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Podcast with Matvei Yankelevich

CSU Poetry Center presents INDEX FOR CONTINUANCE, a new podcast. The first episode, “The New Obsolescence,” features Matvei Yankelevich (CRF 2021), poet, translator, critic, editor, and publisher. A founding member of the editorial collective Ugly Duckling Presse, current publisher of Winter Editions, and editor at World Poetry Books, Matvei’s recent work includes the chapbook Dead Winter from Fonograf Editions and […]

Emily Jacir Receives 2023 Academy of Arts & Letters Award

The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced the names of eight artists who will receive this year’s awards in art. The Academy’s 300 members proposed candidates for the awards, and a committee of artists selected the winners. This year’s award committee members were Mel Chin, Charles Gaines, Ann Hamilton, Joan Jonas, Judy Pfaff, and […]

Martin Bresnick World Premiere

The world premiere of Martin Bresnick’s (CRF 2011) composition “Self-portraits 1964, Unfinished,” for The Crossing Choir under the direction of Donald Nally and the Prism Saxophone Quartet, will place on March 24 at 7PM at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. Click here to get your tickets, and click here to watch […]

Patricia Smith to Give AAP’s 2023 Blaney Lecture

The Academy of American Poets’ 2023 Blaney Lecture on Contemporary Poetry & Poetics, “The Scrawny Little Black Girl with the Hasty Pigtails Sounds Out ‘Anemone,’” will be delivered by AAP Chancellor Patricia Smith (CRF 2017) on Thursday, March 23, at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET. This free event will be presented virtually via Crowdcast and with ASL interpretation. A […]

Civitella at AWP 2023

Earlier this month, Civitella’s Senior Program Associate Hope Campbell Gustafson attended the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Seattle where she connected with past and future Civitellians, some of whom are mentioned here. Hope ran into Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prizewinners and Civitellians Molly McCully Brown (CRF 2017), Susannah Nevison (CRF 2015), […]

Griffin Poetry Prize Announces Longlist

The Griffin Poetry Prize has announced the longlist for 2023, which includes Time is A Mother, by Ocean Vuong (CRF 2012, DG 2022). Among the prize jurors are Nikola Madzirov (CRF 2019) and Natasha Trethewey (Incoming DG 2023). Congratulations to all the poets and translators on the longlist! The shortlist will be announced on April […]

Upcoming Amos Elkana Concerts in Israel and USA

Amos Elkana (CRF 2010) recently finished composing his most ambitious work to date which is an hour long piece for ensemble with electronics and video. The subject of the work is the life of Amos’ late father Yehuda Elkana. The work is a sextet composed for the contemporary music ensemble Meitar. The electronics parts include recordings of […]

Biraaj Dodiya Exhibition on the Lower East Side

Biraaj Dodiya (CRF 2022) is part of a two person show, alongside Heidi Lau, at Bureau Gallery on the Lower East Side. In Shadow Speak, on view until April 15th, Mumbai-based Dodiya presents a suite of large paintings alongside several assemblages of painted wood and small canvases. Lau, a Macau-native based in New York, presents […]

Civitellians’ NYC Gallery Shows On View Now

Civitella Coordinator of Programs & Operations, Michaela, and Special Project Coordinator, Juliette, stopped by Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery in Tribeca to see Metric on a Torus, a group show featuring two works by Civitella Advisory Council Member John Newman (DG 2014). The show presents works, primarily on paper, by artists and mathematicians creating a conversation […]

Matvei Yankelevich’s ‘Dead Winter’ on PoemTalk Podcast

Matvei Yankelevich’s (CRF 2021) book of poems (or book-length poem), Dead Winter (Fonograf, 2022) was discussed on a recent episode of UPenn’s podcast, PoemTalk. Al Filreis convened Kevin Platt, Huda Fakhreddine, and Ahmad Almallah to discuss four poems/sections from the work: “Winter comes calling” (7), “Winter have I lost your thread?” (12), “In a disjunctive age, disconsolate, […]