Franz Wright, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, died at 62 from lung cancer. He won the Pulitzer in 2004 for his collection of poetry called “Walking to Martha’s Vineyard.”
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Alice Notely, the author of over 25 books of poetry, has been awarded the $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. The prize, first established in 1986, is one of the most ... [ read more ]
Smartish Pace Cover Art Party
On March 26, 2011 artist friends of Smartish Pace gathered in Baltimore and made one-of-a-kind covers for Smartish Pace Issues 17 and 18. In addition to the regular versions of these issues, the individual art cover editions can be purchased at www.smartishpace.com. Artists: Claudia, Clare Banks, Susan Campbell, Joel Feinberg, Jared Fischer, Natalie Kahla, Jeff Lewandowski, Maeve Reichert, Stephen Reichert, Terence Winch & Baynard Woods.
Originally from Michigan, Patrick Ryan Frank has his master’s degree in poetry from Boston University and studied theater and creative writing as an undergraduate at Northwestern. Since then, he has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Massachusetts Arts Council, and now holds a James A. Michener Fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin. In August of 2010, How the Losers Love What’s Lost won the Four Way Books Intro prize judged by Alan Shapiro. He was interviewed over email by Julia Leverone of Smartish Pace in October, 2010.JL: Could you give an idea as to your background, and especially what your influences are?PRF: I grew up in rural Michigan, on what had once been a farm but is now just a wide swath of weeds and derelict barns. I hated it at the time, and I’ve lived in big cities ever since (with the exception of a couple of stints at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown). While I always wanted to be an urban—and urbane—poet, I can’t quite pull myself completely from the fields.My influences are pretty varied, sometimes embarrassingly so. I bought a shiny ... [ read more ]
The folks who say you can't judge a book by the cover know that, much of the time, you can. Phoenix Rising, for instance, offers a cover image at odds with its title: a seagull with a big dead mullet washed up at its feet. How is this even remotely related to a phoenix besides that it's a bird with its wings in the air? There's also some sort of black line running through the ... [ read more ]