Boog City presents
d.a. levy lives: celebrating the renegade press
Tues. Jan. 27, 6:00 p.m. sharp, free
529 W. 20th St., 5th Flr.
Event will be hosted by
Ahsahta Press director and editor Janet Holmes
Featuring readings from
with music from
There will be wine, cheese, and crackers, too.
Curated and with an introduction by Boog City editor David Kirschenbaum
Ahsahta Press was founded in 1974 at Boise State University; in 2000, Janet Holmes was named director and editor. The press seeks out poetry with an innovative twist and the kind of attention to language that pushes beyond craft into art; it produces books whose design takes these high standards as well. The Sawtooth Poetry Prize, established in 2001, has gone to Aaron McCollough, Graham Foust, Noah Eli Gordon, Karla Kelsey, and Paige Ackerson-Kiely; Rusty Morrison, who received the sixth Sawtooth award, was recently also awarded the James Laughlin Prize from the Academy of American Poets; recent winner Barbara Maloutas is author of the Whole Marie, published this month. Rae Armantrout will judge the awards in 2009. The name \"Ahsahta\" comes from the Mandan word for a Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, and was first recorded by the Lewis and Clark expedition in Idaho.
D.A. Powell selected Paige Ackerson-Kiely\'s book, In No One\'s Land, for the 2006 Sawtooth Poetry Prize. Ackerson-Kiely was also the 2006 winner of Poets & Writers Writer\'s Exchange contest. Her work has appeared in journals such as Ninth Letter, Pleiades, and Bellingham Review, among others. She lives in Vermont with her family and works at a wine store. Also she is 33. And a fair swimmer.
Susan Briante is the author of Pioneers in the Study of Motion. Recent poems have appeared in Court Green, Mandorla, and Ploughshares. She is translating the work of Uruguayan writer Marosa di Giorigio, as well as writing about industrial ruins and all sorts of abandoned buildings. Briante teaches at the University of Texas at Dallas, where she lives with the poet Farid Matuk.
Ahsahta Press published Kate Greenstreet\'s first book, case sensitive. Her second, The Last 4 Things, will be out from Ahsahta in September 2009. This is why I hurt you, her most recent chapbook, is available from Lame House Press. New work is forthcoming in journals including jubilat, Court Green, Hotel Amerika, Practice, Saltgrass, and MAKE.
Kathleen Jesme is the author of The Plum-Stone Game, published by Ahsahta Press this January. She has written two previous collections of poetry: Motherhouse, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize, and Fire Eater. She lives in Minnesota.
Kristi Maxwell lives and writes in Cincinnati, where she is pursing a Ph.D. in English. She is the author of two books of poems, Realm Sixty-four (Ahsahta Press) and the forthcoming Hush Sessions (Saturnalia Books), and also the chapbook Elsewhere &Wise (Dancing Girl Press). Her most recent awards include the Isabel & Mary Neff Fellowship and the Greta Wrolstad Scholarship for Young Poets to attend the Summer Literary Seminars in Russia. In her spare time, she practices kung fu with another poet.
Dystopian sci-fi, inept technicians, and the universe\'s tendency toward chaos inspire Jesse Schoen\'s songs. He lives in Chelsea.
Ahsahta Press published Stephanie Strickland\'s fifth book of poems, Zone : Zero (book + CD), last year. Her latest collaborative hypermedia work, slippingglimpse, was introduced in Paris and shown this year at the Zaoem poetry festival in Ghent. She teaches experimental poetry and e-lit at many colleges and universities, most recently the University of Utah, and is working on a book-length series of poems, \"Huracan\'s Harp.\"
C/E to 23rd St., 1/9 to 18th St.
Venue is bet. 10th and 11th avenues