Jan Clausen‘s poem “The Wave That Is the Motion of the World” appears in Drunken Boat 20. Her book, Veiled Spill: A Sequence, is now available from SPD and Amazon. Better yet, order directly from GenPop Books, which is a great way to support to an adventurous independent publisher. Jan will be reading from the book on Friday, January 30, 6:30 p.m., at Word Bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (126 Franklin St., between Noble St. and Greenpoint Ave.). Brooklyn for Peace is sponsoring this event. She will also be reading with Kit Robinson in the Portland (Oregon) Spare Room series on April 12, 2015.
Darrah Cloud (pictured below) will be teaching playwriting to undergraduates at Vassar College in the Spring of 2015.
Composer Michael Djupstrom’s setting of Kenny Fries‘s poem “In bed together” from The Healing Notebooks had its world premiere in NYC in November as part of the program of AIDS Quilt Songbook. All proceeds from the concert benefited Bailey House, a nonprofit organization providing housing and support for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Beatrix Gates has been awarded a residency as a Poetry Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Arts for 2015. Her poem, “A mask for a rhinoceros praying to the moon,” will appear in Anthem magazine alongside a photo of some of the masks from her collaboration with textile artist Ron King at The Gallery Within, Brooksville, Maine. In addition, she has been teaching Creative Writing at Maine Maritime Academy, a first for the college. Finally, she has had two poems, “Seattle Layover” and “Above the Cloud Floor,” accepted by Cultural Weekly.
Darcey Steinke gave two readings in November. One with with Charles D’Ambrosio at the Lillian Vernon House at NYU in conversation with Rick Moody at Word Book Store in Brooklyn.
Christine Kalafus’s personal essay “My Torrington” was accepted for publication in PAGE, a literary and arts journal. This is her first acceptance in print.
Jocelyn Robinson wrote an article on writing and fairy tales for The Artifice.
Shae Savoy’s poem “Nude New Hampshire News” has been selected as the first place winner in the Elizabeth R. Curry poetry contest through SLAB Literary Magazine.
Lucy Snyder’s essay “The Grace of Dice and Glossy Cardstock” is in the anthology Chicks Dig Gaming (Mad Norwegian Press), her story “Demonized” is in the anthology What Lies Beneath (Circlet Press) and her story “Kudzu” is in the anthology A Darke Phantastique (Cycatrix Press).