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Congratulations to AGNI poet Charles Wright, named the next Poet Laureate of the United States!


2013

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. The 2014 anthology also gives Special Mention to Vince Passaro for “Final Instructions for My Disposal” ( AGNI75).

The audio magazine The Drum has recorded and reprinted Tiphanie Yanique’s story “Oakland Gomorrah” from AGNI 77. Visit her AGNI Online author page to listen in!

NewPages.com calls AGNI “exceptionally well curated” and goes on, “The range of voices is international and intergenerational and Paul Elie’s question in the December 2012 The New York Times Book Review: ‘Has Fiction Lost Its Faith?’ finds an address in these pages.”

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. . . .”


2012

Poetry Daily is featuring David Wojahn’s “My Father’s Soul Departing” (AGNI 76) on Thursday, November 15th.

Poetry Daily is featuring two pieces from AGNI 75: Alison Powell’s “Imagining Heaven” on Thursday, June 7th, 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. Miles Harvey’s short story “The Master of Patina” (AGNI 73), Caryl Pagel’s essay “Driving at Night” (AGNI 74), and Robert Boyers’s essay “A Beauty” (AGNI 74) received Special Mention.

Robert Boyers’s essay “A Beauty” (AGNI 74) has been selected for The Best American Essays 2012.

AGNI will be at the 2012 Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Friday, April 20, to Sunday, April 22, in Salem, Massachusetts. See below for details about our Saturday panel discussion, and join us at our Bookfair table.

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.


2011

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 for the week of November 28, Poetry Daily will reprint Askold Melnyczuk’s “Beating Toms,” an essay first published 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 have been chosen for The Best American Poetry 2011: Julianna Baggott’s “To My Lover, Concerning the Yird Swine” and C. K. Williams’s “A Hundred Bones,” both 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” 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.

On May 23, Poetry Daily featured Tom Sleigh’s poem “Party at Marquis de Sade’s Place,” originally published in AGNI 73.

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.


2010

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 pieces that appeared in AGNI in 2009 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.

Hailey Leithauser’s AGNI Online poem “The Moon Speaks of Polar Bears” has been chosen for The Best New Poets 2010. Congratulations to Hailey.

Two AGNI essays are cited as notable in The Best American Essays 2010Peter LaSalle’s “Walking: An Essay on Writing” and Mimi Schwartz’s “When History Gets Personal” (both from AGNI 70)—and three AGNI stories are cited as distinguished in The Best American Short Stories 2010: Bret Anthony Johnston’s “Caiman” (AGNI 69), Giles Harvey’s “The Indifferent Beak” (AGNI 70), and Tamas Dobozy’s “All the Black Hearted Villians” (AGNI 70).

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,” with “consistently great reading.”

Alex Stein’s AGNI Online interview “The Prayer of Attention: A Conversation with Yahi Lababidi,” was excerpted in Harper’s Magazine’s “Links” for April 21st, 2010.

Bill Buford, guest editor of The Best American Travel Writing 2010, has chosen Peter LaSalle’s “Walking: An Essay on Writing” (AGNI 70) for the forthcoming anthology.

David Welch’s poem “Instructional Ghazal” (AGNI Online) will appear in the Dzanc Books anthology The Best of the Web 2010!

Bret Anthony Johnston’s story “Caiman” (AGNI 69) will be reprinted in New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best 2010. It will also be available for download as part of Carole Giangrande’s Words To Go podcast.


2009

Bruce Smith’s poem “Devotion: Fly” (AGNI 67) and Lia Purpura’s essay “Two Experiments and a Coda” (AGNI 68) have won Pushcart Prizes! They are reprinted in the 2010 anthology, Pushcart Prize XXXIV. Four other AGNI pieces receive Special Mention: Sarah Gorham’s essay “Darling Amanita” and Kelle Groom’s essay “How to Make a Shoe,” from AGNI 67, and from AGNI 68, Charles Haverty’s story “Excommunicados” and Eleanor Henderson’s story “The Farms.”

On November 28, Poetry Daily featured John Estes’s poem “I Foresee the Breaking of All That Is Breakable,” originally published in AGNI 70. Sven Birkerts’s introduction to the same issue, “And What Is Writing,” was PD’s Prose Feature of the Week starting on December 1st.

On August 15, Poetry Daily featured Robert Bense’s poem “Morandi,” first published in AGNI 69.

For the fifth year in a row, an AGNI Online story has been named one of the Top Ten Online Stories of the year by storySouth. Congratulations to Steinur Bell and “The Whale Hunter”!

Eleanor Henderson’s story “The Farms” (AGNI 68) will be reprinted in The Best American Short Stories 2009.

Helen Wickes’s poem “The World As You Left It” (AGNI Online) will be reprinted in The Best of the Web 2009 (Dzanc Books).

Tom Sleigh’s poem “At the Pool” (AGNI 65) and Derek Walcott’s poem “A Sea-Change” (AGNI 67) will be reprinted in The Best American Poetry 2009.


2008

Harrison Solow’s essay “Bendithion,” accompanied by a music CD in AGNI 66, is reprinted in the 2009 Pushcart Prize anthology. Six other AGNI pieces receive Special Mention: Peter LaSalle’s story “Mendoza-Burke’s Reform,” Lia Purpura’s essay “The Lustres,” and Kenneth Wong’s story “Movie Nights in Rangoon,” from AGNI 65, and from AGNI 66, Margo Berdeshevsky’s story “Pas de Deux, à Trois,” Scott Diel’s essay “69° North 33° East: Running from the Russians,” and Stephen O’Connor’s essay “Milosz’s Choice.”

Marie Mutsuki Mockett’s “Letter from a Japanese Crematorium” (AGNI 65) will be reprinted in The Best Creative Nonfiction, Vol. 3, to be published by W. W. Norton in 2009.

Joan Wickersham is a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award for her memoir The Suicide Index, two sections of which first appeared in AGNI.

Derek Walcott’s poem “A Sea-Change,” which first appeared in AGNI 67, is reprinted in the October 2008 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Four AGNI essays are cited as distinguished in the new Best American Essays 2008: Editor Sven Birkerts’s “The Thinker in the Garden,” Marie Mutsuki Mockett’s “Letter from a Japanese Crematorium,” and Lia Purpura’s “The Lustres,” from AGNI 65, and from AGNI 66, Founding Editor Askold Melnyczuk’s Shadowboxing essay “Daytripping Chatila.”

In 2008, Poetry Daily has featured David Bottoms’s “My Father Adjusts His Hearing Aids” (AGNI 68), David Rivard’s “A Note on Stephen Berg’s Rimbaud” (an essay from AGNI 67), and Peter Campion’s “Recurring Dream in a New Home” (AGNI 66).

For the fourth straight year, an AGNI Online story has been named one of the Top Ten Online Stories of the year by storySouth. Congratulations to Matthew M. Quick, author of “Do Not Hate Them Very Much”!

Alex Lemon’s poem “from Hallelujah Blackout,” first published in AGNI 65, will appear in Best American Poetry 2008.

A. P. Miller’s essay “Blessing the New Moon” and Melanie Rae Thon’s story “Confession for Raymond Good Bird” (both from AGNI 63) appear in the new Pushcart Prize XXXII (2008). Wendy Rawlings’s essay “Spectacular Mistakes” (AGNI 64) received Special Mention.

A next-generation website to launch our second 35 years! We owe warm thanks to Bruce Mount, Margaret Desjardins, and longtime editorial assistant Lindsay Guth for their tireless work in designing and preparing the vast new AGNI Online.


2007

Melissa Green’s “In Early April” (AGNI 66) was featured at Poetry Daily on Monday, December 3, 2007. Two days later, she was honored at a major event cosponsored by AGNI, with readings by Frank Bidart, Michael Collier, William Corbett, Stuart Dischell, David Ferry, Fanny Howe, George Kalogeris, Gail Mazur, Jennifer Moxley, Robert Pinsky, Lloyd Schwartz, Tom Sleigh, Derek Walcott, Rosanna Warren, and Melissa herself.

The latest issue of the Italian literary magazine Buràn features translations of three AGNI Online stories and one from the print magazine. Yannick Murphy’s “Walls,” E. C. Osondu’s “A Letter from Home,” Thomas Frick’s excerpt “from The Iron Boys,” and Phong Nguyen’s “Memory Sickness” (AGNI 63) appear in the issue of Buràn entitled “Il Conflitto.”

On December 11, 2007, William Pierce will introduce AGNI author Ben Miller at Periodically Speaking, an event held at the New York Public Library’s main branch. Editors from two other publications will introduce an emerging fiction writer and an emerging poet. Periodically Speaking is sponsored by the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses.

Paul Eggers’s story “Monsieur le Genius” (from AGNI 63) is cited among the Other Distinguished Stories in this year’s Best American Short Stories anthology (2007).

More than half of the essays published in AGNI in 2006, not counting columns by our editors, are cited as Other Notable Essays in Best American Essays 2007: A. P. Miller’s “Blessing the New Moon,” Ben Miller’s “A Study in Sequins,” and Christopher Livaccari’s “Of Emptiness, Nothingness, and Asymptotic Freedom” (all from AGNI 63), plus Garret Keizer’s “Florence of Paterson” and Wendy Rawlings’s “Spectacular Mistakes” (both from AGNI 64).

For the third year in a row, an AGNI Online story is named one of the Top Ten Online Stories of the year by storySouth. E. C. Osondu’s “A Letter from Home” received the honor for 2006. Our previous Top Ten stories are John J. Clayton’s “Light at the End of the Tunnel” (2005) and Jai Clare’s “Bone on Bone” (2004).

Mattox Roesch’s story “Humpies,” which first appeared at AGNI Online, is reprinted in Best American Non-Required Reading 2007. “Humpies” was Mattox Roesch’s first published story. B. Johnson’s “What Gets Buried” (also from AGNI Online) is cited in the volume as a notable essay.

On Wednesday, May 16, 2007, Poetry Daily features Roger Greenwald’s translation of Cathrine Grøndahl’s “Selected Exercises in Case Law II” (AGNI 65).

E. C. Osondu’s story “Jimmy Carter’s Eyes” (AGNI Online) is shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing! The list of four other finalists includes stories from The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly.

Lia Purpura’s essay collection On Looking is a finalist for the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism! The collection includes “Glaciology,” first published in AGNI 60 and reprinted in the 2006 anthology Pushcart Prize XXX.

Poetry Daily’s first print anthology, Poetry Daily Essentials 2007 (released in spring 2007), includes four poems first published in AGNI 62: Richard Tillinghast’s “Big Doors,” Eamon Grennan’s “Edge,” Paula Closson Buck’s “Report from My Own Backyard,” and Peter Leight’s “Resistance.”

The 2007 Pushcart Prize volume gives Special Mention to Ben Miller’s essay “Romancing the Dankerts” and Brock Clarke’s story “The Price of the Haircut,” both published in AGNI 61.

AGNI, the Russian literary magazine Znamya, and the Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg (SLS) cosponsor “Tamizdat,” a Russian-language fiction and poetry contest. Winners will appear in Znamya and, in translation of course, in AGNI. The contest takes its name from the twin underground systems that kept literature alive during the Soviet era: samizdat, a kind of ad hoc publishing that relied on copyists and ditto machines, and tamizdat, the smuggling and publication of dissident writers’ works overseas.


2006

Poetry Daily features three poems from AGNI 64: Kate Northrop’s “Now Over the Empty Apartment” (Thursday, December 14), and Jamie McKendrick’s “Ès el senyor Gaudí!” and “Twain” (Thursday, December 21, 2006).

Ben Miller’s essay “Romancing the Dankerts” (AGNI 61) is cited as a “notable essay” in Best American Essays 2006.

An interview with William Pierce about literary magazines in general and AGNI in particular appears at NewPages.com.

Autumn Eve Watts’s poem “Dry Lake, Nevada, 1983” (from AGNI Online) is reprinted in the UVA anthology Best New Poets 2006.

Charles Haverty’s story “Crackers,” from AGNI 60, is one of nine “Recommended Stories” in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2006.

“The Letter Writer” by M. T. Sharif, which first appeared in AGNI 27, is read at Manhattan’s Symphony Space on February 8th as part of the Selected Shorts series—a live literary performance series recorded for subsequent broadcast on National Public Radio.

Lia Purpura’s essay “Glaciology” and Tom Sleigh’s poem “After Herodotus,” originally published in AGNI 60, appear in the newly released 2006 Pushcart Prize XXX. Martha Cooley’s essay “Dogs: A Moscow Triptych,” William Pierce’s essay “Fabulously Real,” and Vivek Narayanan’s story “My Father, the Perfect Man,” all from AGNI 59, and Jack Pulaski’s story “The Matinee,” from AGNI 60, received Special Mention.


2005

Several editions of Poetry Daily feature work from AGNI 62, including Richard Tillinghast’s “Big Doors” on Monday, November 14; Peter Leight’s “Resistance” on Tuesday, November 22; and Paula Closson Buck’s “Report from My Own Backyard.”

Poet and AGNI Contributing Editor Thomas Sayers Ellis wins the prestigious Whiting Award, given to “emerging writers of exceptional talent and promise.” His first full-length collection, published by Graywolf Press this year (2005), is The Maverick Room. In 1996, Ellis and two other poets (Larissa Szporluk and Joe Osterhaus) appeared in Take Three, the first volume of Graywolf’s “AGNI New Poet Series.” Ellis’s “T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M.”—first published in AGNI 52—was reprinted in Best American Poetry 2001.

Another of 2005’s Whiting Awards goes to AGNI Online poet Dana Levin.

In the newly released Best American anthologies for 2005: Vivek Narayanan’s “My Father, the Perfect Man” (AGNI 59) is cited as a “notable story”; Lia Purpura’s “Glaciology” (AGNI 60) and Donald Hall’s “Domains” (AGNI 59) are cited as “notable essays”; and Tom Bissell’s “Truth in Oxiana” (AGNI 60) is cited as “notable travel writing.”

Paula Bohince’s poem “The Fly” (from AGNI 59) is reprinted in the UVA anthology Best New Poets 2005, along with “Reincarnation” by AGNI Poetry Editor Ellen Wehle.

AGNI is proud to announce that poet and translator Rosanna Warren, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and president of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics, has joined the Advisory Board after years of aiding and inspiring the magazine less formally. Warren joins Leslie Epstein, Robert Pinsky, and Derek Walcott.



~ Upcoming Events ~


An AGNI Reading in the Roundtable Series
On Monday, October 6th, at 7:00 p.m., Porter Square Books hosts AGNI for a reading with Mary O’Donoghue, Maggie Dietz, and Ben Miller. During the year, the Roundtable series features features AGNI, Post Road, Salamander, Redivider, and Harvard Review. Porter Square Shopping Center, 25 White St., Cambridge. Free and open to the public.



~ Past Events ~


A Celebration of AGNI at Newtonville Books:
On Wednesday, June 11th, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI authors Jill McDonough and William Pierce will read at the beloved independent bookstore. Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Road, Newton Center, Massachusetts. 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, the Center for the Study of Europe, and the Goethe Institut Boston present 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 | Moderator TBA
  • 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.

The Launch of AGNI 79:
On Wednesday, April 23rd, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 79 with readings by Megan Mayhew Bergman, Douglas Bauer, Beth Woodcome Platow, and Ilan Stavans. A release party follows. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Comm Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public. [Download our press release]

European Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Spanish author Andrés Neuman
On Thursday, April 24th, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI, the Center for the Study of Europe, and the Department of Romance Studies at Boston University present Spanish poet, essayist, and translator Andrés Neuman, author of Traveller of the Century (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012), winner of the Alfaguara Prize and the National Critics Prize and selected among the best books of the year by the critics of El Pais, El Mundo, The Guardian, The Independent, Financial Times, and by the Dutch newspapers NRC Handelsblad and De Volkskrant. 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.

Writing between Languages and Cultures: A Lecture by Yoko Tawada
On Tuesday, April 15th, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI, the Center for the Study of Europe, the Center for the Study of Asia, the Japan Society Boston, and the Goethe Institut Boston host the internationally renowned writer Yoko Tawada. Tawada has published stories, novels, poems, plays, essays in both Japanese and German. She has received the Akutagawa Prize, the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize (a German award recognizing foreign writers for their contributions to German culture), the Tanizaki Prize, the Goethe Medal (an official decoration of the Federal Republic of Germany), and the prestigious Yomiurui Prize for Literature. Moderated by Anna Zielinska-Elliott, senior lecturer in Japanese at Boston University and Haruki Murakami’s translator into Polish, and Peter Schwartz, associate professor of German & Comparative Literature at Boston University. A reception follows. Boston University Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary's Street, 9th floor. Free and open to the public.

An AGNI Reading in the Roundtable Series
On Monday, April 7th, at 7:00 p.m., Porter Square Books hosts AGNI for a reading with K. E. Duffin, Joan Wickersham, and Chard deNiord. During the year, the Roundtable series features features AGNI, Post Road, Salamander, Ploughshares, and Harvard Review. Porter Square Shopping Center, 25 White St., Cambridge. Free and open to the public.

European Voices: A Reading and Conversation with British poet Alice Oswald
On Thursday, February 20th, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI, Boston University’s Center for the Study of Europe, and the Poetry Reading Series at Boston University welcome British poet Alice Oswald, the author of six acclaimed collections. Her most recent, Memorial, is a deeply moving concentration of the Iliad that preserves the deaths and lives of its soldiers alongside renderings of the epic’s similes. A reception follows. Katzenberg Center, 3rd Floor, BU’s College of General Studies, 871 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public.

European Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Croatian novelist Dubravka Ugresic
On Thursday, November 21st, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Center for the Study of Europe present Croatian novelist and essayist Dubravka Ugresic, whose books have been translated into over twenty languages. Her recent work Karaoke Culture (2011) was awarded the Jean Améry Essay Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, 9th Floor. Free and open to the public.

European Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Polish author Grazyna Plebanek
On Wednesday, November 6th, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Center for the Study of Europe present Polish novelist Grazyna Plebanek. Her novel Illegal Liaisons, a literary sensation in Poland where it sold 27,000 copies, is Plebanek’s first to be translated into English (New Europe Books). She is also the author of the highly acclaimed and bestselling novels PudeÅ‚ko ze szpilkami (Box of Stilettos, 2002), Dziewczyny z Portofino (Girls from Portofino, 2005), and Przystupa (A Girl Called Przystupa, 2007). BU Law School, Barristers Hall, 765 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public.

The Launch of AGNI 78:
On Tuesday, November 5th, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 78 with readings by Edith Pearlman, Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough, J. D. Daniels, and David Rivard. A release party follows. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Comm Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public. [Download our press release]

European Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Romanian author Mircea Cartarescu
On Wednesday, October 16th, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Center for the Study of Europe present Romanian novelist Mircea Cartarescu, whose novel Blinding has been one of the most heralded literary sensations in contemporary Romania, a bestseller from the day of its release. The first volume has just been published in the U.S. by Archipelago Books. The discussion will be moderated by Delia Ungureanu, assistant professor at the University of Bucharest and visiting lecturer in Harvard’s Department of Comparative Literature. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, 9th Floor. Free and open to the public.

Irish Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Michael Longley
On Tuesday, October 15th, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI, Boston University’s Center for the Study of Europe, Boston University’s Center for the Humanities, and the Institute for the Study of Irish Culture present the Irish poet Michael Longley, called by Seamus Heaney “a custodian of griefs and wonders.” Longley’s 1991 Gorse Fires won the Whitbread Poetry Prize. The Weather in Japan (2000) won the Irish Times Literature Prize for Poetry, the Hawthornden Prize, and the T. S. Eliot Prize. His recent publications include Snow Water (2004), Collected Poems (2006), and A Hundred Doors (2011). In 2001 Longley was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. A reception follows. Katzenberg Center, 3rd Floor, BU’s College of General Studies, 871 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public.

AGNI at Harvard Book Store Warehouse Weekends
On September 15th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., join AGNI at Harvard Book Store Warehouse Weekends, 14 Park Street, Somerville—a festival of books, culture, and community. Free and open to the public.

A Celebration of AGNI at Newtonville Books:
On Thursday, May 30th, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI authors Mary Buchinger, F. J. Riopelle, and Lise Haines read at the beloved independent bookstore. Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Road, Newton Center, Massachusetts. Free and open to the public.

The Launch of AGNI 77:
On Tuesday, May 21st, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 77 with readings by AGNI authors E. C. Osondu, Erica Funkhouser, and David Huddle. A release party follows. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Comm Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public.

Irish Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Ciarán Carson
On Monday, April 8th, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI, Boston University’s Center for the Study of Europe, and Boston University’s Center for the Humanities present the poet Ciarán Carson. Carson was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1948, into an Irish-speaking family. He is the author of several poetry collections, including The Irish for No (1987), winner of the Alice Hunt Bartlett Award; Belfast Confetti (1989); First Language: Poems (1994), winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize; Breaking News (2003), winner of the Forward Poetry Prize; For All We Know (2008); On the Night Watch (2010); and Until Before After (2010). The conversation will be moderated by Meg Tyler, professor of humanities at Boston University. After the reading, Ciarán, who plays flute and whistle, and his wife Deirdre, an accomplished fiddler, will perform a selection of traditional Irish music. A reception follows. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, Room 906. Free and open to the public.

Irish Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Paul Muldoon
On Thursday, April 18th, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI, Boston University’s Center for the Study of Europe, and Boston University’s Center for the Humanities present the poet Paul Muldoon. Muldoon was born in Portadown, County Armagh, and raised near The Moy, in Northern Ireland. He is the youngest member of a group of Northern Irish poets—including Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, and Derek Mahon—which gained prominence in the 1960s and ’70s. Muldoon’s poems have been collected into three books, Selected Poems 1968–1986 (1986), New Selected Poems: 1968–1994 (1996), and the hefty Poems 1968–1998 (2001). His book Moy Sand and Gravel (2002) won both the Pulitzer Prize and the International Griffin Poetry Prize. The conversation will be moderated by Dan Chiasson, poetry critic at The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. Chiasson teaches poetry writing at Wellesley College and is the author of three collections, including Natural History and Where’s the Moon, There’s the Moon. A reception follows. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, Room 206. Free and open to the public.

An evening of poetry at Newtonville Books:
David Daniel reads for AGNI during an evening of mag and small press poetry. Monday, April 22nd, at 7:00 p.m. 10 Langley Road, Newton Center, Massachusetts. Free and open to the public.

AGNI’s panel at the 2013 AWP Conference in Boston: “Options of the I: The Post-Memoir Memoir”
On Friday, March 8th, at 1:30 p.m., editor Sven Birkerts moderates as Lia Purpura, Brian Christian, Nin Andrews, and Alex Lemon explore personal writing in the age of the complexified “I.”  Our panelists will consider issues of obliquity, fragmentation, collage and counterpoint, truth-telling, personae, tonal ventriloquism, and other approaches that conduce to projecting new configurations of the contemplative and narrative self. Hynes Convention Center, Room 101. Open to everyone registered for the conference.

Irish Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Colm Tóibín
On Thursday, February 28th, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI, Boston University’s Center for the Study of Europe, and Boston University’s Center for the Humanities present the celebrated Irish novelist, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic, and, most recently, poet Colm Tóibín. Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford in 1955. His published works include The Testament of Mary, The Master (a novel based on the life of Henry James), and Brooklyn, and the story collections Mothers and Sons and The Empty Family. The conversation will be moderated by Christopher Ricks, William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities at Boston University and former professor of English at Bristol and at Cambridge Universities. A reception follows. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, Room 206. Free and open to the public.


2012


The Launch of AGNI 76, the second issue in our 40th Anniversary year:
On Tuesday, November 13th, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 76—and celebrates forty years—with readings by AGNI authors Sigrid Nunez, Carol Ann Davis, Jeffrey Mehlman, and Jill McDonough. A release party follows. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Comm Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public.

The Boston Book Festival at Copley Square, Saturday, October 27th.
Visit our table from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the outdoor bookfair. Then, from 6 o’clock on, join AGNI and Salamander at Solas Irish Pub, 710 Boylston St., in the Lenox Hotel.

The Story of My Assassins: A Conversation with Tarun Tejpal
On Monday, October 1st, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Center for the Study of Europe present Indian novelist and journalist Tarun Tejpal. Widely regarded as one of the most influential voices in India, Tejpal heads the independent news agency Tehelka, which has broken new ground for its aggressive public interest journalism. Story of My Assassins is his second novel. A reception follows. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, 9th Floor. Free and open to the public.

Landscape of the Dispossessed: Nobel laureate Herta Müller in conversation with Askold Melnyczuk and William Pierce
On Saturday, May 12th, at 4:00 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Center for the Study of Europe present the Romanian-born German novelist Herta Müller, winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature, in conversation with Askold Melnyczuk, founding editor of AGNI and the author of three novels, and William Pierce, senior editor of AGNI, whose fiction has appeared in Granta, Ecotone, and elsewhere. A reception follows. Barristers Hall, Boston University Law School, 765 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public.

The Launch of AGNI 75, the first issue in our 40th Anniversary year:
On Tuesday, May 1st, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 75—and celebrates forty years—with a Robert Lowell extravaganza: Saskia Hamilton, Lloyd Schwartz, Fanny Howe, Gail Mazur, Tom Sleigh, Christopher Benfey, Fred Marchant, and Robert Gardner reflect on the man and the poetry. Plus a slideshow of never-before-released photographs of Lowell taken by Gardner in 1959. A release party follows. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Comm Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public.

An AGNI discussion panel at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival: How Does Poetry Shape Poetry?
On Saturday, April 21, 2012, from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m., AGNI will host a discussion in the Cetology Room of the Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square (161 Essex St), Salem, as part of the 2012 Massachusetts Poetry Festival. “Beyond the individual poet’s inspirations, a shifting host of conventions, traditions, and unspoken rules shapes contemporary American poetry. We’ll ask panelists to discuss their relationship to poetry past and present, to describe the influences they embrace and those they avoid. How do they go about resisting? And in what ways do they borrow? From choices made (sonnet, sestina, free verse) to habits overcome (self-censorship, groupthink), how have these poets responded to the broader conversation? We’ll ask our panelists to read from work that reveals or breaks unspoken expectations, or aims to reshape and extend the tradition.” With panelists K. E. Duffin, John Hodgen, and Jill McDonough, moderated by Erin Trahan.

Poetry and Politics: A Conversation between Don Paterson and Dan Chiasson
On Tuesday, March 27th, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Center for the Study of Europe present Scottish poet Don Paterson, winner of the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, and the Forward Prize (twice), in conversation with Dan Chiasson, poetry critic for The New Yorker and author of three collections. A reception follows. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, 9th Floor. Free and open to the public.

The New England Poetry Club hosts AGNI:
On Monday, March 5, 2012, at 7:00 p.m., the New England Poetry Club hosts a reading by AGNI contributors Karina Borowicz, Len Krisak, and Jennifer S. Flescher. Harvard Yenching Library, 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, Mass. Free and open to the public.


2011

The launch of AGNI 74:
On Wednesday, November 9th, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 74 with Sydnea Lea, Sarah Braunstein, Jonathan Wilson, and William Giraldi. A release party will follow. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Comm Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public. Click here for our event flyer.

Literary Magazine Fair at Newtonville Books:
Kirun Kapur reads for AGNI at the annual Lit Mag Fair at Newtonville Books. Saturday, October 1, from 2 to 5 p.m. Readings start at 2:30 p.m. 296 Walnut St., Newtonville, Massachusetts. Free and open to the public.

The launch of AGNI 73:
On Wednesday, May 18th, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 73 with readings by David Ferry, Kathleen Hill, and Peter Balakian. A release party follows. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Comm Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public. Click here for bios and other information.

A Bishop Centenary Extravaganza:
On Thursday, February 10th, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI, the Poetry Series at Boston University, the Poetry Society of America, and Farrar, Straus & Giroux join up to celebrate the centenary of Elizabeth Bishop’s birth with readings by Jorie Graham, Peter Sacks, Christopher Ricks, Frank Bidart, Maggie Dietz, Erica Funkhauser, Lloyd Schwartz, Saskia Hamilton, David Ferry, Gail Mazur, Dan Chiasson, Henri Cole, Jonathan Galassi, and Bonnie Costello. Jacob Sleeper Auditorium at Boston University’s College of General Studies, 871 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public.


2010

Launching The AGNI Portfolio of African Fiction:
On November 10th—with cosponsors PEN New England, The Center for African Studies at Boston University, and the African American Studies Program at Boston University—we celebrate contemporary African fiction with an afternoon panel discussion (4:00 p.m., at BU’s African Studies Center, 232 Bay State Road, Boston) and an evening reading and reception (7:00 p.m., at BU’s Photonics Center Auditorium, 8 St. Mary’s Street, Boston) featuring acclaimed Nigerian novelist Helon Habila; Ugandan writer Doreen Baingana, flying in from Kenya; Caine Prize–winner Henrietta Rose-Innes, coming from her home country of South Africa; Zimbabwean story-writer Bernard Farai Matambo; and Nigerian poet and memoirist Ogaga Ifowodo, whose first published story appears in the portfolio.

The New England Poetry Club Hosts AGNI:
On Monday, October 4th, at 7:00 p.m., the New England Poetry Club hosts AGNI’s poetry editor, Lynne Potts, and assistant poetry editor, Sumita Chakraborty, for a reading by “Editors Who Write.” Harvard Yenching Library, 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, Mass. Free and open to the public.

An AGNI reading at River Run Books in Portsmouth, New Hampshire:
On Wednesday, October 6th, at 7:00 p.m., RiverRun Bookstore hosts AGNI for a reading by Anne Germanacos, Jeffrey Harrison, and Senior Fiction Editor William Giraldi. RiverRun Bookstore, 20 Congress St., Portsmouth, N.H. Free and open to the public.

An AGNI reading at The Montauk Club in Brooklyn:
On Wednesday, September 22nd, at 8:00 p.m., the Montauk Club will host AGNI for a reading by Judith Baumel, Martha Cooley, and Giles Harvey. The Montauk Club, 25 Eighth Ave., Park Slope, Brooklyn. $5 for non-members. Click for more information.

The launch of AGNI 71:
On Tuesday, May 11th, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 71 with readings by Michelle Hoover, Wyn Cooper, Valerie Duff, and Mark Slouka. A release party follows. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Comm Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public. Click here for bios and other information.

An AGNI reading at The New School, with a tribute to artist Michael Mazur:
On Monday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m., The New School hosts AGNI for a reading by Terese Svoboda and Ken Kalfus, with a Michael Mazur tribute by John Yau and Catherine Murphy, moderated by Tom Sleigh. The New School, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street, Room 510. Free and open to the public.


2009

The launch of AGNI 70:
On Tuesday, December 8th, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 70 with readings by Amy Hempel, Ravi Shankar, Holly Pettit, and Joshua Gidding. A release party follows. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Comm Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public.

Tomaz Salamun with David Rivard, a “Eurospectives” reading and discussion:
On Thursday, November 5, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Institute for Human Sciences host acclaimed Slovenian poet Tomaz Salamun, considered one of the great postwar Central European poets. David Rivard moderates. A reception follows. Barrister’s Hall, BU School of Law, 765 Commonwealth Ave., 1st floor, behind Marsh Chapel. Free and open to the public.

Göran Sonnevi and his translator, poet Rika Lesser, a “Eurospectives” reading and discussion:
On Friday, October 30, at 5:00 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Institute for Human Sciences present Swedish poet Göran Sonnevi, winner of the 2006 Nordic Council’s Literature Prize, with his English-language translator, poet Rika Lesser. AGNI Advisory Board member Rosanna Warren will moderate. A reception follows. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, 9th Floor. Free and open to the public. [Due to illness, Göran Sonnevi was unable to attend.]

Twenty Years After the Fall of the Wall, a “Eurospectives” reading and discussion:
On Wednesday, October 28, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Institute for Human Sciences present German poet, songwriter, and former dissident Wolf Biermann, along with Marianne Birthler, head of the state-funded body that manages the archives of the former East German secret police (Stasi). Karl Kaiser of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government will moderate. A reception follows. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, 9th Floor. Free and open to the public.

Saskia Hamilton and Kieron Winn, a “Eurospectives” reading and discussion:
On Monday, October 5, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Institute for Human Sciences present poets Saskia Hamilton and Kieron Winn, in conversation with Christopher Ricks, professor of the humanities at Boston University. A reception follows. Barrister’s Hall, BU School of Law, 765 Commonwealth Ave., 1st Floor (behind the School of Theology and Marsh Plaza). Free and open to the public.

The first fall event in our major 2009 series, “Eurospectives”:
On Monday, September 21, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Institute for Human Sciences present Simon Armitage, widely considered among the top British poets of his generation, in conversation with Mark Feeney, Pulitzer Prize–winning critic for The Boston Globe. A reception follows. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, 9th Floor. Free and open to the public.

A Celebration of AGNI:
On Tuesday, June 23rd, at 7:00 p.m., Newtonville Books hosts AGNI for a reading with Bret Anthony Johnston, Rosamond Purcell, and Melissa Green. 296 Walnut St., Newtonville.

The launch of AGNI 69 and the next event in our “Eurospectives” series:
On Monday, May 4, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI, Boston University’s Institute for Human Sciences, and the Center for International Relations present Bernardo Atxaga, the Basque-Spanish author of The Accordionist’s Son, and Ilan Stavans, the “czar of Latino culture in the United States” (The New York Times), in conversation with Mark Feeney, Pulitzer Prize–winning critic for The Boston Globe. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, 9th Floor. Free and open to the public. A reception follows, plus TAPAS AT AGNI’s OFFICES! [see the event flyer here]

Fourth event in our major 2009 series, “Eurospectives”:
On Tuesday, April 7, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Institute for Human Sciences host eastern German novelist Clemens Meyer and Hungarian novelist Attila Bartis, in conversation with AGNI founder Askold Melnyczuk. A reception follows. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, 9th Floor. Free and open to the public.

Third event in our major 2009 series, “Eurospectives”:
On Thursday, March 26, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Institute for Human Sciences host Romanian poet Liliana Ursu and her translator Sean Cotter, in conversation with AGNI founder Askold Melnyczuk. A reception follows. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, 9th Floor. Free and open to the public.

Second event in our major 2009 series, “Eurospectives”:
On Thursday, March 19, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Institute for Human Sciences host Turkish author Zafer Senocak and his translator Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright, in conversation with AGNI founder Askold Melnyczuk. A reception follows. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, 9th Floor. Free and open to the public.

An AGNI evening in Massachusetts Cultural Council’s “Commonwealth Reading Series”:
On Tuesday, February 10, at 7:00 p.m., the Massachusetts Cultural Council and AGNI cohost a reading featuring Michael Downing, Rachel Kadish, Rebecca Kaiser Gibson, and Joan Wickersham. The series features fellows and finalists from MCC’s Artist Fellowship Program. Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge. Free and open to the public.

First event in a major 2009 series, “Eurospectives”:
On Monday, February 2, at 6:30 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Institute for Human Sciences present Bernhard Schlink, the German author of The Reader (now a major motion picture starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes), in conversation with Mark Feeney, Pulitzer Prize–winning critic for The Boston Globe. A reception follows. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, 9th Floor. Free and open to the public.


2008

A Celebration of AGNI Fiction:
On Thursday, December 4, at 7 p.m., Newtonville Books hosts AGNI for a reading with Charles Haverty, Xujun Eberlein, and Urban Waite. 296 Walnut St., Newtonville.

The launch of AGNI 68:
On Wednesday, November 12th, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 68 with readings by Dick Allen, Leah Hager Cohen, and Roland Merullo; also a screening of the Robert Gardner film included on DVD in the issue, and a raffle of a Dante print by featured artist Michael Mazur. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Comm Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public.

NEPC’s annual celebration of AGNI:
On Tuesday, October 21st, at 7:00 p.m., the New England Poetry Club hosts an all-AGNI reading at the Cambridge Public Library, Central Square branch. Todd Hearon, Emily Scudder, and Dzvinia Orlowsky read from their work. 45 Pearl St., Cambridge, Mass. Free and open to the public.

The launch of AGNI 67:
On Thursday, May 1st, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 67 with a reading and discussion with Polish novelist Magdalena Tulli and American writer Lawrence Weschler, moderated by Editor Sven Birkerts. Cohosted by the Institute for Human Sciences, with a release party following. BU School of Management, 595 Comm. Ave., 4th floor. Free and open to the public.
 

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