Saturday, September 02, 2006

4 Independent Press Authors Tour New England

4 Independent Press Authors Tour New England

Robert Bagg, F. D. Reeve, James Scully, and Alexander Taylor, four writers
published by Azul Editions and/or Curbstone Press, will tour New England
this fall (see schedule below).

These writers all have their roots in the 60s and will read from their new
work and then engage the audience in a discussion of the literary and
political changes during the past 50 years and the implications these
changes have for contemporary readers and writers.

Robert Bagg has published several volumes of poetry as well as translations
of ancient Greek drama. His translations have been staged in 60 productions
in the USA and abroad. Bagg and James Scully are currently translating the
four plays by Sophocles that don¹t involve Oedipus, and recently, he has
begun to work with his wife, Mary Bagg, on a critical biography of Richard

Bagg has won a Prix de Rome, a Guggenheim, an N.E.A. Award, and a National
Book Award Nomination. James Merrill said of his work: "Bagg¹s is a slender
but altogether valuable body of work." His Niké and Other Poems is available
from Azul Editions (

F.D. Reeve has had a varied career. After acting in summer theater,
harvesting wheat in the Midwest and working as a longshoreman on the Hudson
River docks, he became a Russian scholar and spent a year in Moscow and
Leningrad as an exchange professor. Reeve became a professor of letters at
Wesleyan University and published poetry, fiction, and literary criticism.
His novel My Sister Life came out last year, as did the poems "The Return of
the Blue Cat" with a CD of his reading with the jazz trio Exit 59. This fall
will see publication of The Toy Soldier & Other Poems. A new Blue Cat poem
appears in the anthology For New Orleans & Other Poems, forthcoming from
Bayeux Arts. He won an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts
and Letters, the Golden Rose of the New England Poetry Society, and a Doctor
of Letters from New England College. His North River: Short Stories is
available from Azul Editions (

James Scully was born in 1937 in New Haven, CT and is the author of nine
books of poetry. For many years, he, along with others, quietly radicalized
American poetry in theory and in practice. Winner of the 1967 Lamont Award,
he was also the recipient of a 1973 Guggenheim Fellowship. He spent 1973-74
in Santiago de Chile, during the early stage of the Pinochet regime, on
which his Santiago Poems is based. Over the years, his poetry has appeared
in many diverse periodicals. He has written essays and plays as well as
poetry. Curbstone recently reissued his Line Break: Poetry as Social
Practice. His forthcoming book of poetry, Donatallo's Version, will be
published by Curbstone Press in April 2007. Books by James Scully can be
found at the Azul and Curbstone web sites ( and

Alexander Taylor is Co-Director of Curbstone Press and the author of five
books of poetry, Clear Water, Zadar, Love Is a Terrible Light, Voices in the
Park, and the recently published Dreaming at the Gates of Fury (Azul
Editions). A Bulgarian edition was launched by the Union of Bulgarian
Writers of this book was launched at the International Writers Festival in
Bulgaria in June 2006. Simultaneously, a bilingual chapbook of his poems,
The Look, was published by Orpheus Press in Sofia. He has also translated
extensively from Danish literature and was Poet-In-Residence at Central
Connecticut State University in 1974 and 1976. Dreaming at the Gates of Fury
can be purchased from (

Reading Schedule:

Thursday, September 21, 7:30 PM: La Paloma Sabanera, 405 Capitol Ave,
Hartford, CT, (860) 548-1670.With F.D. Reeve and Alexander Taylor.

Friday, September 22, 7:30 PM: Hygienic Art Galleries, 83 Bank Street, New
London, CT, (860) 443-8001. With F.D. Reeve and Alexander Taylor.

Sunday, September 24, 3 PM: Windham Arts Center, 866 Main Street,
Willimantic, CT, (860) 450-1794. With Robert Bagg, F.D. Reeve, and Alexander

Friday, September 29, 6 PM: Book Cellar, 120 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT,
(802) 254-6810. With Robert Bagg, James Scully, F.D. Reeve, and Alexander

Saturday, September 30, 2 PM: Toadstool Bookshop, 12 Depot Square,
Peterborough, NH, (603) 924-3543. With Robert Bagg, F.D. Reeve, James
Scully, and Alexander Taylor.

Thursday, November 16, 7 PM: Food For Thought, 106 N. Pleasant Street,
Amherst, MA, (413) 253-5432. With Jan Freeman (poet and editor of Paris
Press), Robert Bagg, F.D. Reeve, James Scully, and Alexander Taylor.


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