Author Archives: nancohen

“Yes and No”

I published two poems in 2018, “Yes and No” in Ploughshares (not currently available online) and this poem, “A Liking for Clocks,” in Poetry Ireland Review.  These are the first two poems I’ve published from the manuscript I’m working on now, and it was … Continue reading

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Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC

I’m reading at Malaprop’s on Sunday, July 8, in the Poetrio series with Chris Abbate and Jennie Boyd Bull.  (That link is a great place to purchase books and support an independent bookstore.  They also have some unique book-lovers’ merchandise.)

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“Among writers…the question is not who influences you, but which people give you courage.”

That quotation is from Hilary Mantel’s Paris Review interview, and I quote it in this interview with Bree Tadish from the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.  Three more weeks until winter classes start!  Here’s one question and answer: What do you hope your … Continue reading

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UCLA Extension Workshop, Winter 2018

I’m offering a Poetry I workshop through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program in Winter Quarter 2018.  This is the first poetry workshop UCLA Extension is offering at their new Woodland Hills (Warner Center) location, which is making their course offerings … Continue reading

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Fourth Sundays at the Claremont Library, October 22

I’m really looking forward to this! As you can probably tell, Carol V. Davis and I have a few things in common.  It wasn’t deliberately planned to have two poets of Russian Jewish ancestry reading on the same afternoon, but … Continue reading

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Slouching toward “Jeopardy!”: a footnote. Also, first poetry readings of the fall!

The Teachers Tournament is in reruns right now–last week was the quarterfinals, and this week we have three days of semifinals and then the two-day final.  So I’ll wait to finish this account until the reruns are over. Two events … Continue reading

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Slouching toward Jeopardy!, part 18: Semifinals

As of this writing, the Teachers’ Tournament has been over for about six weeks, a few dozen more contestants have come down the pike, and we’re heading into the last month or so of Season 33.  It’s also summer, so … Continue reading

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Slouching toward Jeopardy!, part 17: Fast forward

Here we go!

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Slouching toward Jeopardy!, part 16: As you watch…

Are you noticing that the 2017 Teachers Tournament group is not visibly diverse?  Because I did.  And am. I’m glad I got to be in it–so glad!  And I’m grateful to have met these delightful people, whom I now consider … Continue reading

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Slouching toward Jeopardy!, part 15: the eye of the storm

It’s great to have the airing of the quarterfinal game behind me!  I was kind of anxious and keyed up last week.  I felt weird and exposed and everything was heightened and I had trouble with naming the feelings I was having.  (I actually … Continue reading

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