Sunday, June 29, 2008

Video Feature 2: Donald Revell plus A NEW CONTEST!


Embedded is a 7-minute video of Donald Revell reading from his translation of Arthur Rimbaud's A Season in Hell. This reading (9/20/07), hosted by Steve Dickison and the San Francisco State Poetry Center in conjunction with Omnidawn, was held at the Unitarian Church on Franklin St in San Francisco, CA. Other readers that night were Christopher Arigo, Bin Ramke, and Laura Moriarty (link to her video here). (We plan to have Video Features of Bin Ramke and Christopher Arigo, as well as other wonderful writers in coming weeks.)

For more information about Don's translation of Arthur Rimbaud's A Season in Hell, published by Omnidawn, click this link.

Just to let you know, Don's new translation of Rimbaud's The Illumninations will be published by Omnidawn in June of 2009.

For more information on Donald Revell's book, Invisible Green: Selected Prose, published by Omnidawn, click this link.


Congrats to Gabriel Winslow-Yost and Miranda Siemienowicz, winners of the previous Omnidawn Blog contest! Their prize: FREE OMNIDAWN BOOKS OF THEIR CHOICE!!!!

You're probably asking, "when is the next OMNIDAWN BLOG CONTEST?"
The answer: RIGHT NOW!!!!

The first person who tells me what Donald says is "the right thing to say about Republicans" (you have to listen to the reading to find out). After someone leaves a comment with the correct answer, then i will give a prize to the person who comes up with the funniest alternative "bumpersticker."


Sunday, June 22, 2008




I think love is not this flower.
You sing at night through our teeth.
Our mouths do not move. If I want
a pumpkin, I will have a pumpkin.

It is raining. You are not wet
because you are inside. Looking up
you notice there is no
ceiling, only poems about ceilings.

If I want a pumpkin, I will
have a mirror to reflect all pumpkins.
It is raining inside the poem.

The poet has no control over this.
The bamboo withers. The poet
has no control over that either.


Nick Moudry wrote this poem in the fall of 2002. He was in graduate school at the time and lived with the poet Eric Baus in an old house in Northampton, MA. Eric went to Whole Foods every day and bought lots of fresh produce, half of which would rot in a bowl on the kitchen table. Nick did much of his writing at the same kitchen table. He wrote several poems about rotting food that year. Now Nick lives in Philadelphia and works at Temple University. He is contractually obligated to state that he received a 2008 literature fellowship fromthe Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.


Tuesday, June 17, 2008




Come to Moe's Bookstore in Berkeley tonight at 7:30 to celebrate the release of Aaron Shurin's new book KING OF SHADOWS, just out from City Lights.

From the City Lights Book Page:

King of Shadows is a collection of twenty-one autobiographical essays chronicling the author's gay life and life as a poet in San Francisco since the 1960s. In the title essay, Shurin describes his coming into poetry and gay identity via a high-school production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Other essays tell of his deep relationships with poets Denise Levertov and Robert Duncan, and the influence of the sexual politics of the '70s. In “The Bars of Heaven and Hell,” we are given a personal history of venturing into gay bars in pre-Stonewall San Francisco. Written in a lyrical, literary, yet highly personal style, Shurin’s intelligent and insightful essays circle in and around issues of identity and sensibility, and how our interior and public lives are shaped by them.

From the Moe's Events Page:

Aaron Shurin is the author of fifteen books and chapbooks, including the poetry collections Involuntary Lyrics (Omnidawn, 2005), The Paradise of Forms (Talisman House, 1999), a Publishers Weekly Best Book, and the prose collection, Unbound: A Book of AIDS (Sun & Moon, 1997). His work has appeared in over twenty national and international anthologies, most recently Nuova Poesia Americana Contemporana (Italy: Oscar Mondadori, 2006). Shurin's honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Gerbode Foundation. He is Associate Professor and Director of the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.


Sunday, June 15, 2008



The (New) Reading Series at 21 Grand
Sunday the 15th of June in the year Two
Thousand Eight

Brent Cunningham and Gina Myers

LIVE! // 6:30PM

21 Grand
416 25th
Oakland CA 94612

$3--$infinity sliding scale

currently lives in Saginaw, Michigan where she makes books for Lame House Press and co-edits the tiny with Gabriella Torres. Her new chapbook Behind the R is forthcoming from ypolita press later this year. Recent poems have appeared in Coconut and Cultural Society.

BRENT CUNNINGHAM is a writer, publisher and visual artist currently living in Oakland with his fiancée and new daughter. His first book of poetry, Bird & Forest, was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2005.  After receiving his MA in English from SUNY Buffalo in 1998, he began working for Small Press Distribution (SPD) in Berkeley, the nation's only not-for-profit distributor of literary books.  He currently holds the position of Operations director.  A board member of Small Press Traffic since 2001, he was a founding curator of SPT's "Poets Theater Jamboree," an annual ritual of amateur experimental theater.  In 2005 he and Neil Alger founded Hooke Press, a chapbook press dedicated to publishing short runs of poetry, criticism, theory, writing and ephemera.   In 2008, he became the Assistant Program Coordinator for the Artifact Reading Series (, which recently relocated from San Francisco to the Oakland Art Gallery in downtown Oakland.


Sunday, June 8, 2008



Welcome to Omnidawn Blog's first Poetry Feature! Rather than be a forum for only Omnidawn authors, we see this as an opportunity to highlight the work of other writers we admire too.

This week you will find
work featured by the poet Gillian Conoley.

In coming weeks you will find work by Karen Garthe, Brenda Iijima, Rob Schlegel, Ed Smallfield, Liz Waldner, and that's just the start! We plan to feature new poetry by a different writer every week or two.

Feel free to comment.


(click images to enlarge)


Gillian Conoley is the author of five collections of poetry: Profane Halo; Lovers in the Used World; Tall Stranger, a finalist for the National Book Critics' Circle Award; Beckon, and Some Gangster Pain, winner of the Great Lakes Colleges New Writer Award. Her work has been anthologized widely, most recently in Norton's American Hybrid, Counterpath's Postmodern Lyricisms, Mondadori's Nuova Poesia Americana (Italian), and Best American Poetry. A recipient of the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from The American Poetry Review, as well as several Pushcart Prizes, she is Professor and Poet-in-Residence at Sonoma State University, where she is the founder and editor of Volt. Barbara Guest said of her work, "Out of the old beliefs a new language speaks. We said this yesterday, and today the words are stronger. I am taken by surprise by the wit and jeopardy, by the way an ending is avoided on the surface of the book's meaning. I am excited by the triumph of this writing." Rain Taxi says of her poetry: "All the pleasures and dangers of the work achieve a brilliant suspension, like particles of dust in airŠ a time-stopping grace in quantum improvisations of form." Conoley has taught as a Visiting Poet at the University of Iowa Writers'Workshop, the University of Denver, Vermont College and Tulane University. She makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Current projects include a new manuscript called The Plot Genie, from which these erasures are taken, and translations of Henri Michaux.


Monday, June 2, 2008



my apologies for the long delay, but the Omnidawn Blog is back and we have some exciting things planned for this summer!!! hope you will visit often :)

first, congrats to the winners of the previous contest: clockworkquill for correct answers and gabe w-y for funny answers! please email me: cperez [at] omnidawn [dot] com to claim your prizes!!!


NEW LINK: check out POTLATCH POETRY. I'm already addicted.


1. LINGOS I-IX by Ulf Stolterfoht (trans. R. Waldrop) has received
the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation.

2. Now ready: vol. 52 of “BURNING DECK POETRY BOOKS”

Heather C. Akerberg
Poetry, 64 pages, offset, smyth-sewn
ISBN13: 978-1-886224-89-6, original paperback $14
ISBN13: 978-1-886224-90-2, limited signed edition $20
Publication date: May 15, 2008

The poems of DWELLING investigate, musically and with “bended”
syntax, the issue of form—in body, home, and poem. They ask questions
like: What makes a space a home? Is it shape and architectural
elements, the experiences and interactions that transpire there, the
objects contained in, or the language ascribed to it? Can one
separate recollections from the physical spaces in which they
occurred? Is a “home” just a backdrop for events or is it another
body, inside which is found the tangible and intangible stuff of
self, a body to be read like a text?

Born and raised in the Midwest, Heather C. Akerberg resides in Omaha,
Neb. She has taught English Composition, Creative Writing and
Bookmaking, as well as Cognitive Skills. Heather is a freelance
writer and sustainable agriculture enthusiast. She has an M.F.A. in
Creative Writing from Brown University and a B.A from the Jack
Kerouac School at Naropa University. Her poetry has appeared in
Bombay Gin, Aufgabe, untitled and The Nebraska Review. Dwelling is
her first book.

Copies are available from:
Small Press Distribution, 1-800/869-7553 or
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