Event Announcement: A Celebration of Ireland’s Salmon Press, September 9 at 4PM

The Sunday Best Reading Series kicks off its 2012-2013 season on September 9 with “A Celebration of Ireland’s Salmon Press.”  This event will showcase the work of four poets published by Salmon Poetry founded in 1981 as an alternate voice in Irish literature. (The name “Salmon” derives from the Salmon of Knowledge in Celtic mythology.)  Patricia Brody, Philip Fried, Bertha Rogers, and Estha Weiner will read selections from books already published by or forthcoming from  Salmon.

As always, the afternoon’s program will begin at 4PM and takes place in the Hudson View Lounge. A suggested contribution of $7 covers admission to the reading as well as to food and drinks at the after-reception where audience members can meet and mingle with the writers.  However, due to ongoing renovation in The Lounge, the event will take place in the foyer area of the Lounge rather than the auditorium proper.  Those who have attended events in The Lounge know that the foyer is considerably smaller than the main area of The Lounge.  As a result, seating will be limited, and advance reservations will be required for this event. Please make your reservations by email to fabulara@earthlink.net.

Please read on to learn more about the four poets who will be sharing their work with us on September 9.

Poet Patricia Brody.

Patricia Brody’s first poetry collection, American Desire, was selected  by Finishing Line Books for a 2009 New Women’s Voices Award. Her second collection, Dangerous to Know, is due out from Salmon Poetry (Ireland) in 2012. Her work has appeared in BigCityLit, Western Humanities Review,  Barrow Street, The Paris Review, and on Poetry Daily. Poems also appear in the anthology Chance of a Ghost (co-edited by Philip Miller) and in Psychoanalytic Perspectives and International Journal of Feminist Politics. Brody works as a family therapist in NYC and teaches “Seeking Your Voice: a Poetry Workshop”  at Barnard College Center for Women. She taught English comp and American Literature for many years at Boricua College in Harlem. Her awards include two Pushcart nominations; English Speaking Union of New York, 1st Prize for a poem; and two Academy of American Poets prizes.

Poet Philip Fried.

Philip Fried has published five books of poetry: Mutual Trespasses (Ion, 1988), Quantum Genesis (Zohar, 1997), Big Men Speaking to Little Men (Salmon, 2006), Cohort (Salmon, 2009),and Early/Late: New and Selected Poems (Salmon, 2011).He is also the founding editor of The Manhattan Review, an international poetry journal.

Poet Bertha Rogers.

Bertha Rogers’s poems appear in journals and anthologies, on Poetry Daily (poems.com) and Verse Daily (versedaily.com), and in her collections, Heart Turned Back (Salmon, 2010), The Fourth Beast (Snark Press, 2004), A House of Corners (Three Conditions Press, Maryland Poetry Review Chapbook Contest Winner, 2000), and Sleeper, You Wake (Mellen, NY 1991). Her translation of Beowulf was published in 2000 (Birch Brook Press), and her translation of the riddle‑poems from the Anglo‑Saxon Exeter Book, Uncommon Creatures, Singing Things, is forthcoming from Birch Brook. She has received fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, and Hawthornden International Writers Retreat.  Her poem suite Three for Summer’s End  was set to music by Jamie Keesecker for the MacDowell/Monadnock “Music for the Mountain” series and performed in 2010.

Poet Estha Weiner.

Estha Weiner is co-editor and contributor to Blues For Bill: A Tribute To William Matthews (Akron Poetry Series, 2005)and author of The Mistress Manuscript (Book Works, 2009) and Transfiguration Begins At Home (Tiger Bark Press, 2009). In The Weather of The World  is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in 2013. Her magazine publications include The New Republic and  Barrow Street.  Nominated for a Pushcart Prize,  she was the winner of a Paterson Poetry Prize, and a Visiting Scholar at The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford, England. Estha is founding director of  NY Alumnae Writers Nights  Series for Sarah Lawrence College, and serves on the Advisory Board of Slapering Hol Press, Hudson Valley Writers Center. In her previous life, she was an actor and worked for BBC radio.


Event Announcement: New Books from Small Presses, May 2 at 4PM

(with a special bonus pre-event on “Guerilla Publishing for Poets” at 2PM)

Sunday Best closes its 2009-2010 season on Sunday, May 2 at 4PM with an event dedicated to “big” writing published by small presses.    Our impressive roster of readers includes Eric Darton, author of the New York Times bestseller Divided We Stand; poet Colin Goedecke, author of The Speed of Sight; Bertha Rogers, author of the poetry collection Heart Turned Back; and Susan Tepper, a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee and widely published poet, essayist, and fiction writer.

Just before the reading, from 2PM to 4PM, our four readers will present Guerrilla Publishing for Poets: How Literary Writers Can Use Their Time, Energy and Imagination (Rather Than Money) to Promote Their Small-Press or Self-Published Books, a panel discussion moderated by Sunday Best curator Patricia Eakins.  Don’t miss this opportunity to get some tips from the experts on how to pursue your literary ambitions during this time of change and uncertainty for the publishing industry!

Since this is Sunday Best’s last event of the season, we want to make it the biggest and best.  Bring your questions about small presses and self-publishing to the 2PM panel.  Enjoy  hearing a varied selection of compelling readings from new books from small presses.  Then join the readers and Sunday Best staffers for our End-of-Season Party, which will take immediately after the reading and feature culinary delights from the Food Committee and wines from Cabrini Wines.  All events will take place in the Hudson View Gardens Lounge.

Read below for more information about the four writers who will be reading their works and participating in the Guerilla Publishing panel on May 2:

Eric Darton is the author of the New York Times bestseller Divided We Stand, a cultural history of the World Trade Center, (Basic Books, 1999). His novels are Free City (WW Norton, 1996) and Orogene (EDB, 2009). Darton’s latest book is Things Fall Together (EDB, 2010), the first volume of his five-volume cultural journal Notes of a New York Son, 1995-2007. His website is http://www.ericdarton.net/.

Plein-air poet Colin Goedecke, author of The Speed of Sight, has worked for the last two-and-a-half decades as a story developer for businesses around the world. He is also a long-time family wine-maker, flaneur in foreign countries, and passionate singer and performer of vintage 1930s and 40s love songs. His next collection The Blue Bathers is forthcoming in Late Summer 2010, along with a CD of new & selected poems: Picasso’s Pants. His website is www.thespeedofsight.com.

Bertha Rogers’ newest poetry collection, Heart Turned Back, was published by Salmon Poetry Publishing (Ireland) in 2010; her translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic, Beowulf, was published in 2000; her translation of the Anglo-Saxon riddle poems from the Exeter Book, Uncommon Creatures, Singing Things, will be published in late 2010. She founded, in 1992, Bright Hill Press, a nonprofit literary press and organization. More at http://www.bertharogers.com/.

Before settling down to study writing at NYU and New School, Susan Tepper was an actress, flight attendant, marketing manager, tour guide, singer, television producer, interior decorator, and rescue worker. Her stories, poems and essays have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Salt Hill, Boston Review, Green Mountains Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal, and Poetry Salzburg. She has received 5 Pushcart Prize nominations, and she curates the reading series FIZZ at KGB Bar in New York City.  http://www.susantepper.com/.

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