April at Tate Street Coffee House | Richard Krawiec & Crystal Simone Smith

Today’s the official book launch for Richard Krawiec’s Women Who Loved Me Despite (Press 53), and next Saturday April 11, Women Writers of the Triad is thrilled to host Richard‘s reading over at Tate Street Coffee House (7:00-9:00p.m.) along with Crystal Simone Smith.

Bios and poetry will be posted over on the event page– please make plans to join us for a wonderful reading.

WOMEN WHO LOVED ME DESPITEIf you’d like a copy of Richard’s book,  it’s available for online purchase at any Indy bookstore near you, and in North Carolina at Flyleaf BooksThe Regulator BookshopQuail Ridge Books & MusicCity Lights BookstoreScuppernong Books and Pomegranate Books.

Please support an Indy store!  Richard will be donating 100% of today‘s author proceeds to a local literacy council.


 

What have others said about the book?

Because this book is a dog song on the edge of the abyss, it’s naturally full of death—there are suicides, car crashes, lost children, and mercy killings (which, the poet realizes, are nevertheless killings). There is also some honest and eloquent self-talk. “I swim in the dense brine of old grievances” he says, and “I can’t stop the weeds from rising.” And yet, along the way, there is equally eloquent tenderness, especially about love. This, we understand, is a kind man, a man who nurtures, even when it’s hard. So we are glad when, in the end, from a stone and a branch, he finds joy. —Lola Haskins, author of The Grace to Leave

These are the poems of a life lived, their imagery taken primarily from the natural world but also from streets and vacant lots, back seats and back alleys. Women Who Loved Me Despite deals with fatherhood and loyalty, love realized and love betrayed, the lessons and misadventures of a man coming into his prime. I admire their small triumphs and celebrations, their refusal to look away from life’s pain, and their hard-won occasional humor. —Joseph Millar, author of Overtime and Blue Rust


bkRichard Krawiec is the author of two previous poetry collections, including She Hands Me the Razor (Press 53, 2011). His work has appeared in dozens of literary magazines, including New Orleans Review, Drunken Boat, Shenandoah, sou’wester, Dublin Review, Chautauqua Literary Journal, Spillway, North Dakota Quarterly, and Blue Fifth Review. In addition to poetry, he has published two novels, Time Sharing and Faith in What?, a story collection, And Fools of God, and four plays. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council (twice), and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He teaches Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Fiction Writing for the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Courses Online, for which he won their Excellence in Teaching Award. He has facilitated writing workshops with children and adults in homeless shelters, women’s shelters, prisons, literacy classes, and community sites. He is founder of Jacar Press, a community-active publishing company.

Poetry and Food | The Sound of Poet’s Cooking

vibrant cranberries,
one drop of water
holds on

–Deborah Finkelstein

Just in time for Christmas, The Sound of Poets Cooking, the wonderful poetry anthology/cookbook, is available from Amazon.com for Kindle as well as for Kobo (both with free apps for reading on the iPad)  and will make the perfect gift for the poetry or food lover in your life.   Like the heartiest of stews, this collection will nourish you, warm you, and feed your spirit.

The Sound of Poets Cooking

“This is the most delicious book on my bookshelf. The poems will make you laugh, cry andwax nostalgic.  And the recipes will make your mouth water. No wonder the little stone Buddha on the cover has such a satisfied smile on his face.”  — Cathy Smith Bowers, North Carolina Poet Laureate, 2010-June 2012.

Featuring work by five dozen poets, including NC Poet Laureates Fred Chappell and Kathryn Stripling Byer, and dozens of other nationally celebrated writers, the poems alternate with recipes written by the poets, their family members, lovers and friends. The writing is at turns sensuous, hilarious, elegant, and playful. The recipes range from Asian to European to Middle Eastern dishes, as well as regional favorites from across the U.S.–tiramisu, homemade curry, vegetarian meals, exotic seafood, some simple, some complex. There is something here for every palate, literary and culinary.

Jacar Press LogoAnd just like all best dishes, this book is an act of love and generosity.  Proceeds from the sales of this book will be used to fund writing workshops in excluded communities.  Jacar Press is a Community Active literary press, dedicated to both publishing fine writing and being a positive force in local communities by sharing our proceeds with those in need.  Proceeds from the sales of The Sound of Poets Cooking  will become small stipends for poets to conduct free writing workshops in their communities. Poets with an idea for a workshop can complete a proposal form at the back of the book.

Recipes include:
Sea Bass with Cherry-Mango-Tomatillo Sauce
Peach Mango Plum Pork Chops
Rosehip Curry
Balsamic Mango
Irish Soda Bread
Brussels Sprouts and Goat Cheese Risotto
Onion Pie
Fig Tart with a Cornmeal Crust

and many more … plus poetry about these dishes or others, or memories of dishes, or times when there was not enough to eat.

Written about The Sound of Poets Cooking

From Scott Owens’ Musings:  “The Sound of Poets Cooking is a new, 172-page anthology of poems about food accompanied by related recipes, from Krawiec’s fledgling press, Jacar Press. And it is an impressive debut, featuring wonderful work from poets both familiar and new, including two NC Poets Laureate, Fred Chappell and Kathryn Stripling Byer, and numerous other standards: Joseph Bathanti, Kelly Cherry, Jaki Shelton Green, Susan Ludvigson, Joanna Catherine Scott, Shelby Stephenson, and more, wrapped in a clever cover with an image of Buddha cradling a pomegranate, eggplant, carrots, tomatoes,sweet potato, chef’s knife and some spiky yellow fruit I’m not familiar with, appealingly conveying the mixture of spirituality and whimsy one might expect from poetry about food.”

From the Independent Weekly:  “The Sound of Poets Cooking, a combined cookbook and poetry anthology, embodies this coming together of the literary and culinary arts. More than 60 poets, many of whom have North Carolina connections, such as Andrea Selch, Paul Jones, Jaki Shelton Green, Scott Owens, Al Maginnes and Mark Smith-Soto, ladle out enticing recipes and crafted verse, woven thematically together. The brainchild of Richard Krawiec, a longtime local teacher, writer, publisher and activist, the book also marks the debut of Jacar Press as a full-fledged literary publisher.”

The sudden smell of wine finds you
dressing flowers, their points
moist with a white as sweet as milk.

A pleasure, the way you fill the distance
with pastures, select the blackest cows
for cream.  This is more than imagination:

the aroma of bread rising
about the kitchen, the Brie’s
smooth skin gently darkening.

from Gifts, by Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, found in The Sound of Poets Cooking

Please read more about Richard Krawiec.

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Featuring the work of …

Malaika King Albrecht * Joseph Bathanti * Kathryn Stripling Byer * Fred Chappell * Kelly Cherry * * Jaki Shelton Green * John Hoppenthaler * Sarah Lindsay * Susan Ludvigson * Al Maginnes * Susan Meyers * Lenard D. Moore * Marty Silverthorne * Mark Smith-Soto * Shelby Stephenson * Myrna Stone * Julie Suk * and many more

Vibrant Cranberries, from The Sound of Poets Cooking and originally published in The Asahi Haikuist Network, August 15, 2008.