Oct
1
6:30 pm18:30

Jordan Zandi to Read at The Big Big Mess Reading Series

  • Annabell's Bar and Lounge

On October 1st, Jordan Zandi, author of Solarium (2016), will be reading at The Big Big Mess Reading Series. Zandi will be reading alongside writers Matt Hart, Holly Amos, and Ryan Collins The reading is set to take place at Annabell's Bar and Lounge in Akron, Ohio.

"Simplicity is the highest form of sophistication,” Da Vinci said, and Jordan Zandi was listening. Rather than overpower the reader with flashy intelligence or dazzle via the latest fashion, this poet offers startling discoveries of expression. With straightforward syntax and diction Zandi’s poems find their way to fresh sound and unexplored regions of the interior.

Jordan Zandi grew up in the rural Midwest, and in 2011 graduated with an MFA in poetry from Boston University, where he was the recipient of a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship to Bolivia. His poetry has appeared in The New Republic and Little Star.

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Oct
14
7:00 pm19:00

Jordan Zandi to Read at Literati Bookstore

  • Literati Bookstore

Jordan Zandi will be reading from his new collection, Solarium (2016), at the Literati Bookstore on October 14th. He will be accompanied by poets Amanda Rybin Koob and Hannah Webster. The reading will take place in Ann Arbor, MI. 

"Simplicity is the highest form of sophistication,” Da Vinci said, and Jordan Zandi was listening. Rather than overpower the reader with flashy intelligence or dazzle via the latest fashion, this poet offers startling discoveries of expression. With straightforward syntax and diction Zandi’s poems find their way to fresh sound and unexplored regions of the interior.

Jordan Zandi grew up in the rural Midwest, and in 2011 graduated with an MFA in poetry from Boston University, where he was the recipient of a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship to Bolivia. His poetry has appeared in The New Republic and Little Star.

 

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Sep
25
3:00 pm15:00

Jordan Zandi to read at The Bloomington Writers Guild

  • Bloomington and Monroe County Convention Center

On September 25th, Jordan Zandi, author of Solarium, will be reading at the Last Sunday Poetry Reading and Open Mic as part of The Writers Guild at Bloomington. Zandi will be reading with Jason Ammerman, author of Dreaming is Nothing but Dreaming and All Grown Up. The reading is set to take place at the Bloomington and Monroe Country Convention Center in Bloomington, Indiana. 

"Simplicity is the highest form of sophistication,” Da Vinci said, and Jordan Zandi was listening. Rather than overpower the reader with flashy intelligence or dazzle via the latest fashion, this poet offers startling discoveries of expression. With straightforward syntax and diction Zandi’s poems find their way to fresh sound and unexplored regions of the interior.

 

Jordan Zandi grew up in the rural Midwest, and in 2011 graduated with an MFA in poetry from Boston University, where he was the recipient of a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship to Bolivia. His poetry has appeared in The New Republic and Little Star.

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Sep
21
4:30 pm16:30

Jenny Johnson to Read in Althea Ward Clark W'21 Reading Series

  • McCarter Theater Center

On Wednesday, September 21, Jenny Johnson will be reading her work as part of the Althea Ward Clark W'21 Reading Series in Princeton, New Jersey. Johnson will read alongside author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Joy Williams. The event will take place at 4:30 PM at the Berlind Theater at McCarter Theater Center. This event is free and open to the public. 

Sinuous and sensual, the poems of In Full Velvet interrogate the nuances of desire, love, gender, ecology, LGBTQ lineage and community, and the tension between a body’s material limits and the forms made possible by the imagination. Characterized by formal poise, vulnerability, and compassion, Johnson's debut collection is one of resounding generosity and grace.

Jenny Johnson is a 2015 recipient of a Whiting Award and a 2016-2017 Hodder Fellowship at Princeton. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2012, Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly, and Troubling the Line: Trans & Genderqueer Poetry & Poetics.

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Sep
18
10:00 am10:00

Sarah Gorham to Read at Kentucky Women Writers Conference

  • Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning

On September 18, Sarabande's own Sarah Gorham will be reading as part of the Stars of the Commonwealth, the final event of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference. She will be joined by authors Julie Hensley and Bobbie Ann Mason. The reading will start at 10:00 AM at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Sarah Gorham is the author of four collections of poetry: Bad Daughter (Four Way Books, 2011), The Cure (Four Way Books, 2003), The Tension Zone (Four Way Books, 1996), and Don't Go Back to Sleep (Galileo Press, 1989). Individual poems have been published in Best American Poetry 2006, American Poetry Review, Pool, Gettysburg Review, Antaeus, The Nation, Kenyon Review, Paris Review, Open City, Georgia Review, Grand Street, Southern Review, among other places. She also writes essays and they have appeared in Iowa Review, Agni, Quarterly West, Prairie Schooner, Arts & Letters, Real Simple, and Poets and Writers. Gorham serves as President and Editor-in-Chief of Sarabande Books.

Sep
17
11:50 am11:50

Mike Scalise to speak at John Hopkins Pituitary Patient Day.

  • John Hopkins Mt. Washington Conference Center

On Saturday, September 17, Mike Scalise will give a talk as part of John Hopkins 8th Annual Pituitary Patient Day. Scalise will be discussing his experience with low cortisol as to raise awareness for diseases of pituitary gland. Pituitary Patient Day will begin at 9:30 AM and Scalise will begin his talk at 11:50 AM at the Johns Hopkins Mt. Washington Conference Center, Baltimore, Maryland. 

After a ruptured pituitary tumor leaves Mike Scalise with the hormone disorder acromegaly at age 24, he must navigate a new, alien world of illness maintenance. His mother, who has a chronic heart condition and a flair for drama, serves as a complicated model. A moving, funny exploration of how we define ourselves by the stories we choose to tell.

Mike Scalise’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Agni, Indiewire, Ninth Letter, The Paris Review Daily, and other places. He’s an 826DC advisory board member, has received fellowships and scholarships from Bread Loaf, Yaddo, and the Ucross Foundation, and was the Philip Roth Writer in Residence at Bucknell University. His memoir, The Brand New Catastrophe, was the recipient of The Center for Fiction's 2014 Christopher Doheny Award.

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Sep
15
6:00 pm18:00

Amelia Martens to Read at Voice and Vision Literary Series

  • 21c Museum Hotel

On September 15, Amelia Martens will be reading as a part of the Spalding at 21c: Voice and Vision Literary Series. She will be reading alongside authors Jeanne Hammond, Sean Patrick Hill, and Lisa Williams as well as playwright Larry Muhammad and Spalding MFA Alumni Drew Pomeroy and Martin Jennings. The reading series will start at 6:00 PM at 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Amelia Martens's prose poems reveal expansive ideas in compressed language. From the domestic to the geopolitical, from the mundane to the miraculous, from heartbreak to hilarity, these brief vignettes take the form of prayers, parables, confessions, and revelations. Intimate and urgent, Martens's poems are strange, darkly funny, and utterly beguiling.

Amelia Martens is the author of the chapbooks Purgatory (winner of the Spring 2010 Black River Chapbook competition, published by Black Lawrence Press in 2012), Clatter (Floating Wolf Quarterly, 2013), and A Series of Faults (Finishing Line Press, 2014). Her poems have appeared in such journals as Cold Mountain Review, The Connecticut Review, and The Madison Review, among others. Martens received an MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University and lives in Paducah, Kentucky, where she teaches at West Kentucky Community & Technical College. A co-founder of the Rivertown Reading Series, she received an Emerging Artist Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council in 2010.

 

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Sep
8
7:00 pm19:00

Amelia Martens to Read at The Nitty Gritty Magic City Reading Series

  • Desert Island Supply Co.

On September 8, Amelia Martens will be reading as part of Writers on the Mic as part of The Nitty Gritty Magic City Reading Series. She will be reading alongside authors Anthony Vacca and Alina Stefanescu. The event begins at 7:00 PM at the Desert Island Supply Company in Birmingham, Alabama. 

Amelia Martens's prose poems reveal expansive ideas in compressed language. From the domestic to the geopolitical, from the mundane to the miraculous, from heartbreak to hilarity, these brief vignettes take the form of prayers, parables, confessions, and revelations. Intimate and urgent, Martens's poems are strange, darkly funny, and utterly beguiling.

Amelia Martens is the author of the chapbooks Purgatory (winner of the Spring 2010 Black River Chapbook competition, published by Black Lawrence Press in 2012), Clatter (Floating Wolf Quarterly, 2013), and A Series of Faults (Finishing Line Press, 2014). Her poems have appeared in such journals as Cold Mountain Review, The Connecticut Review, and The Madison Review, among others. Martens received an MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University and lives in Paducah, Kentucky, where she teaches at West Kentucky Community & Technical College. A co-founder of the Rivertown Reading Series, she received an Emerging Artist Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council in 2010.

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Sarabande Pop-Up Shop at Flea Off Market
Sep
3
Sep 5

Sarabande Pop-Up Shop at Flea Off Market

Volunteer for a shift at Sarabande's book table! We will provide Sarabande sunglasses, bottled water, and a complimentary book to all volunteers. 

Flea Off Market takes place in the parking lot of Fresh Start Growers Supply, 1007 E Jefferson St (on block of Baxter Ave. between Jefferson St and Market St). 

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Jul
21
11:00 am11:00

Bookbinding Workshop and Volunteer Day

  • Sarabande Books

BE A BOOKBINDER FOR A DAY!

Meet us at Sarabande's NuLu headquarters to learn the basics of bookbinding and help us assemble copies of If I Ruled the World, an anthology of poetry and other writing from kids at Americana Community Center who took part in this summer's Sarabande Writing Labs

All supplies will be provided; no experience is necessary. Please contact program director Kristen Miller with any questions or to reserve your spot as a bookmaker! kmiller@sarabandebooks.org

Sarabande Writing Labs is an arts education program serving under-resourced communities in Kentucky through creative writing workshops. Anthologies are given as gifts to all program participants and any proceeds from sales support the Sarabande Writing Labs program.

Matthew Neill Null Book Tour
Jun
10
Aug 6

Matthew Neill Null Book Tour

This summer, 2014 Mary McCarthy Prize Winner Matthew Neill Null will be touring to promote Allegheny Front, his newest collection of short stories, which The Rumpus calls, "astonishingly vivid. . . .stories of symphonic complexity and power." 

Honoring Allegheny Front's setting in West Virginia, Null will kick off the tour at the West Virginia Writers' Conference on June 10, 2016. 

You can find the complete list of tour dates and locations below. If Matthew Neill Null is coming to a city near you, make sure to come by and say hello, see him read from Allegheny Front, and grab a signed copy! 

 

 

Summer 2016 Tour Dates

RIPLEY, WV
West Virginia Writers' Conference
June 10–12

NASHVILLE, TN
Parnassus Books
6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 16

ATHENS, GA
Avid Books
6:30 p.m., Saturday, June 18

DAVIDSON, NC
Main Street Books
7 p.m., Monday, June 20

CHAPEL HILL, NC
Flyleaf Books
7 p.m., Tuesday, June 21
This special event will feature a reading and conversation with author Rebbecca Makkai.

GREENSBORO, NC
Scuppernong Books
7 p.m., Wednesday, June 22

LEWISBURG, WV
Lewisburg Literary Festival
Saturday, August 6

Jun
9
11:00 am11:00

Help Sarabande Move to NULU

Sarabande Books is moving to Louisville's NULU district! After twenty-two years operating in the Highlands, we're heading downtown to start our next chapter. It's an exciting time, and we want you to be a part of it!

We need some help boxing up twenty-two years of books, office supplies, memorabilia, and more. Drop by anytime from 11am to 4pm to load up a few boxes and play a round of Sarabande Moving Day Bingo. We'll provide coffee, donuts, and a complimentary book for all volunteers who join us.

Let us know you'e coming on our Facebook page!

Sarabande Pop-Up Shop at Flea Off Market
Jun
3
Jun 4

Sarabande Pop-Up Shop at Flea Off Market

  • Fresh Start Growers Supply

Volunteer for a shift at Sarabande's book table! We will provide Sarabande sunglasses, bottled water, and a complimentary book to all volunteers. 

Flea Off Market takes place in the parking lot of Fresh Start Growers Supply, 1007 E Jefferson St (on block of Baxter St between Jefferson St and Market St). 

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May
25
8:00 pm20:00

Amelia Martens to Read in Holler Poet Series in Lexington, KY

  • Al's Bar

On May 25th, Amelia Martens will be reading as part of the Holler poet series, a monthly poetry reading and music series in Lexington, KY. She will be reading alongside fellow Kentucky poet Jeremy Michael Clark. The event is set to begin at 8:00pm at Al's Bar of Lexington.

Amelia Martens's prose poems reveal expansive ideas in compressed language. From the domestic to the geopolitical, from the mundane to the miraculous, from heartbreak to hilarity, these brief vignettes take the form of prayers, parables, confessions, and revelations. Intimate and urgent, Martens's poems are strange, darkly funny, and utterly beguiling.

Amelia Martens is the author of the chapbooks Purgatory (winner of the Spring 2010 Black River Chapbook competition, published by Black Lawrence Press in 2012), Clatter (Floating Wolf Quarterly, 2013), and A Series of Faults (Finishing Line Press, 2014). Her poems have appeared in such journals as Cold Mountain Review, The Connecticut Review, and The Madison Review, among others. Martens received an MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University and lives in Paducah, Kentucky, where she teaches at West Kentucky Community & Technical College. A co-founder of the Rivertown Reading Series, she received an Emerging Artist Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council in 2010.

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Allegheny Front Book Launch at McNally Jackson
May
19
12:00 pm12:00

Allegheny Front Book Launch at McNally Jackson

  • McNally Jackson Books

Matthew Neill Null will be holding a reading and discussion with novelist Sam Lipsyte to celebrate the release of his upcoming book of short stories, Allegheny Front. The book launch will take place May 19th at McNally Jackson Books in New York.

In Allegheny Front Matthew Neill Null brings his homeland of rural West Virginia vividly to life. In Null’s telescopic narration, human and animal populations exist in precarious balance with a landscape ravaged by resource exploitation and failed enterprise. Bears propagate in abandoned strip mines and forage in town dumpsters to the delight of camera-toting locals; a bald eagle torments a hunter after he kills her mate; an ambitious young scientist is forced to reckon with her past and present loyalties when a local man and his daughter interrupt her field research. 

Praise for Allegheny Front:

 “Sometimes lyrical, sometimes scarifying stories. . . . Within that setting of crags, foreboding forests, and onrushing creeks, Null finds poetry and moments that can sometimes bear something like grace.” 
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 “Violence is inevitable in these stories . . . but there is plenty of beauty, too. The scope of the collection contains voices from multiple generations, and the result is a kaleidoscopic portrait of a distinctive region of North America, as well as an exercise in finding the universal in the particular.” 
Publishers Weekly

 “Matthew Neill Null’s stories are exquisite and haunting. They bring to crackling life a place we may think we know, but that under his gaze blossoms into something unexpected.” 
—Stephen Sparks, Green Apple Books

Matthew Neill Null is a writer from West Virginia, a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and a winner of the O. Henry Award. His short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Oxford American, Ploughshares, Mississippi Review, American Short Fiction, Ecotone, PEN / O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere.  He has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, the University of Iowa, and the Michener-Copernicus Society of America.  He now coordinates the writing fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.  His debut novel was published in 2015, Honey from the Lion (Lookout Press). 

Sam Lipsyte was born in 1968. He is the author of the story collections Venus Drive (named one of the top twenty-five books of its year by the Voice Literary Supplement) and The Fun Parts and three novels: The AskThe Subject Steve andHome Land, which was a New York Times Notable Book and received the first annual Believer Book Award. He is also the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship. He lives in New York City and teaches at Columbia University.

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Amy Gustine to Read at Toledo-Lucas County Library in Toledo, OH
May
9
6:30 pm18:30

Amy Gustine to Read at Toledo-Lucas County Library in Toledo, OH

  • Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

On Monday, May 9, Amy Gustine will be reading from her book You Should Pity Us Instead at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library. The reading will take place at 6:30pm in the Huntington Room.

In vivid, searing prose, the stories in You Should Pity Us Instead explore the complex and often contradictory impulses of love, obligation, and morality. An Israeli woman who sneaks into Gaza to reclaim her captive son from militants finds herself assisting in a stranger’s difficult childbirth. Two families—one atheist, the other Christian—confront the limitations of their beliefs. In nineteenth-century Ellis Island, a doctor marks life-changing verdicts on the backs of immigrants in blue chalk. You Should Pity Us Insteadannounces Amy Gustine as an artist of dynamic, capacious vision and generosity.

Amy Gustine's short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, including The Kenyon Review, Black Warrior Review, North American Review, and others. Her story "Goldene Medene" received Special Mention in Pushcart Prize XXXII. She lives in Ohio. 

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Amelia Martens to Read at Porchlight Coffee and Books in Seattle, WA
May
4
6:30 pm18:30

Amelia Martens to Read at Porchlight Coffee and Books in Seattle, WA

  • Prochlight Coffee and Books

On Wednesday, May 4th, Amelia Martens will be reading from her new book of poetry, The Spoons in the Grass are There to Dig a Moat, at Porchlight Coffee and Books in Seattle, WA. She will be joined by poet Gary Copeland Lilley and local Seattle poets Jane Wong, Matthew Kelsey, Chelsea Werner-Jatzke, Benjamin Schmitt, and Sasha LaPointe. The event will begin at 6:30 pm.

Amelia Martens's prose poems reveal expansive ideas in compressed language. From the domestic to the geopolitical, from the mundane to the miraculous, from heartbreak to hilarity, these brief vignettes take the form of prayers, parables, confessions, and revelations. Intimate and urgent, Martens's poems are strange, darkly funny, and utterly beguiling.

Amelia Martens is the author of the chapbooksPurgatory (winner of the Spring 2010 Black River Chapbook competition), Clatter, and A Series of Faults. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Cold Mountain Review, The Connecticut Review, and The Madison Review, among others. Martens received an MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University and lives in Paducah, Kentucky, where she teaches at West Kentucky Community & Technical College. A co-founder of the Rivertown Reading Series, she received an Emerging Artist Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council in 2010.

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Jordan Zandi to read at Malaprop's Bookstore in Asheville, NC
May
1
3:00 pm15:00

Jordan Zandi to read at Malaprop's Bookstore in Asheville, NC

  • Malaprop's Bookstore

On Sunday, May 1, Jordan Zandi will be reading from his new book of poetry Solarium. He will be joined by authors Gary Hawkins and Sally Keith. The reading will begin at 3:00pm. 

"Simplicity is the highest form of sophistication,” Da Vinci said, and Jordan Zandi was listening.  Rather than overpower the reader with flashy intelligence or dazzle via the latest fashion, this poet offers startling discoveries of expression. “So tired–after the swimming,” he says, “–like part of me walks behind me.” With straightforward syntax and diction Zandi’s poems find their way to fresh sound and unexplored regions of the interior. It may seem obvious at first, like a child’s joy. That Zandi knows children is not surprising: there is in the poems an identification of inner and outer so guileless that even his “mere” description delights. 

Jordan Zandi grew up in the rural Midwest, and in 2011 graduated with an MFA in poetry from Boston University, where he was the recipient of a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship to Bolivia.  His poetry has appeared in The New Republic and Little Star

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James Kimbrell to Read at Mosey's in Panama City, FL
Apr
29
10:30 pm22:30

James Kimbrell to Read at Mosey's in Panama City, FL

  • Mosey's

James Kimbrell will be at Mosey's in Panama City, Florida, on Friday, April 29th, to read from his new book of poetry Smote. The event will begin at 10:30 pm. 

Smote reads like an apparition that haunts a racially segregated American South, told through the eyes of a boy confronted by ghosts. Kimbrell presents a landscape of apartment complexes, featureless bars, shotguns, unemployment, and chemically tainted creeks. In language that combines the lushness and comic candor of Faulkner and O’Connor, Kimbrell’s formal mastery tempers an elegiac book.

James Kimbrell is the author of The Gatehouse Heaven and My Psychic, and the co-translator of Three Poets of Modern Korea. He has been the recipient of the Discovery / The Nation Award, a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Ruth Lilly Fellowship, the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry magazine, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Amelia Martens to Speak on Poetry Panel at Southern Kentucky Book Fair in Bowling Green, KY
Apr
23
12:00 pm12:00

Amelia Martens to Speak on Poetry Panel at Southern Kentucky Book Fair in Bowling Green, KY

  • Knicely Conference Center

Amelia Martens will be speaking on a panel titled "Poetry II: Laying it on the Line" at the Southern Kentucky Book Fair. Martens recently published a new book of poetry, The Spoons in the Grass are There to Dig a Moat, which was the 2014 winner of our Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature. For the full presentation schedule, click here, and for more information on the SoKy Book Fair, click here

Amelia Martens is the author of the chapbooks: Purgatory (winner of the Spring 2010 Black River Chapbook competition), Clatter, and A Series of Faults. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Cold Mountain Review, The Connecticut Review, and The Madison Review, among others. Martens received an MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University and lives in Paducah, Kentucky, where she teaches at West Kentucky Community & Technical College. A co-founder of the Rivertown Reading Series, she received an Emerging Artist Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council in 2010.

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Kiki Petrosino to Read at Carmichael's Bookstore in Louisville, KY
Apr
21
7:00 pm19:00

Kiki Petrosino to Read at Carmichael's Bookstore in Louisville, KY

  • Carmichael's Bookstore

Kiki Petrosino will be reading at Carmichael's Bookstore on Thursday, April 21 at 7 P.M. with fellow writers Kim Brooks and Erin Keane. 

Petrosino offers us wildly inventive lyrics that take as launch pad allergenesis, the contents and significance of swamps, a revised notion of marriage, and ancestors—both actual and dreamed. The eponymous second section storms through Chinese delicacies, doubts, and confident proclamations from regions of an exploratory self. Hymn for the Black Terrific is a book of pure astonishment.

Kiki Petrosino was born in Baltimore and received her BA from the University of Virginia. She spent two years teaching English and Italian at a private school, after which she earned graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the Iowa Writer's Workshop. Her debut collection, Fort Red Border (Sarabande, 2009) was praised by The Believerand shortlisted for the 2009 Foreword Book of the Year in Poetry. In 2011, her poem, "Allergenesis," was featured in the Op-Ed section of The New York Times. Other poems have appeared in Tin House, FENCE, jubilat, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. Petrosino is the co-editor of Transom, an independent on-line poetry journal and she teaches creative writing at the University of Louisville.

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Amy Gustine to Read at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, MI
Apr
18
7:00 pm19:00

Amy Gustine to Read at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, MI

  • Literati Bookstore

On Monday, April 18, Amy Gustine will be reading from her debut story collection, You Should Pity Us Instead, at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan. You can see the facebook event here.

In vivid, searing prose, the stories in You Should Pity Us Instead explore the complex and often contradictory impulses of love, obligation, and morality. An Israeli woman who sneaks into Gaza to reclaim her captive son from militants finds herself assisting in a stranger’s difficult childbirth. Two families—one atheist, the other Christian—confront the limitations of their beliefs. In nineteenth-century Ellis Island, a doctor marks life-changing verdicts on the backs of immigrants in blue chalk. You Should Pity Us Instead announces Amy Gustine as an artist of dynamic, capacious vision and generosity.

Amy Gustine's short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, including The Kenyon Review, Black Warrior Review, North American Review, and others. Her story "Goldene Medene" received Special Mention in Pushcart Prize XXXII. She lives in Ohio. 

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Jordan Zandi to Read at Cambridge Public Library in Cambridge, MA
Apr
17
2:00 pm14:00

Jordan Zandi to Read at Cambridge Public Library in Cambridge, MA

  • Cambridge Public Library

Jordan Zandi will be reading  from his new book of poetry, Solarium, at the Cambridge Public Library in Cambridge, MA. The reading will take place on Sunday, April 17 at 2:00pm.

"Simplicity is the highest form of sophistication,” Da Vinci said, and Jordan Zandi was listening.  Rather than overpower the reader with flashy intelligence or dazzle via the latest fashion, this poet offers startling discoveries of expression. “So tired–after the swimming,” he says, “–like part of me walks behind me.” With straightforward syntax and diction Zandi’s poems find their way to fresh sound and unexplored regions of the interior. It may seem obvious at first, like a child’s joy. That Zandi knows children is not surprising: there is in the poems an identification of inner and outer so guileless that even his “mere” description delights. 

Jordan Zandi grew up in the rural Midwest, and in 2011 graduated with an MFA in poetry from Boston University, where he was the recipient of a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship to Bolivia.  His poetry has appeared in The New Republic and Little Star

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Jordan Zandi to read at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, MI
Apr
13
2:30 pm14:30

Jordan Zandi to read at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, MI

  • Literati Bookstore

On Friday, May 1, Jordan Zandi will be reading from his new book of poetry Solarium at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, MI. The reading will begin at 3:00pm. 

"Simplicity is the highest form of sophistication,” Da Vinci said, and Jordan Zandi was listening.  Rather than overpower the reader with flashy intelligence or dazzle via the latest fashion, this poet offers startling discoveries of expression. “So tired–after the swimming,” he says, “–like part of me walks behind me.” With straightforward syntax and diction Zandi’s poems find their way to fresh sound and unexplored regions of the interior. It may seem obvious at first, like a child’s joy. That Zandi knows children is not surprising: there is in the poems an identification of inner and outer so guileless that even his “mere” description delights. 

Jordan Zandi grew up in the rural Midwest, and in 2011 graduated with an MFA in poetry from Boston University, where he was the recipient of a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship to Bolivia.  His poetry has appeared in The New Republic and Little Star

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Sarabande Writing Labs with Sarah Ivens
Apr
10
3:00 pm15:00

Sarabande Writing Labs with Sarah Ivens

A Bereavement Writing Workshop for Mothers

Journalist and bestselling author Sarah Ivens will lead a special writing workshop for women who have lost a child, from pregnancy onwards. Sarah, who has lost pregnancies herself, will share tools for storytelling and facing the blank page. She will guide the group through working on short projects and sharing their writing, as they are comfortable doing so.

This three-workshop series will culminate in a lovingly handcrafted anthology of writing by group participants. There is no fee to participate. Contact sarahlucyivens@gmail.com to reserve a spot. 

Sarah Ivens is a bestselling author of nonfiction from Little, Brown and Random House. She has written for The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph, Brides, Glamour, In Style, and Cosmopolitan amongst others. Sarah is a PhD candidate in Comparative Humanities at University of Louisville

Apr
7
4:30 pm16:30

Rick Barot to Read at Middlebury College in VT

  • Middlebury College

On Thursday, April 7th, Rick Barot will be reading from his award-winning book of poetry Chord at Middlebury College. The reading will take place at 4:30pm in the Coltrane Lounge of the Adirondack House. Chord recently won the 2016 UNT Rilke Prize and is currently a finalist for the LA Time Book Prize and PEN Open Book Award. 

The poems of Chord are without flash or gimmick, and though they accurately reflect our moment, they would have been recognized as superb poetry in any time or place. In this his third book, Rick Barot solidifies and extends his reputation as a meticulous, elegant, musical contemporary American poet.

Rick Barot was born in the Philippines, grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and received his MFA from the The Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. He is the author of The Darker Fall and Want and directs The Rainier Writing Workshop, the low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University.

 

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Mar
30
8:00 pm20:00

Wendy S. Walters and Kiki Petrosino at AWP with the Iowa Review in Los Angeles

  • Ace Hotel

Wendy S. Walters, author of Multiply/Divide, and Kiki Petrosino, author of Hymn for the Black Terrific and Fort Red Border, will read at this Iowa Review sponsored event during AWP Los Angeles at the Ace Hotel rooftop downtown. 

Readers include Mark Levine, Elizabeth Willis, Robin Schiff, John Freeman, Joshua Wheeler, Dora Malech, Amber Tamblyn, Jessica Laser, and Monica McClure. 

Mar
16
7:00 pm19:00

Fenton Johnson to Read at Carmichael's Bookstore in Louisville, KY

  • Carmichael's Bookstore

Fenton Johnson will be reading from his new novel The Man Who Loved Birds at Carmichael's Bookstore on March 16 at 7 P.M.

Having taken great risks -- to immigrate to America, to take monastic vows -- Bengali physician Meena Chatterjee and Brother Flavian are each seeking safety and security when they encounter Johnny Faye, a Vietnam vet, free spirit, and expert marijuana farmer. Amid the fields and forests of a Trappist monastery, Johnny Faye patiently cultivates Meena's and Flavian's capacity for faith, transforming all they thought they knew about duty and desire. In turn they offer him an experience of civilization other than war and chaos.

But Johnny Faye's law-breaking sets him against a district attorney for whom the law is a tool for ambition rather than justice. Their confrontation leads to a harrowing reckoning that ensnares Dr. Chatterjee and Brother Flavian, who must make a life-or-death choice between an act of justice that may precipitate their ruin or a betrayal that offers salvation.

Inspired by the real-life state police kidnapping and murder of a legendary storyteller and petty criminal, "The Man Who Loved Birds "engages pressing contemporary issues through a timeless narrative of ill-fated romance. Celebrated author Fenton Johnson has woven a seamless, haunting fable exploring the eternal conflicts between free will and destiny, politics and nature, the power of law and the power of love.

Patty Crane to Read at Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, New York
Mar
12
5:00 pm17:00

Patty Crane to Read at Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, New York

  • Chatham Bookstore
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On March 12th at Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, NY, Patty Crane will be reading from and discussing Bright Scythe, her translated poems by Nobel Prize winner Tomas Tranströmer

Known for sharp imagery, startling metaphors, and deceptively simple diction, Tranströmer's luminous poems offer mysterious glimpses of insight into the deepest facets of humanity. These new translations, in a bilingual edition, are tautly rendered and elegantly cadenced. They are also deeply informed by Crane's personal relationship with the poet and his wife during the years she lived in Sweden.

Patty Crane’s translations of Tomas Tranströmer’s poetry have appeared in American Poetry Review, Blackbird, New Ohio Review, Poetry Daily, Poetry East, and Smartish Pace. She spent three years living in the Stockholm area of Sweden, where she worked closely with Tranströmer and his wife, Monica.

Amy Gustine to Read at Schuler Books & Music in Okemos, MI
Mar
10
7:00 pm19:00

Amy Gustine to Read at Schuler Books & Music in Okemos, MI

  • Schuler Books & Music

On Thursday, March 10, Amy Gustine will be reading from her short story collection You Should Pity Us Instead at the Schuler Books & Music in Meridian Mall in Okemos MI.

In vivid, searing prose, the stories in You Should Pity Us Instead explore the complex and often contradictory impulses of love, obligation, and morality. An Israeli woman who sneaks into Gaza to reclaim her captive son from militants finds herself assisting in a stranger’s difficult childbirth. Two families—one atheist, the other Christian—confront the limitations of their beliefs. In nineteenth-century Ellis Island, a doctor marks life-changing verdicts on the backs of immigrants in blue chalk. You Should Pity Us Insteadannounces Amy Gustine as an artist of dynamic, capacious vision and generosity.

Amy Gustine's short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, including The Kenyon Review, Black Warrior Review, North American Review, and others. Her story "Goldene Medene" received Special Mention in Pushcart Prize XXXII. She lives in Ohio. 

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Sarabande Writing Labs with Sarah Ivens
Mar
6
3:00 pm15:00

Sarabande Writing Labs with Sarah Ivens

  • Side by Side Art Studio

A Bereavement Writing Workshop for Mothers

Journalist and bestselling author Sarah Ivens will lead a special writing workshop for women who have lost a child, from pregnancy onwards. Sarah, who has lost pregnancies herself, will share tools for storytelling and facing the blank page. She will guide the group through working on short projects and sharing their writing, as they are comfortable doing so.

This three-workshop series will culminate in a lovingly handcrafted anthology of writing by group participants. There is no fee to participate. Contact sarahlucyivens@gmail.com to reserve a spot. 

Sarah Ivens is a bestselling author of nonfiction from Little, Brown and Random House. She has written for The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph, Brides, Glamour, In Style, and Cosmopolitan amongst others. Sarah is a PhD candidate in Comparative Humanities at University of Louisville

Mar
5
11:00 am11:00

Julie Marie Wade to Read at Kentucky Women's Book Festival in Louisville, KY

  • University of Louisville, Ekstrom Library

Julie Marie Wade will be giving a talk/reading at the 10th Annual Kentucky Women's Book Festival on March 6th. The reading will take place at 11 a.m. at University of Louisville's Ekstrom Library, and the title of the talk will be "The Personal is Still Political: Writing Lesbian Experience in the New Millennium."

Julie Marie Wade is the author of Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures (Colgate University Press, 2010) and the poetry collections Without (Finishing Line Press, 2010) and Postage Due (White Pine Press, 2013). She has received the Chicago Literary Award in Poetry (2004), the Gulf Coast Nonfiction Prize (2004), the Arts & Letters Nonfiction Prize (2010), an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council (2010), and the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir (2011). Wade holds a Master of Arts in English from Western Washington University and a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from the University of Pittsburgh.