Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Beyond Baroque mourns the passing of Anselm Hollo

Anselm Hollo was a long time Beyond Baroque member and author of more than forty books.  
He was born in Helsinki, Finland. After ten years in England writing and broadcasting for the BBC European Services, Hollo settled in the United States in 1966 and from then until his death enthusiastically contributed to the American literary community as a poet, teacher, and award-winning translator. 
Fluent in German, Swedish, Finnish, and English by age ten, Hollo made a significant contribution to modern letters as a translator. Hollo was widely published in little magazines, and his books include Sojourner Microcosms (Blue Wine Press) and No Complaints (Toothpaste Press); his translations include Red Cats (City Lights) and collections by Haavikko (Cape Goliard/Grossman) and Pentti Saarikoski (Toothpaste Press). 
In his last years, Anselm taught at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. 

His collection of poems, Notes on the Possibilities and Attractions of Existence, received the San Francisco Poetry Center Award.

 Anselm Hollo 1934- 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

From Our Friends at 100 Thousand Poets for Change

Dear Friends,
Please join Alice Walker, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Michael McClure, Sam Hamill, Philip Levine, Naomi Shihab Nye, Carolyn Forché, Jerome Rothenberg, Pina Piccolo, Jack Hirschman, Sarah Browning, Ron Silliman, PEN America Center, Michael Rothenberg, and Terri Carrion, co-founders of 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Rootsaction.org, Split This Rock, Code Pink, and many more of our dear friends in this important campaign to free the Qatari poet Mohamed Ibn Al Ajami who has been sentenced to life in prison for reciting a poem extolling the courage and values of the popular uprisings in Tunisia.
So far over 12,000 people have signed this petition, generating over 60,000 letters to the Qatar embassy requesting the release of Qatari poet Mohamed Ibn Al Ajami. In ten days Mohamed Al Ajami will appeal the verdict. Please sign this petition and send a letter to Qatar and let the government there know that Mohamed Al Ajami  should be released.
We can do this!
Thanks for your support.
Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion
100 Thousand Poets for Change

Friday, January 11, 2013

25 January, Friday - 7:30 PM: BUDDY WAKEFIELD IN VENICE!

The one and only BUDDY WAKEFIELD (http://BuddyWakefield.com/) will be playing at Beyond Baroque! BUDDY WAKEFIELD is a world-champion poet from the Seattle, WA area. You may find his works by searching "Buddy Wakefield" on YouTube, visiting his website, or visiting his Facebook page!
Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. Show will start at 8:00pm, with doors open at 7:30pm.
To get tickets to the show, visit http://theeasiersofterway.com/shop/buddy-wakefield-tickets/

He will be selling raffle tickets to benefit Beyond Baroque! The raffle will be a 50/50 raffle… With the money he collects from selling raffle tickets, they will raffle off 50% to one lucky winner, and the other half will go to Beyond Baroque! Buy tickets today by clicking here and make a difference in the community!