is currently sheltering in place in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a storyteller, journalist, and poet. Lisa’s 2012 poetry book, Any Bright Horse, was nominated for Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Award. Lisa’s poetry has appeared in magazines such as The Atlanta Review, The Los Angeles Review, Fence and New American Writing.  @lisapasold
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AWOL Online writers’ workshop

This is to let you know that the AWOL folks have now established a good way of working for the AWOL Online workshop, so it’ll be running every week throughout lockdown. The details are as follows:

AWOL Online workshop, every Sunday 18h30 – 20h30

Join using this link.

Virtual room opens at 18h00.

If it’s your first time and you want to submit your written prose or poetry for feedback please arrive no later than 18h15. Preferred file format is PDF.

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Laura Thurlow to Guest at Spoken World online May 4th–Monday’s Theme: Youth

21641030_10212651480996080_4186732877801246897_oLaura Thurlow is a writer, filmmaker and musician originally from Toronto, Canada. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, and a Masters in Film Directing. Her recent endeavour is a short film called Shirley & Jane, starring Kate Dickie and Rosaleen Linehan. She did her first real slam in Paris in September, and was invited to go to Manchester with folks from Paris to compete in the Commonword European Slam Final. This past March, she had a show on in London, at the Drayton Arms Theatre titled Romance at The End of The World. She’s never had any poetry published- but she’s also not really tried yet ! It’s all a bit new! Plans for a chapbook this summer have halted with the pandemic – so for now she is best found @Laurelbrae on Instagram. She hopes to return to Paris very soon, but is enjoying quarantine in sunny Edinburgh, Scotland.
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Emma Black to Guest at Spoken World Online April 27th–Monday’s Theme: The Afterlife

7759c38a-037a-429c-8b5a-1e5bf2ebfb47In Emma’s own words: “Emma Black was born in Paris of an Irish parent and an American parent. You will find her using her Anthropology degree as an excuse to blatantly stare at attractive strangers in the metro, “for research purposes”. She is the winner of no awards, has published no books, and has accomplished nothing noteworthy whatsoever. Please welcome her to the stage !” Emma is very modest. She is a brilliant young poet and we are very happy to welcome her as our special guest.
 
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Suzanne Allen to Guest at Spoken World online April 20th–Monday’s Theme: Home

92023995_10158327855568216_1972819581613375488_nSuzanne Allen was born and raised in Southern California, but she thinks of Paris as her home away from home thanks to the amazing writers she’s come to know there. While studying French as an undergrad in 2005, she stumbled upon The Other Writers Group at Shakespeare & Company, and after completing her MFA, she returned to Paris and served for two years as the Creative Writing Program Director for WICE, a volunteer organization for Anglophones. She has since been honored to serve long-distance as a coeditor for The Bastille. Her poems appear online and in print journals and anthologies such as Tears in the Fence, Spillway, Pearl, Nerve Cowboy, Cider Press Review, Writing in a Woman’s Voice, Not a Muse, Strangers in Paris and Villanelles from Everyman’s Pocket Poetry Series. She has two chapbooks: verisimilitude from corrupt press, and Little Threats from Picture Show Press. She lives in Long Beach, California with her dog, Filou.
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David Leo Sirois to Guest at Spoken World online April 13th–Monday’s Theme: Freedom

20200325_202151David Leo Sirois was born in Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada, & grew up across the border in Madawaska, Maine. His poems have appeared in The Poetry Village, The Sunday Tribune Online, The Opiate, Those That This, THE BASTILLE, The Bioptic Review, Belleville Park Pages, Two Words For, Paris Lit Up, Terre à Ciel (which also published his translations of Paul Valéry, Adéline Baldacchino, & Déborah Heissler). Altogether, he has published over 75 pieces, including his work in The Keystone Anthology (Guildford, England), the anthology Vignettes & Postcards from Paris, & in the U.S., the anthology Becoming Fire: Spiritual Writing from Rising Generations, as well as Silo, Bennington College’s literary magazine, Poesy, & more. He is currently submitting two manuscripts for publication.

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El Habib Louai to Guest at Spoken World online April 6th–Monday’s Theme: Cages

Habib Portrait1El Habib Louai is a Moroccan Amazigh poet, translator, musician and high school teacher of English. He took creative writing courses at Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado where he performed with Anne Waldman and Thurston Moore. His articles, poems and Arabic translations of Beat Poets such as Michael McClure, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Diane di Prima, Anne Waldman, William S Burroughs, Bob Kaufman, Joanne Kyger, Amiri Baraka, Neeli Cherkovski and many others appeared in international literary magazines, journals and reviews like Big Bridge Magazine, Berfrois, Charles River Journal, Militant Thistles, The Fifth Estate, The Dreaming Machine, Al Quds Al Arabi, Arrafid, Al Doha, Al Faisal, Lumina, The Poet’s Haven, The MUD Proposal, the Dreaming Machine, Sagarana and Istanbul Literary Review. Louai’s works include America America: An Anthology of Beat Poetry in Arabic published by Arwiqa for Translation and Studies,  an Arabic translation of Michael Rothenberg’s collection of poems entitled Indefinite Detention: A Dog Story published by Arwiqa for Translation and Studies. He also contributed with Arabic translations to Seven Countries: An Anthology Against Trump’s Ban published by Arroyo Seco Press. His first collection of poems is called Mrs. Jones Will Now Know: Poems of a Desperate Rebel which was praised by Anne Waldman, Thurston Moore and Michael Rothenberg. His second collection of poems, Rotten Wounds Embalmed with Tar,  was a finalist for the 2020 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poetry

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Online SpokenWord Monday 23rd March

This Monday we’re doing our second online SpokenWord, taking place nowhere and everywhere thanks to a Zoom room provided by the University of the 3rd Horizon.

This Monday’s theme – Apologies.

More info on the Home page, top post.

Quoted lines above are by Diane Di Prima.

Cheers all,
David Barnes
Organiser

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Carl Watson to Guest at SpokenWord Paris March 16th–Monday’s Theme: Beginnings and Endings

Photo on 10-28-15 at 1.32 PMCarl Watson is a poet, fiction writer, playwright and critic. He currently splits his time between NYC and an old barn in the Catskill Mountains. He is the author of several books of fiction including, Backwards the Drowned Go Dreaming (Sensitive Skin Books) and Idylls of Complicity (Spuyten Duyvil).  His poetry collections include Anarcadium Pan (Erie Street Press), Astral Botanica (Fly By Night Press), and most recently, Pareidolia, published by Autonomedia.  He has had work various journals including The Village Voice, NY Press, The Williamsburg Observer, Sensitive Skin, The Brooklyn Rail, Evergreen Review, Degraphe, La Liberation and others. Watson received the Kathy Acker Award for Fiction in 2012. The novel Hotel des acts irrevocables (Gallimard) and the short story collections Sous l’empire des oiseauxla vie psychosomatique, and Hank Stone et le coeur de craie (vagabonde) have been published by Editions Vagabonde which has also just published the novel A contre-courant rêvent les noyés.

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