Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Dark Room Collective Reunion at Folger Shakespeare Library

The Dark Room Collective Reunion reading tour, NOTHING PERSONAL, is coming to the Folger Shakespeare Library April 30, 2012 as part of the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series.

The Collective was founded in 1987 as an informal community of African American poets supporting each other’s literary artistry. The members of this successful group have gone on to distinguished careers, marking significant achievements and winning many literary awards, including a Pulitzer Prize, several Cave Canem Poetry Prizes, fellowships, and a Woman of the Year award, among others.

The Collective is reuniting this year for a reading tour, including an evening in Washington, DC on Monday, April 30, 2012. The touring group members include Tisa Bryant, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Major Jackson, John Keene, Tracy K. Smith, Sharan Strange, Natasha Trethewey, and Kevin Young, and the event is moderated by Meta DuEwa Jones.

Below and attached is the press release for this event as well as a promotional flyer. Tickets are $15 adults / $7.50 students and can be purchased at the Folger box office, 202.544.7077, or

Conversations and Connections Conference

APRIL 21, 2012

Conversations and Connections is not the same old writer’s conference.

Get the real scoop directly from the people who are making decisions about publishing every day. Conversations and Connections features editors from a mix of established and cutting-edge literary magazines and small presses, all of whom will be there to help you take the next step in publishing your work.

Face to face.

Conversations and Connections provides a comfortable, congenial environment where you can meet other writers, as well as editors and publishers. Our “speed dating with the editors” (one session is included in the registration fee, additional sessions available for $5) is a ten-minute meeting with an editor who will review the first two pages of a story, a novel synopsis, or a few poems, providing feedback on how you might improve your work or where you might consider sending it.

Something for everyone.

Our participants know the current markets. Whether you’re an experienced writer looking to take the next step, a newcomer looking for the coolest small presses, or anybody else sending your writing out into the world, Conversations and Connections has a panel you need to hear and an editor you need to meet. This year, we’ve updated our format to include more craft lectures and other advanced topics.

It’s Cheap! And You’ll Actually Leave with Stuff.

For a registration fee of only $65 (same as last year), you get the full-day conference, one ticket to “speed dating with the editors,” a subscription to a participating literary magazine, and a book from one of our speakers.

Helix & Nomads Book Tour

featuring Lea Graham & Timothy Bradford:

Thursday, April 12, 7:30pm: University of Tulsa, McFarlin's Library Faculty Lounge

Friday, April 13, 7pm: Nightbird Books, Dickson Street, Fayetteville, AR

Saturday, April 14, 7pm: The Raven Book Store, 6 E 7th Street, Lawrence, KS

Sunday, April 15, 6pm: Prospero’s Books, 1800 W. 39th St., Kansas City, MO

Monday, April 16, 4pm: Westminster College, Hermann Room of the Hunter Activity Center, Fulton, MO

Tuesday, April 17, 7pm: Best of Books, 1313 E. Danforth Rd., Edmond, OK

Thursday, April 19, 7:pm: University of Alabama

Lea Graham is the author of Hough & Helix & Where & Here & You, You, You (No Tell Books, 2011) and the chapbook, Calendar Girls (above ground press, 2006). Her poems, collaborations, reviews and articles have been published in journals and anthologies such as American Letters & Commentary, The City Visible, Notre Dame Review and The Capilano Review. Her translations are forthcoming in The Alteration of Silence: Recent Chilean Poetry through the University of New Orleans Press. She is Assistant Professor of English at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and a native of Northwest Arkansas.

Timothy Bradford is the author of the introduction to Sadhus (Cuerpos Pintados, 2003), a photography book on the ascetics of South Asia, and Nomads with Samsonite (BlazeVOX [books], 2011), a collection of poetry. His writing has appeared in numerous journals including 42Opus, DIAGRAM, CrossConnect, No Tell Motel, Mudlark, Upstairs at Duroc, ecopoetics, H_NGM_N, and Drunken Boat. In 2005, he received the Koret Foundation’s Young Writer on Jewish Themes Award for a novel-in-progress based on the history of the VĂ©lodrome d’Hiver. Currently, he is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Tulsa.