Saturday, January 11, 2014

irregular river

double mobile to BRiver book release 
plus two of br's finest read--

Daniel Harrison Brooks is a recent graduate of LSU's english writing and culture program. He is currently the co-editor-in-chief of the delta literary journal, an annual LSU undergraduate publication, into which he pours most of his blood. His work is informed by liquor and miscommunication.

“The poems of Vernon Fowlkes, Jr. shine with presence and tender care. His eye is widely tuned and closely focused at once, inviting us into deeper, kinder living. He reminds us why we are here.” So says Naomi Shihab Nye, author of Transfer (BOA Editions, 2013) and a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, in describing Fowlkes’ most recent poetry collection, The Sound of Falling (Negative Capability Press, 2013). Of the collection, Coleman Barks says “All the unspoken words and something no one can say; something you want but cannot have. A listening begins to happen and a profound waiting…There is a lot of courage in these poems.” Fowlkes’ work has appeared over the years in numerous journals, both online and in print, including The Southern Review, The Ampersand Review, Negative Capability, Willow Springs, Elk River Review, Birmingham Arts Journal, and The Texas Observer. A 1977 graduate of the LSU Creative Writing program, he is from Mobile, AL, where he lives today.

Born in Cincinnati, Anthony Ramstetter, Jr. is currently a graduate student in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Louisiana State University. A recipient of the Betty Jane Abrahams Memorial Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and the Official Runner-Up for the Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence, Anthony’s writing is in/is forthcoming in Drupe FruitsFive [Quarterly]HTMLGIANT, the Poetry Foundation's Harriet Blog and The Puritan.
Celia Lewis is a native of New Orleans with enduring Alabama roots. Her work most recently appeared in Literary MobileTributaries, and The Xavier Review. She is publisher and co-editor of Rette’s Last Stand: The Poetry of Everette Maddox (Tensaw Press, 2004). Her collection of poems, We Still Live Here (Negative Capability Press), was published in August, 2013.Lewis founded and directed Firehouse Theatre’s Southern Voices poetry series, adapted southern short stories for the stage for South of the Salt Line Foundation, and produced and directed the JJP Readers’ Theatre Series. She holds a master’s from Spring Hill College and has lived in downtown Mobile, AL for over thirty years where she and her husband have been involved in preservation both as a passion and a livelihood.  “…Every poem tells a crisp, textured story that moves the reader out of the solace of memory–with its momentary comfort–and into ambiguity, hardship and danger, where every serious reader of poetry longs to go.”—Ralph Adamo, author of Waterblind and editor of The Xavier Review