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Mar.24.2011
Today's NBF Poetry Blog Feature: John Ashbery's Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror
Greetings!  This is just a quick reminder that the National Book Foundation is still rolling out the blogs on its winners of the Award in Poetry.  We're right around the halfway point -- a good time for those who meant to check it out, but haven't yet found the time, to drop by the site and skim...
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Feb.18.2011
National Book Foundation / National Book Awards
Greetings!  This is just a brief post to direct you to some reading elsewhere, for those who might be interested.  The National Book Foundation, which offers the National Book Awards each year in various categories, is hosting an online retrospective of more than 60 years of American poetry, via a...
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Feb.06.2011
Back Home from AWP in D.C.
Greetings!  I am at home, sitting in my comfy chair, slowly recovering from the intensity of three full days at the 2011 AWP Conference.  Is anyone reading this unfamiliar with AWP?  It used to stand for "Associated Writing Programs," or something similar, but it's worded a bit more...
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Jan.18.2011
Cave Canem
Greetings!  I don't typically blog with direct requests, not even to promote my own books, but today I am making an exception.  I'd like everyone who cares enough about my poetry to read this blog to be aware of an amazing organization, without which my journey as a poet would have been very...
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Jan.17.2011
"The time is always right to do what is right."
Today we celebrate the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr., a man known to America and the world because of his commitment to peace: peace as the goal and as the key strategy. If ever we needed a holiday to focus us on this ideal, it is now.  I am unable to resist wondering what King would have to say...
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Jan.11.2011
Getting My Hands on *the new black* for the First Time!
In the Red Room, I don't have to tell you that one of the happiest days a writer can have is the day she holds a new book -- her own book -- in her hands for the first time.  When you have made it through the days, weeks, months, and years when you thought you'd never write a single good line or...
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Jan.03.2011
The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss
Greetings!  I hope that your 2011 has gotten off to a wonderful start and wish you joy and peace throughout the year to come! As promised, here again are three short questions with three brief answers: 1) Have you read anything interesting lately?  Yes, I have!  Have I mentioned that I am a fantasy...
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Dec.12.2010
Paula Giddings' biography of Ida B. Wells
Ahem.  It has been about four months, I'm sad to say, since I was able to make time to post to this blog.  I am shocked that I still receive visitors here, though my dashboard tells me it is true.  : )  Hello, visitors!  Isn't it about time you found even a little, tiny new thing on this page???...
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Aug.10.2010
Poets on Teaching: A Sourcebook
Greetings!  I don't know how many of you reading this are teachers of poetry -- whether regularly or occasionally, whether as literature or as a writing practice, whether in a school setting or beyond the walls of the traditional classroom -- but I am talking to you.  There's a new book available...
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Jul.30.2010
The New Black???
Greetings!  I'm writing today with some of the news I promised to share a few weeks ago.  The summer has been just as busy as the school year normally is for me, which means that keeping my blog updated has not been easy to do.  : ) But, anyway, now is as good a time as any to share this news with...
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Jul.16.2010
Squaw Valley Poetry Benefit Reading
Greetings!  This is just a quick posting to invite all Red Roomers and others visiting the site who live in the San Francisco area to come gather in the name of poetry tonight!  The reading, a benefit, will feature Kazim Ali, Forrest Gander, Brenda Hillman, Dean Young, and myself, and the proceeds...
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Jul.01.2010
Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell
Greetings!  Yesterday, I had a brief exchange with the graphic novelist Belle Yang (check out pages from her new book on her blog beginning here), in which she mused on the tendency we humans have to hoard things, in the face of the inevitability of loss.  I told her it reminded me of an amazing...
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Jun.20.2010
An Evening at the Center for Book Arts' Broadside Reading Series
Greetings! After a long(ish) silence, a poet returns to voice . . .  I won't spend much time here offering excuses or explanations for my three months away from this blog, except to say that academic work, poetry projects, and family commitments combined to create a "perfect storm" of...
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Apr.16.2010
Black Nature Editor & Contributors
Greetings!  A recent response to my earlier post on the wonderful anthology Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry has reminded me that I should share a bit of news in that regard.  First, this coming Monday morning, April 19th, the editor of the anthology, Camille Dungy,...
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Apr.01.2010
National Poetry Month
Greetings!  It's been awhile since I've had time I felt I could spare for this blog.  I've missed being up on the Red Room news!  Life intervenes, however, as I'm sure most everyone understands . . . Not only blogging, but also the writing of poetry itself has been on hold -- more or less -- for...
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