Poets House Reading feat. Rita Banerjee, James Ragan, & Finishing Line Press Authors – September 13, 7 pm

On Friday, September 13, from 7 pm – 10 pm, join Finishing Line Press at the Poets House  (10 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282 ) for a reading by FLP poets James Ragan, Rita Banerjee, Deborah Kahan Kolb, Stephanie Laterza, Danelle Lejeune, Mark A. Murphy, Dawn Marar, Katherine E. Schneider and others.

This event is free and open to the public.  The reading by Finishing Line Poets will be followed by an Open Mic portion.  Snacks and drinks will be provided.  This event is made possible through Poets House’s Literary Partners program. Poets House is an ADA accessible facility.  For more information, please visit Poets House or Finishing Line Press’s events page.

VCFA MFA in Writing & Publishing Faculty Reading feat. Rita Banerjee, Franky Cannon, and David Shields – September 11, 5:30 pm

Join the MFA in Writing & Publishing program in Café Anna as Vermont College of Fine Arts faculty members Rita Banerjee, Frances Cannon, and David Shields kick off our Fall 2019 Reading Series at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, September 11, 2019!

Like all of our readings, this events is free and open to the public. Featuring deliciously catered treats and a cash bar, it’s the perfect way to unwind during your mid-week.

About Our Readers:


VCFA MFA in Writing & Publishing faculty Rita BanerjeeRita Banerjee
 is the director and a faculty member of the MFA in Writing & Publishing program. She’s also the editor of CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing (C&R Press, 2018) and author of the poetry collection Echo in Four Beats(Finishing Line Press, 2018), which was named one of Book Riot’s “Must-Read Poetic Voices of Split This Rock 2018,” was nominated for the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and was selected by Finishing Line Press as their 2018 nominee for the National Book Award in Poetry. She received her doctorate in Comparative Literature from Harvard University and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, and she is a recipient of a Vermont Studio Center Artist’s Grant, the Tom and Laurel Nebel Fellowship, and South Asia Initiative and Tata Grants.

VCFA MFA in Writing & Publishing faculty Frances CannonFrances Cannon is the author and illustrator of Walter Benjamin: Reimagined (MIT Press, 2019), the graphic memoir The Highs and Lows of Shapeshift Ma and Big-Little Frank(Gold Wake Press, 2017), a book of paintings and poetic translations, Tropicalia(Vagabond Press, 2016), and a book of poems and prints, Uranian Fruit (Honeybee Press, 2016). In addition to teaching with VCFA, she teaches creative writing at Champlain College and visual arts courses at the Shelburne Craft School.

VCFA MFA in Writing & Publishing faculty David ShieldsDavid Shields is the internationally bestselling author of twenty-two books, including Reality Hunger (named one of the best books of 2010 by more than thirty publications), The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead (New York Times bestseller), Black Planet(finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), and Other People: Takes & Mistakes(NYTBR Editors’ Choice).

The film adaptation of I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel, in which Shields co-stars, was released by First Pond Entertainment in 2017; forthcoming in 2019 are two of Shields’s documentary films: LYNCH: A HISTORY and BURNING DOWN THE LOUVRE. His most recent books are Nobody Hates Trump More Than Trump: An Intervention (October 2018) and The Trouble With Men: Reflections on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn, and Power (February 2019). He is a recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships and a senior contributing editor of Conjunctions.

Learn more about our readers on VCFA’s MFA in Writing & Publishing Faculty Page.

April 14: Ruth Stone Foundation Reading feat. Rita Banerjee, C.A. Conrad, and Seth Wade – The Wishbone Collective, VT – 6:00-9:00 pm


Ruth Stone Foundation Reading feat.
Rita Banerjee, Seth Wade, & C.A. Conrad
Wishbone Collective * 6:00-9:00 pm
36 Main Street, Winooski, VT 05404

The Wishbone Collective (Winooski, VT) is happy to announce a new monthly reading series in collaboration with the Ruth Stone Foundation.   Join us for our second reading on Sunday, April 14th. Doors at 6:00, reading at 6:30.  This month will feature poets Seth Wade, CA Conrad, and Rita Banerjee.

Seth Wade studies English and philosophy at the University of Vermont. He’s been published in McSweeney’s and The Gateway Review, and is currently editor in chief of The Gist.

CA Conrad is a 2019 Creative Capital Fellow, and the author of nine books of poetry and essays. While Standing in Line for Death (Wave Books), received the 2018 Lambda Award. A recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, they also received The Believer Magazine Book Award and The Gil Ott Book Award. Their work has been translated into Spanish, Greek, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Danish and German. They teach regularly at Columbia University in NYC, and Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam.

Rita Banerjee is the Director of the MFA in Writing & Publishing program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. As a writer, she is the co-editor of CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing (C&R Press, May 2018), and the author of the poetry collection Echo in Four Beats (Finishing Line Press, March 2018).

The Ruth Stone Foundation (RSF) is a non-profit organization that not only looks to preserve and heighten Ruth Stone’s legacy, but also to provide poets and artists with time, space, and opportunities to create new work and share it with a wider audience.

The RSF Reading Series is a free event featuring multiple poets, both emerging and established. As often as possible RSF will pair local authors with visiting writers and invite a student of the RSF Poetry Workshop to participate. Hosted by poets Bianca Stone and Ben Pease, these readings will offer a chance for out of state writers to engage with the local community, highlight exciting local voices, and give emerging writers a chance to share their work publicly.

 

Rita Banerjee at AWP 2019 (Portland, OR)

Rita Banerjee, writer and Director of the MFA in Writing & Publishing program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, will be participating in the following AWP events:

VCFA Alumni Reading & Reception
March 27 * 6:00-8:00pm
Enso Winery, 1416 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR

Author Signing: Echo in Four Beats
Friday, March 29 * 11 am – 12 noon
Cambridge Writers’ Workshop
AWP Bookfair * Table T13106

VCFA Reception
March 29* 6:00-8:00pm
Pettigrove Room, Hotel Lucia, 400 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
410 SW Broadway

Cambridge Writers’ Workshop
AWP Bookfair * Table T13106
Thursday, March 28, 2-4 pm
Friday, March 29, 11 am-12 pm
Saturday, March 30, 3-4 pm

Vermont College of Fine Arts
AWP Bookfair * Booths 5021 & 5023
Thursday, March 28, 10 am – 12 pm
Friday, March 29, 10 am – 11 am
Saturday, March 30, 11 am – 12 pm

Rita Banerjee’s “Echo in Four Beats” selected for the Ruth Stone Foundation Book Club

 

Rita Banerjee’s poetry debut Echo in Four Beats (FLP, 2018) has been selected for the Ruth Stone Foundation Book Club.  The Ruth Stone Foundation will feature Echo in Four Beats on a podcast this Spring along with an interview of Banerjee this Spring.

Established in 2013, The Foundation serves to fulfill Ruth Stone’s wish that her physical and literary estate would be used for the furthering of poetry and the creative arts. It was created not only to nurture contemporary poetry and art in its many forms, but also to cultivate and celebrate the works and legacy of the poet herself.  The Ruth Stone Foundation seeks to provide poets and artists time, space,  and opportunities to create new work and share it with a wider audience.  This is accomplished through The Foundation’s small-press publishing house, the Next Galaxy Poetry Initiative (a writers’ retreat and haven, located in Ruth Stone’s house in Goshen, Vermont) and other programming in New York City. Compelled by Ruth Stone’s life and work, The Foundation seeks to support under-represented artists and stand for a literary community outside the usual institutions.  The Ruth Stone Foundation connects the writers and artists it supports with the community at large, especially to empower women and foster leadership through creativity, writing, and publishing.

Rita Banerjee’s poetry collection, Echo in Four Beats, has also been nominated for the2019 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize at the Academy of American Poets, has been selected by Finishing Line Press as their 2018 Nominee for the National Book Award in Poetry, has been nominated for the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and was recently named one of Book Riot’s “Must-Read Poetic Voices of Split This Rock 2018.”

Combining elements, rhythms, and personas from American jazz, blues, and ragtime, poet Rita Banerjee presents a modern-day spin on the love story of Echo and Narcissus in her debut full-length poetry collection, Echo in Four Beats.  But in this story, told in four parts, Echo is more than just a fragment, she is a Sapphic voice that speaks, foretells, forestalls, and repeats.

Rita Banerjee’s Echo in Four Beats (March 9, 2018) is available for order on the Finishing Line Press website as well as at Barnes & Noble and internationally on Amazon.com.

Rita Banerjee’s Hindi / English poem “One Night” (एक रात में) feat. on Soundcloud

Rita Banerjee’s Hindi poem, “एक रात में” (“Ek Rāt Meṃ,” “One Night”) is now available for streaming through Tahoma Literary Review‘s Soundcloud.  You can listen to the original Hindi and English translation of the poem here.  A copy of the Hindi poem follows below:

एक रात में

मैंने एक रात बािरश के हाज़ार नाच सुने
चूड़ी की तरह आकाश टुकड़े टुकड़े हो गया
गली के आइने में पृथ्वी उलटी लगी
पानी के िहलने से सब दुिनया बदलने लगी
और मेरी तस्वीर भी दूसरी हो गई
चारों तरफ़ आकाश के नाच में
असली दुिनया नक़ली लगने लगी
और पानी के एक एक टुकड़े में
चाँद हँस रहा था।

Banerjee’s Hindi / English poem “One Night” (एक रात में) is featured in Issue 13 (December 2018) of the Tahoma Literary Review.  You can order a copy of Issue 13 of The Tahoma Literary in print or on Kindle.

Rita Banerjee’s Hindi / English poem “One Night” (एक रात में) feat. in the Tahoma Literary Review

Rita Banerjee’s Hindi poem, “एक रात में” (“Ek Rāt Meṃ,” “One Night”) is featured in Issue 13 (December 2018) of the Tahoma Literary Review.  You can order a copy of Issue 13 of The Tahoma Literary in print or on Kindle.  On the poem, Banerjee writes:

“When I was a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley and working on my dissertation on South Asian literary modernisms, I took a wonderful Hindi Literature and Language course with the unforgettable Usha Jain.  In class, we read satirical and socially and psychologically subversive works by Premchand and Sa’ādat Hasan Manto in their original Hindi and in Hindi translation from Urdu. During class, Usha Jain encouraged us to write poems, essays, and stories, in Hindi, too. This poem, “One Night,” is meant to be a nod towards the dark humor Premchand and Manto espoused, especially during troubled times.”

You can read more about the featured poem here.