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AWP Party Time

If you’ll be in Boston for AWP, come help Tin House and Octopus Books celebrate a new collaborative poetry series as well as the release of several outstanding new titles. Have a drink with editors and authors from Tin House and Octopus, and listen to readings from:

Matthew Specktor is the author of the novels American Dream Machine and That Summertime Sound, as well as a book of criticism. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Paris Review, The Believer, Tin House, Black Clock and Salon, among other periodicals. He is a senior editor and founding member of The Los Angeles Review of Books.

Patricia Lockwood‘s poems have appeared widely, including in The New Yorker, Slate, Boston Review, Tin House, and Poetry. She lives in Savannah, Ga. Balloon Pop Outlaw Black (Octopus Books, 2012) is her first book.

Brandon Shimoda is the author of four books of poetry—most recently Portuguese (Tin House & Octopus Books) and O Bon (Litmus Press)—as well as several limited editions of collaborations, drawings, writings and songs. He is currently working on his first book of nonfiction, and co-editing, with poet-critic Thom Donovan, the selected writings of Lebanese-American poet Etel Adnan. Born in California, he has lived most recently in Maine, Taiwan, and Arizona.

Michael Helm was born in Saskatchewan. His most recent novel, Cities of Refuge, is a national bestseller in Canada and was a Rogers Writers’ Trust Ficiton Award finalist, a Giller Prize nominee, and a Globe and Mail and Now magazine Best Book of the Year. His earlier novels are The Projectionist, a finalist for the Giller Prize and the Trillium Award; and In the Place of Last Things, a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the regional Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book. His writings on fiction, poetry, and the visual arts have appeared in North American newspapers and magazines, including Brick, where he serves as an editor. He teaches at York University in Toronto.

And your hosts for the evening are…

Elissa Schappell is a co-founder and editor at large of Tin House, as well as the author of  Blueprints for Building Better Girl and Use Me, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and co-editor with Jenny Offill of the anthologies The Friend Who Got Away and Money Changes Everything. She is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review. Her essays, articles, and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies such as The Bitch in the House, The KGB Bar Reader, and The Mrs. Dalloway Reader. She teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Queens in Charlotte, North Carolina, and at Brooklyn College.

Matthew Dickman is the poetry editor of Tin House and the author of All-American Poem (American Poetry Review/ Copper Canyon Press, 2008) and Mayakovsky’s Revolver (Norton, 2012). He is the recipient of the Honickman First Book Prize, the May Sarton Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the 2009 Oregon Book Award, and two fellowships from Literary Arts of Oregon. His poems have appeared in Tin House, McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, and the New Yorker, among others. He lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

Zachary Schomburg is the author of Fjords vol 1, Scary No Scary, and The Man Suit. He co-founded Octopus Magazine in 2003 and Octopus Books in 2006. He lives in Portland, OR, where he co-curates the Bad Blood Reading Series.

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