Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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Harriet points to an article in Newsweek about literature in Mexico, and then writes “Recently, Mexico has seen a surge in independent publishing houses willing to publish new writers. Meanwhile, the numbers of female writing students, and of writing collectives for women, have swelled. All these developments prompt hope that Mexican women’s voices will continue to be heard.” I not only second that, I’m making a call for people who want to review collections by Mexican poets (male and female) either in Spanish or in translation. Contact me at poetry-at-therumpus-dot-net with articles or reviews.

The Rumpus offers its condolences to the friends and family of Michael Gizzi. You can listen to Gizzi read from his work at the Penn Sound Archive.

Roxane Gay writes about the question of unpublishing a piece online (among other things). I can’t imagine a situation where I’d ask a journal to remove one of my pieces, even if the title had been Kilgore-Trouted on me. Perhaps that’s because the worst butchering anything of mine ever received was in a print journal, and when I mentioned it to the publisher, I didn’t even get an apology.

John Lundberg provides the highlights from this year’s Slam Poetry competition.

In case you missed it, we announced our third selection for the Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Elizabeth Alexander’s Crave Radiance. I want to thank the other members of the Advisory Board–Camille Dungy, Gabrielle Calvocoressi and Matthew Zapruder–for the work they’ve put into this project and for helping make it a success so far.

Remember, you can keep up with all Rumpus Poetry happenings by following us on Twitter. We announce when we’ve published new reviews, new poems, and pieces on the Book Club, among other things.

Brian Spears


Brian Spears's first collection of poetry, A Witness in Exile, is now available through Louisiana Literature Press, and at his personal website. He is the Poetry Editor for The Rumpus, and teaches poetry at Drake University. More from this author →