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 ]
Madeleine Mysko, Smartish Pace Reading
Madeleine Mysko reading for Smartish Pace on the CityLit Stage at the Baltimore Book Festival on Sept. 29, 2012.
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 ]
In a sense, Travelers with No Ticket Home is a study in ethnobotany, the ways people and their cultures relate to the plants in their environment, the plants in this case being the lush and abundant flora, including hallucinogenic mushrooms, of the tropics, the people being two transplanted Americans fresh out of college. At its best, the book is an immersion in a phantasmagoria of landscapes whose surreal and liminal quality in these pages doubtless ... [ read more ]