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Friday, March 21, 2014

I'm on the radio


When I was in Bloomington-Normal, IL in November, I stopped by their local NPR affiliate WGLT to record some more poems for their show Poetry Radio.

Yesterday my poem "Panoramic View" from Brink was the poem of the week.

Panoramic View (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/20/2014 03:37 PM
Run Time: 2:22
written and read by Shanna Compton; music by Harpeth Rising (Eris from Tales From Jackson Bridge)

Here's another poem from the same session:

Back in Seaside (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/06/2014 01:30 AM
Run Time: 2:36
written and read by Shanna Compton; music by Patrick Williams, played by Quartet San Francisco (The Bay is Deep Blue from Pacific Premieres)

I don't know how many more they will run, but I think I did ten this time.

There are a few older poems from the first time I recorded for the show (in 2006) in the archives too. (They recently played "Fusion Lingo" again, from Down Spooky.)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Next month: CUNY Chapbook Festival & the Buffalo Small Press Bookfair!

APRIL 1–3: NYC/CUNY Chapbook Festival

I'll be at the Bloof Books table during the book fair on April 3, and also participating on this panel:

Nuts, Bolts, & Beyond: How to Get Your Work into Print 1:30 PM, The Graduate Center, CUNY (C-Level), 365 Fifth Avenue, New York NY (map
Four independent publishers discuss both traditional and innovative forms of chapbook publishing, including digital and PDF formats, alternative and mixed media, and expanding the idea of the chapbook to include fiction, nonfiction, and cross-genre work. Publishers will also offer advice on how to prepare and submit your work for print, resources for publication, and how to do it yourself. Featuring MC HylandShanna ComptonAdam Robinsonand Bianca Stone with Melissa Faliveno as moderator.

The panel has an event page on Facebook. The full festival schedule is here.

APRIL 5–6: Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

I'm excited to be going back for this great book fair in Buffalo too, which I really enjoyed last year. You'll find me at the Bloof Books table Saturday and Sunday, of course, but also participating in this reading on Saturday night.

This reading has an event page at Facebook.

Read more about the BSPBF (and find a full schedule of events) here. The book fair is Saturday and Sunday, but there are other events on Thursday and Friday. This book fair is much less intense (in a good way) than something like AWP, and also includes a few short book arts workshops. I picked up a few hand-printed tee shirts, letterpress stationery, and other DIY goodies last year, in addition to the books and chapbooks I bought and swapped for. The BSPBF is free to attend, so I highly recommend making the trip if you can!

We'll have new books, chapbooks, and broadsides for both of these too. Can't wait.

More Upcoming Readings & Events

Jubilant Thicket Reading Series

60 Morning Talks w/ Andy Fitch
Reading & Live Interview
The Kitchen, New York NY
Details to come.

SUNDAY MAY 18, 3:00 PM
In Your Ear Reading Series
Details to come.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Friday night during AWP: Bloof + Saturnalia

I'm pleased to be co-hosting this one, with Saturnalia Books publisher Henry Israeli. We asked Rebecca Loudon to join us, so she's bringing her violin and some poems too. The Jewelbox Theater is a gorgeously restored 1927 screening room attached to an underground speakeasy, in Belltown. (Read about its history—from Jimmy Stewart to contemporary burlesque—here.) It's an easy walk from the conference. Hope to see you there (or somewhere).

FB event page

*Please note: Rendezvous is a multispace venue. We are in the Jewelbox Theater, not the Grotto, not the Red Velvet Lounge. All share the same address, and other events are happening simultaneously.*

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Saturday night, March 1, at AWP in Seattle

Poetry performances by Tyler Brewington, Jackie Clark, Shanna Compton, Mel Coyle, Bruce Covey, Ben Fama, Hailey Higdon, Megan Kaminski, Jiyoon Lee, Joseph Mains, Pattie McCarthy, Amanda Montei, Amber Nelson, Jenn Marie Nunes, Alexis Pope, Dawn Sueoka, Jennifer Tamayo, Ellen Welcker, Joseph P Wood, and Wendy Xu + Nick Sturm. Hosted by Shanna Compton, Bruce Covey & Amber Nelson. 

The Pine Box is a lofty, renovated former funeral parlor, with an incredible beer selection on 33 taps, making it one of Seattle's top bars. Dinner menu also available. 

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Meet the Press: Nin Andrews interviewed me for the Best American Poetry blog

Nin Andrews conducts an ongoing series of small press publisher/editor interviews for the Best American Poetry blog and she kindly invited me to participate.

She and I talked about how I came to be an editor and poet, how Bloof Books came to be, and what I really love about working with poets, making books together. I also chose a couple of poems from Bloof poets Jennifer L. Knox and Elisabeth Workman.

Read the interview here.

Check the archives here, for other interviews in the series, including Matthew Zapruder of Wave, Janet Holmes of Ahsahta, Gabriel Fried of Persea, Ed Ochester of the Pitt Poetry Series, and others. (I'm not through reading them all yet.)

On her blog (where she often posts great single-panel comix!), Nin also posted this drawing of me. I like it better than the photo.