Wednesday, February 26, 2014

News from Cathy DeForest: Al-Mutanabbi Readings and New Work

Twenty seven readings in the US, Europe and the Middle East are scheduled in March to mark the seventh anniversary of the bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street, the ancient bookseller street in Baghdad.

Please join me as I participate in these two readings in SF:
 1. The Great Overland Book Company (Bookstore) San Francisco, California  - 
       Coordinator - Beau Beausoleil and Andrea Hassiba
       March 5, 7:30 - 9:pm - at The Great Overland Book Company, 345 Judah
       Street (at ninth avenue)

2. San Francisco.San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California - Coordinator - Ozlem Ayse
       Ozgur - March 6th, 7-9pm, San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall, 800 Chestnut
       San Francisco, CA.

If you are in Oregon, consider coming to these readings:
1. Portland, Oregon  - Coordinators - Bill Denham and Laura Russell - March 5, 7-9pm,
    Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark Street, Portland, Oregon
2. Atelier 6000 in Bend, Oregon - Coordinators - Julie Winter and Patricia Clark
       March 6, 4:30 - 7 pm - Atelier 6000 389 SW Scalehouse Ct. #120 - Bend, Oregon

For readings in London, Boston, Newfoundland and beyond, check out:

I will be reading from my book Ink and Blood, created for the al-Mutanabbi Street Project. For more info, check out:

For poetry lovers everywhere:

A beautiful new book of poetry from Kim Stafford, Legacy of Beginning: Poems in Bhutan, has been published by Larkspur Press. The hand-sewn book contains wood engravings by the artist Wesley Bates. Stafford writes in the book’s preface:

"In the winter of 2011 … I gathered a band of ten writers from America and one from Poland for a creative pilgrimage to the kingdom of Bhutan. These poems were written as we sat together around the bukhari, the iron stove where pine crackled and winter kept us close. The poems are informed by the Buddist notion of four dimensions for each encounter, from the visible to the increasingly mysterious and important."

Centennial Portrait

If you love William Stafford's poetry, check out the artists' books Derek and I letterpress printed in honor of his Centennial:

Hidden and Revealed: Stafford Aphorisms