Friday, August 27, 2010

Introduction: Gary Brower

Gary reading a 2009 Picnic, accompanied by John Bullock

Featured Reader Gary Brower's most recent project is producing and editing Malpaís Review; his latest chapbook is For the Wild Horses of Placitas and Other Equine Poems (2009). He also instigated and participated in a bilingual stage production, Para que yo me llame Angel Gonzalez/So that I might be called Angel Gonzalez (a tribute to Spanish poet and friend, Angel Gonzalez), with the Teatro Paraguas Theater Group, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and at the Teatro Paraguas Studio Theater in Santa Fe, in September, 2009. Born in Kansas City, Mo., Gary lives in Placitas, NM. Look for his CDs and books at the Picnic. 

Cover, Issue I

Gary's poetry and translations have been widely published in numerous poetry magazines. Currently one of the Duende Poetry Series of Placitas organizers, his chapbooks, Planting Trees in Terra Incognita and The Book of Knots, both published by Destructible Heart Press, appeared in 2006 and 2007, respectively. His 2008 CD with "Gunslinger in NM," Gary Brower Reads, is available through Vox Audio (Bruce Holsapple), PO Box 594, Magdalena, NM 87825. A broadside photo-poem, CDs and readings (often accompanied by guitarist El Nino David and dancer Susannah Garrett) at venues that include the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Sunflower Festival, Duende Poetry Series and on CDs round out the list. 

Briefly, Gary's academic credentials, include a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of Missouri at Columbia, teaching at US universities and directing academic programs in Barcelona, Madrid and Guadalajara. A specialist in Hispanic literature, especially Latin America, he has published numerous essays in Spanish and English on Latin American writers in academic journals. He has also written two books on the impact of Japanese haiku on western poetry, translated poetry (notably Angel Gonzalez, Pablo Neruda and Vicente Huidobro), worked as a journalist in Los Angeles and with the southern Oregon Mexican migrant worker community (which included extensive ESL outreach). 

His poetry (and translations from Hispanic poetry) have been published in Puerto del Sol, The Poetry Bag, Put Poems, Tansy, Sagitario, Thunderbird, Cottonwood Review, New America, Ann Arbor Review, New Mexico Magazine, Mundus Artium, 10.5 Arts Magazine, The Signpost, Ke5tra, Beatlick Poetry and Art News, The Rag, Sin Fronteras, The Peace of the Night (chapbook anthology),  Duke City Fix, Saint Vitus Press, In Darkness, Memory (chapbook anthology), Saint Elizabeth Street, Sage Trail, Canary, Lunarosity, Metropolis France, The Promise of Winter (chapbook anthology), Winter and the Mountain (chapbook anthology) and Central Avenue. 

(See also, Gary Brower, a Portrait, at Outlaw Poetry)

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