Johannes Göransson & Joyelle McSweeney
Rogue Buddha Gallery, March 7, 2008
Johannes Göransson and Joyelle McSweeney dazzled with a "variety hour" style reading from recent works of poetry, translation, and fiction. Göransson read from his poetry books A New Quarantine Will Take My Place and Pilot (Johann the Carousel Horse). McSweeney read from her works Flet and the baroque noir novella Nylund, the Sarcographer, along with some new poetry.
FREE VERSE: Kent Johnson
Walker Art Center, April 10th, 2008
The gracious Kent Johnson read poems from Hiroshima survivor Araki Yasusada's Doubled Flowering and presented an enlightening essay on authorship which addressed the controversy behind the publication of this created persona. If you missed this fascinating reading due to the spring storm, the Walker Art Center will post an audio recording of this event. Click here to listen.
STATE-TO-STATE POETS EXCHANGE
featuring Christina Davis
Open Book, April 28, 2008
The inaugural State-to-State Poets Exchange (a collaborative effort between Rain Taxi Review of Books and the Poetry Society of America) started off with a bang with poet Christina Davis (author of Forth A Raven) reading from her work in progress. She then joined editors Eric Lorberer (Rain Taxi) and Rob Casper (jubilat) for an on-stage interview, a transcript of whch was featured in the summer 2008 issue of Rain Taxi Review of Books!!
RAIN TAXI 50TH ISSUE CELEBRATION
August 20th, 2008
Rain Taxi Review of Books celebrated 50 continuous issues with a party and fundraiser at the offices of our long-time colleagues Consortium Book Sales and Distribution. Find out more about this event by clicking here!
FREE VERSE: THE FLARF COLLECTIVE
Walker Art Center, September 25th, 2008
If you were lucky enough to attend this hilarious event, then you know who the Flarf Collective is: poets Nada Gordon, Sharon Mesmer, K. Silem Mohammed, and Gary Sullivan read from their "Google-sculpted" works of strange and entertaining poems that cast a parodic look at the world of the inter-nets. The four provacateurs effortlessly choreographed their reading, delving into themes of assorted and sordid human foibles vis-à-vis unicorns, kitty cats, and robots, to name a few. If you sadly missed this unique reading, fear not! For Flarf lives on in—of all places—the web! View this momentous historical event for yourself.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Thousands flocked to the one-day celebration of the written word! The Festival included an exhibit featuring an excellent array of publishers, literary organizations, magazines, and authors, as well as readings and panels scheduled throughout the day. Special guests this year included Alan Cheuse, Ana Clavel, Jaime Hernandez, Valerie Martin, Bill Morgan, Bragi Ólafsson, Nathaniel Tarn, Jess Winfield, Robert Bly, and Robert Hedin as well as terrific storytelling and children's activities in the Children's Storytelling Circle! Click here for information about this and other past Festivals.
STATE-TO-STATE POETS EXCHANGE
featuring William Waltz
Lillian Vernon House at NYU, Thursday, November 6, 2008
Part two of our inaugural State-to-State Poets Exchange (a collaborative effort between Rain Taxi Review of Books and the Poetry Society of America) featured emerging poet William Waltz (author of Zoo Music) reading from his work in progress. He then joined editors Eric Lorberer (Rain Taxi) and Rob Casper (jubilat) for an on-stage interview, a transcript of which will be featured in an upcoming issue of Rain Taxi Review of Books!
SAMUEL R. DELANY
Walker Art Center, November 15, 2008
Lucky listeners were treated to a rare appearance by visionary author Samuel R. Delany who gave a lively reading from his newest work of fiction, Dark Reflections. After answering audience questions, Delany then read a stirring and illuminating excerpt from his memoir, The Motion of Light in Water, recently re-printed by the University of Minnesota Press. For those of you who were unable to attend this momentous occasion, you can listen to it here!