Join us in celebrating the launch of Kurt Heinzelman’s new book of poetry, Whatever You May Say. With readings from Kurt and Danielle Sellers.
Kurt Heinzelman’s new book of poetry, Whatever You May Say, resembles what would have been called a “miscellany” in the 18th-century, the most popular way of constructing a poetry collection back then. Such miscellanies would include poems in many different genres and modes exhibiting a wide variety of formal characteristics. The poems might be spoken by multiple voices, and the collections would certainly include translations, another way of introducing voices not the author’s own. Heinzelman co-founded in the 1970s a highly regarded journal called The Poetry Miscellany. True to this origin, his new book includes an array of poetic forms (sonnet, photoessay, haiku, Provençal canso, Spanish “mote,” a valedictory address, and so on), narrative settings both foreign and domestic, a short one-person play (which was originally performed as a dance), and multiple translations, including one that is a poem for children. Heinzelman’s writing is “always a pleasure,” according to Lawrence Raab; this is “not a book to miss,” says Wendy Barker.
A native of Wisconsin, Kurt Heinzelman lived for a number of years in western Massachusetts. His work as a poet, scholar, and translator is widely published. He is also an editor, having co-founded two literary journals, The Poetry Miscellany and Bat City Review, and served as editor-in-chief of Texas Studies in Literature and Language. He lives in Austin, Texas where he is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at the University of Texas and is a faculty member in the Michener Center for Writers.
Danielle Sellers is from Key West, FL. She has an MA from The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of Mississippi where she held the John Grisham Poetry Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Subtropics, Smartish Pace, The Cimarron Review, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. Her first book, Bone Key Elegies, was published by Main Street Rag. Her second poetry collection, The Minor Territories, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications in 2018. She teaches Literature and Creative Writing at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, Texas.