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Posts Tagged ‘Eileen Myles’

Lemony Snicket Selects & Annotates Poetry Portfolio

Bestselling children’s author Lemony Snicket has selected and annotated 20 different poems for a special called “Poetry Not Written for Children That Children Might Nevertheless Enjoy” portfolio in the September 2013 issue of Poetry magazine.

Caldecott winner Chris Raschka illustrated the collection. You can read the portfolio online as well. The portfolio includes work by Sherman Alexie, John Ashbery, Dorothea Lasky and Eileen Myles. Snicket (the pen-name of Daniel Handler) had this comment:

Some time ago I found myself locked in the basement of the Poetry Foundation building.… The basement is crammed with the efforts of poets living and dead, famed and forgotten, terrific and terrible.… By the time it was safe for me to emerge, blinking, onto the streets of Chicago, I had gathered together the poems you now find here.

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The Feminist Press Publishes Pussy Riot eBook

The Feminist Press has been working with Russian punk art collective Pussy Riot on an eBook project entitled Pussy Riot!: A Punk Prayer for Freedom. The title will be available at digital bookstores on September 21st.

Here’s more from the release: “On February 21, 2012, five members of Pussy Riot staged a protest performance in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. Three of the performers, Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Yekaterina Samutsevitch, known as Masha, Nadya, and Katya, were arrested and charged with felony hooliganism motivated by religious hatred. As their trial unfolded, these young women became global feminist icons, garnering the attention and support of activists and artists around the world. They were sentenced to two years in prison, and inspired a global movement. ”

The book will contain letters written during their imprisonment, courtroom statements, poems and of course, Pussy Riot’s infamous punk prayer. The book will also include tributes written by supporters Yoko OnoJohanna FatemanKaren FinleyJustin Vivian BondEileen Myles and JD Samson. Profits derived from book sales will be used to cover the expenses for Pussy Riot’s legal defense team.

Emily Gould To Launch Digital Bookstore

Writer Emily Gould will partner with Ruth Curry to establish a digital bookstore. According to The New York Observer, they have contacted OR Books about the “super-specialized and targeted” venture.

Here’s more from the article: “[T]he curated site will feature a small number of hand-selected books, including the poet Eileen Myles’s Inferno, published in November 2010…EmilyBooks.com is registered to Ms. Gould; its front page currently features four slots for selling products, occupied by placeholder images of sneakers. ‘Soon there will be content here, and it will not be about shoes,’ reassures the site’s blog.”

Gould has worked as an editor at GalleyCat, an associate editor at Disney’s Hyperion imprint and co-editor of Gawker. She has also published two books, a young-adult title called Hex Education (co-authored with Zareen Jaffrey) and a memoir called And the Heart Says Whatever.

Lambda Literary Award Winners Revealed

The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced the winners of the 23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards.

More than four hundred people attended the ceremony at the School of Visual Arts Theater in New York City. Some of the celebrity guests included former governor Jim McGreevey, beauty queen Claire Buffie, and photographer Amos Mac.

Here’s more from the release: “Among the winners were Eileen Myles’s Inferno (A Poet’s Novel) which took the top honor in Lesbian Fiction and Adam Haslett’s Union Atlantic in Gay Fiction.  There were two ties as well, an unusual occurrence for the Awards, in the Lesbian Memoir category as well as in LGBT Studies.” Follow the jump to see the full list of winners.

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Novel Rises to Top of Fundraising Website

4038104499_d5314bbd0f.jpgIt was an amazingly busy day for publishing news today, so we rounded up a slew of links for your mid-afternoon reading pleasure.

Novelist Robin Sloan has managed to raise more than $12,600 from over 500 backers for his novel–becoming the second most popular project on the fundraising website, Kickstarter.

Last night some of the city’s biggest literary stars competed in a spelling bee to support PEN America.

Over at the Poetry Foundation, poet Eileen Myles interviewed fellow poet CA Conrad with an provocative first sentence: “Sex is problematic.”

Utne Reader named digital publishing advocate Richard Nash one of the “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”

Macmillan released a book trailer based on an infamous murder.

Days of Poetry and Punk Rock

“In the 1970s, the connection between poetry and rock & roll was utter. They were the same people. People who wrote poems were in bands. That didn’t happen again, it seemed to me, until the 90s.” That’s a quote from poet and GalleyCat reader, Eileen Myles.

Since her first 1974 reading at the punk rock mecca CBGB, Myles published more than 20 volumes of poetry, fiction, articles, plays, and libretti. GalleyCat caught up with Myles, talking about the recession and her historic experiences in New York City’s East Village.

The interview came during a poetry reading celebrating the release of “Poems from the Women’s Movement” anthology. GalleyCat also interviewed Erica Jong about the lack of publishing parity, poet Honor Moore about “male approval desire”, and beat poet Anne Waldman about preserving chapbooks in this digital age.

Erica Jong Knocks Publishing Parity

On Thursday evening, Honor Moore, editor of “Poems from the Women’s Movement,” hosted a poetry reading at Saint Peter’s Church in Manhattan–bringing together generations of renowned poets to celebrate the release of the Library of America anthology.

In this video interview, guest author Erica Jong shared her thoughts about women in publishing and her current project. Jong joined Susan Griffin, Toi Derricotte, Joan Larkin, Jean Valentine, Eileen Myles, Fran Winant, and Anne Waldman.

GalleyCat interviewed a number of these poets, getting their thoughts on publishing, feminism, and writing during the recession. More video will follow next week.