Monday, June 18, 2007

Bowery Broadside Series Presents: Simon Pettet and John Coletti Friday June 21st

Bowery Broadside Series Presents

Simon Pettet and John Coletti (Featuring Art Work by George Schneeman)

This Friday June 21st at The Bowery Poetry Club

308 Bowery @ Bleecker, right across from CBGB's
F train to Second Ave | 6 train to Bleecker | 212-614-0505

George Schneeman was born 1934 in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he grew up and attended parochial schools. After taking a BA degree in Philosophy and Literature at St. Mary's College and doing graduate work in Literature at the University of Minnesota, he was drafted into the US Army in 1958. Six months later he was stationed in Italy, where he began painting seriously and where he became friends with fellow soldiers and poets Charles Wright and Harold Schimmel. In 1959 George married Kathryn Pratt. After his discharge in 1960 the two continued to live in Italy, where he also became friends with writer Steve Katz. During those years Schneeman's reading was mostly of Italian literature. The Schneemans had three children. In 1966, encouraged by poets Peter Schjeldahl and Ron Padgett, whom George had met in Italy, the Scheeman family moved to New York City's Lower East Side, where George quickly met a large number of writers, mostly poets gravitating around the Saint Mark's Poetry Project. Most of his subsequent friends have been writers too, along with a number of visual artists.

Simon Pettet is an internationally renowned English-born poet, long-time resident of New York's Lower East Side. His new book of poems is called More Winnowed Fragments, and he’ll be traveling around America in the first months of the new year (Jan-Feb 2007) reading from it and signing copies. His Selected Poems is also still in print and available from the same publisher, Talisman. He is the author of two classic collaborations with photographer-filmmaker Rudy Burckhardt, Conversations About Everything and Talking Pictures, and the editor of the Selected Art Writings of the Pulitzer-prize-winning “New York School” poet James Schuyler.

About the Poet

“He sounds those same simplicities of profound music Blake also knew. He moves with a deft and practiced quiet.…He speaks the truth." —Robert Creeley

"Like Beethoven's Bagatelles, Simon Pettet's short poems have a great deal to say, and their seemingly modest dimensions help rather than hinder his saying it." —John Ashbery

John Coletti grew up in Santa Rosa, California and Portland, Oregon before moving to New York City fourteen years ago. He is the author of The New Normalcy (BoogLit 2002), and Street Debris (Fell Swoop 2005), a collaboration with poet Greg Fuchs with whom he also co-edits Open 24 Hours Press.

Posted by Gary Parrish