We are thrilled to present the Ocean State Review and Barrow Street at AWP this year. A small correction on this week’s announcements: You can find us at booth #709 in the book fair.
Stop by and browse our current and past OSR issues. Look over the many poetry titles published by Barrow Street. Thanks, and we hope to see you there!
One of our OSR
advising faculty, Mary Cappello, will be speaking on two panels at AWP this year:
1. “Courting the Peculiar: the Ever-Changing Queerness of Creative Nonfiction”
Room 3B, Washington State Convention Center, Level 3 Thursday, February 27, 2014 10:30 am to 11:45 am
What do we mean when we claim that creative nonfiction is a queer genre? Four queer-identified panelists collectively position creative nonfiction as a genre welcoming of writers and writing that embraces the peculiar, courts the unconventional, and opens to forms yet to be imagined. At the turn of the 20th century, Gertrude Stein in Tender Buttons proposed: “Act so that there is no use in a center”; how can practitioners of creative nonfiction today use language to express truths still to come?
Find more info about the panel contributors here
2. ”Modernism and the Lyric Essay”
Room 615/616/617, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Saturday, March 1, 2014 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm
What can Joyce, Woolf, Pound, Eliot, and other modernists teach us about the poetics of the lyric essay? And can answering such a question help the lyric essay find its aesthetic roots? Join us as we discuss how modernist preoccupations with impressionism, self-consciousness, fragmentation, and free association (among other things) can not only inform the way we read, write, and teach lyric essays, but can also help us place this popular genre in the larger tradition of western poetics.
Find out more about this panel of contributors here
Learn more about Mary Cappello’s recent readings in New Queer Writing series; her workshops on “archaeologies of the actual”; and her numerous presentations at various medical schools, including U/Penn, Brown, and Yale, please visit her website: www.marycappello.com
While you are checking out our latest issue of OSR and books by Barrow Street, plan to have your OSR copy signed by some of our dazzling past contributors:
Meg Day–Thursday from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Meg Day was recently selected for Best New Poets of 2013 and is a 2013 recipient for the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry. Find out more about her work here.
Page Hill Strarzinger–Friday from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Page Hill Starzinger is a Barrow Street 2012 Prize Winner and author of Vestigial and unshelter.
Claudia Keelan–Friday from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Claudia Keelan is the author of six books of poetry, including Refinery (Cleveland State Poetry Prize), Utopic (Alice James Books, 2001) and Missing Her (2009) from New Issues Press. A book of translations, Truth of My Songs: The Poems of the Trobairitz, is forthcoming from Omnidawn Press in 2015.
AWP is only one day away! Find us at booth #707 along with Providence poetry press, Barrow Street . Purchase a copy of the journal, or just come to meet the OSR staff and find out more about the ever-growing work of our authors and staff. Hope to see you there!
We are pleased to announce that Josie Sigler, one of our advising URI faculty for The Ocean State Review, has been awarded a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced that Josie Sigler has been selected to receive a FY 2014 $25,000 Creative Writing Fellowship in Prose (fiction). The creative writing fellowship is one of only 38 awarded nationwide. Sigler is the author of living must bury (poems, Fence Books, 2010) and The Galaxie and Other Rides (stories, Livingston Press, 2012).
Sigler was awarded the fellowship based on the manuscript submitted in the application and reviewed through an anonymous process in which the only criteria for review are artistic excellence and artistic merit. She will use her time as a fellow to work on her forthcoming novel, which has also been funded by URI’s Center for the Humanities, the Provost Faculty Development Fund, and the Beaupre Hope & Heritage Fund.
“This is a formidable group of both emerging and well-established writers,” said NEA Acting Director of Literature Amy Stolls. “They demonstrate an impressive range of styles and subject matter. We are proud to recommend each of them for an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship.”
“This amazingly generous fellowship comes at the perfect time as I complete research for my upcoming novel,” Sigler said. “I’m thrilled and honored to have been selected.”
University or Rhode Island English faculty, Josie Sigler, and fellow writer Janaya Kizzie will be reading on Saturday, February 22nd, at 6 pm at Ada Books (717 Westminster St., Providence, RI)
About the readers:
Janaya Kizzie is a historian by trade; she writes short-form horror fiction in her spare time. Influenced by writing from both worlds, from the personal papers of Maimie Pinzer and Nikola Tesla to the works John Hawkes and Clive Barker, her words come from different places and times, like a ransom note.
Josie Sigler’s collection of stories, The Galaxie and Other Rides, was selected for the Ruby Pickens Tartt First Fiction Award and published by Livingston Press in 2012. Her book of poetry, living must bury, winner of the 2010 Motherwell Prize, was published by Fence Books. Her stories and poems have appeared in Story Quarterly, Prism International, Fugue, Water-Stone, Hunger Mountain, Redivider and others. Josie holds a dual PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. She teaches creative writing at University of Rhode Island in Kingston and is currently a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow. Josie is also one of our advising faculty for The Ocean State Review. You can read some of her work on Josie Sigler’s faculty page.
The staff of the Ocean State Review will be in Seattle, WA this year! We will be representing our fine literary journal from the University of Rhode Island, now soon to be publishing our fourth annual issue. We will be at the 2014 annual conference for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs from Wednesday, February 26th to Saturday, March 1st. Join us to talk about our last issue and our upcoming one for 2014. Also, you can purchase a 2013 issue at our booth. You might consider the Ocean State Review for teaching or personal use.
While you’re visiting us at AWP, check out the many other events and presentations available: https://www.awpwriter.org/awp_conference/overview
More details to come…
We’re delighted to announce that we’ve nominated the following for the Pushcart Prize: William Olsen – “I Stop and Look Back Awhile”
Patricia Smith – “To Get Me to Jump”
Joel Long – “Amy Winehouse”
Cole Swensen – “Four Landscapes”
Natanya Ann Pulley – “Animal Kingdom”
Barrie Jean Borich & Laura E. Migliorino – “What the Water Said”
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR WORK!
For those who have yet to read this fantastic issue, please find it for purchase here: http://oceanstatereview.org/current-issue/
Books on the Square hosted poets Peter Covino, URI Professor, founder of Barrow Street, and author of The Right Place to Jump, and James Tolan, CUNY Professor and author of Mass of the Forgotten from Autumn House Press.
- Peter Covino and James Tolan, beaming post-reading.
URI students Derick Ariyam, Meghan Fair, and Aislan.
Jean Walton, Karen Burton, Tim Cavanaugh, and Mary Cappello
James, Peter, and Rachel May