Monthly Archives: February 2017

Jean Valentine Wins 2017 Bollingen Prize!

ALSCW member Jean Valentine is the winner of Yale’s 2017 Bollingen Prize for Poetry. Jean read her verse at the ALSCW local meeting in New York City on November 28, 2016, at Barnard University.

“Jean Valentine is fearless when moving into charged territory and in her work we find mystery and surprise in abundance,” said the three-member judging committee. “Without compromising substance or sacrificing a reckoning with painful reality, inequity, and loss, there is solace and spirituality, and she radiates responsibility as a voice of clarity and compassion.” The prize honors Valentine’s most recent book, Shirt in Heaven, published by Copper Canyon Press.
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Washington, DC Local Events: T.R. Hummer and Mike Mattison

Poet and musician T.R. Hummer spoke on the making of High Minded (2010)–an album by his band, AmeriCamera, that fuses poetry and music–at an ALSCW local meeting in Washington DC on February 8th. Hummer’s multi-media presentation was attended by an audience of over one-hundred, and hosted by Catholic University. Hummer is the author of fourteen books of poetry, two books of criticism, and is the former editor of the Kenyon Review and the Georgia Review. An accomplished saxophonist, Hummer was a member of the blues group Little Ronnie and the Grand Dukes, playing on their album, Young and Evil, which was released by Planetary Records in 2001.

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/tr-hummer

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Two-time Grammy winner and author Mike Mattison lectured on Bob Dylan and blues verse composition at an ALSCW local meeting in Washington DC on February 22nd.  Over one-hundred attendees were treated to an evening of analysis and music. Mattison focused on Dylan’s work from Highway 61 Revisited (1965) to Self Portrait (1970), and discussed musical and poetic influences on the Nobel Prize winner’s art.  The event was hosted by Catholic University. Mattison is the co-curator of the feature “Hot Rocks: Songs and Verse” in Five Points: A Journal of Literature and Art, a member of the band Scrapomatic, and of the Tedeschi Trucks Band, which was in DC to play three sold out shows at the Warner Theater.

http://www.mikemattison.com

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