<![CDATA[Lindsay Illich - News & Media]]>Sat, 09 Feb 2019 13:29:08 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Interview with Nimrod]]>Thu, 07 Feb 2019 22:36:50 GMThttp://lindsayillich.com/news--media/interview-with-nimrodHere's a link to the interview with Nimrod: ​
https://nimrodjournal.blog/2018/09/14/contributor-interview-lindsay-illich/
Tell us a little about your work in Let Us Gather: Diversity and the Arts: what inspired it, how you came to write it, etc.


“The Woman Who Rode Through a Tornado in a Bathtub and Survived” was inspired by reports last year that a woman in Texas did just that. I grew up in Texas and suffered nightmares about tornadoes and once was stranded on a roadside near Caldwell, Texas, as a tornado passed, so the story struck a chord. But the image of the white bathtub also reminded me of a sheet of paper, how it must have been like a magic carpet flying through the sky, how writing is the perspective of power but feels sometimes powerless, a desire both compelling and prone to fearfulness. Like me, the woman is reckoning with seeing herself from such a great height, coming to terms with the truth of it when she lands in someone’s (Marianne Moore’s?) garden.


I began writing “Crossing the Potomac in a Supershuttle Van” at AWP 2017 in DC. Going there so soon after the inauguration, I wasn’t sure how I would feel seeing sights I was so familiar with. But the experience of the city became for me less about the inert structures and more about the people I met and saw, the living tableau that felt like love, a familial love that felt like home. The writer James David Duncan writes about the more-than-human feeling of love he woke up feeling one night, and wrote to the ornithologist responsible for saving the peregrine falcon from extinction, asking him, “Have you felt it?” The morning I woke up in DC, I did.
]]>
<![CDATA[Black Lawrence Press - Author Welcome]]>Thu, 07 Feb 2019 22:29:14 GMThttp://lindsayillich.com/news--media/black-lawrence-press-author-welcomeBlack Lawrence Press welcomes new author Lindsay Illich: ​https://www.blacklawrence.com/welcome-lindsay-illich/
On writing Fingerspell


​“Fingerspell” is a word familiar to those who use sign language; it means a word for which a sign doesn’t exist, a word that must be spelled out using the ASL alphabet.


I began learning sign language at the suggestion of my daughter’s doctors. From a genetic screening, I learned early in the pregnancy that she had Trisomy 21, more commonly known as Down syndrome, a condition that also put her at higher risk for related medical complications. When she was born she needed surgery to repair a duodenal atresia, was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, as well as an atrial septal defect–a hole in her heart–all of which were terrifying. Those days following her birth, hospital stay, and the season of her infancy seemed underlit with precarity, an intensity that heightened emotions at both ends of the spectrum.I felt every emotion as if through a vivid filter, supersaturated. I was learning ASL, caring for my daughter, and writing these poems, and I began to understand language as embodied beyond the vocal. I was seeing the linguistic and the gestural as participating in a kind of poetic that was unfamiliar yet deeply satisfying. And because I was new to ASL, at a point in the language acquisition process primed for improvisation, trying to make due with my limited vocabulary, my poet brain was being charged with novelty, with new ways to speak. I felt I was under a beautiful spell.


]]>
<![CDATA[Mayor of boston poetry program]]>Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:29:08 GMThttp://lindsayillich.com/news--media/mayor-of-boston-poetry-program"Eclipse" was selected to be part of the Mayor of Boston's Poetry Program and will be displayed in Boston City Hall for the rest of 2018. A reading to celebrate will be held on May 5, 2018 at noon.
]]>
<![CDATA[Book Signing at awp 2018]]>Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:42:20 GMThttp://lindsayillich.com/news--media/book-signing-at-awp-2018Book signing at the Texas Review Press table at AWP in Tampa on Saturday, March 10 from 11:30-1:30. If you rsvp in advance, I can have a signed copy waiting for you.

    Book signing rsvp

]]>
<![CDATA[Virga magazine interview]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:54:13 GMThttp://lindsayillich.com/news--media/virga-magazine-interview“What is the God particle in us if not the bolt of being alive?
Poetic logic accesses it better for me than other forms.”

virgamagazine.com/interview-with-lindsay-illich-rile-heave/


]]>
<![CDATA[Poetry society of america "In their own words" series, Lindsay illich on "snowbound: An American idyll"]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:48:07 GMThttp://lindsayillich.com/news--media/poetry-society-of-america-in-their-own-words-series-lindsay-illich-on-snowbound-an-american-idyll
Like snow on a television screen, it seemed like the snow coming down from the sky was some sort of reverse rapture in which the world was being heaped upon with the nothingness of being, like a snow apocalypse. And then it's just you, a self alone even amid multitudinous connections, another kind of nativity.


Lindsay Illich on "Snowbound: An American Idyll" (via Poetry Society of America)
]]>
<![CDATA[National COuncil of teachers of english -  article about teaching contemporary poets]]>Fri, 26 May 2017 20:32:21 GMThttp://lindsayillich.com/news--media/national-council-of-teachers-of-english-article-about-teaching-contemporary-poets
Picture
NCTE published a short article I wrote encouraging teachers to teach the work of contemporary poets in their classes. http://blogs.ncte.org/index.php/2017/04/mean-shes-alive/
Click to set custom HTML
]]>
<![CDATA[Review of heteroglossia]]>Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:32:16 GMThttp://lindsayillich.com/news--media/review-of-heteroglossiaDavid Miller reviews heteroglossia for Doug Holder's Boston Small Press and Poetry Scene Blog. ]]><![CDATA[AWP Offsite reading]]>Mon, 06 Feb 2017 17:03:37 GMThttp://lindsayillich.com/news--media/awp-offsite-readingFebruary 9, 2017 - Tupelo Press 30/30 Reunion Reading, 5:30-7:30 at Coffy Cafe in Washington, D. C. ]]>