Archive for the ‘Poetry Faculty’ Category


Dana Levin on Sky Burial

March 10, 2011

Dana Levin’s book of poetry, Sky Burial has just been released and is available in all the usual places.

If you don’t know Dana, she is currently the Joseph M. Russo endowed chair here at UNM–  at least until the end of this semester.  She’s been a tremendous asset to our Department, and will be missed, but fortunately she’ll not be far, she’ll be heading up the Creative Writing Department at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design (nee College of Santa Fe).

But what I really want to talk about is Dana’s work.  Recently published, Sky Burial (Copper Canyon Press, $15) has been getting fantastic reviews. And though I’ve not yet read it, I have heard her read from this manuscript, and I’ll just say that her poetry resonates with me.

Here’s a great article from the Santa Fe Reporter, an interview with Dana, talking about her work:  “SFR Talk: Musings with Dana Levin” by Ramon A Lovato.

And a nice review from Publishers Weekly, calling Levin’s third collection “aching but restrained.”  More good review coming, I’m sure.

AND if you’re in Albuquerque on March 27, and looking for something to do around 3pm, get thee to Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Dana will be giving a reading, Bookworks will be selling books…  you can get a coffee or tea next door…



Poetry Faculty Amy Beeder’s recent and upcoming publications

October 7, 2010

Congratulations to Amy Beeder whose poems currently appear in the Kenyon Review and are forthcoming in Virginia Quarterly Review and Threepenny Review. Amy Beeder’s second book, Scarab Poetica, will be out from Carnegie Mellon in 2011.


Dana Levin reviews Arthur Sze’s The Ginkgo Light

April 27, 2010

I got nothin’ to add, except I too like Arthur Sze’s poetry…  I like the “nearly documentary” nature (perhaps my journalism background)…   read the whole review. One of things I like about is its format.  Dana is, after all, a poet:

Being the natural child of Sylvia Plath and William Blake (with an incurable weakness for on-page dramatics), I was not a natural reader for the work of Arthur Sze, as I first encountered it in the mid 1990s. I was attracted to arias; there seemed to be no spot-lit singer in Sze’s poems, certainly not the operatic kind, singing out of passion. The ‘I’ of an Arthur Sze poem was most often an eye: poems I read felt nearly documentary in nature, both in form and feeling, as in this section from “Oolong,” one of the long sequences in his celebrated 1995 collection, Archipelago:

AGNI Online: “I am Happiest, Here, Now!”: Arthur Sze’s Poetry of Witness: The Ginkgo Light by Dana Levin.


Church with Dana Levin

October 9, 2009

danaIn case you missed Dana Levin at the last Works in Progress, or like me you can’t get enough of her…   come to Church of Beethoven this SUNDAY or WEDNESDAY:

Sunday, Oct. 11, 10:30am
Weds., Oct. 14, 6pm

1715 5th St NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

AT:  1715 5th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

MUSIC:  Mozart Concerto No.3 for Violin and Orchestra by Mozart. Violin soloist Roberta Arruda; Barber Adagio for Strings.

Poet Dana Levin will read.

If you haven’t met Dana yet, check out this interview from THE ALIBI:

Poet and new UNM prof Dana Levin talks teaching
By Erin Adair-Hodges

For 11 years, poet Dana Levin taught creative writing at the College of Santa Fe. Though CSF has managed to come back to life in an altered form after its near-total collapse, Levin has moved on. She is now the new Russo Chair of creative writing at UNM. Levin’s first book, In the Surgical Theatre, won the 1999 APR/Honickman First Book Prize, among many others. She is also the author of Wedding Day. Her third book, Sky Burial, is slated for a 2011 release from Copper Canyon Press.

Q:  What do you see as the connection between being a poet and being a teacher? Most poets teach; is that natural? How has that evolved?
read the answer online at THE ALIBI–>


Instructor Amy Beeder: Poetry in Review(s)

September 14, 2009

Amy Beeder’s poems are forthcoming this fall in Poetry, The Southern Review, Indiana Review, Quarterly West and The Laurel Review.

Her poem, “Captain Haddock vs. the PTA,” which appeared in Poetry’s July/August issue, was also featured on a Poetry magazine podcast.

In September she will read poems as part of Ellen Rothenberg’s exhibition Reading Landscapes at the Albuquerque Museum–an installation that combines text & visual production.

Here’s a sneak peek at Amy reading for last years Poetry Month Presentation at UNM’s Bookstore


Louise Gluck and Dana Levin: a conversation

September 13, 2009

Dana Levin recently interviewed poet Louise Gluck, from–  This article originally appeared in issue 36 of American Poet, the biannual journal of the Academy of American Poets:

Dana Levin: I wanted to start by asking about your new book, A Village Life, which is coming out this Fall. Time feels spatial in the book, as if all the book’s varied voices are speaking, events are happening, in a simultaneous temporal moment.

Louise Glück: There’s something very strange in these poems that I’ve been unable to put my finger on. It’s certainly not a willed or deliberate quality, but it has to do with that simultaneity. And it strikes me that the book has something in common with “Landscape,” a poem in Averno, in which the stages of a life are represented by individual sections, but the narrative elements and even the point of view shift from section to section—and yet what’s represented is the whole of a life. It occurred to me that A Village Life engages that horrible axiom that, at the end of your life, as you’re dying, the whole of your life floods back. That’s what the book feels like to me: the whole of a life, but not progressive, not narrative: simultaneous. And there’s no drama attendant in the idea of dying. It’s beyond the drama of the forfeit of the world; it’s just a long exhalation.

DL: What did the book teach you aesthetically?