Frederick Smock, author of The Deer at Gethsemani: Ecologues, is the new Poet Laureate of Kentucky! The Kentucky Arts council made an announcement on Tuesday, April 18. Smock will officially be inducted on Kentucky Writers’ Day, which is May 1, 2017.
A new Poet Laureate is picked on every odd-numbered year. The honor of Poet Laureate has been held by a few Accents-published authors including George Ella Lyon, Frank X Walker, and Richard Taylor. The current Poet Laureate is George Ella Lyon.
Accents Editor Christopher McCurry interviews Jeremy Paden about his newest collection, ruina montium (Broadstone Books, 2016), which uses poetry to tell the story of 33 miners in a Chilean mine who survived for 69 days before being rescued.
Christopher McCurry: How do you approach disaster/tragedy in a poem?
Jeremy Paden: I approach disaster carefully. Actually, I avoid it. I avoid it and avoid it and avoid it until I can’t. And, I think the only way to answer this question is in the specific way I responded to this unique tragedy. This singular event.
Tragedies and disasters all share pain, all unfold according to a script of grieving and mourning, of anger and loss, of faith and loss of faith. So in that sense they seem universal—everyone has known loss—and our response to tragedy seems also scripted—whether the gawking, or the schadenfreude, the fear and helplessness, or the money given to charities, even the quick forgetting. But each and every one is singular and unique.
As this disaster unfolded, a colleague and good friend of mine kept telling me I should write about it. At the time, and for several weeks, I felt that the most disrespectful thing to do would be to write about it. I thought it would be a form of ambulance chasing, and I wanted nothing to do with ambulance chasing because that seems so self-involved.
But the days dragged on. And contact was established. And letters and food and videos were sent back and forth. And then on the night of October 13 they were brought up one by one. I didn’t write a poem that night. But, when I saw Byron, the son of the foreman, breakdown crying as his father stepped out of the capsule, I started voraciously reading all I could about the men and about the rescue. And I began to write, compelled. It was that hug. That young boy sobbing in his father’s arms told me, you can write about this, about them, just stay true to that moment. (more…)
On Thursday, October 20th at the Carnegie Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Jeremy Paden and Thomas Zemsky will be reading from their newest poetry collections from Broadstone Books. The event will begin with an open mic at 6pm.
Jeremy Paden (author of Broken Tulips) is an Associate Spanish Professor and Program Director for the Foreign Languages department at Transylvania University as well as an Affrilachian Poet. His newest collection, ruina montium (Broadstone Books, 2016), delves into the 33 miners trapped in a copper mine in Chile in 2010.
Thomas Zemsky has an MFA from the prestigious Iowa Writer’s Workshop and spent a long time working with the International Book Project. After the Storm (Broadstone Books, 2016) draws on Zemsky’s fifty years of writing poetry. According to the book’s description, Zemsky talks about:
themes as diverse as a presidential inauguration and a letter from Frankenstein’s creature, with a horse on a ladder and a cast of other memorably improbable characters along the way, all served up in language that is delightfully quirky and often subversively wry.
|When:||Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 6pm|
|251 W. Second St.|
|Lexington, KY 40507|
Over the next couple weeks, Kentucky offers opportunities to eat world cuisine while enjoying a reading, listen to the Affrilachian Poets while sipping on beer, and share an open mic with two esteemed poets.
This is from the release of Katerina’s The Porcupine of Mind (Broadstone Books, 2012). The introduction is from Broadstone’s Larry Moore. This took place at the Carnegie Center in Lexington, Kentucky on May 24, 2012.
Katerina is the founder and Senior Editor of Accents Publishing. Originally from Burgas, Bulgaria, Katerina first stepped foot in the United States country 20 years ago. She recently celebrated this landmark with a reading at the Lexington Public Library’s Farish Theater.