Thursday, September 27, 2012

Terri Witek reads "See You Tomorrow Night"

Only have a minute to spare? You can still get in your daily poetry fix. Check out Terri Witek reading “See You Tomorrow Night” from her book Carnal World. Terri will be leading poetry workshops at the Other Words conference.

Terri Witek is the author of four books of poems—Exit Island (2012), The Shipwreck Dress (2008), a Florida Book Award winner; Carnal World (2006); Fools and Crows (2003); and Courting Couples (2000), a Center for Book Arts Prize winner. She holds the Sullivan Chair in Creative Writing at Stetson University where she has received the McInery Award for Teaching and the John Hague Teaching Award for outstanding teaching in the liberal arts and sciences.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Lisa Zimmerman Interview

Former Other Words presenter, FLAC Writer's Circuit rider, Lisa Zimmerman is interviewed by Four Ties Lit Review:

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Ira Sukrungruang Reads From His Memoir

Don’t listen to this on an empty stomach! Ira Sukrungruang reads a mouthwatering passage about the power of his Aunty Sue’s cooking from his memoir Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy.

In addition to writing Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy, Ira Sukrungruang is the co-editor of What Are You Looking At? The First Fat Fiction Anthology and Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology. He has published his essays, poems, and short stories in many literary journals and anthologies, including Creative Nonfiction, The Bellingham Review, North American Review, Isotope, Crab Orchard Review, Post Road, and Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing. He teaches at the University of South Florida, Tampa.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Interview with Bob Shacochis

Check out this entertaining interview with Other Words conference reader Bob Shacochis. In the video, Shacochis discusses his favorite quiet place, his preferred places to write (including a basement in Florida), and what makers a writer.

Shacochis, acclaimed for both his fiction and nonfiction, is well-known for writing about travel in both. His new novel, set on several continents, is The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, scheduled for publication this year by Grove/Atlantic.  His first collection of stories, Easy in the Islands, won the National Book Award for First Fiction in 1985, and his second collection, The Next New World, was awarded the Prix de Rome from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1989. He is a former columnist for Gentleman’s Quarterly and a contributing editor for both Outside and Harper’s.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Join YellowJacket Press for a night of poetry, art and fun!

YellowJacket Press presents 5th Annual Florida Poets Happy Hour and Prime Time Show

Join YellowJacket Press (YJP) for a night of poetry, art and fun! The 5th Annual Florida Poets Happy Hour and Prime Time Show will take place on Friday, September 28, 2012 from 7-9pm at Nuance Galleries, 804 S. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa.

The Happy Hour and Prime Time Show has become a favorite fall event, celebrating Florida poetry with readings, refreshments, YJP’s famous raffles, book signings and all-around frivolity. Taking place at one of Tampa’s most celebrated galleries, this year’s event will feature "poetry specials” by YellowJacket Press poets and guest writers and will highlight the debut of a new YellowJacket Press chapbook, Museum of Chairs, by longtime Tampa native Mary Elizabeth (Bettie) Perez. Ms. Perez will be joined by USF creative writing professors Ira Sukrungruang and Katie Riegel, local poets Rhonda J. Nelson and Wayne S. Williams and Orlando poet Terry Ann Thaxton.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Enid Shomer Video

Check out this new video about Other Words reader Enid Shomer's new novel, The Twelve Rooms of the Nile. Shomer sheds light on her inspiration for the novel’s interesting story, namely how two disparate people, Florence Nightingale and Gustav Flaubert, may have chanced on each other when their separate journeys of the Nile River delta intertwined.

Kelle Groom AWP Interview

Other Words conference reader Kelle Groom is “In the Spotlight” with The Association of Writers & Writing Programs. A poet and memoirist, Groom is the author of three poetry collections: Five Kingdoms, Luckily, and Underwater City. Her memoir, I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers and a New York Times Book Review editor’s pick for 2011. In this interview with AWP, Groom discusses her early inspirations for writing, her living literary heroes, and the ideal environments in which to work on her writing. Learn more about Kelle Groom and her writing in the AWP interview at this link.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

New Anthology from Jane's Stories Press

From FLAC Member Jane’s Stories Press:
Jane's Stories Press Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its new anthology, "Jane's Stories IV: Bridges and Borders," at Women and Children First Bookstore (5233 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL) on Friday, October 5, 2012 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm. Several contributing authors will be on hand to read from the collection in which women from all over the world consider Bridges and Borders from many different perspectives.