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I initially mistyped that as The Bling Assassin

Ducklings, I’m sorry. I’ve been busy enjoying my life and editing our upcoming titles, and have fallen behind on posting contributor news, so I’ma write this long-ass post and hope y’all will click through every one of these delicious links.


But first! If you live in Nashville, a couplethree events you should know about:

We’re having two readings this coming Saturday June 1st for Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days, at 11 am at the downtown library (Conference Center, Main Library First Floor, 615 Church Street, Nashville, TN; FB; NPL; Nashville Scene) and at 2 pm at East Side Story (1108 Woodland Street, Unit B, Nashville, TN; FB). Join Chet Weise, Tessa Mellas and Maggie Smith for readings from the end of days! Maggie Smith is the author of Lamp of the Body, Nesting Dolls and The List of Dangers. Trapeze aficionado Tessa Mellas is a lecturer at the Ohio State University. Chet Weise, the force behind the local Poetry Sucks! A Night of Poetry, Music, and All Sorts of Bad Language reading series, was once banned from Canada for playing rock-n-roll without a permit.

And speaking of Poetry Sucks!… I will be reading at their open mic night on Thursday, June 6th at Dino’s Bar and Grill (411 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206; FB; Nashville Scene listing). They begin at 8 pm and end at 10 pm. Dino’s is very smoky so people with allergies may find it hard to take, but they have to-die-for cheeseburgers and fries and Poetry Sucks! is always a ridiculous good time with a great crowd. My portion will be 5-8 minutes long and I won’t know where I am in the line-up til that night. They turn off the grill when the readings start so you’ll want to arrive by 7 pm if you want to eat.


News for Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days contributors:



And for 140 And Counting contributors:

27 May 2013

50 cent party

News for 140 And Counting contributors: Miriam Sagan is doing a reading for her new book Seven Places in America: A Poetic Sojourn on October 30th at Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe; and, China Daily features Ken Liu (autoplays music).

Strange Horizons (whose funding drive is still going strong) has posted their monthly round-up of their contributors’ news, and they include some URB alums: Elizabeth Barrette has been talking about serial poetry at the Poetree Dreamwidth community, and Peg Duthie (who in addition to being in 140 And Counting, also published her collection Measured Extravagance with URB) has a poem + photograph combo (“Hide“) published by unFold.

News for Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days contributors: Joyce Carol Oates is reading at New Jersey’s Ramapo Visiting Writers Series on November 12th; the UCD Advocate features Nicky Beer; and, Margaret Atwood is pairing with Naomi Alderman to write the young adult serial The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home. Incidentally, I had a chance to speak briefly with Atwood at the Nashville Public Library yesterday (where she was giving a public lecture about The Handmaid’s Tale and related topics) and she told me that her story in Apocalypse Now, “The Silver Astroturfer,” was written to be speculative, but that she’s since found out that it’s actually happening in China (she told me to google “the 50 cent kids“). Subscribers to the Sunday Times, by the way, can read it here (and the rest of you can read it when the book comes out).

28 October 2012

cautious experiments with form and rhyme

Contemporary poetry on Jewish religious subjects is rare in America outside the pages of specialized Jewish publications. Thus, Peg Duthie’s delightful new collection Measured Extravagance (Upper Rubber Boot Books) is doubly welcome…

So begins Martin Berman-Gorvine’s review, “A Measured Feast,” posted 25 September 2012 at InTheMoment, the blog of Moment Magazine.

26 September 2012

Couplets – April 29

Here are today’s entries:

And one I missed from yesterday! Three Poetry Reviews for National Poetry Month: reviews of Heather Kamins’ Blueshifting, Peg Duthie’s Measured Extravagance and Gail White’s Sonnets in a Hostile World (at Christine Klocek-Lim’s November Sky Poetry).

29 April 2012

“I can’t help but sense a clear mind behind the words working to deliver a clear message.”

The always thoughtful David Allan Barker of Nouspique has posted a review of Peg Duthie‘s Measured Extravagance which says, in part:

A life lived within the measure of its confines is no life at all, but a life lived with extravagance becomes more than the sum of its years. So we have, in “Extravagance”, another mother, like the clipped mother we already met, but she surprises us:

And yet, on the Fourth of July,
the flashiest, wickedest rockets
arrive in a wrinkled paper bag:
as they soar, whistle, and burn,
flinging sparks across the night,
Mrs. Dianna stands in the yard,
her face alight. Such a feast.

Just as fresh insight can burst from the traditional forms of poetry, so life can burst its limits with moments of wonder and delight that suspend us in time.

  • ISBN 978-1-937794-14-9 (epub) is available for iPad, Nook, etc. at Barnes & Noble, Goodreads and kobo.
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20 April 2012

Invasion of the Night

Kristine Ong Muslim has reviewed Peg Duthie‘s Measured Extravagance:

What I admire most about this book is Peg Duthie’s masterful treatment of highly politicized topics (such as the political inclinations of well-known scientists) into a non-politically-correct lattice.

Also, news for 140 And Counting contributors: Neil Ellman has two poems in Spinozablue this week; and Francis W. Alexander currently has a haibun in the March 2012 Haibun Today and a story in Night to Dawn, Issue 21, which also has work by Marge Simon.

31 March 2012

bring me my captain’s hat and other news

“A Multiple of Sorrows” and “Good Morning,” two poems by Measured
author Peg Duthie, have been published by Houseboat. They accompany photo prompts No. 26 and No. 27.

Berit Ellingsen (a 140 And Counting alum) has a short story in Rocket Science, an anthology due to be published in 2012 by Mutation Press.

Also a 140 And Counting contributor, Lucas Stensland has a short poem (“Bring Me My Captain’s Hat”) in the March issue of Four and Twenty.

And, in the Wish We’d Seen This Before It Happened category, turns out that URB editor Joanne Merriam‘s reading with Peg Duthie (Measured Extravagance) and Mary Alexandra Agner (The Scientific Method; The Doors of the Body) was a Critics’ Pick in last week’s Nashville Scene.

26 March 2012

perfect circles

URB editor Joanne Merriam read poetry with Peg Duthie (Measured Extravagance1) and Mary Alexandra Agner (The Scientific Method; The Doors of the Body) today at the Nashville Public Library, and blogged about it here.

And, some new publications from 140 And Counting alums: Aurelio Rico Lopez III‘s poem “Eastern Demons” appeared at Every Day Poets on March 22nd; Simon Kewin‘s short story “Live From The Continuing Explosion” from Perfect Circles (which cover photo, incidentally, appears to be of the same Prague astronomical clock featured on the cover of Blueshifting) was reviewed at length by StoryADay; Berit Ellingsen has work in issue 2 of Lost in Thought; S. Kay was featured at trapeze on March 15th.


1Which is now available at Barnes & Noble!

24 March 2012

“I love this. I reread it already. I will reread it again.”

Marissa Lingen reviews (and likes) Peg Duthie‘s Measured Extravagance.

22 March 2012

Measured Extravagance now live on Amazon

Measured Extravagance is now available on Amazon (US, UK, DE, FR, IT, ES)!

Still to come: the ePub version will go live sometime this month.

15 March 2012

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