The recording begins with music. At about 3m24s, it cuts to a coffee shop interview with Matthew Haughton. At one point, Rachel Short interrupts the interview to say that traffic is heavy and that Bianca is on her way.
At 9m45s, Bianca’s interview begins. They chit-chat about not being a morning person even though she’s a school counselor at an Elementary School. (more…)
Boston’s NPR news station, WBUR 93.9FM, recently asked a few book experts about their choices for the Best Books of 2016, and included picks by Lexington’s own Ron Davis. Ron Davis, one of the owners of Wild Fig Books & Coffee, recommended Christopher McCurry‘s Nearly Perfect Photograph (Two of Cups Press, 2016) and even read a poem from the collection!
Ron describes Christopher’s book as “hilarious and profound”, calling Christopher a “very good writer”. You can find the recording by clicking here. Ron Davis begins at around 9m18s and he talks about Christopher McCurry at the 17m50s mark.
Ron Davis owns Wild Fig Books & Coffee with Crystal Wilkinson, author of the novel The Birds of Opulence (University Press of Kentucky, 2016). Ron Davis sometimes goes by the pseudonym “upfromsumdirt” and is the author of the poetry collection Caul & Response (Argus House Press, 2015).
cattails Book Reviewer Barbara Snow recently reviewed Deflection (Accents Publishing 2015), saying that “This sliver of a volume packs a walloping punch beyond just the poetry shelves; I would also bring it to the attention of grief counselors.” You can read the review in full by clicking here.
“to be the most substantial, and best national and internationally compatible haiku, tanka, and related forms society to-date. Our mission is to cultivate insight, and comprehension through the reading and writing of these genre in both English, and global native languages for the true purpose of unifying a world-wide network of like-minded peoples as an “alternative” to any other US society.”
Lexington’s Chevy Chaser Magazine annually collects a list of books by local authors that it recommends for the holiday shopping season. In this year’s Literary Roundup, Bianca Spriggs recommends Frank X Walker’s About Flight and Circe’s Lament: Anthology of Wild Women Poetry.
On About Flight:
Just when you think you know what to expect from a Frank X Walker poetry collection, this highly decorated former Kentucky poet laureate and co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets releases a slender tome of heavy-hitting autobiographical poems that revolve around the heartbreak of bearing witness to a family member’s crippling addiction. These poems lament and mourn, yes, but most of all, they do not back away or flinch from the sobering topic of substance abuse and the lingering effects someone’s addiction can have on their family.
On Circe’s Lament:
Whether religious text, classical epic, or family lore, narratives of so-called “wild women” such as Circe of “The Odyssey” still give readers the urge to speculate about legendary women, from Amazon to roots-worker, goddess to gunslinger. What compelled these fascinating women to act? What set them apart? This anthology boasts a collection of exhilarating women from poets from around the world who channel the infamous, the historical, the wild woman next door – and even the one in the mirror.
The list also includes National Book Award Finalist Bright Dead Things (Milkweed Editions) by Ada Limón and Trampoline (Ohio University Press) by Robert Gipe (who was one of the featured readers at Holler Poets Series 84).
For more information, you can read the full write-up by clicking here.