I know, it has been too long. But believe me when I say that I have been enjoying a much needed siesta since the fantastic success of the first ever season of Impossible Language and am in the planning stages of season two. There will be more poems and art. Promise.
In the meantime, let’s take a moment to appreciate what the Impossible Language alum have been up to, shall we? The poets that have been a part of this series are worker bees doing great things.
- Adam Clay - Adam is one half of the editorial team for TYPO and the newest issue just hit the internet. Gosh, read it, it’s a humdinger. He was also the poetry contest editor for the Pinch Journal Literary Awards and I am pleased to say he picked a good one (because of course he would). He’s also got poems everywhere and hopefully his new book, Stranger, will be coming out from Milkweed sooner rather than later.
- Ada Limón - Ada got a gorgeous new website AND is releasing a new book from Milkweed Editions called Bright Dead Things. I can make do with Sharks in the Rivers til then, but just barely.
- Ruth Baumann - Ruth is the Can’t Stop Won’t Stop around here. She publishes so much that she has actually stopped telling people about it. TELL THE WORLD RUTH WE LOVE YOU. Her chapbook these tornadoes has been a finalist in many chap competitions and in the meantime she has written another chapbook. Ok Ruth, you can stop now.
- Abraham Smith - It has been announced that he co-edited an anthology called Hick Poetics with Shelly Taylor that should be coming out this year from Lost Roads Press and I srsly can’t wait. In the meantime, I like to read Only Jesus Could Icefish in Summer out loud in the bathtub. Is that so wrong?
- Jonathan Owen May - I got an overwhelming response to this guy - y’all really loved his poems. Ok fine - he posts some of them here. Enjoy! He also writes about books and the media on the Reading at Recess blog - AND HE SPEAKS GERMAN, PEOPLE.
- Clay Cantrell - Clay will be embarking on his thesis year at the UofM this fall. In the meantime, he is busy writing a lot more good poems than me, playing folky fuzz ass guitar, opening for the likes of Jerusalem and the Starbaskets and probably planning world domination through death metal.
- Jessica Comola - Damn, who knows what Jessica Comola is up to besides being a mysterious genius poet who is probably writing a masterpiece. Have you read Girl at the End of a Matchstick at Anti-? So good.
- Tim Earley - Tim just released a book this year - the excellent Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery - and people are freaking out about it. Seth Abramson did - he recommended it to “anyone with a pulse”. I second that notion. Tim is taking over the Trobar Ric reading series in Oxford, MS, and I totally look forward to many pilgrimages down south.
- Heather Dobbins - The Common recently posted a glowing review of Heather’s book In the Low Houses, a book that has been in my read and read and read stack as of late. Trust me, that stack is short. I recommend you read it also.
- Tara Mae Mulroy - Tara Mae just posted a brief interview about her writing process on her blog. I so enjoyed her chap Philomela and find reading about her writing life pretty interesting. Here’s hoping Swallow Tongue gets picked up soon!
- Elaine Scudder-Walters - Elaine came out of poetry hiding to read to us and it was wonderful. I know she’s a school teacher, and what a crazy job that is, so let’s hope this summer is a super poetic one.
- Caitlin Mackenzie - Congrats to Caitlin for having her poem “Postcards from the Northwest" nominated for the Best Single Poem Award for the Forward Prize! Fingers crossed - it’s soooo good. I bet those Pacific Northwest rivers and lakes are looking pretty nice right about now.
Boy. I will have to get to the artists next round because that is a lot of talent for one tumblr post. Buy some books, read some poems, and stay tuned for announcements regarding the next season of Impossible Language. xo
This Saturday @ story booth - four poets, 6pm.
Elaine Scudder-Walters is native Midtown Memphian and a graduate of Rhodes College. She has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Alabama where she received the Dean’s Merit Prize. She also worked as an Assistant Poetry Editor for The Black Warrior Review. A teacher with the Memphis City Schools since 2003, she currently teaches CLUE at Snowden, a school attended by five generations of her family.
Tara Mae Mulroy is a graduate of the University of Memphis MFA program. Her chapbook, Philomela, was released from dancing girl press in January 2014, and her poems, stories, and essays have appeared in CutBank, Third Coast, Zone 3, and others. Her blog is at taramaemulroy.wordpress.com.
After taking a ten-year education vacation to California and Vermont, Heather Dobbins returned to her hometown of Memphis. Her poems and poetry reviews have been published in Beloit Poetry Journal, Big Muddy, The Rumpus, The Southern Poetry Anthology (Tennessee), and TriQuarterly Review, among others. She has taught for fourteen years in Oakland, California, and Memphis, where she founded River City Scribes, a creative writing workshop for teens. Her debut collection,In the Low Houses was recently published by Kelsay Press and will be available for signing at Story Booth.
Caitlin Mackenzie is a writer whose work has appeared in publications such as CutBank, Lambda Literary, Colorado Review, Fugue, and Structo. One of her poems was recently nominated for the Forward Prize. She earned a MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars a few years ago and promptly moved to Eugene, Oregon, where she now lives and plays in the mountains and streams.
Karimnia’s work grew out of a conventional mosaic practice and the use of small objects to construct an image. The figure is a strong presence in her work and relationships play an important role in the content. Her work is grounded in playfulness and Karimnia is observant of contrasts within both society and ourselves.