Today we are happy to announce that past contributor Adam Tavel’s poetry collection, Catafalque, has won the 2017 Richard Wilbur award! The collection was also recently published by the University of Evansville Press and contains “Our Lady of Crabapple Hill,” a poem which originally appeared in Issue 13 of Superstition Review. Catafalque is available for purchase through Amazon. You can read more about the collection here.
Date: September 24
FREE EVENT. Artist and bestselling author Jonathan Santlofer visits with his powerful new memoir THE WIDOWER’S NOTEBOOK, the portrait of a marriage, an account of the complexities of finding oneself single again after losing your spouse, and a story of the enduring power of familial love. (Event co-presented by Hospice of the Valley and Temple Chai.)
ABOUT THE BOOK
On a summer day in New York, Santlofer discovers his wife, Joy, gasping for breath on their living room couch. After a frenzied 911 call, an ambulance race across Manhattan, and hours pacing in a hospital waiting room, a doctor finally delivers the fateful news. Consumed by grief, Jonathan desperately tries to pursue life as he always had—writing, social engagements, and working on his art—but finds it nearly impossible to admit his deep feelings of loss to anyone, not even to his beloved daughter, Doria, or to himself. As Jonathan grieves and heals, he tries to unravel what happened to Joy, a journey that will take him nearly two years.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jonathan Santlofer is a writer and artist whose work has ben translated into seventeen languages. His fourth novel, Anatomy of Fear, won the Nero Award for best novel of 2009. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. He is also the creator and editor of several anthologies including It Occurs to Me That I Am America, a collection of original stories and art. His paintings and drawings are included in many public and private collections. He lives in New York City.
Today we are pleased to feature author JR Tappenden as our Authors Talk series contributor. In her Authors Talk, JR discusses the inspiration behind two of her poems, “Regarding Your Wish For Do-Overs,” and “Regarding the Adirondack Trip.” JR says that these pieces are part of a series of poems about grieving, written after the death of her father in April of 2015.
While JR states that she “never set out to do such a cliched thing as being a poet who writes about death,” she notes that her father’s passing left her with many conflicted emotions that she needed to process. She states that the poems began as notes to her sister, with the exception of “Regarding Your Wish For Do-Overs,” which she addresses to herself. By doing so, JR states her desire to “talk herself through” any old exasperation that she had with her father, as well as to reflect her gratitude for not being able to revisit the past, knowing what it would come to mean. Doing so, she says, “would overload me.”
JR Tappenden’s poem, “Regarding Your Wish for Do-Overs,” appears in Issue 21 of Superstition Review.
Mark your calendars, it’s time for the Northern Arizona Book Festival!
The festival kicks off on Friday, September 14th, at Bright Side Bookshop and continues throughout the weekend at Firecreek Coffee Company as well as Uptown Pubhouse!
Our full schedule of events is available on our Facebook page as well as our website nazbookfest.org.
We have an absolutely amazing weekend planned with talented writers from across the country. We hope you come celebrate with us!
We are happy to announce that our friends in The De La Salle University Publishing House, a university press in Manila, Philippines, will release the poetry collection Walang Halong Biro (Dead Serious). The collection is authored by Mesándel Virtusio Arguelles with a translation from Filipino by Kristine Ong Muslim, and will be released on November 2018.
The cover art features embroidery work by Christian Tablazon and the design is by Ruzzel Valdepeña.
Congratulations, Mesándel and Kristine!
Date: September 14th
Time: 7 pm-9 pm
10 STORYTELLERS. 6 MINUTES. 1 WINNER
Ten tellers will have 6 minutes each to share a story based on the theme Skool’d.
Sign up on TheStoryline.org August 11th through September 8th to tell a story. Eight names will be drawn September 9th and posted on the TheStoryline.org. Two more names will be drawn live at the beginning of the show.
Five members of the audience will be the judges and the story with the most points at the end of the show receives a $30 cash prize.
Get Tickets Here