LOCUSPOINT: Phoenix

Phoenix is an awkward commingling of the ancient and the new. Its name pays tribute to the way it was developed, built over (and using) a centuries-old canal system developed by the Hohokam people, who either vanished or abandoned their settlement there. But a sense of history like this isn’t pervasive. Since 2000 its population has increased by 24%, making it now the fifth largest city in the United States and the largest state capital. The city’s “historical neighborhoods” typically date back to the 1940s and 1950s, but Phoenix isn’t a city of short memory; it was (and is) built by transplants and transients.

The Phoenix edition of LOCUSPOINT, edited by me, features new poems from

Aimée Baker
Sally Ball
Meghan Brinson
Jess Burnquist
Kristina Morgan
Sean Nevin

and translations from the Icelandic by Christopher Burawa.

Enjoy!

Up next: Sandra Beasley’s Washington, DC.

LOCUSPOINT: Madison is here to stay.

Brent Goodman’s Madison is live and ready for your reading pleasure at LOCUSPOINT! Brent selected a group of unique and interesting poets from this “liberal island surrounded by a sea of reality,” as we Wisconsinites used to call it.

The work shows the city fosters a wide range of poets and poetics, so don’t miss out. You can also read my latest Managing Editor Letter.

Thanks to Brent for doing such fantastic work! And for getting all the materials to me in such an orderly fashion—made my life so much easier.

Stay tuned for:

Jim Elledge’s ATLANTA

Anne Haines’s BLOOMINGTON

Louise Mathias’s LOS ANGELES

Sean Singer’s MANHATTAN

Suzanne Frischkorn’s NEW HAVEN

Sandra Beasley’s WASHINGTON, DC

An Argument for Reading Things Closely

I got a bit of really unfortunate news this morning when I came in to work. Some of you know that over the past few weeks I have been writing grant after grant after grant. Two of them were in support of expanding LOCUSPOINT in some way, shape, or form. The first of those is for the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and that one went just fine.

But the second one, to the Edson Student Entrepreneurial program at ASU, did not go so well. It was a $10,000 ask that I was going to use to fund travel to host readings, pay editors, and do a bunch of other expansion items, but when I came in to work today I saw the deadline was Wednesday, not Friday, as I had thought.

So, I missed out entirely on the grant. And as this is my last year of school at ASU–forever, I hope!–it was also my last chance to apply for the grant…

So, sorry, LOCUSPOINT folks…I’ll have to find another way.

LOCUSPOINT update

I think there are many busy hands shuffling together some great work across the country for LOCUSPOINT these days! Check this out:

Atlanta
Jim Elledge

Los Angeles
Louise Mathias

New Haven
Suzanne Frischkorn

Manhattan
Sean Singer

Madison
Brent Goodman

These cities will be coming soon…I’m also planning a secret surprise for the cities we’ve already done—I hope to start working on it this week, when I take my mini-Spring Break from work!

Best of the Net 2007

I’m overjoyed to tell you that two poems from LOCUSPOINT will appear in the 2007 Best of the Net anthology:

“Movements” by Renee Rossi
|TO GIVE A CHILD AN IDEA OF SCARLET OR ORANGE, OF SWEET OR BITTER, I PRESENT THE OBJECTS|” by Simone Muench

And, happily, a poem of mine that appeared in No Tell Motel was also selected: “Bargaining”

Thanks to Renee and Simone for sharing their work, to their editors, Shin Yu Pai and Francesco Levato (respectively), and to No Tell’s editors, Molly Arden and Reb Livingston!