Saturday, January 26, 2008

Omnidawn at AWP & Other Exciting News


If you will be in NY this Saturday, please note that the AWP Bookfair will be OPEN to the general public and FREE of charge on Sat, Feb 2, (8:30-5:30).
Come see us at our tables! All books 50% off, plus author signings!

If you are planning to attend the NY AWP conference (Jan 30-Feb 2), we hope you'll come to our table and to our open reception. See information below.

Omnidawn's tables in the Bookfair are #63, 64, 65
(on the main floor of the bookfair, Hilton's 2nd floor Rhinelander Gallery).
All our books will be 50% off for the entire conference.

Omnidawn's Reception, Friday 7pm:
Please also come to Omnidawn's (hosted bar) Reception, Hilton Nassau Suite, 2nd Floor. Brief readings by Chris Arigo, Justin Courter, Paul Hoover, Laura Moriarty, Bin Ramke, Donald Revell, Randall Silvis, and Tyrone Williams.

Author Signings at our tables, Saturday 1-2pm:
Chris Arigo, Justin Courter, Paul Hoover, Laura Moriarty, Bin Ramke, Donald Revell, Randall Silvis, and Tyrone Williams will be signing their Omnidawn books at our Omnidawn tables.

Also, for those of you interested in a panel on non-realist fiction:

Ken Keegan will be moderating
"Reeling Beyond Realism: But to Reel in What?"
The panelists are: Kate Bernheimer, Rikki Ducornet, Brian Evenson, Theodora Goss, Kelly Link.
Friday, Feb 1, 10:30-11:45,
Sheraton, Lower Level, Executive Conference Center, Rm D


And for those interested in poetry, here are at least some of the many things Omnidawn folks are doing:

Paul Hoover will be participating in
"Newlipo: Proceduralism and Chance-Poetics in the 21st Century,"
Thursday, Jan 30, 10:30-11:45

Bin Ramke will be participating in
"Poetry and the Environment," Thursday, Jan 31, 4:30-6:15
"Lyric Postmodernisms," Friday, Feb 1, 1:30-2:45

Don Revell will be participating in
"Alice James Books' 35th Anniversary Reading," 12-1:15
"The Art of Writing on Craft," Saturday, Feb 2, 10;30-11:45

Rusty Morrison will be signing for her new book, the true keeps
calm biding its story, at the Ahsahta table in the Bookfair, Sat, Feb
2, 1:30-2:30.

And she'll be reading with the Ahsahta poets at The Bowery Poetry
Club, 308 Bowery (at 1st St.) Thurs, Jan 31, 8pm.

And with the Colorado Prize poets at NYU Lillian Vernon Creative
Writers House, 58W. 10th St., Sat, Feb 2, 4pm


If you want to see me, please go to Table 499, where Achiote Press and Tinfish Press are sharing a table.


Hank Lazer will be reading from his brand new collection of poetics:

Lyric & Spirit: Selected Essays 1996-2008 (Omnidawn, 2008).

Here are some upcoming dates in the Northwest:

February 4 - radio show with Leonard Schwartz (Olympia, WA)

February 4 - Evergreen College / w/ Lissa Wolsak / 7pm SEM 2 E1105

February 5 - University of Washington (Bothell) - w/ Lissa Wolsak-3:30-5:00pm, Library, Room 205

February 6 - Subtext Reading Series (Seattle) - with Leonard Schwartz -
Good Shepherd Center Chapel Performance Space: 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N in Wallingford (suggested donation: $5)

February 8 - Portland State University (with Marjorie Perloff, Lyn Hejinian, and Joan Retallack); 2-4 pm, 238 Smith

February 10 - Spare Room Poetry Collective (Portland)7:30 pm / New American Art Union - 922 SE Ankeny (one block south of Burnside, between 9th and 10th)


Friday, January 11, 2008



Embedded is a 5 minute video of Laura Moriarty reading from her new Omnidawn book: A Semblance: Selected & New Poems 1975-2007, which includes an introduction by Norma Cole.

In this reading, she talks about the literary group A Tonalist and reads a few incredible poems from A Semblance. you can find the A Tonalist Notes Blog HERE. Read what Ron Silliman had to say about Laura's book HERE. Laura even makes very enlightening comments in the comments section of Silliman's post. A Semblance also received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly, which you can read HERE.

The reading was on September 20, 2007, hosted by Steve Dickison and the San Francisco State Poetry Center in conjunction with Omnidawn, held at the Unitarian Church on Franklin St in San Francisco, CA. Other readers that night were Christopher Arigo, Bin Ramke, and Donald Revell. Stay tuned for more videos of these poets reading in the coming weeks!


Laura Moriarty has published eleven books of poetry, a short novel, Cunning (Sputyen Duyvil 2000), and a novel of science fiction, Ultravioleta (Atelos 2006). She has been a very active member of the Bay Area community for 25 years, has traveled extensively to do readings and workshops, has had her work translated into half a dozen languages, has taught at Mills College, Naropa University and Otis Art Institute, and has been a nonprofit literary organization director for 20 of those years. Her work in nonprofit literary organizations include her current position as the Deputy Director of Small Press Distribution, and her previous position as the Archives Director for the Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives at San Francisco State University from 1986 - 1997. She received a Poetry Center Book Award in 1984 for Persia (Chance Additions). She has also been awarded a Gerbode Foundation grant, a residency at the Foundation Royaumont in France and a New Langton Arts Award in Literature.



Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Happy New Year!


I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and that your new year has started well. we have some wonderful announcements from a few of our friends:

Paul Hoover, author of Poems in Spanish (Omnidawn, 2005), has a new poetry video at The Continental Review, edited by Nicholas Manning. The video contains four works from Paul's
"Sonnet 56": Tanka, Course Description, Ghazal, and Epic (plus the original Shakespeare).


Thinking about poetry & new media, our friend Carol Novack has some great audio recordings online that you can hear here and here.


If you are in the Bay Area, check out this poetry reading:

Sunday, January 13, 4pm, Anna's Jazz Island, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley: Stephen Kessler reads from his new book, Burning Daylight. Written between 2001 and 2006, these poems are characterized by a combination of the lyrical and the speakable, the romantic and the ironic, the intimate and the journalistic, and are structured in the form of a journey beginning and ending in California, with stops in Chicago, New York, Seville and points between. Of Stephen Kessler's previous book, D. J. Waldie wrote: "Dense, reflective and unflinching, Tell It to the Rabbis takes marvelous risks with language and with memory."

Stephen Kessler, editor of The Redwood Coast Review and contributing editor of Poetry Flash, is a longtime presence in the Bay Area literary ecosystem as a poet, translator, critic, essayist, editor and publisher. He is the author of eight books and chapbooks of original poetry and more than a dozen books of poetry and fiction in translation, most recently Written in Water: The Prose Poems of Luis Cernuda (City Lights, 2004), for which he received a Lambda Literary Award.

For more about Stephen Kessler, go here.


Finally, check out a poem by our fearless leader Rusty Morrison at Poetry Daily.


Please continue to send us your announcements and if you're not yet our friend / affiliate, email me: cperez [at] omnidawn [dot] com