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Please join us on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 8 p.m. (Eastern) for an intimate, in-depth discussion of poetry with IWWG member Cynthia Manick. She will read from and discuss her poetry collection, Blue Hallelujahs. Cynthia will be interviewed in our IWWG Digital Village online by longtime IWWG member, Christine Graf.
Praise for Blue Hallelujahs
“Cynthia Manick's Blue Hallelujahs bring us to a broil like Koko Taylor's "white-toothed love coils on repeat." Here, we have a gospel of womanly sharpness, a kitchen sinked and hot combed diary of the way Blues grinds into the 21st century. Gifted with the ability to smolder into surprise and swelter, Manick's reflections on discovery and loss will bring you to a "slow applause under the skin." Thank you for this bouquet of sheet music filled with church organ and pistol smoke, Ms. Manick. We gone need it to get to the other side.”
—Tyehimba Jess, author of leadbelly, winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series
“When writing we create a different type of language; an escapism or body underneath the words. That body is filled with stories both imagined and factual, fanciful images and sometimes real human monsters, all created to shed light on something.”
—Cynthia Manick, from her PEN America PEN TEN interview. You can read the entire interview here: https://pen.org/cynthia-manick-pen-ten/
Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). A Pushcart Prize nominated poet with a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School; she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, the MacDowell Colony, Poets House, and the Saltonstall Foundation of the Arts among others. Winner of the 2016 Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry and the 2018 Elizabeth Sloan Tyler Memorial Award; Manick is Founder and Curator of the reading series Soul Sister Revue. Her poem "Things I Carry Into the World" was made into a film by Motionpoems, a organization dedicated to video poetry, and has debuted on Tidal for National Poetry Month and Reel 13 Shorts. Manick’s work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day Series, Bone Bouquet, Callaloo, Kweli Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB), Muzzle Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Christine Graf is a commercial and fine artist by profession. She’s just completed a poetry manuscript titled, Shopping For Love Online, poems about internet dating. She’s been published in the Aurorean, Xanadu, Main Street Rag, Common Ground, Bryant Literary Review, Christian Science Monitor, Georgetown Review, Timber Creek Review, Hiram Review, Pinyon Literary Journal, Deronda, Theodate, MOBIUS, Chaffin Journal, Red Rock Review, Pegasus, Rockford Review and Green Hills Literary Lantern, Earth’s Daughters Journal, Front Range Review, Third Wednesday Journal, Edge Literary Journal, Cumberland River Review, Evening Street Review and Rat’s Ass Review. Christine was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016 and won second prize in the Myra Shapiro Poetry Contest. She’s the poetry editor of Studio And Gallery Magazine, a publication that supports the arts. She is also a poetry and writing coach.