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David Dodd Lee’s poetry reading has been rescheduled for Thurs March 10!

Please join us for a poetry reading by David Dodd Lee:

Poetry Reading by David Dodd Lee
7:30 pm Thursday
new date: March 10, 2016

3rd Floor Bridge of Wiekamp Hall
Free and open to the public. Reception and book sales to follow.


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Update 2/25/16: Due to the weather, this reading will be rescheduled. More info TBA.

Mark you calendars for next week’s poetry reading by our own David Dodd Lee!

Poetry Reading by David Dodd Lee
7:30 pm Thursday, Feb 25, 2016
3rd Floor Bridge of Wiekamp Hall
Free and open to the public. Reception and book sales to follow.

“The relations with animality are reversed; the beast is set free.”
– Michel Foucault, Madness and Civilization


“I’ll Be Right with You,” from Animalities:

I flipped a coin into
a soda bottle and
wanted to believe in

something I had yet to 
discover. Like when one
of my pills rolls across

the kitchen floor. You'd think 
there was a great order
underlying all things.


David Dodd Lee is the author of nine books of poems, including Animalities (Four Way Books), The Coldest Winter on Earth (Marick Press, 2012). His fourth book, Sky Booths in the Breath Somewhere, the Ashbery Erasure Poems (BlazeVox, 2010), taught him how to write the poems in his next books: The Nervous Filaments (Four Way Books, 2010) and Orphan, Indiana (University of Akron Press, 2010). He is the editor of two poetry / fiction anthologies: Shade 2004 & 2006 (Four Way Books) and The Other Life: the Selected Poems of Herbert Scott (Carnegie Mellon, 2010). His poems have appeared in Court Green, Denver Quarterly, Field, Jacket, The Nation, Nerve, and in many other places. He is also a visual artist, writes and publishes fiction, publishes chapbooks and full-length titles as editor-in-chief of 42 Miles Press, and teaches classes in poetry, publishing, art history, and the art of collage at Indiana University South Bend, where he is assistant professor of English. He lives in Osceola, east of South Bend, where he kayaks and fishes on Baugo Bay.

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Congratulations to IUSB Faculty Member, Nancy Botkin, whose poetry was recognized in both categories of this year’s Indiana Poetry Award contest!

Indiana’s current Poet Laureate, George Kalamaras, announced the winners.

Nancy’s poems “Studebaker Wives” and “Missing” are published on the winner’s page: http://www.wabashwatershed.com/2015/08/23/julyaugust2015feature/


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David Dodd Lee

Reading Animalities is like inhaling and exhaling innumerable versions of life—and like life, these poems embrace “carnage and joy”: “the sun on the horizon bleeding…/ where the loons swim in it by moonlight still laughing.” The curious juxtaposition of the familiar with the surreal—“the flaming peonies,” “black lemons floating on white water. ”—contemplates the question, “Why is there something instead of nothing?”

 From “GARLIC “:

“I like the suffering, knowing there will/come a time.”

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Faculty poets Nancy Botkin and David Dodd Lee have been selected to participate in the Indiana Borderland Project Readings next week. Should be a cool event!

ImageIndiana Borderlands Project Readings

March 27, 2013
129 DeBartolo Center,  University of Notre Dame
7 pm
Indiana Poet Laureate Karen Kovacik has planned a series of four readings on each of the statelines called the Borderlands Project. The readings will bring together Indiana poets with writers from neighboring states to share poems about immigration, migration, borders and home.

Kovacik, also a professor of English at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, said, “Immigrants and migrants have had a profound effect not only on American history but on our literature. Think of Emma Lazarus’ poem on the base of the Statue of Liberty, Langston Hughes’ ‘Let America Be America Again,’ or Rita Dove’s Pulitzer Prize-winning sequence Thomas and Beulah about the Northern Migration of her African-American grandparents.

The northern reading at the University of Notre Dame, featuring Hoosier and Michigan poets, is scheduled for Wednesday, March 27, 2013. The western reading will occur at the Swopes Gallery in Terre Haute on November 1, 2013. An eastern reading is in the works, but no date has been selected yet. Further details will be announced later.

The following authors will read:

Francisco Aragón

Nancy Botkin

Curtis L. Crisler

Jacqueline Dickey

Gail Griffin

John D. Groppe

Elizabeth Kerlikowske

Karen Kovacik

David Dodd Lee

Kimberly Renith-Joy Licorish

Orlando Ricardo Menes

Susan Blackwell Ramsey

Kirk Robinson

Diane Seuss

Mary Sexson

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Clayton Michaels’ 16-page poem (!!) “[4] MONSTER” was nominated by the journal apt (his poem originally appeared in their January 2012 print issue).

David Dodd Lee’s poem “The Soul as Skiff” was nominated by the offending adam (the link is here:  http://theoffendingadam.com/?p=6548).

Kelcey Parker’s story “Limberlost” has been nominated by Booth.  It appeared on-line in July and will be published in their next print issue.  Here’s a link to the story:  http://booth.butler.edu/2012/07/13/winesburg-indiana-limberlost/

About the Pushcart Prize (from the web site):
The Pushcart Prize – Best of the Small Presses series, published every year since 1976, is the most honored literary project in America. Hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry and essays have been represented in the pages of our annual collections. Little magazine and small book press editors (print or online) may make up to six nominations from their year’s publications

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