New Writing Series reading by Maggie Nelson and Daniel Tiffany

Maggie Nelson is a poet, scholar, critic, and creative nonfiction writer. Her books of nonfiction include a work of cultural and art criticism, The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (2011; reviewed on the cover of the New York Times Book Review, which also named it an Editors’ Choice and Notable Book of the Year); a meditation on the color blue, Bluets (2009); a work of poetry criticism, Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (2007; winner of the Susanne M. Glasscock Award for Interdisciplinary Scholarship); and The Red Parts: A Memoir (2007; named a Notable Book of the Year by the State of Michigan). Her books of poetry include Something Bright, Then Holes (2007), Jane: A Murder (2005; finalist, the PEN/ Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir), The Latest Winter (2003) and Shiner (2001; finalist, the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award). Her next book, The Argonauts, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in May 2015. Since 2005, she has been on the faculty of the School of Critical Studies at CalArts.

Daniel Tiffany is the author of a chapbook and nine slim volumes of poetry and literary theory, including My Silver Planet:  A Secret History of Poetry and Kitsch (Johns Hopkins University Press) and Neptune Park (Omnidawn), which landed on the Poetry Foundation’s list of “Staff Picks” for 2013.  Earlier collections of poetry include Privado (Action Books) andThe Dandelion Clock (Tinfish Press).  His poems have appeared in the Paris Review, Poetry, Tin House, Boston Review, Fence, New American Writing, jubilat, Verse, Lana Turner, and other journals.  Tiffany has also published translations of texts by Sophocles and the Italian poet Cesare Pavese, as well as Georges Bataille’s pornographic tale, Madame Edwarda.  He has been awarded the Chicago Review Poetry Prize, a Whiting Fellowship, and the Berlin Prize in 2012 by the American Academy.

New Writing Series readings by Monica Mody and Sawako Nakayasu

MONICA MODY’s KALA PANI just came out from 1913 Press. Mody has published three chapbooks of poetry & cross-genre experiments, and her writing has appeared in The Harper Collins Book of English Poetry, &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, Boston Review, The Volta, iARTistas, and Paragraphiti, among other places. Mody is a contributor to Montevidayo and is currently completing a Ph.D. in East-West Psychology at San Francisco.

SAWAKO NAKAYASU writes and translates poetry, and also occasionally creates performances and short films. Her most recent books are The Ants (Les Figues, forthcoming 2014) and a translation of Sagawa Chika’s Collected Poems (Canarium Books, forthcoming 2014). Other books include Texture Notes (Letter Machine Editions, 2010),Hurry Home Honey (Burning Deck, 2009), and Mouth: Eats Color – Sagawa Chika Translations, Anti-translations, & Originals, which is a multilingual work of both original and translated poetry. She has received fellowships from the NEA and PEN, and her own work has been translated into Japanese, Norwegian, Swedish, Arabic, Chinese, and Vietnamese. More information can be found here:

Srikanth Reddy and Suzanne Buffam reading for the New Writing Series

SRIKANTH REDDY is the author of two books of poetry—Facts for Visitors and Voyager—and a critical study of modern American poetry, Changing Subjects.  He is an associate professor of English at the University of Chicago, where he directs the Program in Poetry and Poetics.

SUZANNE BUFFAM is a Canadian poet, author of two collections of poetry. Her first, Past Imperfect, won the Gerald Lampert Award in 2006. Her second, The Irrationalist, was a finalist for the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize.  She lives in Chicago.

New Writing Series reading by Tomaž Šalamun and Johannes Göransson

Considered Slovenia’s greatest living poet, Tomaž Šalamun has been dubbed “Nobelisable” (a candidate who could perfectly well win the Nobel Prize) by several major European newspapers (The Guardian, El Mundo, FAZ) and “One of Europe’s great philosophical wonders” by Jorie Graham. He was born in Zagreb in 1941, and is one of the foremost figures of the Eastern European poetical avant-garde. He is revered by many American poets for his unique surrealistic style. His books have been translated into twenty-one languages, and nine of his thirty-seven books of poetry have been published in English. His first collection, Poker, was published when he was only twenty-five. His most recent collections are There’s the Hand and There’s the Arid Chair (Counterpath Press, 2009, translated by Thomas Kane and others); The Blue Tower (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011, translated by Michael Biggins); The Book for My Brother (Harcourt, 2006, translated by Christopher Merrill and others); Poker (Ugly Duckling Press, 2003, 2008, translated by Joshua Beckman); Row (ARCpublications, 2006, translated by Joshua Beckman); Woods and Chalices (Harcourt, 2008, translated by Brian Henry), and On the Tracks of Wild Game (2012).

Johannes Göransson is the author of 5 books (most recently Haute Surveillance) and the translator of several books of Swedish poetry, including books by Aase Berg and Johan Jönson. He edits Action Books, blogs at and teaches at the University of Notre Dame.

New Writing Series readings by Paul Naylor and Hank Lazer, October 30, 2013

Paul Naylor’s fourth full-length book of poetry, Book of Changes, was published by Shearsman Books in 2012. Earlier books include Playing Well With Others (Singing Horse Press, 2004), Arranging Nature (Chax Press, 2006), and Jammed Transmission (Tinfish Press, 2009). He is also the author of Poetic Investigations: Singing the Holes in History (1999), a study of five contemporary poets—Susan Howe, Nathaniel Mackey, Lyn Hejinian, Kamau Brathwaite, and M. Nourbese Philip. He lives in San Diego, where he directs Singing Horse Press.

Hank Lazer has published seventeen books of poetry, including Portions(Lavender Ink, 2009), The New Spirit (Singing Horse, 2005), Elegies & Vacations (Salt, 2004), and Days (Lavender Ink, 2002).   Lazer’s seventeenth book of poetry N18 (complete), a handwritten book, is available from Singing Horse Press. Lazer is Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of English at the University of Alabama, where he is Executive Director for Creative Campus and edits the Modern and Contemporary Poetics Series for the University of Alabama Press.  Over the past fifteen years, Lazer has collaborated with various jazz musicians, filmmakers, choreographers, and visual artists in seeking new ways to present poetry.  In 2008,Lyric & Spirit: Selected Essays, 1996-2008 was published by Omnidawn. 

MFA student readings by Amanda Martin Sandino, Cathiana Sylne and Franciszka Voeltz

Mandy is an experimental poet/artist currently engaging with the San Diego
literary scene. She is working on her MFA in Writing at UC San Diego,
where projects include a lengthy prosetry noir, an impossible play, and a
chapbook composed of materials found at ComiCon. Her poetry is available
for viewing at the Clamor Literary Arts Journal, the 3:15 Experiment, the
Northwest Comedy Network, and her personal blog.

Cathiana Sylne was born in Roche-A-Bateau, Haiti, to farmers and fishermen
by the sea.  Her voice as a writer draws from her cross-cultural
experience as a Haitian woman living away from home. Family, love,
political strife, and cultural identity are common topics woven throughout
her work. She has a background in filmmaking, a deep love of banana trees,
and enjoys listening to the sea.

The question, is it possible that poems can do things? For instance, can
they undo the racist capitalist heteropatriachy we live under? As a
community writing workshop facilitator, Voeltz has witnessed poems
affecting subtler change. As a poet who believes in writing as social
practice, she is invested in writing that disrupts and agitates and
language that connects and heals. Franciszka has been reading and writing
a lot about water and is currently curating a collective poem to the
entire planet at Voeltz maintains a
daily writing practice (the detail collector) on the world wide web and
her poems have appeared in various publications including Flaneur Foundry,
Ocho, and Analecta Literary Journal.

New Writing Series reading with Evan Lavender-Smith and Carmen Giménez Smith, recorded May 1, 2013

Evan Lavender-Smith was born in Iowa in 1977. He attended the University of California at Berkeley and New Mexico State University. He is the author of From Old Notebooks (Blazevox, 2010) and Avatar (Six Gallery Press, 2011), Editor-In-Chief of Noemi Press, and Prose and Drama Editor of Puerto Del Sol. His writing has recently appeared in Fence, No Colony, Post Road, and Evergreen Review. He is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at New Mexico State University. He Lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of a memoir, Bring Down the Little Birds, four poetry collections— Milk and FilthGoodbye, FlickerThe City She Was, and Odalisque in Pieces. She is the recipient of a 2011 American Book Award, the 2011 Juniper Prize for Poetry, and a 2011-2012 fellowship in creative nonfiction from the Howard Foundation. Formerly a Teaching-Writing Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she now teaches in the creative writing programs at New Mexico State University, while serving as the editor-in-chief of the literary journal Puerto del Sol and the publisher of Noemi Press.