Tuesday, July 1, 2008

To Yelp From The Rooftops

I'm probably going to go to this unless I get otherwise occupied. It's in Central Park which means I can't decide at the last minute-- I actually have to put money on my metro card and keep track of the time but it looks fun.

The Academy of American Poets Presents:

Two free evening rooftop readings this summer, featuring poets Jenny Boully, Oni Buchanan, Darcie Dennigan, Gregory Pardlo, Abraham Smith, and G.C. Waldrep.

The rooftop readings continue a tradition of summer poetry readings from the Academy of American Poets. The readings will be held on the newly renovated roof of the Arsenal Building at the entrance to Central Park, 64th Street at Fifth Avenue. Step out of the flow of traffic and hear these six poets "bare their brains to heaven":

Jenny Boully, Gregory Pardlo, G.C. Waldrep
Tuesday, July 1
6:30 p.m.
Please call 212.360.1324 or email
rsvp@parks.nyc.gov to reserve your free ticket.

Oni Buchanan, Darcie Dennigan, Abraham Smith
Tuesday, August 5
6:30 p.m.

Location: The Arsenal Building, Central Park, 64th Street at 5th Avenue.

Sponsored by the Academy of American Poets and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

About the Readers:

Jenny Boully is the author of The Book of Beginnings and Endings (Sarabande, 2007), [one love affair]* (Tarpaulin Sky Books, 2006), and The Body: An Essay (Essay Press, 2007 and Slope Editions, 2002). She will join the faculty at Columbia College Chicago this fall.

Oni Buchanan's second poetry collection, Spring, was selected by Mark Doty as a winner of the 2007 National Poetry Series, forthcoming from the University of Illinois Press. Her first collection, What Animal, was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2003. Buchanan is an accomplished concert pianist and maintains a private piano studio in Boston, Massachusetts.

Darcie Dennigan's first collection, Corinna A-Maying the Apocalypse, was selected by Alice Fulton for the Poets Out Loud Prize published by Fordham University Press in 2008. She is a recipient of the 2007 Discovery /The Nation poetry prize. Dennigan lives in Rhode Island.

Gregory Pardlo's Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman as the winner of the 2007 American Poetry Review / Honickman First Book Prize in Poetry. He is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the New York Times, and many others. Pardlo teaches creative writing at Medgar Evers College at the City University of New York and lives in Brooklyn.

Abraham Smith is the author of Whim Man Mammon, recently published by Action Books. A 2004 Writing Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, he is originally from Ladysmith, Wisconsin.

G.C. Waldrep's most recent collection of poetry, Disclamor, was published in 2007 by BOA Editions. His first collection, Goldbeater’s Skin, received the 2003 Colorado Prize for Poetry, selected by Donald Revell. He teaches at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

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