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Feb. 20: Four BLP Authors At The Bowery Poetry Club

Saturday, February 20th will be an all-star evening at The Bowery Poetry Club. The reading lineup includes Bruce Cohen, David Rigsbee, Marcela Sulak, and Kevin Pilkington and will be emceed by Associate Editor Angela Leroux-Lindsey.

Bruce Cohen’s book Swerve was released by Black Lawrence Press just last week. David Rigsbee, winner of the Spring, 2009 Black River Chapbook Competition, is the author of The Pilot House, which is forthcoming from BLP. Marcela Sulak’s collection Immigrant will be released later this month. And Kevin Pilkington’s The Unemployed Man Who Became a Tree will be published as part of the 2011 BLP catalogue.

The event is $4 at the door and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

David Rigsbee To Win the Sam Ragan Award

David Rigsbee, winner of the Spring, 2009 Black River Chapbook Competition, will be honored with the Sam Ragan Award for Distinguished Service to North Carolina Arts on Thursday, February 4 at St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, North Carolina.

The award honors Sam Ragan, who was North Carolina’s first Secretary of Cultural Resources. It also celebrates North Carolina as the first state in the union to create a cabinet-level position for the fine arts.

David Rigsbee is the author of seven previous full-length collections of poems.  He is also the author of four chapbooks, two works of criticism (on Carolyn Kizer and Joseph Brodsky, whom he also translated), and editor of two anthologies, the most recent of which, Invited Guest: An Anthology of Twentieth Century Southern Poetry (The University of Virginia Press in 2001) was named a notable university press book by the American Library Association.  Winner of the Pound Prize and the Vachel Lindsay Award, he has been been recipient of grants and awards from the N.E.A., the N.E.H., The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, The Virginia Commission on the Arts, The Djerassi Foundation, and the Academy of American Poets. His work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, The New Yorker, The Iowa Review, The Ohio Review, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, The Sewanee Review, The Southern Review, and many others. His chapbook The Pilot House is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press.

After the presentation of the award on February 4, Rigsbee will give a reading during the Fortner Writer’s Forum. The event, to be held in the Orange Main Lounge, will begin at 8 PM. It is free and open to the public.

Tonight! David Rigsbee Reads in Ohio

Rigsbee HeadshotA reminder to our friends in Ohio:

Cap City Poets will welcome David Rigsbee for an evening of poetry tonight at 7.

David Rigsbee is the winner of the Spring, 2009 Black River Chapbook Competition. His chapbook The Pilot House will be available in late 2010.

The evening of music and poetry will begin at 7:00 at the Espresso Yourself Music Cafe at 50 W Olentangy St in sweet little downtown Powell, Ohio.

Thanks to Pudding House Publications for sponsoring this event.

We hope to see you there!

November 11: David Rigsbee Reads in Ohio

Rigsbee HeadshotCap City Poets will welcome David Rigsbee for an evening of poetry at The Rattlebox on November 11.

David Rigsbee is the winner of the Spring, 2009 Black River Chapbook Competition. His chapbook The Pilot House will be available in late 2010.

The evening of music and poetry will begin at 7:00 at the Espresso Yourself Music Cafe at 50 W Olentangy St in sweet little downtown Powell, Ohio.

Thanks to Pudding House Publications for sponsoring this event.

We hope to see you there!

David Rigsbee Reads in Seattle

Dear Friends, -1

David Rigsbee, poet and recent addition to the Black Lawrence Press family, will be reading at Open Books in Seattle on October 7 at 7:30. Having heard him read just last week, I can assure you that this is an event worth attending.

David is the author of The Pilot House, winner of the Spring, 2009 Black River Chapbook Competition.

I hope that those of you in the Northeast can make it.

Best,

Diane Goettel

Open Books: Events

October 07, 2009 07:30 PM

JAMES BERTOLINO & DAVID RIGSBEE
In James Bertolino’s latest book, Finding Water, Holding Stone ($18 Cherry Grove), lyrical poems expressing warm, natured-based wisdom are gathered with others that present a grim vision of existence. His writing is immediate and persuasive. Nature changes the poet, as with the fungus resembling “an old face, which holds / the expression of that moment when // defeat gains the depth / of a lesson learned. / Then my mind is silenced / by forest gone beyond // pattern.” These are mature poems; Bertolino willingly shares all experience — “something is changing shape // and I’ve heard it’s my heart.”

The poetry in Two Estates ($18 Cherry Grove), David Rigsbee’s recent book, approaches art, artists, and the rich materials of Mediterranean Europe, its landscape, history, and omnipresent religious influences, with a stately tone. His imagery is layered — “church bells… hover / in consciousness the way bees / slog away at the last sprigs / of wisteria.” Time, in many of these pieces, is not a fixed point — “[I] walk to the ledge where my father / the evening greets me in the darkening / branches of a pine.” Rigsbee’s voice is like that of a docent’s, confidently directing the reader’s eye and mind.

Winner and Finalists Announced

Black Lawrence Press is very pleased to announce the winner and finalists for the Spring, 2009 Black River Chapbook Competition.

Congratulations to David Rigsbee for winning the contest with his manuscript The Pilot House. The poems in this chapbook made us ache; that’s how good they are. David will receive a cash award and publication.

Also, Black Lawrence Press often chooses an exceptional finalist manuscript for publication. Congratulations to Mary Biddinger for having her manuscript Saint Monica named as a finalist and chosen for publication.

Now…drumroll please…here is the complete list of finalists and semi-finalists for the Spring, 2009 Black River Chapbook Competition:

Finalists

Brad Ricca – Nuclearmagnetic
Craig Davis – The Dog Ballerinas
Cynthia Marie Hoffman – A Skeleton Stirred into the Paper
Joshua Robbins – Suburban Hymnal
Leora S. Fridman – Telenovela Pregnancy Hoax
Lisa Fay Coutley – Back-Talk
Mary Biddinger – Saint Monica
Matt Schumacher – Blueprints for Spiderwebs
Samantha Bell – Disarticulations
Steve Wiegenstein – Kingdom of Brass
Sean Lovelace – Face Down
Kelly Luce – Ash
Seth Michelson – A Crown for Sonia

Semi-Finalists

Benjamin Vogt – Without Such Absence
Dan Nowak – Of A Bed Frame
David Serafino – Our Choices Are Limited
James Bradley – Wells Ordinary Splendor
Jane Ellen Glasser – In Good Company
Jasmine Bailey – Love Songs Men Sing to Each Other
Joseph Wiinikka-Lydon – City and Field
Julie Hensley – The Language of Horses
Kathy Flann – Leaving Reno
Kristin M Keegan – Faded Blue Houses
Nicole Steinberg – Birds of Tokyo
Rebecca Givens – Everyone Is Alive Now
Rick Alley – Roof-Boy, Come Down

Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. And congratulations again to the winner, finalists, and semi-finalists who were chosen from a group of nearly 250 submissions.

If you missed the Spring, 2009 Black River Chapbook Competition and would like to participate, consider submitting your manuscript to the Fall, 2009 competition. The deadline is October 31.