In the guise of a beggar, Odysseus returned to Ithaca.
Oh, yes, it is time to shed the layers, and throw open the windows. We, in the northeast, have just come through a winter that gripped us hard in its insistent freeze every single day for four months, so we are ready to be dazzled, to rejoice in the true glimmer of spring’s awakening.
Isn’t that what the arts do for us? We look to writers & artists to nurture our spirits as they gift us with a record of who we have been and inspire us to reach into that unknowable future.
Our journey starts afresh with the daily inspiration to celebrate even in our moments of suffering. There is connection in our hope for the future, in getting through tough times. The myriad ways in which the smallest gesture helps each of us to get outside of ourselves and breathe.
This winter was on full-force, but we kept in touch, we reached out and, finally, we had a laugh, knowing this too shall pass just like that shovel and plow hokey-pokey that had us dancing on demand daily.
Toss the shovel, shed the layers, breathe & enjoy the light!
A good friend of IthacaLit, Andrei Guruianu, joins us as our Featured Poet. Andrei is a prolific writer, who served as Broome County's first Poet Laureate from 2009-2011. He has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize and his poetry has been featured by former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser in his column American Life in Poetry. He currently lives in New York City where he teaches in the Expository Writing Program at New York University.
Our Featured Artist, Benon Lutaaya, creates inspiring collage & acrylic paintings that are visually stunning. Lutaaya has the spirit we like to promote at IthacaLit. He is a young artist who created himself as an artist against all adversity. He takes what he earns from his work & gives back to the community of children that inspires his work. Benon has created The Benon Lutaaya Foundation for Children, which donates portions of his earnings to South African children.
In "Finding the Incarnate in Poetry," Rachel Dacus is interviewed by Barbara Ellen Sorensen. In Norman Ball's essay, "Getting There First & Other Teacup Storms," Ball uses his powerful mind & wry humor to rally us behind the writer's ability to own cliche.
We also welcome twelve new poets, who are each established writers with incredible perspectives to share.
Our own EK Gordon, Spring 2012, has a new book of poetry out from CCD Books.
Support IthacaLit poets & poets everywhere by putting her collection on your spring poetry book purchase list.
Elizabeth K Gordon (aka elizag) is a writer who was born in Queens, NY and grew up upstate and then in Broward County Florida. Her non-fiction narrative Triplet Boys, their Teen Parents and Two White Women who Tagged Along (CDD Books 2007) won an Indie Book Award. She lives in a mill house apartment in Cohoes and works as an adjunct writing teacher at Northampton Community College (on-line) and RPI (incarnate). She recently discovered and fell in love with and was knocked-up by slam poetry, of the nitty gritty variety. Go Blue!
Thank you for visiting Singapore Poetry. I’m a Singapore poet living in New York, and this website is about poetry by Singaporeans, and all things poetic about Singapore.
Until they meet me, even the well-traveled, well-read cosmopolitans that many New Yorkers are do not know of any Singapore writers. They may have read Derek Walcott, but they have not heard of Edwin Thumboo. They do not know that there is a continuous tradition of Singapore poetry written since Singapore became independent of the British in 1965.
What’s more, the tradition is very much alive and kicking in this still-new century. Small independent presses have grown up alongside the established outfits. Bookstores such as Books Actually and Select Books champion local literature. The annual Singapore Writers Festival showcases Singaporean as well as international authors. Singapore writers travel all over the world to read at literary festivals.
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House of Anansi Press poetry editor Damian Rogers has acquired Canadian rights to Congotronic, the second poetry collection by Shane Book. The collection will be simultaneously published by University of Iowa Press in the U.S. Publication is scheduled for fall 2014.
Shane Book’s debut collection, Ceiling of Sticks, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award and was a Poetry Society of America “New American Poet” Selection. He is a graduate of New York University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines in the U.S., U.K., and Canada—and on film. He has received scholarships to the MacDowell Colony, Brazil’s Sacatar Foundation, the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program and Cave Canem. His honors include a New York Times Fellowship in Poetry, Fellowships to the Flaherty Film Seminar and the Telluride Film Festival, Best Short Screenplay at the Diamond Screen Film Festival, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and a National Magazine Award.
Featured Poet, Summer 2013, Lauren K. Alleyne's new book, Difficult Fruit, includes the poem "Fourteen," one of Lauren's featured poems in IthacaLit. Lauren K. Alleyne is a native of Trinidad and Tobago. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Cornell University and is currently the Poet-in-Residence and an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Dubuque.
A Cave Canem graduate, her work has been awarded prizes such as a 2012 Lyric Iowa Poetry Prize (2nd place), the 2010 Small Axe Literary prize, two Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prizes (2009, 2011), the 2003 Atlantic Monthly Student Poetry Prize, the Robert Chasen Graduate Poetry Prize at Cornell, among others.
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