Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Poetic Goods

Boswell Book Company's first month is brimmin' with poetic goodness.

Monday, April 20th, 7 PM. Wave Books editor and award-winning(NYFA fellowship, Pushcart Prize, finalist for the PEN America Poetry in Translation Award) poet Joshua Beckman reads from his new work 'Take It'. He joins us after my lamenting over no Milwaukee stop- (tons of thanks to Brandon Shimoda from Wave Books for appeasing me). Opening for Beckman will be two Milwaukee writers, Derrick Harriell and Drew Blanchard, UWM instructors, doctoral candidates, oft-published poets, who have had side gigs in a hip hop band, and at a certain Downer Avenue bookshop, respectively.

Saturday, April 25th, 7 PM. An evening of traditional Persian poetry, featuring a selection of poems both in English and Farsi. Then hear Roya Hakakian, brought to town by Alverno College and the Wisconsin Society for Jewish Learning, as she discusses both her poetry and her memoir, Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iraq.

Wednesday, April 29th, 5-7 PM. Downer Avenue hosts the second annual celebration of Poetry Everywhere, the collection of short-animated films set to famous and soon-to-be-famous verse. This year Liam Callanan has moved his project from city bus to the big screen (Downer Avenue Theatre). The show starts at 7 PM.
Gather at Boswell’s for a pre-show reception/shopping night. You can designate ten percent of your purchase to go to Callanan’s nonprofit poetry project.

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