The Imaginary Press Reading Series

The press is imaginary. The poets are real.

Friday, May 25, 2007

May 18th was phenomenal! June 8th is practically here!

***First off, I want to sincerely thank Misters Alex Lemon and Stephen Burt for an absolutely fantastic evening of poetry and good will on May 18th. Opposable Thumbs was standing room only with friends and fans of these fine gentlemen.***

And now, I'd like to present the two poets we have in store for you June 8:

Miss Terri Ford attended the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College lo, back in the 50s. Since then she’s received numerous grants and awards, including a Kentucky Arts Council fellowship and an Ohio Arts Council fellowship. She was the Ohio Arts Council writer in residence at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts during the summer of 2000. Miss Ford’s second book, Hams Beneath the Firmament, is newly out from Four Way Books. Her first book of poems, Why the Ships are She, was also published by Four Way Books in 2001 and she was a fellow at Bread Loaf that same year. Her poems always appear in Forklift, Ohio because Matt Hart filches them first. Her work has also appeared in Ploughshares, Agni, Conduit and numerous other publications, including the anthologies Poetry Daily: The Best from the World’s Most Popular Poetry Website (Sourcebooks, 2003), Four Way Reader #2 (Four Way, 2002) and The Beach Book (Sarabande Books, 1999). She was profiled in June of 2004 in the Minneapolis newspaper City Pages as one of five Minnesota poets who might be the state Poet Laureate if Minnesota had one ( She currently lives in triumph in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she hopes to change at least the lipstick on the face of Minnesota poetry.

Steve Healey's first book, Earthling, is available through Coffee House Press. He is associate Editor of Conduit. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including American Poetry Review, Fence, jubilat, Open City, and Verse.

Monday, May 07, 2007

May 18th is right around the corner!!!

Would you get a load of who's reading in just under two weeks? Please join us, won't you?

Alex Lemon's first collection of poems is Mosquito (Tin House Books).
At Last Unfolding Congo, a chapbook, is forthcoming from Burning
Chair Books. He also has a memoir forthcoming from Scribner. His
poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous magazines
including Tin House, Denver Quarterly, AGNI, Black Warrior Review,
Gulf Coast and Pleiades. His translations (with Wang Ping) of a number
of contemporary Chinese poets are forthcoming in Tin House, Artful
Dodge, New American Writing and other journals. Among his awards
are a 2005 Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment
for the Arts and a 2006 Minnesota Arts Board Grant. He is the coeditor
of LUNA: A Journal of Poetry and Translation and is a frequent
contributor to The Bloomsbury Review. Currently, he teaches at
Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Stephen Burt chairs the English Department at MaCalester College
in St. Paul. He writes poems, essays on other people’s poems, books
about poets and shorter piecers about poems, poets, poetry, comics,
science-fiction writers, political controversies, obscure pop groups,
and the Womens National Basketball Association. His books include:
Brief History of North American Youth, Parallel Play, Popular Music,
Randall Jarrell and His Age, Randall Jarrell on W. H. Auden, Shot
Clocks: Poems and an Essay for the WNBA.
Stephen Burt grew up in and around Washington, D.C., attended Harvard
(A.B. 1994) and Oxford, and received his Ph. D. from Yale in 2000.