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Ibtisam Barakat reads at World Poetry Conference in Venezuela August 22, 2009

This poem is from my friend and writer Ibtisam Barakat:

Dear Friends,

The poem Palestine that I opened with at the World Poetry Conference in Venezuela last month was in Arabic and Spanish. Today I recorded it in English and you can find it on You Tube. Have a look and have a wonderful day.

Ibtisam.

Palestine poem in English:

Palestine poem Arabic and Spanish:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXKa1ZBacug

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Is there a manuscript up there on your shelf? August 5, 2009

typewriterAnderbo.com wants to post ONE unpublished entire novel by Dec.1/09 for at least the following 6 months. Send the FIRST 30 PAGES (10,000 words) of your e-manuscript and within 60 days you’ll hear if Anderbo wants to see more. NO READING FEE; all literary rights remain with the author. No submissions after Sept.1. Anderbo will pay $300 to the author upon winning novel’s posting. http://www.anderbo.com/guidelines.html

 

Dear Frank McCourt has passed, 1930-2009 July 20, 2009

20mccourt.xlarge2Along with Dostoyevsky and F. Scott Fitzgerald, this is one of my favorite passages of all time. From Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes:

“When I look back on my childhood, I wonder how I survived at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: The happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.

“People everywhere brag and whimper about the woes of their early years, but nothing can compare with the Irish version: the poverty; the shiftless loquacious alcoholic father; the pious defeated mother moaning by the fire; pompous priests; bullying schoolmasters; the English and all the terrible things they did to us for 800 long years.”

Read more about Frank McCourt’s life here.

Another great link to Frank McCourt.

And a Facebook note.

 

Presenting Mitzi TV July 12, 2009

If there’s one blog I like to read consistently, it’s the saucy author Mitzi Szereto’s. Here, Mitzi steps in to the third dimension with her new Mitzi TV and ventures into Central London to meet up with the Westminster Morris Men, a team of Morris Dancers who do a lot more than shake their booty. This London expat lass is bawdy funny. Visit her blog here or view on YouTube below. Join Mitzi’s Facebook fan page here.

 

Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood: Storytelling NYC Style July 3, 2009

steigtopnavMr. Beller’s Neighborhood began publishing in the Spring of 2000 and has so far published over a thousand pieces of original writing. In 2002 it was nominated for a Webby Award in the Print and Zine category. That same year, a collection of selected pieces from the site appeared in book form,
Before and After: Stories from New York. Another anthology is in the works.

Illo by Elisha CooperThe site combines a magazine with a map. It uses the external, familiar landscape of New York City as a way of organizing the wildly internal, often unfamiliar emotional landscapes of the city dweller. Visit Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood.

For a funny tale by Rick Rofihe of anderbo.com, click here.

 

A play named Mother June 8, 2009

motherMy friend Andrew is producing a play called “Mother.” Just the title alone is intriguing enough to make it worth attending, but there’s also a special preview price. Here’s the info:

Please join us for the world premiere of MOTHER by Lisa Ebersole. Directed by Andrew Grosso and produced by Andrew Cahill; starring BUCK HENRY and HOLLAND TAYLOR Lisa Ebersole, Haskell King, David Rosenblatt. Discounted $20 preview tickets are available July 8, 9, 10, 11 @ 8pm through this link or call 212-352-0255, discount code – FBOOK. Performances continue July 13–August 1, Monday & Wednesday-Saturday @ 8pm. Tickets are $25 through this link or call 212-352-0255

 

Poetry Journal Feature: TinFish Press June 6, 2009

tinfishA non-profit organization founded in 1995 by Susan M. Schultz, Tinfish Press publishes a journal of experimental poetry from the Pacific, including Hawai`i, New Zealand/Aotearoa, Australia, California, and western Canada. The press also produces books and chapbooks of poetry and experimental prose, some of it written in Hawai`i Creole English (Pidgin). Each publication is designed by artists living in Hawai`i, under the direction of cover-girl, Gaye Chan. Tinfish uses recycled materials, including tarpaper, weather maps, proof sheets, and hamburger sleeves to cover its always un-recycled poetry and prose. For more on TinFish, click here.