Rita Banerjee will be reading at and co-hosting a Literary Cabaret for the first annual Brooklyn Lit Crawl on Saturday May 19, 2012. The Literary Cabaret is sponsored by the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop and will take place at 6 pm in Ceol Bar in Brooklyn. More details below:
Ceol Bar (21+)
191 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Come explore our literary treasure boxes and find dashes of dialogue, discussion quenchers, prompts ripe for picking, and other surprises. Your hosts Diana Norma Szokolyai, Rita Banerjee, Gregory Crosby, and Leah Umansky will be calling up volunteer readers/performers to the mic every ten minutes for interludes of poetry, 45-second rants, character sketches, and the like. This is a literary masquerade where you don’t know which character from which century will make the next appearance! More information here!
Poet Rita Banerjee will be reading at the 2012 Mass Poetry Festival in Salem, MA! Rita Banerjee will be a panelist in the “On Writing and Craft” with the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop. The panel will also feature writers Kathleen Spivack, Diana Norma Szokolyai, Samantha Milowsky, Arto Vaun, and Gregory Crosby. The panel will take place from 2:45-3:45 pm on Saturday April 21, 2012 at the Salem Community Charter Room 4 . More details follow below.
The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop (CWW) is a writing studio that offers craft of writing classes, feedback sessions, and in-session writing exercises to emerging and established writers of all genres. The CWW aims to help writers open up their imagination and find a comfortable environment in which to write. In this session, entitled “On Writing and Craft” with the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop, audience members will have a chance to hear and experience some of the writing that CWW participants and writers have produced in and for workshops over the course of the past year. (Examples include collaborative poems from The Blue Notebooks experimental writing projects, “Odradek” pieces, and ekphrastic poetry, and other writing produced from the CWW writing workshops.) The reading portion of the session will be followed by a discussion on “The Craft of Writing.” CWW participants will list some of th e books and exercises, which best helped motivate and sustain their own writing this past year. We will also go over CWW workshop experiences and the kinds of intellectual discussions and debates inspired by the salon atmosphere of the CWW studio in Brooklyn. During this conversation, audience members will be actively invited to ask questions or engage in the conversation on stage. Finally, in the last portion of the programming, audience members will be asked to write based on a prompt. Audience members will have 12 minutes to compose their written pieces, and those who wish to share will have 10-15 minutes to do so. The program will wrap up with a quick Q&A on the experience of writing in-session prompts and participating in writing projects as a larger collective.
Rita Banerjee’s chapbook, Cracklers at Night, just placed in the Los Angeles Book Festival!! Cracklers at Night, which was published by Finishing Line Press, received First Honorable Mention for Best Poetry Book of 2011-2012 at the Los Angeles Book Festival! Awards for the Los Angeles Book Festival were distributed at a ceremony on March 3 at the Roosevelt Hotel, the home of the first Academy Awards, in Hollywood, California. You can read more about Cracklers at Night and the LA Book Festival award here: http://www.losangelesbookfestival.com/
Learn about the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Writing Studio & Literary Salon in Brooklyn, NY and our Summer 2012 Eco-living and Writing Retreat at the Château de Sacy in France (Aug 22-31, 2012). /// The CWW featured writers include Rita Banerjee (author of Cracklers at Night and Co-Director of the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop), Pattabi Seshadri (whose poetry has appeared in Cincinnati Review, American Letters and Commentary, & TYPO), Jessica Piazza (whose poetry collection Interrobang is forthcoming from Red Hen Press), Brandon Krieg (Founding Editor of The Winter Anthology), Rebecca Lindenberg (whose book Love, an Index is forthcoming as the first poetry imprint from McSweeney’s), Marc McKee (author of What Apocalypse?, Fuse, and Bewilderness), Tara Skurtu (whose poems have appeared in Poet Lore, Salamander, The Southeast Review, and Hiram Poetry Review), Derek JG Williams (who puts words in rows both long and short), Colleen O’Brien (whose poems and stories have appeared in North American Review, CutBank, Beloit Poetry Journal, and other journals) and Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein (Director of the MANENO (WORDS) poetry series in Zanzibar, Tanzania). /// Cambridge Writers’ Workshop * 922 Kings Highway * Brooklyn, NY 11223 * Twitter: CamWritersWkshp
During the month of February 2012, Dr. Hurley’s Snake-Oil Cure, a wonderful on-line literary journal based out of Boston, MA, and dedicated to all sorts of literary cocktails, tonics, and remedies, published one of Rita Banerjee’s poem. The following poem, “Expectation,” was published in their Valentine’s Day Potpourri:
Expectation after Gustav Klimt
She is a woman
of triangle and circle,
made of curled fog
and rolling squares—
I want to hold her there
on my tongue, and know
what the shape and shine
of gold tastes like.
The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop (formerly based in Cambridge, MA) will be opening a writing studio in Brooklyn, NY on November 25, 2011. The Cambridge Writers Workshop will be holding creative writing and craft classes at the studio, offer writing residencies, and will also provide information on upcoming on-line writing workshops and the CWW in Sacy, writing and eco-living retreat at the Chateau de Sacy scheduled for August 2012. You can find out more about the programs and classes offered by the CWW by attending the studio launch here:
Cambridge Writers’ Studio Opening Friday November 25, 2011 at 7:30 pm 922 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NY 11223
Featuring live music, champagne toasts, flash writing prompts, open mics sessions, and electrified readings by Samantha Milowsky, Patrick Rosal, and co-directors Diana Norma Szokolyai and Rita Banerjee. For information, please visit the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop websites here: http://www.cambridgewritersworkshop.org/ (Please Note that the CWW Brooklyn Studio is part of the 922 Studio Complex on the second floor above Norm’s Music).
The editors at Tupelo Press have created a wonderful poetry project entitled “The Million Line Poem.” The project invites writers and poets of all creeds to come together on-line as a community to create an exciting, fun, and thought-provoking collaborative poem. Here are two lines that were featured on Tupelo Press’s Lines of Inspiration for Day 31 of their collaborative poem project:
I bought a box of strawberries today. They were ripe & they were tart. I would like to share them with you. But not the satisfaction—
A Night with Kali focuses on the story of a young taxi driver from Kolkata named Tamal. Part coming of age narrative, part mystery, Tamal deconstructs and reconstructs his various encounters with ghosts and the goddess Kali as the novella progresses. Based on a true-life story, A Night with Kali is part of the “Nighttime Stories” genre of The Fiction Project (2011) collection.
In addition to the digital scan on-line, A Night with Kali is also available for reading at the Brooklyn Art Library, an archive of the Brooklyn Art-House Co-op. The original novella can be read at: Brooklyn Art Library, 103A N. 3rd St., Brooklyn, NY 11211 * Tues-Sun: 12:00-8:00pm (Here is a wonderful preview and review of the Brooklyn Art Library).
Rita Banerjee recently produced a hand-made novella, entitled, A Night with Kali, for the Brooklyn Art House Co-op. The book will be part of the Art House Co-op’s The Fiction Project(2011). The novella was hand-written and hand-illustrated according to the Art House rules. You can see scans of the project below:
A Night with Kali will be housed permanently at the Brooklyn Art Library (with portions available on line). However, the novella is being currently featured on the The Fiction Project(2011) tour. You can view A Night with Kali in person at the following exhibitions this summer:
Here’s an image of exhibition in action. This photograph was taken on June 18, 2011 at Madrone Studios in San Francisco, California during the The Fiction Project (2011) tour. The exhibition featured an area where readers could look up and check-out individual hand-made books from the Brooklyn Art House Co-op’s The Fiction Project (2011) and The Sketchbook Project (2011). To the right of the library and reading section was a small stage and performance area for poets and writers to read from and perform portions of their hand-written books live. The Fiction Project will continue its tour at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, IL and Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL this summer. You can read Rita Banerjee’s novella A Night with Kali at any of these locations or at the Brooklyn Art Library after the tour.
Rita Banerjee’s poetry was recently featured on the KBOO Radio’s APA Compass in Portland, Oregon. The reading, which featured a selection of poems from Cracklers at Night, was hosted by Kushlani de Soyza. Check out the reading below: