On Friday, November 20th, Augury joined forces with African Voices Magazine to host a night in celebration of the launch of Randall Horton’s Hook. The event featured many special guests and close friends of Horton, who read from their own work, shared anecdotes, and ultimately all expressed a collective feeling of joy for what Hook has become. Our dear friend Dave Bledsoe is credited with all of these photos.
Second Issue of ‘Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color’ Now Available
Nearly one month ago, Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color published its second issue. Produced in collaboration with the Lambda Literary Foundation, Nepantla’s second issue features work from twenty-three poets, as well as interviews with CeCe McDonald (interviewed by Alok Vaid-Menon) and Carl Phillips (interviewed by Rickey Laurentiis). You can download the second issue and learn more about the journal here!
A Poem from "American Gramophone," Forthcoming from Augury Books, by Carey McHugh
Carey McHugh’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, and Tin House, among others. Her chapbook Original Instructions for the Perfect Preservation of Birds &c. was selected by Rae Armantrout for the Poetry Society of America’s 2008 New York Chapbook Fellowship. She lives and works in Manhattan.
This poem, “[You will come first as a sound],” has previously appeared in Gulf Coast, under the title “Open Brackets Closed Brackets.”
A Public Space Offers Emerging Writer Fellowships
Brooklyn-based literary magazine A Public Space is currently accepting applications for their Emerging Writer Fellowship until October 15th. The program will grant three emerging writers a mentorship from an author previously published in APS, paid publication in an upcoming issue, and free residency in their Brooklyn offices. The fellowship is open to global submissions, and can be easily submitted to online via Submittable. Don’t wait–check the guidelines and apply!
MoviefiedNYC Interviews Ashim Ahluwalia
MoviefiedNYC, run by friends of Augury John David West and Myrna Duarte, sat down with Indian director and former documentary filmmaker Ashim Ahluwalia (John & Jane, Thin Air), about his award-winning debut feature, Miss Lovely, recently released in NYC and set in the criminal depths of Mumbai’s C-grade film industry.
Ahluwalia talks about the business of Indian cinema and the emergence of the C-grade movie:
… [P]ornography is illegal—just to put it in context—any kind of pornographic material is illegal; it will get you a minimum of three years. It’s non-bailable. So when you think about these movies, they’re not B-movies, which want to be real movies; they’re C-grade movies that are made for the excuse for these sex bits to be illegally interspersed. They get interspersed at the cinema level, and not through the censors. So these reels, in the ‘80s, used to be delivered on bicycle at night and get spliced into these movies. So you’d have a movie, which people would be waiting for the sex bit to appear. I was fascinated by this.”
MoviefiedNYC provides in-depth film criticism, reviews, lists, and film suggestions that feature old, new, and upcoming films. The site also covers film-related events happening in New York City and around the world.
Read the full interview, “Making Movies that Matter,” here.
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Frances Justine Post to Read at Poets House on Wed, July 23
On Wednesday evening, Frances Justine Post (BEAST, 2014) will be reading at Poets House in NYC as part of the Showcase Reading Series. Joining Post are poets Brett Fletcher Lauer, Emily Abendroth, and Wendy S. Walters.
The event will take place in association with the Annual Poets House Showcase, a remarkable initiative to collect and exhibit to the public, free of charge, every book of poetry published each year, making the Poets House stock among the most comprehensive open-stacks collections in the country.
So go for the reading, stay for the books—or vice-versa—on Wednesday, July 23, 7pm, at Ten River Terrace (at Murray Street) / New York, NY 10282.
Learn more about the Poets House showcase and other readings this week in the New Yorker.
Post will also be reading with Augury at the New York Poetry Festival on Saturday. Stay tuned for more information on the festival and readers later this week.
Augury Books’ reading period is open — Submit your manuscript!