BIG TENT: Stories & Poems in Three Acts


  • Categories: Literary
  • Event posted: April 12, 2012
  • Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014

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Featuring: Charles Alexander, Melody Charles and Jonathan Stalling

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Charles Alexander

Charles Alexander is the founder and director of Chax Press, in Tucson, where he has lived all but three of the past 27 years. His books include Hopeful Buildings (Chax 1990), Arc of Light / Dark Matter (Segue 1992), Near or Random Acts (Singing Horse 2004), and Certain Slants (Junction 2007), and the recently published Pushing Water (Cuneiform 2011). He is recipient of the distinguished Arizona Arts Award, and is a former director of Minnesota Center for Book Arts, of Black Mesa Press, and of the Tucson Poetry Festival. He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Arizona, and frequently teaches in the Summer Writing Program of Naropa University. Book arts works by Alexander are included in collections at the Getty Museum Library, the State University of New York at Buffalo Poetry Collection, the New York Public Library, the University of Wisconsin Special Collections Library, the University of Arizona Special Collections Library, the Stanford University Library, the Beinecke Library at Yale University, and at other major collections nationally and internationally. In the summer of 2007 he was a participant in the TAMAAS poetry translation seminar in Paris, France. He is currently at work on a book about the pleasures of poetry.

Melody Charles

Melody Charles transplanted from Colorado to Oklahoma in 2004 with the help of a scholarship from The University of Tulsa. In 2008, she edited Volume 7 of Stylus: TU’s Student Journal of Art and Writing and graduated with a degree in English and Spanish. Since then, Charles has worked off and on in, and written lots of poetry about, Tulsa. Her poem “job machine” appeared in Vol. 3, Issue 5 of This Land and will be included in the new media company’s forthcoming anthology of poems. She self-published her first chapbook, yee haw, this March.

Jonathan Stalling

Jonathan Stalling is an Assistant Professor of English Literature at the University of Oklahoma specializing in American and Transpacific Poetry and Poetics. Stalling is the author of Poetics of Emptiness (Fordham, 2010) and a co-editor of The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry, A Critical Edition (Fordham, 2008). He is the author of two books of poetry, Grotto Heaven (Chax, 2010) and Yíngēlìshī(Counterpath, 2011). A translator, Stalling has published translations of works by Shi Zhi, Bei Dao, Mang Ke, and Li Yu. His first book-length translation Winter Sun: Poetry of Shi Zhi is now available through the University of Oklahoma Press. His opera, Yíngēlìshī debuted on the campus of Yunnan University in 2010, which can be watched at his webpage: Stalling is the co-founder and editor of Chinese Literature Today magazine (CLT) , and the editor of the CLT Book Series (at the University of Oklahoma Press), the founder and Director of the Mark Allen Everett Poetry Reading Series at OU, and the Deputy Director of the Center for the Study of China’s Literature Abroad at Beijing Normal University.


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