Announcing Esque

Announcing Esque –

For the third issue of esque, REVOLUTIONESQUE, we asked you to tell us about the revolution. We didn’t define what we mean by that. Whether it lives in your home, in the financial district, or the district of your heart, you defined your revolution and told us what it is. Here are y/our findings.

108 poets talk about the revolution:

Alex Dimitrov, Alex Rieser, Amanda Deutch, Amber West, Amish Trivedi, Amy Lawless, Anja Mutic, Anne Fisher-Wirth, Annie Finch, Becca Klaver, Betsy Wheeler, Bonnie MacAllister, Brad Liening, Brenda Iijima, Brian Howe, Cara Benson, Ching-In Chen, Chris Martin, Chris Pusateri, Christina Davis, Claudia Serea, Cynthia Arrieu-King, Dale Smith, Dan Hoy, Dana Teen Lomax, Danniel Schoonebeek, David Baratier, David Brazil, David Buuck, Diane di Prima, Donna Fleischer, Dot Devota, Dustin Luke Nelson, E.C. Messer, Elise Ficarra, Elizabeth Treadwell, Emily Kendal Frey, Erin Lyndal Martin, Evie Shockley, Filip Marinovich, Franklin Bruno, Gloria Frym, Hank Lazer, Harold Abramowitz, Hugh Behm-Steinberg, J/J Hastain, Jan Clausen, Jan Heller Levi, Jared White, Jeffrey Grunthaner, Jennifer Karmin, Jennifer Mackenzie, Jessica Reed, Jocelyn Lieu, John Ashbery, John Colburn, Jon Cotner, Joshua Ware, Kate Schapira, Kathleen Ossip, Kimberly Alidio, Kristin Prevallet, Krystal Languell, Larry Sawyer, Lars Palm, Laura Carter, Laura Hinton, Lauren DeGaine, Laynie Browne, Liesel Tarquini, Lily Brown, Lisa Samuels, M. G. Stephens, Magus Magnus, Maryam Alikhani, Matt Clifford, Maya Pindyck, Meena Alexander, Megan Volpert, Michelle Detorie, Mike Palmer, Nicholas DeBoer, Nikki Wallschlaeger, Noelle Kocot, Ossian Foley, Paige Taggart, Patricia Spears Jones, Paul Cunningham, Paula Cisewski, Peter Ciccariello, Phillip Griffith, Piotr Gwiazda, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Rachel Levitsky, Ray Gonzalez, Richard Loranger, Ricky Ray, Rita Stein, Rob MacDonald, Sara Jane Stoner, Sharon Mesmer, Sophie Podolski trans. Paul Legault, Stephanie Gray, Thom Donovan, Todd Colby, Tony Mancus, Vincent Katz, Zvonko Karanovic trans. Ana Bozicevic

With a special Naropa section featuring:

Allan Andre, Angela Stubbs, Ariella Ruth, Jessica Hagemann, Lauren Artiles, Lindsay Miller, Matthew Wedlock, Meryl DePasquale

Jack Collom: Poet-in-Residence at Boulder Library

Jack Collom, poet-in-residence at the Boulder Public Library, will be leading three upcoming writing workshops for people of all ages, titled The Poet Is In: Sundays, February 5, March 4, and April 15 from 2-4 p.m.

New Chapbook by JKS Alumni Lesléa Newman

Lesléa Newman (Certificate in Poetics, 1980) is pleased to announce her latest poetry chapbook, I REMEMBER: HACHIKO SPEAKS published by Finishing Line Press. I REMEMBER: HACHIKO SPEAKS consists of poems in the voice of Hachiko, Japan’s famous Akita who waited 10 years at Shibuya train station hoping for his master’s return. All poems are written in form. “Hachiko, a dog tied inextricably to the pulse and heart of his owner, waited for a miracle for a decade. In these deftly crafted stanzas, Lesléa Newman resurrects the devoted Akita and reintroduces us to a voice that redefines faith.”—Patricia Smith, author of BLOOD DAZZLER, National Book Award Finalist, 2008. Order at:

JKS Alumni Has First Full-Length Book Published

Jai Arun Ravine‘s first full-length book, “แล้ว and then entwine,” was published by TinFish Press ( Jai is also a staff writer for Lantern Review (

Bombay Gin Release Party: February 12

Please join us at 6:00 pm on Sunday, February 12 at the Dark Horse’s upstairs bar for the 38.1 Bombay Gin release party.

In honor of our latest issue, in which all content is paired with companion pieces, and the upcoming national holiday of companionship, we are hosting an open-mic reading for, that’s right, companions. Find a poet, artist, musician, compadre, or partner with which to perform. Bonus points for dressing in pink or red. Readings should be 5 minutes or less and slots are limited, so SIGN UP NOW by emailing

We’ve also concocted a drink special just for the release party. The upstairs bar will be serving *Gin-sbergs* at a special price! The Dark Horse is a 21-and-over bar, so bring your id.

We can’t wait to share our newest issue with you and to see what comes from your beautiful companionships!

Sarah Elizabeth Schantz: Literary Contests, Agents, and More

In the past year, Sarah Elizabeth Schantz has been a finalist and/or honorary mention for literary competitions hosted by New Letters, Zoetrope, Hunger Mountain and The Cream City Review. She won first place for a fiction contest hosted by Third Coast. Third Coast nominated her winning story for the 2011 Pushcart Prize and Best New Stories from the Midwest (the story takes place in Kansas). Sarah hasn’t yet heard back from the Pushcart Prize, but she was just selected for the 2011 Best New Stories from the Midwest anthology. She was also a finalist for Alligator Juniper and another story of hers will appear in their Spring 2012 issue. Through her selection via Zoetrope, she has received the attention of an agent at Georges Borchardt in NYC. The publication of the winning story in Third Coast has gotten the attention of an agent at the Rees Literary Agency in Boston. Both agents are interested in the novel she is working on right now.

Jack Collom Reading

Jack Collom, poet-in-residence at the Boulder Public Library, will read with Anselm Hollo and two guests on Saturday, February 19 at 2 pm in the Pulse Point at Boulder Public Library. For more info, click here.