October 31, 2008

LocusPoint & Post-age & Wacca Wacca

The Washington edition of LocusPoint is now up. I curated it and wrote the introductory essay, which inspired some real soul-searching about the nature of the poetry scene in D.C. Take a look and enjoy the work of an incredible diverse array of poets:

Derrick Weston Brown
Michael Gushue
Natalie E. Illum
E. Ethelbert Miller
Rod Smith
Maureen Thorson
Rosemary Winslow

and a glimpse from the editor's note:

"...The writers I know struggle and juggle artistic calling with the demands of parenting, lawyering, Department of Whatever-ing, bartending, and teaching. A friend often taxis from his work on the Hill to catch a Folger reading, knowing he’ll have to taxi straight back again as Congress marches steadily on towards midnight. On a good day, our insistence on making time for poetry demonstrates fierce, inspiring devotion. On a bad day we are an exhausted lot, cursing the delays of the Red Line and straggling in just as the reading ends...."

I'll be intrigued to hear what folks think.

& speaking of the Washington world: I'll have a new column in the Washington Post Sunday Magazine on Sunday (November 2)!

& speaking of journals going "live" today, here's a great new one called Waccamaw and edited by the fantastic Dan Albergotti, whose book The Boatloads came out from BOA this year.


... Paige said...

Sweet gig.

GeL (Emerald Eyes) said...

Hi Sandra,

Yesterday, I read your article in the Washington Post Magazine. Congrats!
I recognized your name because I love to read and write poetry and have been trolling the net sampling poetry blogs.

I'm not sure if I recognized you from local reading or from the net. Either way, I'm going to read further hear. Love the title of your blog. Now, onto exploring your poetry!

GeL (Emerald Eyes) said...

Your essay is informative, thought-provoking, and stimulating. As a visual artist, I can readily identify with the comment "What do you really do?"

Our city holds so much history intertwined with culture opportunities and vast potential. There's a definite need for artists in all areas to be heard. LocusPoint looks like a fine endeavor.