NYC | May 16, 2010

April volcanic showers bring hearty May flowers and, my, what interesting flowers they are! Join us in welcoming to the Salon stage a finely-cultivated group of writers and poets and another super musical guest. Definitely not your garden variety. At Jimmys 43, 43 E. 7th St. (btw 2nd & 3rd Aves).

Major Jackson is the author of two collections of poetry: Hoops (Norton: 2006) and Leaving Saturn (University of Georgia: 2002), winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award. Hoops was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literature – Poetry. His third volume of poetry Holding Company is forthcoming from W.W. Norton. He is a recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. He served as a creative arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and as the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Major Jackson is the Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor at University of Vermont and a core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars. He serves as the Poetry Editor of the Harvard Review.

Janis Hubschman’s short stories have appeared in Exquisite Corpse, The Saint Ann’s Review, Front Porch Journal, Literary Mama, Storyglossia, and most recently The Foundling Review. One of her stories was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s June 2009 Open Fiction contest. Another story was chosen as one of the best online stories of 2008 by the Million Writers Award. She has also published essays in The New York Times and poetry in MSS. Janis is a co-founder and co-director of the Montclair Writing Workshops, a creative writing school in Montclair, New Jersey. She is also an adjunct professor at Montclair State University where she teaches composition and literature.

René Georg Vasicek
is a 2009 Artists’ Fellowship recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Camera Obscura, The Delinquent (UK), High Times, Mid-American Review, Minnetonka Review, Post Road, The Prague Revue, The Wanderlust Review, and elsewhere. He teaches at Hofstra University and Lehman College of the City University of New York. René lives in Astoria, Queens with his wife and son. This presentation is co-sponsored by Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) and Artists & Audiences Exchange, a public program of NYFA.

Maureen N. McLane grew up in upstate New York and was educated at Harvard, Oxford, and the University of Chicago. She is the author of two books of poems, World Enough (2010) and Same Life (2008), and a poetry chapbook, This Carrying Life (2005). She has also published two books of literary criticism: Balladeering, Minstrelsy, and the Making of British Romantic Poetry (2008) and Romanticism and the Human Sciences (2000, 2006); she co-edited The Cambridge Companion to British Romantic Poetry (2008). A contributing editor at Boston Review, she was for years the chief poetry critic of the Chicago Tribune; her articles on poetry, contemporary fiction, and sexuality have appeared widely, including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Boston Review, the Washington Post, American Poet, and on the Poetry Foundation website. 

In 2003 McLane won the National Book Critics Circle’s Nona Balakian Award for Excellence in Book Reviewing; she was elected in 2007 for a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the NBCC. Currently an Associate Professor in the English Department at NYU, she has taught at Harvard, the University of Chicago, MIT, and the East Harlem Poetry Project.

MUSICAL GUEST:

Alyson Greenfield is a Brooklyn based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who experiments with pianos, guitars, glockenspiels, chord organs, synthesizers, and vintage Casio beats. Alyson’s music has been recognized by Paste, Relix, Beyond Race, The Deli, CTN-Music, and more, and her music has been heard on Fox Television, Rubyfruit Radio (SPIN Magazine’s Essential Mix), and at festivals such as the CMJ Music Marathon, Estrojam, Ladyfest, and EarthFusion. She recently released her first full-length album, “Tuscaloosa,” engineered by Denise Barbarita (David Byrne, Mary J. Blige), and featuring Jason Mercer (Ani DiFranco) on bass. As well as performing on her own, Alyson also performs with the electronic band Future Rock (Matisyhau, The Disco Biscuits), as they cover/remix her songs “Understand the Sky” and “Make Believe.” Alyson is currently working on an album of covers, an album of originals, and her blog project, “Dear Lilith Fair 2010.”

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