C. D. Wright, American award-winning poet and writing professor at Brown University, unexpectedly passed away in her home on January 12, 2016. Her most recent book, Poet, the Lion, Talking Pictures, ... [ read more ]
Amit Majmudar was appointed as the first Poet Laureate of Ohio. His work has appeared in many literary magazines including Smartish Pace, and few of his published poems are "By Accident," ... [ read more ]
City Lit Project 2008
Smartish Pace at City Lit Project, Pratt Library, Baltimore. April 19, 2008.
Rachel Stark: First off, thank you so much for agreeing to this interview. I'd like to start by talking about your subject matter. Your most recent collection, The Highwayman's Wife, draws much of its energy from the way you revitalize mythology. At the same time, you take on the English countryside with both the folklore of the highwayman and your numerous quotations from John Clare's The Shepherd's Calendar. What is it about these things that are important to you?Lynnell Edwards: Some sort of unrelated things converged in the spring of 2004 that I think prompted the Highwayman series, the first of which was "Sonnet for the Highwayman." I was tramping around in a very old cemetery in rural Kentucky where some of my Scottish ancestors (the McBrayers) from the 18th century were buried and I was talking with an elderly relative about that, and then an issue of Gourmet magazine arrived which had a feature on the Scottish Highlands, with several spectacular photos. The photos were gorgeous; I can make only a modest case for Scottish cuisine, however. After that first poem, I started exploring – in other words, I "Googled" – information about English ballads to see ... [ read more ]
3/30/2016 (1:00am) -- 4/3/2016 (4:00am)
see you beautiful writers at table 1256
4/16/2016 (5:00pm) -- (6:00pm)
University of Baltimore, Room TBA
We're excited to be invited by CityLit to host a reading feature poets from Smartish Pace Issues 22 and 23. Poets and building/room at U. of Baltimore, TBA soon!
University of Montana graduate Melissa Kwasny's recent poetry collection, Thistle, published by Lost Horse Press, gathers as its cause a wide-ranging sheaf of Mountain West flora. These Ovid-esque poems expand from the names of flowers, herbs, or other plants – "Mullein" is introduced as sickly sweet, persevering by a roadside, "Iris" keeps close an alluring indifference, "unblossomed in silt." In Thistle the speaker is more often than not grafted with plant, and memory is inextricably ... [ read more ]