VIDA Interview, Review and Poetry Collection

VIDA Interview, Review and Poetry Collection

30.03.2016

Melissa Studdard and Amy King in LA, California
Me and Amy King in LA, California

23.03.2016

The new VIDA Voices & Views interview with Cheryl Strayed is here!
She’s so warm and wise. Here’s one of my favorite quotes of Cheryl’s from the talk: “Life and literature are not about ‘should.’ They’re about who you are really. And who you are really is so much more interesting and complex and beautiful than those artificial surfaces that we all want to show the world.”

Melissa Studdard

 

 

 

21.03.2016

Today is the VIDA fundraiser kickoff. I donated this morning and hope you will consider donating, as well. If you’re not aware, everyone who works for VIDA is a volunteer. They put in hours and hours and hours each week–not for any reward but because they believe so passionately in what VIDA can accomplish. Any amount is appreciated, I’m sure!

https://www.generosity.com/fundraising/fund-vida-s-present-and-future

 

14.03.2016

Happy to see a super smart review of ‘I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast’ in the new issue of ‘American Book Review.’ Many thanks to John Smith for the words and Joseph Daniel Haske for assigning the book.

It’s a print pub, but here’s a little taste: “These lines survey but do not reduce the mystery of otherness, even in the most intimate relationships, and it is hard to imagine stating this understanding in any other way without doing it violence. Such passages help to explain why poetry remains with us, even in our bottom-line era.”

 

08.03.2016

International Women’s Day! Life-changing books! Happy Tuesday–

–with Christy L. Agrawal, Jennifer Baumgardner, Hannah Bonner, Emily Brandt, Melissa Chadburn, Maggie Cooper, Christina Djossa, Melissa Febos, Ashaki M. Jackson, Beth Jacobson, Alexandra Jacunski, Justine El-Khazen, Amy King, Larsen, Ashli Mackenzie,

Krista Manrique, Sarah Marcus-Donnelly, Sheila McMullin, Lynn Melnick, Sarah Fawn Montgomery, Olivia Postelli, Jennifer Rabedeau, Héctor Ramírez, Camille Rankine, Jessica Reidy, Jenny Sadre-Orafai, Jocelyn Sears, Naomi Smith-Hough, Carly Rae Zent, Literary Hub, & VIDA: Women in Literary Arts

33 covers of must read books

http://lithub.com/33-life-changing-books-in-honor-of-international-womens-day/

 

23.02.2016

Amy King: Last time I gave birth was five years ago. The Missing Museum is about to hatch. Order now, receive late March.
Just think, in less than a month, you could be holding my spawn in your very own hands!

Cover of The Missing Museum by Amy King
https://tarpaulinsky.com/amy-king/missing-museum/

Amy King’s poetry collection The Missing Museum is cowinner of the Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize and is published by Tarpaulin Sky Press (2016).

Readings Interviews and Reviews

Readings Interviews and Reviews

20. February 2016

Reading

This Saturday! Downtown Victoria will be full of words. Looking forward to reading with Ash Smith for University of Houston-Victoria–

And I get to see Charles Alexander too! — celebrating Saturday with Melissa Studdard.

Reading with Ash Smith and Melissa Studdard

 

15. February 2016:

Review

Feeling deeply considered, seen, heard–

Many thanks to Andrew Carroll, Nicole Reese, Cynthia Reeser & Prick of the Spindle for this review of ‘I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast’.

http://prickofthespindle.org/2016/02/13/i-ate-the-cosmos-for-breakfast-by-melissa-studdard/

 

11. February 2016

Reading

Neil Silberblatt:

Many thanks to the following poets & writers for reading brilliantly at our Voices of Poetry event tonight at Cornelia Street Café in NYC:

Amy King
Katherine Koch
Mark Statman
Melissa Studdard.

Special thanks to –

  • Angelo Verga – former co-owner of Cornelia Street Café – for hosting our events at this beautiful venue;

  • Joshua Rebell – curator of spoken word events at CSC – for welcoming our words in this great space; and, most importantly,

  • all those who attended this wonderful event for supporting the literary arts in our community.

Reading at Cornelia Street Cafe NYC with Melissa Studdard and Amy King

 

02. February 2016

Review

Many thanks to publisher Ami Kaye and reviewer Elizabeth Nichols for the beautiful review of ‘I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast’ in issue 8.16 of Pirene’s Fountain. I’ve long admired PF’s aesthetic and depth, so it brings me great joy to see this review nestled in PF’s pages!

 

28. January 2016

Reading

Neil Silberblatt:

In honor of St. Valentine – the patron saint of lovers & chocolatiers – we have planned three (count ’em, three) excellent Voices of Poetry events in three (count ’em, three) excellent venues – a cafe in the heart of Greenwich Village (with great food & drink), an historic 19th century church on Cape Cod & a beautiful library in CT’s Litchfield Hills with stained glass murals and gold-leaf frescoes.

All of these events will feature two literary couples reading their own, and their respective partners’, work. One of these events will also feature music. All are worth attending.

Thursday, February 11 at 6 pm
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street, NYC
– featuring poetry by Mark Statman & Katherine Koch; Amy King & Melissa Studdard.
Admission: $10 @ person (plus a one drink or $10 cover).

Sunday, February 14 at 2 pm
First Parish Brewster
1969 Main Street (Route 6A), Brewster, MA
– featuring poetry by Kristin Knowles & Thomas Fettig; Judith Partelow & Thom Slayter; music by First Parish’s Music Director Danica A. Buckley and by singer/songwriter Colette O’Connor.
Admission: FREE. (Suggested donation: $10 @ person.)
Those attending are asked to bring a bag (or two, or three) of non-perishable food items to be donated to The Family Pantry of Cape Cod in Harwich, MA.

Saturday, February 20 at 2 pm
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road, Washington, CT
– featuring poetry by Laurel Peterson & Van Hartmann; Marianela Medrano & Ralph Nazareth.
Admission: FREE. (Suggested donation: $10 @ person.)

Attend any or – if you want to earn Frequent Poetry Points – all. Bring your special someone(s) to each.

 

19. January 2016

Interview

Hooray! The new VIDA Voices & Views interview is here! Wonderful words from poet and editor Don Share:

“What we all do when poetry is at its best is activate the imagination—because to solve problems, and to create a world in which any kind of justice obtains, the imagination has to work.”

“The open door doesn’t just mean everybody gets to walk through. What it means is that somebody greets you.”

“I don’t know of a poet who doesn’t write out of the impulse to say, ‘The world could be better.’ That’s sort of the plot of every decent poem.”

See below for more!

–with Don Share
–with RJ Jeffreys

 

17. January 2016

I’m delighted to have three short poems in the January issue of ‘First Literary Review-East.” Two of the poems serve as epigraphs for sections in ‘I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast.’ Many thanks to Cindy Sostchen-Hochman for a great issue!

http://www.rulrul.4mg.com

 

16. January 2016

I’m so happy to have two poems in Issue 19 of Cutthroat. So many writers I admire in this issue — Thanks, Pam & William for another beautiful issue!

http://www.cutthroatmag.com/CT_19_II.pdf

Poetry is Dead

Screen Shot of Youtube Video interview

In a moment of rare and blinding courage, I actually watched myself in this interview Weasel Patterson shot for his forthcoming poetry documentary, and in another moment of courage, I share it with you. I like his questions and the relaxed, coffee shop feel of our conversation.

Weasel Patterson interviews Melissa Studdard on Youtube:

Rediscovering the Love for Writing

M.S.

I’m delighted to share this excerpt from my lovely conversation with Catherine Lu at Houston Public Media. Huge thanks to Houston Matters for airing it.

Houston Poet Melissa Studdard Discusses Rediscovering Her Love for Writing

http://www.houstonmatters.org/segments/segment-e/2015/02/17/i-ate-the-cosmos-for-breakfast-houston-poet-melissa-studdard-discusses-rediscovering-her-love-for-writing

Melissa Studdard is on Facebook and Twitter. She writes on Johntext Texas. Visit her personal homepage www.melissastuddard.com and find out about events and her books and contact her on http://melissastuddard.com/contact/ More information is available on Wikipedia.

Interview by Michael Charton

Many thanks to the fabulous Michael Charton for this fun interview!

http://iamanauthorimustauth.wordpress.com/2014/12/06/my-interview-with-the-poetic-professor-melissa-studdard/

There is also the title poem from the collection: I ATE THE COSMOS FOR BREAKFAST included.

Melissa Studdard is on Facebook and Twitter. She writes on Johntext Texas. Visit her personal homepage www.melissastuddard.com and find out about events and her books and contact her on http://melissastuddard.com/contact/ More information is available on Wikipedia.

RJ Jeffreys

R. Jeffreys

Author2Author with Melissa Studdard and RJ Jeffreys

This is a lively interview!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/author-magazine/2012/11/06/author2author-with-melissa-studdard-and-r-jeffreys

Melissa Studdard is on Facebook and Twitter. She writes on Johntext Texas. Visit her personal homepage www.melissastuddard.com and find out about events and her books and contact her on http://melissastuddard.com/contact/ More information is available on Wikipedia.

The Hoot & Hare Review

I’m delighted to announce that the inaugural issue of The Hoot & Hare Review contains my short story, “Terminal”, and an interview about Six Weeks to Yehidah and other things literary.

The Hoot & Hare Review

Melissa Studdard is on Facebook and Twitter. She writes on Johntext Texas. Visit her personal homepage www.melissastuddard.com and find out about events and her books and contact her on http://melissastuddard.com/contact/ More information is available on Wikipedia.

Melissa Studdard

Melissa Studdard 3

Hey Everyone, I’m being interviewed today with Tiferet pubisher Donna Baier Stein at 7 PM eastern/6 PM central on Tiferet Talk (guest host R Jeffreys). Click the link to listen to the show!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/tiferetjournal/2012/09/06/melissa-studdard-donna-baier-stein-guest-host-r-jeffreys

Melissa Studdard is on Facebook and Twitter. She writes on Johntext Texas. Visit her personal homepage www.melissastuddard.com and find out about events and her books and contact her on http://melissastuddard.com/contact/ More information is available on Wikipedia.

J. P. Dancing Bear

In case you didn’t get to listen to the interview with J. P. Dancing Bear last night, here’s a link. He was fabulous!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/j.p.-dancing-bear-tiferet/id378125206?i=106867285

Melissa Studdard is on Facebook and Twitter. She writes on Johntext Texas. Visit her personal homepage www.melissastuddard.com and find out about events and her books and contact her on http://melissastuddard.com/contact/ More information is available on Wikipedia.

I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

It was a joy to share my sillier side in an interview at this gorgeous blog site, I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.ch/2011/09/book-giveaway-author-interview-six.html

Melissa Studdard is on Facebook and Twitter. She writes on Johntext Texas. Visit her personal homepage www.melissastuddard.com and find out about events and her books and contact her on http://melissastuddard.com/contact/ More information is available on Wikipedia.