I'm excited to announce that I'll be working with Drawn & Quarterly on Adrian Tomine’s forthcoming short story collection Killing & Dying. As a long-time fan of Optic Nerve, Adrian's NYer covers, and the publicity staff at D+Q, I'm psyched to be working on this October 2015 release. If you're already itching to learn more, read this wonderful preview interview with Adrian by Mina Kaneko for the The New Yorker. Feel free to email me with media and event queries and requests. A limited number of galley copies will be available this summer.
O, Miami launched on April 1st with a poetic boat tour of the Miami River. I'm pleased to share that the The New York Times, Associated Press, NPR's The Takeaway, and The Washington Post featured the festival during its first week (along with tons of local coverage from the Miami Herald, WLRN, and more)! The O, Miami Festival will continue to bring poetry to Miami-Dade County residents in surprising ways through April 30th. If you're in or near South Florida, be sure to check out the "biggest poetry reading in the world" this Sunday with poets Kay Ryan and Jamaal May.
Congratulations to the amazing Coffee House Press! The independent Minneapolis-based nonprofit publisher received a well-deserved $100,000 grant from the Bush Foundation to expand their community engagement and Books in Action programming. Claire Kirch has a nice write up about the award in Publishers Weekly.
Occasionally, I consult for the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry, a Seattle-based nonprofit that provides leading poets with the opportunity to explore in-depth their own thinking on the subject of poetry and poetics. The incredible poet and fellow South Carolinian Terrance Hayes is one of their 2015 lecturers. Read an excerpt (and illustration) from his Etheridge Knight lecture for the series is on the Paris Review's site. If you're in NYC, Boston, Seattle, DC, or Chicago, I encourage you to sign up for their mailing list so you can attend upcoming events with Terrance, Srikanth Reddy, and Rachel Zucker.
In Northern Spark news, Cloud Cult will kick off this year's Festival outside of the Minneapolis Convention Center. Thanks to tpt's Lowertown Line, a music documentary series on Twin Cities Public Television, for their programming support!