I’m passing on the following announcement from New York City’s Mormon Artist Group:
New York City’s Mormon Artists Group recently announce the publication of Javen Tanner’s first volume of poetry, Curses for Your Sake.
The fourteen poems in this chapbook traverse a landscape of contemporary wandering and rumination. The title comes from the third chapter of the book of Genesis in which man is sent out from Eden to till the ground cursed for his sake. At turns contemplative, elegiac, and playful, the poems are grounded in personal experiences; they examine relationships in the family, and they observe life out in the world.
Javen Tanner is from Kanab, Utah and lives in New York, New York. His poems have appeared in Southwestern American Literature, The Midwest Quarterly, The Roanoke Review, DMQ Review, Rock Salt Plum, Three Candles, The Raintree Review, and others. He holds an MFA degree from the University of San Diego/Old Globe Theatre. He is the associate artistic director of the Handcart Ensemble in New York City.
Curses for Your Sake was published in a softcover edition, saddlestitch bound, 6″x9″, 48 pages. That edition is $14.95. ISBN 0-85051-016-3
A handbound limited edition, which sold out in just three days, was also published and may be available from rare book dealers. It included an audio CD recording of the poetry read by Javen Tanner, and was signed and numbered by the artist.
An audio excerpt of Curses for Your Sake is available online, as is a sample of the poems at mormonartistsgroup.com. Copies may be ordered through the group’s website.
Mormon Artists Group Press
Mormon Artists Group is a collective of some fifty artists who are LDS and live in New York City. We are writers, playwrights, photographers, painters, filmmakers, composers, graphic designers, illustrators, poets, choreographers, etc. We are affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints only to the extent that we are members of the church. Curses for Your Sake is our eighth publication.
Our works in print are:
“¢ The Book of Visions (animated film by Annie Poon, 2005)
“¢ The Articles of Faith (song cycle by David Fletcher, 2005)
“¢ Manhattan New York Temple Portfolio (suite of six photographs, 2005)
“¢ Mormoniana (sixteen composers, concert pianist, essayist and artists, 2004)
“¢ Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters (original prints by Lane Twitchell,
“¢ Musical Compositions by LDS Composers in New York City Library Collections (2003);
“¢ Silent Notes Taken (personal essays by nine authors, 2002)