Today we are happy to announce the news of past contributor and ASU Professor Sally Ball! Sally’s newest poetry collection titled Hold Sway is to be published in April by Barrow Street Press. The poems focus on one question – is there room for hope and optimism with the inevitability of massive climate change always looming? The poet wonders about the safety of her children, if her own acts of resistance are enough, and how politics will handle the disaster moving forward. Ball said, to in an article for ASU’s State Press, “There is this kind of tension between whether or not you’re allowed to have any optimism.”
More information about Sally’s poetry collection can be found here, three poems by Sally can be found in S[r}’s Issue 6.
Hayden’s Ferry Review is hosting their first “Southwest Editor’s Forum” on Saturday, February 10, located at the Piper Writer’s House at ASU’s Tempe campus.
Their announcement states: “We will explore process, share resources, network, and even feed you. It’s so easy as editors to sit in our offices and lose sight of our community. We focus on writers and discuss their efforts, but as editors, we have different needs and unique challenges to surmount. At this inaugural event, we would like to convene the editors of our region for an afternoon of discussion, camaraderie, and sharing. We hope you will join us and register for this free event right away.”
Presenters include Matt Bell, a founding editor at The Collagist; Rosemarie Dombrowski the inaugural Poet Laureate of Phoenix; as well as Sally Ball, the associate director at Four Way Books.
Poets Marsha de la O and ASU associate professor Sally Ball will be reading from their latest poem collections at Changing Hands Phoenix. De la O presents her Isabella Gardner Award-winning collection Antidote for Night. Sally Ball presents her latest collection, Wreck Me. The event takes place on Saturday, October 15 at 7 p.m. For more information, please visit the Changing Hands website or the Facebook event.
MARSHA DE LA O holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College. Her latest book, Antidote for Night, won the 2015 Isabella Gardner Award and was published by BOA Editions. Her first book, Black Hope, was awarded the New Issues Press Poetry Prize and an Editor’s Choice Small Press Book Award. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Apercus Quarterly, Bosque, and the New Yorker. She lives in Ventura, California, with her husband, poet and editor Phil Taggart. Together, they produce poetry readings and events in Ventura County and are also the editors and publishers of the literary journal Askew.
SALLY BALL is the author of Wreck Me and Annus Mirabilis. She has published essays and reviews in NOR, Pleiades, the Review of Contemporary Fiction, The Volta, and elsewhere. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Ecotone, Harvard Review, and other magazines, as well as online at Narrative and Slate, and in The Best American Poetry. An associate professor of English at Arizona State University, Ball is also an associate director of Four Way Books. She has received fellowships from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, CAMAC Centre d’Art, the James Merrill House, and the Ucross Foundation.
Each Tuesday we feature audio or video of an SR Contributor reading their work. Today we’re proud to feature a vodcast by Sally Ball.
Sally Ball is the author of Annus Mirabilis and Wreck Me, both from Barrow Street Press. An associate director of Four Way Books, she’s an assistant professor of English Arizona State University. Her website is saralouiseball.com.
Jason Wright is an ASU senior majoring in Creative Writing with a focus on Poetry, and an Arizona native. He has studied under such poets as Sally Ball and Norman Dubie, and is currently examining the effects of poetic form under the guidance of Terry Hummer. Having grown up around computers, he is also very tech and internet savvy, and currently boasts a day-job doing web design and development for a small business in Glendale, AZ.
Superstition Review: What is your position with Superstition Review and what are your responsibilities?
Jason Wright: I am a Poetry Editor and I am responsible for working with my co-editor to solicit poets for publication with the magazine this issue, in addition to researching their work and negotiating with said poets. I will also be responsible for voting for my favorite works to be published within the magazine.
SR: Why did you decide to get involved with Superstition Review?
JW:I decided to get involved with the magazine because I wanted to have a taste of editorship within a magazine–both for experience, and to see if it is something I may be interested in.
SR: Besides interning for Superstition Review, how do you spend your time?
JW: Besides interning for SR, I spend my time teaching myself various web development techniques, studying poetry, writing poetry, writing music, playing guitar, and working for a small business.
SR: What other position(s) for Superstition Review would you like to try out?
JW: I would be willing to try out the photoshop editor and the web design position in upcoming issues.
SR: Describe one of your favorite literary works.
JW: One of my favorite literary works is The Illiad, because I think Homer does a fantastic job weaving the depiction of battle into his epic poetry.
SR: What are you currently reading?
JW: I am currently reading Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange and Charlaine Harris’ Definitely Dead.
SR: Creatively, what are you currently working on?
JW: Creatively, I’m working on building, from scratch, a linux-based media storage server for my apartment, and am also working on building a story for a contemporary-styled epic poem about Greece’s birth.
SR: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
JW: In 10 years, I will hopefully have written a few books of poetry, will have a steady job involving web development, will have learned Java and will be able to write applications for Android phones, and will have written, produced and released at least one album of music. Or, at the very least, two of these things.