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< April 2005 >

Events listed in white are at the bookshop; events listed in yellow are elsewhere.

All events are free & open to the public.

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“Live Lit”  University of Massachusetts M.F.A. Students, Mark Mendoza, Julie Choffel, & Monica Fambrough, read from their recent work.
Wedding Cakes You Can Make
Amherst resident Dede Wilson, author of many books on baking & cooking, like Bake it to the Limit, The Wedding Cake Book, & Appetizers for Dummies, has a new book, Wedding Cakes You Can Make: Designing, Baking, & Decorating the Perfect Wedding Cake. Rumor has it that she will be demonstrating some techniques & passing out samples! See more!
Of all the Corners Temple of the Rat
Gian Lombardo & Dennis Barone will read. Lombardo is author of Between Islands, a collection of poems & verse translations, as well as two collections of prose poetry: Standing Room, Sky Open Again & most recently, Of All the Corners to Forget.  Lombardo is director of Quale Press.   Barone is the author of numerous volumes of fiction, poetry & essays, including Echoes, Temple of the Rat, & Separate Objects: Selected Poems.   He teaches English at Saint Joseph College in West Hartford.
Piotr Sommer is one of Poland's most celebrated contemporary poets. In addition, as editor of the world literature journal, Literatura na Swiecie, & a prolific translator, he's been instrumental in bringing postwar American, Irish, & English poetry to Poland. Co-sponsored by Amherst College.
Jane Profane Halo
“Jubilat/Jones Reading Series”  Poets Maggie Nelson & Gillian Conoley will read at the Jones Library, 43 Amity Street, Amherst. Nelson is author of two collections of poetry, Shiner & The Latest Winter, as well as a new work, Jane: A Murder, a novel in verse, described as 'part elegy, part memoir, part detective story'. Conoley is editor of Volt.
Old Crow Review Literary Bash   Featuring poets Connolly Ryan & Janet Aalfs & the music of Josť Ayerve.   Ryan's poetry has appeared in many journals, including Slope.  Aalfs has two volumes of poetry, Reach & Against the Odds.  Ayerve is leader of the indie band Spouse.
Waiting for Birdy
Catherine Newman, author of Waiting for Birdy: A Year of Frantic Tedium, Neurotic Angst, and the Wild Magic of Growing a Family, will read from her new book. Newman works at Amherst College & is the author of the child-raising journal, Bringing Up Ben & Birdy on BabyCenter.com. Her work has been published in numerous magazines & anthologies, including the New York Times' best-selling The Bitch in the House. Co-sponsored by Amherst College. See more!
Reverse Rapture
Poet extraordinaire, Dara Wier, author of numerous volumes of poetry, including Hat on a Pond, Our Master Plan, & most recently, Reverse Rapture, will read in Memorial Hall at the University of Massachusetts. See more!
“Live Lit”  University of Massachusetts M.F.A. students, Bill Peters & Cynthia Roderick will read from their recent work.
Poetry reading by Robert Fitterman.  Fitterman is the author of eight books of poetry, including three installments of his ongoing poem Metropolis, the latest of which is Metropolis XXX: The Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire.   He is the editor-publisher of Object literary journal, & with novelist Rodrigo Rey Rosa, he co-wrote the feature film What Sebastian Dreamt, which was selected for the Sundance Film Festival in 2004.
Marilyn Krysl
Marilyn Krysl has published more than a half-dozen volumes of poetry, including Soulskin & Warscape with Lovers; several volumes of short stories including How to Accommodate Men & Mozart, Westmoreland & Me.  She is Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder, & co-edits the literary journal Many Mountains Moving.
Yellow Hotel
"Anne Halley Poetry Prize"   Sponsored by Mass Review, the winner of the 1st annual Anne Halley Poetry Prize, Diane Wald, will read from her prize-winning volume, Yellow Hotel.
Union Watermark
Don Share & Jacquelyn Pope, will read. Share is the author of a collection of poems, Union, & is translator of several books, including Heart: Selected Poems by Miguel Hernandez.   He was Poetry Editor of The Partisan Review & is now Poetry Editor of The Harvard Review.   Pope's first book of poems, Watermark, won the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize for 2004 & will be published in March, 2005.  Her poems appear in The New Republic, Agni, Gulf Coast, & other journals.
This Book is Not a Toy
Humorist & public radio commentator Chuck Goldstone will talk & read from his new collection of witty, silly & absurd essays which wisely rub “our noses in the problems we create for ourselves,...reminding us we should know better.”
Poet Jorie Graham will read at the First Congregational Church, 165 Main Street, across from the Emily Dickinson Museum.  Graham is Boylston Professor of Rhetoric & Oratory at Harvard University.  She is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994, which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; Materialism; Region of Unlikeness; The End of Beauty; Erosion; Hybrids of Plants & of Ghosts; & most recently, Overlord.  The reading is part of the Emily Dickinson Museum's "A Little Madness in the Spring" program. For more information about the program, click here.
Goddess of the Hunt Wind
Sam White & Andrea Baker will read from their new poetry collections published by Slope Editions. White is author of The Goddess of the Hunt is Not Herself.  His poems have appeared in such journals as Ploughshares, The Paris Review, Jubilat, & Verse, among others.   Last year his story about reading poetry aloud to passers-by in Times Square, New York, appeared in Poets & Writers. Baker is author of the new collection Like Wind Loves a Window, is author of a chapbook, Gilda, published by the Poetry Society of America, & is editor of 3rd Bed.
August Kleinzahler
Poet August Kleinzahler will read from his recent work in Memorial Hall at the University of Massachusetts. Kleinzahler is author of many volumes of poetry, including Red Sauce, Whiskey & Snow : Poems, Live from the Hong Kong Nile Club : Poems: 1975-1990, & a collection of autobiographical essays, Cutty, One Rock : Low Characters Strange Places, Gently Explained.
“Live Lit”  University of Massachusetts M.F.A. Students, Sara Veglahn, Jason Schwartz, & Joseph Cardinale, will read from recent work.

The Removes
Andrew Joron, author of several collections of poetry, including The Removes & Fathom, will read.

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