Posts Tagged: Kaveh Akbar

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Shara Lessley

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Shara Lessley discusses her new collection, The Explosive Expert’s Wife, the task of humanizing those we might dismiss as monsters, and writing toward hope.

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Notable Los Angeles: 4/16–4/22

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Literary events and readings in and around L.A. this week!

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Notable NYC: 3/17–3/23

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Literary events and readings in and around New York City this week!

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What to Read When You Want a Fresh Start

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In keeping with the spirit of the New Year holiday, we’ve put together a list of books that deal with new beginnings—and the unexpected twists and turns that come after.

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What to Read When: A Holiday Book-Gifting Guide

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Rumpus editors share their favorite books to gift to friends and family, from recent 2017 releases to longtime literary loves.

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Notable Portland: 11/9–11/15

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Literary events and readings in and around Portland this week!

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What to Read When You Want to Feel Thankful

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Kick off the holiday season with a list of books that Rumpus editors are thankful for!

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Kaveh Akbar

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Kaveh Akbar discusses his new collection Calling a Wolf a Wolf, finding community in poetry, books on craft, and mining the supernatural for poems.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Gabrielle Calvocoressi

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Gabrielle Calvocoressi discusses her new collection Rocket Fantastic, the fluid nature of gender, and the reader as collaborator with the text.

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What to Read When You Need Some Good News

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Take a quick break from the apocalyptic news and end your week with this list of books to eagerly anticipate (assuming the world doesn’t end) instead!

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Achy Obejas

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Achy Obejas discusses her new collection, The Tower of the Antilles, what she’s learned from translating works of others, and why we should all read poetry every day.

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Notable Los Angeles: 5/22–5/28

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Monday 5/22: CB Lee and Sarah Kuhn join together for a reading, signing, and panel discussion. 3:30 p.m. at Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library. Laini Giles discusses and signs The It Girl and Me: A Novel of Clara Bow. 7 p.m. at Book Soup. Andrew Roe discusses and signs Where You Live. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

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Vincent Toro: Challenging Whiteness and Refusing to Be Colonized

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Poet Vincent Toro on his debut collection, Stereo.Island.Mosaic, his writing process, and searching for identity.

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Notable NYC: 3/4–3/10

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Saturday 3/4: Peter Blackstock, senior editor at Grove Atlantic, curates Queer as Volk as part of the Festival Neue Literatur. Powerhouse Arena, 6 p.m, free. Timothy Liu and Christopher Salerno launch new books of poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free. Michael Nicoloff and Christopher Stackhouse join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5. […]

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Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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First, Leila Aboulela examines time and its tricks in “Pinpricks” for the Saturday Rumpus Essay. And this weekend, we kicked off our Rumpus Inaugural Poems project with Leila Chatti’s eulogy for every mother’s lost country in “Motherland,” and Kaveh Akbar’s surreal images of reconstructionism in “Poem to a Conqueror.” Meanwhile, Brandon Hicks shares a very funny new comic, […]

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The Rumpus Inaugural Poems

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Official inaugural poems are a strange beast. There have only been five of them and the one we recognize as the first, Robert Frost’s “The Gift Outright,” wasn’t composed for President Kennedy’s inauguration. Frost recited it when the sun’s glare off the snow made the poem he’d written, “Dedication,” impossible to read. But perhaps the […]

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat for Max Ritvo

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Kaveh Akbar, Shon Arieh-Lerer, Justin Boening, Sarah Blake, and Ariella Ritvo-Slifka about Max Ritvo’s Four Reincarnations. Max Ritvo died on August 23, 2016.

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Calling the Canon

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Don’t miss Kaveh Akbar’s review of Olio, by Tyehimba Jess (Wave Books), for Oxford American: The characters cast in Olio’s poly-vocal swirl count no fewer than a dozen, and almost all of them are famous (or infamous) figures of the early blues or ragtime canon. Reclamation is expressed through appropriation, echo, and poems that are often […]

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An Interview with Ross Gay

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Kaveh Akbar’s interview with author Ross Gay is delightfully honest. Gay, who is an author of three books: Against Which, Bringing the Shovel Down, and, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, invites us into his world by sharing backstories about some of his work. I felt really happy to be done with Bringing the Shovel Down. I was very glad to have written […]

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Divedapper Focuses on Poet Interviews

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Former Rumpus contributor Kaveh Akbar has launched a “collaborative poetry phenomenon,” Divedapper, a web based literary concern featuring interviews with contemporary poets. The site has launched with interviews with Dorianne Laux, Austin Straus, Rae Armantrout, and others. Divedapper is also available on Twitter @divedapper.

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