Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Jack Collom & Joshua Beckman

Jack Collom's Sonnets and SIWSPELL, both from 2004

September 30th, 8:00 pm @ The Poetry Project at St. Marks Church,
131 E. 10th Street, New York NY 10003, 212-674-0910

Jack Collom was born in Chicago in 1931. He grew up in Illinois and Colorado small towns, walking the woods a lot, loving nature, then studied Forestry at Colorado A&M. He spent four years in the U.S. Air Force as a clerk-typist, then worked in factories for twenty years while becoming a poet (first poems writ in Tripoli, Libya). Since then, 30+ years as freelance poetry teacher, including long-term adjunct work at Naropa U. in Boulder. 23 books and chapbooks of poetry, the latest being Situations, Sings (with Lyn Hejinian), Adventures in Poetry, 2008, and Exchanges of Earth & Sky, Fishdrum (NYC) 2006. Large selected volume, Red Car Goes By, Tuumba (Berkeley) 2001. Also author of three books on and of writings by children, including Poetry Everywhere, Teachers & Writers Collaborative (NYC) 1994. Assembly of nature essays coming up through ecopoetics. Huge collection of bizarrely varied nature poetry simmering. Father of four, married to writer Jennifer Heath.

Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of six books, including Take It (Wave Books, 2009), Shake and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer : Nice Hat. Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He is an editor at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including Poker by Tomaz Salamun, which was a finalist for the PEN America Poetry in Translation Award. He lives in Seattle and New York.

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