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Announcing My Music, My War from Lisa Gilman






The Listening Habits of U.S. Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan A study of music in the everyday lives of U.S. troops and combat veterans. “A gifted interviewer, Lisa Gilman goes beyond stereotypes of the wounded American soldier by painting a complex and nuanced emotional portrait of contemporary soldiers’ lives, ones which the media rarely allow…

Announcing Treaty Shirts from Gerald Vizenor






The imagined narratives of seven native exiles from the White Earth Nation Gerald Vizenor creates masterful, truthful, surreal, and satirical fiction similar to the speculative fiction of Margaret Atwood and Neil Gaiman.  In this imagined future, seven natives are exiled from federal sectors that have replaced federal reservations; they pursue the liberty of an egalitarian…

Announcing The Selected Letters of John Cage






Letters of an avant-garde icon available to the public for the first time Events: May 1- Atlas Eclipticalis at Wesleyan May 7, NYPL for Performing Arts. This selection of over five hundred letters gives us the life of John Cage with all the intelligence, wit, and inventiveness that made him such an important and groundbreaking…

John Cage’s “Atlas Eclipticalis” and Van Vleck Observatory






Dedicated June 16, 1916, Van Vleck Observatory celebrates its centennial this year. For one-hundred years the observatory has inspired young astronomers and others in the Wesleyan community. In 1960, John Cage came to Wesleyan as a visiting professor in the Center for Advanced Studies. While exploring Wesleyan’s campus, Cage discovered the observatory’s Van Vleck Library.…

Announcing Words of Our Mouth, Meditations of Our Heart from Kenneth Bilby






Celebrating the legendary studio musicians of Jamaican popular music through personal photographs and interviews While singers, producers, and studio owners have become international icons, many of the musicians who were essential to shaping the sound of Jamaican music have remained anonymous. Words of Our Mouth, Meditations of Our Heart: Pioneering Musicians of Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, and…

NaPoMo16: Pierre Joris on Paul Celan’s “Line the wordcaves”






When asked about his favorite poems, Pierre Joris replied with Paul Celan’s “Line the wordcaves” from Fadensonnen / Threadsuns.   LINE THE WORDCAVES with panther skins, widen them, hide-to and hide-fro, sense-hither and sense-thither, give them courtyards, chambers, drop doors and wildnesses, parietal, and listen for their second and each time second and second tone. KLEIDE…

NaPoMo16: Rae Armantrout & Emily Dickinson’s “1259”






When asked about her favorite poems, Rae Armantrout replied with “1259” by Emily Dickinson. We’re sharing the poem today, to celebrate National Poetry Month and Rae Armantrout’s birthday!   1259 A Wind that rose Though not a Leaf In any Forest stirred But with itself did cold engage Beyond the Realm of Bird— A Wind…

Announcing 2 books by TED GREENWALD






“Is it cynical or is it innocent? He has an almost machinic way. But is it utopian? The most progressive of Ted Greenwald’s poems are just that. No, they all are: forward thinking, Sagittarian, and wildly Americanly kind.”    –Eileen Myles We are pleased to announce the release of two noteworthy books by prolific poet Ted…