Black Bone is an exhibit at Transylvania University’s Morlan Art Gallery that will run from January 13th through February 14th. This Thursday, January 19th, will be a public reading and book release party with several Affrilachian Poets, including Accents published authors Jeremy Paden and Bianca Spriggs. (more…)
Christopher McCurry: Let’s start with this. I see this first question as a version of the “origins and influences” but take it where you want of course:
As a multi-genre and medium artist what does poetry do for you?
Bianca Spriggs: That’s a complicated answer. Poetry does a number of things for me. It is not my first art-form, but it is the terrain where I am at my most confident. I use poems to create problems that require solving or to process abstract concepts, obsessively at times, sometimes over the course of years. I think about every other genre or discipline through the lens of a poet. And what I learn from other areas informs how I think about how many, many ways there are into a poem—it’s not always through the front door. Sometimes I get it in through the second story window. Sometimes I’m coming up through the floorboards.
Poetry also reminds me not to take myself or my work so seriously that I don’t continue to experiment and play and recognize failure as an integral part of the process. I believe that for artists, you stagnate when you think you have nothing new to learn. So, in writing poems, I learn to balance process and product. In an attempt to fit what I have to say into a container, for lack of a better word, I’ve learned through poetry, to remain in an interrogative state, to surrender or get out of the way of what a piece wants rather than impose my own will, and to not ever despair during a drought. I either work through the “bad” pieces because even they have something to teach me, or I remember that even drought is part of it—just because I’m not actively creating what I want at the moment, doesn’t meant that my subconscious isn’t working on it, so I’ll go do something else and wait for synchronicity to weigh in. (more…)
Bianca Spriggs is hosting a release party at 21C Hotel Museum for her newest book, The Galaxy is a Dance Floor (Argos Books). The event will include music by The DeBraun Thomas Trio, the premiere of a short film called “Live From the Mothership”, a dance performance by Movement Continuum, and poetry readings.
|When:||Thursday, September 22, 2016 @ 6pm-8pm|
|Where:||21C Hotel Museum|
|167 W Main St.|
|Lexington, KY 40507|
On Valentine’s Day 2016, Bianca Spriggs invited women of all ages, shapes, backgrounds for a short film based on her poem “What Women Are Made Of”. Bianca wrote and directed the film, which was shot by Brian Campbell and Landon Antonetti.
The poem is included in Bianca’s collection Call Her by Her Name (Northwestern University Press). Bianca is also the author of How Swallowtails Become Dragons (Accents Publishing) and is the co-editor of Circe’s Lament: Anthology of Wild Women Poetry.
On September 22nd, Bianca will be celebrating the release of her newest poetry collection, The Galaxy is a Dance Floor (Argos Books), with “Bianca’s Big Geek Book Release Party” at 21C Museum Hotel. (Click here for more information about that event.)
|When:||Friday, March 25, 2016 @ 7pm|
|Where:||Wild Fig Books & Coffee|
|726 N. Limestone|
|Lexington, KY 40508|
In Louisville, Dave Harrity will be celebrating the release of his book, Our Father in the Year of the Wolf (WordFarm, 2016), at Highland Morning. The celebration is titled “Breakfast-for-Dinner Book Release Celebration!”. There will also be appearances by several readers, two of which will be very familiar to the Accents audience. Readers include:
|When:||Thursday, March 25, 2016 @ 6:30pm|
|1416 Bardstown Rd|
|Lo9uisville, KY 40204|
What did you go into the selection and editing hoping to find? Were there any surprises?
I won’t speak for Katerina, but I didn’t go in with any expectations other than hoping to learn more about the wild women in people’s lives. I knew that we were going to get a spectrum of work depending on a person’s interpretation of what makes a woman wild. So, we saw everything from sort of the more quiet storm women to full out pedal-to-the-metal types and everything in-between. I think I was most surprised by how fast the word spread about the anthology and the enthusiasm when people submitted. It didn’t feel like a business-as-usual submission for many people—poets were saying in their emails that whether their work was selected or not, they were excited about the premise of such an anthology and wanted to get a copy. I also was surprised, although I shouldn’t have been probably, by how many Persephone poems were submitted. (more…)
At East Tennessee State University, Bianca Spriggs reads from How Swallowtails Become Dragons (Accents Publishing) as well as a poem from Still: The Journal. The reading was a part of Amethyst Phillips’ Master’s presentation on Creativity in Appalachia.
The reading was on October 29th, 2014, and took place at the Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room in Johnson City, Tennessee.
Don’t forget to check out Bianca Spriggs in our newest anthology, Circe’s Lament: Anthology of Wild Women Poetry.
The Wild Fig Coffee & Books will be hosting a reading from Accents Publishing’s newest release Circe’s Lament: Anthology of Wild Women Poetry this upcoming Thursday, December 17th. Many of the contributors from the anthology will be reading, including:
Circe’s Lament has been described by Cecilia Woloch, author of the 2014 Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize Earth and Narcissus, as a “celebration of the wild feminine: the fierce, the furious, the bruised and battered, the hilarious, the mythical, the stereotypical, the fairytale turned inside out.”
|When:||Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 7pm|
|Where:||The Wild Fig|
|726 N. Limestone|
|Lexington, KY 40508|
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.