Poetry is Dead

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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:

The Power Of Love

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I have decided to quit trying to figure out the purpose of life. It is not a mind thing, to be figured out. It is a heart thing, to feel. We are here to love. I will love with my work and my actions, I will love through my writing, I will love by the things I decide not to say or do, I will love with whatever I share–and anyone who tries to get in the way of my loving, well they will be flattened as if by a steam roller.

Cutthroat’s 10th Anniversary Edition

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Cutthroat's 10th Anniversary Edition

Cutthroat’s 10th Anniversary Edition is one of the most wondrous and beautiful things that came home from Minnesota with me last week. It’s a special tribute issue to Joy Harjo and Linda Hogan and contains a terrific review by Doug Anderson of ‘I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast.’ Many, many thanks to Doug, to Pam Uschuk and William Pitt Root, and to all the other editors and contributors who made this issue happen.

http://www.amazon.com/Cutthroat-Anniversary-Tribute-Harjo-Linda/dp/0979563488

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.

A Conversation With Jane Hirshfield

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Photo of Jane Hirshfield

“Poems give us permission to be unsure, in ways we must be if we are ever to learn anything not already known. If you look with open eyes at your actual life, it’s always going to be the kind of long division problem that doesn’t work out perfectly evenly. Poems let you accept the multiplicity and complexity of the actual, they let us navigate the unnavigable, insoluble parts of our individual fates and shared existence.”

See the link below for more of my conversation with Jane Hirshfield at American Microreviews and Interviews.

http://www.americanmicroreviews.com/interview-with-jane-hirshfield

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.

AWP in Minneapolis

Photo of Melissa Studdard, Amy King, Rita Dove and Fred Viebahn in Minneapolis.

About the Association of Writers & Writing Programs:
AWP in Minneapolis

Spontaneous skyway socializing–one of the great things about AWP in Minneapolis.

With Melissa Studdard, Amy King, Rita Dove and Fred Viebahn
AWP Minneapolis

Cocktails, VIDA style! — with Jane Ciabattari, Michele Filgate, Bethanne Patrick and Kamy Wicoff.
cocktails

Getting Wild with VIDA — with Amy King – Poet, & Educator, Cheryl Strayed and Melissa Studdard.
Amy King, Cheryl Strayed, Melissa Studdard

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.

Three New Poems

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So happy to have three new poems published at Spork Press!

And for the literary obsolescence of forks and spoons…

And to appear alongside Amy King & David Tomas Martinez

Thanks, Richard Siken!

http://sporkpress.com/sporklet/04_15/studdard.htm

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.

Debut of Motionpoem film

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Amy King wrote:

My woman’s Motionpoem film will debut Thursday night & then we will dance until the roof is on fire! The film is an interpretation of Melissa Studdard ‘s “I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast” – will you tap dance with us?

2015 VIDA AWARDS

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.

A Gorgeous Review

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Yay! Here’s a gorgeous review of ‘I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast’ at Quill & Parchment. Thank you, Ed Bennett and Sharmagne Leland-St John-Sylbert!

http://www.quillandparchment.com/archives/April2015/bookreview.html

Quill & Parchment

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.