Al Filreis

Erica Baum photographs the card catalogue

When I saw what Erica Baum was doing with photography a few years ago, I knew that it was closely related to what I was trying to teach my students about modern and contemporary poetry, so I invited Erica to visit us at the Writers House. It was a great visit.

Poetry (n) the public spear

Back to Maria Damon's critical essays for a moment. I've just read "Was That 'Different,' 'Dissident' or 'Dissonant'?Poetry (n) the Public Spear: Slams, Open Readings, and Dissident Traditions."

Maggie O'Sullivan

Maggie O'Sullivan will be reading at the Writers House on October 11Maggie O'Sullivan will be reading at the Writers House

"Has not adopted a minority tone"

Saul Bellow's review of Invisible Man praised Ralph Ellison for his independence from what was then called Negro writing.