Poetry

Courtesy / Kaveh Bassiri

When translator and poet Kaveh Bassiri first published his poem "Invention of I," in the literary journal Copper Nickel, he wasn't sure how audiences would respond. Now, that poem is included in the Best American Poetry of 2020 collection.

Courtesy / National Park Service

Last month, the Buffalo National River Park Service announced the first artist in its revamped artist-in-residence program. Samuel Binns, a poet in the Masters of Fine Arts program at the University of Arkansas, will contribute artwork and creative projects in exchange for three weeks of housing at the park in Jasper.

courtesy: Geffrey Davis

Geffrey Davis' new collection of poetry, Night Angler, provides considerations of growing up, growing older and more. The book is the 2018 James Laughlin Award winner, presented by the Academy of American Poets.

courtesy Geffrey Davis

Poet Geffrey Davis, who teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Arkansas recently won a 2019 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His new book of poetry, Night Angler, won the 2018 James Laughlin Award.  

When he stopped by the studio to discuss his journey into becoming a poet, he also read his poem "The Fidelity of Water," which was published in the New Yorker earlier this year

Night Angler is available now from BOA Editions.

Blue Flower Arts - Poetry Foundation

A poetry crawl, featuring the works of the late Arkansas poet C.D. Wright, will take place April 20 starting at noon at Fayetteville Public Library. The event, which includes a sidewalk poem installation, is a collaboration among Open Mouth Reading Series, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville Public Library and University of Arkansas Special Collections.         

Casting Deep Shade is a newly published book by the late poet C.D. Wright. A tribute to Wright and a community read of the book is scheduled for Saturday at Nightbird Books in Fayetteville. We speak with Kathy Thompson, one of the event's organizers and a friend of C.D. Wright, to learn more. 

John Burcham Erwin

The Open Mouth Readings, a non-profit dedicated to cultivating and enriching Northwest Arkansas' literary community, is accepting applications to the 2nd annual poetry retreat that takes place May 31 to June 3 at the Mount Sequoyah Retreat Center in Fayetteville. Applications are open to anyone 18 and up. 

An attempt to translate Rainer Maria Rilke's poem "The Panther" at age 14 really resonated with Cody-Rose Clevidence. That impulse to dissect and deconstruct is on full display in Clevidence's new collection Flung Throne (stylized Flung Throne).

Poet Peter Twal's debut collection, Our Earliest Tattoos, tackles memory and contemporary life with wit, humor and sentimental flair. The poems draw inspiration from lyrics of LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends," which Twal first heard in 2012 and felt an immediate connection to. Throughout the book, he treats the song as an artifact and uses its lyrics to punctuate moments in the lives of his narrators.  

Katy Henriksen

This weekend's Frank Stanford Literary Festival, which celebrates the life and legacy of Arkansas poet Frank Stanford also shines the spotlight on another Arkansas poet and seminal figure in Stanford's legacy: C.D. Wright, whose boundary-pushing poetry landed her a McArthur "Genius" grant and an internationally recognized career as a poet and scholar. 

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