Saturday, November 22, 2008

The 11th Street Bar to host book-release party for Simon Pettet's Hearth - New & Selected Poems

11th  Street BAR
 December 5, 6:00pm
New York, NY    212-982-3929

Simon Pettet is an internationally renowned English-born poet and long-time Lower East Side resident. His most recent book of poems is the much-acclaimed More Winnowed Fragments (Talisman House Press). HearthNew and Selected Poems is due to be released this December by the same publisher. He is also the author of two classic collaborations with photographer-filmmaker, Rudy Burckhardt, Conversations About Everything and Talking Pictures, and edited the Art Writings of the Pulitzer-prize-winning New York School poet James Schuyler. “Like Beethoven’sBagatelles”, John Ashbery has written, “Simon Pettet’s short poems have a great deal to say, and their seeming modest dimensions help rather than hinder his saying it.”

 Photo of Simon by Jon Bidwell

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Junot Diaz and Samuel R. Delany at St. Mark's Bookshop -- MONDAY, November 24th

Please join THE ST. MARK'S BOOKSHOP READING SERIES for a very special night featuring Pulitzer-Prize winner JUNOT DIAZ and multiple Hugo and Nebula award winner SAMUEL R. DELANY! It begins on a special night...MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24th!.

Junot Díaz was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and is the author of Drown and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao which won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. He is the fiction editor at the Boston Review and The Rudge and Nancy Allen professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Samuel R. Delany is possibly the greatest living Science Fiction writer in the world, and among the best writers working today, period. His wide ranging work covers not only science fiction but literary and cultural criticism, memoir, erotica, sexual and political identity. He is the recipient of several Hugo and Nebula awards. His latest novel, Dark Reflections, received a Stonewall Book Award in fiction. In 2007, Delany was the subject of a documentary film, The Polymath, or, The Life and Opinions of Samuel R. Delany, Gentleman, which debuted at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

Junot Diaz and Samuel R. Delany read on MONDAY, November 24th at 7:30 PM sharp, at SOLAS BAR (Right around the corner from St. Mark's Bookshop, at 232 E. Ninth Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues).

Copies of these author's books will be available for sale at Solas bar, and we will have time for a signing afterward (please limit off-site books to two). All St. Mark's Bookshop events are free to the public.

For more information go to, contact Greg Purcell at, call 718-974-5959, or stop by St. Mark's Bookshop, at 31 Third Avenue, near Ninth Street.

Happy Reading!

St. Mark's Bookshop


Jamey Jones just sent me this note.

This Saturday, Nov. 22, from 4:00 to 6:00 at the Bowery Poetry Club.

Kit Robinson
 (born May 171949) is an American poet and translator. An early member of the San Francisco language poets circle, he has published 17 books of poetry.

Born in Evanston, Illinois, Robinson attended high school in Cincinnati and graduated from Yale College in 1971. In 1974, he published the one-shot poetry magazine Streets and Roads, where for the first time work by such poets as Barrett WattenRon SillimanRae Armantrout, andBob Perelman appeared alongside that of Alan BernheimerSteve BensonCarla Harryman, and Merrill Gilfillan. In the 1970s and 1980s, he performed with San Francisco Poets Theater, produced "In the American Tree: New Writing by Poets," a weekly radio program of live readings and interviews on KPFA radio in Berkeley (with Lyn Hejinian), and curated the Tassajara Bakery poetry reading series (with Tom Mandel). Beginning in the 1970s, he has published seventeen books of poetry and appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines.

During the first phase of his writing career in the 1970s, Robinson worked as a cab driver, teacher’s aide, postal clerk, and legal reporter. He also taught poetry writing in schools through the California Poets in the Schools program. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Robinson adopted his current profession of corporate communications in the information technology industry.

Called “a consummate poet” by Robert Creeley, Bernadette Mayer was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1945. A most prolific poet, her first book was published at the age of twenty-three. Many texts later she continues to write progressive poetry from her home in East Nassau, New York. For many years Mayer lived and worked on the Lower East Side of Manhattan where she was the Director of St. Mark’s Poetry Project from 1980-1984. Bernadette Mayer has received grants and awards from PEN American Center, The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art, the NEA, The Academy of American Poets, and The American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The Bowery Poetry Club 308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012 212.614.0505  foot of First Street, between Houston & Bleecker  across the street from CBGBs

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Unnameable Books

456 Bergen Street

Brooklyn, NY

JERICHO BROWN received his Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston. He also holds an M.F.A. from the University of New Orleans and a B.A. from Dillard University, and he has served as poetry editor at Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. His poems have appeared in Callaloo, The Iowa Review, jubilat, New England Review, and Prairie Schooner. The recipient of a Cave Canem Fellowship, two scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and two travel fellowships to the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland, Brown is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the University of San Diego where he teaches creative writing. Western Michigan University's New Issues Poetry & Prose published his first book, Please.

CORRINE FITZPATRICK is the author of Zamboangueña (sona books, 2007) and On Melody Dispatch (Goodbye Better, 2007). She is currently working on Minor Crimes and Casualties. Corrine is in the MFA program at Bard College and is Program Coordinator for the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, where she curated the Friday Late Night Series from 2006-2008. Recent work is out or soon to be out in Denver Quarterly and Tight.

TENNESSEE JONES is an excommunicated Appalachian living in Brooklyn. He is the author of the Lambda Literary Award nominated short story collection Deliver Me From Nowhere. He is currently knee-deep in his first novel and a second collection of short stories. He is a 2008 Javitz Fellow and an obsessive gardener. The flask in his back pocket reads "Hungry Heart."

The Stain of Poetry: A Reading Series..

November 21st @ 7 p.m. - Stain Bar - Williamsburg, Brooklyn

** Carnahan, Casamassima, Grinnell, Lederer, Oberman, and Rohrer **

Special Musical Guest @ Intermission: Addenda


Brooklyn resident Kerry Carnahan has co-authored and edited a number of publications, including the New York City High Performance Infrastructure Guidelines, Cool and Green Roofs, and Sustainable Urban Sites (forthcoming), and is working towards her MFA in poetry from CUNY-Hunter College.


Christophe Casamassima is the editor and proprietor of furniture_press in Baltimore where he teaches at Towson University. He is also the Literary Arts Director of the Towson Arts Collective. His collections of poetry include the Proteus (Moria, 2008) and Joys: A Catalogue of Disappointments (BlazeVOX, 2008).


E. Tracy Grinnell is the author of Some Clear Souvenir (O Books, 2006) and Music or Forgetting (O Books, 2001), as well as the limited edition chapbooks Leukadia (Trafficker Press, forthcoming 2008), Quadriga, a collaboration with Paul Foster Johnson (gong chapbooks, 2006), Of the Frame (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2004), and Harmonics (Melodeon Poetry Systems, 2000). She lives in Brooklyn and edits Litmus Press and its annual journal of poetry and translation, Aufgabe.


Katy Lederer is the author of the poetry collections, Winter Sex (Verse Press, 2002) and The Heaven-Sent Leaf (BOA Editions, forthcoming 2008 ) as well as the memoir Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers (Crown, 2003), which Publishers Weekly included on its list of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2003 and Esquire Magazine named one of its eight Best Books of the Year 2003.

Her poems and prose have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Harvard Review, GQ, and elsewhere. She has been anthologized in Body Electric (Norton), From Poe to the Present: Great American Prose Poems (Scribner), and Isn’t It Romantic? (Verse Press), among other compilations.

Educated at the University of California at Berkeley and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she serves as a Poetry Editor of Fence Magazine. Her honors and awards include an Academy of American Poets Prize, fellowships from Yaddo (2001; 2004; 2005), MacDowell (2007), and the New York Foundation for the Arts (2005-2006), and a Discover Great New Writers citation from Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers Program.


Matthew Rohrer is the author of five books, most recently RISE UP, published by Wave Books. He teaches at NYU in the creative writing program, and lives in Brooklyn.


Miller Oberman was the 2005 recipient of Poetry Magazine’s Ruth Lilly Fellowship
and has recently had poems in Bloom Magazine, the Minnesota Review,
and Lilith. Miller lives in Brooklyn with Zero Oberman.



While Addenda is just beginning, there’s a history. Dan Sofaer and Christopher Anderson first met when Christopher was the singer in the Washington, D.C. band Nine Men Are Suicides. After being musical director for the recording of the one song the band knew how to play (Sister Ray by the Velvet Underground), Dan went on to be a founding member of the Silence After and Christopher rejoined him in ‘88 for the short-lived Hurricane Daisy, whose killer demo had Fugazi’s Don Zientara for its producer. After years in the wilderness, Dan reemerged as bassist in the San Francisco trio Giant Haystacks, and Christopher posted some Prince covers on MySpace. A chance note from Japan has reunited them, and they’re ready to bring the spirit to the letter.

You can find their music at


766 grand street
brooklyn, ny 11211
(L train to Grand Street,
1 block west)
open daily @ 5 p.m.


Hosted by Amy King and Ana Bozicevic

Monday, November 17, 2008

Readings at Max Protetch, NYC :: CAConrad & Wayne Koestenbaum :: Wed. Nov. 19

Readings at Max Protetch 


CAConrad and Wayne Koestenbaum

Wednesday, November 19, 7pm

free and open to the public

Max Protetch
511 West 22nd St. (between 10th and 11th Avenues)
212 633 6999

hosted by Stuart Krimko and Christopher Stackhouse

CAConrad is the son of white trash asphyxiation whose childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift.   He escaped to Philadelphia where he lives and writes with the PhillySound poets He is the author of Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006), (Soma)tic Midge (FAUX Press, 2008), The Book of Frank (Chax Press, 2008), advanced ELVIS course (Soft Skull Press, 2009), and a collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock titled  THE CITY REAL & IMAGINED: Philadelphia Poems (Factory School Press, 2009). He  invites you to  visit him online at 

Wayne Koestenbaum has published five books of poetry:  Best-Selling Jewish Porn Films, Model Homes, The Milk of Inquiry, Rhapsodies of a Repeat Offender, and Ode to Anna Moffo and Other Poems.  He has also published a novel, Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes, and five books of nonfiction:  Andy Warhol, Cleavage, Jackie Under My Skin, The Queen’s Throat (a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist), and Double Talk.  His newest book, Hotel Theory, a hybrid of fiction and nonfiction, was published in 2007.  He is a Distinguished Professor of English at the CUNY Graduate Center, and also a Visiting Professor in the painting department of the Yale School of Art;  in Fall 2008 he is the Bain Swiggett Visiting Professor of Poetry at Princeton University.

Ripped and Torn:Joe Brainard, Lewis Warsh, David Shapiro, Star Black, John Evans, Amy Ernst, Bruce Weber, Madeline Weinrib
Address532 W 25th St, 2nd Floor
New York (Chelsea)
N.Y., 10001
United States
HoursTue-Fri 11-6, Sat 12-5

Collage is the perfect medium for our fast-paced, information packed times. Since the beginnings with its first champions, Kurt Schwitters and Max Ernst, this humble art form has become the darling visual expression for writers. Recently, Pulitzer Prize winning poet John Ashbery received enormous attention for his collage show. Ashbery collaborated with fellow author and artist, the late Joe Brainard who headlines the show “Ripped and Torn” opening December 6th at 532 Gallery in Chelsea.

Most of the 22 artists in the show are writers themselves including poet/critic curators Valery Oisteanu and Jeffrey Cyphers Wright. Poet David Shapiro is a close associate of John Ashbery. Lewis Warsh is a publisher and poet who creates abstract grids using letters. Star Black recently showed her collages and accordion books at Zieher Smith Gallery. Bruce Weber is the Director of the National Academy Museum.

Amy Ernst, granddaughter of Max, is a consummate collagist, blending elements of figuration and abstraction.John Evans is the eminence gris of the collage movement in this country and shows regularly at Pavel Zoubek Gallery. His daughter India has caught the fever and creates charming visions using her trademark embroidered text.

Other artists in the show include
Judy Rifka, Bob Heman, Madeline Weinrib, Tom Walker, Rakien Nomura, Micci Cohan, Sali Taylor, Charles Mingus III, Angelo Jannuzzi, Lucien Dulfan, Allan Sheinman, Toni Tiger and Luigi Cazzaniga.

The Practicing Writer Presents: Lisa Chen, Marcella Durand, Andrew Hsiao, Andrea Louie, and Christopher Mattison

Tuesday, November 18, 7pm 

Chat: How To Write with Kids and a Day Job 

Poet Lisa Chen, poet Marcella Durand, New Press editorAndrew Hsiao, novelist Andrea Louie, and Zephyr Press editorChristopher Mattison

Finding time for your writing life can be a tricky business when juggling kids, a job, and sleep. Come hear a few writers talk about how they keep their writing life vibrant despite other obligations.

@ The Workshop 
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor 
(btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)

$5 suggested donation; open to the public

Friday, November 14, 2008


Boog City 52, New York City Small Presses

Click here:  

The issue features pages put together by four of New York City's finest small presses.

It is in conjunction with a Tues. Nov. 25, 6:00 p.m. levy lives event at ACA Galleries, 529 W.20th St., 5th Flr., featuring readers from each of the presses' authors.

Inside the issue are pages from the below presses with work from some of their authors:

**Farfalla Press
--Edmund Berrigan
--Anne Waldman

**Open 24 Hours
--Erica Kaufman

**:::the press gang:::
--justin katko and Jow Lindsay
--Evan Kennedy
--Manjula Martin

** X-ing Books
--Jeremy Schmall
--Justin Taylor

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Malcolm McNeil • William S. Burroughs: The lost art of Ah Pook at Solomon Arts, NYC

"A tornado of vigilantes sweeps up from the bible belt" (The image the FBI called "Frightening") from Ah Puch Is Here art work by Malcolm McNeill, © 1975

Salomon Arts
 is pleased to present artwork and prints from the unfinished Word/Image novel Ah Pook is Here. A remarkable seven-year collaboration between the writer and artist, rediscovered after more than thirty years, and now publicly shown for the first time.

November 14 — December 14th, 2008
Opening Reception
Friday, November 14th
6-10 PM

83 Leonard Street, 4th floor (Tribeca)
New York, NY 10013

The show will continue through December 14th. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 2-6pm or by appointment , tel. 1.212.966.1997

"Over the years of our collaboration Malcolm McNeill produced more than a hundred pages of artwork. However, owing partly to the expense of full color reproduction, and because the book falls into neither the category of the conventional illustrated book, nor that of a comix publication, there have been difficulties with the arrangements for the complete work. The book is in fact unique...”

                   William S. Burroughs
  April 1978

MALCOLM MC NEILL and WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS began working together in London in 1970 when Mc Neill was in his final year of art school. Their first collaboration was a comic strip titled The Unspeakable Mr. Hart which appeared in the English magazine Cyclops. When the magazine folded, Burroughs and Mc Neill decided to continue the project in book form.

   After a year and a half of research and preliminary design work, the text had expanded from 11 to 50 pages, and the proposed 120 page “Word/Image novel” was renamed Ah Puch is Here - after the Mayan Death God. As Burroughs indicated, there was no market for ‘Graphic Novels’ at that time and the lack of publishing and financial incentive meant that the artwork was never able to be produced on a full-time basis. After 7 years, it was finally abandoned. The book was subsequently published in text form only as Ah Pook is Here.

The project was prescient both with respect to its form and its content. In light of the current ‘End of Days’ hysteria, the ‘War on Terror’, and the added feature of the Mayan Long Count in 2012, it is more timely than ever. Ah Pook is unquestionably Here now.

The artwork has not been altered since 1977 when the project ended and it was placed in storage. The printed images are the same size as the originals and assembled as they were intended to be reproduced. They range from preliminary sketches, to more complete images to finished art, some of which occur on the same page. Apart from 11 pages of completed text and image published in Rush Magazine in 1976, none of the work has been shown publicly before.

Mc Neill continued to illustrate other Burroughs texts, many of which were published and some of which are included in this exhibit. The writer and artist remained friends until Burroughs death in 1997. Mc Neill has recently completed an illustrated account of their personal and creative interaction, also “in hopes of seeing eventual publication.”

For more information about this event click here

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Danielle Vogel's lit

danielle vogel dreams of writing a woman locating herself, or perhaps dislocating herself into place through narrative. as a writer, she enters a ruined place and begins stitching. eventually a woman appears. she lives in brooklyn, new york with her partner, writer and designer, hr hegnauer.

from lit

over my body        under my body there are insects like 
animals        skin and antennae        they feel their way in 
lightlessness        tunneling        there has never been
anything else        this slow migration        of animals like 
insects over a body i cannot recognize

Pick up your copy from dancing girl press here

Monkey Puzzle

Issue #5 - Fall 2008 is now available!

For details, visit us at:

The new issue features the following works of prose:

Reflections on Prayer Calls by Alexandra Lukens
Chica Chica: Forsaking Illusion by Ana Maria Martinez
from The Moonstone by Elizabeth Robinson
A Mouse Cage by Lauren Andrews
Falling Asleep While Reading by M. D’Alessandro
Coming to Know (Annie) Oaklynn by Merrill Shane Jones
Notes of a Modern-Day Expatriate by Mittie Roger
Inside Man by Nicholas B. Morris
The Play by Perry Lavin
Some Boys by Shane Joaquin Jimenez
The Kitchen by Stacy Walsh
When I Was Younger by Steve Kisicki
The Handwriting by Varlam Shalamov
(translation from Russian by L. Draaghtel)

and the following works of poetry:

Texas, 1872 by Adam Perry
Meta-Meta Poetry by Amy Catanzano & Jack Collom
Two from Old India translations from Sanskrit by Andrew Schelling
Macaques in a Steambath by Brandon Arthur
Darwin by Brendan Hamilton
Waste Lands by Carly-Anne Ravnikar
Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals by Christopher T. Schuman
Catching Up with Almost by Daniel Dissinger
Multiverse by Dawn Sueoka
Avenue Maria by Diane Klammer
from The Bus is a Van by Hillary Keel
Silent Terrain by Irene Joyce
When We Were by James Kerley
Seventy Monkeys by Jefferson Navicky
Reactive Sandalwood Mala-ic Bowling Balls by Kimberlie Robinson
from the fall by Kristi Yorks
from Details on Photographs by Lindsay Colahan
Don’t Change a Hair for Me and not if you care for me by Lisa Birman
Seven Words by Margaret Randall
Lonely Like This by Mel Kozakiewicz
from She, A Blueprint for InterSurface by Michelle Naka Pierce
It Splinters Through by Nathan Antar
Lobotomy Buttons by Nicholas Michael Ravnikar
An Empire of Coins by Olatundji Akpo-Sani
Memorize by Rebecca Maillet
I Dream We Smoke a Bowl in a Cave in France by Renee Zepeda
To the West by Ryan Clark
Pantoum from the Actual Diary of Christopher Columbus
by Scott Alexander Jones
Old Monk Napping by Dr. Tim Skeen
Seri by Tiph Parrish
Sometimes, the Sky by Travis Cebula
A Wrenching Blue by Yasamin Ghiasi

with photography by:
Ben Olson
Luke Bennett
Andrew Antar
Cecilia Kunstadter
Brandon Gray

and artwork by:
Samuel Jablon
Andrew Antar

with the following advice from:
Julius Caesar

Friday, November 7, 2008

In Memory of My Theories

Sunday, November 16, 2008

4:00pm - 9:00pm

The Lyceum

201 S. Washington Street

Alexandria, VA


Sunday November 16th, 4-9 PM
Organized by & featuring Rod Smith 
The Washington City Paper's Best Poet of DC

A festival of poetry, music, and theatre from a host of contemporary writing's most celebrated authors and performers.

Charles Bernstein, Anselm Berrigan, Croniamantal, Nada Gordon, Tom Raworth, Gary Sullivan, Rodrigo Toscano, Mel Nichols, Chris Nealon, Mark McMorris, Doug Lang, Bonnie Jones, P. Inman, Adam Good, Heather Fuller, Buck Downs, Tina Darragh, Lauren Bender, & Michael Ball

The Lyceum
201 S. Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

This event is part of the Alexandria Performing Arts Association's Guest Artist series at the Lyceum. 
Hosted by M. Magnus. Poster designed by Justin Sirois.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Erica Kaufman's from Censory Impulse is at SPD

New from Farfalla Press comes Erica Kaufman's Censory Impulse

Praise for Erica's Work:

David Shapiro writes

"As I get older I know only two things: the starless chaos within (Kafka) and the random stars above (Proust). No moral center and thus no margin, no moral order outside or in and thus no disorder. In the poetry of Erica Kaufman, we seem to hear the music of this random landscape with no teleology but Darwin Her humor is full of horror at snobbism and injustice and the acceptance of the most comical social sketch.Her poems are by an adult woman who loves love without constraints, and no less believes that language is for a subversive voice, not simple structures. Who knows better that poetry is still woman in revolt?"

Pick up a copy of Censory Impulse Here

Erica Kaufman's Censory Impulse is at SPD

New from farfalla press

Bill Berkson and Tony Towle, Dec 4th, The Bowery Poetry Club

Bill Berkson in London

Bowery Poetry Club, Thursday, December 

4 at 8 PM at 308 Bowery, (Between Houston and Bleeker) NYC

Bill Berkson was born in New York in 1939.  He is a poet, critic, teacher and sometime curator, who has been active in the art and literary worlds since his early twenties.

He is the author of sixteen books and pamphlets of poetry -- including, most recently, Gloria, a portfolio of poems with etchings by Alex Katz (Arion Press, 2005), Our Friends Will Pass Among You Silently, poems from 2001-2006 with cover image by Vija Clemins (The Owl Press, 2007),Sudden Address: Selected Lectures 1981-2006 with cover image by Philip Guston (Cuneiform Press, 2007), and in collaboration with Bernadette Mayer, What's Your Idea of a Good Time?,Letters & Interviews 1977-1985 (Tuumba Press, 2006).  His poems have also appeared in many magazines and anthologies. He is also a Corresponding Editor for Art in America and a regular contributor to Artforum, Modern Painters, Art on Paper, American Craft and other magazines. From 1971-78, he was editor-publisher of Big Sky magazine and books.

Berkson was awarded a creative writing fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1980 and has also received awards and fellowships from Yaddo, Artspace, the Poets Foundation, the Fund for Poetry, and Briarcombe Foundation.  He was appointed Distinguished Paul Mellon Lecturer for 2006 at Skowhegan School of Art. He lives in San Francisco.

Tony Towle was born in New York in 1939 and has lived there most of his life, at present in Tribeca with actress Diane Tyler. He has two grown children, Scott and Rachel.

Towle began writing poetry in 1960 and became associated with the New York School of Poetry three years later, when he took poetry workshops with Kenneth Koch and Frank O’Hara. His first major collection, North, was the Frank O’Hara Award for 1970 and published by Columbia University Press. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Poets Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, among other prizes and honors.  (photo above of Tony Towle at BPC 08)

For more info click here