October 18, 2006 


Local poet Janet Holmes recently released a new collection of poetry titled f2f on Notre Dame Press (available for $20 from the press and Amazon.com). The term "f2f" is Internet shorthand for "face to face," and Holmes employs the theme to "explore the role sight plays in women's self-identities and relationships." In the same vein, Holmes invokes Emily Dickinson, a poet who was a marginalized force while living. Holmes also brings in the idea of the separation between writers and their readers, and mythological pairings, too. In exploring these themes, Holmes uses the slang of the Internet and tracks online correspondents who create relationships without actually meeting face to face.

Holmes, a creative writing professor at Boise State, is the director of the school's poetry press, Ahsahta Press. The award-winning poet's other works include The Physicist at the Mall, The Green Tuxedo and Humanphone.


If you like to know what's happening locally in the world of contemporary poetry, Boise State's MFA Reading Series has you covered this week.

On October 20 and 21, several poets will give readings of their work. The first reading will be by Joan Frank at 7:30 p.m. on October 20 in Boise State's Student Union Lookout Room. Her book, Miss Kansas City, won the 2006 Michigan Literary Fiction Award, and her other awards and recognitions include a MacDowell Colony and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize and Bread Loaf Fellow nomination, as well as the Iowa Writing Award and the Emrys Fiction Award. Frank's other works include Boys Keep Being Born and the forthcoming The Great Far Away.

On October 21 at 5 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, poets Noah Eli Gordon, Joshua Marie Wilkinson and Paul Fattaruso will give readings from their works.

Gordon is the author of The Frequencies, as well as The Area of Sound Called the Subtone, which was published by Boise State's Ahsahta Press, and won the Sawtooth Poetry Prize. Wilkinson is the author of the 2005 Iowa Poetry Prize-winning Lug Your Careless Body Out of the Careful Dusk, Suspension of a Secret in Abandoned Rooms and the chapbook A Ghost as King of the Rabbits. His other recognitions include an Academy of American Poets Prize and the Rella Lossy Chapbook Prize from the San Francisco Poetry Center. Fattaruson is the author of the 2004 novel Travel in the Mouth of the Wolf.

All of the readings in the MFA Reading Series are free and open to the public.


Non-profit HIV and AIDS awareness organization Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV & AIDS (a.l.p.h.a.), together with Boise State's Student Union Gallery, are seeking entrants for a juried art exhibition titled "Fade to Red: Reflections on the HIV & AIDS Epidemic." Exhibit organizers are seeking personal, political, institutional or healthcare focused pieces--that is, anything that captures the wide range of thoughts and emotions about the HIV and AIDS epidemic in a way that both moves people and helps shed light on the issue.

The exhibition will be on display from November 12 through December 1, with a reception on November 17. The shows jurors will be artists Dan Scott and Sue Latta.

Artists from Idaho, Oregon and Washington are invited to submit images of up to three original works. Entries must include 35 mm slides of each work, a completed entry form, a 250-word narrative for each piece entered, and an entry fee of $15, made out to a.l.p.h.a. Include an SASE if you want your slides returned. Entries must be received by Friday, October 20. Pick up entry forms at the Student Union and send completed entries to: Holly Gilchrist/Fade to Red, Boise State Student Union Gallery, 1910 University Dr., Boise, ID 83725.

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