Schedule of Events

Spring 2017

Brent Newsom Poetry Reading: Wednesday, March 7 at 7pm - OU Campus, Cate Center 2 room 223

A native of southwest Louisiana, Brent Newsom has also lived in Oklahoma, Texas, and, for briefer stretches, China. He earned a PhD in English from Texas Tech University, where he held editorial posts with 32 Poems and Iron Horse Literary Review. His poems have appeared in The Southern Review, The Hopkins Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, PANK, Cave Wall, and other journals. His poetry collection Love’s Labors was published in 2015 by CavanKerry Press. Aaron Brown has written that the 2015 collection’s “greatest triumph lies in its depiction of the poet’s own vacillations: from hesitant father to tender dad, doubtful Christian to self-consoled believer.” Currently Newsom lives in Oklahoma with his wife and two children.

See his poem “Adjustment” at Glass: A Journal of Poetry:
His poem “Smyrna” at PANK Magazine:
Newsom’s poem “Hometown, Louisiana: Men” at Cybersoleil: a Literary Journal:

Alan Michael Parker Reading: Thursday, March 15, 7pm - MAINSITE Contemporary Art

See his poems here:
And an interview with Parker at the Superstition Review here:

Joe Harrington and Tim Lantz: Thursday, March 29, 7:30pm - Location TBD

Joseph Harrington is the author of Of Some Sky (BlazeVOX [books] 2018); Things Come On (an amneoir) (Wesleyan UP 2011); the chapbooks Goodnight Whoever’s Listening (Essay Press 2015) and Earth Day Suite (Beard of Bees 2010); and the critical work Poetry and the Public (Wesleyan UP 2002). His creative work has appeared in BAX: The Best American Experimental Writing 2016, Bombay Gin, Hotel Amerika, Colorado Review, The Rumpus, 1913: a journal of forms, and Fact-Simile, among others. Harrington is the recipient of a Millay Colony residency and a Fulbright Chair. He teaches at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Tim Lantz’s poems, essays, and translations have appeared in Diagram, Prick of the Spindle, Airplane Reading, and elsewhere. His current project is a multigenre, multilingual memoir about meeting his daughter in China, and a new essay, on modernism and postmodernism, is forthcoming in the book Rethinking the Americas: Key Topics in Literature and Music, from Routledge. He is the managing editor of Beecher’s.

FALL 2017

Paul Austin - Wednesday, November 15 at 7pm, MAINSITE Contemporary Art

Writer, poet, director, actor, and professor Paul Austin has acted and directed On and Off Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, at summer stock, and at regional theatres around the nation. He has acted for television and film and was for many years the Artistic Director of the Image Theatre in New York, where he produced plays and taught acting. A remarkable teacher, he was recently awarded the Teachers Who Make a Difference award from the Creative Coalition at the Sundance Film Festival. Mr. Austin’s writing is often collaborative in nature: his collection Conspiracies was performed with a jazz ensemble at New York’s Ensemble Studio. He is currently working on three collections of writing: Actors; Mother and Son; and Persons of Influence.

See his poem "Chet Baker's Return" in This Land press here: 

Open Mic Competition! With Eric Bosse, Thursday, December 7th at 7pm, Couch Center, 301-399 4th St, Norman, OK 73072

Eric Bosse received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana. He writes fiction and creative nonfiction, in addition to his academic work. He also blogs and makes short movies and videos. He has published more than forty short stories in such magazines and journals as The Sun, Mississippi Review, Exquisite Corpse, Zoetrope, Eclectica, Night Train, The Collagist, and Wigleaf. His story collection, Magnificent Mistakes, was released in 2011 by Ravenna Press.


Tom Raworth - Wednesday, October 24th at 7 pm - The Jacobson House Tom Raworth was born in London in 1938.  Since leaving school at 16 he has worked; occasionally taught; printed and published poetry by others in both magazines and books; lived in England, the United States and Mexico; had more than 40 books of his own (poetry and prose) published; been translated into many languages; exhibited his graphic work worldwide; collaborated with musicians, visual artists and other writers; and has given readings in more than twenty countries (most recently China and Mexico).  Carcanet published his Collected Poems in 2003, and plan a Selected Poems for his 75th birthday next year. He wonders where it all went wrong and what he'll do when he grows up.

Timothy Bradford - Thursday, November 8th at 7 pm - The Jacobson House -- Timothy Bradford is the author of the introduction to Sadhus (Cuerpos Pintados, 2003), a photography book on the ascetics of South Asia, and Nomads with Samsonite (BlazeVOX [books], 2011), a collection of poetry. Currently, he is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University

Gerald Stern and Anne Marie Macari

Poetry Reading and Reception
Thursday, November 15, 7-9pm
Performing Arts Studio | Norman Depot

A Conversation with the Authors
Friday, November 16, 3-5pm
Lab Theatre | Old Science Hall 200

Gerald Stern was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1925. His recent books of poetry are Early Collected Poems: 1965-1992 (W. W. Norton, 2010), Save the Last Dance: Poems (2008); Everything Is Burning (2005); American Sonnets (2002); Last Blue: Poems (2000); This Time: New and Selected Poems (1998), which won the National Book Award; Odd Mercy (1995); and Bread Without Sugar (1992), winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize.

His other books include Leaving Another Kingdom: Selected Poems (1990); Two Long Poems (1990); Lovesick (1987); Paradise Poems (1984); The Red Coal (1981), which received the Melville Caine Award from the Poetry Society of America; Lucky Life, the 1977 Lamont Poetry Selection of The Academy of American Poets, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award; and Rejoicings (1973).

About his work, the poet Toi Derricotte has said, "Gerald Stern has made an immense contribution to American poetry. His poems are not only great poems, memorable ones, but ones that get into your heart and stay there. Their lyrical ecstasies take you up for that moment so that your vision is changed, you are changed. The voice is intimate, someone unafraid to be imperfect. Gerald Stern’s poems sing in praise of the natural world, and in outrage of whatever is antihuman."

His honors include the Paris Review's Bernard F. Conners Award, the Bess Hokin Award from Poetry, the Ruth Lilly Prize, four National Endowment for the Arts grants, the Pennsylvania Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from American Poetry Review, and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In 2005, Stern was selected to receive the Wallace Stevens Award for mastery in the art of poetry.Stern was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2006. For many years a teacher at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Anne Marie Macari is an American poet. Her most recent book is She Heads Into the Wilderness (Autumn House Press, 2008). Her first book won The APR/Honickman First Book Prize in Poetry. Her poems have been published in many literary journals and magazines, such as TriQuarterly, Bloomsbury Review, Shenandoah, The American Poetry Review, Five Points, The Cortland Review and The Iowa Review, and in anthologies including From the Fishouse (Persea Books, 2009) and Never Before: Poems About First Experiences (Four Way Books).

A graduate of Oberlin College, she holds an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence. Macari has taught on the faculty of the Prague Summer Seminars.
She was born in Queens, New York and lives in Lambertville, New Jersey. She is the director of the Drew University Low-Residency MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation. She is also a member of the Alice James Books Cooperative Board.