Charles Wright, New US Poet Laureate
June 12th, 2014
Charles Wright will be the next Poet Laureate, kicking off his tenure with a Sept. 25 reading of his work.
Wright has 24 poetry collections and two books of essays. A Pulitzer Prize. A National Book Critics Circle Award. A National Book Award. The International Griffin Poetry Prize. A Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. A National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. A term as chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. The Library of Congress’ own award for lifetime achievement in the form.
Smartish Pace 2013 Pushcart Prize Nominations
December 1st, 2013
From Smartish Pace, Issue 20
Carson Cistulli: “Young People Will Have White Hair”
Leah Falk: “Westview Cemetery”
Andrea Henchey: “The Moon Is So Smart”
Timothy Liu: “The Garden of Earthly Delights”
Robert Pinsky: “Funny”
Katia D. Ulysse: “Etiquette”
Smartish Pace Poem on Poetry Daily
May 20th, 2013
Maurice Manning's poem "Going Back to Bimble" appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 20, and re-appears at Poetry Daily. Read the poem here. Thanks Poetry Daily!
Matt McBride & Amy Woolard Nominated for Best New Poets
April 15th, 2013
Smartish Pace nominated Matt McBride's poem "Cities of Advertisers" and Amy Woolard's poem "A Girl Gets Sick of a Rose" for the 2013 Best New Poets anthology. SP is proud to have several winners in the past and wish Matt & Amy the best of luck, though the good poems have been written and luck isn't exactly needed.
Party & Reading Tonight! Saturday April 13th
April 13th, 2013
Issue 19 Reading & Party (with The Great American Canyon Band!)
April 13th, 2013 (7:00pm) -- (11:00pm)
LOCATION: CopyCat Building, 1501 Guilford Ave Baltimore, MD 21202
COST: $10 (includes copy of SP19, free beer & wine)
Issue 19 Reading & Party featuring poets Aaron Belz, Joseph Capista, Michael Collier, Patricia Davis, Deborah Doolittle, Hayden Saunier and Amy Woolard followed by the super hot The Great American Canyon Band! $10 gets you a copy of Issue 19, free beer/wine & a mindblowingly good time. All profit goes to Smartish Pace--a nonprofit organization--and helps fund the printing of our next issue.
Parking: Park on Guilford Ave. if you can (1 block south of 1501 Guilford on bridge is often open) or on Mt. Royal Ave. or any blocks WEST of Guilford (toward Penn Station). There are also inexpensive parking lots near Penn Station (on E. Lanvale between Charles St. & St. Paul) and one next to Club Charles (1724 N. Charles St.).
SP Poet Stephanie Schlaifer on the Radio
April 8th, 2013
Stephanie Schlaifer was featured on UMSL's Women In The Arts broadcast and read "Pictures of the Floating World" from Smartish Pace, Issue 20. Listen here.
Erskine J. Poetry Prize Announced
January 13th, 2013
Here are the winners of the 2012 Erskine J. Poetry Prize. All poems will be published in Smartish Pace.
First Prize: "The Moon Is So Smart" by Andrea Henchey
Second Prize: "Texas" by Mark Wisniewski
Third Prize: "Personal Genomics" byBarbara Perez
"Aubade" by Vanessa Falco
"Spring Fragments" by Brian Hendrickson
"Heart of Hearts" by Gretchen Steele Pratt
"In the Valley of Echoes" by Alan C. Reese
"Room by the Road, by the Hour" and "Swear Jar" by Natalie Shapero
"Rule 8" by Ryan Vine
Prize Judge: Stephen Reichert
2012 Beullah Rose Poetry Prize
December 22nd, 2012
Judges Clare Banks and Traci O'Dea have selected the winners of the 2012 Beullah Rose Poetry Prize. All poems will be published in Smartish Pace, Issue 20.
1st Prize: "Westview Cemetery" by Leah Falk
2nd Prize: "Notes from a Salt Flat Prisoner" by Noel Crook
3rd Prize: "Pictures of the Floating World, Iwate Prefecture" by Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer
"Nairobi, 1992" by Rhonda Collis
"Letter to Gregory with Haymow’s Gold" by Michele Poulos
"Incidental Finding" by Kristin Robertson
"Discord" by Shenandoah Sowash
"Sea Locks" by Shenandoah Sowash
"Secrets" by Simona Chitescu Weik
SP Pushcart Prize Nominations
November 29th, 2012
Smartish Pace 2012 Pushcart Prize Nominations, made by Editor Stephen Reichert
From Issue 19 (April, 2012)
Sherman Alexie: “Sonnet, With Snow”
Aaron Belz: “Strong Emotions”
Alison Pelegrin: “Pantoum of the Endless Hurricane Debris”
Carl Phillips: “Fidelity”
Mary Quade: “Rickey Henderson Breaks the Record for Stolen Bases in a Season”
Jeanne Wagner: “Fanlight”
A Smartish Pace nominated poem won this blickie again last year—Matt Hart’s "Beyond and Beyonder"—and appears in the current Pushcart Prize XXXVII anthology.
Jack Gilbert Dies
November 13th, 2012
Poet Jack Gilbert died Tuesday in Berkeley. He was 87 and had been in assisted care for three years due to dementia. In March, Alfred A. Knopf published Collected Poems, 432 pages encompassing everything that Mr. Gilbert wrote. It has already gone to a third printing, and all his Knopf titles remain in print.