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Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Award. Her latest collection, The Missing Museum, is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She serves on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and is co-editing with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She also co-edited the anthology Bettering American Poetry 2015 and is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.

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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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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Diversity and Pay Equity in Publishing: The Importance of Industry Surveys and Activism

Developing the conversation on issues of diversity and pay equity is crucial today, especially in the publishing industry, which employs a large number of women and publishes books and articles for broad and diverse audiences. Four influential voices within the literary world will discuss the necessity of analyzing and documenting the make-up of the workforce,…

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Amy King @ AWP 2016

Friday, April 1, 2016 9:00 am to 10:15 am Room 402 AB, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level F109. More Than Numbers: How Conscientious Poetry Editors See Beyond Quotas. (Amy King,  Timothy Donnelly,  Airea D. Matthews,  Phillip B. Williams,  Lynn Melnick) This panel, featuring editors who have successfully published a diversity of poets in both magazines and…

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‘Literature is against us’: In Conversation with Anne Boyer

‘Literature is against us’: In Conversation with Anne Boyer BY AMY KING If you don’t know Anne Boyer’s work, you should. She’s a fierce intellect, tremendous poet, and laudable person. I’m grateful she spent time untangling my meandering questions. Her new book, Garments Against Women, is just out from Ahsahta Press, a perfect fit for Boyer’s…

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Talking About What We Don’t Talk About: Roundtable with Eunsong Kim, Amy King, Lucas de Lima, Hoa Nguyen, Héctor Ramírez, Metta Sáma, Nikki Wallschlaeger

Roundtable @ Poetry Foundation  EXCERPTS: “The quiet confidences, to me, are indicative of a larger understanding at play in the poetry world, and Lehman is only one example of such ‘powerhouses’ who seem to take advantage of that power boldly and blatantly.” ~~ “Whisper campaigns, hit jobs, passive aggressive and aggressive treatments–carried out by poets…

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Actual Asian Poets @ LitHub

Adam Fitzgerald curated a substantial portfolio at LitHub. From his introduction: This portfolio cannot and should not be seen as a codification nor totalizing index of Asian or Asian-American poetry. Indeed, there are many incredible writers not mentioned below (Tan Lin and Srikanth Reddy are just two examples). Yet the chance to foreground just some of…

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More on LITERARY ACTIVISM!

EXCERPTS – Full Statements @ Poetry Foundation In other words, if I had never encountered poetry, I would never have become an activist—that is, if I, a black man who came of age poor and used to buy 5¢ candy with $1 food stamps to get change for the bus, am allowed to determine for…

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What Is Literary Activism?

AT THE POETRY FOUNDATION:  “WHAT IS LITERARY ACTIVISM?”  Contributions by: Samiya Bashir, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Ana Božičević, Emily Brandt, Ken Chen, Melissa Febos, Suzi F. Garcia, Eunsong Kim, Jason Koo, Lynn Melnick, Shane McCrae, Laura Mullen, Héctor Ramírez, Jessica Reidy (Jezmina Von Thiele), Metta Sáma, Melissa Studdard, and Arisa White! CONTRIBUTIONS @ Poetry Foundation – http://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2015/08/what-is-literary–activism/

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

ONE-DAY RETREAT IN THE CATSKILLS – AMY KING & MELISSA STUDDARD! Reclaiming Eve, Lilith, Medusa & Kali: Poetry as Pandoric Praxis DATE: AUGUST 8, 2015 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,…

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