Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Portrait of Brad Richard: 2010 Washington Prize Winner

The Word Works is pleased to announce that Brad Richard (pronounced ree-shard) of New Orleans, Louisiana has won the 2010 Washington Prize for his manuscript Motion Studies.

On Poetry Society of America's website, you can read a very human portrait of him and his family post Katrina. There is also a poem about the devastating Katrina experience. 

Motion Studies is an ekphrastic collection that includes poems about the work of Thomas Eakins, including his famous painting entitled "The Swimming Hole."

Brad will be participating in the following reading:

Sunday, Aug 29, 3:30pm

New Orleans, LA

Nicole Cooley, Peter Cooley, Yusef Komunyakaa, Kay Murphy, Brenda Marie Osbey, Alison Pelegrin, Brad Richard, and Martha Serpas, with Alice Quinn

An event honoring the fifth anniversary of the hurricane, featuring poets from New Orleans and the Bayou state. 

Co-sponsored by the English Department, Tulane University.
Admission is free.

Kendall Cram Room, Lavin-Bernick Center
Tulane University
6823 St. Charles Avenue

Monday, August 9, 2010

Intersections -- Poetry with Mathematics

On her blog Poetry With Mathematics, JoAnne Growney, a poet who has read in the Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series some years ago, is doing a series on poems that mention or deal with mathematics. 

For example she has featured Philip Wexler's poem "The Calculus of Ants on a Worm" that was published in Cabin Fever:  Poets at Joaquin Miller's Cabin, 1984-2001, edited by Jacklyn Potter, Dwaine Rieves, and Gary Stein.

If you know of other contemporary poems that treat the subject of mathematics, contact JoAnne with that information on her website. [wow (at) joannegrowney (dot) com]

Monday, August 2, 2010

Cafe Muse: The Truths of Patricia Davis & Henry Israeli

So much for the doldrums of August. Cafe Muse and talented audience of over 25 welcomed poet-playwright Patricia Davis and Philadelphia poet Henry Israeli.

Patricia Davis hot from a Capital Fringe production of her play Alternative Methods, which is headed to the New York City Fringe, read from The Blindfold's Eyes, the book she authored with Sister Dianna Ortiz. Her play Alternative Methods is drawn from the book. The play and book examine what it means to be tortured.

Henry Israeli said that Patricia's intense presentation was a hard act to follow so he changed the mood completely with sassy poems like "Mickey Mouse Blinks Out" and "Minnie in the Passenger Seat." These poems and others came from his book Praying to the Black Cat.

Making significant contribution the audience presented some awesome work. Readers included such poets as Sandra Beasley, Don Illich, Perry Epes, Judith McCombs and a number of others.