Today, Monday Muse brings together a selection of literary-related events, organizations, books, workshops, and other resources discovered on the Web.
✭ The annual Poets House Showcase at Poets House in New York City opened June 26 and continues through August 16. The exhibit, which is free, features new titles and related texts published in the United States by more than 650 independent, university, and commercial presses. On view are single-author poetry collections, poetry anthologies, chapbooks, biographies, critical studies, essay collections, CDs, and more.
✭ Litmore, a membership-based organization housed in a community arts center, describes itself as "a center of gravity" for literary endeavors in Baltimore, Maryland, and the holder of Baltimore's largest collection of small press poetry books and ephemera. In addition to the poetry library, containing more than 4,000 catalogued objects, Litmore conducts literary workshops and readings, serves as a multimedia performance space, and offers internships and short- and long-term studio and office space for writers and artists. This past June, Litmore launched a blog, Litmore Poetry Library.
✭ The New York Public Library has a digital publication, Point, that showcases photos, prints, maps, and other NYPL resources. All the editions are free and downloadable from iBooks. Current and past editions include Frankenstein, Making a Modern Monster (Volume 1, Edition 4) and Charles Dickens: A Key to His Characters (Volume 2, Edition 1). Plans are to make editions available in pdf and ePub formats.
✭ Pocket-size knowledge cards that will test your literary chops are available from the New York Public Library and Pomegranate Press. They include the titles Melodrama, Modernism & Myth: A Literature Quiz Deck, The Plot Thickens: A Literature Quiz Deck, and Unforgettable Characters: A Literature Quiz.
✭ McSweeney's offers a four-issue poetry subscription series that is among the most affordable you'll find. This year's subscription includes Carl Adamshick's Saint Friend.
✭ July 26, at the Bethesda, Maryland, Writer's Center, Jean Nordhaus, review editor for Poet Lore, will lead a workshop titled "The Critic's Eye: Reading and Writing about Poems". Part of the series "From the Editor's Desk: Poet Lore at The Writer's Center", the one-day, two-hour workshop will aim to help participants better understand what an editor looks for when considering a critical review for publication.
Poet Lore is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Read Ron Charles's article in The Washington Post, "America's Oldest Poetry Journal Celebrates 125 Years of Great Verse".