Thanks to lover of poetry and poet Rafael Alvarado, I did a blog talk radio interview yesterday about Conversion and my writing process. Billy Burgos was a great host and I answered a few questions I've never been asked before. Click here to listen to the full interview and let me know what you think!
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
This is a busy, busy time! There is so much going on that I thought I'd add a few links here to keep folks abreast of some of the excitement:
- I just love the book t-shirts (Harper Lee might wear the one above) that fierce poet Nicole Sealey hipped me to. Check out the other styles here.
- All the writers are gearing up for the annual AWP Conference this week and the line up is bananas! Hopefully I will be able to contain one of my Road Dawgs (who shall remain nameless to protect the guilty) when this featured Pulitzer Prize winner steps up to the mike in Chocolate City.
- I'm especially fond of AWP these days because they took such care with the interview I conducted with the incomparable Lucille Clifton. It is the cover story of the current issue of the Writer's Chronicle (pictured below) and the article contains a wonderful selection of Ms. Lucille's poems as well.
- Two of my favorite writers have books that hit the shelves recently. One is a posthumous collection from Ai entitled No Surrender and the other is from Afffrilachian poet Nikky Finney entitled Head Off & Split. To make matters better, Finney is promoting her new work the 21st Century way.
- To kick off Black History Month (and send up more 'celebration' for Ms. Lucille), another poet is putting Youtube to use as well. Don't miss a day of Ayodele Heath's performance project 28 Days of Poetry: Poets Make Black History.
- I taught one of Doug Kearney's books in my Craft of Poetry class last year because he is innovative, brilliant and insane...but mostly brilliant. Check out his commentary here at the Poetry Foundation Blog.
- A few years ago, when I had a poem published in Essence, a poet and friend Jarvis Deberry wrote me a note that said, "The only thing better would be the JET!" Now, I don't have a poem in the most recent issue of JET magazine (pictured below), but Nikki Giovanni did mention me by name in her article about the importance of black poetry! My Nana is going to be so proud...especially after I send her 10 copies of the issue :-) Make sure you pick it up too!
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
I was working on another post when I got the news that a fierce poet and good friend, Demetrice Worley, may have a delay in the release of her debut book, Tongues in My Mouth. Do yourself a favor in the New Year and pre-order a copy today! Check out the details from the poetess herself:
My book publisher has informed me that because of slow advance orders for my poetry book, he will be forced to move back the publication date for my book by several months UNLESS advance orders are received within the first two weeks of January 2011.
Advance copies of Tongues in My Mouth are only $9 (+2.50 for shipping and handling), and you can order them on-line at the Main Street Rag Bookstore's Coming Soon page.
According to Nikki Giovanni, national and international poet, “What an opus Demetrice Anntía Worley has created with Tongues in My Mouth. The stark and beautiful truths she explores are ones we ought to know and begin to view. This book needs to be on every desk. Thank you Demetrice Anntía Worley, for your insight. For your bravery. For your soul stirring. Tongues in My Mouth is an important book.”
More detailed information about my book is available on my Tongues in My Mouth blog and ont my Main Street Rag Author's Page.
Without your support, I will not be able to do three book readings in March and April 2011 and the wonderful book launch party I am planning will not occur.
Please order your advance copy today and send me a message letting me know you placed your order. When I receive your message I will send you a Tongues in My Mouth 2011 Calendar. In addition, I will have solid advance book order numbers to show my publisher the interest in my poetry.
If you have already ordered a copy, please send me a message and I will send you the Tongues in My Mouth 2011 Calendar, and I will add your order to the number of advance orders placed.
Please share this information with any of your friends that you think might be interested in buying my book.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Yours in Poetry and Peace,
Demetrice Anntia Worley