JULY Readings : There are a few before people skip town, but I wish you all a great summer, may you enjoy it reading on the beach or between hikes up mountains. And for those of you who write, may you find new and exciting texts in yourselves!!!
For end of June listings, check the previous post, as there are events the 29th & 30th June!!!
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List is in 3 parts:
I) READINGS by Date
II) Creative Writing Workshops
III) News Reviews & Reviews News: publications, calls for work, misc ads (conversation too this month).
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PART I: READINGS & EVENTS
**1 July at 19h: Poetry reading for annual TAMASS/Reid Hall TRANSLATION workhop reading. This is a lovely garden reading and a great way to celebrate the end of the year, the beginning of the next! Unfortunately I don’t have the participants’ names, but they are excellent poets you would all be foolish to miss!!! Organized by Cole Swensen & Sarah Riggs. At: Reid Hall, 4 rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Metro Vavin.
*1 July 19h30 Evenings with an Author: Prize-winning author Joseph O'Neill reads from his novel ‘Netherland.’ AT: The American Library in Paris • 10, rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris, France • Tel. +33 (0)1 53 59 12 60
1 JULY: ABBEY BOOKSHOP 20TH BIRTHDAY PARTY: THE ABBEY BOOKSHOP PREND PIGNON SUR RUE DANS LA RUE DE LA PARCHEMINERIE, 5e, Paris.... The medieval cloister of St. Severin Church, just across the rue de la Parcheminerie from the Abbey Bookshop, will make a picturesque setting for our maple-syrup flavoured medieval festival (Costumes optional): Join us over a glass of hippocras (a special spiced wine favoured by monks) or mead (q.v.) & listen to -perhaps even learn to dance to - a few hits from the 12th to the 16th Centuries played by contemporary musicians on authentic instruments. Also: Rue de la Parcheminerie was formerly (up until around the year 1450!) known as the “Rue des Escrivains”: so come see a scribe practicing this very art on the street where his predecessors began the book trade a millenium ago. Warning: At some point during the event Canadians in attendance may be called upon to sing, chant, hum or whistle their national anthem on this occasion which coincides with our national holiday. All ages welcome, all friends, old & new: customers & kibbitzers, employees of years past: come, rain or shine. firstname.lastname@example.org
*1er juillet à 19h : Rencontre avec ANNE DELABRE et DIDIER ROTH-BETTONI pour la parution de leur essai Le cinéma français et l'homosexualité (Danger public). Contrairement aux États-Unis où la censure obligeait les cinéastes à n'évoquer l'homosexualité qu'avec prudence, le cinéma français a mis en scène dès ses débuts des gays et des lesbiennes dans tous les registres du 7è art : le Sang d'un poète de Jean Cocteau (1930), Olivia de Jacqueline Audry avec Edwige Feuillère (1950), par exemple. Dans les années 70, des films comme la Cage aux folles ou la Meilleure façon de marcher montrent, au-delà de la farce ou du drame, une réflexion sur la condition homosexuelle, tout comme des comédies récentes (Gazon maudit ou la série Clara Scheller). Mais l'histoire de la représentation homosexuelle au cinéma et à la télévision côtoit aussi la censure (les Amitiés particulières, la Religieuse...), la caricature et la provocation. Ponctué d'entretiens avec des acteurs, réalisateurs et producteurs, cet ouvrage où l'on retrouve des grands classiques, des comédies de série B, des succès populaires et des films d'auteurs retrace une histoire moins taboue et plus chaotique qu'on ne l'imagine. Anne Delabre et Didier Roth-Bettoni sont journalistes indépendants. A. Delabre est l'auteure du guide Paris Gayment (Parigramme) et de Clémentine Autain, portrait (Danger public). D. Roth-Bettoni a publié l'Homosexualité au cinéma (La Musardine) et l'Homosexualité aujourd'hui (Milan, coll. Les Essentiels). AT : Violette & Co, 102 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, M° Charonne ou Faidherbe-Chaligny. www.violetteandco.com/librairie/
*2 July at 7pm.New York University will sponsor an event with Nicole Krauss, author of The History of Love. Nicole Krauss was raised on Long Island where she felt she had "the last American childhood." As a child, she was very creative, coming up with games such as "Office" where she pretended to be a travel agent & set up vacations for tourists. In her 20s,she wrote poetry, which she said "felt like the great goal of the language." Krauss graduated from Stanford, & went on to receive degrees from Oxford University, where she studied as a Marshall Scholar, & the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She has been a finalist for the Yale Younger Poet's Prize, & her poetry has appeared in publications such as the Paris Review, Ploughshares, & Doubletake. After she completed a thesis at Oxford on Joseph Cornell, she abruptly quit poetry, & what she called the "impossible quest for poetic precision." Krauss' first novel Man Walks Into a Room was published in 2002 & shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. The History of Love was released in early 2005 & was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2006. Krauss' fiction has also appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Harper's, & Best American Short Stories. The author will be introduced by the American novelist Anne Marsella AT: The Village Voice Bookstore, 6 rue Princesse, Paris 6°, m° St Germain, or Mabillon. http://www.villagevoicebookshop.com/index.html
*2 juillet à 19h : EN FRANCAIS: Debat à Shakespeare et Co.Dans le cadre du Festival Nous n'irons pas à Avignon (Gare au Théâtre, Vitry sur Seine), la Compagnie Torquemada propose Penetrator d'Anthony Neilson (du 8 au 12 juillet à 21h) et la Compagnie du Corbeau Blanc Gertrude – Le Cri d'Howard Barker (du 15 au 19 juillet à 21h). Le débat portera sur les moyens de la provocation, celle-ci étant au cœur du théâtre de ces deux célèbres auteurs anglais. Barker, le théoricien, lettré et académique (peut-être moins qu'il ne le pense...) et Neilson, le jeune chien fou de l'In Yer Face Drama, ont tous deux fait de l'agression du spectateur un type d'expression dramatique à part entière. Au-delà de leurs différences, pourront-ils s'entendre ? Participants : Compagnie du Corbeau Blanc : Sophie Millon (comédienne, Gertrude), Günther Leschnick (metteur en scène), certains comédiens du projet. Compagnie Torquemada : Fabienne Maître (metteur en scène), certains comédiens du projet. AT: Shakespeare & Co., 35 rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel. http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/
4 July 10h00-19h00 Used Book Sale all day at the American Library. AT: The American Library in Paris • 10, rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris, France • Tel. +33 (0)1 53 59 12 60
**6 july at 19h30 : Bilingual event (in English, translated into French) In collaboration with New York University of Paris, Shakespeare and Company presents Jonathan Safran Foer, the author of the bestselling novels Everything Is Illuminated, named Book of the Year by The Los Angeles Times and the winner of numerous awards, including The Guardian First Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and the New York Public Library Young Lions Prize, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Foer was one of Rolling Stone's 'People of the Year' and Esquire's 'Best and Brightest.' His new book, Eating Animals, which looks at why we eat animals, will be published in November. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Praise for Everything is Illuminated: 'Not since... A Clockwork Orange has the English language been simultaneously mauled and energized with such brilliance and such brio' – New York Times Book Review AT: Shakespeare & Co., 35 rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel. http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/
**7th July 19h30: IVY Writers in English with Mark Wallace & K. Lorraine Graham. Mark Wallace is the author of a number of books and chapbooks of poetry, fiction, and criticism. “Temporary Worker Rides A Subway” won the 2002 Gertrude Stein Poetry Award and was published by Green Integer Books. He is the author of a multi-genre work, “Haze”, and a novel, “Dead Carnival”. His critical articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, and along with Steven Marks, he edited “Telling It Slant: Avant Garde Poetics of the 1990s” (University of Alabama Press), a collection of 26 essays by different writers. Most recently he has published a collection of tales, “Walking Dreams”, and a book of poems, “Felonies of Illusion”. He teaches at California State University, San Marcos. K. Lorraine Graham is a writer and visual artist. Graham is the author of “Terminal Humming” (Edge Books, 2009), as well as the recording “Moving Walkways” (Narrowhouse Recordings, 2006) and numerous chapbooks, including “And so for you there is no heartbreak” (Dusie Kollektiv, 2008), “Diverse Speculations Descending Therefrom” (Dusie Kollektiv, 2007), “See It Everywhere” (Big Game Books, 2006), “Terminal Humming” (Slack Buddha Press, 2004), With Mark Wallace, 1994-2004 (Subpoetics Self-Publish or Perish, 2004), “Dear [Blank] I Believe in Other Worlds” (Phylum Press, 2003) and “It Does Not Go Back” (Subpoetics Self-Publish or Perish, 2002). “Large Waves to Large Obstacles” is forthcoming from Take Home Project. Other work has appeared or is forthcoming in reviews such as Traffic, Area Sneaks, and Foursquare. She currently lives in southern California. You can find her online at terminalhumming.blogspot.com AT : Le Next, 17 rue Tiquetonne 75002 Paris, M° Etienne Marcel / RER Les Halles, Gratuit! Free! Infos: http://ivywritersparis.blogspot.com/
*8 July 19h30 Evenings with an Author: Sichan Siv, former US Ambassador to the UN, presents ‘Golden Bones: An Extraordinary Journey from Hell in Cambodia to a New Life in America.’ AT: The American Library in Paris • 10, rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris, France • Tel. +33 (0)1 53 59 12 60
8 juillet à 19h : Rencontre avec EVELYNE ACCAD pour une conférence sur "Femmes cherchent liberté en zones de guerre" et chants interpétés par l'auteure. "L'importance de l'incorporation d'un discours sur la sexualité dans la formulation d'une théorie féministe révolutionnaire est devenue plus évidente pour moi lorsque je commençai à analyser la guerre du Liban. La guerre elle-même semble étroitement liée à la façon dont les gens perçoivent et vivent l'amour et le pouvoir, ainsi que leurs relations avec leurs partenaires, leur famille, la société toute entière. L'argument a souvent été utilisé que les problèmes des femmes détournent de l'effort de guerre, que les guerres créent de telles situations de désespoir qu'ils en deviennent secondaires et que si le "bon" côté triomphe ils seront automatiquement résolus. Ma thèse est inverse. Pour moi, la sexualité est fondamentalement impliquée dans les motivations des guerres et si les problèmes posés par les femmes étaient pris en compte, les guerres pourraient être évitées, les luttes révolutionnaires et les mouvements de libération prendraient une voie différente. La justice ne peut triompher par l'injustice." Evelyne Accad est née à Beyrouth. Ecrivaine, chanteuse/compositrice, poète, elle est aussi professeure émérite de Littérature comparée, francophone et arabophone, d'Etudes africaines et féministes à l'Université de l'Illinois et à la Lebanese American University de Beyrouth. Elle est l'auteure de nombreux ouvrages, études et romans en anglais et en français (traduits dans plusieurs langues) parus chez Spinifex, An-Nahar, Aloès, Côté-femmes, Heinemann, Indigo, L'Harmattan.... Elle a reçu de nombreux prix dont le prix Phénix 2001 pour Voyage en cancer, le prix France-Liban de l'ADELF en 1994 pour Des femmes, des hommes et la guerre : fiction et réalité au Proche-Orient.AT : Violette & Co, 102 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, M° Charonne ou Faidherbe-Chaligny. www.violetteandco.com/librairie/
*13 July at 19h30 In collobaration with New York University of Paris, Shakespeare and Company presents Matthew Rohrer and Joshua Beckman reading a selection of their poetry. Matthew Rohrer is the author of They All Seemed Asleep, Rise Up and A Green Light, which was shortlisted for the 2005 Griffin International Poetry Prize. He is also the author of Satellite, Nice Hat. Thanks. (with Joshua Beckman) and A Hummock in the Malookas, a winner of the National Poetry Series. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Hopwood Award for Poetry and an M.F.A from the University of Iowa. Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of six books, including Take It (forthcoming in 2009), Shake and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer: Nice Hat. Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He is an editor at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including Poker by Tomaz Salamun, which was a finalist for the PEN America Poetry in Translation Award. He is also the recipient of numerous other awards, including a NYFA fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. AT: Shakespeare & Co., 35 rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel. http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/
*14 July: 7pm IN LONDON: Forgive the promotion, but as this is an event celebrating people from paris heading over to the UK reading with other UK and Australian authors, I wanted to make mention of it!!! OXFAM POETRY SERIES in tandem with the 14-day UK festival BOOKFEST invites you to a poetry reading with UK, USA & Australian poets: Barbara Beck, David Caddy, Jennifer K Dick, Brentley Frazer, Rufo Quintavalle, George VanceJonathan Wonham They will be introduced by UK poet Todd Swift, Oxfam’s poet in residence. The Oxfam poetry series has been running for six years, since 2004, when it was launched by Sir Andrew Motion & Wendy Cope. In that time, the series has featured over 100 leading poets, & raised tens of thousands of pounds for Oxfam's work to alleviate poverty & suffering. AT: Oxfam Books and Music, 91 Marylebone High Street London, W1. Baker street tube station +7-10 minute walk. http://www.oxfammarylebone.co.uk/ Please note this is not Marylebone Road. RSVP & book in advance via Contact Martin Penny at Tel: 0207 4873570 or via email at email@example.com
*20 July at 7pm: Ruth Waterman will be reading from When Swan Lake Comes to Sarajevo: Musical Journeys into the Aftermath of War. When Ruth Waterman first went to Bosnia in 2002 to conduct the Mostar Sinfonietta, she found herself encountering the peace that comes after a war. When Swan Lake Comes to Sarajevo is an account of her experiences, in turn frustrating, hilarious, disturbing and touching, as she returned year after year to perform and conduct and teach the little multi-ethnic orchestra. A humane and down-to-earth description of the nuts and bolts of daily life there, this is about the connections made through music, and the rebuilding of a town, a bridge, a community. Interspersed are stories of war and peace by the Bosnians themselves, acts of witness that reveal their courage, despair, resilience and humour. The intermingling of narrative and first-hand accounts builds a mosaic that offers a visceral introduction to an unfamiliar world where people simply want to 'live a normal life'. A celebrated concert violinist, Ruth may also play some music tonight.
23 Juillet 19h30: CONCERT Beer Necessities présente Lucinda Williams and Buick 6; Eric Schermerhorn / Jeffery Lyster (Guitars) Butch Norton (Drums) David Sutton (Bass) en concert. Prix des places par points de vente habituelles 38.50euros at www.alhambra-paris.com ou fnac/virgin/digitick etc. AT : l'Alhambra, 21, rue Yves Toudic Paris 75010.
*27 July: At 5.30pm there will be readings from students at the Paris American Academy, presented by their teacher Rolf Potts. Rolf will then read at 7pm from his recent travel book Marco Polo Didn't Go There. The Paris American Academy, hosts a month-long creative writing workshop (www.pariswritingworkshop.com) each July and has done so for the last 25 years. This year's participants will read short selections from such varied genres as travel writing, short fiction, poetry, memoir, playwriting, and literary journalism. AT: Shakespeare & Co., 35 rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel. http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/
*27 July at 7pm: Rolf Potts reads his own work. Potts has reported from more than 50 countries for the likes of National Geographic Traveler, the New York Times Magazine, Slate.com, Conde Nast Traveler, Outside, The Believer, The Guardian (U.K.), National Public Radio, and the Travel Channel. A veteran travel columnist for the likes of Salon.com and World Hum, his adventures have taken him across six continents, and include piloting a fishing boat 900 miles down the Laotian Mekong, hitchhiking across Eastern Europe, traversing Israel on foot, bicycling across Burma, and driving a Land Rover from Sunnyvale, California to Ushuaia, Argentina. Potts is perhaps best known for promoting the ethic of independent travel, and his book on the subject, Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel has been through ten printings and translated into several foreign languages. His latest book is Marco Polo Didn't Go There: Stories and Revelations From One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer (Travelers' Tales, 2008).Rolf's essays have appeared in over 20 literary anthologies, and 16 of his stories have been short-listed for The Best American Travel Writing. AT: Shakespeare & Co., 35 rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel. http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/
PART II: Creative Writing Workshops in Paris this summer & starting Sept too:
PARIS WRITERS : news updates. With much more to come ! On Laurel Zuckerman’s new and developing blog! Check it out on http://www.laurelzuckerman.com/2009/06/paris-writers-news-update-june-2009-.html
Faber Academy WORKSHOP at Shakespeare & Co: “Sense & Sensuality” with Erica Wagner & Helen Dunmore from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th August 2009. See posting for June Readings for full details. Or go directly to More information on the courses & the Faber Academy can be found at http://www.faberacademy.co.uk/
MEMOIR, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Courses with John Baxter: August. With the long-running Paris Writers Workshop taking a sabbatical this year, co-director JOHN BAXTER is offering a series of three-day Master Classes on the writing of memoir, biography and autobiography. Attendance at a Master Classics costs €475, €100 deposit on registration. Participants are not required to have published before, or completed a manuscript, though a sample of writing, not more than 20 pages, will be required before the Class commences. For further information, access the Paris Writers Workshop website at http://www.pariswritersworkshop.org/ or email John direct at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CREATIVE WRITING: “A song is no song unless the circumstance is free and fine.” Emerson. First session September 17, 2009: Ten Thursdays, weekly class, 2:30 to 5:30 pm with 20-minute pause in the middle. Write poetry. Play with forms & other arts. Compose in journals. Read writers on writing, in a supportive environment. Allow your creativity to flourish. Free write. Read inspiring authors, edit, exchange, all in good company. Participate in a public reading at the end of the class. Be guided toward publication. Location: An atelier surrounded by greenery in Paris’ Ménilmontant neighborhood—near art centers La Maroquinerie and La Bellevilleoise. 84 rue de Ménilmontant (center for Tamaas Association, http://www.tamaas.org/), Paris 20ième, metro Ménilmontant, Pyrenées, Jaurès. Class led by poet, artist, and essayist Sarah Riggs, author of Waterwork, Chax Press ’07, Chain of Minuscule Decisions in the Form of a Feeling, Reality Street, ’07, Word Sightings, Routledge, ’02, as well as in French translation, 28 Télégrammes, 60 Textos, and 43 Post-Its (Attente, trans. F. Valéry’06, ’08, ’09). Riggs has taught creative writing at Columbia University in Paris, and has a doctorate from the University of Michigan in poetry & visual media. She’s had solo shows in Paris and Montreal, and is the director of the intercultural arts non-profit Tamaas, and an active member of Double Change, the bilingual French-American poetry association. Fee, 300 € Reserve for limited spots, Sarah Riggs, email@example.com, 06.62.57.70.40
For other classes this summer, stop into Shakespeare & Co and see what they are running!
PART III: A little Reviews News & New Reviews (calls for work, publications, conversation exchange, etc…)
SUMMER POETRY SALE!!! : University of Pittsburgh, is having a summer poetry sale. 50% off dozens of titles bought through their website. Go to www.upress.pitt.edu, click on Summer Poetry Sale to see the list. When checking out, enter the promo code, Poetry09, to receive the discount. Sale continues until August 1.
OFFERING FRENCH CONVERSATION or Spanish for English : PhD candidate, Consuelo, seeks a conversation exchange. Someone who would enjoy helping her speak English in exchange for French or Spanish. Contact her at: Maria-Consuelo.Biskupovic@ehess.fr
SEEKING ENGLISH MUSEUM & ACTIVITIES Partner: Preparing to give a talk in the UK this summer on Jaques Tati, EHESS PhD student Stephanie is looking for someone to chat with in English (also interested in exchange if you need help in French, too). She would love to see museums, films, etc. with someone, talk about them, keep up her English while not in school, etc. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
CONTEST: Deadline: July 15, 2009, Entry Fee: $10; Web site: www.literal-latte.com; E-mail address: email@example.com; A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a single poem. Submit up to six poems of no more than 2,000 words each with a $10 entry fee by July 15. E-mail or visit the Web site for complete guidelines. Literal Latté, Poetry Award, 200 East 10th Street, Suite 240, New York, NY 10003. (212) 260-5532. Jenine Gordon Bockman, Editor.
READ!: The June 25th, 2009 Ferment Editorial "Precision in Poetry and Mathematics" can now be read on Ferment Magazine at: http://www.fermentmagazine.org/Editorial2/editorial.html