Maurice Turcotte hosts an interview series for first poetry book authors. Excited The Nomenclature of Small Things is featured this month! Questions cover process, influences, cover art, and future projects. The archives section of the web site is worth perusing as well. Maurice customizes each interview to the author and book. Link here: Open Alphabet.
“There were only so many narrative grief poems I could write (and that a reader could stand to read). Some other voice or perspective had to step in to carry the book, and in this case it was science.”
So happy to have the chance to contribute to The Cloudy House, a website devoted to project books and the process of writing them. Thanks to Cynthia Marie Hoffman Studner for coordinating this interview! The Cloudy House website features my interview and dozens of others.
Happy to be the spotlight today at 24PearlStreet blog about poetry, online community, classes, and the process of writing The Nomenclature of Small Things. 24PearlStreet (part of Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center) is a resource that I continue to use and highly recommend! Read the blog entry and more about the programs at 24PearlStreet.
Thanks to Claire Lucille Trévien for creating a video poem of “How to Speak Nineteenth Century!” Lots of lyric leaps captured here from lunar nomenclature to photosynthesis to the chemical formula for water. This is part of a larger project to post a video poem a day featuring UK poets (and a few other writers) during the month of December. I will add the link below to the master list of Claire’s video poems. (The first video is one of Claire’s poems.) I met Claire when she edited a poetry anthology that included my work, and she reviewed my chapbook Tiktaalik, Adieu as well. “How to Speak Nineteenth Century” was originally published in the New England Review, as well as in the chapbook Theories of Rain and the full-length collection, The Nomenclature of Small Things.
The Poetry Foundation featured “The Birth of Superstition,” from The Nomenclature of Small Things*, as Poem of the Day today. Three other poems went up this week on the Poetry Foundation site as well! Honored and glad to have these up as searchable resources for poetry readers, teachers, and students.
The Birth of Superstition
A Brief History of the Passenger Pigeon
How to Move Away
The link to the Poetry Foundation.
*Note that books have temporarily sold out on Amazon.com but are available through Carnegie Mellon at this link: Nomenclature of Small Things
The Birth of Superstition
I’ll be reading at 1 pm this Saturday, September 3rd, at the Local Poetry Stage at Java Monkey as part of the Decatur Book Festival. Looking forward to reading along with Memye Curtis Tucker, Megan Sexton, Lee Passarella, Lynn Alexander, and Diana Anhalt. Thanks to Dan Veach for organizing!
More information is on the Festival link below.
Happy to have The Nomenclature of Small Things featured along with Ellen Kombiyil’s Histories of the Future Perfect on the Cell Press blog. Thanks to Jannell McConnell Parsons for the review! “This is a book organized around questions, a constant circling back to what can and can’t be named . . .The language of science and the language of grief talk to each other, become each other, in these poems. I loved this book, from the first poem right through to the last, and whether you’re looking for solace or for the landscape of 18th century science, you’ll find it here.”
I’ll be reading and signing copies of The Nomenclature of Small Things in Columbus, Georgia, on Saturday July 30th, 2016, from 9-Noon with the reading at 10:30. The Columbus State University bookstore address is 900 Broadway. The local Saturday morning market will be happening 9-Noon as well with 200 vendors. Looking forward to seeing everyone!
I just returned from my fourth AWP Conference where I had a great experience signing The Nomenclature of Small Things and meeting other Carnegie Mellon authors and staff! I spent most of my time around the book fair, but I also had a chance to sit in on some interesting book marketing and science-related panels. The Grub Street panel was a presentation on their Launch Lab strategies and offerings. Grub Street authors and staff spoke about integrating personal goals with book writing and marketing, and it was a higher level conversation than any I’ve heard. I came away from the conference with a list of poetry/nonfiction/environmental books to read, and a strategy for moving forward for the next year or two.
I met my publicist for the first time and appreciate that she traveled from London to Los Angeles! There is never enough time to connect with every writer and friend, attend every panel and book signing event. Every conference I try a different approach and this time around I was less tired. I can say that staying at the conference hotel (for the first time ever) was worth it!
Separately, Many Rose wrote a great review of Nomenclature in the April issue of Stirring: A Literary Collection.