Thursday, July 16, 2015

New Issues 20th Anniversary

Please join us for this special gathering of the Kalamazoo community, writers, and Creative Writing and English alumni to celebrate 20 years of New Issues Poetry & Prose. Featuring music, readings, and an art sale. Sunday, August 30th, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. $10 suggested donation / $5 students

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New Issues Poet Khaled Mattawa Named 2014 MacArthur Fellow

  Congratulations, Khaled Mattawa!

From PBS: MacArthur Foundation Announces 21 New Geniuses

The 2014 MacArthur Fellows

From the LA Times:
"The poet, translator and University of Michigan professor won admiration from the MacArthur Foundation for 'rendering the beauty and meaning of contemporary Arab poetry to an English reader and highlighting the invaluable role of literary translation in bridging cultural divides.'"

Khaled Mattawa's most recent collection of original poetry, Tocqueville, was published by New Issues Poetry & Prose (2010).


The trick is that you're willing to help them.
The rule is to sound like you’re doing them a favor.

The rule is to create a commission system.
The trick is to get their number.

The trick is to make it personal:
No one in the world suffers like you.

The trick is that you’re providing a service.
The rule is to keep the conversation going.

The rule is their parents were foolish,
their children are greedy or insane.

The rule is to make them feel they've come too late.
The trick is that you're willing to make exceptions.

The rule is to assume their parents abused them.
The trick is to sound like the one teacher they loved.

And when they say "too much,"
give them a plan.

And when they say "anger" or "rage" or "love,"
say "give me an example."

The rule is everyone is a gypsy now.
Everyone is searching for his tribe.

The rule is you don't care if they ever find it.
The trick is that they feel they can.

Khaled Mattawa was born in Benghazi, Libya in 1964 and immigrated to the U.S. in his teens. He is the author of three previous books of poetry, Ismailia Eclipse (Sheep Meadow, 1995), Zodiac of Echoes (Ausable, 2003), and Amorisco (Ausable, 2008). Mattawa has translated eight volumes of contemporary Arabic poetry and co-edited two anthologies of Arab American literature. He is currently a Chancellor for the Academy of American Poetry, and has received a Guggenheim fellowship, an NEA translation grant, the Alfred Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, the PEN American Center Poetry Translation Prize, and three Pushcart Prizes. Mattawa teaches in the MFA (Creative Writing) Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Poetry in Michigan / Michigan in Poetry

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Fall 2013
Ain't No Grave
T.J. Jarrett

Katie Peterson

Cullen Bailey Burns


Spring 2014
Your Moon
Ralph Angel 

Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes
Kerrin McCadden

Gazelle in the House
Lisa Williams

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We are planning a number of events of celebrate the publication of Poetry in Michigan / Michigan in Poetry. Readings are currently scheduled for Kalamazoo, Portage, Lansing, and Ann Arbor; see details below. We hope you will be able to join us!

We are so excited to see this book come to life!

-New Issues 

Poetry in Michigan

Book launch:
Bell's Brewery, Kalamazoo, MI
Sunday, October 20th, 2:00 p.m.

featuring readings by:
David Cope, Kathleen McGookey, D.R. James, Daneen Wardrop, Elizabeth Kerlikowske, Diane Seuss, Phillip Sterling, Amy Newday, Robert VanderMolen, Linda Nemec Foster, Rodney Torreson, Cullen Bailey Burns, and Dennis Hinrichsen

and music by: Joe Gross

Portage District Library

Thursday, December 5th, 7:00 p.m.
Portage District Library
300 Library Lane

featuring readings by:

Bill Olsen
Nancy Eimers
Robert Haight
Gail Martin
David Dodd Lee
Patricia Clark

The Creole Gallery

Thursday, November 21st, 7:30 p.m. 
The Creole Gallery 
Lansing's Old Town 
1218 Turner Street
featuring readings by:
Christine Rhein 
Patricia Clark 
David James 
Lizzie Hutton 
Marc Sheehan 
Joy Gaines-Friedler 
Keith Taylor
Teresa Scollon
and others

Wednesday, December 4th, 7:00 p.m.
124 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor

featuring readings by:
Thomas Lynch
Lizzie Hutton
Linda Gregerson
Keith Taylor
Laura Kasischke
Alison Swan
Josie Kearns
David Cope

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