Saturday, July 26, 2008

Judy Kronenfeld: Author, Poet, Scholar

Dr. Kronenfeld is both a scholar and a poet (as well as a more occasional writer of fiction, memoir, essays and reviews). She has taught English Literature at the University of California, Irvine, the University of California, Riverside and Purdue University. She has published over a dozen articles on Renaissance and other literary topics in various journals. Her in-depth historical-cultural-linguistic study, King Lear and the Naked Truth: Rethinking the Language of Religion and Resistance was published by Duke University Press in 1998. Because of it, Dr. Kronenfeld was named one of the two recipients of the University of California, Riverside, 1996-97 non-Senate Distinguished Researcher Award.

In midlife, Judy Kronenfeld turned back to her childhood love of writing poetry. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous magazines such as Natural Bridge, The Portland Review, Passages North, Poetry International, Chariton Review, Kansas Quarterly, The Manhattan Poetry Review, The Evansville Review, The Mississippi Valley Review, The Louisville Review, The MacGuffin, Hiram Poetry Review, Snake Nation Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, The Pedestal, Barnwood, The Women's Review of Books, Calyx and Cimarron Review.. She is the author of two chapbooks, Disappeared Down Dark Wells and Still Falling (Inevitable Press, 2000), and Ghost Nurseries (Finishing Line, 2005), and two full-length collections, Shadow of Wings (Bellflower, 1991) and Light Lowering in Diminished Sevenths, which won the 2007 Annual Litchfield Review Book Award in the poetry category, and will be published in 2008 by the Litchfield Review Press.

Friday, July 18, 2008

David Biespiel: Poet, Writer-In-Residence, Editor of Poetry Northwest

David Biespiel was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1964 and grew up in Houston, Texas. He has degrees from Boston University and the University of Maryland. A former NCAA scholarship diver who competed in the United States National Diving Championships, he continues to coach national, international and Olympic-caliber divers. The recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize, the Individual Artist Award in Poetry from the Maryland Arts Council and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, Biespiel has taught at several colleges, including Stanford University. He now lives in Portland, Oregon, where he is Director and Writer-in-Residence of The Attic Writers’ Workshop and also teaches at Oregon State University.

Biespiel’s second book of poems, Wild Civility, was published in 2003 by University of Washington Press in a new series edited by Linda Bierds. His first book of poems, Shattering Air, was published by BOA Editions in 1996. He writes a monthly poetry column for The Oregonian and edits the recently revived Poetry Northwest, once revered as the longest-running poetry-only journal in the United States, and now back in print in a new format.
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Friday, July 11, 2008

Tea With Dante: Poetry by Brian Michael Tracy, Music from Andy Hill, Renee Safier and Marty Rifkin

Brian had been working on a book of poetry when he attended a Lucinda Williams concert where, between songs, her father Miller Williams read his poetry. Brian thought that Andy and Renee might be the perfect choice to do something similar. The folk/rock duo had carved a niche for themselves in Los Angeles as one of the few acts playing over 200 local and out-of-town dates per year either as a duo, with their band Hard Rain, at their annual Bob Dylan Birthday Party (now in its 17th year), or recreating The Band’s legendary Last Waltz concert. Andy and Renee paired their folk/rock music sensibilities and vast catalogue of favorite tunes and originals with Brian’s poetry. “We began to place songs within the context of the poems to weave themes in and around each piece to create a kind of conversation,” states Brian. This unique performance concept resulted in an Evening of Music & Poetry performed monthly since January 2007 at various venues in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Brian graduated from Harvard University and putting his writing on hold, moved to California to start a career in real estate. When his wife introduced him to yoga several years ago, Brian rediscovered his love of poetry and started writing again. Since then his poems have been featured in Gentle Strength Quarterly and several issues of Yogi Times Magazine. Andy Hill is a student of the folk and rock classics and has won several songwriting awards, including for “Two Trains,” one of the featured songs on Midnight Tea. In 2005 Renee Safier’s blues and jazz vocal chops won the Telluride Blues Festival’s Acoustic Blues Competition. Midnight Tea and Driving With Dante are also available through and other selected outlets.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

From THE GULF WAR: "Dry Land Drowning" by Jamie Phillips

" Dry Land Drowning" by Jamie Phillips is an incredible and compassionate story about his Gulf War experience published in The Gulf War: Many Perspectives from 1992. Special thanks to David Rovics for use of his stunning, compassionate song, The Firefighter. The Gulf War: Many Perspectives anthology edited by Belinda Subraman ISBN: 0-935839-13-5 1992, perfect bound, glossy three-tone cover, 164 pages, (out of print) A collection of stories, essays, journals entries, letter excerpts and poetry sharing true experiences of the Gulf War, minus media hype and political propaganda. "Again and again, the selections return to the theme of making the war real, of finding an angle that reveals the horrid effects of war in specific human lives." --Jim Sullivan, Coal city Review "…gives us a rare, honest and uncompromising look at the true, agonizing history and devastating personal consequences of our most recent war." --Edward Tick, The Arkansas Quarterly "I appreciate your thoughtfulness." --Joan Rivers
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