The new anthology Brew: 30 Years of Poetry at the Pub was launched last weekend at the Newcastle Writers Festival and I was very pleased to have had a poem included. Poetry at the Pub meets on the 3rd and 5th Mondays of the Month at the Wickham Park Hotel and provides an egalitarian and convivial environment for poets to read their work aloud, try new things, and share a drink. As one of Australia’s longest running PATPs, the 30 year milestone is a big deal. The book itself is a thing of beauty, expertly edited by the wonderful Dael Allison: full of great poetry and an historic record too.
I’m very honoured to have a few new poems published in Pete Spence’s Donnithorne Street Press one-off magazine “Read On”. These quirky, hand-produced print magazines are such fun–there’s something nostalgic and lovely about a hand-made ‘zine–and full of good writing. I get to share the magazine with poets like Gerard Malanga, Gig Ryan, Charles Bernstein, and many others.
Hawkeye Publishing’s resident author and founder Carolyn Martinez asked me to answer a few questions for her, mostly around Compulsive Reader, my own podcast, and a little about my books. As I’ve interviewed Carolyn before, it was fun to turn the tables and let her interview me.
Ivan Obolensky asks me some intruiguing questions about such things as life in Australia vs life in the US, my day job, CCNY vs Oxford, Compulsive Reader, on collaborations, on how I cope with my own reviews, and lots more. Check it out here: https://ivanobolensky.com/interview-with-magdalena-ball/
I’m happy to report that I have three new poems in issue forty-eight, the southern summer, 2018, issue of Otoliths edited by the fabulous Mark Young. The 314 page print edition full of new prose, text and visual poetry, and visual art can be obtained here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/mark-young-editor/otoliths-issue-forty-eight-part-one/paperback/product-23577984.html
I’m very pleased to once again find myself in the exceptionally fine company of Pete Spence’s Donnithorne Street Press publication Have Your Chill. This classic styled ‘zine is full of wonderful poems, and a pleasure to hold in the hand.
Ivy Ireland has written a most wonderful review of Unmaking Atoms (and Petra White’s Reading for a Quiet Morning) in Cordite Poetry Review. I love every word of Ivy’s thoughtful and very empathetic review: “The poems of Unmaking Atoms, while on the surface exploring a penchant for the endless bifurcations of astrophysics, Buddhist spirituality and contemporary psychology, more aptly grapple with what it is to be human in a world dealing with its own extinctions and loss of foreseeable futures.” Check it out below:
I’ve got a new poem titled “Cultural Universal: A Pantoum” in the 2017 Write Like You’re Alive anthology published by the marvellous Zoetic Press. The book is available for free download online here: https://zoetic-press.myshopify.com/products/write-like-youre-alive-2017
The wonderful Zalehah Turner put me through my paces with some very deep, rich questions around Unmaking Atoms:
“Poetry was a way for me to give my grief the time and energy I felt it needed. A loss like the loss of a parent changes and reshapes you… My feelings at that point were so complex that only poetry felt right… I found I was writing a lot of poems, and these ultimately became the core of Unmaking Atoms.” Check it out here:
I love the online poetry journal Cordite. The continually changing editors make for a very diverse magazine full of wonderful and thought-provoking poetry, generally built around a theme. The latest issue The Land, was edited byJane Gibian and James Stuart, and the 55 blind selected poems are all fascinating, playing with the theme in many different ways and I’m hugely excited to have a poem published here (I always feel like there’s a kind of dialogue going on between the poems in a themed issue like this – as if the poems were enriched by proximity). The issue also contains artwork, essays, scholarly work, translations, and interviews and is available free online here: http://cordite.org.au/content/poetry/land/