Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Upcoming November Events

Two upcoming events sponsored by Split This Rock:

Poets in the (Think) Tank: ROCKPILE Symposium
Cosponsored by Split This Rock and the Institute for Policy Studies

Tuesday, November 3, noon-1:30 pm
Brown bag lunch
The Institute for Policy Studies
1112 16th Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington , DC
Farragut North or Farragut West Metro
For more info: info@splitthisrock.org, 202-787-5210

In anticipation of what is sure to be a music and poetry extravaganza at Busboys and Poets November 4, ROCKPILE artists David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg host an open discussion on Art and Activism, Poetry, Music and The Troubadour Tradition, Censorship and The Academy, Community and Collaboration. With additional guest poets to be announced.

ROCKPILE is a collaboration between David Meltzer, legendary poet, musician, and essayist, and Michael Rothenberg, poet, songwriter and editor of Big Bridge Press. In the tradition of the troubadour and with the spirit of improvisation and collaboration, the duo will journey through eight U.S. cities and perform poetry, composed on the road, in a spontaneous fusion with local musicians in each city. Washington DC is the 4th stop of the ROCKPILE journey.

David Meltzer was an important figure in the 1950s San Francisco Renaissance and appeared in Donald Allen’s “The New American Poetry,” a seminal work of that era. “Beat Thing” a book-length, poetic journal, published by La Alameda Press in 2004, won the Josephine Miles PEN Award in 2005. His books, Reading Jazz, Writing Jazz and No Eyes, Lester Young all reflect his deep connection and dedication to music throughout his career. His complete publication history is at http://meltzerville.com/.

Michael Rothenberg is a poet, songwriter, and editor and publisher of Big Bridge magazine online at www.bigbridge.org. His poetry books include The Paris Journals (Fish Drum Press), Monk Daddy (Blue Press), Unhurried Vision (La Alameda/University of New Mexico Press) and most recently CHOOSE, Selected Poems (Big Bridge Press). He is also editor for the Penguin Poet series, which includes selected works of Phillip Whalen, Joanne Kyger, David Meltzer and Ed Dorn. He has recently completed the Collected Poems of Phillip Whalen for Wesleyan University Press. Complete publication history can be found at http://epc.buffalo.edu/authors/Rothenberg m/


Split This Rock and The Writer’s Center present:

The Earth in the Attic by Fady Joudah
A Poetry Discussion
Discussion led by poet and translator Yvette Neisser Moreno

Thursday, November 19, 7 pm
The Writer’s Center
4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda , MD
(5 blocks south of Bethesda Metro)
Free and open to the public. The Writer’s Center is wheelchair-accessible.

The Earth in the Attic is available for purchase for $16 at The Writer’s Center and Busboys and Poets.

Fady Joudah—an award-winning poet, translator of Mahmoud Darwish, and member of Doctors without Borders—will be a featured poet at the 2010 Split This Rock Poetry Festival. The Earth in the Attic won the Yale Series for Younger Poets in 2007.

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