November 23rd, 2014 by SWalters
I am so grateful to Justin Allen and Mosaic Magazine for taking the time to speak with me about Troy, Michigan:
“How might sonnets about a suburb’s past incite conversations on racism? While poetry may seem inadequate to many at achieving this feat, Wendy S. Walters’s Troy, Michigan takes significant strides toward undoing this perception. Even the most mundane of rationale falls into question: “Back then a fear of strangers did not feel / small-minded. Too many outsiders lived / in neighborhoods. Why not predict trouble / from mixing?”
Walters’s preceding volume, Longer I Wait, More You Love Me (2009), found the writer engaged with the long poem and experimental narrative structure. In Troy, her use of the prose sonnet to grapple with history, psychology, and autobiography further exhibits her ambition and dexterity.” Check out the rest of the interview here:
November 15th, 2014 by SWalters
This year I am not curating the First Person Plural Reading Series. But I am reading at First Person Plural! Lucky me. Join me at Silvana on Tuesday, November 18th at 7pm with Cameron Fraser, Asali Solomon, and Marguerite Van Cook + James Romberger. Special DJ sets by Lady DM. Silvana is located at 300 W. 116th St. near Frederick Douglass Blvd, across from Harlem Tavern, steps from the B/C at 116th. Admission is free.
October 6th, 2014 by SWalters
I am thrilled to share some of my thinking behind writing this collection on the “In Their Own Words” blog at The Poetry Society of America. Here’s a snippet:
“Troy, Michigan is a collection of sonnets inspired by the city map of my hometown—I wanted to represent the rectangle shapes repeated throughout of the city plan. I chose the sonnet form because younger writers often use it when they attempt to become a poet. Even though I no longer qualify as a younger poet, this book was also about bringing to life a version of myself from the past to try to make sense of the landscape that had shaped my understanding of both safety and danger.” More here.
June 29th, 2014 by SWalters
I’ll be reading with Emily Abendroth (]Exclosures[, Ahshata Press), Brett Fletcher Lauer (A Hotel in Belgium, Four Way Books), and Frances Justine Post (Beast, Augury Books) as part of the Showcase Reading Series. The Showcase Reading Series features leading and emerging poets with books in this year’s Poets House Showcase. See more here:
June 27th, 2014 by SWalters
New summer reading schedule posted below! I’ll be reading poems from Troy, Michigan and other new works.
Sunday. The Franklin Park reading Series at POPSICKLE FIVE, June 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Featuring: Mark Leidner, Spencer Madsen, Wendy S. Walters, Molly Rose Quinn, and Gregory Crosby.
Wednesday. 7pm with Eric Baus, author of the brand-new The Tranquilized Tongue and Karen Weiser at Berl’s Poetry Shop in Dumbo.
Wednesday. Poet’s House, with Emily Abendroth (]Exclosures[, Ahshata Press), Brett Fletcher Lauer (A Hotel in Belgium, Four Way Books), and Frances Justine Post (Beast, Augury Books) @ 7pm.
April 1st, 2014 by SWalters
Please save the date! A party celebrating the release of my newest collection of poems Troy, Michigan (Futurepoem) will be held on Saturday, May 10 from 7 to 9pm at A Public Space in Brooklyn. Details to follow. Hope to see you there! You can get the book here.
A Public Space
323 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
March 10th, 2014 by SWalters
I’ll be hosting a conference next month with Martha Elena Rojas (University of Rhode Island) and Patricia Ybarra (Brown). Essay in Public is a free, one-day conference for publishers, journalists, academics and tech executives to strategize on how to better bring longform and dense content to general audiences. The conference will be held at Brown University on April 8, 2014. We are interested in the essay as it manifests in scholarly articles and long-form journalism. During the conference we will talk about how to better reach or create a “humanities audience.” We will also explore opportunities for existing publications to become more transnational. For more information, visit essayinpublic.com.
November 9th, 2013 by SWalters
My second book of poems, Troy, Michigan (Futurepoem, 2014) is now available through SPD Books. Please let me know if you are interested in setting up a reading or getting a copy for review.
A note about the book: Troy, Michigan is history and memoir, an elegy for suburbia and a sermon of urban resurrection, an invocation for the value of place and person.
To purchase the book or order for classes, contact SPD Books here.
September 17th, 2013 by SWalters
Golden Motors is a book musical that takes place during the early 1980s in the shadow of a fictional Detroit auto plant. The work has a wide range of interstitial, instrumental music crossing among distinct genres including jazz, classical, and rhythm and blues. The score evokes the sounds of the city during the 1980s, and the lyrics capture the struggles of a working class family pinioned by the declining auto industry. Book by Wendy S. Walters, music by Derek Bermel. Directed by Johanna McKeon. Performances of Golden Motors will take place at both 2 and 7 p.m. in the locations specified within the Performing Arts Building. All performances feature Reed students and alumni along with current performing arts faculty members.
August 16th, 2013 by SWalters
Join us as we listen to works from journalist and novelist Siddhartha Deb, fiction writer Danielle Evans, and biographer and critic Elizabeth Kendall. We’re also very thrilled to have dancer and choreographer Ashley Byler return to Shrine in Harlem with new work. Shrine is located at 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10030.
The event begins with a groovy set by our resident DJ Lady DM at 6:30 pm, followed by the reading 7pm, and a closing set by Lady DM. For more information, check us out here:
We begin this series by inviting inventive, inspiring writers and artists to showcase work written from a “we” or plural POV. We don’t know what our writers are going to produce, but we do know that it’s going to be powerful work.