Reading at Bright Hill Press & Literary Center of the Catskills this Thursday, May 9!

Word Thursdays—Shira Dentz

Thursday, May 9 at 7PM, Bright Hill Press Literary Center, 94 Church Street, Treadwell, NY

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New Orleans Poetry Festival

Readings, Panels, and Vis-Po Exhibit, April 18–21, 2019

New Orleans Poetry Festiva 2019, April 18–22
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Western NY Book Arts Center in Buffalo, NY, Sunday 4/28

Reading “Black Flowers” from my new book, the sun a blazing zero

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AWP Portland 2019

At AWP2019 I’ll be reading from my new book, the sun a blazing zero, at an offsite at @teachaite on e burnside. Come out to this amazing reading we’re co-hosting with @EssayPress @Reality Beach @acrebooks and Lavender Ink/Diáologos!


I’ll be reading from newest book, the sun a blazing zero (Lavender Ink) at Krewe de Louisiane & friends by Lavender Ink and River Writers:

The Big Legrowlski
812 NW Couch Street
Portland, OR 97209
Saturday, March 30, 2-5pm


I’ll be reading and signing my recent book, how do i net thee, here with other Salmon Poetry authors who have new Salmon books including Helene Cardona and Matt Miller:
Thursday 28th, 12pm – 1.15pm
Zachary A. Doss Memorial Stage 
Exhibit Hall
Oregon Convention Center. Level 1


I will be signing my new book, the sun a blazing zero (Lavender Ink), on Friday, March 29, 2–3PM at the Reality Beach table, 6098. All my books will be for sale at the Reality Beach table, including my previous books, door of thin skins (CavanKerry Press) and black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman). My recent book, how do i net thee, will also be available at the Salmon Poetry AWP table.

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Tupelo Quarterly 17 out now

Tupelo Quarterly‘s 17th Issue released today! There are a whole host of fabulous writers and artists including, but certainly not limited to, Erica Wright, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Jennifer K. Sweeney & L.I. Henley, Caroline Crew, Sara Henning, Veronica Golos, Angie Macri, Kristi Maxwell, Nancy Reddy, Michael Schmeltzer, Allison Titus, Donald Morrill, Shira Dentz, Jane Wong, and many others!

Here’s a link to my prose piece in the new issue of Tupelo Quarterly, “Morning Glories”

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Reading at Amherst Books on Saturday, March 16 at 7PM

Shira Dentz / Adam Tedesco / S. Tourjee

Join me, Adam Tedesco, author of MARY OLIVER (Lithic Press, 2019), and S. Tourjee, author of SAM SAYS SAM (Spuyten Devil, 2018) as we read and discuss our poetry and newly published collections at Amherst Books

Shira Dentz is the author of five books and two chapbooks, including how do i net thee (Salmon Poetry, 2018), FLOUNDERS (Essay Press, 2016) and door of thin skins (CavanKerry Press, 2014). Her writing appears in many venues including Poetry, American Poetry Review, Iowa Review, jubilat, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, and NPR. Her poems have received awards including an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem Award, and Poetry Society of America’s Cecil Hemley Memorial Award. A graduate of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, she holds a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Utah, and currently is Special Features Editor at Tarpaulin Sky and teaches in Upstate NY. Her books have been reviewed widely including in American Book Review, Rain Taxi, Boston Review, Georgia Review, Iowa Review, and The Rumpus. More about her writing can be found at

Poet and video artist Adam Tedesco is a founding editor of REALITY BEACH, a journal of new poetics. His video work has been shown at MoMA PS1, among other venues. His recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Laurel Review, jubilat, Prelude, Powderkeg, Fence, Tarpaulin Sky, and elsewhere. He is the author of several chapbooks, most recently Misrule (Ursus Americanus), and the poetry collection Mary Oliver (Lithic Press).

S. Tourjee is a writer, performer, educator, and media & book artist. They are the author of Sam Says, Sam, published by Spuyten Duyvil in October 2018, as well as two chapbooks: Ghost (2013) and When Tongue Was Muscle (2016), both published by Anomalous Press. In 2014, Ghost was adapted for ballet by the Berkshire Choreography Project. S. holds an MFA from Brown University, was a 2015-2016 Artist-in-Residence at Joshua Tree National Park, and was a finalist of the MacColl Johnson Fellowship in 2019. From 2013-2017, they were co-director of Frequency Writers, a nonprofit writing organization. They now serve as Grants Manager at AS220 in Providence RI. More at

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the sun a blazing zero

my new book, the sun a blazing zero, is pre-launching now and the publisher at Lavender Ink/Diálogos is offering it at a pre-launch discount sale through the end of March for $14! You can order it here!

the sun a blazing zero tracks the vibrations of a receding world that hasn’t yet entirely vanished. Its language-map moves towards intensifying a lyric field to articulate experiences that lack vocabulary, and to ride with/not rebut the noise of information-overload in contemporary psyches. A feminist assemblage, the sun a blazing zero weaves the personal and sociopolitical through shifting shutter speeds.

“Welcoming the / crackling from one snap of think,” Shira Dentz’s latest collection, the sun a blazing zero, leaps synaptically (and syntactically) from sensation to affect, from self to cosmos, and from heartbreak to wonder. Under a literary constellation composed of William Blake, Henry David Thoreau, Vito Acconci, and Susan Howe, this poet invites us to join her in “building a house open to the elements.” The views from this exposed literary shelter are simply breathtaking. You can watch “mountains / like flame, / only slower.” Those unaccustomed to the cold at such altitudes are invited to wrap themselves in “mourning, the heaviest fabric.” Dentz shows us how to dwell in worlds far from home.”

—Srikanth Chicu Reddy

If Emily Dickinson wants to “Tell all the truth but tell it slant,” Shira Dentz wants “the lines to open. to be jagged, smeared, and tilted.”  That wish, expressed late in Dentz’s new book, does not substitute forthe deed, but describesthe deed performed by the poetry that precedes it. the sun a blazing zerois full of jagged, smeared, and tilted lines, of poems “open to the elements.”

H. L. Hix

In these poems, we find “a glint like an eye’s: yolk yellow, crayon thick,” a sonic “hue do” where senses intertwine and words lead one into the next breathlessly opening and opening again. Dentz’s poems leave spaces agape, even in their sonic onrush, to allow for “a question mark, which is by its space to be slept wafting.” Her porous poetics blankets the small and uncertain self in rich language that makes us more comfortable with loss, death, cold, and the unknown—those “blazing zeroes” where uncertainty becomes palpable. 

—Amaranth Borsuk

These fine-grained, loose-limbed poems stay lightly with the contact zone where senses meet day. The zone precipitates scenes and memories, hi-def images, half-words. Notation coalesces into sensate palmate structures, affective fractals, till moments wheel like murmurations. Blazing Zero is gestural, avid, and moving, multi-ways.

—Catherine Wagner

“Encompassing our past and present in a flirtatious and exuberant display of lyric immediacy, Dentz stretches our textural engagement with memory and history – feminism, the Holocaust, gardens and animals with texts that read like improvisatory jazz fugues. A pleasure to read and to look at.”

—Erica Baum

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Poetry Magazine, March issue

Check out the March 2019 issue of Poetry Magazine here, and my poems “Mango hats stood out from the rest” and “At the End of the Day

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Intensive Prose Poem Workshop this Weekend

This weekend, March 9–10, I’m teaching an intensive workshop on the prose poem at The Word Barn, 66 Newfields Road, in Exeter, NH. More info and registration here.

Space is limited, and registration is open until Friday, March 8–there are just three spots left!

In this two-day workshop, we’ll explore the elusive form of the prose poem through reading, discussion, writing experiments, and workshop. We’ll read and discuss prose poems by poets including Francis Ponge, Rosmarie Waldrop, Claudia Rankine, and Charles Simic, and unconventional writing prompts will follow each of our discussions. As prelude to each day’s class, we will do warm-up sensory/language experiments to flex your bodily sense-perceptions, language, and imagination, and we will conclude on the second day with an extended workhop that will give everyone the chance to refine at least one prose poem they drafted through this workshop.

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new poem in Entropy

The Birds

“A distinction not dissimilar from geometries of flight in darkness”

by Shira Dentz February 6, 2019

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