New Release: Love Opens the Hands: New and Selected Poems by Bill Wolak


Bill Wolak is a poet who lives in New Jersey and teaches Creative Writing at William Paterson University. He has just published his twelfth collection of poetry entitled The Lover’s Body. His poetry has appeared in over a hundred magazines. His most recent translation with Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, Love Me More Than the Others: Selected Poetry or Iraj Mirza, was published by Cross-Cultural Communications in 2014. His translations have appeared in such magazines as The Sufi Journal, Basalt, Visions International, World Poetry Journal, and Atlanta Review.

His critical work and interviews have appeared in Notre Dame Review, Persian Heritage Magazine, Gargoyle, Southern Humanities Review, The Paterson Literary Review, Ascent, Florida English, and Prime Numbers Magazine. Mr. Wolak has been awarded several National Endowment for the Humanities scholarships and two Fulbright-Hays scholarships to study and travel in India.

In 2007, he was selected to participate in a Friendship Delegation to Iran sponsored by the Fellowship of Reconciliation, America’s largest and oldest interfaith peace and justice organization. During the Summer of 2010, Mr. Wolak was awarded a Field Study Opportunity in China and Japan by the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia. He was selected to be a featured poet at festivals in India four times: at the 2011 Kritya International Poetry Festival in Nagpur, at the 2013 Hyderabad Literary Festival, at the Tarjuma 2013: Festival of Translators in Ahmedabad, and most recently at the 2014 Hyderabad Literary Festival.

Ratna Kaji Shakya, whose art work appears throughout this book as well as on the front cover, is an artist working in watercolors and acrylics, who lives in Kathmandu, Nepal. In addition, he is the director of Light & Shade Art Gallery in Katmandu. Over the years, he has been awarded several prizes for his paintings, and his work appears in many private collections in Nepal as well as abroad in such countries as the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Norway, Turkey, Denmark, South Korea, Japan, India, Pakistan, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Holland, Ireland, Belgium, Argentina, China, Spain, Chile, Israel, Jordan, Scotland, and Bahrain. Ratna Kaji Shakya’s diverse experiments with oval forms has led him to a comprehensive theory of fine art which he has dubbed Ovalism. Through Ovalism, he undertakes to explain the omnipresent importance of the oval form in every aspect of existence.

New Nirala Release: Said the Growling Dog: Poems Selected and New by Chuck Joy

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The poems in Chuck Joy’s new collection, Said the Growling Dog, bark and howl with exuberance, wit, and tail-wagging rhythms. They scamper from Erie and Pittsburgh to the Bronx, White House, and Monument Valley. In narrative and lyric modes, they explore the boundaries between imagination and observation, contemplation and action, where every experience presents itself as “a book ready to be written / a yellow fruit that tastes like beer.” Poetry, for Joy, becomes the means by which he appeases the “bear” stalking him at work in one poem and finds the locus of beauty in a crippling blizzard in another. These poems, intended for “all of us, mutts / and blokes,” teach us, touch us, and call us to romp and bound with joy.

Berwyn Moore, author of O Body Swayed, & Professor, Gannon University

Chuck Joy’s poems carry the reader into a world of yummy golfer girls and inexplicable bears, where an old man says, “that’s called kissing buddy, it’s better than it looks” and every groundhog reminds us of love, a world where the lines and cadences of poems tear themselves from the page and perform on stage, “each line a terrific friend.” This is our world as experienced by a poet who understands that normalcy is fiction. A gentle, provocative, wryly humorous, and moving collection of poems.

Jack Coulehan, Author, Bursting With Danger and Music, and Senior Fellow, Center for Medical Humanities, Stony Brook University

One of the best books I’ve read this year! Though I’ve been a Chuck Joy fan for several years now, Said the Growling Dog is his best work yet. This dog barks at all the right times and bites in all the right places. If I may steal the poet’s own words from another context, “every line / deserves the same attention // each line a terrific friend.”

John B. Burroughs, Editor, Crisis Chronicles Press

“Poemas de los Himalayas” conquista Granada: The Festival Report

“Poemas de los Himalayas” conquista Granada
Enviado el 17/02/2015 por Festival
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El mundo se resume en Granada. Nepal llenó la Plaza de los Leones con versos que denuncian la pobreza, que alaban la belleza y que piden libertad.

Yuyutsu Ram Dass Sharma, poeta nepalí, presentó su libro “Poemas de los Himalayas” junto a la poeta nicaragüense Gioconda Belli.

“Los poemas de Yuyutsu evocan esos lugares cuyos nombres están llenos de grandes hazañas, de conquista de alturas y de naturaleza, cuyo lado oscuro también revela la poesía de ese hombre de las nieves”, así lo define Gioconda Belli, quien conoció a Yuyutsu en Londres, durante un “parnaso” poético.

Yuyutsu nació en Nakodar, pero su familia se traslado a Nepal cuando él era joven. Escribe en nepalí e inglés y es un incansable viajero, que enseña literatura, escritura y lee poesía en América y Europa. Ha publicado ocho selecciones de poesía, ha traducido y publicado varias antologías de poetas del Nepal.
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La poesía presentada en “Poemas de los Himalayas”, es poderosa, contenida y lo mismo se alza a las alturas del lirismo que se ocupa de la depredación de los alpinistas que acuden en multitud al Everest y otras montañas, explotando animales, poniendo en peligro la vida de los sherpas.

Su poesía es una denuncia constante al peligro que representa dañar el entorno natural de los Himalayas.

Para Belli, Yuyutsu habla con sabiduria y humanidad de la vida y lo que sucede en ciudades como Amsterdam y Nueva York, de temas como las drogas, del amor y de la democracia.

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Yuyutsu Sharma: Reading Schedule 2015

Yuyu at Oyster Bay Photo By Bill Wolak

Yuyutsu Sharma is South Asia’s leading poet published by Nirala with growing International acclaim. He is currently in New York City as a visiting poet at New York University and had several g readings in Nicaragua, New York, Boston and West Coast. Here is a list of some the immediate readings.
(Only Public readings are listed)

Nicaragua International Granada Poetry Festival,
Granada, Nicaragua, Feb 15 Feb-23, Feb

3.00 a 4.00 PM

Presenta: Gioconda Belli
Lugar: Feria del Libro

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Lugar: Plaza de la Independencia

Primera Mesa:
Ernesto Cardenal ( Nicaragua), Luis Eduardo Aute ( España), Richard Blanco( EU) , Eduardo Chirino ( Perú), Marco Antonio Campos ( México), Eva Bourke ( Alemania), Walis Nokan ( Taiwán ), Yuyutsu Sharma ( Nepal/ India), Tugrul Tanyol ( Turquía)
2:00 a 6:00 PM

Septima Esquina:
Victor Rodríguez (Cuba), Yuyutsu Sharma ( Nepal/India),Alfonso Fajardo ( El Salvador), Héctor Avellán ( Nicaragua) Juan Gavura ( Eslovaquia)
10:00 AM a 12:00 PM
Lectura de poesía en la ciudad de Managua:
Colegios: Pierre y Marie Curie, Doris María

Les Wicks ( Australia), Yuyutsu Sharma( Nepal-India), Beng Bert ( Suecia ), Héctor Avellán ( Nicaragua)

Long Island University, Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, with Charles Fisherman, Long Island University, Host: THE POETRY CENTER at LIU-Post at Steinberg Art Museum Hillwood Commons12:30-1:30 common hour. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsors include the LIU- Post Poetry Center and Poets & Writers, Inc., with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Friday, March 13, 6.00 pm, An Evening with Yuyu, at The Poets Hall,1140 E, Lake Rd, Erie, PA 16507

Friday, March 15, 3.00 pm, Poetry and Photography Workshop, followed by a reading at BGFA,33 3rd St. SE #103 Barberton Ohio 44203
Whittier College, California, Friday, March, 27, 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015, 6.00pm, Yuyutsu Sharma reading at Phoenix Poetry Series, with Bill Wolak and Carolyn Wells, Left Bank Books, NYC, 17 8th Ave (Between Bank and W 12th Streets), New York. Hosted by Mike Graves, (212) 924-5638, open reading follows…

, March 26, 2015 – 7:00pm, Whittier Collge, Guest Readings: Yuyutsu Sharma and Vandana Khanna at Wardman Library (7031 Founders Hill Rd., Whittier CA 90602, tel. 562-907-4247) Free and open to the public.

Sunday, March 29, 3:pm: Yuyutsu Sharma reading at Mosaic of Voices, with Tim Kahl, Rhony Bhopla, Nancy Aide Gonzalez & Penny Kline at Avid Reader at Tower, 1600, Broadway, Sacramento, Ca. 95818

Friday, April 10, 2015 Yuyutsu Sharma at The Grolier Book Shop, Cambridge, Introduced by William Wolak, The Grolier Book Shop, 6 Plympton Street, Cambridge,

Thursday, April 16, Yuyutsu Sharma reading with Sharon Dolin at New York University, Office of Global Studies in collaboration with NYU-SPS, Details Follow

April 30, Yuyutsu Sharma reading with Christian Wiman at Columbia University, Columbia-ISSO, Columbia Global Poets Series: A poetry reading in collaboration with International House-New York City, and the Columbia School of General Studies. Details Follow