Monday, September 29, 2008

Joshua Clover, Simone Muench and Philip Jenks

THE ST. MARK'S BOOKSHOREADING SERIES this Thursday, October 2nd,Joshua Clover, Simone Muench and Philip Jenks on the Solas stage. 

JOSHUA CLOVER'S book of poetry The Totality for Kids is currently being translated into Polish and his critical book on The Matrix was recently published in Czech. He has just completed a book on pop music and the fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About. 

SIMONE MUENCH'S second book Lampblack & Ash received the Kathryn A. Morton Prize for Poetry (Sarabande Books, 2005). Her latest chapbooks are Orange Girl (dancing girl press, 2007) and Sonoluminescence written with Bill Allegrezza (Dusie Press, 2007). She works collaboratively with Philip Jenks, with poems appearing in The Canary, Zoland, Eleven Eleven and others.    

PHILIP JENKS'S latest book of poetry, My First Painting Will Be "The Accuser," was released by Zephyr Press. He works collaboratively with Simone Muench and plays regularly with recording artists The Howling Hex. 

It begins Thursday, October 2nd, at 7:30 PM sharp, at SOLAS BAR (232 E. Ninth Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues). 

For more information go to, contact Greg Purcell at, or stop by St. Mark's Bookshop, at 31 Third Avenue, near Ninth Street.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

CLMP's Globe-O-Rama Fruit Salad Reading

Saturday, September 27, 08
8:30 pm- 9:15 pm
The Abbey
536 Driggs (b/t North 7th and North 8th)
Brooklyn, NY 

The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) presents a pageant of international readings by indie editor/publishers, each of whom will contribute to a global fruit salad to be served to an audience of readers hungry for world literature!

Reader include:
Joshua Ellison from Habitus, Jen Hayashida from Ugly Duckling Presse, Declan Spring from New Directions (reading for Open Letter), and Aaron Hawn from Fence Magazine. 

This reading is presented as part of NYC's first Lit Crawl (a San Francisco institution). After our reading, there's a big party at Supreme Trading--right down the block from our venue in Williamsburg!--where everyone can come celebrate. 

Spike Lee in conversation: Miracle at St. Anna

Spike Lee's new film, Miracle at St. Anna, chronicles the story of four black American soldiers who are members of the US Army as part of the all African-American 92nd "Buffalo Soldier" Division stationed in Tuscany, Italy during World War II. Based on the novel and screenplay by James McBride, it is a story about redemption and triumph over the bleakest of experiences. 

Spike Lee and James McBride will be 
in conversation with Paul Holdengräber to discuss this historical American story that exposes racism, guilt, courage, revenge, and forgiveness.

The New York Public Library
5th Avenue  & 42nd Street
NY, NY 10018

Sunday, September 21, 2008

St. Mark's Bookshop presents Ben Greenmen and Justin Taylor

Please join THE ST. MARK'S BOOKSHOP READING SERIES on Thursday, September 25th, as we invite Ben Greenman and Justin Taylor to the Solas stage. 

BEN GREENMAN is an editor at the New Yorker and the author of several books of fiction, including Superbad, A Circle is a Balloon and Compass Both, and the forthcoming Correspondences. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the new York Times, the Washington Post, the Paris Review,  Zoetrope: All Story, McSweeneys, and many other publications. He lives in Brooklyn. 

JUSTIN TAYLOR is the the editor of The Apocalypse Reader (Thunder's Mouth) and Come Back,Donald Barthelme (McSweeney's), and the author of a book of poems, More Perfect Depictions of Noise (X-ing Books). His work has been cited by Best American Essays (2007) and Best of the Web (2008). 

All St. Mark's Bookshop events are free to the public. It begins Thursday, September 25th, at 7:30 PM sharp, at SOLAS BAR (232 E. Ninth Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues). 

Saturday, September 13, 2008

David Foster Wallace has died...

David Foster Wallace, the novelist, essayist and humorist best known for his 1996 tome "Infinite Jest," was found dead last night at his home in Claremont, according to the Claremont Police Department. He was 46.

More here

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Big Bridge: LANGUAGE OF WAR AND PEACE, A Response to 9/11

Featuring Responses from:

Andrew Schelling, Miriam Sagan, Tom Clark, Andrew Shelly,Duncan McNaughton, Michael McClure, Dick Gallup,Josephine Clare, Rhonda K, Renee Gregorio, William Slaughter, Rick London, Bill Berkson, Michael Castro,Joanne Kyger, Stefan Hyner, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Louise Landes Levi, Roxanne Gupta, Hanon Reznikoff, Jennifer Birkett, Jack Collom, David Meltzer, John Brandi, Steve Ben Israel, Ira Cohen, Ammiel Alcalay, Daniel Moore, Gabor Gyukics, Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Sara Menefee, Mike Topp, Steven Allen May, Anne Waldman, Mary Sands, Hammond Guthrie.
Click here to be redirected to Big Bridge.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" to be filmed

 This version of Howl is  animated by Mark Mentzer. 

David Strathairn, Alan Alda, Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker, Paul Rudd and James Franco will join the cast of the film "Howl," according to today's Hollywood Reporter.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Zen Monster

New half-baked, leftist secular jewish-buddhist african art & literature magazine Zen Monster kicks off with an inaugural reading! Poets, writers, readers and visual artists include Karen Russell, Bob Perelman, Eliot Katz, Robyn Ellenbogen, Simon Pettet, Lorraine Stone, Andrea Clark Libin, Willie Cole, Matvei Yankelevich, Lewis Warsh, John High, Charles Bernstein, Stephen Paul Miller, Ammiel Alcalay, Brian Unger and assorted special guests.

Wednesday, September 24 @6:00pm
308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
foot of First Street, between Houston & Bleecker 
across the street from CBGBs

Baltimore Has Poe; Philadelphia Wants Him

BALTIMORE — Edgar Allan Poe never lived in one city for long, and ever since he died and was buried here in 1849 this city has claimed him as its own. But last year Edward Pettit, a Poe scholar in Philadelphia, began arguing that Poe’s remains belong in Philadelphia. 

Full article from the NY Times

Thursday, September 4, 2008

NEITHER MEMORY NOR MAGIC: the life and times of Hungarian poet Miklós Radnóti.

A sneak preview of the documentary film NEITHER MEMORY NOR MAGIC will be shown on September 28 at 8 PM, at the Bowery Poetry Club. Director Hugo Perez will discuss the film, narrated by Patricia Clarkson, after the screening. Sliding scale tickets range $10 to $25.

NEITHER MEMORY NOR MAGIC explores the life and times of Hungarian poet Miklós Radnóti. From the final notebook poems, found posthumously in his coat pocket in a mass grave, trailing back to his premonitory writings of the late 1930s, poetic verse intertwines with archival footage to form this trenchant narrative. Despite his awareness of thickening hostility around him, Radnóti's patriotism resounds in his identification as Hungarian. Though his story is tragic, it is not one of defeat; it celebrates a man who continues to write, most prolifically, until his demise. A unique literary insight into the Holocaust and the lives of its victims, Radnóti's notebook recounts his last six months in a Nazi work camp and on a forced march before being shot. It is the story of perseverance in the face of persecution and the triumph of art over despair. His poems reflect his final experiences, yet the film's roots delve much deeper. They cover the loss of a mother and fraternal brother who died at his birth, the love of a happy marriage, and the will to create art.

Perez portrays a man and the times,  investigating the personal and the historical.  Shedding light on the anti-Semitism which precedes the war, he challenges viewers to look critically at their own era. Perez draws parallels between Europe in the 1930s and contemporary society, finding Radnóti's experience of genocide and war relevant to the inhumanity of today. Still, the film pays homage to man and his poetry. Taken from a line in one of Radnoti's poems, the title Neither Memory Nor Magic summons the present, in this evocative cinematic success.

Writer director Hugo Perez is a recipient of the 2008 Emerging Artist Award from the Tribeca Film Institute/RENEW Media. The personal insight and craft he has applied to films of his Cuban heritage before extend to Neither Memory Nor Magic, which interweaves poems in English and Hungarian. Radnóti's poetry blends avant-garde, expressionist, and classical styles. His verse has made him a hero in his native land. Narrator Patricia Clarkson can be seen currently in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Ira Sach's Married Life (2007). This sneak preview will benefit Bowery Arts & Sciences, the non-profit wing of Bowery Poetry Club. Patricia Clarkson has helped raise support for the organization before.

Hosting between 20 and 30 shows a week the Bowery Poetry Club (BPC) is proud of our place in the lineage of populist art: the Yiddish theater, burlesque, vaudeville, beat poetry, jazz, and punk that gave the Bowery its name. Located in HoBo at the corner of Houston and Bowery.

Gary Glazner
Bowery Poetry Club
212-614-0505 office

Jeffrey Cyphers Wright plays David Byrne's Organ

Note from Wright, "Adieu, lazy afternoons of August. Be sure the sound is on to hear Kim Keever collaborating with me on keyboards in this summer souvenir shot on location on the last weekend of David Byrne's Creative Time installation at the Maritime Building".

Earshot Reading Series

Kickoff event at The Lucky Cat, located in sunny (sometimes) Williamsburg, Brooklyn! 

*Friday, September 12 @ 8 PM* Hosted by Nicole Steinberg 
Featuring: Rauan Klassnik (Holy Land
Justin Marks [Summer insular]You Being You by Proxy
Eugene Hwang (The New School
Jess Sauer (Columbia University
Anna Carey (Brooklyn College

Admission is a mere $5 plus one free drink (beer, wine or well drinks)! The Lucky Cat is located at 245 Grand Street in Brooklyn, between Driggs and Roebling. 

Visit their website for directions: EARSHOT is a bi-monthly reading series, dedicated to featuring new and emerging literary talent in the NYC area. Visit for more information or e-mail Nicole Steinberg at

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Poetry Reading and Fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

September 05, 2008    07:00PM


85 East 4th Street , NYC 10003, New York, NY, United States

David Lehman is a poet, writer, and editor. His seven books of poetry include When a Woman Loves a Man (2005). In 1996 he began writing a poem a day as an experiment. The practice continued for five years, and two books resulted: The Daily Mirror (2000) and The Evening Sun (2002), both from Scribner. Lehman's prose books include The Perfect Murder and Signs of the Times. He is the series editor of The Best American Poetry, which he launched in 1988. He has also edited the latest edition of The Oxford Book of American Poetry (2006), The Best American Erotic Poems (2008), and Great American Prose Poems (2003), among other books. He heads the poetry division of the New School's graduate writing program, in which he has taught since the program's inception in 1996.

Meghan Punschke is the author of Stratification (BlazeVOX Books, 2008). She resides inNew York City, and has an MFA in Poetry from the New School. She is the curator and host of Word of Mouth, a reading series dedicated to poets and fiction writers. She is also the Managing Editor for the literary journal Oranges & Sardines. Her poetry was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2007. Please visit for more info.

Amy King is the author of I'm the Man Who Loves You and Antidotes for an Alibi, both from Blazevox Books, and most recently, Kiss Me With the Mouth of Your Country (Dusie Press). She is the moderator for the Poetics List and the Women's Poetry Listserv, and teaches English and Creative Writing at Nassau Community College. She is currently editing an anthology, The Urban Poetic, forthcoming from Factory School.  Please visit for more.

Ana Božičević emigrated to NYC from Croatia in 1997. She's the author of chapbooksDocument (Octopus Books, 2007) and Morning News (Kitchen Press, 2006). Look for her recent work in Denver Quarterly, Hotel Amerika, Bat City Review, absent, typo, fou and elsewhere. With Amy King, she is currently editing an anthology, The Urban Poetic (FactorySchool, forthcoming). Ana works at The Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

There will be a raffle for prizes, which will include books, anthologies and other poetry related goodies from several small presses including BlazeVOX Books, No Tell Books, Coconut Books, Goss 183, Ahsahta Press, Lame House and Farfalla Press. The Grand Prize winner will be awarded books from many of the above, plus the 30 x 40 acrylic on canvas painting that appears on the cover of Stratification. Each raffle ticket will be $5 with all of the proceeds going directly to LLS for cancer research and patient care. Half of book sales will go to the charity as well.

For more info click here

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Jesse Seldess, Frances Richard & Kyle Schlesinger reading this Thursday at Unnamable Books

...hosted by Brenda Iijima

September 4th, 7 pm

at Unnamable Books

456 Bergen Street, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

(between 5th Ave and Flatbush Ave)

Jesse Seldess' book, Who Opens was published by Kenning Editions. Chapbooks of his poems have been published by Answer Tag Press, Bronze Skull Press and the Chicago Poetry Project. He lives in Berlin where he organizes The Floating Series of exhibitions and events with Leonie Weber as well as edits Antennae, a journal of experimental writing, music, and performance.

Frances Richard's forthcoming chapbooks included Anarch. from Woodland Editions, as well as S h a v e d C o d e from Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs and her book of poems, See Through, was published by Four Way Books in 2003. She writes frequently about contemporary art, teaches at Barnard College and the Rhode Island School of Design, and lives in Brooklyn.

Kyle Schlesinger is the author of Hello Helicopter (Blaze Vox) and most recently, The Pink (Kenning Editions). He is the editor of Cuneiform Press and is the Monday Night Coordinator at St. Marks Poetry Project.

For more info click here