Echo of Lost Things, a collection of poetry by A. B. Kirsten - READ on ISSUU
Amy's poetry has appeared in the following publications:
- - Sol Magazine: Spring 2010
- - Avatar Review: Summer 2009, Issue 11
- - Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine: Vol. 9: 2008
Works that are composed of Amy's text and music:
- - strange pilgrims (scroll down to VIEW text)
- - L'ange pâle (scroll down to VIEW all texts)
- - spun
- - pirouette on a moon sliver
- - fire balloon
- - Gone Like Dreams, after Kate Chopin
- - Song of Miriam
- - Colombine's Paradise Theatre - Libretto by Amy Beth Kirsten (after Isabella Andreini, 1601). Music by Amy Beth Kirsten. Premiered October 25, 2013 at Modlin Center for the Arts, University of Richmond. eighth blackbird / Mark DeChiazza, direction/design.
- - The Gift - for orchestra, chorus, and Anthony Griffey, tenor soloist. Music by Christopher Theofanidis / text by Amy Beth Kirsten (after the folktale from India and Pakistan, "The Gifts of Wali Dad"). Commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Premiered April 26, 2013. READ review.
- - Messages to Myself - Music by Christopher Theofanidis with texts by Whitman, Rumi, Kirsten, Yeats. Premiered January, 2007 by the Houston Chamber Choir / Robert Simpson. Subsequent performance and recording by Musica Sacra / Kent Tritle - Amazon link to CD.
"Hearing [Kirsten's] Hall of Waters performed in the State Capitol Rotunda was a transcendent experience," - Walter Bargen, Missouri's first Poet Laureate, BkMk Press interview, 2010
"Collaborating with poets and writers has been one of the most fruitful types of creative endeavors I've enjoyed over the years. Poets love the sonic aspect of words just as much as I do - that's what draws us together." (ABK)
Text/Music collaborations have featured the following poets:
- - Mariko Nagai was commissioned in 2010 to write the text for (speak to me) for vocalizing pianist. Mariko is an award-winning author and poet and is a founding member, with Amy, of the new music-theatre ensemble HOWL which focuses on hybrid arts collaboration.
- - Walter Bargen is the author of the poem, "Hall of Waters" from The Vertical River. In this article, Bargen talks about the resulting choral piece (of the same name) performed in Kansas City, MO in 2010 as part of the Missouri Verses and Voices Festival. Performance VIDEO. World Premiere photo (from left): Walter Bargen, Mary Ann Haenni and David Benz (festival directors), Amy Beth Kirsten
Jordan Jacks is the author of "Real April" which inspired the 2nd movement of little falling red ("the wolf"). He is a fiction writer and poet living in Saint Louis, Missouri. His work has appeared in The Yale Review, Weekday, and The Connecticut Review. He teaches undergraduate writing at Washington University in St. Louis. (World Premiere photo from Norfolk New Music Festival, 2009: Jordan Jacks, back row, 3rd from left).
Fall 2011 issue of Roosevelt Review - written by Tom Karow.
Donna Doherty, Arts Editor, 2010. The New Haven Register. Read full interview.
Baynard Woods, 2014. Baltimore City Paper in preparation for the new production of Ophelia Forever coming to the Baltimore Theatre Project in February 2014. Read full interview.
The Brooklyn Rail 2011 review of pirouette on a moon sliver at the SONiC Festival, New York, NY
The New York Times 2011 review of L'ange pâle played by Sequitur at Merkin Concert Hall in New York, NY
San Francisco Choral Arts Review 2007 review of In the Black performed by Volti with Robert Geary, conductor