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Common Good Books is pleased to announce “Love Letters”: The Second Annual Common Good Books Poetry Contest.
Garrison Keillor, proprietor of Common Good Books in St Paul, Minnesota, is sponsoring a poetry contest, and he’s putting up some serious money in support of good verse. First prize in “Love Letters”: The Second Annual Common Good Books Poetry Contest is $1000.00; four $250.00 runner-up prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the judges.
This year’s judges are Garrison Keillor, Tom Hennen (author of Darkness Sticks to Everything: New and Collected Poems), and Patricia Hampl (author of Woman before an Aquarium and Resort and Other Poems).
To enter, just craft a paean to your favorite person, place, or thing. Pour your love onto the page, shape it well, and mail your love letter to Common Good Books before April 15. Fame and fortune could be yours.
Help for aspiring poets
Don’t think you can’t write poetry. Common Good Books has the encouragement you need. Visit http://commongoodbooks.tumblr.com/advice from now till April 15th for tips on how to win at (writing) love from some of our country’s best poets, including Tony Hoagland, Kristin Naca, and Henri Cole as well as Graywolf Press poetry editor Jeff Shotts. Stay tuned!
And we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that you can see what sort of poems touch our proprietor’s heart by checking out his collection of poetry O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound (get yours here) or by listening to The Writer’s Almanac (here).
The rules at a glance
Finalists will be announced April 20. The winners will be announced at a celebration of poetry in St Paul, Minnesota, on April 27.
Join us at 1:30pm, Sunday, April 27, 2014, in the chapel at Macalester College for a celebration of poetry hosted by Garrison Keillor. We’ll share good poems and announce the winner of “Love Letters.” This event is free and open to the public.
About the judges
Garrison Keillor is the host and founder of A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer's Almanac on public radio. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, he was born in 1942 in Anoka. His books include Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, and O What A Luxury.
Tom Hennen is the author of Darkness Sticks to Everything: Collected and New Poems. Born into a big Dutch-Irish family in 1942 in Morris, Minnesota, Hennen grew up on farms. In 1972 he helped found the Minnesota Writer’s Publishing House, printing with a press stashed in his garage work that included his first chapbook The Heron With No Business Sense. He then worked for the Department of Natural Resources wildlife section in the 1970s and later as a wildlife technician at the Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge in South Dakota. Now retired, he lives in St. Paul near his children and grandchildren.
Patricia Hampl is the author of two collections of poetry, Woman before an Aquarium and Resort and Other Poems. Her other books include first A Romantic Education, a memoir about her Czech heritage; The Florist’s Daughter, winner of numerous “best” and “year end” awards, including the New York Times “100 Notable Books of the Year” and the 2008 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir and Creative Nonfiction; Blue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime, also a Times Notable Book; Spillville, a meditation on Antonin Dvorak's 1893 summer in Iowa, with engravings by Steven Sorman; and Virgin Time, about her Catholic upbringing and an inquiry into contemplative life.
Murray Farish reads from his novel "Inappropriate Behavior." Farish will be joined by Benjamin Percy, author of "Red Moon."
03/10/2014 7:00 pm
“Do yourself a favor: put some Farish fiction between your ears.”--Lee K. Abbott, author of All things, All at Once and Wet Places at Noon
“Inappropriate Behavior is a collection of lovely surprises: the tartly fresh, felicitous phrase, followed by the astonishing plot turn, and then by the lightning-streaked illumination of character. I think you will like this book.”--Ken Kalfus, author of Equilateral
The characters in Inappropriate Behavior teeter on the brink of sanity, while those around them reach out in support, watch helplessly, or duck for cover. These are stories of people seeking desperately for a way to connect, to be understood, and, more often than not, failing horribly in the attempt. From the personal account of someone easily recognized as a young John Hinckley Jr., to the deeply touching title story, in which a couple stretched to their limit after a layoff struggles to care for their emotionally unbalanced young son, this collection draws a bead on our national identity, distilling our obsessions, our hauntings, our universal predicament.
Murray Farish lives with his wife and two sons in St. Louis, Missouri, where he teaches writing and literature at Webster University. Inappropriate Behavior is his debut collection.
“[Red Moon is a] powerfully written first novel… he delineates his characters with a knife-sharp psychological edge.”--National Public Radio
“A werewolf epic. I can’t stop thinking about it.”--Stephen King
Benjamin Percy is the author of two novels, Red Moon (Grand Central/Hachette, May 2013) and The Wilding (Graywolf Press, 2010), as well as two books of short stories,Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk. His honors include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Whiting Writers’ Award, two Pushcart Prizes, the Plimpton Prize, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics.
He is adapting Red Moon as a series with Oscar-winner Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, I am Legend, Winter’s Tale) for FOX TV. He is currently the writer-in-residence at St. Olaf College and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University.
03/09/2014 5:00 pm
Finalist for the National Book Award
New York Times Top Ten Books of 2013
The young and impressionable unnamed narrator of The Flamethrowers, occasionally referred to by other characters as “Reno,” grew up in that Nevada town, riding motorcycles with her rough and tumble cousins, and studied fine art at the University of Nevada. When she moves to New York in 1975 with little more than a camera, she finds a fast-paced downtown art world of makers, fakers, manipulators, lovers, and friends. She begins dating a golden boy of that world, Sandro Valera, an artist and wealthy heir to an Italian motorcycle fortune. For an art project, ‘Reno’ rides a Moto Valera in the land speed trials on the Bonneville Salt Flats. She is invited to travel with the Valera race team in Italy, but when she goes to Sandro’s ancestral estate to meet his family, she discovers a rift she can’t bridge, one that sends her spiraling through betrayal, and into a radical scene in Rome.
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