On Wednesday, CLMP announced the winners for this year’s Firecracker Awards at the powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn. Augury Books was honored to attend, alongside Firecracker fiction nominee Halina Duraj for The Family Cannon.
As real as a subway train stalled in the tunnel,
a pond full of agricultural runoff, a rip in my pants
when I’m far from home. Yes, they’re as real
as that. Blond as blond, as brown as your eyes,
as brutal as a dogfight, false as an excuse
for showing up late. They’re a brain fissure,
an eruption of tissues, and they’re as present
in my life as a portrait gallery in a hallway.
I argue with all of them, then reassure them.
One snaps my picture when I need a headshot,
another advises me on an outfit to wear
to an interview, another educates me on European
history. And all of them notice you, ask me who you are,
what you’re doing in my space, and when you’ll be leaving.
The New York City Poetry Festival, now approaching its 5th year running, has become an important and much anticipated event for the poetry community of NYC. Hosted by The Poetry Society of New York, the festival gathers over 200 poets on Governor’s Island for readings and other poetry-related matters.
The festival is normally free for all who attend, including the vendors, poetry organizations, and general public. This is only possible due to the generous donations received from those who can afford to give them.
Unfortunately, there have been significantly less donations this year. And if the fundraising goal of $12,000 isn’t met by May 21st, this could result in the festival being notably scaled back. We therefore encourage all who are able to donate to do so. Please tell your friends and family as well.
To contribute to the the 5th annual New York City Poetry Festival, go to their Kickstarter.
You can also help spread the word through HeadTalker by allowing them to post to your Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr on your behalf.
We would like to congratulate Randall Horton on having an excerpt from Hook: A Memoir through Letters featured in the 2015 PEN World Voices Online Anthology. Hook is forthcoming from Augury Books in 2015. The PEN collection is comprised of prose, poetry, and dramatic writing from the participants of this year’s World Voices Festival. Among the other authors included are Nathalie Handal, Zoe Pilger, and Cormac James.
PEN’s World Voices Festival, running from May 4th to the 10th, celebrates literature from all over the globe. This year’s theme, On Africa, strives to make heard the voices of contemporary African artists.
The full PWV Anthology can be read online here. New writings are added weekly.
Originally belonging to the American Geographical Society, the collection of maps, atlases, and globes required a new home after the company was forced to sell its headquarters in the seventies. The geography staff at UWM were enthusiastic to apply for the relics. They now reside within the Golda Meir Library, a location large enough to hold all of them.
To learn more about the various articles kept at UWM, you can read Atlas Obscura’s post.
If you’re interested in visiting the archives, visit UWM’s website.
Augury Books is delighted to announce that our spring/summer 2015 reading period is now open! For guidelines and general information, please visit our submissions page. If you’re already familiar with our guidelines, click the button below to be redirected to Submittable. We look forward to reading your work!