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Still Life with Poem: A Literary House Press Book Launch


Date: 4:30pm EDT October 18, 2016

Join us to celebrate the release of the Literary House Press’ new anthology of poems, Still Life with Poem: Contemporary Nature Mortes in Verse.

Join us for a poetry reading and book signing as the Literary House Press releases its second trade paperback, an anthology of brand-new poems from 80 American poets called Still Life with Poem: Contemporary Natures Mortes in Verse. Contributors James Arthur, James Allen Hall, Leslie Harrison, dawn lonsinger, Dora Malech, and Jason Schneiderman—as well as co-editor Lindsay Lusby—will read their poems from the anthology and their favorite pieces from other poets in the book. The reading will be followed by a book sale and signing as well as delicious refreshments.

Still Life with Poem: With a tradition that can be traced to Pompeii, the genre of the still life or nature morte has most often been used since the Middle Ages and the Renaissance as a vehicle for symbolism and metaphor, objects serving as stand-ins for philosophical ideas, religious principles, or moralizing messages. In Still Life with Poem, poets were asked to create (or to imagine) their own still lifes and to write poems in response to these thoughtful arrangements of things. And although still life paintings are often viewed as unmoving, quiet works of art, this anthology presents a collection of energetic, urgent voices; these poems speak to current events, the making of art, the domestic, the past, the body, faith, the environment, and the losses we all face. (ISBN 9780937692233)

James Arthur was born in Connecticut and grew up in Canada. His poems have appeared in The New YorkerThe New RepublicPoetry, The New York Review of Books, and The American Poetry Review. He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Hodder Fellowship, a Stegner Fellowship, a residency at the Amy Clampitt House, and a Discovery/The Nation Prize. Charms Against Lightning, his debut poetry collection, is available from Copper Canyon Press. He is an Assistant Professor in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. 

James Allen Hall’s first book of poems, Now You’re the Enemy, received awards from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Texas Institute of Letters, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. In 2011, he was awarded fellowships in poetry from both the National Endowment of the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Recent poems and nonfiction have appeared in New England Review, American Poetry Review, Bloom, CutBank, Redivider, Arts and Letters, The Journal, and Best American Poetry 2012. His second book, I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well, is a collection of memoir-in-lyric-essay. The book was selected by author Chris Krauss as the winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Press’s Essay Award, and will be published in February 2017. He is an Associate Professor of English at Washington College and Interim Director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House.

Leslie Harrison’s second book, The Book of Endings, is forthcoming from The University of Akron Press where it was the 2015 Editor’s Choice. Her first book, Displacement, was published in 2009 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She has held a scholarship and fellowship at The Sewanee Writers’ Conference and a fellowship at The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. In 2011 she was awarded a fellowship in literature from The National Endowment for the Arts. She was the 2010 Philip Roth resident in poetry at Bucknell University, and then a visiting assistant professor in poetry and creative nonfiction a Washington College. In the fall of 2012 she joined the full-time faculty at Towson University. In 2014 The Maryland State Arts Council awarded her an Individual Artist Award in poetry. Recent poems have appeared in many journals, including The New Republic, Cherry Tree, The Paris American, and elsewhere. 

dawn lonsinger is the author of Whelm (2012 Idaho Prize winner), and recipient of the 2014 Greg Grummer Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in American Poetry ReviewBlack Warrior Review, Guernica, Crazyhorse, Colorado Review, Best New Poets, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Cornell University, a PhD from the University of Utah, and is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at Muhlenberg College.

Lindsay Lusby is the author of the chapbook Imago (dancing girl press, 2014) and winner of the 2015 Fairy Tale Review Award in Poetry, judged by Joyelle McSweeney. Her poems have appeared most recently in North Dakota QuarterlyTinderbox Poetry JournalThird Point PressSugar House ReviewThe LumberyardFairy Tale Review, and elsewhere. With Jehanne Dubrow, she has co-edited two poetry anthologies from the Literary House Press: The Book of Scented Things (2014) and Still Life with Poem (2016). She is the Assistant Director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College, where she serves as assistant editor for the Literary House Press and managing editor for Cherry Tree

Dora Malech is the author of Say So (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011) and Shore Ordered Ocean (Waywiser Press, 2009). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, and Best New Poetry 2015. She is an assistant professor of poetry in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

Jason Schneiderman is the author of Primary Source (Red Hen 2016); Striking Surface (Ashland Poetry Press 2010); and Sublimation Point (Four Way 2004); as well as editor of Queer: A Reader for Writers (Oxford UP 2015). He is an Associate Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY.