Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Myopic Books

THE MYOPIC POETRY SERIES — a weekly series of readings and occasional poets' talks

Myopic Books in Chicago — All readings begin at 7:00 / 1564 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd Floor

This SATURDAY at Myopic Books:


Saturday, September 25 - Kristin Dykstra, John Keene, Daniel Borzutzky & Paul Martinez Pompa
Daniel BORZUTZKY’s books include The Book of Interfering Bodies (Nightboat Books, 2011), The Ecstasy of Capitulation (BlazeVox, 2007), Arbitrary Tales (Triple Press, 2005), and the chapbooks One Size Fits All (Scantily Clad Press, 2009) and Failure in the Imagination (Bronze Skull Press, 2007). He is the translator of Song for his Disappeared Love by Raul Zurita (Action Books, 2010); Port Trakl by Jaime Luis Huenún (Action Books, 2008); and One Year and other stories by Juan Emar, which was published as a special issue of the Review of Contemporary Fiction. Journal publications include Fence; Chicago Review; TriQuarterly; Action, Yes; Conjunctions; Words Without Borders; Circumference; American Letters and Commentary; Mandorla; Denver Quarterly and many others.

Kristin DYKSTRA’s work is featured in bilingual editions of books by Reina María Rodríguez and Omar Pérez, among them Something of the Sacred (Factory School, 2007), Time’s Arrest (Factory School, 2005), and Violet Island and Other Poems (Green Integer, 2004, tr. with Nancy Gates Madsen). She recently completed a manuscript by their fellow island poet Ángel Escobar. Her current translation projects include The Counterpunch (and Other Horizontal Poems), by Juan Carlos Flores; selections appear in InTranslation (The Brooklyn Rail) and are forthcoming in feature on Flores in La Habana Elegante’s Fall 2010 issue. Dykstra co-edits Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas with Gabriel Bernal Granados and Roberto Tejada.

John KEENE is a writer, artist and translator, and the author of Annotations (New Directions) and, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, of Seismosis (1913 Press). A longtime member of the Dark Room Writers Collective, he also is a Graduate Fellow of Cave Canem, and has received many honors, including a 2005 Whiting Foundation Fellowship in Poetry and Fiction. He has published his work widely, and poems and translations have recently appeared or will be published in Mandorla, Public Space, Phati'tude, and Spirale. He is Associate Professor of English and African American Studies at Northwestern University.

Paul Martinez POMPA is the author of the chapbook Pepper Spray, which was published by Momotombo Press in 2006. His poetry and prose were anthologized in The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry and Telling Tongues. His first, full-length collection of poetry, My Kill Adore Him, was selected for the 2008 Andres Montoya Poetry Prize and was published by the University of Notre Dame Press in 2009.


Saturday, October 2 - Chicago Calling with Dan Godston (guests to be announced)

Saturday, October 9 - Daniel Tiffany

Saturday, October 16 - Mark Wallace

Saturday, October 30 - Carol Novack

Thursday, December 2 - Sarah Riggs, Cole Swensen & Johan Jönson