A Reading for Harp & Altar


This reading celebrates the release of the eighth issue of Brooklyn-based online magazine Harp & Altar. Edited by Keith Newton and Eugene Lim, Harp & Altar has emerged over the past four years as an important new source for innovative and risk-taking literature, publishing poetry and fiction alongside criticism and reviews of writing and art. Keith Newton will give a brief talk about the magazine, and readings will be given by Harp & Altar contributors Jared White and Shane Book.

Keith Newton is co-editor of The Harp & Altar Anthology (Ellipsis Press, 2010), a selection of writing from the online magazine Harp & Altar, which he founded in 2006. His chapbook Sent Forth to Die in a Happy City was published last year by Cannibal Books, and his writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, 1913, Harvard Review, Konundrum Engine, Typo, Cannibal, Saltgrass, Sink Review and Ekleksographia, among other journals. He lives in Brooklyn.

Shane Book recently directed a film based on his first poetry collection, Ceiling of Sticks, which won the 2009 Prairie Schooner Book Prize and was published this fall by University of Nebraska Press. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. His work has been translated into Italian and has appeared in numerous American, British and Canadian magazines, in anthologies—including Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry and Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets—and on film. His honors include a New York Times Fellowship in Poetry, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and a National Magazine Award.

Jared White’s chapbook Yellowcake was included in the hand-sewn anthology Narwhal from Cannibal Books in 2009. His poems have been recently published or are forthcoming in Action Yes, Coconut, Fulcrum, La Petite Zine, Laurel Review, Meridian, Modern Review, No, Dear, and Horse Less Review, and his essays on poetry and music have appeared in Open Letters Monthly, Poets Off Poetry, and Harp & Altar. He lives in Brooklyn, where he co-directs the Yardmeter Editions event series and blogs at jaredswhite.blogspot.com.