Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Two NEW Happenings at TWO SYLVIAS PRESS!




Dear Friends, 

This last year has been filled with much change both personally and professionally. I moved from my home of 19 years and Two Sylvias Press found an incredible office space with a view of both Seattle and the ferry. We're thrilled!

Because of that, my blog has drifted into the area of "things I forget to do..." But in this next year, I hope to either move towards more writing here or on my space at Medium here: 


https://medium.com/@kelliagodon/latest
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BUT I have been busy!  Mostly at Two Sylvias Press, which brings me to what I'd love to share with you, two things that you may be interested in:


The first is the Two Sylvias Press Wilder Series Book Prize for Women Over 50!


We currently have a call for submissions open for a full-length poetry book manuscript for women over 50. Deadline: November 30, 2016.

The Wilder Series Book Prize is open to women over 50 years of age (established or emerging poets) and includes a $1000 prize, publication by Two Sylvias Press, 20 copies of the winning book, and a vintage, art nouveau pendant. Women submitting manuscripts may be poets with one or more previously published chapbooks/books or poets without any prior chapbook/book publications. (We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are significantly female-identified.)

All manuscripts will be considered for publication. 


http://twosylviaspress.com/advent-calendar-prompts.html







And the second is something new and fun for December-- An ONLINE Advent Calendar of Poetry Prompts (I kid you not!) created by Two Sylvias Press:



Each day, you click on the number to reveal a new poetry prompt! You can look back at prompts, but you can't open them all at once--just like an advent calendar!


Makes a great gift too! 

http://twosylviaspress.com/advent-calendar-prompts.html


Oh and here's a sample prompt:



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So while I may have been away from this blog, I've still been productive in other parts of life. 

Hoping this finds you writing and settling into fall wonderfully!


xo,
Kells








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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Write New Poems this Summer with Two Sylvias Press! in--- in

Here's something I'm involved in



Spend the summer writing poems! 
Two Sylvias Press is offering a from-your-own-home/on-your-own-time 4-Week Online Poetry Retreat (July OR August sessions). Annette Spaulding-Convy & Kelli Russell Agodon & Kelli Russell Agodon will be sending out prompts, inspiration, creativity tips as well a free copy of The Daily Poet (or other book of poems) & a new journal to help inspire your summer.

At the end of the session, Annette & Kelli will respond to two of your poems and offer you ideas of where to submit your work.

Because of the personal response aspect, there's only a limited number of spaces available, so if you'd like to sign up, here's the link: http://twosylviaspress.com/online-poetry-retreat.html

Thanks for supporting indie presses!

~ Kells 

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Thursday, March 03, 2016

The NEW Editor of NY Times Magazine's Poetry Column is Matthew Zapruder @matthewzapruder CONGRATS!

This just in...


Saint Mary's College Professor, Acclaimed Poet, Matthew Zapruder
Named New York Times Magazine's New Poetry Column Editor


Saint Mary's College of California English professor and critically acclaimed poet Matthew Zapruder has been named the new poetry column editor for The New York Times Magazine. As the column editor, Zapruder will select and introduce poems each week for the prestigious 120-year-old national Sunday magazine. Zapruder succeeds former U.S. Poet Laureate and Emory University Professor Natasha Trethewey. His appointment begins March 6, 2016 and runs until the spring of 2017.

School of Liberal Arts Dean Sheila Hassell Hughes said Zapruder's latest honor is an inspiration to his students and to all in the Saint Mary's community. “Matthew is a rising poetry rock star. His work is terrific and is garnering all kinds of recognition. What's especially wonderful for us is that his first thought is always, ‘How can I use this experience to benefit Saint Mary’s students?”

An associate professor in Saint Mary's English Department, Zapruder teaches in and directs the College's MFA in Creative Writing Program, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. He said he is thrilled to have the opportunity to share poetry with the magazine’s large online audience and nearly 4 million print readers, who come to the newspaper for the news of the world.

“I like the idea that someone would turn the page of The New York Times Magazine and see a poem, and that those words in the poem would have a chance to follow up on, refract, amplify, reconfigure, the language of culture and news,” said Zapruder. “The poem gets a chance to exist in a place that is not isolated or rarified. It gets to be a part of life, and we get to read it that way, too.”

Zapruder is the author of several collections of poetry, including Sun Bear (2014), Come on All You Ghosts (2010), The Pajamaist(2006), and American Linden (2002), For You in Full Bloom (2009), a collaboration with painter Chris Uphues, and Secret Weapon: Selected Late Poems (2008), Romanian poet Eugen Jebeleanu’s last collection, which he co-translated with historian Radu Ioanid.

His poems have been included in the anthologies Best American Poetry (2013, 2009), Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll(2007), and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (2006), as well as Poets on Teaching: A Sourcebook (2010).Why Poetry, a book of prose about reading poetry for a general audience, is forthcoming in early 2017.
Zapruder’s poetry has also been adapted by some of America’s most exciting young composers. In fall 2012, his poetry was adapted and performed at Carnegie Hall by composer Gabriel Kahane and Brooklyn Rider, with a recording of those works forthcoming in 2016. Composer Missy Mazzoli, along with Victoire and Glenn Kotche, performed “Vespers for a New Dark Age,” a piece commissioned by Carnegie Hall for the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival, and was released as a recording on New Amsterdam records in spring 2015.

He is also the recipient of many honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the May Sarton Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Zapruder lives with his family in Oakland and is also editor at large for Wave Books, one of America’s premier independent poetry presses.

About Saint Mary's MFA Program in Creative Writing
Founded in 1995, the MFA Program in Creative Writing is a two-year course of study leading to a graduate degree in creative fiction, nonfiction or poetry. MFA program alumni have published over 60 books, published in numerous journals and periodicals and won many distinguished literary prizes. After 20 years, the program continues to thrive, distinguishing itself with its award-winning faculty and opportunities for students in the areas of teaching, publishing, and community engagement. Noted poet and Saint Mary’s English Professor Matthew Zapruder directs the program. For more information visit stmarys-ca.edu/mfa-in-creative-writing.

~ Kells 

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