On Sunday, October 11th from 1 - 4 pm ET, I will be facilitating a generative writing workshop as part of the 2020 Letters Festival:
Overheard: The Poetry of Conversation, Headlines, Garbage
Poets have long used the material of everyday life—from snippets of overheard conversations to newspaper headlines, graffiti, garbage, and lists—to create lively snapshots of the "present" in their poems. In this generative workshop, we will read a range of examples, focusing on the moves the poems make, and then write some poems of our own. In addition to the drafts produced in class, participants should leave with numerous ideas for additional writing experiments to try on their own.
The cost is $15 to participate. Registration is open here.
I'll also be part of the closing night reading on Sunday, October 18th, reading alongside of Clinnesha D. Sibley, tanner menard, and Susan Steinberg. You can find details about the other workshops and events at the lostintheletters website.
My new book Some of the Times is now available for preorder at the discounted price of $10 from Barrelhouse. $3 from each book will be divided between two organizations, the First Ward Community Center in Saginaw, Michigan, and the Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project in Philly. I cannot thank Barrelhouse enough for their generosity in agreeing to donate to these causes.
I'm also incredibly grateful to Craig Santos Perez, Cynthia Arrieu-King, and Brian Teare, for their generous words about the book. These are three poets whose work I deeply love and respect. It means the world to me that they took the time to read Some of the Times. Here is what they had to say:
Gina Myers is a deeply authentic poet who intimately captures her struggles with rent, debt, work, illness, politics, and violence in the capitalist ruins of America. Throughout, she bravely confronts some of the times that she almost died and lovingly holds onto some of the times that she fully felt joy. This book is necessary reading for our precarious times. - Craig Santos Perez
In Gina Myers' Some of the Times, Myers addresses herself, her heart, the night, and her anti-capitalist comrades with a downbeat struggle, a night wakefulness tempered always by reality. Here, the city's sirens and burnt out ruins run the same temperature as an off-handed pass me the cigarettes. Their multiple modes--photojournalistic documentary about Saginaw, litany of brushes with death--all portray the decline of American life with profound melancholia always leaning towards the jocular. With echoes of Niedecker, Myles, and Schuyler, these poems lower your guard, then break your heart; You'll want to leave them where someone else can find them--a bench, or on a bus. - Cynthia Arrieu-King
A daughter of deindustrialized Saginaw, Gina Myers is sensitively attuned to forms of capitalist ruin: the city long after the factory closes, the wage earner barely getting by in a shit job. Whether surveying the blight and arson of her hometown or settling into a gentrifying Philadelphia, Myers tallies the manifold promises capitalism offers and never keeps: “There is an anger I carry/inside that I will never/let go of. Something basic/to hold onto while everything/else disappears.” A daybook of alienated labor and catcalls, chronic illness and summer heat, bad Philly landlords and losing sports teams, Some of the Times is also a daybook of pleasures leveraged against exploitation and misogyny, songs a worker sings to survive her work, songs a lover sings to guard her heart. - Brian Teare
You can preorder the book here. The official release date is October 15, 2020.
Today Barrelhouse Books shared the cover art for my forthcoming collection of poetry Some of the Times. The cover is designed by Shanna Compton and features photos of Saginaw, Michigan, by Jaime Torres, and I couldn't be happier with it!
The book officially drops on October 15th, and preorder information will be out mid-next week.
The February issue of The Believer has a new interview with David Berman, one which took place over email over several months. To go alongside of this, The Believer ran some brief remembrances. I was honored to be included alongside of several friends, including Jeff T. Johnson, Becca Klaver, Jaime Fountaine, and Sadie Dupuis. You can read them here. Huge thanks to Niela Orr for putting this together.
I'm honored to be among the poets and musicians paying tribute to David Berman this weekend at World Cafe Live. I got to see Berman read his poetry back in 2005, and saw the Silver Jews in 2006 or 2007. I had tickets to see Purple Mountains just days after the sad news of his death arrived. This was a really tragic loss felt deeply among my friends and community. I am glad that people are coming together here in Philly (and other places too) to celebrate the incredible work he created. A huge thanks to Sadie Dupuis for putting this together! Get tickets here.
I'm super honored to have a selection from my current work-in-progress, "Works & Days," in the new issue of Prolit. The issue features Prince Bush, Faye Chevalier, Gianni Gaudino, Alex Bucik, Joshua Daniel Edwin, Glorious Piner, John Wall Barger, Liam Bates, Laura Cook, Alex Gallo-Brown, Tim Lynch, Michael Moreno-Resendez, Jonathon Todd, Jackson F-G, Terra Oliveira, Zachary LaMalfa, Sebastian Castillo, Casey Reinhardt, Matt Dineen, Victoria Giang, Robb Spath, and Fabio Sassi. Big thanks to editor Patrick Blagrave for including me in such a great issue! Read it here.
I had the immense honor of writing a poem for the introduction to Dan Farnum's Young Blood: Growing Up in Michigan's Auto Towns. Dan and I have known each other since pre-school, and it has been really great to see how my poetry and his photography have developed over the years with similar interests, which makes sense since we grew up a few blocks from each other and experienced a lot of the same things. It's a really beautiful collection of photographs that Dan worked on for over ten years. Young Blood is now available for purchase from Aint-Bad Books.
The new issue of the tiny went live this morning. It includes an amazing cover by Christine Shan Shan Hou and features poems by Christine as well as E. Kristin Anderson, Levi Bentley, zach blackwood, TR Brady, Molly Brodak, Joanna Penn Cooper, Melissa Eleftherion, Ethan Fugate, Boston Gordon, Michael Hennessey, David Koehn & Rebecca Resinski, Dan Machlin, Farid Matuk, Chris McCreary, Deborah Poe, David W. Pritchard, Lauren Russell, Ian Schoultz, Maureen Thorson, Jamie Townsend, Sara Wainscott, Nikki Wallschlaeger, and Angela Veronica Wong.
You can read it here.
A huge thanks to all of our incredible contributors and to my co-editor Gabriella Torres!
I'm super excited to announce that my next full-length collection of poetry will be published by Barrelhouse in Fall 2020. Here is a link to the press release: Barrelhouse Books To Publish New Poetry Collections by Gina Myers and Christine No. I'll share more news as the launch approaches!
I'm super honored to have a poem in the Philadelphia issue of Ren Quarterly, and to appear alongside of hero/photographer Zoe Strauss and numerous other great artists and writers. You can order a copy here.