What’s New in Poetry, 3-12-15
Hi!! It’s two days before pi day!! Today’s four terrific videos come from NJ, AZ, WY, & NY. Ben, Meghan, and Ginger all have really great, brand new first full-length books of poetry out, and Layli’s first full-length is forthcoming. All four are wonderful poets & people! You’ll need a designated driver after listening to these poems!!
Here’s what they say:
“When the clock stopped telling time, I stopped telling stories to my hands as if they would live forever.” –Meghan Privitello
“I stop wheels, slow sheep, bounce, drop sheep shit across highways, potholed, me, I, grass, nothing.” –Layli LongSoldier
“Get the fuck out, woodland creatures. Get the fuck out, low-hanging fruit.” –Ginger Ko
“I should walk in golden rays, past rows of motorcycles, to Coney Island, because I know grace is more real than love.” –Ben Fama
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Meghan Privitello is the author of A New Language for Falling Out of Love. Before receiving her B.A. in Literature and Creative Writing from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, she attended Cabrini College, Naropa University, and The New School. Her work has appeared in journals such as Boston Review, Kenyon Review Online, Sixth Finch, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. Poems from A New Language for Falling Out of Love also appear in the anthologies Best New Poets 2012 and Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation. She is the recipient of a 2014 NJ State Council of the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. Meghan was born in New Jersey and still lives in New Jersey (she would rather be in Iceland), with her husband, her blankets, and her imaginary Dachshunds.
Layli LongSoldier holds a BFA in creative writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA with Honors from Bard College. She resides in Tsaile, AZ on the Navajo Nation and is an adjunct faculty member at Diné College. She has served as a contributing editor to Drunken Boat. Her poems have recently appeared in The American Poet, The American Reader, The Kenyon Review Online, American Indian Journal of Culture and Research and the PEN America site. Her first chapbook of poetry is titled Chromosomory (Q Ave Press, 2010) and forthcoming manuscript is titled WHEREAS.
Ginger Ko writes from Wyoming. She is the author of Motherlover from Coconut Books, and her chapbook Inherit is forthcoming from Bloof Books. Toby the Jack Russell provides the guest vocals featured in Ginger’s reading.
Ben Fama is the author of several chapbooks and pamphlets, including the artist book Mall Witch (Wonder),Cool Memories (Spork), Odalisque (Bloof), and Aquarius Rising (UDP). His writing has appeared in The Believer, Denver Quarterly, Boston Review, Jubilat, Lit, andThe Brooklyn Rail, among others. He is the co-founder of Wonder and lives in New York City. Fantasy (UDP) is his first full-length poetry collection.