Monday, March 12, 2018



Eileen Tabios, Chris Santiago and Barbara Jane Reyes
sponsored by Philippine American Writers & Artists (PAWA)
6-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 28, 2018
447 Sutter Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
The event is free, open to the public, and include refreshments.

Thursday, March 1, 2018


Michael Simms provides a long-overdue appreciation of Robert Gibb.  You can see it HERE, but here's an excerpt:

Robert Gibb is a poet’s poet. By that phrase I mean that he’s widely admired among poets across the country, but virtually unknown to the public. He’s published a dozen full-length collections and won many awards, including the National Poetry Series, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Pushcart Prize, and a few Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships. His collection After won the 2016 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize chosen by the acclaimed memoirist and poet Mark Doty, and his latest book Among Ruins won the Ernest Sandeen Award from the University of Notre Dame Press. Yet, despite being regarded by many as one of the most important poets in the country, few people outside the poetry field, even in Pittsburgh, know that he exists.
You might say that in the national poetry community Gibb is famous for being unknown. The paradox can be explained perhaps by his unfashionable shyness, his passion for privacy, and his utter lack of narcissism. Gibb is an anomaly in contemporary America, a person who dislikes the limelight and despises self-promotion. He rarely gives readings. He doesn’t attend conferences. Flattery is a foreign tongue to him, and he’s completely at a loss when schmoozing is called for. If you want to talk to him, you’ll have to go to his neighborhood bar where he nurses a beer every Friday evening while talking to his neighbors who have no idea that he’s a major American poet because he’s never mentioned it. And his art is not the only subject he doesn’t discuss with his neighbors. In the poem “On Not Telling Anyone At The Bar,” Gibb explains why he didn’t tell them about the death of his wife:
Because I could not find a place for her death there
In the auspices of gossip and small talk and jokes…

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Louis Proyect over at The Unrepentant Marxist has reviewed Paul Pines' latest, Trolling With the Fisher King. Mr. Proyect calls it "a work of staggering erudition and deep spiritual insights." You can see entire review HERE.

Here is the press release:

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Monday, January 1, 2018


Creative Democracy: The Legacy of Black Mountain College - Art and artifacts by people who were students at the now legendary North Carolina art school (1933-1956)

Exhibition begins: Friday, January 12, 2018
Exhibition Celebration: Friday, March 2, 2018 (6:00pm -10:00pm)
Exhibition ends: Saturday, June 2, 2018
Venue: Main Gallery of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina 

Basil King is represented in this exhibition with twelve recent paintings.  Martha King and Basil King are represented in displays of broadsides, books and magazines in which their literary and art works appeared. 

On March 1, 2018, at 6 PM Basil King will give an evening talk on his experiences as a student at BMC, its impact on his development, and his perspectives regarding the continued and growing interest in Black Mountain ideas.

He and Martha King will be attending the Exhibition Celebration the following night -- 6PM to 10PM.
The exhibition is part of the campus-wide celebration of the legacy of Black Mountain College during Appalachian State University's Spring 2018 semester.  Click this link for descriptions of the campus-wide activities.