Saturday, September 24, 2005

From the Mailbag: Joseph Bednarik, June Jordan, W. S. Merwin, Dan Wilcox, Lyn Lifshin.

The following two letters may be of interest. First, Joseph Bednarik, of Copper Canyon Press, sends word of tributes to June Jordan and W. S. Merwin:


Dear Friend,

Please join us for--and help spread the word about--two extraordinary tributes that will take place in early October:


A Tribute to the Work of June Jordan
Thursday, October 6, 7:30 pm

With special guests Adrienne Rich, Yusef Komunyakaa, Cornelius Eady,
Laura Flanders, Bob Holman, Joy Harjo, and others; emcees are Jan Heller Levi and Sara Miles, the editors of June Jordan’s new collected poems, Directed by Desire.

Hunter College, New York City
The Kaye Playhouse
695 Park Avenue
(68th Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues)
Admission is $12 ($7 for Poetry Society of America members and
students)

Tickets available at The Kaye Playhouse Box Office: 212-772-4448


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A Tribute to W. S. Merwin
Monday, October 10, 8:00 pm

With special guests Lucille Clifton, Edward Hirsch, Naomi Shihab Nye,
Gerald Stern and W. S. Merwin

92nd Street Y, New York City
Kaufmann Concert Hall
(Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street)
General admission $17

Tickets available through the 92nd Street Y: www.92y.org or
212-415-5500


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We encourage you to forward this email to those who may be interested.


Next, Dan Wilcox sends an announcement, via his Topica list, regarding Lyn Lifshin, who, it would appear, has returned once again to live in New York's Capitol District:


LYN LIFSHIN TO READ AND SIGN HER NEW BOOK: THE LICORICE DAUGHTER: MY YEAR WITH RUFFIAN AT OPEN DOOR BOOK STORE, 128 JAY STREET (DOWNTOWN) SCHENECTADY OCTOBER 6 AT 7:00 PM

Lyn Lifshin, prolific poet and award winning poet and editor and Niskayuna resident, will read and sign copies of her new book about the famous, tragic race horse, THE LICORICE DAUGHTER: MY YEAR WITH RUFFIAN, prize winning manuscript from Texas Review Press at The Open Door Book Store, 128 Jay Street, October 6 at 7 pm.


This one reminds me that I have an old piece about an Open Door reading, some years ago, that I've considered on and off for the pages of VGS. Anyway, the events all sound like they will be well worth the time and money.

Dan's Topica list can be subscribed to by contacting him at dwlcx@topica.com.

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