On June 21, Atlas Obscura and Sotheby’s teamed up to provide exclusive access to items from an upcoming online auction of rare manuscripts including notes from Hunter S. Thompson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They invited Heather Wolfe, a Rare Book School educator and curator of manuscripts at the Folger Shakespeare Library, to share the hidden histories of handwriting and lead an ink-making session in the famous Woolworth Building before ending the evening with a free-writing session led by Sarah Madges of Handwritten.
On Friday, June 15, 2018, Handwritten curated an evening of letter-writing at The Morgan Library for their exhibit, The Magic of Handwriting.
We celebrated the energy of blank spaces, allowing characters of all kinds to surface. Over drinks in the lively Gilbert Court, we spilled our guts out to distant friends and family through letters & postcards. It was a joy to provide sheets of inspiration to those who joined, giving that gentle nudge toward creative connections.
For more information about the workshop and exhibition, visit: The Magic of Handwriting: The Pedro Corrêa do Lago Collection
Winners of the 2016 New School MFA Chapbook Contest: nicole v. basta, selected for poetry by Rigoberto González; Sarah Madges, selected for nonfiction by Lucas Mann; Darcy Rothbard, selected for writing for children and young adults by Crissa-Jean Chappell; and Stuart Waterman, selected for fiction by Mia Alvar.
I hosted my first Mental Marginalia a year ago this month, which means it's the one year anniversary of me saying my favorite word (spooky!) a million times into a microphone. Join us next Tuesday at the West!
Lauren Hilger’s debut poetry collection, Lady Be Good, is forthcoming from Civil Coping Mechanisms, October 2016. Awarded the Nadya Aisenberg Fellowship from the MacDowell Colony, where she was a fellow in 2012 and 2014, her work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Harvard Review Online, and Kenyon Review Online, among other journals. She serves as a poetry editor for No Tokens.
Laura Buccieri lives in Manhattan, where she is currently working on her MFA in Poetry at The New School. She is a participant of Ashbery's Home School. You can find her forthcoming and most recent work in Prelude, Potluck, Word Riot, The Seventh Wave, Nourrir, Yes Poetry, Public Pool, Entropy, and FORTH. She works at Freeman’s Journal and Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop. Check out more of her work here: laurabuccieri.com.
Amber Atiya is an interdisciplinary poet whose work incorporates elements of performance, book arts, and visual arts. Her work has appeared in Boston Review, Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, PEN America, and elsewhere. A proud native Brooklynite, she is the author of the fierce bums of doo-wop and a member of a women's writing group that will be celebrating 15 years next spring.
Phillipe Martin is the founder of In Parentheses and a poet from New York City with a Master’s Degree in Poetry from The New School. He writes as someone in the tradition of the urban troubadour or the flaneur–wandering, taking notes. He believes that poetry of our generation has taking on a much more digital definition. His series taking shots alone was self published in 2012-2015. (@uptownvoice)
Amanda DeNatale was born in Queens, raised on Long Island, and lives in Brooklyn. In May she completed her MFA in poetry at The New School. She was awarded the American Society of Poet’s Prize in 2014. She’s the associate editor for Scholastic ART, a classroom magazine that brings art history to life in middle and high school visual arts programs. Her hobbies include drinking cheap beer on the beach and quoting The Office and/or Virginia Woolf in most conversation.
Sasha Smith is a literature and creative writing student at NYU. Her work has previously appeared in NYU’s Literary Journal: Dovetail, and CUNY Bronx Community College’s Journal: Thesis. Sasha is a native New Yorker and was born/raised in the Bronx where she runs the Bronx Blaqlist, a community organization that hosts and promotes local artistic events.
George Kovalenko received his MFA from New York University. His poetry has most recently appeared in At Length. He is the Co-Founder and Poetry Editor of Poet’s Country and teaches writing and literature at CUNY College of Staten Island, SUNY Westchester, and Union County College.
Bud Smith is the author of F250, Calm Face, and Dustbunny City, among others. He works heavy construction in NJ. www.budsmithwrites.com