In our afternoon reading: poetry’s influence on nonfiction, the state of DC punk, a playlist from Leah Umansky, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Amber Sparks Interviewed, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Leah Umansky’s Latest, “Buffy” and Storytelling, and More
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Amber Sparks, thoughts on Kristine Ong Muslim’s new collection, checking in with Andrew F. Sullivan, and more.
Morning Bites: Leonard Michaels, Literary Resolutions, Leah Umansky Interviewed, PJ Harvey’s Next Album, and More
In our morning reading: talking Leonard Michaels, an interview with Leah Umansky, news of PJ Harvey’s next album, literary New Year’s resolutions, and more.
Good writing can take its inspiration from almost anything, from true-life experiences to speculation to riffs on objects and scenarios encountered in passing to the culture we encounter every day. The two chapbooks covered in today’s column take inspiration from wildly disparate topics. One is written in a reflexive voice, surrounding its point of origin and corresponding with it in numerous ways; the other takes the stuff of classical works — seasons, romance — and channels it through an abrupt, […]
“Either you dress for the music or the occasion”: The Complex and Challenging Poetry of Leah Umansky
I tend to gravitate towards people who can utter statements with passion and honesty sans irony to the effect of “The first chapter of Wuthering Heights changed my life.” I long ago dropped the pretension that a love of books in anyway, necessarily, speaks positively of a personality. Yet, Leah Umansky, makes me rethink my opinion. Umansky, a prolific and talented poet, a loving and devoted teacher, represents someone of the rarified kind who still believes, deeply, in the power […]
“Betrayal”: Live at Franklin Park with Heidi Julavits, Touré, Fiona Maazel, Leah Umansky, and Joseph Riippi
Franklin Park, just off the prettier end of Eastern Parkway and Franklin Avenue, has quickly become perhaps the best place in Brooklyn to see live literature. Thanks to the superb efforts of host and curator Penina Roth, who verifies that success comes from being kind to anyone and everyone, the high pedigree of authors who’ve graced the Franklin Park Reading Series at 618 St. John’s Place in recent months has included Jennifer Egan, Rick Moody, Mary Gaitskill, Michael Showalter, […]