Nirala to launch American poet Karen Corinne Herceg’s Out From Calaboose: New Poems in November

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Out of Calaboose :New Poems

Karen Corinne Herceg

ISBN 9-788182-500853  pp.91 2017 Paper Demy

American poet Karen Corinne Herceg graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University with a B.A. in Literature & Writing and has graduate credits in editing, revision and psychology.  A recipient of N.Y. State grants, she has featured at major venues such as The N.Y. Public Library, The Queens Museum, The Province town Playhouse, St. John’s University, Binghamton University and many others with such renowned poets as Pulitzer Prize winners John Ashbery and Philip Schultz and poet William Packard, founder of The New York Quarterly. She has studied with David Ignatow, Philip Schultz and writer/novelist Glenda Adams. Karen was co-founder and editor of The First East Coast Theatre & Publishing Company which published poetry by Anna Adams, Stuart Kaufman, Roger Steigmeier and a novel by Charles Powers.

Her first volume of poems is Inner Sanctions. She publishes poetry, prose and essays in a variety of magazines and literary journals. Karen’s most recent publications include Antioch University’s Lunch Ticket Journal, The Avalon Literary Review, MockingHeart Review, Badlands, The Furious Gazelle, Reminisce—a publication of Readers Digest– and several publications in the U.K. Her work is read on various radio broadcasts, and she has been interviewed by The Epoch Times. Karen is currently working with Khalilah Ali, writing her memoirs as the former wife of the legendary Muhammad Ali.

Karen is a member of Poets & Writers, Writers Digest, the Academy of American Poets, PEN America, The Poetry Society of America and C.A.P.S. and is a featured poet on the New York poetry scene. Her website is: www.karencorinneherceg.com and you can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Clutching her vision firmly in hand, Karen Corinne Herceg paints her inner world in such a vivid fashion that I was compelled to submerge myself in Out From Calaboose completely, and then not surface at all until I put down the last poem. What I wove through during the course of that reading was a feast: imagery fine enough that it startled; rhythms that wove from poem to poem, joining all their music together; and language so sleek that not one word had been left standing if it ought not to be. In this collection, Herceg brings us her life and all its many emotional truths, some ugly, some beautiful, but all revealed with restraint–so that by book’s end, we are left in wonder. 

–Linda Gray Sexton, author of Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back To My Mother, Anne Sexton and Half in Love: Surviving the Legacy of Suicide

In Out from Calaboose, Karen Corinne Herceg traces what one might call a karmic trajectory from oppressive relationships in adult life back to a controlling or absent parent whose chiseled stone dates leave “impressions in her flesh.” And, after that, to a freeing.

Roberta Gould in the Foreword

Herceg is a grand ‘maker’ in our Eastern tradition, an emergence of a fresh American voice that pulls out of her past a dark abyss of time, ‘herding children, objects and desires’ and brings along her story with a ‘feline intensity,’ very much like her cats, never looking hurt, ‘just indignant.’ Here are poems racing against the chill of time and treacherous tides that have washed away years of a young woman who stands now at the threshold of life with ‘her grocery bags’ and sings songs of the new, her new hope in ‘greens and fruits’ tethered to ‘a grassy firmament,’ birthing through ‘a placenta of debts’, cutting umbilical cords, dragging herself throughthe mire of inherited sins in a ‘maternal bloodbath,’ a place where her parents rest in sullen ‘drawers of steel.’ This is a remarkable work, a Virginia Woolf moment stretched into a book of poems, or a Whitman rumination that refuses to come to an end, enamored as it is by life’s ongoing rush. Out from Calaboose affirms Herceg’s faith in a poet’s visionary status as she imagines her hand reaching toward, snapping through ‘embryonic clay’ and sculpting lives that could become whole…

–Yuyutsu Sharma, Himalayan Poet & author of Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems and A Blizzard in my Bones: New York Poems

Often it is a pronounced sense of wonder that makes poets like Karen Corinne Herceg.  In her volume, she is Alice in her Wonderland, a curious child asking Why? Why? Why?  Why are “our impatient lives [spent] in fluorescent lit aisles”?  Why can a mother only offer “left over hippie love before the dusk of empty bottles”?  Why is it that “time chimes clocks as if we were a gift”?  And why do we [keep] “kicking [ourselves] back onto the cross, always just shy of redemption”?  When a child asks Why, she expects a truthful answer.  So does Herceg.  She wants to get to the bottom of just why we break out of our birth shells so passionately, with biting egg teeth, only to construct invisible shields, brick and mortar walls and personal calabooses that separate us from each other.  What drives us?  What forces impose themselves on us?  The poems in Out From Calaboose compile a quest for truthful answers, one of which Herceg instinctively knows when she quotes  Carl Sagan at the beginning of her poem “Alternatives” – for small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.

Janet Hamill, American poet, author of Body of Water

In her powerful new volume, Out from Calaboose, Karen Herceg clearly demonstrates the loneliness and wonder of a “world scaled for living”(from “Tableau”). Herceg’s is a world fueled by travel, whether it is global wanderings or the travelings of a troubled spirit seeking rest or resolution: “Will anything stave off this thing/called salvation–/how if we pine and ponder enough/somehow we will deserve explanations” (from “After Me, The Poem”). Her verse can often be troubling, as when she describes the transparent boundaries separating creatures from nature (the immolation of birds as they hit pane glass, a sacrifice to hubris); culture from culture; people from each other; and humans from nature: “tree bark flakes/plants wither/glaciers melt and slide/and we watch it on monitors” (from “Corporate Menu”). Once she has her reader thus in thrall, the poet ups the ante in positing a world fueled by despairing travail and the imminence of death: “Can we only be saved in loss?” (from “Epithalamium”). But then it becomes evident that the poet has a different world-view in mind when she juxtaposes such darkness with the idealism of her elegant and touchingHudson History:Honoring Pete Seeger” in which she infers the redemptive power of hopefulness, of what the world might be, stemming from a new vision. Out from Calaboose is a marvelous, skillful, and evocative work.

Dr. David B. Austell, Columbia University

 Herceg’s poetry has honesty and a sane, healing quality.  As a poet she fulfills one of the most crucial needs of our troubled age: Truth-seeking.  There’s no pretense in Herceg’s approach.”

Robert Milby, Poet & Hudson Valley, NY Poetry Series Host

YUYUTSU SHARMA TO READ AT RUBIN MUSEUM on June 1, 2016

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YUYUTSU SHARMA TO READ AT RUBIN MUSEUM:

HONORING NEPAL IN POETRY AND FILM
HIMALAYAN HERITAGE MEETUP

JUNE 1
6:00 – 8:30 PM

Join the leading South Asian poet Yuyutsu Sharma and the film director Amitabh Joshi for an evening program dedicated to Nepal. Sharma will read poems from his In Praise of Chomolingma, the Mother of the Winds of the World followed by a screening of Joshi’s film Tashi’s Turbine, an uplifting tale of a small village’s attempt to harness renewable, sustainable energy.

Professor David Austell, Columbia University, will introduce Yuyutsu Sharma.

A book signing and director Q&A will provide further opportunities for discussion.

Schedule

6:00-6:45 PM
Poetry reading with Yuyutsu Sharma in the exhibition Nepalese Seasons followed by a book signing

7:00-8:30 PM
Screening of the film Tashi’s Turbine followed by a Q&A with director Amitabh Joshi

About the Participants

Yuyutsu Sharma is South Asia’s leading poet published by Nirala with growing international acclaim. He is currently based in New York City as a visiting poet at New York University and has had several readings in Nicaragua, New York, Boston, and the west coast of the United States.

More: http://niralapublications.com/nirala-authors/yuyutsu-rd-sharma/

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Amitabh Joshi, originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, is currently based in New York City. He is interested in exploring environmental sustainability, cultural identities, and youth-related issues. He is a director and cinematographer at Vacant Light, a production company in New York City. Tashi’s Turbine is his first feature-length documentary.

Rubin Museum of Art

The Rubin Museum of Art is dedicated to the collection, display, and preservation of the art and cultures of the Himalayas, India and neighboring regions, with a permanent collection focused particularly on Tibetan art. It is located at 150 West 17th Street between the Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Avenue in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City.
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Yuyutsu Sharma’s upcoming readings

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Sunday April 10th 7:30pm

Yuyutsu Sharma’s Himalayan Recitals: Yuyu will read from his extensive writings, including his newest published work Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems. at The Yoga Exchange Address: 24 Exchange St, Holliston, MA 01746, Phone:(508) 429-9642 Hosted by Kimberly  Cozza Collins and Melanie Harrington.

 

Tuesday, April 12 at 2 pm – 3 pm

Yuyutsu Sharma at Griffen Free Public Library, 22 Hooksett Road, P O Box 308, Auburn, New Hampshire, (603) 483-5374

Wednesday, April 13 at 11pm

Yuyutsu Sharma reading with Dan Szczesny at Moving Mountains – Personal Stories of Perseverance, Juggernaut Fitness, LLC, 141 Old Turnpike Rd, Concord, New Hampshire 03301 Hosted by Jake St. Pierre

Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:00pm
Yuyutsu Sharma Reading at Columbia University Global Poets Series, poetry reading and audience talk‐back with Eliza Griswold at the Nicholas Roerich Museum, 319 West 107th Street, between Broadway and Riverside Drive, New York NY 10025 Hosted by David Austell : Admission Free

Sunday. May 1, 2016, 1;30-4.00pm

Yuyutsu Sharma Reading at Oceanside Library, Long Island, New York, 1:30pm -3:30pm Hosted by Peter Dugan

Tuesday May 3,  2016, 7 pm

Yuyutsu Sharma at the BookMark Shoppe, 8415 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn. NY 11209 Hosted by Anthony Vigorito

Tuesday May 31st, 5:45 – 7:45

Yuyutsu Sharma as Guest Poet at Ken Siegelman’s Brooklyn Poetry Outreach, at Brooklyn Public Library, Park Slope Branch, 431 6th Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11215 Hosted by Anthony Vigorito

Wednesday June 1st, 5:45 – 7:00

YUYUTSU SHARMA TO READ AT RUBIN MUSEUM: HONORING NEPAL IN POETRY AND FILM, HIMALAYAN HERITAGE MEETUP at The Rubin Museum of Art 150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011 Phones: 212.620.5000, 212.620.5000 x344 There is a 24-hour parking lot on the corner of 17th Street and 6th Avenue. There are also a number of parking garages and lots on 17th Street between Union Square and 7th Avenue. Learn more about discounted parking with Central Parking System.SUBWAY: A, C, E to 14th Street (at 8th Avenue), 1 to 18th Street (at 7th Avenue), 2, 3 to 14th Street (at 7th Avenue), F, L, M to 14th Street (at 6th Avenue), N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th Street-Union Square  http://rubinmuseum.org/

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 6:30

Yuyutsu Sharma at Port Jefferson Free Library, 631 473-0022 100 Thompson Street Port Jefferson, NY, 11777, 631-473-0022 Fax: 631-473-2903 info@portjefflibrary.org Hosted by Kat Lamberg

 

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Upcoming in Nirala Series– Maya Healers : A Thousand Dreams

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Fran Antmann is a distinguished American documentary photographer, writer, and teacher. Her photographic work has focused on the lives and culture of the indigenous people of Guatemala and Peru as well as the Dene people of the Western Canadian Arctic and the Inuit people of Baffin Island. She has a doctorate in Fine Arts from NYU and is a Guild member of Fotovisura.

Her work has been exhibited and published in New York, Texas, Peru, Mexico, France, England, and Denmark. Her photographs are in the collections of the International Center of Photography; the Brooklyn Museum; the Haverford College Collection; The Museum of Photographic Arts, Denmark, and various private collections.

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She received grants from the Fulbright Commission, the Ford Foundation, Foundation, Agfa Corporation, the Social Science Research Council, the Puffin Foundation and the J. Paul Getty Foundation. She was awarded five New York State Foundation for the Arts fellowships in both Photography and Non-Fiction Literature. She teaches photography and photojournalism at Baruch College, CUNY and is faculty photo editor of the Journalism Department’s award winning online publication, Dollars and Sense.

David Austell at Grolier Poetry Bookstore, Cambridge

AN EVENING WITH DAVID B. AUSTELL
2015.4.30.Poetry.Night-11 (2)
When:Thu, 28 May, 18:00 – 20:00
Where:Grolier Poetry Book Shop, 6 Plympton Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, United States (map)

Dr. David B. Austell is the Associate Provost and Director of the International Students and Scholars Office at Columbia University in New York City. David was previously the Assistant Vice President and Director of the Office of Global Services at New York University in New York City for seven years, where he was also an Associate Professor of International Education in the NYU Steinhardt School (adjunct). David has both undergraduate and graduate degrees in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also completed his Ph.D. in Higher Education, focusing on International Education (his doctoral dissertation, The Birds in the Rich Forest, concerned Chinese students in the United States during the Student Democracy Movement). In 1992, he was a Fulbright grantee in Korea and Japan. David has twenty-five years of executive leadership experience in the field of International Education, and is a frequent speaker and writer on International Education issues. David is also a poet, and his first book of poetry, Little Creek, was published in January 2011 by Nirala Press. His second volume, Garuda (also published by Nirala), was released in March 2012. In 2014, Nirala reissued Little Creek in a revised paperback volume. His fourth book, The Tin Man, is expected from Nirala Press in January 2016. David’s poetry has also appeared in Infusion Magazine and The Red Wheel Barrow.
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Yuyutsu Sharma to feature at Night for Nepal

Night for Nepal
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Night for Nepal
A night of poetry, music, comedy, and a silent auction to support the victims of the Nepalese earthquake. Featuring Nepalese poet Yuyutsu Sharma, renowned pianist Dan Tepfer, Saturday Night Live writer and comedian Nicolas Rutherford, and cellist Keiran Campbell. Hosted by Jin Soon Choi, Melissa Jackson, and Nikhil Melnechuk.

Tickets starting at $50: http://nightfornepal.brownpapertickets.com/
100% of all ticket sales and donations go directly to Shikshya Foundation Nepal via CrowdRise (https://www.crowdrise.com/nepalearthquakefund/fundraiser/jinsoonchoi)

Presented by JINsoon, Marilyn Violet Foundation, and Bowery Arts+Science. Silent Auction items generously provided by Marc Jacobs Intl, NARS Cosmetics, Ted Gibson, Rhemedy By Rhed Therapeutic Massage, JINsoon, Lolita Lempicka, La Flaca, Pager, Bowery Poetry Club, The Brave Collection, Rita Hazan Salon, David’s Teas, David Scoroposki, Duane Park, SEA-NY, and more!

Special Thanks to Eva Chen for her help in planning the event.

Presentación del libro “POEMAS DE LOS HIMALAYAS” Del poeta Indio-Nepalés Yuyutsu Sharma

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Presentación del libro
“POEMAS DE LOS HIMALAYAS”
Del poeta Indio-Nepalés Yuyutsu Sharma
Sábado 25 de Abril – 1 pm
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LECTURA DE POESÍA

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Una de la voces más importantes de la poesía nepalesa y de mayor reconocimiento internacional.
Yuyutsu Sharma estará con nosotros y nos ofrecerá una lectura bilingüe (sus poemas acaban de ser traducidos
al español) junto a tres excelente poetas:
Samantha Wischnia,
Alejandro Chacón y
Evgueni Bezzubikoff
quienes leerán
poemas propios y célebres.

Ven a celebrar el MES DE LA POESíA con los propios poetas.

Ossining Public Library
53 Croton Ave, Ossining, NY 10562
(914) 941-2416

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Yuyutsu Sharma’s Upcoming Readings in New York, Massachusetts and Boston

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Yuyutsu Sharma is South Asia’s leading poet published by Nirala and Epsilonmedia, Germany with growing International acclaim. He is currently in New York City as a visiting poet at New York University and had several readings in Nicaragua, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Coast. Here is the list of some immediate readings in New York, Massachusetts and Boston…

Friday, April 10, 2015 Yuyutsu Sharma reading at The Grolier Book Shop, Cambridge, The Grolier Book Shop, 6 Plympton Street, Cambridge, , MA 02138, United States (map)http://www.grolierpoetrybookshop.org/

Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Salem Athenaeum Dangerous Words—Unexpected Destinations: Yuyu Sharma to read at Salem Athenaeum Library with Maria Bennett, Kristine Doll, Shreejana Sharma & Bill Wolak.
Salem Athenaeum 337 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970 USA, Free to Public, Contact : Kristine Doll

Thursday, April 16, 6:30 pm, Yuyutsu Sharma reading with Sharon Dolin at New York University, Office of Global Studies in collaboration with NYU-SPS, at 7 E, 12 St. fifth Floor.

Tuesday, April 21, 7:30 to 9:30, Yuyutsu Sharma reading as Special Feature for Poetry Month at Sip It, 64 Rockaway Av, Valley Stream, Long Island, NY 11580 (516) 341-0491 Hosted by Lorraine Conlin

Thursday, April 30,7:30 Christian Wiman and Yuyutsu Ram Dass Sharma: Poetry in the Presence of the Holy, A Poetry Reading and Discussion, at International House, 500 Riverside Drive, Columbia University, New York, 10027, NY Organised by Columbia-ISSO, Columbia Global Poets Series: A poetry reading in collaboration with International House-New York City, and the Columbia School of General Studies.

The Rubin Talks: Himalayan Poet in NYC, Reading by Yuyutsu Sharma

Himalayan Poet in NYC
Reading by Yuyutsu Sharma

Friday April 18, 2014 @ 6:15 PM
Poetry Reading in Galleries
150 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011
212.620.5000
http://www.rubinmuseum.org/events/load/2612

FREE EVENT
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Internationally renowned Himalayan poet, Yuyutsu Sharma gives a reading in the galleries from his books Milarepa’s Bones, Annapurna Poems and Nepal Trilogy and launches his new book, Nine New York Poems, A Prelude to A Blizzard in My Bones: New York.

Over the last couple of years, Yuyutsu Sharma has been working on his new book about New York City. After traveling the world, he has seen an amazing connection between the Himalayas and NYC, ‘these two highest places in the world’ and celebrates their grit and glory in his new book Nine New York Poems, A Prelude to A Blizzard in My Bones: New York Poems.

Poet and Professor from NYU, David Austell will introduce Yuyutsu’s creative world and his remarkable journeys across the continent. The gallery reading will be followed by a Q&A with the audience and a book signing in the Spiral Lobby
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About the Speakers

Recipient of fellowships and grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ireland Literature Exchange, Trubar Foundation, Slovenia, The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature and The Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature, Yuyutsu RD Sharma is a distinguished poet and translator. He has published nine poetry collections including, Milarepa’s Bones, 33 New Poems, (Nirala, New Delhi 2012), Nepal Trilogy, Photographs and Poetry on Annapurna, Everest, Helambu & Langtang (www.Nepal-Trilogy.de, Epsilonmedia, Karlsruhe, 2010), a 900-page book with renowned German photographer, Andreas Stimm, Space Cake, Amsterdam, & Other Poems from Europe and America, (2009, Indian reprint 2013) and Annapurna Poems, 2008, Reprint, 2012).
Yuyutsu also brought out a translation of Irish poet Cathal O’ Searcaigh poetry in Nepali in a bilingual collection entitled, Kathmandu: Poems, Selected and New (2006) and a translation of Hebrew poet Ronny Someck’s poetry in Nepali in a bilingual edition, Baghdad, February 1991 & Other Poems. He has translated and edited several anthologies of contemporary Nepali poetry in English and launched a literary movement, Kathya Kayakalpa (Content Metamorphosis) in Nepali poetry.
Currently, Yuyutsu is in New York as a Visiting Poet at New York University. For half the year, he travels and reads all over the world from his works and conducts creative writing workshops at various universities in North America and Europe. When back home, he goes trekking in the Himalayas.

David B. Austell is Assistant Vice President and Director of the Office of Global Services at New York University in New York City, where he is also an Associate Professor of International Education in the NYU Steinhardt School (adjunct). David has undergraduate and graduate degrees in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he also completed his Ph.D. in Higher Education focusing on International Education. In 1992, David was a Fulbright grantee in Japan and Korea. The love of poetry grows from deep roots, and in David’s case from his parents: his mother who sent poetry, sacred and secular, to him all through college with her letters, and his father who read Shakespeare and Coleridge to him as a child.

Now on View

Bodies in Balance:
The Art of Tibetan Medicine

On view through September 8, 2014
Tibet
Bodies in Balance is a comprehensive look at the ancient and evolving tradition of Tibetan medicine. The art and ideas presented in the galleries are complemented by Museum-wide experiences, including a diverse line-up of programs. Whether you join us for a yoga session, a foodie field trip to Jackson Heights, or interactive workshops with Tibetan doctors, we hope to see you often. Read more
The Rubin Museum of Art

150 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011
212.620.5000
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