Devin King will launch his new book The Grand Complication with readings at Wolfman Books in Oakland, CA on Friday, October 25th and The Poetic Research Bureau in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, October 26th. Devin King is the poetry editor of the Green Lantern Press and the author of CLOPS, The Resonant Space, and These Necrotic Ethos Come the Plains. Reading alongside him will be Patrick Durgin, author of PQRS: A Poets Theater Script. Carrie Hunter reads also, at Wolfman. Her third full length book, Vibratory Milieu, is forthcoming from Nightboat books in 2020. She lives in San Francisco and teaches ESL. Evan Kleekamp lives in Los Angeles. They are a 2019 Andy Warhol Arts Writers Grant finalist. Click thru the respective locations for details about these free events.
Says John Tipton, “Devin King’s Grand Complication is a dizzy fugue of forms–regular stanzas in radical variety. And the sources of its argument are just as varied–The Thebaid of Statius, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, or Melrose Place. It’s reminiscent of Zukofky’s omnivorous, inventive formalism. King orchestrates actors and narratives into a weltering long poem: William leads stoners to his apartment, thinking Julia will follow, but instead, she leads Abbie into Luke’s room and Mike follows, though Mike had flirted with Julia before she jumped in the pool while Amphiaraus was swallowed by the earth. I know. It’s complicated.”
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And stay tuned for a one-off rendition of the Festival of Poets Theater this coming February at LAXART in Hollywood, CA. The Festival of Poets Theater ran four years in Chicago and featured works by Alain Jugnon, Kathy Acker, Kevin Killian, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Michael Pisaro, Suzanne Stein and Steve Benson, Douglas Kearney, and many others. Lineups for this coming weekend in February will follow shortly.
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Subscribe to Kenning Editions and receive all books in our 2019-2020 season: including Grenade in Mouth: Some Poems of Miyó Vestrini, Kevin Killian’s Stage Fright: Selected Plays from San Francisco Poets Theater, The Grand Complication by Devin King, Several Rotations by Jesse Seldess, and The Chilean Flag by Elvira Hernández, translated by Alec Schumacher, and with an introduction by Cecilia Vicuña. In April 2020, Kenning Editions will publish a collection of Audre Lorde’s lectures, readings, and interviews given in Germany during the 1980s. Audre Lorde: Dream of Europe is edited by Mayra Rodríguez Castro and offers a certain, sometimes surprising curriculum for engaged poetics based on readings of American counter-culture. You’ll receive it even before it lands in your local bookstore. Later, look for new books by Devin King, Legna Rodriguez and Holly Melgard.
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Recent books in translation from Kenning Editions include The Chilean Flag, by Elvira Hernández; Juana I, by Ana Arzoumanian; The Dirty Text, by Soleida Rios; and Grenade in Mouth: Some Poems of Miyó Vestrini. Anna Vitale’s excellent, thoughtful review of Grenade in Mouth is up at Full-Stop now.
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Kenning Editions is teaming up with Action Books, Green Lantern Press, and Small Press Distribution to present an off-site reading at the 2020 AWP conference in San Antonio, where we will launch the forthcoming Audre Lorde: Dream of Europe—Selected Seminars and Interviews 1984-1992 edited by Mayra A. Rodríguez Castro. We will launch this and Jesse Seldess’ glorious new collection, due in December, Several Rotations, this May in New York City. Full details will follow shortly. Let’s get through the rest of 2019 first, though…