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Nikky Finney, The Fire This Time: A James Baldwin Tribute, Part 2, 11 February 2015 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 11, 2015.

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. — James Baldwin

James Baldwin (1924-1987) the great American novelist, poet, essayist, playwright, and social critic is celebrated in an evening of readings by poets and writers Amy Bloom, Nikky Finney, Randall Kenan, and Kevin Young.

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

In this episode, Nikky Finney reads from her selection. This video is part two of five. Supplementary episodes from this event may be found here.

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Amy Bloom, The Fire This Time: A James Baldwin Tribute, Part 1, 11 February 2015 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 11, 2015.

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. — James Baldwin

James Baldwin (1924-1987) the great American novelist, poet, essayist, playwright, and social critic is celebrated in an evening of readings by poets and writers Amy Bloom, Nikky Finney, Randall Kenan, and Kevin Young.

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

In this episode, the readings are introduced by Kevin Young and then followed by Amy Bloom. This video is part one of five. Supplementary episodes from this event may be found here.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also view the additional video recordings and listen to the audio of this event there.

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The Fire This Time: A James Baldwin Tribute, 11 February 2015 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 11, 2015.

The Fire This Time: A James Baldwin Tribute

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. — James Baldwin

James Baldwin (1924-1987) the great American novelist, poet, essayist, playwright, and social critic is celebrated in an evening of readings by poets and writers Amy Bloom, Nikky Finney, Randall Kenan, and Kevin Young.

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

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Adrian Matejka with Dana Levin, 5 October 2014 – Video

Recorded at the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico on October 5, 2014, as part of Lannan’s Poetry Sundays.

Poet Adrian Matejka read from his work after an introduction by poet Dana Levin, and then took questions from the audience.

Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany, and grew up in California and Indiana. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the MFA program at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. His first collection of poems, The Devil’s Garden, won the 2002 New York / New England Award from Alice James Books. His second collection, Mixology, was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and was published by Penguin Books in 2009. Mixology was a finalist for a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature – Poetry. His most recent book, The Big Smoke, was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. The Big Smoke was also finalist for the 2013 National Book Award and for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. He is a winner of the Julia Peterkin Award and recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and Lannan Foundation. His work has appeared in American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry 2010, Gulf Coast, Poetry, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner among other journals and anthologies. He teaches in the MFA program at Indiana University in Bloomington and is currently working on a new collection of poems and a graphic novel.

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Adrian Matejka with Dana Levin, 5 October 2014 – Audio

Recorded at the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico on October 5, 2014, as part of Lannan’s Poetry Sundays.

Adrian Matejka

Poet Adrian Matejka read from his work after an introduction by poet Dana Levin, and then took questions from the audience.

Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany, and grew up in California and Indiana. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the MFA program at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. His first collection of poems, The Devil’s Garden, won the 2002 New York / New England Award from Alice James Books. His second collection, Mixology, was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and was published by Penguin Books in 2009. Mixology was a finalist for a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature – Poetry. His most recent book, The Big Smoke, was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. The Big Smoke was also finalist for the 2013 National Book Award and for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. He is a winner of the Julia Peterkin Award and recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and Lannan Foundation. His work has appeared in American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry 2010, Gulf Coast, Poetry, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner among other journals and anthologies. He teaches in the MFA program at Indiana University in Bloomington and is currently working on a new collection of poems and a graphic novel.

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Benjamin Alire Sáenz with Cecilia Ballí, Conversation, 16 April 2014 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on April 16, 2014.

This event was part of the Lannan Literary Series

Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s latest book, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club, is a collection of stories whose characters are all tied in one way or another to this famed watering hole on the Avenida Juárez, where the author says, “people go when they’re in trouble, when they’re looking for trouble or when they’re trying to get out of trouble.” A prolific writer and master of many genres, his books include the novel Carry Me Like Water, the young adult book Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood, and the poetry collection Dark and Perfect Angels.

Named one of 2010’s “Fifty of the Most Inspiring Authors in the World” by Poets & Writers magazine, Sáenz studied philosophy and theology and was a Wallace E. Stegner fellow in poetry at Stanford University. Born in Old Picacho, New Mexico in 1954, Sáenz has been a member of the faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso since 1992.

In this episode he is joined in Conversation with Cecilia Ballí. The companion Talk episode may be found here.

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Benjamin Alire Sáenz with Cecilia Ballí, Reading, 16 April 2014 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on April 16, 2014.

This event was part of the Lannan Literary Series

Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s latest book, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club, is a collection of stories whose characters are all tied in one way or another to this famed watering hole on the Avenida Juárez, where the author says, “people go when they’re in trouble, when they’re looking for trouble or when they’re trying to get out of trouble.” A prolific writer and master of many genres, his books include the novel Carry Me Like Water, the young adult book Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood, and the poetry collection Dark and Perfect Angels.

Named one of 2010’s “Fifty of the Most Inspiring Authors in the World” by Poets & Writers magazine, Sáenz studied philosophy and theology and was a Wallace E. Stegner fellow in poetry at Stanford University. Born in Old Picacho, New Mexico in 1954, Sáenz has been a member of the faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso since 1992.

In this episode he is introduced by Cecilia Ballí and then read from his work. The companion Conversation episode may be found here.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also listen to the audio recording of this event there.

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Carrie Fountain with Naomi Shihab Nye, 16 March 2014 – Video

Recorded at the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 16, 2014, as part of Lannan’s Poetry Sundays.

Carrie Fountain’s poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Tin House, and Poetry, among other publications. Her debut collection, Burn Lake, was a 2009 National Poetry Series winner and was published in 2010 by Penguin. Born and raised in Mesilla, New Mexico, Fountain received her MFA as a fellow at the James A. Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas and teaches at St. Edward’s University in Austin, where she lives with her husband, the playwright Kirk Lynn, and their two children. Her second collection, Instant Winner, will be published by Penguin in October of 2014.

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Carrie Fountain with Naomi Shihab Nye, 16 March 2014 – Audio

Recorded at the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 16, 2014, as part of Lannan’s Poetry Sundays.

Carrie Fountain with Naomi Shihab Nye

Carrie Fountain’s poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Tin House, and Poetry, among other publications. Her debut collection, Burn Lake, was a 2009 National Poetry Series winner and was published in 2010 by Penguin. Born and raised in Mesilla, New Mexico, Fountain received her MFA as a fellow at the James A. Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas and teaches at St. Edward’s University in Austin, where she lives with her husband, the playwright Kirk Lynn, and their two children. Her second collection, Instant Winner, will be published by Penguin in October of 2014.

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Going On by Peter Reading – Audio

Going On, Peter Reading, 1985
Publisher: Bloodaxe (included in Collected Poems 2: Poems 1985-1996)

Graphic for Peter Reading, Going On

“What he [Peter Reading] uniquely had was an obsessive craftsmanship, at ease with every kind of verse-form, matched with a macabre, bizarre sense of humour. He relished the stately and the ceremonial, as much as he kept his ears open for the demotic, the inarticulate, the speechless.” — Anthony Thwaite, The Independent, December 2011

Portions of this podcast are explicit and may contain adult language.

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