The Importance of Activist Authors–It’s No Good by Kirill Medvedev

By David Blomenberg, Reviews Editor There’s a certain renegade quality to the publishing of this book that resonates not only with the disposition of the activist poet it introduces to the English-reading public, but also chimes with Russia itself, the country whose health—both political and artistic—is always at the heart of Medvedev’s work. There’s a … Continue reading The Importance of Activist Authors–It’s No Good by Kirill Medvedev

A Conversation with Poet A. E. Watkins: The Metamorphosis of a Manuscript

By David Blomenberg, Reviews Editor Moving from a collection of various poems to a book manuscript is a strange, intuitive, almost spooky process.  What brings a collection together?  Recently I sat down with poet A. E. Watkins to talk with him about the genesis and metamorphosis of the manuscript of his first book, Dear, Companion, … Continue reading A Conversation with Poet A. E. Watkins: The Metamorphosis of a Manuscript

New Work from Alice Notley

By David Blomenberg, Reviews Editor This just in: Alice Notley, whose recent book was reviewed on Sycamore blog (see link here), unveiled a portion of a new work, as yet unpublished, titled For the Ride, at a reading in San Francisco last month.  You can see the video below:

What I’m Reading: The Flying Creatures of Fra Angelico by Antonio Tabucchi

By David Blomenberg, Reviews Editor While Tabucchi, winner of the Prix Medicis for foreign literature as well as the Italian PEN prize, isn’t an author that claims much recognition in the U. S., he’s got quite a catalogue of works.  Only a handful have been translated into English, something Archipelago Books has been trying to remedy … Continue reading What I’m Reading: The Flying Creatures of Fra Angelico by Antonio Tabucchi

What I’m Reading: Joshua Cohen on the Internet Age

By David Blomenberg, Reviews Editor Joshua Cohen–an innovative and prolific writer with five books released at the still-green age of 32–has a fascinating interview out on The Millions this week that’s well worth checking out, here.  His Witz was the genesis (and end) of many a To-Be-Read booklist on its release back in 2010.  His … Continue reading What I’m Reading: Joshua Cohen on the Internet Age