More Poetry Events . . .

As promised, I’ve been posting about poetry-related events on the Savvy Verse & Wit Facebook page, but I’m also posting information here on the blog about similar or the same events.  I hope that if you get out to see any of these events that you’ll stop by the blog and tell me about them or share them with your own readers if you have a blog.

John Amen, a poet who has appeared on this blog before and whose poetry I’ve reviewed before (At the Threshold of Alchemy and More of Me Disappears — click for my reviews), will be touring parts of the eastern United States and reading his poetry in honor of National Poetry Month.  Check out the schedule below:

04/07/2011: Reading and Workshop at Coker College: Hartsville, SC
Workshop at 3:30PM (in-school/closed event); Reading at 7:30PM (open to public)
Reading to be held in the C.W. Coker Auditorium in Davidson Hall; 300 East College Ave; Hartsville, SC 29550

04/12/2011: Reading in Wallingford, PA
Stage One; 101 Plush Mills Road (Route 252 & Plush Mills Road); Wallingford, PA.

04/14/2011: Reading in Lake Katrine, NY
Bohemian Book Bin; 85 Carle Terrace; Lake Katrine, NY 12449.

04/17/2011: Reading in New York, NY
Bowery Poetry Club; 308 Bowery; New York, NY.

04/19/2011: Reading in Fanwood, NJ
The Carriage House/Kuran Arts Center Series; 75 N Martine Ave; Fanwood, NJ 07023.

04/22/2011: Reading at Towson University in Towson, Maryland
More information available soon. For more info, email [email protected].

Also, he’s got a special going for his books:

I’m still running the special, until April 15. My first two collections (Christening the Dancer and More of Me Disappears) and my two CDs (All I’ll Never Need and Ridiculous Empire) are on sale for $5 each. My latest collection, At the Threshold of Alchemy, is marked down to $10. All purchases can be made easily and securely through Paypal via my website (www.johnamen.com). It is also possible to make purchases via check.

The Bethesda, Md., based Writer’s Center also is holding a series of great poetry events this month.

Open Door Reading with Erika Meitner and Candace Katz
Sunday, April 10, 2:00 P.M.

Erika Meitner reads poems from her latest collection, Ideal Cities. She is joined by novelist Candace Katz, author of Schaeffer Brown’s Detective Observations. Register here.

Poet Lore Vol. 106, No. 1/2 Launch Party
Sunday, April 17, 2:00 P.M.

Celebrate the launch of Poet Lore’s spring/summer issue! The nation’s oldest continuously published poetry journal, at 122 years old, hosts readings by local poets Janice Lynch Schuster, Melanie Figg, and R. Dwayne Betts. Register here.

Here are some other local Maryland and Washington, D.C., events:

Annapolis Book Festival
Saturday, April 9, 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

The ninth annual Annapolis Book Festival will feature nationally renowned authors from a variety of fiction and non-fiction categories. This Festival is free and open to the public, and will be held on the campus of The Key School at 534 Hillsmere Drive in Annapolis, Maryland. Check the schedule for TWC-sponsored events on writing and publishing. For more details, visit their Web site.

Bethesda Literary Festival
April 15th-17th

Celebrate literature at Bethesda’s weekend-long festival. Highlights include the Poet Lore Launch Party on Sunday (see above).

Just for Kids
Saturday, 1:00 P.M.
Bethesda Library

See award-winning children’s book author, poet, playwright and songwriter, Mary Amato (TWC workshop leader), as she reads from her most recent book, Edgar Allen’s Official Crime Investigation Notebook. Children ages 6-12.

Poetry Readings and Awards
Saturday, 8:00 P.M.
Hilton Garden Inn

Hear from award-winning poets David Keplinger and Michele Wolf (TWC workshop leaders), and the winners of the Bethesda Poetry Contest.

See the festival Web site for more details.

Also, please check out the latest Shelf Awareness article on poetry, which I really enjoyed because it is about the casual reader of poetry.

Poetry Books 2011: Indie Lit Award Suggestions

Although official nominations for the 2011 Indie Lit Awards will not be accepted until September, I wanted to start collecting recently published poetry titles for consideration.  I’m borrowing this idea from Eclectic/Eccentric, who created a running list for her category, speculative fiction.

Also, if you want a handy tutorial on how to search for the latest poetry books, please visit Regular Rumination.  I couldn’t have explained it better.

To access this list at any time, please click on this icon in the right sidebar.

So, here’s a ever-growing list of poetry books published in 2011; please feel free to leave titles in the comments and I will see that they are included:

Cormorant Beyond the Compost by Elisavietta Ritchie (published January 2011)

Something’s Wrong With the Cornfields by Margaret Randall (January 2011)

Imagining the Self by Laverne Frith (published January 2011)

After the Ark by Luke Johnson (published January 2011)

The Book of Men by Dorianne Laux (published February 2011)

The Book of Ten by Susan Woods (published February 2011)

Money Shot by Rae Armantrout (published February 2011)

The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception: Poems by Martha Silano (published February 2011)

Head Off & Split by Nikky Finney  (Published February 2011)

The Broken Word by Adam Foulds (published March 2011)

Culture of One by Alice Notley (published March 2011)

Together:  Stories and Poems by Julius Chingono and John Eppel (published March 2011)

Crack Willow: Poems of Transformation by Shelby Allen (published March 2011)

Ethics of Sleep by Bernadette Mayer (published March 2011)

Space, In Chains by Laura Kasischke (published in March 2011)

The Chameleon Couch by Yusef Komunyakaa (published March 2011)

Invisible Strings by Jim Moore (published March 2011)

In A Beautiful Country by Kevin Prufer (published March 2011)

Illinois, My Apologies by Justin Hamm (published April 2011 )

Horoscopes for the Dead by Billy Collins (published April 2011)

The Art of Angling:  Poems About Fishing by Henry Hughes (published April 2011)

She Walks in Beauty by Caroline Kennedy, Jane Alexander, John Bedford Lloyd, and Hope Davis (published April 2011)

Leavings by Wendell Berry (published April 2011)

Good Poems, American Places edited by Garrison, Keillor (published April 2011)

Sightseer by Cynthia Marie Hoffman (published April 2011)

A Black Girl’s Poetry for the World by Kimberly LaRocca (published April 2011)

Curses and Wishes by Carl Adamshick (published April 2011)

Words for You by Various Artists (published April 2011 — Audio CD)

purrrrrrr by Abraham Uravic (published April 2011)

Three Hours to Burn a Body by Suzanne Roberts (published May 2011)

Somewhere Over the Pachyderm Rainbow by Jennifer C. Wolfe (published May 2011)

Flies by Michael Dickman (published May 2011)

Spare Parts and Dismemberment by Josh Fernandez (published May 2011)

Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith (published May 2011)

This Strange Land by Shara McCallum (published May 2011)

Soul Clothes by Regina D. Jemison (published May 2011)

Dhaka Dust by Dilruba Ahmed (published June 2011)

Of Gentle Wolves: An Anthology of Romanian Poetry translated by Martin Woodside (published July 2011)

FFing by Meg Frances (published July 2011)

Broetry by McGackin, Brian (published July 2011)

Come, Thief by Jane Hirshfield (published August 2011)

Clean by Kate Northrop (published August 2011)

Listen With Your Eyes by Strainj (published August 2011)

Transfer by Naomi Shihab Nye (published September 2011)

Three Women:  A Poetic Triptych and Selected Poems by Emma Eden Ramos (published September 2011)

Beyond the Scent of Sorrow by Sweta Srivastava Vikram (published September 2011)

Apologetic for Joy by Jessica Hiemstra-Van Der Horst (published October 2011)

Waking by Ron Rash (published October 2011)

The Glossary of Tania Aebi by Carolyne Whelan (published 2011)