Wednesday, September 23, 2009

MacArthur Genius Awards

The new geniuses have been announced, and they include writers Heather McHugh, Edwidge Danticat, and Deborah Eisenberg. Asked about what she'd been up to since learning the news, McHugh replied that she'd "bought a pair of good walking shoes, a whole bag of used clothing at Value Village [thrift store], and a good gag" (LA Times "Jacket Copy"). I kind of love Ms. McHugh. She spoke more seriously, later, in this NPR interview , about wordplay, form, and pushing her writing further. We're pleased to see all three of these amazing women recognized.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Robbins & Best New Poets

All of us here at Third Coast send a big congratulations to Joshua Robbins on his inclusion in Best New Poets 2009. Robbins, winner of the 2008 James Wright Poetry Award, is the Alwin Thaler Fellow at the University of Tennessee where he is completing his PhD and serves as poetry editor for Grist: The Journal for Writers. His poem "Collateral" is forthcoming in our Spring 2010 issue.

Friday, September 11, 2009

KBAC - Poets in Print

The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center (KBAC) is hosting a Poets in Print reading tomorrow, Sept 12, from 7:00-9:00pm. John Gallaher, Wayne Miller and Michael Robins will be reading. Broadsides featuring their work will be available at the event, along with "other book arts creations" made at the KBAC.

The KBAC is a non-profit organization housed in the Park Trades Center in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan (326 W Kalamazoo Ave)
. Their mission is "to become an educational resouce for the community, offer programs for people who enjoy reading and making books, and provide a working studio where visual artists, printers, paper makers, bookbinders, and writers can collaborate on creative projects."