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Naomi Shihab Nye takes a rare break from globetrotting to restore her positive-vibe-spreading capabilities
Naomi Shihab Nye takes a rare break from globetrotting to restore her positive-vibe-spreading capabilities

Self-described “wandering poet” Naomi Shihab Nye will read as part of Tulane’s Poet Laureate Series on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Lavin-Bernick Center (which, if it’s the same place Robert Hass read last winter, is pretty hard to find, so head over early if you’re not a Tulane student).

“Wandering poet” is a dubious distinction, especially when bestowed upon oneself, but I generally let it slide for Palestinians (okay, okay, some Jews, too) as long as they’ve really wandered a lot. Nye has. The veritable vagabond was born in St. Louis and lived in Ramallah, Jerusalem, San Antonio, and has trekked across six continents giving workshops, lecturing, and generally spreading the love. The poet William Stafford has said that her poems “combine transcendent liveliness and sparkle along with warmth and human insight. She is a champion of the literature of encouragement and heart. Reading her work enhances life.”

Nye is the winner of a crapload of impressive awards and distinctions, from the Lannan Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Texas Institute of Letters, among other places. Her books of poems include You and Yours (BOA Editions, 2005), which received the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, as well as 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East (2002), Fuel (1998), Red Suitcase (1994), and Hugging the Jukebox (1982).

Head on over to the Nye reading on Thursday and get some good vibrations.

 

Hand-in-Glove Conference Guide

Hand in Glove Conference Guide
Essay by Amy Mackie, edited by Bob Snead, designed by Erik Keisewetter

This beautiful book, designed and printed by Erik Kiesewetter of Constance for the Hand-in-Glove Conference, includes a guide to all of the conference happenings Oct 17-20, 2013, an informative map of the artist run spaces on and around St. Claude Ave, and an extensive essay by Amy Mackie about the history of self organized contemporary art [...]

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We’re Pregnant
Words by Nathan Martin. Photography by Akasha Rabut, Sophie T. Lvoff, and Grissel Giuliano.

We’re Pregnant is a chapbook of short fiction by Room 220 editor Nathan C. Martin along with photography by Akasha Rabut, Sophie T. Lvoff, and Grissel Giuliano. The book contains three of Martin’s short stories—which explore in morbid fashion anxieties related to sex, disease, marriage, and childbirth—with images inspired by the stories from each of the photographers.

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The People Is Singular
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Curtain Optional
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How to Rebuild a City
Edited by Anne Gisleson & Tristan Thompson w/ design and artistic direction by Catherine Burke

Beautifully designed, sometimes fun, always informative, How to Rebuild a City: Field Guide from a work in Progress, is a reflection of the many ways that New Orleanians have realized our way towards recovery, actively and creatively engaging with our communities.

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Bitter Ink
by Brian Zeigler & Raymond “Moose” Jackson

BBoth originally from Detroit, cousins Brian Zeigler and Raymond “Moose” Jackson began collaborating while Brian was harboring Moose in Vermont during Katrina evacuation. While their doodling proclivities may have made them rustbelt exiles from the rest of their autoworker family, together they produce seductive aphorisms of wit and weirdness that provoke, confound and celebrate a [...]