Sunday, October 2, 2011

Big Apple BAP/Fall Edition: NYC's Best American Poetry Poets w/Host David Lehman - Thursday, Oct. 6

The Inspired Word proudly presents this SPECIAL EVENT: Big Apple BAP/Fall Edition: NYC's Best American Poetry Poets.

It is a night celebrating this city's finest poets, whose poems over the years have been honored with inclusion in the highly respected annual anthology.

The lineup includes a stunning array of accomplished poets: Truck Darling, Matthea Harvey, Julie Sheehan, Kimiko Hahn, Marilyn Nelson, Marc Jaffee, Anna Ziegler, Jason Schneiderman, Cornelius Eady, Timothy Liu, and Gregory Pardlo.

Hosted by the founding editor of Best American Poetry series, David Lehman.

Each poet will read the poem or poems appearing in BAP, as well as something new.

Please join us for what promises to be an amazing night of poetry.

When: Thursday, Oct .6, 2011

Where: One and One Bar & Restaurant (downstairs Nexus Lounge) 76 East 1st Street (corner of 1st Avenue) Manhattan, NYC Phone: (212) 598-9126

Time: 6:30pm

Cover Charge: $15 ($7 for those with valid student ID)

Born in Houston, Texas in 1974 & a current resident of NYC, Truck Darling received my BA and MFA degrees in Writing & Poetics from Naropa University in 1999. Her books BLUE COLLAR HOLIDAY and HOLD TIGHT: THE TRUCK DARLING POEMS were both published by Hanging Loose Press in April 2005 and 2010, respectively. The German press luxbooks published a bilingual edition of her poems in a book titled ICH HABE ANGST UM MEINEN HEDGEFONDS in March 2008 and Faux Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, published my chapbook THE PILL BOOK in April 2008. Darling's poems have recently appeared in The Portable Boog Reader, The Hat, LIT, and Hanging Loose magazines. She appeared in The Best American Poetry 2004.

Marc Jaffee attended Vassar College, and received his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. He lives in Brooklyn. His work can be found in The Best American Poetry 2004, Hanging Loose, Storyscape, The Saint Ann's Review, and Spork.

Julie Sheehan’s three poetry collections are Bar Book: Poems & Otherwise, Orient Point and Thaw. Her honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award and NYFA Fellowship in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in many magazines and anthologies. She teaches in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton. She appeared in The Best American Poetry 2005.

Jason Schneiderman is the author of Striking Surface, winner of the Richard Snyder prize from Ashland Poetry Press, and Sublimation Point, a Stahlecker Selection from Four Way Books. His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, The Best American Poetry, Grand Street, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, Story Quarterly, and Tin House among other places. He has received fellowships from Yaddo, The Fine Arts Work Center, and The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He was the recipient of the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America in 2004. He currently directs the Writing Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. He appeared in The Best American Poetry 2005.

Poet/Playwright Cornelius Eady is the author of several poetry collections: Kartunes; Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, winner of the 1985 Lamont Prize; The Gathering of My Name, nominated for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; You Don't Miss Your Water; The Autobiography of a Jukebox; Brutal Imagination; and most recently, Hardheaded Weather (Putnam, 2008). His awards include Fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Traveling Scholarship, and The Prairie Schooner Strousse Award. His work appears in many journals, magazines, and the anthologies Every Shut Eye Ain't Asleep, In Search of Color Everywhere, and The Vintage Anthology of African American Poetry, (1750-2000). He is co-founder of Cave Canem, and is currently The Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing and Professor in English at The University of Missouri-Columbia. He appeared in The Best American Poetry 2008.

Marilyn Nelson is the author or translator of twelve books, three chapbooks, and has appeared three times in The Best American Poetry - 2003, 2006, and 2007. Her books have won many awards and honors. Her most recent book, Snook Alone (Candlewick, 2010), is an allegory masquerading as a picture book, lavishly illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering. Nelson is a professor emeritus of English at the University of Connecticut; founder and former director of Soul Mountain Retreat, a small writers’ colony; and former (2001 - 2006) Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut.

Timothy Liu (Liu Ti Mo) was born in 1965 in San Jose, California. He is the author of eight books of poems, including Of Thee I Sing (2004), selected by Publishers Weekly as a 2004 Book-of-the-Year, and Vox Angelica (1992), which won the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award. Translated into ten languages, Liu’s poems have appeared in such places as Bomb, Grand Street, Kenyon Review, The Nation, New American Writing, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Virginia Quarterly Review and The Yale Review. His journals and papers are archived in the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library. Liu is a Professor of English at William Paterson University and on the Core Faculty at Bennington College’s Writing Seminars; he lives in Manhattan. He appeared in The Best American Poetry 2002.

Born in Philadelphia in 1968, Gregory Pardlo is a graduate of Rutgers University, Camden. As an undergraduate, he managed the small jazz club his grandfather owned in Pennsauken, NJ. He received the MFA from NYU as a New York Times Fellow in Poetry. Pardlo is the author of Totem, winner of the 2007 APR/ Honickman Prize, and translator of Niels Lyngsoe’s, Pencil of Rays and Spiked Mace (Bookthug, 2004). He has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Cave Canem, the MacDowell Colony, and the NEA. He currently serves as an associate poetry editor for Callaloo, and is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at George Washington University. He divides his time between Washington, D.C. and Brooklyn. His website is He appeared in The Best American Poetry 2010.

Matthea Harvey is the author of four books of poetry—Of Lamb (an illustrated erasure with Amy Jean Porter), Modern Life, Sad Little Breathing Machine and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form as well as a fable for children and adults, The Little General and the Giant Snowflake, illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel. She is the winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award and the Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She appeared in the 2003, 2005, and 2007 editions of The Best American Poetry.

Anna Ziegler’s plays include Photograph 51, Dov and Ali, BFF, The Minotaur, Variations on a Theme and others. Ziegler’s work has been published in New Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2007 (Smith and Kraus), Best Ten-Minute Plays 2010 and Ten-Minute Plays for 2 Actors: The Best of 2004 (both by Smith and Kraus, Inc.) and New American Short Plays 2005 (Backstage Books, ed. Craig Lucas). BFF, LIFE SCIENCE and PHOTOGRAPH 51 are published by Dramatists Play Service. Ziegler’s poetry has appeared in The Best American Poetry 2003, The Threepenny Review, The Michigan Quarterly Review, Reactions, The Mississippi Review, Arts and Letters, Mid-American Review, Smartish Pace, The Saint Ann’s Review, and other journals. A graduate of Yale, she holds an MFA from Tisch. For more info, please visit

Kimiko Hahn, author of eight collections, finds her material from disparate sources--whether exhumation (The Artist's Daughter) or classical Japanese texts (The Narrow Road to the Interior). Rarified fields of science triggered her latest work in Toxic Flora and continue in her current writing (some which can be found in Field, Drunken Boat, and a forthcoming American Poetry Review). Other writing projects have taken her to film and TV. Her most recent award was Guggenheim Fellowship and she is a distinguished professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation at Queens College, City University of New York. She appeared in two editions of The Best American Poetry – 1996 and 2010.

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