4.20.2007

The Smell Last Sunday Reading Series invites you to special readingcelebrating the release of Not for Mothers Only: Contemporary Poets onChild-Getting & Child-Rearing (Fence Books). "A whopping door-stopper of an anthology of poems by living poets from allover the aesthetic and mothering map‹adoption, single parenthood,bereaved mothers, new mothers, mothers of adults‹up to and includingchildlessness. Not for Mothers Only will abolish any comfortable prejudicesabout what poems on motherhood can or cannot do or say." SUNDAYApril 29, 2007 Featuring: Rae ArmantroutWanda ColemanMartha Ronk The Smell is located at 247 S. Main Street, between 2nd and 3rd Street indowntown Los Angeles. The entrance is through the back, by way of the alley,west of Main Street. Doors open 6:30 pm. $5. Rae Armantrout¹s most recent books are Next Life (Wesleyan, 2007), Up toSpeed (Wesleyan, 2004), The Pretext (Green Integer, 2001), and Veil: New andSelected Poems (Wesleyan University Press, 2001). Her poems have beenincluded in numerous anthologies, including Postmodern American Poetry: ANorton Anthology (1993), American Women Poets in the 21st Century: WhereLanguage Meets the Lyric Tradition, (Wesleyan, 2002), The Oxford Book ofAmerican Poetry (Oxford, 2006) and The Best American Poetry of 1988, 2001,2002, and 2004. In 2007 she received an award in poetry from the Foundationfor Contemporary Arts. Armantrout is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at theUniversity of California, San Diego. Wanda Coleman¹s honors include fellowships from the John P. GuggenheimFoundation and the NEA. Her books from Black Sparrow Press include A War ofEyes, Heavy Daughter Blues, African Sleeping Sickness, Hand Dance andBathwater Wine (1998), for which she received the 1999 Lenore MarshallPoetry Prize presented by the Academy of American poets, the New HopeFoundation, and The Nation magazine‹ the first African-American woman toreceive the award. Mercurochrome (poems), published by Black Sparrow Press,was nominated for the 2001 National Book Awards. Her new books includeOstinato Vamps (poems, Pitt Poetry Series) and The Riot Inside Me: Trials &Tremors (Godine/Black Sparrow Books). She was C.O.L.A.¹s first literaryfellow, Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles, 2003-04. Martha Ronk is the author of eight books of poetry and several chapbooks;her forthcoming, Vertigo, was chosen by C. D. Wright for the NationalPoetry Series and will be published by Coffeehouse Press. She has recentlywon a NEA fellowship, has had residencies at Djerassi and MacDowell, and isthe Irma and Jay Price Professor of English at Occidental College in LosAngeles.

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