March 15, 2012

Diane Simmons & Burt Kimmelman in Brooklyn

Diane Simmons & Burt Kimmelman
 Reading at The Shed
 Saturday, March 24th
8 PM

The Shed Space
366 6th Street (betw. 5th & 6th Avenues)
Park Slope, Brooklyn 11215

Diane Simmons' short fiction collection, Little America, winner of the 2010 Ohio State University prize for fiction, was published by the Ohio State University Press in June. Her short story, "Yukon River," was a runner-up for the 2010 Missouri Review Editor's Prize.  Other short fiction has appeared in numerous journals such as Beloit Fiction Review, Blood Orange Review, and Northwest Review. Her novel, Dreams Like Thunder, won the Oregon Book Award for Fiction.  Her novel, Let the Bastards Freeze in the Dark, was published by Simon and Schuster.

In addition, she has published critical biographies on Maxine Hong Kingston and Jamaica Kincaid. Her book, Narcissism of Empire, examined popular British Imperial writing. She holds a BA in History from the University of Oregon, an MA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York, and a Ph.D. in English from the City University of New York.

Read more about Diane Simmons at
Burt Kimmelman's seventh collection of poems, The Way We Live (Dos Madres Press, 2011) appeared a few months ago. For over a decade he was Senior Editor of the now defunct Poetry New York: A Journal of Poetry and Translation. In addition to his poetry, he has published five critical books, two of them monographs including The "Winter Mind": William Bronk and American Letters (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1998), and more than eighty articles on medieval, modern, and contemporary poetry. "Taking Dinner to My Mother," a poem from his collection, As If Free (Talisman House, 2009), was featured on NPR's The Writer's Almanac.

Recent interviews of Kimmelman are available online: with Tom Fink in Jacket2 (text), and with George Spencer at Poetry Thin Air (video). More on Kimmelman can be found at the recently released "Burt Kimmelman: A Survey" (critical commentary and poetry samples selected by Karl Young—a part of his Light & Dust Poetry Anthology) and at

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