New Pages Reviews Y

The lovely and amazing reviews just keep coming:  this gem from H. V. Cramond at New Pages arrived this week:

Y is Leslie Adrienne Miller’s sixth poetry collection. Miller, who teaches at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, writes a series of poems that might seek to solve a problem but instead problematize an over-simplification. The collection’s 53 poems explore the object boy-child from angles maternal, genetic, vocal, and neighborly, careful to leave nothing out, not even the gaps: “yes, we say yes to everything.” Interspersed among the poems are 16 adverseria, dialogue-objects that “set . . . discipline-specific voices against each other, as well as against the poems themselves.”  read more . . .


Make Valentine’s Day Last Another Week!

Join us as Saint Paul Poet Laureate Carol Connolly hosts


Reading by Writers Series. Free and open to the public at the Historic University Club in St Paul, 420 Summit Avenue.

Bar is open and serves throughout the evening. 5:00 dinner, not connected to the performance. Dinner Reservations 651-222-1751. No need to be a member.

Music: Mary Scallen, violin, Jim Miller, flute.

Featured artists:

SHARON CHMIELARZ, poet, whose many award -winning books include CALLING;  THE SKY IS GREAT THE SKY IS BLUE;  THE RHUBARB KING;  BUT I WON’T GO OUT IN A BOAT;  DIFFERENT ARANGEMENTS; STANGER IN HER HOUSE; and THE OTHER MOZART, which became a two-part opera. Sharon is the 2012 Water-Stone Jane Kenyon Award recipient. Her new book LOVE FROM THE YELLOWSTONE TRAIL is set for June release.

DANA ELKUN, dancer turned poet, whose BLACK BOX THEATER AS ABANDONED ZOO, is from Concrete Wolf. Dana taught poetry at University of Washington; University of Arizona; in a juvenile detention center; a women’s jail, and beginning on February 25 will be teaching at The Loft.

JULIE HART, poet, who posts her poems on the internet, is also a short story writer, and founder of the American Association of Aging Aphorists. To join, go to

KATHLEEN JESME, poet, whose four books include her new MERIDIAN, Tupelo Press, which follows PLUM-STONE GAME, Ahsahta Press; MOTHERHOUSE; Pleiades Press, and FIRE EATER, University of Tampa Press. Each book has been a finalist and/or winner of a prestigious poetry prize. Jesme holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College.

ROSEANN LLOYD,  poet. The most recent of her four published books is THE BOY WHO SLEPT UNDER THE STARS: a Memoir in Poetry, Holy Cow Press. “Bringing poems to life through reading out loud,” she says, “…is one of her top pleasures.”  Brava!

MOLLY CULLIGAN, poet and actor, dances the tango internationally, and without that, she says, she wouldn’t stop aging.

LESLIE ADRIENNE MILLER, poet, whose sixth book Y, follows THE RESURRECTION TRADE and EAT QUITE EVERYTHING YOU SEE, all from Graywolf Press. YESTERDAY HAD A MAN IN IT; UNGODLINESS; and STAYING UP FOR LOVE, are from Carnegie Mellon Press. Leslie holds many prestigious awards and degrees, is Professor of English at University of St Thomas.

JOYCE SUTPHEN, Minnesota Poet Laureate, grew up on a farm in Stearns County, and teaches literature and creative writing at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. Widely published and much awarded, her latest collection, FIRST WORDS, is a memoir in poems. HOUSE OF POSSIBILITY, a letter press edition is from Accordion Press. Sutphen is serving as the second Minnesota Poet Laureate, succeeding Robert Bly.

Readings last just about an hour. Books will be sold. Readers will sign.

Kiss the Reviewer!

Callista Buchen’s excellent and generous review of Y in The Literary Review (Fall 2012) is worth the price of subscription!

“Leslie Adrienne Miller is fascinated with the male child’s evolving sense of right and wrong, as well as his linguistic and physical development and the factors that shape these processes.  The riveting poems of her new collection, Y, explore that fascination, bringing together a variety of disciplines around child development–biological, social, cultural, and parental . . . . Perhaps the greatest success of the collection is the organic ease with which Miller couples the extent and scope of the research with insistent and emotional inquiry. . .”    Subscribe to TLR to read more!

While the Cat Was Away

Y had several nice nods while we were off for the holidays.  On Sunday January 6, 2013, Poetry Daily featured “When Menthol Was Queen,” from Y.

And Shelf Awareness’ Robert Gray reported poet sightings from the Heartland Fall Forum.

Robert Gray: January Is Winter Poetry Month

Leslie Adrienne Miller and Dobby Gibson

There’s a story behind my unilateral decision to name January 8 the first day of Winter Poetry Month. It all began at the Moveable Feast Luncheon during Heartland Fall Forum in Minneapolis last October. I was fortunate enough to be at a table with Graywolf Press poets Dobby Gibson (for his upcoming book It Becomes You) and Leslie Adrienne Miller (for her much-praised and excellent collection Y). Two poets at one table happened to be a pleasant–and unprecedented–moment in my life as a poetry reader and longtime participant in variations-on-a-moveable-feast at trade shows.