Saturday, February 18, 2012

AWP 2012 Readings and Events!

Thursday March 1
6PM at Delicious 3827 N Lincoln Ave 
Alice Blue Books / Bloof Books / Coconut Books Reading
Molly Brodak, Megan Kaminski, Emily Toder, Serena Chopra, Amber Nelson, Dolly Lemke, Nick Demske, Sandra Simonds, Danielle Pafunda, Peter Davis, Shanna Compton, Elisabeth Workman, Brooklyn Copeland, Bruce Covey, Tyler Flynn Dorholt, Thomas Cook, & C. McAllister Williams
Thursday March 1
7-10 PM at Stage 773 1225 W Belmont Ave
Penguin Poets / Spoon River Poetry Review / Seven Corners Reading
Carrie Fountain, Corinne Lee Greiner, Adrian Matejka, Michael Robbins, William Stobb, Robert Wrigley, Arielle Greenberg Bywater, Joanne Diaz, Jamaal May, Danielle Pafunda, Kristin Prevallet, Andrew Schelling, Austin Smith, William Allegrezza, Francesco Levato, Simone Muench, Kristy Odelius, Paul Martinez Pompa, Melissa Severin, & Holms Troelstrup 

Friday March 2
6:30 PM at Access Living 115 W Chicago Ave
Beauty is a Verb Reading
Jennifer Bartlett, Sheila Black, Jim Ferris, Kenny Fries, Laurie Lambeth, Stephen Kuusisto, Rusty Morrison, Danielle Pafunda, & Jillian Weise
Friday March 2
9 PM - late! at Tamarind 614 S Wabash 
VIDA: Women in Literary Arts Karaoke Fundraiser

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Monday, August 08, 2011

Tarpaulin Sky

And some Dead Girls in the ever delicious Tarpaulin Sky!

I've been so busy elsewhere on the interwebs, I've been neglecting my poor Iron Caisson. More updates to come, eventually. Meanwhile, check out what's been happening at Montevidayo, and you're likely to find me yakking.


New Delta Review

Louisiana State University's gorgeous New Delta Review features some of my "The Dead Girls Speak in Unison" poems.

WINTER 2010-11

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Spoon River Poetry Review

I'm flattered to be in the current issue of Spoon River Poetry Review, edited and revamped by the excellent Kirstin Hotelling Zona who also has what looks to be a lovely new book Drift coming out from Finishing Line Press.

Winter/Spring 2011
Volume 36, Number 1
Featuring SRPR's Illinois Poet, Austin Smith, including poetry and an interview; new work by Danielle Pafunda, Kristin Prevallet, Edward Hirsch, Spring Ulmer, Joseph Dorazio and many others; and Judith Harris' review of new books by Jeanne Marie Beaumont and Duriel Harris.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

NaPoMo Cento, anyone?

Announcing the 2011 National Poetry Month Cento Contest! Dreamed up and launched by Danielle Pafunda, while she has the keys to the Academy of American Poets Twitter feed, and with the gracious help of 36 poet judges.

This Thursday April 21st, I'll Tweet under the generous umbrella of the Academy of American Poets at All day long, I'll Tweet lines of poetry from the Academy's Poem-A-Day Archive. To enter the contest, assemble some of these lines into a cento, and by noon on April 23rd post your cento at the contest blog 

Our 36 poet judges join me to choose 3 winners, each of whom will receive a selection of the judges' signed books. Absolutely anyone can enter.

The complete contest guidelines can be found here: 



Monday, September 13, 2010

On the Huffington Post State of American Poetry

You'll find me cheerfully yakking at the Huffington Post (along with Annie Finch, Clayton Eshleman, & Ron Silliman) in response to some questions Anis Shivani poses about the fey nature of American Poetry. Here's a bit:

The legacy of modernism: If we mean Great, as in the lone transcendent mind, escaping body and berth, recasting history in its own image, lurching (leching!) through the centuries, marking every muliebral fragment with its initials, contemplating eugenics, lolling in Freudian privilege, then boo! hiss! I certainly hope we're betraying it.

If we're talking about the great legacy of modernist freakout--horror in the face of global warfare, the dissolution of the marriage between progress and improvement, the emperor's-new-clothes revelation that the self is an ever-shifting and incoherent cuckoo bird, masculine hysteria, cyborgery, civil rights, and all the seeds of the postmodern condition--then I cheerily submit that we're keeping that legacy alive and kicking. Even those of us who embrace the spectacle and our slip-sliding within it struggle against the instability. These may be my favorite American poets. Those who long for and reject stability simultaneously. Those who are attracted to and repulsed by those institutions that confirm, and those that deconstruct "the real."


Have You Been to Montevidayo?

We've* started a new art/lit/crit/thrilla gorilla kinda blog: Montevidayo.

We talk about genre, gender, meat, detritus, Lady Gaga, Swedish S.K.A.M, slasher films, Peaches, GHOSTS GHOSTS GHOSTS, apocalypse, the favorite books, and etc. etc. etc. Sometimes you'll find animal-creature-hair-hats. I love it, there.

*John Beer, Kate Bernheimer, Ken Chen, Sarah Tuss Efrik, Sarah Fox, Lara Glenum, Johannes Göransson, Brent Hendricks, Josef Horacek, Dan Hoy, Lucas de Lima, Joyelle McSweeney, Megan Milks, Danielle Pafunda, James Pate, Sami Sjöberg, Julia Tidigs, John Dermot Woods


VIDA: Women in Literary Arts Ever so much is going on at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts! In the September edition, you'll find Barrie Jean Borich on our State of The Art: "Where We Bump and Grind It: On Resisting Redemption in Women's Memoir," Erin Belieu on our Deal With It "Full Disclosure: I Was a Teenage Poetry Bride," a conversation with Arielle Greenberg on For The Record: "Gynocentric Anthems, the Gurlesque, and Creative Partnerships," and don't forget to check in on that always controversial, often grim, ever galvanizing catalogue of publishing parity/disparity The Count.

In related news, check out VIDA's Alyss Dixson at The Atlantic: On Invisibility, Gender, and Publishing and Cate Marvin & Susan Steinberg on The Rumpus: VIDA: On Commotion .

October issue coming soon! (In October, durr!)


Missed Connections by Brett!

Don't get heartbroken. The wonderful Brett Fletcher Lauer has been commissioning Craigslist Missed Connections from a wild delicious lotta poets, publishing them, and then publishing the replies at Ships That Pass.

You can read mine here:

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The Nepotist Likes Me!

Who is The Nepotist? I'm not entirely sure, but ze likes me, and I like hir!

Four poems, and a lovely introduction *blush* here at The Nepotist:

Danielle Pafunda is made of awesome. So classy and lovely is she that The Nepotist adjusts his habit of publishing up to three poems per poet just for her. These poems-- all four of them-- are each titled "The Dead Girls Speak in Unison." It's easy to think of them as a series, though I'd discourage that. Instead try this: think of each poem as the same poem, only written with different words. It's not so strange, is it? I'm convinced that I've been writing the same poem for years. We all do. It's whatever hectors and nags us. What we can't let go of or what won't let go of us. The germ of an idea, the impetus of an image, that squinting twinge of truth in a stereogram's squiggles. Yes, that's what these poems are like, those Magic Eye pictures. Only through a choreography of alternating focus and dilation can they be truly seen. I won't quote from the poems here as I usually do. Just read them. These dead girls will haunt you. As they haunt me.


Sundry Pubs!

Recently, poems in:


In American Poet Magazine

In April, I had the happy honor of reading with James Tate and Sabrina Orah Mark for the Academy of American Poets American Poet magazine launch. An essay of mine about the pregnant body and its lyric potentials appears in American Poet Volume 38 (as well as a few poems from my "Mommy V" series). "On Human Cylindars: The Pregnant Poet," an excerpt:

I’ve always dwelled in a body and am suspicious of those who don’t. My body is surface and interior. It isn’t along for the ride, it is the ride, and not only do I have a body, but I also am that body. It’s the stuff of science-fiction. Or poetry. While the Cartesian mind-body split governs many a lyric, there’s an abiding lineage of writers who are freaked out and rapt (wrapped!) in the body. Without them, poetry is a sorrier pursuit, and without the body, it rings a bit hollow. Consider the modernist repertoire. It tends well to the mind, but for the most part, it does a ham-fisted, half-assed job on the body. Enter Mina Loy. In Loy’s speakers, we travel the extraterrestrial terrain of genius and the “spoiled closet” of the human form, starkly aware that we can’t party in the former without waking hungover in the latter. Loy’s bodies shamelessly ferment, rebel, and hum. In the introduction to Lost Lunar Baedeker, we learn “the public’s prevailing objections: if she could dress like a lady, why couldn’t she write like one?” A lady eschews the corporeal and ignores her immanence therein. Through painting, drawing, music, and fine linens, ladies transcend their vulgar physicality, which otherwise has the nasty habit of reminding men that they too sport bodies. It isn’t ladylike to insist that all bodies are subject to lust, birth, disease, and age, but it is awfully human.


The Dead Girls Speak in Unison on Everyday Genius

An excerpt from my new project The Dead Girls Speak in Unison at Everyday Genius. Thanks to Kate Zambreno, who guest edited and assembled some extraplanetary wonders!


The Dead Girls Speak in Unison

You took us out of the freezer, unwrapped, split our sticks.

We still get eventide. We still get luminescence. We get our feet caught, sometimes, in the ropey intestine of your funny little dream. You think you’ve found the sweetest hole in which to bury your craggy face, and then out pops the rabbit.

The double bunny. Its many red eyes giving you a good scorching.

Whatev, little legs. Make with the running. Up the sheets
like a ladder, everything horizontal will beckon
your wreck.


Friday, April 02, 2010

AWP 2010 Denver, CO!

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7 • 7:00-11:00 PM

Pussipo/Dusie Press/Stonecoast Femiganza

Danielle Pafunda & Shanna Compton reading with Bronwen Tate, Ann Bogle, Jennifer Karmin, Marthe Reed, Annie Finch, Amy King, Cara Benson, Mackenzie Carignan, Deborah Poe, Ana Bozicevic, Teresa Carmody, Kate Durbin, Megan Volpert, Elizabeth Hildreth, Anna Aguilar-Amat, Sarah Rosenthal, Krystal Languell, K. Lorraine Graham, Carmen Gimenez Smith, Robin Reagler, Cheryl Pallant, Lara Glenum, Deb Marquart, Elizabeth Searle, Mel Nichols, Jesse Glass,
& j/j hastain

Packing House Center for the Arts
835 E. 50th Ave
Denver, CO

FREE | AWP registration not required
RSVP @ Facebook

THURSDAY, APRIL 8 • 7:00-10:00 PM

Small Press Party with Bloof Books • Cooper Dillon Book • Noemi Press

Danielle Pafunda, Jennifer L. Knox, Peter Davis,Sandra Simonds & Shanna Compton reading with Ada Limon, Jill Alexander Essbaum, Claire Hero, Gary L. McDowell, Nate Pritts, and Shya Scanlon

Green Spaces Colorado
1368 26th Street (@ Walnut Street)
Denver, CO

FREE | AWP registration not required

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FRIDAY, APRIL 9 • 12:00-1:15 PM

Gurlesque Anthology Reading

Danielle Pafunda, reading with Lara Glenum, Cathy Wagner, Dorothea Lasky, Cathy Park Hong and Elizabeth Treadwell

Hyatt Regency Denver
650 15th Street
3rd floor: Mineral Hall

A reading in celebration of Gurlesque, a new anthology of contemporary women poets and visual artists now out from Saturnalia Books.

AWP registration badge required for entry.

FRIDAY, APRIL 9 • 7:00 PM-late

WILLA (Women in Letters and Literary Arts) reading

Danielle Pafunda is reading with Kim Adinozzio, Mary Akers, Erin Belieu, Ana Bozicevic, Jami Brandli, Barrie Jean Borich, Nickole Brown, Kara Candito, Mary Cappello, Jennine Capó Crucet, Carolyn Forche, Ru Freeman, Lara Glenum, Cathy Park Hong, Olivia Johnson, Lynn Kilpatrick, Amy King, Dorianne Laux, Roxanne Banks Malia, April Manteris, Cate Marvin, Carol Muske-Dukes, Antonya Nelson, Ann Pancake, Jennifer Park, Carmen Gimenez Smith, Patricia Smith, Susan Steinberg, Cheryl Strayed, Ann Townsend, Emily Warn, Leni Zumas

Denver Press Club
1330 Glenarm Place
Denver, CO

$10 at the door | AWP registration not required

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Iatrogenic: Their Testimonies available for pre-order!

My new book Iatrogenic: Their Testimonies (from the excellent Noemi Press*) can now be pre-ordered at Amazon.

The cover uses one of the ever-swoon-worthy images from Ray Caesar, whom I can't thank enough for his generosity!

*Thank you Carmen, Rosa, Krystal, Atticus, & Evan!


Monday, February 01, 2010

This is What a Feminist [Poet] Looks Like Forum #2

Delirious Hem is running This is What a Feminist [Poet] Looks Like forum #2, where each day this week you will find new responses.

Monday February 1: Ching-In Chen, Jennifer Bartlett, & Kate Durbin
Tuesday February 2: Juliet Cook & Kate Schapira
Wednesday February 3: Kirsten Kaschock & Michele Battiste
Thursday February 4: Michelle Detorie & Stephanie Strickland
Friday February 5: T.A. Noonan & Theodora Danylevich
Saturday February 6: Amy King & Kirsten Kaschock 2
With more to come!

There are likely as many strains and modes of feminist poetics as there are of feminism, but in reviews, discussions, and even our own manifestos, we often fall into shorthand that fails to explore this valuable friction, our own variations. I'd longed for unpacking, and so issued this open-ended call:
This is What a Feminist [Poet] Looks Like: what branch of feminism, model of feminist poetics, feminist icon, or etc. informs your poetry? Or, from which of these does your poetry diverge? Are there particular feminist tactics you employ? Do you consider yourself a feminist in many ways, but don't particularly involve it in the poetry? Feel free to take liberties with the questions! Short, long, essay, manifesto, whatever appeals to you!

Our first forum was full of such provocative, funny, thoughtful, revealing, and kick-ass work, I thought we'd better run another. We hope you'll enjoy and join in the conversation. If you post on your own blog in response to this conversation, please drop a note in the comments!

Curated by Danielle Pafunda