Friday, October 20, 2017

The Soluble Hour by Hillary Gravendyk is now available!

The last poems of Hillary Gravendyk, The Soluble Hour, is now available from Omnidawn Books as part of its POCKET SERIES. You can buy the book here.

Anyone who knew Hillary and would like to participate in any of the readings scheduled to remember her and celebrate her poems should be in touch with me. Here is an updated schedule for the readings:


Oct 20 Reading at Moe’s in San Francisco, Erica Lewis and Omnidawn Authors
Oct 26 Cynthia Arrieu-King at University of Pittsburgh with other alumni, Jonathan Moody, Stacey Waite and Brandon Som. I will read poems by Hillary in my set. 7PM Gold Room, University Club.

Nov 3 Poet’s House Reading for Omnidawn's Fall Book Authors. 7PM


February 1, 6PM: A reading at University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writer’s House.

mid-May Chicago with Michael Robins, et al.
mid-May Denver
mid-May Poetic Research Bureau Los Angeles
May 20th Hugo House in Seattle

Thank you!

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Soluble Hour by Hillary Gravendyk

Hillary's last book of poems will be published by Omnidawn in their Pocket Poetry series, October 3.

In Hillary Gravendyk’s The Soluble Hour, the speaker sings with visionary passion how the beloved and dear ones will soon be without her and laments for their imminent grief. But being in extremis pulls the voice towards testimony of unquestioned love, a recollection of landscapes Californian and otherwise, and previous selves. The poet wields her deep solitude as the measure of truth and conviction, the self that accepts its own impermanence.

It is available for pre-order from Omnidawn here. Cover painting Jean Nagai and cover design by Sharon Zetter.

Omnidawn is offering until September their entire fall 17 catalogue, including Hillary's book for $58 here. 


Many of Hillary's friends and family will be celebrating this book and reading from it in different cities around the country (Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco) this coming fall and spring. Please write me at my gmail, arrieuking, if you'd like to participate.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


For the past few years, if I'm asked to read somewhere, I ask if there will be more than one person of color. It's my responsibility to ask as a reader and your responsibility as a host to make sure that in a multiperson reading there is not one lone person of color. To quote Morgan Parker, if there are no people of color in your line up, "it doesn't make any goddamned sense."

Friday, June 2, 2017

The Fanzine

Thanks to Blake Butler for putting this poem in The Fanzine. It was inspired by the painting below, by Maurice de Vlaminck.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Fact-Simile Magazine

Thanks Fact-Simile and the collection of work here in Fact-Simile Magazine. She asked certain folks to contribute to a special section dedicated to Divine Mother Energy and I'm flattered that the intro said they'd asked poets they go back to when they need nourishment were asked to contribute, including Danielle Pafunda, Michelle Taransky, Kim Gek Lin Short and others. Also wonderful new work by Davy Knittle, carolina maugeri, etc.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


Amazing treat from Kenji Liu and Angela Penaredondo: the Asian Pacific Islander issue of Poemeleon!! There's a lot to love here, and I encourage all to dig in, especially if you aren't familiar with new Asian or Pacific Islander poets.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Heir Apparent and other updates

Very glad to be in the new Volta under the Heir Apparent section. Amazed to be alongside Amy Lawless and Chris Cheney, Ben Mirov and Bin Ramke, Ronaldo Wilson who I saw do a phenomenal reading in LA last year, Fanny Howe and more. It's here.

Glad to be coming to the end of spring: have had great readings in New York City, Brooklyn, Princeton Public Library, and Win Win Cafe with Nicole Steinberg, Christine Shan Shan Hou, Amy Lawless, Becca Klaver, Aisya Wadud, Cat Doty, Geneva Chao, Gabby Garcia, Rosebud Ben-Oni, etc. I am not always in outdoor public mode, but these readings helped a sense of feeling a dark mood and feeling, also, invisible. Thanks for helping with that. Special thanks to World Above organizer Emari DiGiorgio and founder Aubrey Rahab for letting me read at their series in Atlantic City and the very kind surprise of being introduced by our student Jade Fleming. Jade is a fabulous writer, spontaneous, lyric, and deep.

I continue to do the marketing and final work on the last poems by Hillary Gravendyk and it should be out by the end of November 2017 in Omnidawn Press' POCKET POETRY series. I'll be touring on the West Coast and the East Coast for that and there will be a reading at Penn with some of Hillary's family in February 2018. More details soon.

Last news for now is that I was feeling like instead of going to a formal residency in the United States, I would like to travel to the places I've always wanted to go and find residencies there. Looking very forward to traveling to Iceland and the Gullkistan residency for the month of July. Here's a photo of it below and an article that appeared in Hyperallergic by Ben Valentine about the place I'm going. Kenny will stay in Kentucky.

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Soluble Hour

I'm hard at work with Omnidawn doing the marketing and design work for Hillary Gravendyk's book of poems The Soluble Hour. This is an incredible collection of poems by the author of Harm and The Naturalist. If anyone would like to review this book, please feel free to drop me a line at arrieuking on gmail with a mailing address. Thank you!