Enjoy an afternoon of poetry with Margo Taft Stever and Andrey Gritsman at the Local 138 (located between Houston and Delancy).
Enjoy an evening of poetry with Susana H. Case and Margo Taft Stever, sponsored by The Word Works Press.
Join Margo Taft Stever, Estha Weiner, Suzanne Cleary, and Lynn McGee at the excellent Berl’s Booklyn Poetry Shop for an evening of fine poetry!
Join Margo Taft Stever, Suzanne Cleary, and Arthur Sze for an evening of fine poetry at the Hudson Valley Writers Center!
Join Lisa Barstow, John Perrault, and Margo Taft Stever for an evening of fine poetry!
Join Margo Taft Stever at the Hudson Valley Writers Center for a lit fest like no other, featuring a wide slew of writers and poets, including:
- Ilya Kaminsky
- Iain Haley Pollock
- Joshua Bennett
- Nomi Stone
- Pamela Hart
- Chen Chen
- Suzanne Cleary
- BK Fischer
- Gregory Pardlo
- Helen Phillips
- Lauren Acampora
- Margo Taft Stever
- Sean Singer
- Michael Patrick Collins
- Bethany Ball
- Sana Krasikov
- Beth Hahn, The Singing Bone
- Sally Bliumis-Dunn
- Ruth Danon
- Leah Umansky
- Chris Campanioni
- Anton Yakovlev
- Kem Joy Ukwu
- Jonathan Blunk
- Michelle Whittaker
- Mervyn Taylor
- Susana H. Case
- Martha Rhodes
- Cynthia Cruz
- Rachel M. Simon
- Anthony Howarth
- Cynthia Mannick
- Gillian Cummings
- and others!
This event will also feature an after-hours keynote from American-Ukrainian acclaimed poet, translator and professor, Ilya Kaminsky
Join Dr. Kraus and poets Ann Cefola, Kristin Prevallet, and Margo Taft Stever for Sundays @ the J with George and Friends.
Free for members!
Susana H. Case and Margo Taft Stever will be reading at Port-au-Prince’s monthly open mic poetry reading. Enjoy great poems, Haitian cuisine, and happy hour specials!
Join Margo Taft Stever, Susana H. Case, and Michelle Poulos on the fourth day of the Popular Culture Association’s National Conference!
This reading will take place from 11:30AM-1:00PM in Washington Room 6 of the Washington Marriot Wardman Park in DC.
We hope you will all join us and bring your friends for what promises to be an excellent event!
Kevin Carey, Newton Free Library (Newton, MA)
Monday, October 11th at 7pm
Kevin will be reading from Jesus Was A Homeboy
Sandra Castillo, Black Dog on the Square (567 Industrial Drive, Tallahassee, FL)
Thursday, October 13th at 7pm
Sandra will be reading from Eating Moors and Christians
Joan Seliger Sidney, Mystic Museum of Art (9 Water Street, Mystic, CT)
Friday, October 14th at 7:30pm
Joan will be the opening voice for Marilyn Hacker’s Arts Cafe reading
Margo Taft Stever and Richard Jeffrey Newman, The 2016 Western Maryland Independent Literary Festival (Frostburg State University)
Saturday, October 15th and 11am in the Library Mtg. Room
Margo and Richard will join Susana H. Case, Ellen Kombiyil for the panel After Violence: The Poetics of Trauma and Resistance:
The panel investigates the role of factual accuracy in poetry and poetics—why poets choose to invent or alter facts and the difficulty in portraying traumatic memory. To call something real suggests that it is so in relation to ourselves, but there are multiple realities to daily life and its events, accuracy a form of negotiated reality. What if research reveals conflicting truths? What is the cost of invention to the poem and to the poet? How do the psychological and physiological workings of memory and post-traumatic growth affect the act of writing? How does the influence of the world outside the writer, its politics, memes, and rewarded behaviors, hinder or enrich the truth as it is conveyed in poetry?
This poem is part of CavanKerry’s series for National Poetry Month. Every day in April, we post a poem from our community of writers.
by Margo Taft Stever
Evening tidings, the preparations,
each nestle, each cheep, like chicks calling,
the winnowing anomie, all
come to call too late, come
to call for sleep.
How a mother can change from angel
to sour mudqueen of all decay
by those who feel the sting, by those
who cry out.
Flail my heart upon the stone
in the grove near the riverbank,
rushing water to the river break.
Even the known becomes unknowable.
Their small eyes look at me like chicks
gathered against rain, staved.
Thin rivulets of fear, running-away-
with-itself fear, fearful fear.
No one can talk to you, no one
can listen, no one can touch you.
This is not stillness, this is not the keeper
of the estuary of the deep.
Don’t forget me, don’t forget that hill
the horses cantered you down
to the bottom land.
From this stone, ageless,
remember your mother,
a mother who loved her children.
“Bottom Land” was first published by Prairie Schooner and also included in Margo’s manuscript, CRACKED PIANO, which was recently accepted by CavanKerry Press.
Margo Taft Stever is an award-winning poet whose readings include the internationally acclaimed Troubadour Café, London; Cornelius Street Cafe, New York; Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival, Newark; and the Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai. Her first book, Frozen Spring (2002), was the winner of the Mid-List Press First Series Award for Poetry, and her first chapbook, Reading the Night Sky (Introduction by Denise Levertov), won the 1996 Riverstone Poetry Chapbook Competition.