Amy King

Amy King is the author of the poetry collection, The Missing Museum, co-winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. King also joins the ranks of Ann Patchett, Eleanor Roosevelt & Rachel Carson as the recipient of the 2015 Women’s National Book Association Award. She serves on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and is currently co-editing with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology, Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She is also co-editing the anthology, Bettering American Poetry 2015, and is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.

Amy King

Amy King is the author of the poetry collection, The Missing Museum, co-winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. King also joins the ranks of Ann Patchett, Eleanor Roosevelt & Rachel Carson as the recipient of the 2015 Women’s National Book Association Award. She serves on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and is currently co-editing with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology, Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She is also co-editing the anthology, Bettering American Poetry 2015, and is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.

The Missing Museum
by Amy King

Co-winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize
A Small Press Distribution Poetry Bestseller

Poetry. 114 pages. Paperback. 2016.

Nothing that is complicated may ever be simplified, but rather catalogued, cherished, exposed. The Missing Museum spans art, physics & the spiritual, including poems that converse with the sublime and ethereal. They act through ekphrasis, apostrophe & alchemical conjuring. They amass, pile, and occasionally flatten as matter is beaten into text. Here is a kind of directory of the world as it rushes into extinction, in order to preserve and transform it at once.

The Missing Museum
by Amy King

Co-winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize
A Small Press Distribution Poetry Bestseller

Poetry. 114 pages. Paperback. 2016.

Nothing that is complicated may ever be simplified, but rather catalogued, cherished, exposed. The Missing Museum spans art, physics & the spiritual, including poems that converse with the sublime and ethereal. They act through ekphrasis, apostrophe & alchemical conjuring. They amass, pile, and occasionally flatten as matter is beaten into text. Here is a kind of directory of the world as it rushes into extinction, in order to preserve and transform it at once.

“Understanding” is not a part of the book’s project, but rather a condition that one must move through like a person hurriedly moving through a museum. (Publishers Weekly) Sometimes the thrill of reading poetry is the sense one minute that you understand the poet so clearly you’re not just seeing through her eyes but, perhaps more importantly, breathing through her lungs. (Lambda Literary) A visceral stunner … and an instruction manual…. King’s archival work testifies to the power—however obscured by the daily noise of our historical moment—of art, of the possibility for artists to legislate the world. (Kenyon Review) Remind[s] me of poems by Jim Carroll … or Henry Rollins. These poems are unkempt, full of street-intellectualizing that is delightfully pushy. (Big Bang Poetry)

“Understanding” is not a part of the book’s project, but rather a condition that one must move through like a person hurriedly moving through a museum. (Publishers Weekly) Sometimes the thrill of reading poetry is the sense one minute that you understand the poet so clearly you’re not just seeing through her eyes but, perhaps more importantly, breathing through her lungs. (Lambda Literary) A visceral stunner … and an instruction manual…. King’s archival work testifies to the power—however obscured by the daily noise of our historical moment—of art, of the possibility for artists to legislate the world. (Kenyon Review) Remind[s] me of poems by Jim Carroll … or Henry Rollins. These poems are unkempt, full of street-intellectualizing that is delightfully pushy. (Big Bang Poetry)

Readings
&
Events

(reverse chronology)

10 December 2016: Sleepy Hollow, NY
Hudson Valley Writer’s Workshop
Workshop with Amy King: Reclaiming Eve, Lilith, Medusa & Kali: Poetry as Pandoric Praxis
300 Riverside Drive

9 December 2016: Sleepy Hollow, NY
Hudson Valley Writer’s Workshop
w/ Amy King & Camille Rankine
300 Riverside Drive

9 November 2016: NYC
Amy King moderates “The Power of Poetry in a Complex World
for the Women’s National Book Association
6-8pm
Pace University
Bianco Room/Pace University Downtown Campus
One Pace Plaza (in Lower Manhattan)

25 October 2016: New York, NY
Sexism in the Literary World
w/ Bonnie Nadzam, Porochista Khakpour, Kavita Das, and Amy King
7:00 pm
The Center for Fiction
17 E. 47th Street (between Fifth and Madison)

16 October 2016: New York, NY
Amy King, Daniel Owen, and Tommy Pico
6pm (w/ sculpture viewing and social hour @ 5pm)
SculptureCenter
44-19 Purves St
(718) 361-1750

24 September: New York, NY
The New International: Working Poets of the World, Unite!
w/ Laura Sims, Amy King, Rickey Laurentiis, Rashida Jones, Corey P. Spencer, Alex Bernstein, Sasha Smith, Anmarie Souchi
7:00pm – 9:00pm
@KGB Bar in Manhattan
85 E 4th St

21 May 2016: Provincetown, MA
Voices of Poetry
Featuring Amy King, Michael Klein, Jill McDonough & Afaa Michael Weaver.
With music and pre-recital reception with wine & appetizers at 4pm.
Reading starts at 5pm.
Provincetown Art Association and Museum
460 Commercial Street

17 May 2016: Washington, DC
Poetry Reading with Amy King and Maureen Thorson
7 p.m.
Upshur Street Books
827 Upshur St NW

Amy King in the Media

JOIN US at AWP 2017

Tarpaulin Sky Press joins Action Books, Calamari Archive, and Per Second Press. Featuring Aaron Apps, Amy King, Nat Baldwin, Claire Donato, Johannes Goransson, Elizabeth Hall, Brandon Hobson, Valerie Hsiung, Robert Lopez, Vi Khi Nao, Julie Reverb, Joanna Ruocco, and Abe Smith.

Kenyon Review on Amy King’s “The Missing Museum”

At Kenyon Review, editor Janet McAdams dives into Amy King's The Missing Museum (TS Press 2016): "A visceral stunner ... and an instruction manual.... King’s archival work testifies to the power—however obscured by the daily noise of our historical moment—of art, of the possibility for artists to legislate the world."

Lambda Literary Reviews The Missing Museum by Amy King (TS 2016)

The books we publish are often "difficult." Some reviewers have the chops to deal with it. Others, not so much. We get lucky with Heather Seggel at Lambda Literary, who is willing to to tackle Amy King's latest, The Missing Museum, a book that is precisely as difficult as, you know, the rest of life.

Review of Amy King’s “The Missing Museum”

At Big Bang Poetry, Mary McCray reviews Amy King's The Missing Museum (TS Press 2016): "Reminded me of poems by Jim Carroll ... or Henry Rollins. These poems are unkempt, full of street-intellectualizing that is delightfully pushy."

2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize Winners & Finalists

We said that we'd pick two, but went ahead and picked four instead. Also: calling up first-time authors at home? There is just no better part of this job. Meet the winners and read excerpts: Steven Dunn’s novel Potted Meat, Dana Green’s fiction collection Sometimes the Air in the Room Goes Missing, Amy King’s poetry collection The Missing Museum, and Kim Parko’s novel The Grotesque Child.

Amy King, The Missing Museum

Co-winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize, Amy King's poetry collection, The Missing Museum, acts through ekphrasis, apostrophe & alchemical conjuring: "It’s funny, the way we keep nature /outdoors like an envelope between us we mean /to open down the road."

Amy King in the Media

JOIN US at AWP 2017

Tarpaulin Sky Press joins Action Books, Calamari Archive, and Per Second Press. Featuring Aaron Apps, Amy King, Nat Baldwin, Claire Donato, Johannes Goransson, Elizabeth Hall, Brandon Hobson, Valerie Hsiung, Robert Lopez, Vi Khi Nao, Julie Reverb, Joanna Ruocco, and Abe Smith.

Kenyon Review on Amy King’s “The Missing Museum”

At Kenyon Review, editor Janet McAdams dives into Amy King's The Missing Museum (TS Press 2016): "A visceral stunner ... and an instruction manual.... King’s archival work testifies to the power—however obscured by the daily noise of our historical moment—of art, of the possibility for artists to legislate the world."

Lambda Literary Reviews The Missing Museum by Amy King (TS 2016)

The books we publish are often "difficult." Some reviewers have the chops to deal with it. Others, not so much. We get lucky with Heather Seggel at Lambda Literary, who is willing to to tackle Amy King's latest, The Missing Museum, a book that is precisely as difficult as, you know, the rest of life.

Review of Amy King’s “The Missing Museum”

At Big Bang Poetry, Mary McCray reviews Amy King's The Missing Museum (TS Press 2016): "Reminded me of poems by Jim Carroll ... or Henry Rollins. These poems are unkempt, full of street-intellectualizing that is delightfully pushy."

2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize Winners & Finalists

We said that we'd pick two, but went ahead and picked four instead. Also: calling up first-time authors at home? There is just no better part of this job. Meet the winners and read excerpts: Steven Dunn’s novel Potted Meat, Dana Green’s fiction collection Sometimes the Air in the Room Goes Missing, Amy King’s poetry collection The Missing Museum, and Kim Parko’s novel The Grotesque Child.

Amy King, The Missing Museum

Co-winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize, Amy King's poetry collection, The Missing Museum, acts through ekphrasis, apostrophe & alchemical conjuring: "It’s funny, the way we keep nature /outdoors like an envelope between us we mean /to open down the road."

Readings
&
Events

(reverse chronology)

10 December 2016: Sleepy Hollow, NY
Hudson Valley Writer’s Workshop
Workshop with Amy King: Reclaiming Eve, Lilith, Medusa & Kali: Poetry as Pandoric Praxis
300 Riverside Drive

9 December 2016: Sleepy Hollow, NY
Hudson Valley Writer’s Workshop
w/ Amy King & Camille Rankine
300 Riverside Drive

9 November 2016: NYC
Amy King moderates “The Power of Poetry in a Complex World
for the Women’s National Book Association
6-8pm
Pace University
Bianco Room/Pace University Downtown Campus
One Pace Plaza (in Lower Manhattan)

25 October 2016: New York, NY
Sexism in the Literary World
w/ Bonnie Nadzam, Porochista Khakpour, Kavita Das, and Amy King
7:00 pm
The Center for Fiction
17 E. 47th Street (between Fifth and Madison)

16 October 2016: New York, NY
Amy King, Daniel Owen, and Tommy Pico
6pm (w/ sculpture viewing and social hour @ 5pm)
SculptureCenter
44-19 Purves St
(718) 361-1750

24 September: New York, NY
The New International: Working Poets of the World, Unite!
w/ Laura Sims, Amy King, Rickey Laurentiis, Rashida Jones, Corey P. Spencer, Alex Bernstein, Sasha Smith, Anmarie Souchi
7:00pm – 9:00pm
@KGB Bar in Manhattan
85 E 4th St

21 May 2016: Provincetown, MA
Voices of Poetry
Featuring Amy King, Michael Klein, Jill McDonough & Afaa Michael Weaver.
With music and pre-recital reception with wine & appetizers at 4pm.
Reading starts at 5pm.
Provincetown Art Association and Museum
460 Commercial Street

17 May 2016: Washington, DC
Poetry Reading with Amy King and Maureen Thorson
7 p.m.
Upshur Street Books
827 Upshur St NW