Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Jeffrey Levine
April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
OPEN MIC & FEATURED READER
Every month we host a different guest Author to be our evenings Featured Reader. The Featured Reader reads from their writing and shares their experience as a Writer.
THE BASEMENT – 21 Center Street, Northampton, MA
If you’d like a chance to read, place your name in the hat up until 7:10. Ten names will be randomly selected. The reading starts at 7:15, and each reader will have five minutes. Admission is free; participants are encouraged to buy a drink in support of the venue.
Please join us!
Jeffrey Levine is the author of three books of poetry: Rumor of Cortez, nominated for a 2006 Los Angeles Times Literary Award in Poetry, Mortal, Everlasting, which won the 2002 Transcontinental Poetry Prize, and At the Kinnegad Home for the Bewildered, coming in March from Salmon Press. In addition to his own writing, he is principal translator of Canto General, Pablo Neruda’s major work. Levine’s many poetry prizes include the Larry Levis Prize from the Missouri Review, the James Hearst Poetry Prize from North American Review, the Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, the Ekphrasis Poetry Prize (three times), and the American Literary Review poetry prize. His poems have garnered 21 Pushcart nominations. A graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, Levine is founder, Artistic Director and Publisher of Tupelo Press, an award?winning independent literary press located in the historic NORAD Mill in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. In addition, he served for seven formative years as core faculty of the Colrain Manuscript Conferences and has directed of the esteemed Tupelo Press Writing Conferences for the past eight years. Levine is also an accomplished musician: a concert clarinetist (Buffalo Philharmonic the New York City Opera Orchestra), jazz guitarist and pianist.
At the Kinnegad Home for the Bewildered digs into what a man of 68 thinks and feels and dreams, delights in, and suffers. And so the focus is that life: this life, which in so many ways is like so many other lives. What makes it cohere are unities of thought, of feeling, and of voice, in which intimations or lamentations of loss, or voyages into other parts of the personality through persona poems disguised as ekphrastics, exist at the emotional core.
I’m interested in exploring the nimbus that emanates from and surrounds our everyday wanderings in this life: what we do, we human animals, how we think about what we do, how we do or fail to do what we do, what we think about doing next to exalt, exult, lament, atone. The poems explore the dramatic tension between what we seem to experience and what a dispassionate, rather omni-valent, omniscient historian might have to say by way of disagreement. So, herein, a parsing of the many overlapping psychological spiritual, physical and, frankly, liminal worlds that we simultaneously inhabit.