Monday, September 25, 2006

October 3rd: Short-Story Writer Paul Beckman and Poet Jen Tynes Read at The Anchor Bar

On Tuesday October 3rd at 7:00 PM, please join the Ordinary Evening Reading Series to welcome fiction writer Paul Beckman and poet Jen Tynes to the Anchor Bar's Mermaid Room.

Paul Beckman is a writer who lives in Madison, CT. His short stories, four of which have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, have appeared in both print and on-line journals (among them, Playboy, Currents, Connecticut Review, Mad Hatter's Review, and Exquisite Corpse). His first collection, Come! Meet My Family and Other Stories was published in 1995 by Weighted Anchor Press, and a second volume is expected in 2006. Paul's work has been published in New Zealand, translated into German for an anthology entitled Humor by Jewish Writers ("The P Word"), and several of his short stories have been adapted into plays.

Jen Tynes lives in Providence, Rhode Island and edits horse less press. Her poems have appeared in jubilat, Diagram, CutBank, H_NGM_N, Typo, Octopus, Verse, No Tell Motel, The Cultural Society, and other journals. Her first book, The End Of Rude Handles, is available from Red Morning Press.

Friday, September 15, 2006

12/19: Gabriel Gudding & Rosanna Warren

Gabriel Gudding is the author of two books, A Defense of Poetry (Pitt Poetry Series, 2002) and rhode island notebook (Dalkey Archive Press, forthcoming 2008), which was written entirely in his car during 25 roundtrips on the highways between Providence, Rhode Island and Normal, Illinois. A resident of Normal, Illinois since 2002, he's an Assistant Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at Illinois State University, teaching "experimental poetry." Gudding's work has appeared in such venues as New American Writing, LIT, Fence, American Poetry Review, Sentence, Jacket, and has been anthologized in Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present (Scribner, 2003). He is a trained mediator for Illinois State, has begun two creative writing programs in prisons, and maintains a blog, Conchology.

Rosanna Warren is the author of Departure (W.W. Norton & Company, 2003); Stained Glass (1993), which was named the Lamont Poetry Selection by the Academy of American Poets; Each Leaf Shines Separate (1984); and Snow Day (1981). She has also published a translation of Euripides's Suppliant Women (with Stephen Scully; Oxford, 1995) and edited several books, including The Art of Translation: Voices from the Field (Northeastern, 1989). Her many awards include the Pushcart Prize, the Award of Merit in Poetry and the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the May Sarton Prize, among others, and she received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. Warren served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1999 to 2005. In the fall of 2000, she was The New York Times Resident in Literature at the American Academy in Rome. She is a contributing editor of Seneca Review and the poetry editor of Daedalus. Currently, she is the Emma MacLachlan Metcalf Professor of the Humanities at Boston University.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

2006 Ordinary Evening Schedule

The Ordinary Evening Reading Series was created to bring emerging and established poets and writers to New Haven, and to enrich the already robust artistic, cultural, and literary scene in the Elm City.

The readings always take place on a Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Anchor Bar’s Mermaid Room. For now, you’ll have to settle for one reading a month. Seating is limited so get there early!

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The Ordinary Evening Reading Series resumes on September 19 at the Anchor Bar's Mermaid Room with Shanna Compton, Ada Limón, and Jennifer L. Knox

Please join us on Tuesday, September 19, at 7:00 p.m. in the Anchor Bar’s Mermaid Room for the next installment of the Ordinary Evening Reading Series, featuring the following excellent poets:

Shanna Compton is the author of Down Spooky (poems, Winnow, 2005) and the editor of GAMERS (essays on video games, Soft Skull, 2004). Her poems can be found in Foursquare, Ping-Pong, the tiny, Tool, Abraham Lincoln, and other magazines, as well as in the anthologies The Best American Poetry 2005, The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel, and Bowery Women.

Ada Limón is originally from Sonoma, California. Her first book, lucky wreck, was the winner of the 2005 Autumn House Poetry Prize and her second book This Big Fake World was the winner of the 2005 Pearl Poetry Prize and is due out in the fall. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Jennifer L. Knox was born and raised in Lancaster, California, the largestcity named Lancaster in the world. Her first book of poems, A Gringo LikeMe, is available on Softskull Press. She is a three-time contributor to The Best American Poetry, and her work has appeared in Great American Prose Poems: from Poe to Present. She is currently studying avian linguistics via correspondence.