Smartish Pace poet Carson Cistulli is all things to all people. If all the things people care about are poetry and baseball, that is. Listen here to Carson on the ... [ read more ]
Poet Matthew Zapruder has been appointed the new poetry column editor for The New York Times Magazine. Born in Washington, D.C., he lives in Oakland, where he is the director ... [ read more ]
Matt Anserello, Smartish Pace Reading
Matt Anserello reading for Smartish Pace at the Issue 16 Release Party at Cyclops, Baltimore, on May 15, 2009. This was a joint party with the DC lit magazine, Barrelhouse. Intros by Andy Rubin of Cyclops & Stephen Reichert of Smartish Pace. Intro/Outro music by Pree.
Gary Fincke is the author of sixteen books of poetry and short fiction, and, in 2004, of Amp'd, a personal account of his son's life in the rock band Breaking Benjamin. He is a recipient of the Bess Hokin Prize for Poetry, the Rose Lefcowitz Prize from Poet Lore, a PEN Syndicated Fiction Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and many other honors and awards. His essay, "The Canals of Mars" was reprinted in The Pushcart Essays, an anthology of the best essays from the first twenty-five years of Pushcart Prize volumes. His most recent books include Sorry I Worried You (U. of Georgia Press), a collection of short stories, which won the Flannery O'Connor award, and Standing Around the Heart (U. of Arkansas Press), a collection of poems. He is the director of the Writer's Institute and Professor of English at Susquehanna University in Selsinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Smartish Pace has published Gary Fincke's poems in issues 5, 8, 10 and 13. He was interviewed in April by Dan Cryer, associate editor at Smartish Pace. Dan Cryer: You've managed to have success in poetry, fiction and non-fiction. ... [ read more ]
The dirty little secret about Billy Collins' poetry is it is hilarious. I have always found his poetry amusing, but in person, the poet adds fuel to the flame. If you read Collins' book, Ballistics, this way, you will see what I mean. If one must contemplate ". . .love, death, solitude, youth, and aging" (as the blurb on the dust jacket of this edition states) there are not many ways more pleasurable to do ... [ read more ]