Archive for April, 2012

Adania Shibli in NYC next week

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Adania Shibli, author of Touch and the newly released We Are All Equally Far from Love, will be at two events in New York next week, hosted by ArteEast.

On April 24, at the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University, at 7 pm, Shibli will participate in the “Gazan Writers’ Salon—Fractured Web: Gazan Writing Online”:

ArteEast presents Fractured Web: Gazan Writing Online, a public program at Columbia University’s Center for Palestine Studies, in which Palestinian writers will discuss how their work has been shaped and affected by the internet. In this discussion Somaya al Sousi and Fatena al Ghorra contextualize their work within the broader landscape of Palestinian literature online, while Adania Shibli (co-editor, Narrating Gaza) explores the way in which such platforms foster literary community and discourse.

The discussion will be moderated by Khalid Hadeed (Cornell University) and featuring academic discussant Helga Tawil Souri (NYU).

On April 25, at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Shibli will be part of a salon discussing “From Memoir to Reportage and Back Again”

ArteEast will present From Memoir to Reportage and Back Again: Gazan Writers Salon, to present contemporary writing from Gaza to New York’s literary audiences. Through readings of both poetry and prose, the writers will offer a rare glimpse into the diverse emerging and established voices that make up the dynamic literary scene in this city.

In his ode to Gaza, Mahmoud Darwish links Gazan literary production with its unique history within Palestine as a land that has been repeatedly occupied by external forces and subjected to over two decades of sanctions, blockade and strikes: “We are unfair to her when we search for her poems. Let us not disfigure the beauty of Gaza. The most beautiful thing in her is that she is free of poetry at a time when the rest of us tried to gain victory with poems…”

Like Darwish’s poem “Silence for Gaza,” we see Palestinian writers of subsequent generations grapple with the personal and communal experiences of Gaza’s history of occupation, blockade and war.

Participants include Fatena al Ghorra, author of five books of poetry including The Sea is Still Behind Us (Gaza, 2002) and A Very Disturbing Woman (Egypt, 2003), Ellay (multiple editions), Betrayals of god…Multi Scenarios (multiple editions); Adania Shibli, co-editor of the online forum Narrating Gaza, will read from multi-genre writings from Narrating Gaza of other writers that explore the repercussions of the Gaza War; Soumaya Al Sousi has produced four poetry collections, including The First Sip of the Sea’s Chest (1998), Doors (2003), Lonely Alone (2005), and Idea, Void, White in a joint collection with the poet Hala El Sharouf (published by Dar Al-Adab, Beirut, 2005).

These should be two outstanding events—if you’re in in NYC, please do come by.

Juniper Literary Festival this weekend

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

The 12th annual Juniper Literary Festival is this Friday and Saturday at UMass Amherst, and Clockroot will be at the book fair. Don’t come to see us, though, come for what promises to be an outstanding weekend (well—do say hi to us, too, though!). This is the second year that the festival has focused on “New Writers/New Writing,” and its featured guests are the poets and writers (and publishers and translators…) Anna Moschavakis, Amelia Gray, Blake Butler, Macgregor Card, Robert Fernandez, Julia Cohen, Corwin Ericson, Christopher DeWeese, Julia Holmes, Anna Joy Springer, Vincent Standley, and Paul Legault. There will be a keynote address by James Tate, celebrating the publication of Eternal Ones of the Dream. Schedule below—hope to see you there!

12th ANNUAL JUNIPER LITERARY FESTIVAL
NEW WRITERS/NEW WRITING
April 13 & 14, 2012
Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst

On April 13 & 14, 2012 the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers will host the 12th annual Juniper Literary Festival: New Writers/New Writing. Focusing on the ever-changing landscape of new American poetry and fiction, the festival showcases emerging poets and fiction writers alongside dozens of independent journals and presses in a unique national event. Featuring readings by diverse and talented poets and writers, roundtables on crucial creative and professional issues, and a press fair, the festival introduces audiences to vital contemporary writing and explores issues essential to the future of American literature.

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 13
6:30 pm JOURNAL & BOOK FAIR opening reception

7:30 pm READING with Robert Fernandez, Amelia Gray, Anna Moschovakis, & Vincent Standley

Saturday, April 14
11:30 am JOURNAL & BOOK FAIR continues

12:00 pm READING with Christopher DeWeese, Corwin Ericson, Julia Holmes, & Paul Legault

1:15 pm ROUNDTABLES
Nuts & Bolts: From Manuscript to Book
moderated by Zach Savich

Digital Hybrids: How New Media Shape New Writing
moderated by Blake Butler

2:30 pm ROUNDTABLES
Editors’ Reading featuring bateau, Conjunctions, jubilat, & Noö Journal

Book/Art: The Book As Collaborative Form
moderated by Guy Pettit

3:45 pm READING with Blake Butler, Macgregor Card, Julia Cohen, & Anna Joy Springer

7:00 pm JOURNAL & BOOK FAIR reopens

7:30 pm KEYNOTE READING with James Tate, celebrating the publication of Eternal Ones of the Dream: Later Selected Poems

All events take place at the UMASS FINE ARTS CENTER. Free and open to the public.