BOOK OF THE WEEK AT BROOKLYN POETS

Amy King’s workshops and critiques are as intelligent and intuitive as she is. She’s introduced me to conceptual ideas that seem at first complex and perhaps over my head—but the way she breaks them down and incorporates them step by step into fun and challenging exercises makes them so accessible that I find myself pondering and using them in my own poetics again and again. I’ve worked with her several times, and I highly recommend Amy’s teaching style—learned yet lucid, erudite yet playful. She’s a joy!

—Jenn Givhan, 2015 Winner NEA in Poetry

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“GRAB ANY PUSSY”

Out of the masculine guitar-as-erection sound of rock hard hard rock there emerged two women whose voices are iconic: the cool purety of Grace Slick that soared on the updrafts generated by all that electricity to sing a drug-enhanced surreality and the hot distorted whiskey voice of Janis Joplin that, when she sang the blues of blighted love, wailed for a generation. I know I’m pushing it here, but in the music of Amy King’s voice I hear an heir to those two women.

Art by Maeve Ethridge

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“This, of course, comes as no surprise to those familiar with King’s work. It is uninterested in evenness and regularity. It is adroit and sharp and scream-y (often in literal caps) and rampaging. You don’t disgorge a poem entitled “PUSSY PUSSY SOCHI QUEER PUSSY PUTIN SOCHI QUEER QUEER PUSSY” because you are trying to lull…

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Threat Level: Poetry

“Poetry is the water, the planetary pull, the sky’s embrace, and the song of oars; it is the potential of all that is human, which is comprised of atoms from farthest reaching stars, and will not cease until, perhaps, the last person no longer knows words, says the Romantic humanist in me. It is in…

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AWP Event with Rhizome

Check out the event website here! As the website states, this will be an “evening of cross-genre, experimental, hybrid and anti-genre literature.”   February 11th, at 7pm come hear this list of writers: Nat Baldwin Claire Donato Johannes Göransson Elizabeth Hall Brandon Hobson Robert Lopez Vi Khi Nao Julie Reverb Joanna Ruocco Abe Smith Aaron Apps Valerie…

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AWP Off-Site Event

Please Come to this wonderful off-site event featuring an array of talents and voices. Details can be find on the facebook event page here. What a more poignant time to be in D.C. to listen to great writers in troubling times.

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AWP off-site readings for Posit, Prelude, Inter/Rupture, and Bone Bouquet.

If you were looking for exciting off-site events:   AWP 2017 OFF-SITE READING FOR POSIT, PRELUDE, INTER/RUPTURE, & BONE BOUQUET Posted on January 30, 2017 by Susan Lewis Going to AWP? Don’t miss this reading hosted by Posit, Prelude, Inter/rupture, and Bone Bouquet! Featuring Rae Armantrout, G.C. Waldrep, Amy King, Catherine Blauvelt, Armando Jaramillo Garcia, Lindsay…

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Lambda Literary reviews: The Missing Museum! “PUSSIES RIOT IN THE SNOW/ THIS WINTER OLYMPICS.”

“The immediate and the inaccessible eye one another in the halls, exhibits of history both natural and not.”   “These poems do feel tied to the zeitgeist; Vladmir Putin rides past on a steed as “PUSSIES RIOT IN THE SNOW / THIS WINTER OLYMPICS” early in the book. Later, King compares wine with books: “ICE…

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Clit City: Donato, Hall, King, Nao and Warman @ Molasses Books

Molasses Books 770 Hart St., Brooklyn, New York Thursday, October 27th at 8pm-11pm View Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/302408596797222/ Cum celebrate the NYC release of Elizabeth Hall’s I HAVE DEVOTED MY LIFE TO THE CLITORIS (Tarpaulin Sky Press) with readings & performances by CLAIRE DONATO ELIZABETH HALL AMY KING VI KHI NAO LAURA WARMAN Claire Donato…

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Reclaiming Eve, Lilith, Medusa & Kali: Poetry as Pandoric Praxis

December 10th, 2016 12:30-4:30pm at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center Sleepy Hollow, NY   The feminine encounter with beauty, love and self-sacrifice is typically depicted in a positive, nearly angelic light. However the feminine encounter with self-knowledge has often been depicted as a negative event, bringing the fall of man and worse: a disastrous ruination…

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Amy King and Camille Rankine

December 9th, 2016 7:30 pm At the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center Sleepy Hollow, NY “Amy King and Camille Rankine will read from their most recent collection and discuss what they think it means to be a woman poet in our time. Amy King “applies pressure to the boundaries of “queer” poetry, while finding inspiration in…

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Sexism in the Literary World

Tuesday October 25, 2016 07:00 pm The Center for Fiction 17 E. 47th Street (between Fifth and Madison) New York, NY 10017   This event brings together novelists Bonnie Nadzam andPorochista Khakpour, social change advocate and journalist Kavita Das, and Amy King of VIDA, to discuss sexism and harassment in the publishing industry and writing programs, and what can, and…

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AWP Women’s Caucus – How to Join

All women welcome! This listserv exists to identify, discuss and support issues related to women in publishing, writing and related to the annual AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) Conference. These issues include, but are not limited to, childcare, publishing, safety concerns, affordability / economic barriers, panel proposals, and more. The 2017 AWP Conference…

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