Friday, October 31, 2008

Hallo​ween at St. Mark'​s Churc​h

Hallo​ween,​ Frida​y,​ Octob​er 31st,​ 10pm,​ at St. Mark'​s Churc​h.​.​.​

Jenni​fer Berkl​ich
Amy Baumg​arten​
Contr​ol Freak​
Chris​ Leo
Natha​niel Siega​l
Someb​ody Else'​s
Laure​n Russe​ll 
and Berni​e Q
+ speci​al guest​s.​.​.​

The Poetr​y Proje​ct at St. Mark'​s Churc​h
131 E. 10th St. and 2nd Ave., New York,​ NY 10003​

Jamey Jones: The New York Poems

American poet Jamey Jones reads from the New York poems, Downtown Brooklyn, Oct, 08

Farfalla Press Video Poetry Series

Monday, October 27, 2008

Janet Hamill's BODY OF WATER book release with Patti Smith & Lenny Kaye

Bowery Books is pleased to invite you to a book release party for

Janet Hamill

Janet Hamill will read 
and perform with Patti Smith 
at the Bowery Poetry Club
Sun. Nov. 2
6 p.m.

A book party for Janet Hamill’s new poetry collection BODY OF WATER (Bowery Books) will be held on Sunday, November 2 at 6 PM, at the Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, (Between Houston and Bleecker). Patti Smith, who contributed several photographs to the book to illustrate the poems of her life-long friend and mentor, will be on hand to celebrate the release, along with Lenny Kaye from her band. 

Advance Praise for Body of Water

“...This book is a romantic, surreal, lyrical Voyage. It twists and turns with the playful tide of poetic vision, enhanced by the delicate measures of Patti Smith’s photography. Kudos all around.” 
--Anne Waldman

“Reading Janet Hamill now, as I have over the last thirty years, I’m amazed again at the particulars of the world her poetry makes – a night world, as I read it, peopled with bright creatures & splashes of color, beautiful & terrifying by turns....With this & much more, she has become indispensable.”
--Jerome Rothenberg

With its unbridled surrealistic, hypnotic imagery, Janet Hamill’s alchemy of language gives us back communion with our souls. With a magician’s grace she reminds us of the enchantment of our being. Hers is a music both modern and magik. 
--Maureen Owen

“...Hamill’s mastery of form and feeling comes together to create a poem that delicately examines celebrity, gallantry, silence, talent, and beauty. Only a poet could do that. Or maybe only Janet Hamill.”
--Patricia Spears Jones

Bowery Books gratefully acknowledges that this publication is made possible with public funds from The New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Bowery Books is a proud member of CLMP.

Bowery Poetry Club is pleased to announce their first Digital-Poet-in-Residence- Dr. Christopher Funkhouser

Chris Funkhouser, Steven Taylor, Allen Ginsberg and Chris Ide
Boulder, July 16, 1987 
Photo by Steve Miles

Over the next year BPC will commission a series of digital poems. These poems will reside in the front window of the BPC. As part of their new media outreach, BPC has installed a digital display to bring cut-edge digital poems to the Bowery.

To Check out the project Click Here.

Dr. Christopher Funkhouser is a poet, scholar, and multimedia artist who teaches in the Humanities Department at New Jersey Institute of Technology. A leading researcher in the developing genre of digital poetry, Funkhouser was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar atMultimedia University in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, in 2006; in 2007 he was on the faculty of the summer writing program at Naropa University. He is a member of the scientific review committee of the digital literature journal regards croises, based at Universite Paris 8, and has produced and edited many online and printed publications, including an early Internet-based poetry magazine, (We 17, 1993), the first literary journal on CD-ROM in the United States (The Little Magazine, Vol. 21, 1995), and ConVERSations with Nathaniel Mackey (1999). Since 1986 he has been an editor with We Press, with whom he has produced poetry in a variety of media.

We Put A Spell on You: A Celebrity Spelling Bee to Benefit CLMP

Tickets are available now for $75 and $250:

Hosted by Diane von Furstenburg, Monday Nov, 3rd

7:oopm sharp, 440 W 14th Street, NYC

Join us for our annual Spelling Bee benefit, and witness a slew of stalwart star spellers show their stuff in support of CLMP, a non-profit providing everything from marketing help to fundraising guidance for independent literary publishers.


New York Times “Style Section” columnist and author (Assisted Loving) Bob Morris emcees, while Jesse Sheidlower, Oxford English Dictionary Editor-at-Large (and author of The F Word), supplies the vicious vocabulary and judges this showdown of dictionarial dukes.


Meg Wolitzer (The Position) returns to defend her fabulous aluminum foil crown, Michael Cunningham (Specimen Days) returns to prove that he really can spell after all, and Alex Kuczynski returns to continue her investigation into whether or not she is really the victim of a spelling bee cabal. Other spellers include Top Design’s Jonathan Adler, HarperCollins Publisher Jonathan Burnham, Publishers Weekly Editor-in-Chief Sara Nelson, Village Voicer Michael Musto (La Dolce Musto), Accompanied Literary Society founder Brooke Geahan, and Village Voice restaurant critic Robert Seitsema, along with authors David Carr (The Night of the Gun), Brad Gooch (Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Conner), Heidi Julavitz (The Uses of Enchantment), Wayne Koestenbaum (Hotel Theory), Honor Moore (The Bishop’s Daughter), Judith Thurman (Cleopatra’s Nose), and Susan Orlean (Little Lazy Loafers).


Diane von Furtenberg is sponsoring the event, along with Random House, Doubleday, Oxford University Press, Sterling Lord Literistic, Consortium Book Sales, Private Capital Solutions Group, Market Partners International, Kate Spade, Levenger, Spice Market and others. Founded in 1967, the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) serves the community of independent literary publishers by providing direct technical assistance, advocating on their behalf, and engaging diverse communities of readers through public programs.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

SubPress Tuesday w/Fuchs, Berrigans, Steve Carey, Denize Lauture


Boog City presents


d.a. levy lives: celebrating the renegade press




Subpress Collective



Tues. Oct. 28, 6:00 p.m. sharp, free


ACA Galleries


529 W. 20th St., 5th Flr.




Event will be hosted by


Subpress co-editor Greg Fuchs


Featuring …


the work of Steve Carey


the work of Brett Evans


Denize Lauture


with music from


I Feel Tractor




My Invisible


There will be wine, cheese, and crackers, too.


Curated and with an introduction


by Boog City editor David Kirschenbaum




**Subpress Collective


“Subpress popped off a Listserv one day and began to take shape and grow in another Listserv, specially created for it. That is, in the course of casual griping about how no one could get their book published, or about fellow poets growing weary while watching their manuscripts age, suggestions were made that we publish books ourselves. The discussion evolved quickly into process and finances.


“At the moment Subpress is a dozen poets spread across the US, France and England. Our communication is, and always has been, conducted by email. I have never met some of my fellow-editors in person.


“We began by agreeing to contribute our own money to a bank account. Everyone threw in one percent of their gross annual income. The disparity was wide but people agreed it was fair. We figured we had enough money to publish a certain amount of books per year. Because that number was less than the number of editors (18 editors at that time) we agreed to spread out our first publishing round over three years.




“Each editor was allotted equal funds to edit, design, and produce one book in that first cycle. Editors with different skills for typesetting, designing, etc., volunteered their time to help when help was asked for. There were no editorial requirements or standards for choosing a book. There was no vote or veto process for whatever title an editor brought to press. There were no limitations on design or print specifications except those created by one's budget.”—Dan Bouchard


*Performer Bios*


**Steve Carey


Subpress co-editor Anselm Berrigan will present work by poet Steve Carey, whose book Berrigan and his brother Edmund are editing for Subpress.


“Steve's books are very hard to find, but include The California Papers (United Artists), Gentle Subsidy (Big Sky), Smith Going Backwards (Cranium Press), and 20 Poems. Alice Notley's book of essays Coming After contains a memoir/essay on Steve, and the Up Late anthology edited by Andrei Codrescu has, I believe, a few of his poems. Steve's poetry is hard to describe, but I want to say, and so will, that a title like Gentle Subsidy in and of itself gives a sense of his predilection, one of several at least, for word combinations—a really delicate consonant balance, if such a thing makes sense. And a great sense of humor, love of song (he was a drummer and could play guitar) and companionship, and weirdness (of a mostly non-threatening kind, but you’d have to figure that out yourself). He was like this huge guy who wouldn't harm a soul, with a deep voice and ability to loom. Bob Newhart and Jimi Hendrix and Philip Whalen. His dad is Harry Carey Jr., the actor in many of John Ford's films, and so Steve was a Cali kid from the 1950s who spent time in New York in the 1960s a bit then moved to NYC permanently in the late 1970s. Brother of poet Tom Carey. Steve died in 1989.” —Anselm Berrigan


**Brett Evans


Greg Fuchs will present work by Brett Evans, professor of English at Delgado Community College in New Orleans, and author of Subpress’ After School Session, edited by Fuchs.


“After School Session is a generous and brassy cull of correspondence from Brett Evans to Buck Downs. The poems are a direct jack into the miniamp of postcard art sent between two friends; they hit hard in an open-all-night punk rock show for the audience of one. Like the form of Kerouac's Mexico City Blues, limited by the small size of a breastpocket notebook, Evans's gumbo is cooked in the scant pot of the postcard--an "afterschool rest stop of the imagination / real special." The poems offer one slamming and damming notation after another. Down's artful arrangement and selection should stand as a model for what one can do with our hazardous mail.” —Tom Devaney


**I Feel Tractor


I Feel Tractor is available to you with musings of space folk and cut ups. I Feel Tractor has a self-titled 7” from the Loudmouth Collective, and a CD, Once I Had an Earthquake, from Goodbye Better.


**Denize Lauture


Denize Lauture, first born of 13 peasant children, migrated to the U.S. from Haiti in 1968. He is a professor of French and Spanish at St Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill and lives in the Bronx. Lauture writes in Creole, English, and French. He is the author of Blues of the Lightning Metamorphosis, Father and Son, Running the Road to ABC, Mothers and Daughters, The Curse of the Poet, When the Denizen Weeps, and Subpress’ The Black Warrior and Other Poems, edited by Fuchs


**My Invisible


“Put aside your preconceived notions of a chamber-instrument ensemble. Neither aloof nor pretentious, Providence's My Invisible maintains a punk-rock subversiveness while gleefully coloring outside the lines of genre limitations. They're wry changelings, equally at home crafting waltz-time laments as they are writing off-the-cuff paeans to their favorite Detroit Piston. They even have their own cheer.


“Fittingly, its easier to define them by what they aren’t than by what they are, given that their very name evokes a kind-of absence by design. Neither drawing-room prim or Gothic kitsch (see: Rasputina), their music although not rock by any stretch flirts with the same quiet/loud dichotomy first patented by the Pixies, and to equally stirring effect. Exploiting negative as well as positive space, the band shapes gripping music, sometimes out of thin air.


“You can hear it on their self-released debut, My Invisible, but its even more pronounced during their vibrant live show, in which the blend of cello, violin, guitar, Roxy (an antique instrument), pick-up percussion, and intricate harmonies intertwine to create something that’s hard to pin down. Searching for influences, one hears echoes of the Slits percussive, ramshackle humor, of This Heats haunting complexity, of Dirty Threes sun-drenched expansiveness. And if that sounds complicated, embodying all sorts of seemingly contradictory impulses is part of My Invisible’s considerable charm..." —Andrea Feldman, The Phoenix



Directions: C/E to 23rd St., 1/9 to 18th St.


Venue is bet. 10th and 11th avenues



Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Boog City presents d.a. levy lives: celebrating the renegade press


New York City Small Presses Night




Farfalla Press, Open 24 Hours,


:::the press gang:::, and X-ing Books



Tues. Nov. 25, 6:00 p.m. sharp, free



ACA Galleries

529 W.20th St., 5th Flr.



This is our one event each season in our non-NYC small presses series where

we honor NYC small presses.


Featuring readings from poets from

some of the city's finest small presses

as well as publications available from each of the presses.



**Farfalla Press/McMillan & Parrish, Gary Parrish, ed.


--I Feel Tractor

--Anne Waldman


**Open 24 Hours, John Coletti and Greg Fuchs, eds.


--Erica Kaufman


**:::the press gang:::, Cristiana Baik and Sara Wintz, eds.


--Evan Kennedy


**X-ing Books, Amy Mees, ed.


--Jeremy Schmall

--Justin Taylor



There will be wine, cheese, and crackers, too.




Press and author bios


**Farfalla Press/McMillan & Parrish


Farfalla Press/McMillan & Parrish is an independent small press surfacing from Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and based in Brooklyn. It puts out perfect-bound books, chapbooks, broadsides, and CD's. Artists include Vanessa Boff, Rob Geisen, Jack Collom, Tom Peters, Gary Parrish, LeAnn Bifoss, Akilah Oliver, Junior Burke, Christopher Ryan, John Sakkis, Peter Lamborn Wilson (Hakim Bey), Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Anne Waldman, Edmund Berrigan, Anselm Berrigan, Marcella Durand, Jessica Fiorini, Jessica Rogers, Lee Ranaldo, Corrine Fitzpatrick, Stefania Iryne Marthakis, Brenda Coultas, Simon Pettet, John Coletti, Dustin Williamson, Lewis Warsh, Kristin Prevallet, Stacy Szymaszek, John High, Nathaniel A. Siegel, Arlo Quint, Chris Martin, Tyler Burba, George Schneeman, Shappy Seasholtz, Bob Holman, Bernadette Mayer, Reed Bye, Ambrose Bye.



*I Feel Tractor


I Feel Tractor is available to you with musings of space folk and cut ups. I Feel Tractor has a self-titled 7” from the Loudmouth Collective, and a CD, Once I Had an Earthquake, from Goodbye Better.


*Anne Waldman


Anne Waldman, poet, professor, performer, curator, and cultural activist, is the author of over 40 books and small press editions of poetry and poetics, including Fast Speaking Woman, the IOVIS project, Vow to Poetry: Essays, Interviews and Manifestos, Marriage: A Sentence, In the Room of Never Grieve, Structure of the World Compared to a Bubble, Outrider, and Nine Nights Meditation (with artist Donna Dennis). She is the editor of numerous anthologies, including The Beat Book, and co-editor of Disembodied Poetics: Annals of the Jack Kerouac School, The Angel Hair Anthology, and Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action (with Lisa Birman). Her CDs include Alchemical Elegy, Battery: Live at Naropa, The Eye of the Falcon, and The Matching Half (the last two with music and production by Ambrose Bye). She is a recipient of the Shelley Memorial Award and has had residences at the Civitella Ranieri Center, the Tokyo Woman’s Christian University, the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice, and the Bellagio Center. She has performed her work on stages across the American continent and abroad. Recent conferences and festivals have taken her to Wuhan (China), Berlin, Vienna and Dublin. She works with writer and director Ed Bowes on a number of video/movie projects.



**Open 24 Hours


Open 24 Hours is dedicated to publishing limited edition books by poets working in traditions rooted in experimentation and social engagement. The Open 24 Hours design is influenced by the staple-bound mimeo revolution of the American small press underground most visibly recognized in the books published by many 2nd- and 3rd-generation New York School Poets. We have simply adapted the method to digital technology.


Open 24 Hours has published books by Mariana Ruiz Firmat, Corina Copp, Betsy Fagin, Joel Dailey, Chris Toll, Steve Carey, Arlo Quint, Erica Kaufman, and Dustin Williamson. Forthcoming are books by David Kirschenbaum and Will Yakulic.


Open 24 Hours is based in New York City, edited and designed by John Coletti and Greg Fuchs. Jon Allen is our in-house illustrator. We took the name from D.C. poet Buck Downs, who published a poetry zine by the same name. Downs inherited Open 24 Hours from Baltimore poet Chris Toll, who started it in 1980.


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*Erica Kaufman


Erica Kaufman is the author of several chapbooks, most recently censory impulse (an excerpt of her long poem of the same title) (OMG), civilization day (Open24Hours), and censory impulse (another excerpt of her long poem of the same title) (Big Game Books).  Kaufman holds an MFA from the New School and was the winner of the 2003 New School University Chapbook Contest.  Her poems can be found in Puppyflowers, Painted Bride Quarterly, Bombay Gin, The Mississippi Review, Unpleasant Event Schedule, the tiny, Turntable + Blue Light, 26, Aufgabe, and LIT, among other places.  Essays and reviews can be found in The Poetry Project Newsletter, CutBank, Rain Taxi, Verse, and elsewhere.  Kaufman is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center.  She lives in Brooklyn and works in Manhattan and teaches at Baruch College.



**:::the press gang:::


:::the press gang::: is a small press, co-directed by cristiana baik and sara wintz, publishing younger avant writers.



*Evan Kennedy


Evan Kennedy is the author of The Cheer-Up Book of Wounded Soldiers (Dirty Swan Projects) and Us Them Poems (BookThug). His work has appeared in "Tight," "Glosolalia," "Hot Whiskey," and The Poetry Project's "The Recluse." He lives in Brooklyn.



**X-ing Books


Amy Mees and Mark Wagner are thing people. A list of their joint experiences includes publishing art catalogs, cutting up money for art’s sake, letterpress printing, handcrafts (like Mom used to make), traditional book binding, and co-founding the Booklyn Artists Alliance. They are happy to associate freely with word people like Jeremy Schmall, Justin Taylor, Jen Benka, and ________ (fill in the blank). It’s a venture still in the making and we’re hoping to find other motivated and brilliant contributors.



*Jeremy Schmall


Jeremy Schmall is the co-editor and founder of The Agriculture Reader, and author of Open Correspondence from the Senator: Volume 1, But a Paucity of his Voluminous Writings. He lives in Brooklyn.


*Justin Taylor


Justin Taylor is the editor of The Apocalypse Reader (Thunder's Mouth) and Come Back, Donald Barthelme (McSweeney's). His work has appeared in numerous magazines, journals, and websites. He is the author of the book of poems More Perfect Depictions of Noise (X-ing Books) and, with the poet Jeremy Schmall, is co-editor of The Agriculture Reader, a handmade arts annual.



Curated and with an introduction by Boog City editor David Kirschenbaum



Directions: C/E to 23rd St., 1/9 to 18th St.

Venue is bet. 10th and 11th avenues


Monday, October 20, 2008

Happy Birthday Reed Bye!!!

(L-R) Reed Bye, Harry Smith, Jack Collom & Steve Taylor
Flagstaff Mountain, 1988 (Photo by Allen Ginsberg)

Monday Night October 20th 2008 8pm at the Laughing Goat in Boulder
So You’re a Poet, Hosted by Tom Peters presents 

Reed Bye Birthday Celebration & Reading!!!

Reed Bye is a poet and songwriter. His most recent book is Join the Planets: New and Selected Poems (United Artists Books, 2005). Other published works include Passing Freaks and Graces, Gaspar Still in His Cage and Some Magic at the Dump. A CD of original songs, Long Way Around, was released in 2005 by Farfalla/ McMillan & Parrish. His work has appeared in a number of anthologies including Nice to See You: Homage to Ted Berrigan, The Angel Hair Anthology, Sleeping on the Wing and Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Colorado and teaches poetry writing workshops and courses in classic and contemporary literary studies and contemplative poetics.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Forrest Gander Reviews Matching Half forThe Poetry Foundation Harriet Blog

Order through Small Press Distribution or

On a new CD, Matching Half
, you can hear Waldman with collaborator Akilah Oliver. The two poets deliver stichomythic rapoetry to music composed by Ambrose Bye. (In performance, should you get a chance to see them, the two poets are hypnotic, improvising a kind of Beat-Sapphic choreography).

To read the whole review click here

Jeffrey Cyphers Wright Reviews Red Noir for The Brooklyn Rail

Anne Waldman, Red Noir: And Other Pieces for Performance

(Farfalla, McMillen & Parrish, 2008)

Incantatory incandescence lights these pages of quasi-play-performance litany rants. Live, Anne Waldman’s near breathless word piles spill out like demons being exorcised. These pieces for voices are in the tradition of the modern poet as playwright and echo Gertrude Stein and Lawrence Ferlinghetti (specifically “Routines.”)

From the first word “Ventriloquist” Waldman is channeling our attention with her rapid-fire reading of the “world as a book.”

Living in the East and the West, Waldman incorporates multiplicity into a skittering, careening discourse in heightened pitch. “[This could be a chorus]” She builds up a sheen of mirrored ricochets that gleams like “icicles in the rain.”

She consults goddesses. In “And is It?” Shiva wails with a killer list of sick chemicals: “chlordane… dieldrin… fenoxaprop ethyl… paraquat….” She brings down the wrath of language, “like the end of the world.”

The poet in a “voix celeste of all the populace” asks Cassandra “= what says the contours of your mufti =.” The speech is studded with bubbles: “zymosis…simulacra… polyvalent.” Like pearls sewn onto a tapestry, Waldman weaves the past into the future but never ignores the present. She writes letters to Senators to “stop the war in Iraq.”

Redemption comes in your own lifestyle as Waldman, like a true troubadour, claims, “I live chez the young poets of the past…”

Jeffrey Cyphers Wright