Books
  • Furious Lullaby (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)
    Furious Lullaby (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)
  • Names Above Houses (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)
    Names Above Houses (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)
  • A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry
    A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry

  • Requiem for the Orchard (Akron Series in Poetry)
    Requiem for the Orchard (Akron Series in Poetry)

Anthologies

Oliver's work can also be found in the following anthologies.

  • Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing
    Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing
  • Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation
    Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation
  • Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond
    Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond
  • From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great
    From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great
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Entries in readings (6)

Elliott Bay Book Company: Donna Miscolta & Oliver de la Paz

I'll be reading with Donna Miscolta at the Elliott Bay Book Company. Here's the write-up from their website:

 

DONNA MISCOLTA & OLIVER DE LA PAZ

 

08/11/2011 7:00 pm

Two fine writers from hereabouts—fiction writer Donna Miscolta from Seattle, and poet Oliver de la Paz down from Bellingham, where he teaches at Western Washington—read here tonight from recent books. For Donna Miscolta, it is her luminous, long-awaited debut novel, When the de la Cruz Family Danced (Signal 8 Press), that makes it an extra-special occasion. "A smoothly written debut that sways between the Philippines and the U.S., between the present and past, and between the secrets and hard truths of its compelling characters. This is a complex story of immigration and loss that packs an emotional punch." – Cristina Garcia. "This extraordinary novel illustrates a family's long journey toward making peace—with the world, with the family, and with individual selves. Miscolta is a pitch-perfect prose stylist and a passionately empathetic creator ..." – Antonya Nelson. Requiem for the Orchard is Oliver de la Paz's third collection of poems. "In Requiem for the Orchard, the chrome bumpers of a truck meet salt cake and coral, and we are introduced to eloquent poems of witness and celebration that deftly bridge the speaker's childhood to his own first forays into fatherhood. It is impossible to return to the safe territory of the person you were before you read these achingly beautiful poems, filled with terror and gracenotes." – Aimee Nezhukumatathil.

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9789881989598
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Signal 8 Press, 6/2011

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781931968744
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University Of Akron Press, 3/2010

Location: 
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, Washington
98122
United States

Two New Events in the Calendar

Two readings were added to the calendar for the month of October.

October 15, a reading for Filipino American History Month in Seattle, WA

October 30, a reading for the Loggernaut Reading Series in Portland, OR.

Reading at Open Books, May 25th at 7:30PM

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 07:30 PM

ALLEN BRADEN & OLIVER DE LA PAZ

There are, in Allen Braden's first book of poems,
A Wreath of Down and Drops of Blood ($16.95 Georgia), sixteen sonnets, each with a title beginning "Taboo against the Word Beauty...." Seeking after and exploring the occasions of beauty, and beauty's counterweight, seems fundamental to his harsh and elegant work. The world of these poems is rural, the vision is unsentimental -- "his future's on a hoist / overhead like a side of venison." Hunting, farming, and working with tools feature prominently in Braden's meditations on love and the destructive nature of life. His touchstone is perhaps that "climatic moment // of neither coming nor going, when breath ends, / before song begins."

In Requiem for the Orchard ($14.95 Akron), Oliver de la Paz's third collection, coming of age is handled with a sly intensity. Through sharp detail -- "the Ferris wheel / was the tallest thing in the valley" -- and emotional truth -- as a teen-ager "nothing / went better than planned" -- de la Paz conveys the experience of growing up a cultural outsider in rural Oregon. Coming of age is a life-long process, and so it is here, too. Among the fatherhood poems there's this lulling reassurance from the free-verse lullaby "No One Sleeps through the Night" -- "Little no one, peace and go. / I'll be watching while the sleep gods // lean and cast their shadows here."


Reading for Speakeasy3, March 5th

I'll be one of several readers for Speakeasy3 at Mindport Exhibits.


The reading is from 7PM to 9PM on Friday, March 5th, and includes local poets Susan J. Erickson, Karl Galbraith, Christine Kendall, David M. Laws, and myself.

Reading at Pittsburg State, February 25th, 8PM

I'll be reading at Pittsburg State University in Kansas on February 25th, 8:00 p.m. in the Governors Room. Do stop by!

Reading Tonight and other stuff

SKAGIT RIVER POETRY FESTIVAL SHOWCASE
Start: 7:00 pm

Featuring Washington State Poet Laureate Sam Green, Jim Bertolino, Michael Daley, Oliver de la Paz, Nancy Pagh, and Jeremy Voigt

These six Northwest Washington poets will read their “poems about place” at this event to raise awareness and support for the 2010 Skagit River Poetry Festival, which aims to “push poetry off the page and into the lives of rural audiences.”

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Finished up the Berryman unit in my long poem class. The students seemed much more appreciative of his ordered mayhem. Good to see and hear.

They turned a corner after seeing him read on YouTube. To wit, I think students got the sense of his cadence by listening to him read and talk. Lots of "Ah ha" moments after I aired this in class.

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Playoff Football. Early still, but so far it's a stinker.

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Gathering more books for my Ekphrasis class in the Spring. I need more short fiction selections/short-shorts, etc. All suggestions welcome. I was supposed to turn in my book orders yesterday, but *shrug*.

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Current Spin:

Jay Reatard. RIP