Marcela Sulak’s most recent collection of poetry is Decency (Black Lawrence Press, 2015). Her nonfiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Rattle. She’s translated four collections of poetry from the Czech, French and Hebrew, and is the co-editor for the 2015 Rose Metal Press title Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Genres. Sulak hosts the TLV.1 Radio podcast “Israel in Translation,” edits The Ilanot Review and directs the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Bar-Ilan University.
Laurie Rachkus Uttich is a lecturer of creative writing at the University of Central Florida. Her prose has been published in Fourth Genre; Creative Nonfiction; River Teeth; Brain, Child (nominated for a Pushcart Prize); Sweet: A Literary Confection; Burrow Press Review; Poets and Writers; Iron Horse (fiction recipient of the Discovered Voices Award); So To Speak (recipient of the Creative Nonfiction Award); The Writers Chronicle; The Good Men Project; and others. Recently, she began writing poetry and has been published in Rattle and The Missouri Review. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each Tuesday we feature audio or video of an SR Contributor reading their work. Today we’re proud to feature a podcast by Jennifer Givhan.
Jennifer Givhan was a PEN Emerging Voices Fellow, the DASH 2013 Poetry Prize winner, a St. Lawrence Book Award finalist and a Vernice Quebodeaux Pathways finalist for her poetry collection Red Sun Mother, an Andres Montoya Poetry Prize finalist and a 2014 Prairie Schooner Book Prize finalist for her collection Karaoke Night at the Asylum. She attends the MFA program at Warren Wilson College with a fellowship, and her work has appeared in over seventy literary journals and anthologies, including Best New Poets 2013, Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, and Rattle. She teaches at Western New Mexico University.
The website dedicated to the extensive project is www.blitzkreighq.com and contains video, review, interview and article links. John Gosslee’s second book, Blitzkrieg, covers a lot of territory, literally, from the Atlantic Ocean across the United States to the Pacific Ocean in prose and just as much ground figuratively in the thirteen poem sequence that begins the book. Blitzkrieg begins as a 13-poem sequence that progresses through a number of cities, symbolic locales and hauntingly provocative metaphors. The non-narrative style of the sequence was inspired by the life-changing poem “Portrait of an Inner Life.”
Dedicated to the growth of “Portrait of an Inner Life,” the second chapter of Blitzkrieg chronicles the poem’s painstaking creation, initial rejection, national publication and international acceptance. “Portrait of an Inner Life” eventually spawned a cross-country book tour and led to numerous other projects through which a community of artists and writers grew.
Because of the poem’s wide acceptance, the author felt it was important to re-envision how the poem could reach an even wider audience in other provocative ways. To exercise the art form of persona, a false identity was created to support the poem’s new mission; “Portrait of an Inner Life” was printed on 2000 stickers and posted in major cities throughout the United States by street teams managed by the persona. The poem was also placed in 100 bottles, set adrift in the ocean, and pitched into waterways until the bottles were almost confiscated by police in Texas. The conclusion of the second chapter features critical analyses of the poem written by NEA Award Winner Morri Creech, Rattle editor Timothy Green, and translator Steve Komarnyckyj.
Introduced by a four panel illustration of “Portrait of an Inner Life” by cartoonist Yumi Sakugawa, the third chapter features 25 pictures of the poem posted by street teams in Chicago, Los Angeles, Pheonix, Charlotte, New York and other cities. Photographs of the poem in a bottle taken by Brandon McCrea and three full size paintings of the poem by artist Scott Kirschner demonstrate how fine artists visualize the poem.
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Each Tuesday we feature audio or video of an SR Contributor reading their work. Today we’re proud to feature a podcast by Taylor Supplee.
Taylor Supplee is an undergraduate at Missouri State University where he serves as an associate editor for Moon City Review. His poetry is forthcoming in Rattle and SLAB, and has appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Paddle Shots: A River Pretty Anthology, The Missing Slate, Revolver, and Shadow Road Quarterly.
Each Tuesday we feature audio or video of an SR Contributor reading their work. Today we’re proud to feature a podcast by Josh Rathkamp.
Josh Rathkamp’s first collection of poetry, Some Nights No Cars At All, was published by Ausable Press and is now distributed by Copper Canyon. His work has appeared in numerous literary journals and public art projects, including most recently American Poetry Review, Arts and Letters, Poet Lore, and Rattle. He is the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Mesa Community College.
Each Tuesday we feature audio or video of an SR Contributor reading their work. Today we’re proud to feature a podcast by Virginia Smith.
Virginia Smith is a graduate of Northwestern’s MFA in Creative Writing Program. Her poems appear in 2River View, Denver Quarterly, Rattle, Stirring,Southern Poetry Review, Stone Highway Review, and Weave. Her first poetry collection, When I Wake It Will Be Forever, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications.