Djelloul Marbrook will read his poetry at the next program in the Poetry on the Loose Reading/Performance Series. The event will be held at Baby Grand Books at 7 West Street in Warwick at 4:00 p.m. on August 1. Following the feature,others are welcome to read original work. Admission is free.
Marbrook`s book of poetry Far from Algiers (Kent State University Press, 2008) was winner of the 2007 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize. His poems have been recently accepted or published by American Poetry Review, Oberon, The Same, Reed, The Ledge, Istanbul Literary Review, Arabesques Literary and Cultural Review, Damazine, Perpetuum Mobile, Attic, and Chronogram.
Edward Hirsch praised Far from Algiers as a splendid first book, which brings together the energy of a young poet with the wisdom of long experience. "
Marbrook started writing poems in Manhattan when he was fourteen. In his thirties he abandoned poetry after publishing a few poems in small journals, but he never stopped reading and studying poetry. Then at age sixty-seven, appalled by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the poet within awakened. Stuffing sky-blue notebooks in his pockets, Marbrook began walking around Manhattan determined to affirm his beloved home in the wake of the nihilistic attacks. Far from Algiers emerged from hundreds of poems he has composed in the years since.
He is also a fiction writer whose work has been published by Prima Materia (Woodstock, NY), Breakfast All Day (UK and France), Online Originals (London), Potomac Review (Washington, DC), and The Country and Abroad (Pine Plains, NY). An excerpt from his unpublished novel Crowds of One won the Literal Latt fiction prize in 2008 under the title Artists` Hill. "
He worked for many years as a reporter and editor with Providence Journal, Elmira Star-Gazette, Baltimore Sun, Winston-Salem Journal, Washington Star, and other newspapers. Though born in Algiers, he grew up in New York.
4 pm, Saturday 1 August
Baby Grand Books
7 West Street