8 pm, November 10, 2016: Reading at CAM Raleigh with Stefania Heim and Jennifer Kronovet. We will be celebrating the release of JK's exceptional second collection of poetry, The Wug Test.
Do you read Laura Olin's excellent newsletter Everything Changes via the Awl? I guest-wrote this one.
A few of my pictures and words appear in "Pictures & Words," the July issue of the new journal Documentum. The first volume of the journal explores the phenomenon of Instagram. More about the project on the NY Times Lens Blog.
Sometimes I tweet about swimming.
Artist and textile designer Lisa Smith and I are collaborating. Our first series of photo/poem greeting cards are available for purchase online.
I've been writing something new. In this new writing I've been thinking about something Rebecca Solnit wrote in The Faraway Nearby:
"Mostly we tell the story of our lives, or mostly we're taught to tell it, as a quest to avoid suffering, though if your goal is a search for meaning, honor, experience, the same events may be victories or necessary steps. Then the personal matters; it's home; but you can travel in and out of it, rather than being marooned there."
Outside of institutional recognition or support, outside of friendship and friendly readership, I need permission like this granted once in awhile. Permission to write the personal and sail out...
Some old news: I had a chance to take a class with printmaker Takuji Hamanaka at Penland School of Crafts last summer. After the class, Takuji and I corresponded about his work for At Length. The result is here.
Let's take a closer look at this new horde of poets, of which I'm a part, agewise at least.
My essay "Alive Together" appears in the May/June issue of The Kenyon Review. Available at your local indy bookstore or purchase via the link.
[May 4] Reading with Meaghan Mullholland and Trace Ramsey in celebration of At Length magazine--the evening will include a conversation with my fellow At Length editors Jonathan Farmer and Belle Boggs. Regulator Bookshop, Durham, NC, 7:00 pm.
[May 1] Appearance on WUNC's The State of Things, 12 pm.
In the winter of this year, I started writing about the studio coordinators at Penland School of Crafts. These are mini-essays about young artists I know or was just getting to know. I was interested in how each person made his or her own work while playing demanding supporting roles in a sometimes sleepy and generally rollicking school for crafts:
Left my book on De Haven Street, St. Augustine, Florida. Read at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum. Jumped in the sea. Ate at the Blue Hen (3x).
"Elaine Bleakney’s For Another Writing Back skillfully undermines the reader’s expectations of prose, using the visual appearance of the text to evoke our preconceived ideas about what prose should or ought to be like." Read more here.
Talking autobiography with Natalie Shapero on The Kenyon Review podcast.
[November 13, 2014 ] Reading at Kenyon College, Gambier, OH
[October 5, 2014] Guest on Wordplay, Asheville FM
[August 1, 2014 ] Juniper Bends Reading, Downtown Books & News, Asheville, NC
[July 10, 2014 ] Reading with Dan Brady, Mark Cugini, & Mike Young at So & So Series, CAM Raleigh, 8 pm.
[April 22, 2014] Reading with Stuart Kestenbaum at Penland School of Crafts
[April 11, 2014] Official For Another Writing Back Surprise Book Launch with chicken and waffles
[April 6, 2014 ] Reading at Malaprop's Bookstore with Leila Allen, Pat Riviere-Seel, and Sue Lefler
[March 1, 2014] Reading at the Highline in Seattle with Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Teresa K. Miller, Zach Savich, Aaron Kunin, Andrea Rexilius, Emily Kendal Frey, Amy Lawless, Danniel Schoonebeek, and Kelly Schirmann. 7:00pm.
[January, 2014] A selection from For Another Writing Back is up at The Believer.
[January, 2014] My chapbook, 20 Paintings by Laura Owens, is now sold out.
[October 19, 2013] Reading with Mathias Svalina, Wang Jiaxin, and Jennifer Kronovet at the Fort Gondo Compond for the Arts in St. Louis, MO.