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Wolfson Press Poetry News

One of the Wolfson Press poets (and an IUSB graduate), Steve Henn, has a poem coming out in *Rattle* as part of their “Poets Respond” series.
He is one of two winners of this weekly contest, and his poem appears today, the morning after the presidential debate. The contest focuses on poetic responses to current events:

http://www.rattle.com/making-sense-of-this-election-by-steve-henn/

Steve’s third book is forthcoming from Wolfson Press. It’s called Indiana Noble Sad Man of the Year.

Book description:

These poems, a series of snapshots in the life of Steve Henn’s poetry alter ego, “Steve Henn,” collectively capture not just a moment, but a whole history of teaching, parenting, walking around town, getting a canned ham as a Christmas bonus, shooing away door to door solicitors, crushing on a first grade classmate, and wrestling with the world of social media. The book, dedicated to Henn’s four children, includes artwork by each of his kids. By the end of the collection you too may understand why Steve Henn is Indiana Noble Sad Man of the Year.

 

 

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The IUSB English Department Fall Event Series will begin with a poetry reading by Warsaw native and IUSB alum Steve Henn, whose second book And God Said: Let There Be Evolution! was recently published by New York Quarterly Books. The event will take place on Thursday, September 27th, 2012, at 7:30PM in Wiekamp Hall on the 3rd floor bridge, and is free to the public.

Henn’s work has been published in such notable journals as the New York Quarterly, 5AM, Nerve Cowboy, and The Chiron Review. From his co-founding of the notable small press magazine Fight these Bastards to his work with the Midwest Poetry All-Stars, his live readings, his band The Invisible Robots, and his numerous chapbooks, Henn remains a heavyweight in the Warsaw artistic community. His work has been called, “a hilarious and profound journey into the mind.”

The event will also include a brief question and answer session with the author and a signing after the reading. Books will be on sale before and after the event for $14.

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Professor Elaine Roth with Brandi David [Photo credit: Henry Scott]

This year’s Analecta editor Jeff Tatay receives his diploma. [Photo credit: Henry Scott]

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The next event in our spring reading series takes place this Thursday with a poetry reading. Join us in celebrating new books by IUSB-affiliated poets: Nancy Botkin teaches in the English Department and Charmi Keranen is a recent alum who just published her first collection.

Poetry Reading by Nancy Botkin & Charmi Keranen
Thursday, February 23
7:00 p.m.
Wiekamp Hall, Third Floor Bridge
Indiana University South Bend campus

The event free and open to the public.  Following the reading, there will be a question and answer session, along with a book signing. The books by both writers will be available for purchase.

Nancy Botkin’s poetry has been published in numerous journals including Poetry, Poetry East, Sycamore Review, Passages North, Fifth Wednesday Journal, The Laurel Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Eclipse, American Literary Review and The South Dakota Review.  “Poem with Light and Dark,” won first prize in the 2005 Maize Poetry Prize sponsored by the Writers’ Center of Indianapolis.  Ted Kooser chose “Geometry” for American Life in Poetry. Her first chapbook, Signs of Life, was published by No Exit Press in 1999. Her full-length poetry collection, Parts That Were Once Whole, was published by Mayapple Press in 2007.  In 2009, March Street Press published her chapbook In Waves. A third chapbook, Bent Elbow and Distance, was published by Finishing Line Press in August 2011.

Charmi Keranen holds a BA in English from Indiana University South Bend. Her poetry has appeared in Passages North, The Salt River Review, JMWW, Stirring, blossombones, elimae, The Dirty Napkin, Ouroboros Review, Sugar House Review, Inter|rupture, Grasslimb Journal and Hot Metal Bridge. She and her husband live in Northern Indiana, where she works as a freelance writer and proofreader of court transcripts.

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Hearthside Readers & Writers Open Stage this Sunday: 1/15/12

2:30 Pam Blair
2:35 Carina Finn
2:40 Trish Connolly
2:45 Steve Henn
2:50 Carol Meehan
2:55 Jeff Tatay
3:00 BREAK
3:05 Joshua Stump
3:10 Becky Pelky
3:15 Rachel Cheeseman
3:20 McKenzie Tozan
3:25 Jen Penkethman
3:35 Featured Reader Charmi Keranen – IUSB alum – Check out her brand new book here!

Currently available online at Amazon and other retailers.

Charmi Keranen holds a BA in English from Indiana University South Bend. Her poetry has appeared in Passages North, The Salt River Review, JMWW, Stirring, blossombones, elimae, The Dirty Napkin, Ouroboros Review, Sugar House Review, Inter|rupture, Grasslimb Journal and Hot Metal Bridge. She and her husband live in Northern Indiana, where she works as a freelance writer and proofreader of court transcripts.

Praise for The Afterlife is a Dry County
“What a subtle but bracing joy Charmi Keranen’s The Afterlife is a Dry County is. In poems such as “The South Shore,” transcendence emerges out of some paradoxically laid back determination to limn new realities using the particulars of place and mind in order to articulate a unique musicality, a powerful metaphor for the self. Which is to say the poems are sensual, deeply imagined, and visceral. They’re also historical, metaphysical, and funny as hell. But Keranen’s book is also a package full of things, constructions simultaneously so wholly “graspable” and disjunctive it feels as if a bell has been rung in the reader’s consciousness as he drifts toward the wide open water inside the wake of each poem’s lingering and mysterious shadow. One’s not sure HOW she pulls so many disparate elements together in such a small space of page and to such startling effect, but it is a pleasure to read, and I know I am richer for it.”

–David Dodd Lee, author of The Nervous Filaments, Sky Booths in the Breath Somewhere: The Ashbery Erasure Poems, and Orphan, Indiana.

“In The Afterlife is a Dry County, the world undergoes multiple transformations and evolutions. “It’s slow going//waiting for the rock/to become a fish,” Keranen writes. All the living things that appear here—hummingbirds, centipedes, owls, spiders, deer flies, egrets—exist next to man’s language, also alive and morphing. It’s as if time, too, has compressed her poetic line, and we read this collection, with all its white space—its absence—acutely aware of the “weight of language.””

– Nancy Botkin, author of Parts That Were Once Whole and Bent Elbow and Distance

 

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Ryan Sanford Smith is a recent IUSB English Major who is now in Notre Dame’s MFA program in Poetry. He will read his poetry tonight at Lula’s Cafe!

Lula’s Reading
Ruth Martini, Amy Marie Thomas, & R. Sanford Smith
October 6, 2010
8:00 pm
Lula’s Café

From ND’s link:

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Lula’s Reading Series has been going strong since 2004 at this friendly yet hip café. Hosted by the University of Notre Dame’s Creative Writing Program, the series features poetry, prose and cross-genre writing from the M.F.A. students. They will dazzle you with their energy, edginess and engagement with language and form.

Ruth Martini‘s words swim with the rhythm of music.

Amy Marie Thomas’s poems transform objects into song and language into a pile of legos.

Ryan Sanford Smith’s poems show you the Armageddon you’ve only had access to in dreams.

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Ryan Sanford Smith is an IUSB alum finishing his first year as an MFA student in Notre Dame’s poetry program.

The All-Stars include IUSB alum, Steve Henn.

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