I can't believe it has been a month and a half since I lasted posted on The Gefilte Review! Let me blow the cobwebs off the blog and see if I still remember how to network socially.
The Washington Independent Review of Books.
Because venues for book reviews have been so significantly reduced over the past five years, it is really gratifying to know that places like The Washington Independent Review of Books are still doing the heroic work of reading and writing about new collections. Writing book reviews is good for a poet's karma; to that end, one of my mid-year resolutions is to up my own output of reviews to at least four annually. I have a review of Amy Newman's Dear Editor forthcoming in an issue of Pleiades and will soon submit another to the journal. What should I review next? I am very open to suggestions!
In the meantime, the great push to promote Red Army Red has begun. The book launch party happens this Saturday (November 10) at 7 pm, at the Friendship Heights Village Center in Chevy Chase, MD. The great Washington bookstore, Politics & Prose will sell books at the party. Here's a link to the book launch at their site. If you want to attend the event, there's still time to RSVP. So, email me if you're interested in coming. There will be vodka, Eastern European delicacies, and even a custom-made Red Army Red motorcycle that my husband commissioned in honor of the occasion! I'll post pictures of the motorcycle next week...so, vroom vroom.
I've written a piece for the wonderful blog, Writers Read, which gives authors the opportunity to talk about their current reading lists. You can read about the books that are on my night table right here. I always tell my students that they should be reading, reading, reading, in order to ensure that their work doesn't form in a vacuum. Writers Read reinforces the message that writers--in any genre--should be permeable, that we should be moved enough by other books to feel their influence on our own words.