Little Box Opens Up

Poetry Magazine June 2016June 2016 issue of the Poetry magazine, published by the Poetry Foundation, includes exciting new work from Marilyn. This is the first installment of short verse about the “Little Box“, an impassioned reply to a series of poems by a late Serbian poet Vasko Popa.

June 2016Born in 1922, Popa came to literary prominence after the WWII. His work defies simple classification, as in the West Popa was variously labeled as modernist, avant-garde, even surrealist. Meanwhile, in Socialist Yugoslavia he was accepted into the mainstream culture and noted for his strong sense of national identity and his roots in ethnic folklore. Popa has been highly praised and translated into English by Charles Simic.

Writer-in-Residence at Smith College

Smith CollegeMarilyn spent Spring semester of 2016 at the renouned Smith College, a private liberal arts college for women, located in Northampton, Massachusetts and established in 1875. Smith includes Julia Child, Nancy Reagan, Gloria Steinem, and Sylvia Plath among its alumnae.

As the Grace Hazard Conkling Writer-in-Residence, Marilyn tought a course in Creative Writing and judged a competition of very talented high school poets.

Q&A after the performanceOn February 23, Marilyn delivered a “loud, sassy and proud” performance, to a crowd of over a hundred fans, students, and faculty.

Civitella Ranieri

Civitella Ranieri FoundationMarilyn has been awarded a fellowship by the Civitella Ranieri Foundation and spent six weeks at their beautiful Umbertide location in Umbria, Italy. Marilyn joined a diverse group of authors, musicians, and visual artists from across the globe. Each fellow had an opportunity to work on their craft in a retreat-like setting, followed by presentations of their work-in-progress and high-spirited social interaction.Vladimir Tarnopolski

Among the 2015 fellows were Vladimir Tarnopolski, a composer from Russia, Jericho Brown, a poet from USA, and Serkan Ozkaya, a visual artist from Turkey.

Terezin Liberation

TMFTerezin Music Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving information about the Terezin (Theresienstadt) concentration camp, has published Liberation, an anthology of poetry with contributions from 63 of the world’s most renowned authors, representing 25 countries. In 2015 venues, TMF board and Executive Director Mark Ludwig honored the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi camps by producing concerts in Prague and Boston, followed by a series of poetry readings.  The Liberation anthology is now available in paperback.Liberation

The distinguished group of contributors to the anthology includes such luminaries of the contemporary poetry world as Rita Dove, Robert Pinsky, and Yusef Komunyakaa. Marilyn’s poems “Bamboo, the Dance,”  and “Memorial Haibun” are included in this outstanding anthology.

Anisfield-Wolf Award Ceremony

Anisfield-Wolf Book Award

HARD LOVE PROVINCE won Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the National Prize for Literature on racism and diversity. It includes Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X among its winners.

The Award Ceremony Gala will take place at 6pm on September 10th, at the Ohio Theatre in Cleveland. Henry Gates, Jr.,  director of the Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research at Harvard University, will host the event.

 

Racial Imagely in Montana

University of MontanaMarilyn was one of the Featured Speakers at the Create Writing Conference at the University of Montana in Missoula. Organized by Professor Prageeta Sharma, herself a poet of distinction, this year’s much anticipated conference was titled Thinking Its Presence: Race, Creative Writing, and Literary Study. Its central theme was the Racial Imagery.

Conference’s title references an influencial new book by Dorothy WangThinking Its Presence:
Form, Race, and Subjectivity in Contemporary Asian American Poetry, published by Stanford University Press.