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2013 Favorites: Poet Kamilah Aisha Moon

This year, we asked guests we’ve featured on The Blood-Jet Writing Hour in 2013 to share with us their favorite books, literary magazines, and reading series from the year.

This post features poet and author of She Has a NameKamilah Aisha Moon.  She writes:

2013 will always mean a great deal to me. My collection, She Has a Name debuted in October and the first few months have been quite a ride.  So I’m already looking ahead: New Year’s Eve is a new moon, and the first night of the new year will grace us with the rare beauty of a supermoon. In fact, two supermoons in one month are on the way! But before rushing headlong into January, here are a few things that dazzled in my quadrant of the literary universe (so hard to speak on just a few—not complete at all) in 2013:

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Poetry collections:

Literary Magazines:

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Muzzle Magazine:  The poems featured in this magazine consistently elicit audible responses from me as I read them on the screen.  The “30 poets in their 30s” series by Laura Swearingen-Steadwell profiled some of the strongest poets emerging today.

Superstition Review: Beautiful, compelling work across genre, you could get lost for hours on this website and be richer for it.

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The Sun:  This magazine is always a revelation to me.  The photography and the writing help center and lift me when it arrives each month. A recent essay by Ross Gay, “Some Thoughts on Mercy,” is one not to miss, not that anything should be missed in this gem.

Literary Organizations:

Split This Rock: All of the programming, the web content and the conferences are indispensable—poetry of provocation and witness indeed!splitthisrock

The Academy of American Poets:  Like many others, I start mornings with their “Poem of the Day”, and make it a point not to miss Poets Forum or the other wonderful programs throughout the year.

Cave Canem:  Too much power and beauty to attempt to describe…but I do suggest not missing a Cave Canem event in your area, as well as adding books by past and current faculty and fellows to your reading list.cavecanem

Poetry Society of America: A long-standing celebration of seminal poetry through stellar local and  national programming such as the memorial tribute to Seamus Heaney and the Yet Do I Marvel readings this past year.

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Poets House: The diverse, engaging readings and exhibits in this beautiful space are indeed a perk of being a New York-based poet.

Page Versus the Stage:  The unique format and interaction of the writers invited to this series is exciting and usually turns traditional notions of what’s considered “Page” and “Stage” on their heads.

Red Sofa Reading Series:  Based in Philadelphia, host Hila Ratzabi has built a great house for poetry that the people come and return to, again and again.

Bookstore:

Berl’s Poetry Shop opened in Brooklyn this year!  All things poetry—not just the last row on the 2nd floor in the back. What’s not to like?

Podcast:

Late Night Library is building a wonderful archive of interviews and conversations that are wonderful to listen to late at night or on a lunch break, any time of day.

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Kamilah Aisha Moon is the author of She Has A Name (Four Way Books, 2013).  A recipient of fellowships to the Cave Canem Foundation, the Prague Summer Writing Institute, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, and the Vermont Studio Center, Moon’s work has been featured in several journals and anthologies, including Harvard Review, jubilat,Sou’westerOxford AmericanLuminaCallaloo, Essence, Bloom, Gathering Ground, The Ringing Ear and Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry.  A featured poet in conferences and venues around the country, she has also led creative writing residencies for several arts-in-education organizations in diverse settings. She has taught English and Creative Writing at Medgar Evers College-CUNY, Drew University and Adelphi University.  Moon holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.

A native of Nashville, TN, Moon currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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2013 Favorites: Poet and Kundiman Co-Founder, Sarah Gambito’s picks

This year, we asked guests we’ve featured on The Blood-Jet Writing Hour in 2013 to share with us their favorite books, literary magazines, and reading series from the year.

This post features poet and co-founder of Kundiman, the fantastic Asian American poetry organization, Sarah Gambito.  She writes:

ourandromedaFavorite books of 2013:  I was awash in a garden of tears and awe after reading Brenda Shaughnessy’s Our Andromeda.  I also loved Alison Bechdel’s Fun House which was so wise and brave and deep.

Favorite Literary Magazine of 2013: The Rattapallax app based magazine. I could not believe how beautiful and forward thinking this publication is.

Favorite Reading Series of 2013: I’m going to have to say Kundiman’s revamped Reading Series at Verlaine. The 2.0 version of this series now includes an open mic for writers of color and, as always, free lychee martinis.  What’s not to love?

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Sarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Matadora (Alice James Books) andDelivered (Persea Books). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, The Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, The New Republic, Field, Quarterly West, Fence and other journals. Current research focuses on post-modern U.S. immigration via Internet-based poetics. She is co-founder of Kundiman, a non-profit organization that promotes Asian American poetry.

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Episode #102: Bushra Rehman, author of CORONA

Episode #102! Featuring Bushra Rehman and music by El Amparito.

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Bushra Rehman, originally from Corona, Queens, is the author of Corona (Sibling Rivalry Press) and co-editor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism (Seal Press, 2002). Rebecca Walker has called Colonize This! “a must for young women of color searching for themselves within contemporary feminist/womanist discourse, and anyone else who wants to get down with the fierceness of fly, intellectual divas of color.” Colonize This! was included in Ms. Magazine’s 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of All Time.” Her writing has also been featured on BBC Radio 4, WNYC, and KPFA and in The New York Times, India Currents, Crab Orchard Review, Sepia Mutiny, Color Lines, The Feminist Wire and Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America.

 

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Episode #101: Kamilah Aisha Moon, author of SHE HAS A NAME

Episode #101! Featuring Kamilah Aisha Moon and music by El Amparito.

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Kamilah Aisha Moon is the author of She Has A Name (Four Way Books, 2013).  A recipient of fellowships to the Cave Canem Foundation, the Prague Summer Writing Institute, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, and the Vermont Studio Center, Moon’s work has been featured in several journals and anthologies, including Harvard Review, jubilat,Sou’westerOxford AmericanLuminaCallaloo, Essence, Bloom, Gathering Ground, The Ringing Ear and Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry.  A featured poet in conferences and venues around the country, she has also led creative writing residencies for several arts-in-education organizations in diverse settings. She has taught English and Creative Writing at Medgar Evers College-CUNY, Drew University and Adelphi University.  Moon holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.

A native of Nashville, TN, Moon currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Episode #100: Serena Chopra, author of THIS HUMAN

Episode #100!!! Featuring poet Serena Chopra, author of THIS HUMAN, and music by El Amparito.

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Serena Chopra is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Denver, a 2009 graduate of University of Colorado at Boulder’s MFA program, and a 2011-2013 Writer-In-Residence at RedLine Gallery in Denver. She has been published in Bombay Gin, Denver Quarterly, The Laurel Review, VOLT, Versal, Vinyl, Hot Metal Bridge, and No Tell Motel. Her chapbook, Penumbra, was released 2012 from Flying Guillotine Press, and a version of her book, Livid Season, was released in chapbook form from Free Poetry in 2012. In February 2013, Coconut Books Press published her first full-length collection, This Human: A Poem in Seven Parts. She was a finalist for the 2011 Dorset prize and a 2010 Kundiman fellow. Serena is also a dancer with Evolving Doors Dance Company and a visual artist, participating in recent gallery shows, Material Engagements, Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art, and Notes on Feeling at RedLine Gallery in Denver. She lives and works in Denver.

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Episode #98: Brynn Saito, author of PALACE OF CONTEMPLATING DEPARTURE, on Tuesday, July 23rd at 11 am PST/2 pm EST

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Episode #96: Brian Teare, author of COMPANION GRASSES, on Tuesday, June 11th at 11 am PST/2 pm EST

Join Rachelle as she talks with Brian Teare, author of COMPANION GRASSES, on Tuesday, June 11th at 11 am PST/2 pm EST.

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A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Brian Teare is the recipient of poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts and the American Antiquarian Society. He’s published four full-length books–The Room Where I Was Born (winner of the 2003 Brittingham Prize and the 2004 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry), Sight Map (A Best Poetry Book of 2009, San Francisco Chronicle), the Lambda Award-winning Pleasure (2011 Northern California Book Award Finalist, 2010 National Book Critics Circle Small Press Highlight, 2010 Best Poetry Book, San Francisco Chronicle), and Companion Grasses–as well as the chapbooks Paradise Was TypesetHelplessness, and Black Sun Crown. After over a decade of teaching and writing in the San Francisco Bay Area, he’s now an Assistant Professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.

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Episode #95: Jessica Hagedorn, editor of MANILA NOIR, on Tuesday, May 28th at 11 am PST/2 pm EST

Join Rachelle as she talks with Jessica Hagedorn, editor of MANILA NOIR, on Tuesday, May 28th at 11 am PST/2 pm EST.

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Jessica Hagedorn was born in Manila and now lives in New York. A novelist, poet, and playwright, her published works include Toxicology, Dream Jungle, The Gangster Of Love, Danger and Beauty, and Dogeaters, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction. She also edited both volumes of the groundbreaking anthology, Charlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction. Visit her website at www.jessicahagedorn.net.

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Episode #94: Matthew Olzmann, author of MEZZANINES, on Tuesday, May 7th at 11 am PST/2 pm EST

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Matthew Olzmann is a graduate of the MFA program for writers at Warren Wilson College. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Kenyon ReviewNew England ReviewInchGulf CoastRattle, and elsewhere. He’s received fellowships from Kundiman and the Kresge Arts Foundation. Currently, he is a writer-in-residence for the InsideOut Literary Arts Project and the poetry editor of The Collagist.

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Episode #91: Cati Porter, author of THE WAY THINGS MOVE THE DARK, on Tuesday, April 16th at 11 am PST / 2 pm EST

Join Rachelle as she talks with Cati Porter, author of THE WAY THINGS MOVE THE DARK, on Tuesday, April 16th at 11 am PST / 2 pm EST.

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Cati Porter is a poet, editor, mother, and community arts facilitator. She is the author of Seven Floors Up as well as several chapbooks, including, The Way Things Move The Dark, published in 2013 by Dancing Girl Press. Her work has been anthologized in White Ink: Poems on Mothers & Motherhood, Letters to the World, the Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel – Second Floor, and Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence. In 2005, she founded the online journal Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry.

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