September 22nd, 2010 / 11:55 am

Live Giants #8: A Crew of Mary Ruefle

In celebration of the release of Mary Ruefle’s Selected Poems from Wave, the eighth installment of the Live Giants online readings series will be next Tuesday, September 28th, at 8PM Eastern. This time we’ll be broadcasting live from two different cities, Chicago and New York, with small crews of local poets in each place reading from Mary’s work, all available for watching here on the site from your computer.

Here’s the specs on the two crews:

Jaswinder Bolina received his MFA from the University of Michigan in 2003 and his PhD from Ohio University in 2010. His first book, Carrier Wave, won the 2006 Colorado Prize for Poetry and was published in 2007. He is the 2010-11 Liberal Arts and Sciences Emerging Poet-in-Residence at Columbia College Chicago.

Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and the author, most recently, of the essay collection For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs. With Elisa Gabbert, she is the co-poet of That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness and Don’t ever stay the same; keep changing.

Suzanne Buffam is the author of two collections of poetry, The Irrationalist (Canarium Books / House of Anansi, 2010) and Past Imperfect (House of Anansi, 2005).  She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Chicago.

John Beer is the author of the poetry collection The Waste Land and Other Poems (Canarium Books, 2010). Beer’s criticism has appeared in Verse, the Denver Quarterly, Chicago Review, and other magazines. He is a theater columnist for Time Out Chicago.

Jordan Davis is the author of Million Poems Journal. He is a columnist for The Constant Critic and his poems and essays have appeared in The Poker, The Germ, Shiny, Poetry Foundation, the TLS, Slate, Boston Review, and The Nation. He co-edits The Hat, an annual journal.

Dorothea Lasky is the author of two full-length collections of poetry: AWE (Wave Books, 2007) and Black Life (Wave Books, 2010). She is also the author of five chapbooks: Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010), Tourmaline (Transmission Press, 2008), The Hatmaker’s Wife (2006), Art (H_NGM_N Press, 2005), and Alphabets and Portraits (Anchorite Press, 2004).

Matthea Harvey is the author of Sad Little Breathing Machine (Graywolf, 2004) and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form (Alice James Books, 2000). Her third book of poems, Modern Life (Graywolf, 2007) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Cirlcle Award and a New York Times Notable Book. An illustrated erasure, titled Of Lamb, with images by Amy Jean Porter, will be published by McSweeney’s in 2010.

Jason Koo is the author of Man on Extremely Small Island, winner of the 2008 De Novo Poetry Prize (C&R Press, 2009). The winner of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center, he has published his poetry and prose in numerous journals, including The Yale Review, North American Review and The Missouri Review. He teaches at Lehman College, where he serves as Director of Graduate Studies in English.

Mark yr calendars, this is going to be a fun one!

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  1. deadgod

      Better make that “Tuesday, September 28th”.

  2. Blake Butler


  3. Adam Robinson

      Is that the first cat picture to have appeared here?

  4. Matthew Simmons

      Can’t wait. Mary Ruefle is the bee’s knees.

  5. Mike Young

      wow, this sounds amazing

  6. Daniel Bailey
  7. Jon Cone

      I studied with Mary. That’s not a good word … I had the pleasure of showing Mary my poems and the pleasure of receiving Mary’s honest responses. This is a wonderful collection, elegantly made by one of the best small presses today. I wish I could buy everyone a copy in order to let poetry breathe deeply again. I consider Mary a friend, in case any one suspects as much and considers my opinion biased. (It is!) For what it’s worth, a Pulitzer Prize should be awarded this selection from a lifetime dedicated to poetry. Thank you for listening.

  8. Mel Berning

      I can’t wait.

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