Tuesday, March 27, 2012

ASCA Litrature Fellows Read at UA on April 3

     Jeanie Thompson (Jamie Martin); and Abraham Smith (courtesy of the author)

ASCA literature fellows to read at UA
For National Poetry Month, poets Abraham Smith and Jeanie Thompson, 2012 Alabama State Council on the Arts Literature Fellows, will read from their latest works on April 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Gorgas Library, Room 205, on the University of Alabama campus. Books will also be available for purchase and signing. Free & open to the public, the event is sponsored by the Alabama Center for the Book and the Alabama Writers' Forum.

Smith is a poet and an instructor of English at the University of Alabama, where he received his MFA in creative writing. He is the assistant editor of Slash Pine Press. His work includes two books of poetry, Whim Man Mammon and Hank; a chapbook, Last Ride; and numerous poems published in literary journals. His poetry is praised for its energy and lyricism and has been described as “vivid,” “refreshing,” and “exciting.” Smith has traveled the country giving public readings from his book of elegies for Hank Williams. His current project is a book of poems on blues singers of Mississippi and Alabama.

Thompson has published four collections of poetry, White for Harvest: New and Selected Poems, Witness, How To Enter the River, and her most recent, The Seasons Bear Us. Thompson holds the MFA from the University of Alabama, where she was founding editor of the literary journal Black Warrior Review. Thompson has twice been awarded an Artist Fellowship in Literature from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. She has also received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Louisiana State Arts Council, and she was a Walter Dakin Fellow at the Sewanee Writers Conference.

Since 1993, Thompson has directed the award-winning Alabama Writers' Forum, a statewide literary arts organization in Montgomery. She also teaches part-time in the Spalding University Brief Residency MFA Writing Program in Louisville, Ky. During her ASCA Fellowship year, Thompson is completing a book-length persona poem sequence about the adult life of Alabama author and activist Helen Keller, working titled This Day.

For more information, contact Donna Adcock at the Alabama Center for the Book, 205-348-7561

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Until Everything is Continuous Again

WordFarm Press (Seattle)  announces a major anthology, featuring essays, interviews, and exchanges on W. S. Merwin's poetry from the publication of The Rain in the Trees in 1988 through his recent Pulitzer Prize-winning collection The Shadow of Sirius.

Editors Kevin Prufer and Jonathan Weinert, Contributors David Caplan, Steven Cramer, Debra Kang Dean, Forrest Gander, Mark Halliday, Jerry Harp, H.L. Hix, Mark Irwin, Sarah Kennedy,Eric Pankey, Lisa Russ Spaar, Michael Thomas, Jeanie Thompson, and Matthew Zapruder. 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Value of the Printed Word


I was a child editor. Or that’s how I’d like to think of it. Almost 22, I entered the MFA program at The University of Alabama in January 1974, and ended up as editor-in-chief of a magazine in the making: The Black Warrior Review. (Years later, another set of editors would drop that The.) My team of rag-tag creative writing peers and I managed to launch a magazine that led off with poems by Norman Dubie, and included work by Rodney Jones and Gary Soto. We published two short stories, one from the prize-winning Alabama fiction writer H.E. Francis. We learned on the job how to be editors, to work with printers, and to market our product. There were no courses in this and we probably wouldn’t have taken one if there had been ...(click the headline above to continue reading)