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.

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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.

Antidote Books presents Rita Banerjee, Emily Pettit, and Ruth Antoinette Rodriguez – August 23, 8 pm

Antidote Books in Putney, VT will be featuring writers Rita Banerjee, Emily Pettit, and Ruth Antoinette Rodriguez at their 2-year Anniversary Reading at  at 8 pm on Friday, August 23.  Stop by 120 Main Street in Putney, VT, and celebrate Antidote Books and these wonderful writers on August 23!

E M I L Y  P E T T I T is a poet, artist, editor, and teacher from Western, MA. She is the author of Blue Flame (Carnegie Mellon University Press) and Goat In The Snow (Birds LLC). Emily is an editor for Factory Hollow Press and jubilat.⁣

R I T A  B A N E R J E E is the Director of the MFA in Writing & Publishing program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and the editor of CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing (C&R Press). She is the author of the poetry collection Echo in Four Beats (Finishing Line Press).⁣

R U T H  A N T O I N E T T E  R O D R I G U E Z is a Houston-born poet living in Vermont. Her poems have appeared in jubilat. She is an alumna of the Fine Arts Work Center, The Home School, and the Community of Writers. She co-founded Antidote Books in 2017 and serves as an associate chapbook editor at BOAAT Press.⁣

C&R Press Spontaneous Reading Party feat. Rita Banerjee – Concrete + Water, Brooklyn – June 8, 6:30 pm

Rita Banerjee will be reading from CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos & Sourcebook for Creative Writing (co-edited with Diana Norma Szokolyai, C&R Press, May 2018) at C&R Press’s Spontaneous Reading Party, which will be held Concrete + Water on Saturday, June 8, 2019.  The reading will take place from 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm.  Stop by to hear some great writers and luminaries!   To order a copy of CREDO, please visit C&R Press’s website here.

About CREDO:

CREDO. I believe. No other statement is so full of intent and subversion and power. A Credo is a call to arms. It is a declaration. A Credo is the act of an individual pushing back against society, against established stigmas, taboos, values, and norms. A Credo provokes. It desires change. A Credo is an artist or community challenging dogma, and putting oneself on the frontline. A Credo is art at risk. A Credo can be a marker of revolution. A Credo, is thus, the most calculating and simple form of a manifesto.

CREDO creates a bridge from the philosophical to the practical, presenting a triad of creative writing manifestos, essays on the craft of writing, and creative writing exercises. CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing is a raw look at what motivates authors today.

Contributing Authors:

Kazim Ali * Forrest Anderson *  Rita Banerjee * Lisa Marie Basile
Jaswinder Bolina * Stephanie Burt * Alexander Carrigan * Sam Cha
Melinda J. Combs * Thade Correa * Jeff Fearnside * Ariel Francisco
John Guzlowski * Rachael Hanel * Janine Harrison * Lindsay Illich
Douglas Charles Jackson * Caitlin Johnson * Christine Johnson-Duell * Jason Kapcala * Richard Kenney * Eva Langston * John Laue * Stuart Lishan * Ellaraine Lockie * Amy MacLennan * Kevin McLellan * E. Ce. Miller * Brenda Moguez * Peter Mountford * Nell Irvin Painter * Robert Pinsky * Kara Provost * Camille Rankine * Jessica Reidy * Amy Rutten * Elisabeth Sharp McKetta * David Shields * Lillian Ann Slugocki * Maya Sonenberg * Kathleen Spivack * Laura Steadham Smith * Molly Sutton Kiefer * Jade Sylvan * Anca L. Szilágyi * Diana Norma Szokolyai * Marilyn L. Taylor * Megan Jeanine Tilley * Suzanne Van Dam * Nicole Walker * Allyson Whipple * Shawn Wong * Caroll Yang * Matthew Zapruder

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’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 will be featured on Goddard’s “Bon Mot” Radio Program on 91.1 / 91.7 FM Vermont – November 11, 2018

Rita Banerjee will be be featured on Goddard College’s “Bon Mot” radio program at 5 pm EST on Sunday, November 11, 2018.  The radio program will air on 91.1 and 91.7 FM Vermont. The show is hosted by Rick Argan and Banerjee will be be reading from her poetry collection Echo in Four Beats and her new nonfiction manuscript on race, sex, politics, and cool.  The show can be live-streamed here:   or listened to via podcast archive here: https://soundcloud.com/wgdr