The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “Louder than Hearts” by Zeina Hashem Beck

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A derbakkeh is a small drum used in Arabic music. | Yalla is Arabic for “Come on.”


This selection comes from the collection Louder than Hearts, available from Bauhan Publishing. Order your copy here. Photo credit: Hind Shoufani. Our curator for June is Kelly Andrews.

Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet. Her most recent collection, Louder than Hearts, won the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. She’s also the author of two chapbooks: 3arabi Song, winner of the 2016 Rattle Chapbook Prize, and There Was and How Much There Was, a 2016 smith|doorstop Laureate’s Choice, selected by Carol Ann Duffy. Her first collection, To Live in Autumn, won the 2013 Backwaters Prize. Her work has won Best of the Net, has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Forward Prize, and has appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Ambit, and The Rialto, among others. She lives in Dubai, where she has founded and runs PUNCH, a poetry and open mic collective. She reads in the Middle East and internationally.

Find her online here.

Kelly Lorraine Andrews’poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ninth Letter, PANK, Prick of the Spindle, and Love Me, Love My Belly, among others. She is the author of the chapbooks The Fear Archives (Two of Cups Press, 2017), My Body Is a Poem I Can’t Stop Writing (forthcoming, Porkbelly Press), I Want To Eat So Many Kinds of Cake With You and Mule Skinner (both from Dancing Girl Press). She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh. She coedits the online journal Pretty Owl Poetry and curates its Pittsburgh reading series. Additional information about her publications, along with a slideshow of her cats, can be found here.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “Louder than Hearts” by Zeina Hashem Beck

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Ya’aburnee (Arabic): literally “you bury me,” a term of endearment expressing
the desire to die before a loved one, rather than live without him or her.


This selection comes from the collection Louder than Hearts, available from Bauhan Publishing. Order your copy here. Photo credit: Hind Shoufani. Our curator for June is Kelly Andrews.

Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet. Her most recent collection, Louder than Hearts, won the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. She’s also the author of two chapbooks: 3arabi Song, winner of the 2016 Rattle Chapbook Prize, and There Was and How Much There Was, a 2016 smith|doorstop Laureate’s Choice, selected by Carol Ann Duffy. Her first collection, To Live in Autumn, won the 2013 Backwaters Prize. Her work has won Best of the Net, has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Forward Prize, and has appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Ambit, and The Rialto, among others. She lives in Dubai, where she has founded and runs PUNCH, a poetry and open mic collective. She reads in the Middle East and internationally.

Find her online here.

Kelly Lorraine Andrews’poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ninth Letter, PANK, Prick of the Spindle, and Love Me, Love My Belly, among others. She is the author of the chapbooks The Fear Archives (Two of Cups Press, 2017), My Body Is a Poem I Can’t Stop Writing (forthcoming, Porkbelly Press), I Want To Eat So Many Kinds of Cake With You and Mule Skinner (both from Dancing Girl Press). She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh. She coedits the online journal Pretty Owl Poetry and curates its Pittsburgh reading series. Additional information about her publications, along with a slideshow of her cats, can be found here.

Project Bookshelf: Cheyenne L. Black

If I’m trying to look cool I’ll say this is my bookshelf:

And it’s true. When I bought the house in 2010, one of the first things we did was install these shelves. Note how I can never change the size of my television. Which is probably okay since we never turn it on. It’ll last forever I think. Note too that these are in perfect order, there is a fiction section, a poetry section, and a reference section. Most of these books haven’t been touched in at least six years—since I started school. Most of these books don’t even belong to me. They were inherited from my mother or belong to my now-adult-once-teen daughters.

But if I’m being honest about the current state of MY books I’ll show you these instead: 

And I’ll add that there are at least twenty more stacks of books that look exactly like this, on my desk, on my nightstand, on the floor near both of these, and anywhere I regularly try to stake out space in a house full of people. Because right now I’m always bouncing back and forth between home and school, my actual books, the ones I use, read, reference, and sleep with, aren’t on that wall at all. (See also: lesesucht.)

I’m currently in a constant state of flux between Washington state and Arizona, so I’m always carrying whole boxes of books back and forth. I carry more books back and forth than I do items of clothing. And because I’m only in each place for a few months at a time before I have to return to the other, I don’t really bother to unpack them exactly. I more distribute, stack, and scatter strategically. Moreover, when I’m in one place I will inevitably, never mind how many books I brought, need one that is in the other location and will pay shipping to have one of my kids send me the book or will buy another copy. Thus I now have two copies of many books, too, but I can never remember in which state. . . So the truth of my bookshelf presently is that it’s more box than shelf, more floorstack than display, more misplaced panic—than leisure. But I’ll probably pretend I have no idea what you’re talking about if you mention this to me in public.

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Cheyenne L. Black serves as the editor-in-chief for Hayden’s Ferry Review at Arizona State University where she is a third-year MFA candidate and Virginia G. Piper global fellow. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the anthologies We Will be Shelter and In Sight: An Ekphrastic Collaboration, as well as the journals 45th Parallel, American Journal of Poetry, and New Mobility among others. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and children where she brutally and with much zeal strikes the ‘s’ from directionals like toward, afterward, and backward.

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The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “Louder than Hearts” by Zeina Hashem Beck

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Ummi is Arabic for “mother.” | Barazeq is a kind of Arabic sweet. | ‘arooss is Arabic for “bride.” | Kaak is a kind of bread sprinkled with sesame seeds, usually sold by street vendors. | Chocolat mou is a dessert made of chocolate ice cream, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce. The reference here is also to a famous chocolat mou place in Tripoli, Lebanon, called “Chocolat Mou Kingdom.” | The burnt books are a reference to the burning of Tripoli’s Saeh Library, in January 2014.


This selection comes from the collection Louder than Hearts, available from Bauhan Publishing. Order your copy here. Photo credit: Hind Shoufani. Our curator for June is Kelly Andrews.

Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet. Her most recent collection, Louder than Hearts, won the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. She’s also the author of two chapbooks: 3arabi Song, winner of the 2016 Rattle Chapbook Prize, and There Was and How Much There Was, a 2016 smith|doorstop Laureate’s Choice, selected by Carol Ann Duffy. Her first collection, To Live in Autumn, won the 2013 Backwaters Prize. Her work has won Best of the Net, has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Forward Prize, and has appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Ambit, and The Rialto, among others. She lives in Dubai, where she has founded and runs PUNCH, a poetry and open mic collective. She reads in the Middle East and internationally.

Find her online here.

Kelly Lorraine Andrews’poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ninth Letter, PANK, Prick of the Spindle, and Love Me, Love My Belly, among others. She is the author of the chapbooks The Fear Archives (Two of Cups Press, 2017), My Body Is a Poem I Can’t Stop Writing (forthcoming, Porkbelly Press), I Want To Eat So Many Kinds of Cake With You and Mule Skinner (both from Dancing Girl Press). She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh. She coedits the online journal Pretty Owl Poetry and curates its Pittsburgh reading series. Additional information about her publications, along with a slideshow of her cats, can be found here.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “Louder than Hearts” by Zeina Hashem Beck

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This selection comes from the collection Louder than Hearts, available from Bauhan Publishing. Order your copy here. Photo credit: Hind Shoufani. Our curator for June is Kelly Andrews.

Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet. Her most recent collection, Louder than Hearts, won the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. She’s also the author of two chapbooks: 3arabi Song, winner of the 2016 Rattle Chapbook Prize, and There Was and How Much There Was, a 2016 smith|doorstop Laureate’s Choice, selected by Carol Ann Duffy. Her first collection, To Live in Autumn, won the 2013 Backwaters Prize. Her work has won Best of the Net, has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Forward Prize, and has appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Ambit, and The Rialto, among others. She lives in Dubai, where she has founded and runs PUNCH, a poetry and open mic collective. She reads in the Middle East and internationally.

Find her online here.

Kelly Lorraine Andrews’poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ninth Letter, PANK, Prick of the Spindle, and Love Me, Love My Belly, among others. She is the author of the chapbooks The Fear Archives (Two of Cups Press, 2017), My Body Is a Poem I Can’t Stop Writing (forthcoming, Porkbelly Press), I Want To Eat So Many Kinds of Cake With You and Mule Skinner (both from Dancing Girl Press). She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh. She coedits the online journal Pretty Owl Poetry and curates its Pittsburgh reading series. Additional information about her publications, along with a slideshow of her cats, can be found here.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “Acid and Tender” by Jen Rouse

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This selection comes from the chapbook Acid and Tender, available from Headmistress Press. Order your copy here. Our curator for June is Kelly Andrews.

Jen Rouse is the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA. Her poems have appeared in Hot Tin Roof, Poetry, Poet Lore, MadHatLit, Pretty Owl, The Tishman Review, and elsewhere. She has work forthcoming from Midwestern Gothic and the Inflectionist Review, as well as Lavender Review and Sinister Wisdom. Her play, Conjure: A Cycle in Three Parts, will be produced in August 2017 by SPT Theatre Co. Rouse was named a finalist in the Charlotte Mew Poetry Chapbook contest. Her chapbook, Acid and Tender, came out December 2016 by Headmistress Press.

Kelly Lorraine Andrews’poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ninth Letter, PANK, Prick of the Spindle, and Love Me, Love My Belly, among others. She is the author of the chapbooks The Fear Archives (Two of Cups Press, 2017), My Body Is a Poem I Can’t Stop Writing (forthcoming, Porkbelly Press), I Want To Eat So Many Kinds of Cake With You and Mule Skinner (both from Dancing Girl Press). She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh. She coedits the online journal Pretty Owl Poetry and curates its Pittsburgh reading series. Additional information about her publications, along with a slideshow of her cats, can be found here.

Now Accepting Fall Writer’s Coop Residency Applications


The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is now accepting applications for short-term writers residencies during the fall residency period for our new Writers Coop during the weeks of August 14
th to December 31st, 2017. These residencies are designed to give artists time and space to complete their creative projects in a quiet and productive environment.

SAFTA is located on a working farm that rests on a 45-acre wooded plot in a Tennessee “holler” perfect for hiking, camping, and nature walks. Located less than a half-hour from downtown Knoxville, an exciting and creative city of 200,000 in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, SAFTA is an ideal location for those looking for a rural get-away with access to urban amenities.

The SAFTA Writers Coop is a 10×10′ dry cabin approximately a fourth of a mile from the SAFTA farmhouse. This tiny house is furnished with a twin bed, a desk, a wood-burning stove, a deck that looks over the pasture and pond, as well as a personal detached outhouse. While the cabin has neither electricity nor running water, residents will have full access to the amenities at farmhouse as well as solitude from other residents to write in the rolling hills of East Tennessee.

Each residency costs $150/week and includes your own private dry cabin as well as 24-hour access to the farmhouse amenities.

 

The application deadline for the fall residency period is rolling. All application fees have been waived for applications for the Writers Coop.

Find out more at www.sundressacademyforthearts.com.

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The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “Acid and Tender” by Jen Rouse

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This selection comes from the chapbook Acid and Tender, available from Headmistress Press. Order your copy here. Our curator for June is Kelly Andrews.

Jen Rouse is the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA. Her poems have appeared in Hot Tin Roof, Poetry, Poet Lore, MadHatLit, Pretty Owl, The Tishman Review, and elsewhere. She has work forthcoming from Midwestern Gothic and the Inflectionist Review, as well as Lavender Review and Sinister Wisdom. Her play, Conjure: A Cycle in Three Parts, will be produced in August 2017 by SPT Theatre Co. Rouse was named a finalist in the Charlotte Mew Poetry Chapbook contest. Her chapbook, Acid and Tender, came out December 2016 by Headmistress Press.

Kelly Lorraine Andrews’poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ninth Letter, PANK, Prick of the Spindle, and Love Me, Love My Belly, among others. She is the author of the chapbooks The Fear Archives (Two of Cups Press, 2017), My Body Is a Poem I Can’t Stop Writing (forthcoming, Porkbelly Press), I Want To Eat So Many Kinds of Cake With You and Mule Skinner (both from Dancing Girl Press). She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh. She coedits the online journal Pretty Owl Poetry and curates its Pittsburgh reading series. Additional information about her publications, along with a slideshow of her cats, can be found here.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “Acid and Tender” by Jen Rouse

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This selection comes from the chapbook Acid and Tender, available from Headmistress Press. Order your copy here. Our curator for June is Kelly Andrews.

Jen Rouse is the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA. Her poems have appeared in Hot Tin Roof, Poetry, Poet Lore, MadHatLit, Pretty Owl, The Tishman Review, and elsewhere. She has work forthcoming from Midwestern Gothic and the Inflectionist Review, as well as Lavender Review and Sinister Wisdom. Her play, Conjure: A Cycle in Three Parts, will be produced in August 2017 by SPT Theatre Co. Rouse was named a finalist in the Charlotte Mew Poetry Chapbook contest. Her chapbook, Acid and Tender, came out December 2016 by Headmistress Press.

Kelly Lorraine Andrews’poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ninth Letter, PANK, Prick of the Spindle, and Love Me, Love My Belly, among others. She is the author of the chapbooks The Fear Archives (Two of Cups Press, 2017), My Body Is a Poem I Can’t Stop Writing (forthcoming, Porkbelly Press), I Want To Eat So Many Kinds of Cake With You and Mule Skinner (both from Dancing Girl Press). She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh. She coedits the online journal Pretty Owl Poetry and curates its Pittsburgh reading series. Additional information about her publications, along with a slideshow of her cats, can be found here.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “Acid and Tender” by Jen Rouse

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This selection comes from the chapbook Acid and Tender, available from Headmistress Press. Order your copy here. Our curator for June is Kelly Andrews.

Jen Rouse is the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA. Her poems have appeared in Hot Tin Roof, Poetry, Poet Lore, MadHatLit, Pretty Owl, The Tishman Review, and elsewhere. She has work forthcoming from Midwestern Gothic and the Inflectionist Review, as well as Lavender Review and Sinister Wisdom. Her play, Conjure: A Cycle in Three Parts, will be produced in August 2017 by SPT Theatre Co. Rouse was named a finalist in the Charlotte Mew Poetry Chapbook contest. Her chapbook, Acid and Tender, came out December 2016 by Headmistress Press.

Kelly Lorraine Andrews’poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ninth Letter, PANK, Prick of the Spindle, and Love Me, Love My Belly, among others. She is the author of the chapbooks The Fear Archives (Two of Cups Press, 2017), My Body Is a Poem I Can’t Stop Writing (forthcoming, Porkbelly Press), I Want To Eat So Many Kinds of Cake With You and Mule Skinner (both from Dancing Girl Press). She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh. She coedits the online journal Pretty Owl Poetry and curates its Pittsburgh reading series. Additional information about her publications, along with a slideshow of her cats, can be found here.

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