Seth and I will be bringing SRP to the annual AWP conference in Boston from March 6 – March 9. We will have a table (easy to remember: K-9), and I’ll be hosting a portion of the big Queertopia reading on Thursday, March 7:
Address: Moonshine Room of Club Cafe
209 Columbus Ave Boston, MA 02116
Website of Location: http://www.clubcafe.com/banquets-catering/
The Sibling Rivalry Press portion of the event begins at 5:00 PM. The entire reading runs from 4:00 – 8:00 PM.
Seth will be reading, along with Jessie Carty, Raymond Luczak, Julie Enszer, Kevin Simmonds, Valerie Wetlaufer, Matthew Hittinger, Nicolas Destino, Saeed Jones, and Michael Klein. What a fantastic, diverse lineup! I’m so proud of SRP and what we’ve grown into.
In addition to hearing and reading some damn fine poetry, you’ll probably get to see me do things like give Seth piggyback rides, too. (See below. Yeah, I’m nauseatingly in love.)
On the writing front, new work has been accepted by Rhino and Amsterdam Quarterly. I’ve also seen my poetic style evolve thanks to intense poetry study sessions with Seth. Through these, I’ve become enamored with the poetry of Adrienne Rich, which is really influencing my own work as late. Hope to share some new poems soon.
Love, love, love.
Much gratitude to Small Press Distribution for featuring Less Fortunate Pirates on their list of new & forthcoming titles. LFP is now available for pre-order all over the place: Our official SRP bookstore (order from here and your copy will be signed), Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and, of course, Small Press Distribution, who I encourage you to support. You can also refer your local bookstores and libraries to Small Press Distribution in order to have them carry LFP – which would make me a happy boy. This book, more than anything I’ve written, speaks to such a large audience. We’ve all grieved in one way or another. We’ve all lost someone we’ve loved deeply, be it to death or metaphor. Less Fortunate Pirates is a roadmap to surviving the first year after a loss. To finding hope again. The more I read these poems to audiences, the more I understand my role and why I had to write this book. It was for my father. It was for my mother. It was for me. But now I see it was for you, too. Whoever you are. And especially if you or someone you know has struggled with the loss of a father – reach out to me and let me know. I want you – or that person – to have a copy of Pirates. It’s why I wrote this book. It’s not about money to me. It’s not about making a profit. It’s about getting these poems into hands that need them.
Sooner or later, we all become pirates.
If you’re in Arkansas, don’t miss the official launch of Less Fortunate Pirates - 6:00 PM on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at the Arkansas Arts Center, 501 East 9th Street, Little Rock, AR 72202, (501) 372-4000. Not only will Theresa Davis be performing – but you’re also going to hear a poem from Pirates like you’ve never heard one of my poems before. If you’re local, please help me spread the word about the launch. The Arts Center is doing me a huge favor by hosting the launch and I’d love to have a great turnout to repay their generosity.
Love, love, love folks.
Blantantly copied and pasted straight from the Arkansas Times from their listings for Saturday, April 14:
Queer for You (Cox Creative Center, 3rd floor, 4 p.m.). Poets Bryan Borland (“My Life as Adam”), Nickole Brown (“Sister”) and Ed Madden (“Prodigal Variations”) will talk about building readership for work that addresses LGBTQ life. Borland, from Alexander, is editor of Assaracus, a quarterly journal of gay poetry; Nickole Brown, at one time an editorial assistant to Hunter S. Thompson, teaches at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; and Ed Madden, an Arkansas native, is associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina.
Magazine (Oxford American, 5:30 p.m.). The editors of three of the most well-regarded — and read — literary magazines gather to give a behind-the-scenes peek into the process of assembling their publications. With Marc Smirnoff of the Oxford American, Heidi Julavits of The Believer and Marco Roth of n+1. Of added interest, n+1 has been critical of The Believer and McSweeney’s, the company that publishes The Believer, so mannered sparks may fly. Perhaps more compelling, the Oxford American will be serving free cocktails during the panel and afterwards at a reception that lasts until 7:30 p.m.
Pub or Perish (Lulav: A Modern Eatery, 7 p.m.). David Koon, the Arkansas Times’ own Mark Twain, once again wraps up Saturday night’s festivities by handing the mike to local greats, who’ll read before an audience prone to tears and laughter thanks to ongoing lubrication from the bar.
For more on these and other readings and panels, visit the Arkansas Lit Fest website.
This is a first for me,
the de-icing of the plane,
melting the stoicism
of being away from you.
For three days, I was a business
man. I thought of you,
but the gears turned for hours,
the pistons of introduction,
the pivot of compliment,
Jensen, Hennessy, Klein,
the poets of this machine.
Even my nostrils froze in Chicago,
dizzying my head
with a cold you gave me,
so that even when you weren’t on my mind,
Missouri between us stole my breath
and would not give it back.
© Bryan Borland