The Launch of AGNI 79: We launch our spring issue on Wednesday, April 23rd, 7:00 p.m., with readings by Douglas Bauer, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Beth Woodcome Platow, and Ilan Stavans—and of course a party after. We hope you'll come. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. [Download our press release]
European Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Spanish author Andrés Neuman
On Thursday, April 24th, at 6:00 p.m., we present Spanish poet, essayist, and translator Andrès Neuman, author of Traveller of the Century (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012), winner of the Alfaguara Prize and the National Critics Prize. Moderated by Alicia Borinsky, a fiction writer, poet, and literary critic who has published extensively in English and Spanish in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. A reception follows. Boston University Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary's Street, 9th floor. Free and open to the public.
European Voices in Translation: A Festival in Celebration of Europe Day
On Saturday, May 10th, from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., AGNI presents European Voices in Translation: a reading and conversation with László Krasznahorkai and George Szirtes, moderated by James Wood; a reading from Bohumil Hrabal’s Harlequin’s Millions by translator Stacey Knecht; a reading of selected poems of Ivan Blatný’s by translator Veronika Tuckerova; a reading and conversation with Semezdin Mehmedinovic and Ammiel Alcalay; a performance by Cambridge Concentus, intertwined musical voices: Biber, Buxtehude, and Bach. Refreshments will be available throughout the day, and a reception follows. Goethe Institut Boston, 170 Beacon Street, Boston. $10 admission, free with a student ID. Click for a full schedule.
We’re proud of our partnership with the audio magazine The Drum. Listen to Tiphanie Yanique’s story “Oakland Gomorrah” from AGNI 77.
On December 2nd, Poetry Daily featured AGNI 78 and Gail Mazur’s poem “Où Sont les Neiges d’Antan.”
Five of the fourteen new recipients of PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants are AGNI translators. Congratulations to Isabel Fargo Cole, Sean Cotter, Edward Gauvin, Marilyn Hacker, and Elizabeth Harris.
On June 4th, Poetry Daily featured Melissa Green’s “Leda, Later,” a poem first published in AGNI 77.
Robert Long Foreman has won a Pushcart Prize for his story “Cadiz, Missouri,” which first appeared in AGNI 75. Pushcart will reprint the story in its 2014 anthology.
Two more strong votes of confidence in what we’re up to! Harper’s Magazine, in its February 2013 issue, reprinted Robert Leonard Reid’s short story “That Doubling Is Always Observed,” from AGNI 76, and The New Yorker’s Page Turner blog is reprinting Jamie Quatro’s story “Relatives of God” (AGNI 73). That story and two others from AGNI are part of her debut collection, I Want To Show You More, which James Wood reviews in the March 11th New Yorker: “The best stories are passionate, sensuous, savagely intense, and remarkable for their brave dualism. . . .”
Poetry Daily featured David Wojahn’s “My Father’s Soul Departing” (AGNI 76) on Thursday, November 15th.
Poetry Daily featured two pieces from AGNI 75: Alison Powell’s “Imagining Heaven” on Thursday, June 7, and as prose feature for the week of June 4th, Yves Bonnefoy’s “My Memories of Armenia,” translated by John Naughton.
Jen Percy’s essay “Azeroth” (AGNI 74) has won a Pushcart Prize and will be reprinted in the 2013 anthology.
Robert Boyers’s essay “A Beauty” (AGNI 74) has been selected for The Best American Essays 2012.
AGNI author Edith Pearlman has won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for her story collection Binocular Vision, also a finalist for the National Book Award. Our warmest congratulations to Edith!
Rachel Swearingen’s story “Mitz’s Theory of Everything Series” (AGNI 74) has been chosen for New Stories from the Midwest 2012.
Kathleen Hill’s story “Forgiveness” (AGNI 73) will appear in The Best Spiritual Writing 2013.
Congratulations to Robert Boyers, whose essay “A Beauty” from AGNI 74 was awarded a 2011 Sidney Award by New York Times columnist David Brooks.
As its Prose Feature next week, Poetry Daily will reprint Askold Melnyczuk’s essay “Beating Toms,” which appears in AGNI 74. On November 21, PD featured Kevin Ducey’s “Ewigkeit” from the same issue.
Three pieces from AGNI have received Special Mention in the 2012 Pushcart Prize anthology: Idris Anderson’s poem “A Correction” (AGNI Online), Matt Donovan’s poem “Elegy with Mistakes All through It” (AGNI 71), and Paul West’s essay “Lightning-Rod Man: The Migraine Headache as Heuristic Tool” (AGNI 71).
On September 20, Verse Daily reprinted Kate Northrop’s poem “Cat,” which originally appeared in AGNI 72.
Three poems from AGNI appear in the new volume of The Best American Poetry: Julianna Baggott’s “To My Lover, Concerning the Yird Swine” and C. K. Williams’s “A Hundred Bones” from AGNI 72 and Lee Upton’s “Drunk at a Party” from AGNI 69.
Two stories from AGNI 72 have been chosen for Dave Eggers’s Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011: Henrietta Rose-Innes’s “Homing” (part of The AGNI Portfolio of African Fiction) and Joan Wickersham’s “The Boys’ School, or The News from Spain.”
Phyllis Barber’s essay “The Knife Handler” (AGNI 71) is cited as notable in The Best American Essays 2011 and The Best American Travel Writing 2011.
Do you know about the author pages at AGNI Online? They form a massive repository of info on contemporary literary writers. Click on any writers’ name.
Tom Bissell’s “A Bridge Under Water,” from AGNI 71, is reprinted in The Best American Short Stories 2011, where Majorie Sandor’s “Wolf” (AGNI 71) and Joan Wickersham’s “The Boys’ School, or The News from Spain” (AGNI 72) are cited as other distinguished stories of the year.
On November 21, Poetry Daily featured James Pollock’s poem “Northrop Frye at Bowles Lunch,” originally published in AGNI 72. Carol Moldaw’s essay from the same issue, “The Bottom Line,” was PD’s Prose Feature of the Week starting on November 23rd.
Two AGNI stories have been selected for Chamber Four’s The C4 Fiction Anthology: Michael Mejia’s “The Abjection” (AGNI 69) and Scott Cheshire’s “Watchers” (AGNI Online). The collection is available for free download in several ebook formats. Chamber Four calls AGNI one of the “best places to read online.”
Two AGNI pieces have won Pushcart Prizes and will be reprinted in the 2011 anthology: Valerie Vogrin’s “things we’ll need for the coming difficulties” (AGNI 69) and Ravi Shankar’s “Barter” (AGNI 70). Two essays, Mimi Schwartz’s “When History Gets Personal” (AGNI 70) and Emily C. Watson’s “Still, Sky, Girl, and Marriage” (AGNI 69), plus Adam Day’s poem “Combine” (AGNI 69), were given Special Mention.