- Mississippi Review's new issue, Poets of the New York School,
guest-edited by award-winning poet Dr. Angela Ball, chair of English
at The University of Southern Mississippi and member of the Southern
Miss Center for Writers, will be launched on Nov. 17 as part of
the famed KGB Poetry Night Reading Series in New York City.
will feature Ball, Star Black, Elaine Equi, David Lehman, Robert
Polito, David Shapiro, Tony Towle, Paul Violi, and Charles North
- all poets included in the new Mississippi Review. Copies of the
issue will be available for sale at the reading.
marriage of Mississippi and New York has been very exciting,"
Ball said of the new issue. "Poetry defies geography. Thanks
to contributing editor David Lehman and the other wonderful writers
involved, we have linked the spirit of innovation the Review has
always had with the ever-fresh voice of New York poetry."
Review, one of the nation's premier literary journals, has been
edited by Center for Writers director Frederick Barthelme since
Six and a half
years ago, acclaimed poets Star Black and David Lehman conceived
of the reading series and convinced Denis Woychuk, KGB Bar owner,
to give them the Monday night slot. "KGB Bar itself has such
an eclectic atmosphere and history, we wanted to match that with
a mix of poets spanning a vast range of contemporary voices,"
Lehman said. "In more than 200 readings since February 1997,
we have hosted more than 500 poets, including some of the nation's
foremost bards: John Ashbery, Robert Bly, Donald Hall, Richard Howard,
Carolyn Kizer, Philip Levine, Sharon Olds, Charles Simic, Mark Strand,
James Tate, Charles Wright, C.K. Williams, and Molly Peacock."
New York and Time Out routinely rate KGB Bar the "best poetry
venue" in New York, and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review notes
that "the series named . . . as the best is a simple, no-frills
affair, packed with a standing-room-only crowd intent on [hearing]
the most famous poets in America mixed with the up-and-comers."
A former single-room
speakeasy (a Lucky Luciano favorite) KGB Bar was turned into a Ukranian
socialist social club in 1948. To this day, KGB Bar retains the
original decoration of its former incarnations, complete with tin
ceiling and stained glass Beaux Arts cabinetry, red walls, Soviet
triumph posters, photographs, paintings, and sculptures. A red hammer
and sickle flag even hangs from the ceiling.
KGB Bar is
located at 85 East 4th Street in New York's East Village, near the
intersection of 4th Street and 2nd Avenue. (212 505-3360). The reading
begins at 7:30 p.m. There is no cover charge for admission.