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August 2011

I'll Be There! (more news niblets)

I have been sitting on some announcements of upcoming events in which I'll be participating in the (fairly) near future:

Bad Date America(Chicago satellite):In conjunction with theRed Roverseries and 100 Thousand Poets for Change, I will join a bunch of my friends on September 24 for a unique take on poetic activism and community.  Specific time information is forthcoming (when I get it), but info about the project and the series is accessible through the above links.

Poet Crush: Geof Huth

Last Friday night I met a hero of mine.  They say you should never do that, but I had a much better experience meetingGeof Huththan "they" must have had when coining clichés!  I certainly did my share of fanboy tail-wagging, and took a little bit of friendly ribbing for it, but none of that was bad. 

forty-nine broadside created by geof huth 

Geof's performance was calledforty-nine, referring to (I suppose) the "Experiment" number it was assigned in the Red Rover series, of which it was a part.

what a mess.

This is my desk, in my studio.
I'm looking at it.  It's full of stuff I've been working on, and tools I've been using in that work.  Sometimes it's both enticing and repellant, a place of simultaneously great comfort and great irritation.  

I've been spending too much time at it recently, but I've also been spending more time than usual away from it this past week. I've been seeing friends, going to poetry readings and performances, being more social and less studio-bound.  But it's still largely poetry/art-oriented activity.

In Extravagant Praise of My Editors, Part II: New Words, Old Words, New Books, Old Books

Not all these tributes are tales of loss or regret. I'm also grateful to many editors and curators with whom I'm still in active contact--or with whom I've resumed contact.
The "Web Publications" page on my website mentions that I have worked with Eric Lorberer, ofRain Taxi Review of Books,for about ten years. There's a reason for the durability of this partnership: Eric lets me write as I write, and then makes whatever tiny changes are needed to allow my words to be even more true to my own voice and vision.

In Extravagant Praise of My Editors, Part I: The Yellow Brick Road

I'm in the process of forming some new editorial and curatorial partnerships. Thinking about the future in this way got me thinking a bit about where I've come from and the people who saw something--and still see something--of interest in my work. I wouldn't be anywhere if it weren't for the people who made room for me and my work. This is my salute to them.

One of the first editors to respond to my poetic oddnesses was Don Wentworth, the force behindLilliput Review. He has quietly been reprinting some of the work I (and others) have offered him in the past, mining back issues of his magazine, on

Tour the US with Right Hand Pointing

New prose poems are up in the first part of a super-sized, two-volume special issue ofRight Hand Pointing!  This issue features work whose titles are the names of states.  I represent Alabama and New Mexico. You can read my pieces (and the whole issue) by clickinghere, which lands you in Alabama.  From there it's a short trip to New Mexico and elsewhere! 

white sands NM copyright jen besemerIncidentally, the Editor's Note for this issue indicates that New Mexico was the state with the highest number of poems submitted in its name.

Garfield Park Conservatory Quick Update: Benefit at Lincoln Hall Aug. 18!

Some areas of the Conservatory have reopened to the public, and repairs are slowly underway.  Funds are still being raised to help pay the insurance deductible, so donations are still a good way to help.  But if you really want to have some fun at a great Chicago event that will also help the Conservatory, get your tickets now!  Here's the place to be and how to do it.  Fun raffle, great bands, and mac-n-cheese!
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