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Broadsides of Akbar/Henn poems

IUSB’s Pub Hub will be selling limited-edition broadsides of poems by Steve Henn and Kaveh Akbar. These broadsides were designed by IUSB Fine Arts student, King Wong, to commemorate the Henn/Akbar poetry reading at IUSB this Thursday (see below). Broadsides will be available for purchase for $3 each or two for $5.

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Poetry Reading by Steve Henn & Kaveh Akbar at IU South Bend
Thursday, November 16, 2017
6:00pm A Discussion with Kaveh Akbar in room 1190 Wiekamp Hall
7:30pm Poetry Reading by Henn & Akbar in 1001 Wiekamp Hall
on the campus of IU South Bend / free and open to the public / books and broadsides available for sale
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Poets Steve Henn & Kaveh Akbar at IU South Bend
Thursday, November 16, 2017
6:00pm A Discussion with Kaveh Akbar in room 1190 Wiekamp Hall
7:30pm Poetry Reading by Henn & Akbar in 1001 Wiekamp Hall
on the campus of IU South Bend / free and open to the public / books available for sale
bio-2016Steve Henn is the author of And God Said: Let There Be Evolution! (NYQBooks, 2012) and Unacknowledged Legislations (NYQBooks, 2011). Bloomington microlabel Auris Apothecary released a lathe cut recording and booklet of several poems called Cancel the Apocalypse (2015). His chapbooks include Subvert the Dominant Paradigm! (Boneworld Publishing/Musclehead Press 2009) and The 30th Anniversary Warsaw Community Commemorative Book Burning (Pudding House, 2007). He’s a full-time dad, a full-time high school English teacher, a frequent reader of O.P.P. (other people’s poetry) and an occasional drummer in ersatz basement bands, including The Lawnballs, Rocket Surgeons, Invisible Robots, An Elaborate Hoax, and Objects in Motion. He wrote most of the lyrics for the Robots album available online called Sunday Beer. He’s been a featured reader at the Uptown Poetry Slam, the Indianapolis Poetry Slam, and in the Indiana University South Bend Fall Writers Series. He’s organized many a poetry event in his hometown at the Oak and Alley / Three Crowns Coffee site in Warsaw, including such colorful show titles as “Stupider than Cupider,” “Funny Ha Ha or Funny Strange?,” and “Jolly Melancholy.” He’s probably got another 20 years of teaching to go before he can even consider writing and reading poems all the day long, all the year round. Hopefully they’ve got the high speed rail between Warsaw and Chicago built by then.

akbarKaveh Akbar’s poems appear recently or soon in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New York Times, The Nation, Tin House, The Guardian, Ploughshares, FIELD, Georgia Review, PBS NewsHour, Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, Narrative, The Poetry Review, AGNI, New England Review, A Public Space, Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry International, Best New Poets 2016, Guernica, Boston Review, and elsewhere. His debut full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, is just out with Alice James in the US and Penguin in the UK, and his chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, was published by Sibling Rivalry Press. The recipient of a 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and currently lives and teaches in Florida. Kaveh founded and edits Divedapper, a home for dialogues with the most vital voices in contemporary poetry.

 

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Check out this interview with Steve Henn, whose new book of poems, Indiana Noble Sad Man of the Year, was published by Wolfson Press. He will give a reading at IUSB in fall 2017!

From the introduction to the interview:

Sometimes the most interesting minds are hiding in plain sight. Maybe it’s some guy at work in the break room quietly reading A Confederacy Of Dunces while FOX News blasts in the background. Maybe that guy at the local Starbucks making you a peppermint mocha has a Masters in Psychology and has written nine unpublished novels but fell on hard times. Or possibly that woman in your kitchen that wakes you up in the mornings to go to school who’s currently making your dinner. Maybe she used to travel the world and was passionate about the dada movement and had dreams of being an artist and living in a mud hut off the grid before you showed up. Or maybe that teacher of yours. The one you have for 5th period that quotes Vonnegut and you see reading George Saunders short stories at his desk before class. Maybe he’s a gifted poet that writes about life’s ironies and tragedies in a humanistic way.

Well that last one might just be Mr. Steve Henn. Henn’s a Midwestern poet who teaches high school English by day, raises four smart kids, and when time allows writes poems about life (yours and his, and everyone else’s that’s ever felt both the swelling sting and innate beauty of living.) Henn has been published in the past (check out his works at therealstevehenn.com) and he recently released his newest collection called Indiana Noble Sad Man Of The Year through Wolfson Press.

 

 

 

 

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Thanks so much to Steve Henn for visiting Kelcey Parker Ervick’s A190 and W206 classes today! He read some poems and showed some of his kids’ awesome illustrations from his new Wolfson Press book, Indiana Noble Sad Man of the Year.

Here he is showing off his poetry tour t-shirt: 

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Free pizza and Fiction Reading by Philip Baruth
5:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016
3rd Floor Bridge outside of Wiekamp Hall room 3001

Philip Baruth will give a reading from his book of short stories, American Zombie Beauty. The book was published here on campus by Wolfson Press, the press of the Master of Liberal Studies Program.

Baruth is a professor at the University of Vermont. He is also Majority Leader of the Vermont State Senate. His previous publications include the novels The X President (Bantam 2003), The Brothers Boswell (Soho 2009), and The Millennium Shows (Kearney Street Books, reprinted 2012). His biography of Senator Pat Leahy is forthcoming from the University Press of New England.

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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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