Sunday, April 19, 2015

I will guest edit Cardinal Points 6 - call for work

I'm delighted to serve as guest editor for issue 6 of the splendid journal Cardinal Points. The reading period starts immediately and ends on August 31, 2015. The issue will come out in February of 2016 and will be presented at AWP in LA.

 Please send your work as a Word file to with CP6 in subject line.
For the kind of work we are looking for, please refer to
and if you still have any questions, please feel free to forward them to
Since 2014, Cardinal Points journal is being published in collaboration with MadHat Press.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Text of "Apple Bhagan of Mahadevi-Akka," from The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion

Honored to have my poem, " Apple Bhagan of Mahadevi-Akka," in the Spring issue of  the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion.  Mahadevi-Akka was a 12th century Dravidian poet.
When death comes, it will be diamond white.
The dark months before, a falling, burying brown.
All is, after all, a trap of activity,
the bursting scent, naked, of apples gone ground.

When death comes, it will be a sister’s hand,
as callused as ground, the slapping of time.
It is, after all, the root of activity,
so like
the dusted brown bottles of sour apple wine.

When death comes, it will be clear and bright.
All actions, after all, from ignorance arise,
The cycle of rebirth will dance with Lord Siva
as babies like apples, born breathing, born red.

 1.      A bhaghan (also bhajan) is a devotion or prayer.

Friday, April 17, 2015

New Staging of Victory over the Sun, Iconic Avant-garde Theater, at BU 4/23

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Anna Winestein, 617.599.3190
New Staging of Victory over the Sun, Iconic Avant-garde Theater, at BU 4/23

Victory over the Sun, the First Futurist Opera by Aleksei Kruchenykh
Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Boston University Photonics Center
8 St. Mary’s Street, Room 206   
(MBTA Green Line “B” to BU Central or “C” to St. Mary’s St.)
Free and open to the public | Reception & book-signing to follow

Boston University’s Revolutionary Voices series will present the mythically iconoclastic Futurist opera Victory over the Sun on Thursday, April 23 in a new experimental staging directed by Anna Winestein.  Concocted in 1913 by the trans-rational poet Aleksey Kruchenykh, the messiah of painterly abstraction Kazimir Malevich, and the avant-garde composer-painter Mikhail Matiushin, Victory, called an opera, was in fact an anti-operatic, anti-theatrical, anti-literary piece of performance art intended to overthrow all conventional art forms.
Larissa Shmailo’s original translation, which was commissioned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1980, has undergone a digitized technological update in the Boston University production while retaining the Marx Brothers-like feel of the manic original. The BU performance will feature a digital score written and mastered by Finnish composer Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, voice performance by Shmailo, visual design by Anna Winestein, interactive digital projections created by Ajjen Joshi, and volunteer actors from the BU community.
The performance of this early achievement of Russian Futurism that spanned many art forms, including poetry, art, music and theater, will be followed by comments by historian Harlow Robinson, and a panel discussion among Robinson, Winestein, Joshi, and Shmailo, moderated by Revolutionary Voices co-director Yuri Corrigan. The evening will conclude with a book signing by Shmailo, whose translation is now available from Cervena Barva Press, and a reception.

Revolutionary Voices is sponsored by the Boston University Center for Humanities, the Jewish Cultural Endowment, the Provost Arts Initiative, the Center for the Study of Europe, the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, and the Department of English. Victory Over the Sun is presented in collaboration with the Ballets Russes Arts Initiative and Cervena Barva Press.
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Sunday, April 05, 2015

Interview on PennSound

I'm delighted my interview by Leonard Schwartz on PennSound's Cross-Cultural Poetics show is now up! We discuss my collection, #specialcharacters, Aleksei Kruchenych, and why Russians read poetry and Americans don't.

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