tell people they can fucking win

I saw a video online of Ed Sanders, Jack Kerouac and Lewis Yablonsky discussing the political moment happening in 1968 with William F. Buckley on Firing Line and I asked Ed Sanders if he still stands by the visions of love & light that he talked about in that interview. I really hoped he would say that even in the dire circumstances we find ourselves in now he still believes. His gracious response is included in issue #251.

Now available online, issue #251 was my last one as editor for the Project Newsletter.

Contents include a memorial for Ray DiPalma with some of his work and investigations into our current political moment, TELL PEOPLE THEY CAN FUCKING WIN, curated by Jen Hofer.

Art from Anastasio Wrobel and Hilary Mushkin and, of course, reviews: Velina Manolova on Christine Shan Shan Hou, Edmund Berrigan on Micah Ballard, Rijard Bergeron on Jared Stanley, Julia Johanne Tolo on Jennifer Firestone, Lara Mimosa Montes on Alexis Pauline Gumbs.

I hear the latest issue #252, put together by Marwa Helal, is just back from the printer and should be dropping soon. I’m so excited to see it.

The Firing Line episode with Ed Sanders is available here.

Resilience is human nature

The February/March 2017 issue of The Poetry Project Newsletter is online now.

 Issue #250 includes:

Poetry Project Newsletter #249

I was particularly happy with the timeliness of issue #249, now available online. The George Schneeman cover felt really perfect for election season.

Contents include Marcella Durand on Paul Blackburn and an interview with Anselm Berrigan about his book of Newsletter interviews, What Is Poetry? (Just Kidding, I Know You Know).

Poetry from Ari Banias and reviews: John Godfrey on Anselm Hollo; Sara Jane Stoner on Solmaz Sharif; Zoë Bodzas on Bhanu Khapil; Yanyi Luo on Safiya Sinclair; Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves on Metta Sáma; Matt Longabucco on Alejandra Pizarnik (transl. Yvette Siegert).

Poetry Project Newsletter #248

2017 means my gig as editor for the Poetry Project Newsletter is almost up. I’m really pleased with all the issues that have managed to come together while I’ve been holding the reins. Poetry Project Newsletter #248 is now available online here. Issue #248 features:

Thanks to all who contributed to this issue.

Poetry Project Newsletter #247

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The April / May 2016 issue of the Poetry Project Newsletter is available online now.

This issue includes:
Matthew Burgess in conversation with Ron Padgett; Margarita Shalina on St. Mark’s Bookshop, Poetry by Alice Notley, Art by Alberto Borea and reviews: Caitie Moore on Don Mee Choi; Mel Elberg on Tony Iantosca; Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves on Ariel Goldberg; Jess Mynes on Tom Raworth; Phillip Griffith on Carrie Lorig; Stephen Boyer on Rob Halpern. Enjoy!

Poetry Project Newsletter #246

246coverThe February / March issue of the Poetry Project Newsletter is now available for download on the Project site here.

In addition to all the regular Project goings on, #246 includes poetry from Amber Atiya, art from Steffani Jemison and Oasa DuVerney, a conversation between Barbara Henning & Patricia Spears Jones and reviews from Jess Mynes (on Anselm Berrigan); Cornelia Barber (on Melissa Buzzeo); Jai Arun Ravine (on Gabriel Ojeda-Sague); Sara Jane Stoner (on Sueyeun Juliette Lee); Miller Oberman (on Patricia Spears Jones); a William Carlos Williams crossword puzzle & more!

Thanks to all the contributors who made this one a beautiful issue.

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I may have failed to mention, but I’m editing the newsletter for The Poetry Project these days. The first one I did, #244, just got put online and is now available for download as a pdf.

I’m so grateful to the generous folks at University of Toronto for sharing this fantastic image with us. A naked centerfold was just what the newsletter needed.

© Allen Ginsberg Estate  – courtesy the University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Allen Ginsberg Collection