David’s going to AWP!

Will you be at the AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) conference in Los Angeles from March 30th to April 2nd? If so, there are a few different ways you can cross paths with David and his work:

First of all, look out for the Small Press Distribution booth in the bookfair; they’ll have copies of his book We Were the People Who Moved available.

Second, David’s going to be on two panels:

Thursday, March 31st, 1:30 pm: Room 510, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level: Visual Arts in Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition Classrooms. (Margaret Luongo, Zackary Hill, David Ebenbach, Jody Bates, Brian Roley) Writers and teachers of poetry, fiction, plays, and screenplays discuss their use of visual arts in creative writing, literature, and composition classrooms. Moving beyond ekphrasis, these educators and writers describe assignments that promote parallel thinking, metacognition, and creative problem-solving via various mediums and games at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Saturday, April 2, 9:00 am: Room 407, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level: Succeed Better: The Many Ways Our Words Can Bear Fruit. (David Ebenbach, Anna McCormally, Margaret Luongo, Dawn Dorland Perry, Amy Gottlieb) Faced with Amazon rankings, bestseller statuses, and zero-sum “top writer” lists, you might think that success is all about numbers—but numbers are the palest measure of what our work can do in the world. The writers and editors on this panel share personal stories about how writing can lead to poignant encounters, salved wounds, changed lives, and empowered people. This conversation broadens the definition of success to encompass the things that mean the most.


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David Says It’s Not Okay to be a Jerkface!

“Artistic geniuses or not: We’re obligated to be decent human beings as well.” David’s latest post is up on The Establishment!

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David Resolves the “Is Poetry Dead?” Question Forever!

Are you tired of articles asking whether poetry is dead? If so, check out David’s blog post, “The Ultimate and Decisive ‘Is Poetry Dead?’ Article,” now up here at the AGNI blog, and you’ll never have to ask the question again!

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David’s poem “The Psychiatrist” is in Stirring!

“My psychiatrist eats the sleep/from the corner of his eye.” David’s poem “The Psychiatrist” is in the latest issue of Stirring—check it out here!

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Poetry, pornography, and the internet: New blog post up at AGNI!

“Pornography and poetry, the winner and runner-up in the internet sweepstakes. It’s not necessarily what you would have predicted when the internet was getting started. Well, at least the poetry part.” Click here to check out David’s new blog post, “Wherever, However: Poetry, Pornography, and the Internet,” up now at the AGNI blog!

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Show the Love, Get a Book!

instagram finalGuess what? I’m giving away one signed copy of each of my books (Autogeography, The Artist’s Torah, Between Camelots, Into the Wilderness, and We Were the People Who Moved)—to people who post themselves on Instagram with one (or more) of the books. Maybe you’re reading the book, or staring longingly at it, or cooking it a nice meal. Maybe you’re just taking a walk together, or a cozy nap. However you want to do it, you and the book together! Between now and the end of November 30 (11:59 pm), just take a picture of you and the book(s) and post it on Instagram, and add the hashtag #ReadingEbenbach so I can find the photo. For each book I’ll choose a winner randomly from among the pictures and send that winner a signed copy of the book. That’s all it takes—so snap those photos and stay tuned!

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David’s Piece “The Poetry of Rootlessness” is up at the North American Review blog!

“Is poetry, then—the singing of our displacement—the construction of a mobile emotional home that we can bring with us through all the changes and dislocations?… If poetry is a home, it’s not a home that brings us to rest. It’s a home that can house your homelessness without resolving it.” In this blog post, David discusses the reasons poetry makes such a good home for movement and dislocation. Check out the rest at the North American Review blog!

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A Great Review and Interview in the New Orleans Review!

We Were The People Who Moved is smart, lyrical, and full of insight. Spiritual observations disguise themselves in plainspoken humor, and intellectualism gives way to intimacy. This is a collection for re-reading, a book to be dog-eared, underlined, and loved.” Check out this combo interview/review in the New Orleans Review. Anya Groner asks David about poetic influences; moving between poetry and prose; Philadelphia; writing as a parent; and spirituality and writing—and has wonderful things to say about We Were the People Who Moved!

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Great Review from the Washington Independent Review of Books!

“This is a powerful perception of America with intensity of language and lightness of tone. How does Ebenbach achieve balance? Diction, word choice, and goodwill.” David’s new book of poetry, We Were the People Who Moved, got a great review in the Washington Independent Review of Books!

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David’s “Autogeography” is Verse Daily’s poem of the day!

Check it out: David’s poem “Autogeography” is up at Verse Daily as the poem of the day—click here to read!

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