Stephen Motika


Stephen Motika.
  The newest PennSound author page is that of poet, editor and Nightboat Books publisher Stephen Motika, containing a wide array of recordings spanning the last five years. One finds first on the page a trio of appearances on Cross Cultural Poetics indicating the range of Motika’s talents. First is episode CCP’s #178, titled “Four Editors,” where Motika discusses the work he’s done with Nightboat Books. Two years later, in an episode dedicated to the press, Motika read from and discussed one of the latest books he edited for Nightboat: Tiresias: The Collected Poems of Leland Hickman. Finally, from a 2012 CCP program, the poet shares selections from his debut collection, Western Practice, which addresses the life and work of maverick microtonal composer Harry Partch. These three recordings are complemented by "Queer Masculinity," a panel talk from this past March curated by Krystal Languell as part of the Belladonna* Reading Series, which also featured Brian Pietras, Mark Wunderlich, Ronaldo Wilson, and Jack Halberstam. — Michael S. Hennessey, from “PennSound Daily” (for more, see the PD archive).