The winner of the NBCC Award for Poetry offers up a spirited collection of short lyric essays, written daily over a tumultuous year, reminding us of the purpose and pleasure of praising, extolling, and celebrating ordinary wonders.
Ross Gay’s The Book of Delights is a genre-defying book of essays—some as short as a paragraph; some as long as five pages—that record the small joys that occurred in one year, from birthday to birthday, and that we often overlook in our busy lives. His is a meditation on delight that takes a clear-eyed view of the complexities, even the terrors, in his life, including living in America as a black man; the ecological and psychic violence of our consumer culture; the loss of those he loves. Among Gay’s funny, poetic, philosophical delights: the way Botan Rice Candy wrappers melt in your mouth, the volunteer crossing guard with a pronounced tremor whom he imagines as a kind of boat-woman escorting pedestrians across the River Styx, a friend’s unabashed use of air quotes, pickup basketball games, the silent nod of acknowledgment between black people. And more than any other subject, Gay celebrates the beauty of the natural world—his garden, the flowers in the sidewalk, the birds, the bees, the mushrooms, the trees.
This is not a book of how-to or inspiration, though it could be read that way. Fans of Roxane Gay, Maggie Nelson, and Kiese Laymon will revel in Gay’s voice, and his insights. The Book of Delights is about our connection to the world, to each other, and the rewards that come from a life closely observed. Gay’s pieces serve as a powerful and necessary reminder that we can, and should, stake out a space in our lives for delight.
Bridge and Delta Publishing in partnership with the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), and PapaLoDown Agency takes “Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong,” on a 15-city national book tour, starting with Delano, California, on Feb. 8, 2019.
The Distinguished Poets Series of readings is held on Saturdays at 1 pm on the dates listed below at the Poetry Center, 32 Church Street, Paterson, New Jersey.
All readings are free and open to the public. Open readings follow the featured readers when time allows.
Tanya Olson lives in Silver Spring, Maryland and is a Lecturer in English at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). Her first book, Boyishly, was published by YesYes Books in 2013 and was awarded a 2014 American Book Award. She has won the Discovery/Boston Review prize and was named a Lambda Emerging Writers Fellow by the Lambda Literary Foundation. Her poem "54 Prince" was included in Best American Poetry 2015.
Patrick Rosal is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Brooklyn Antediluvian, which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award and winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Rosal’s other three books are Boneshepherds, My American Kundiman, a winner of the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award, and Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive, winner of the Asian American Writers Workshop Members’ Choice Award. His writing has appeared in Tin House, New England Review, Poetry, Best American Poetry, Grantland, and many other journals and anthologies. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fulbright Research Program, Rosal has been a featured performer internationally in Greece, South Africa, the UK and at various spaces in the Caribbean, South America, and the Philippines. He is an Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-Camden.
Workshop with Tanya Olson or Patrick Rosal 10 am to 12 pm
Literary Legacies, a collaboration between Queens College MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation and the Poetry Society of America, brings two writers together to read and talk about their work. Readings by poets Jennifer Chang and Patrick Rosal will be followed by a conversation moderated by Julius Baltonado and a book signing.
Wes Matthews, the new Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate, is a Detroit-born, Philadelphia-based poet and essayist. He is a 2x Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival competitor, a 2016 TEDxDetroit speaker, and winner of the 2018 Philly Slam League All-Star Slam. His work can be found in Detroit Free Press, Eunoia Review, Dreginald Magazine, and more. Wes forges his work with an imaginative eye on the darkness of cultural and historical landscapes, connecting them with personal ideals and forward-thinking hope.
Patrick Rosal is a poet, essayist, interdisciplinary artist, and musician/composer/arranger. He is the author of four books of poetry, most recently, Brooklyn Antediluvian, which won the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets and was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award. His writing has appeared in Best American Poetry, the New York Times, American Poetry Review, Grantland, and many other journals and anthologies. He has been a featured performer across four continents and at hundreds of venues and festivals throughout the United States. A recipient of residencies from Civitella Ranieri and the Lannan Foundation, he has been awarded fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fulbright Core Researcher Program. He currently teaches at Princeton University as Visiting Associate Professor and is a full-time associate professor of the MFA program at Rutgers University-Camden.
Yolanda Wisher is the author of Monk Eats an Afro (Hanging Loose Press, 2014) and the co-editor of Peace is a Haiku Song (Philadelphia Mural Arts, 2013). Wisher performs a unique blend of poetry and song with her band The Afroeaters, and her work has been featured in a variety of media including Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade, GOOD Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Contemporary Black Canvas, Radio Times, PoetryNOW, Ploughshares, and CBC Radio. A Pew Fellow & Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence, Wisher was named the inaugural Poet Laureate of Montgomery County Pennsylvania in 1999 and the third Poet Laureate of Philadelphia in 2016. Wisher taught high school English for a decade, served as Director of Art Education for Philadelphia Mural Arts, and founded and directed the Germantown Poetry and Outbound Poetry Festivals. She has led workshops and curated events in partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Free Library of Philadelphia, and U.S. Department of Arts & Culture. Wisher was the 2017-2018 CPCW Fellow in Poetics and Poetic Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, and she is currently the Curator of Spoken Word at Philadelphia Contemporary.
Cynthia Arrieu-King is associate professor of creative writing at Stockton University. Her books are People are Tiny in Paintings of China (Octopus Books 2010) and Manifest, winner of the Gatewood Prize chosen by Harryette Mullen (Switchback Books 2013). Her poems will appear this year in Poetry, TriQuarterly, and Crazyhorse.
Patrick Rosal is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Brooklyn Antediluvian, which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award and winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Rosal’s other three books are Boneshepherds, My American Kundiman, a winner of the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award, and Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive, winner of the Asian American Writers Workshop Members’ Choice Award. His writing has appeared in Tin House, New England Review, Poetry, Best American Poetry, and many other journals and anthologies. He has been a featured performer internationally in Greece, South Africa, the UK and at hundreds of spaces in the Caribbean, South America, the Philippines, and the U.S. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the Fulbright Scholar Program. He is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Camden where he directs the MFA Program.
The World Above Series in Atlantic City is hosted by Stockton University Writing professor Emari DiGiorgio. This dynamic series hosts a phenomenal open mic at 7PM and a featured reader at 8PM the last Wednesday of each month. We strongly recommend you get to know the poetry community in and around Atlantic City through this vibrant regular event.
Readings of Tom’s work by Billy Collins, Terrance Hayes, Edward Hirsch, Marie Howe, Mary Karr,Patrick Rosal, Vijay Seshadri, and Amber Rose Tamblyn. Introduced by Jeffrey McDaniel, and including a poem set to music by Joan as Policewoman (aka Joan Wasser)
Co-sponsored by Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, Poets House, Sarah Lawrence College, Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, and the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center
free for anyone with blood coursing through their veins
Please join me on December 15th for FREE WATER #22 which will feature four wonderful poets/artists/writers including Chase Berggrun, Marina Carreira, Patrick Rosal and Ricardo Maldonado.
Chase Berggrun is a trans poet. They are the author of R E D, forthcoming from Birds, LLC in 2018. Their work has appeared in the Lambda Literary Spotlight, Barrelhouse, Pinwheel, PEN Poetry Series, Sixth Finch, Diagram, The Offing, Beloit Poetry Journal, & elsewhere. They received their MFA from New York University, & they are poetry editor at Big Lucks. They are alive on the internet: @patriphobe.
Marina Carreira is a Luso-American writer from Newark, NJ. She holds a MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University, and is curator of "Brick City Speaks," a monthly reading series in Newark. Marina’s chapbook, “I Sing to That Bird Knowing It Won’t Sing Back” was published May 2017 by Finishing Line Press. Her work is featured in Paterson Literary Review, The Acentos Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Hinchas de Poesia, among others.
Ricardo Alberto Maldonado was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He is the translator of Dinapiera Di Donato's Collateral (National Poetry Series/Akashic Books) and the recipient of poetry fellowships from Queer/Arts/Mentorship and the New York Foundation for the Arts. His poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, Boston Review, Guernica, Denver Quarterly and elsewhere. He is managing director at the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center and co-hosts the EMPIRE reading series with Hafizah Geter.
A 2017 John Simon Guggenheim Poetry Fellow, PATRICK ROSAL is the author of four full-length poetry collections. His newest book, Brooklyn Antediluvian (2016), was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award for Poetry and winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Previously, Boneshepherds (2011) was named a small press highlight by the National Book Critics Circle. He is also the author of My American Kundiman (2006), and Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive (2003). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the Fulbright Scholars Program. He teaches in the MFA program at Rutgers-Camden.
Two old friends meet again who could occupy either page or stage! Hosted by Steven Willis.
"Where the Pulitzer Prize meets the Poetry Slam." We are now BACK where we started over a decade ago: The Bowery Poetry Club! Two poets take the stage together and read back and forth, poem for poem, in an ongoing poetic conversation about where poetry exists. Visit www.PageMeetsStage.com for the full schedule of who is meeting whom each month. Pairings occur on the fourth Sunday of every month from September through November. We typically take June, July, and August off. We are now ALL AGES! NO REFUNDS AVAILABLE AFTER NOON ON THE DAY OF THE SHOW.
Doors open at 5:45 pm
Show starts at 6:00 pm
Show ends before 7:30 pm
Join us for poet, author, and essayist Patrick Rosal’s residency in the Park, from October 3-8.
Make sure to pick up a free poster in the Park, featuring exclusive images provided by Rosal and his artist residency schedule.
Wednesday, October 4, 5-7pm – Rehearsal
Thursday, October 5, 5-7pm – Artist talk
Friday, October 6, 5-7pm – Rehearsal
Saturday, October 7, 2-3:30pm/4-6pm – Artist talk/Performance
Sunday, October 8, 3-5pm – Performance
Josiah McElheny’s Prismatic Park will be on view from June 13-October 8. Prismatic Park will be used by three art non-profit organizations—Blank Forms, Danspace Project, and Poets House—to realize new and exciting works. When not occupied by resident artists, the public can access the exhibition as a platform for their own creativity. Look out for a free weekly poster available in the Park.
(TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE. PLEASE COME BACK TO THIS PAGE OR MADISON SQUARE PARK LINK FOR UPDATES)
As if the Black imagination had hit a low point between Reconstruction and the Great Migration, the period between 1890 and 1920 has been called “the nadir” of African American history. But what if this era of Black culture was left out of history in order to preserve the American fantasy of imperialism and expansionism? What if, as a result of the distortion of the story of the Philippine-American War (c.1898-), Filipino and Filipino American history was lost along with its Black counterparts as well as crucial instances in which Black folks and Filipinos engaged in correspondence, mutual seeing, and the kinds of collaboration that threaten the white supremacist myths of the state? And how do we see each other in the 21st century? Are we now complicit in the forgetting?
In this talk, Patrick Rosal will discuss figures of the twentieth century like W.E.B. Dubois, Carter G. Woodson, Thomas Edison, and soldier-composer-conductor Walter H. Loving. Lecture material will be drawn from a prose book-in-progress about his mother’s arrival in America during the Civil Rights Era.
The Philadelphia Premier of A Late Style of Fire, a documentary about the poet Larry Levis. Followed by a panel discussion on race, class, and literary communities featuring Jacob Winterstein, Kirwyn Sutherland, Cindy Arrieu-King and Patrick Rosal.
This event is free and open to the public, must show an ID to get in the building
Entrance to the Bonnell Building is on 17th Street, on the east side of the street, just south of Spring Garden. The Bonnell Auditorium is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible.
This event is organized by Community College of Philadelphia's Diversity Council and is co-sponsored by Drop the Mic, CCP's Creative Writing program, Philalalia, and Thread Makes Blanket press.
The struggle to topple Confederate statues around the country is a challenge to rewrite the textbook version of American history we’re supposed to believe in. Poets Patrick Rosal, Bao Phi, and Sokunthary Svay confront nationalist mythology with lyrical odes to the America we struggle against, and the one being built through struggle. Patrick Rosal—who the Academy of American Poets honored for writing the best book of poetry of the year—uncovers forgotten multi-racial histories through his family’s journey from the Phillipines to Brooklyn. Bao Phi and Sokunthary Svay trace their arrival into Minneapolis and the Bronx as refugees. They speak into existence defiant new American imaginaries, inspired by hip hop and the invisibilized Asian American urban poor. Come through!
RESERVE A SEAT!
$5 SUGGESTED DONATION | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The New Salon is an exciting national series where a featured poet reads for 30 minutes and then participates in a 20-minute sit-down Q&A discussion. After the Q&A, there is a book-signing/reception. Past readers for The New Salon at NYU have included Jorie Graham, Claudia Rankine, Charles Simic, Yusef Komunyakaa, Edward Hirsch, Nikky Finney, and Lucie Brock-Broido.
The Loft presents Patrick Rosal and Elissa Altman as they discuss elements of craft in writing. Patrick will read from his latest work, a book of poems entitled Brooklyn Antediluvian, and Elissa will read from her forthcoming memoir Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw before settling in to elaborate on matters of craft, inspiration, history, and politics, and how they converge in the mind of a writer intent on telling her or his story.
• Regular: $15.00
• Member: $13.50
(The first of two events I'll be doing at The Loft Center this week.)
Saturday, Nov. 5th, 8pm in Hollywood. $10 at the door.
Dirty Laundry Lit: O
& Patrick Rosal
Hosted by Jeff Eyres
Live Set by DJ Thing
Produced by: Natashia Deon
Thursday, October 20th
Gelman Library Room 702
Join the GW English department for our latest edition of the Jenny McKean Moore Reading Series featuring Patrick Rosal, the author of 4 full-length poetry collections