Monthly Archives: May 2004

5-26-2004 – John Jeffrey

May 26th, 2004 – John Jeffrey
John Jeffrey has a double degree in writing and literature and has spent his adult life trying to unlearn what he was taught. Since then he has won contests and awards for his fiction, his poetry, and his singing. Commercially, he has written advertising copy, technical papers, and currently works with the inscrutable poetry of computer software. He has also published illustrations, edited his college literary magazine, and once even wrote a comedy routine. Recently though, he has turned a serious hand to poetry and has begun circulating it for publication, so be wary. 
   (host – Alice Anne)

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5-19-2004 – Robert Cording

May 19th, 2004- Robert Cording
Robert CordingRobert Cording teaches English and creative writing at Holy Cross College where he is professor of English and James N. and Sara O’Reilly Barrett Chair of Creative Writing. He has published four collections of poems: Life-list, which won the Ohio State University Press/Journal award, in l987; What Binds Us To This World (Copper Beech Press, l991), Heavy Grace, (Alice James, l996) and Against Consolation (CavanKerry Press, 2002). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, twice from the Connecticut Commission of the Arts, and from Bread Loaf. In l992, he was poet-in-residence at the Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire. His poems have appeared in the Nation, Image, Georgia Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Poetry, DoubleTake, Orion, Paris Review and the New Yorker and many other magazines. He lives in Woodstock, Connecticut with his wife and three children.
     (host – Peter)

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5-12-2004 – Dick Allen

May 12th, 2004 – Dick Allen
One of America’s leading poets, Dick Allen is the author of six books of poetry, The Day Before: New Poems (Sarabande Books, April, 2003) Ode to the Cold War: Poems New and Selected (Sarabande Books, March, 1997. Runner-up: Poetry Society of America William Carlos Williams Award for best poetry volume of the year), Flight and Pursuit (L.S.U., 1987), Overnight in the Guest House of the Mystic (L.S.U., 1984–a National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee), Regions With No Proper Names (St. Martin’s) and Anon and Various Time Machine Poems (Delacorte / Dell and Delta). He has recent poems just out or forthcoming soon from The Georgia Review, Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, Image, smartish pace, The Sewanee Review, The Ontario Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, and has been most recently anthologized in CONTEMPORARY POETRY, ed. Ryan Van Cleave, and THE POETRY ANTHOLOGY, 1912-2002, ed. Joseph Parisi and Stephen Young, THE PENGUIN BOOK OF THE SONNET and PHOTOGRAPHERS, WRITERS, AND THE AMERICAN SCENE. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Writing Fellowship and an Ingram Merrill Poetry Writing Fellowship, the Robert Frost Poetry Fellowship, The San Jose Poetry Foundation Award, Poetry ‘s Union League Arts and Civic Prize for Poetry, the Poetry Society of America’s Mary Caroline Davis Award, and the 1995 Nassau Review Poetry Prize, among other honors. Over 900 of his poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from such magazines as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Hudson Review, The New Republic, Poetry, The New Criterion, The Gettysburg Review, Urbanus, The American Scholar, American Arts Quarterly, Ploughshares, Boulevard, The Ontario Review, Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion, Chicago Review, The Paris Review, The Western Humanities Review, The Atlanta Review, Pivot, The North American Review, The American Poetry Review, and in many other periodicals. He is anthologized in collections such as The Best American Poetry: 1999, The Best American Poetry: 1998, The Best Spiritual Writing: 1998, The Best American Poetry: 1994, The Best American Poetry: 1991, The Modern Age, The Norton Introduction to Poetry, Contemporary Poetry in America, Penguin (UK)’s Scanning the Century. Allen is a regular book reviewer for The Hudson Review and The American Book Review, and a Contributing Editor of The American Poetry Review. He is a member of The Poets’ Prize Committee that annually selects the nation’s best book of poetry, as chosen by fellow poets. Currently, he is completing a new collection of his poetry, and has also finished a work of over 30 years, a 207-sonnet sequence, The Space Sonnets. Allen has given over 200 poetry readings, including tours on The Connecticut Poetry Circuit and The Ohio Poetry Circuit and a reading in the famous Hillstead Museum Sunken Garden Series that drew over 3,000 listeners. He has been heavily involved in the “Expansive Poetry” (The New Formalism & The New Narrative) movement, editing the controversial and sold-out special issue of Crosscurrents (Winter,1989) on “Expansive Poetry: The New Narrative and The New Formalism.” He is also the Editor of noted three college anthology/ textbooks for Harcourt Brace Jovanovich on science fiction and detective fiction. Until spring, 2001, Dick Allen was the Director of Creative Writing and Charles A. Dana Endowed Chair Professor of English at the University of Bridgeport, where he taught for 33 years. In 2001, he took early retirement from teaching in order to write full-time. U.B. awarded him the position of Charles A. Dana Professor Emeritus of English. He sometimes drives around America but most often lives a relatively hermetic life beside Thrushwood Lake. He is variously known as a mystical poet, a poet concerned with recording the history of the century’s last fifty years, a poet of contemporary science, and a poet whose eclectic style ranges from formal to free verse. Reviews of Allen’s New and Selected Poems praised it highly. Publisher’s Weekly: “Allen speaks directly to the Cold War, listing the multitude of events, personalities and concepts belonging to the historical, period . . . . In poems ranging from memories of a 1950s childhood to space travel and Cold War tensions, Allen, by singing of himself, sings of his time as well.” Booklist:: “So cognizant is he of the simultaneity of occurences and thoughts, his pristine poems flow like timelines, drawing unexpected connections between happenings both major and minor, and observations both subtle and life changing.” Expert Editor’s Recommended Book: “Dick Allen’s Ode to the Cold War rates with the very finest in poems that are intellectually stimulating and deeply passionate.” Allen is known as one of the leading poets of the “Transitional Generation,” that generation born just before and during World War II. The Transition Generation has often been charged with mediating between the World War II generation and the Vietnam War generation of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Its perspectives, major concerns, and writing styles were formed by its attempts at explaining and blending what it felt were the best elements on both sides of what has now become known as a massive divide in American culture.
   (host – Cheryl)
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5-5-2004 – Michael Brown

May 5th, 2004 – Michael Brown
Michael Brown grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and moved to Boston in 1991 by way of Chicago. By day he is a professor of Communications at Mount Ida College; by night he’s a poet, and on Wednesday nights, he’s the Master of Ceremonies at the Third Rail Lounge in Cambridge, hosting the increasingly popular Boston Slam. Michael brought The Poetry Slam, which was born in the Windy City, with him and he is responsible for starting the entire Slam Scene in New England, and, in some places, the entire poetry scene. He held the first Slams in Boston, New Haven, Providence, Worcester, Nantucket, and many other places all over New England. The only place that he doesn’t take credit for is the Slams that were held at Granny Killams in Portland, Maine. (host – Faith)

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