Monday, December 29, 2008

Ahsahta Press in NYC

Boog City presents

d.a. levy lives: celebrating the renegade press

Ahsahta Press

(Boise, Idaho)

Tues. Jan. 27, 6:00 p.m. sharp, free

ACA Galleries

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


Event will be hosted by

Ahsahta Press director and editor Janet Holmes

Featuring readings from

Paige Ackerson-Kiely

Susan Briante

Kate Greenstreet

Kath Jesme

Kristi Maxwell

Stephanie Strickland

with music from

Jesse Schoen

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

Curated and with an introduction by Boog City editor David Kirschenbaum


**Ahsahta Press

Ahsahta Press was founded in 1974 at Boise State University; in 2000, Janet Holmes was named director and editor. The press seeks out poetry with an innovative twist and the kind of attention to language that pushes beyond craft into art; it produces books whose design takes these high standards as well. The Sawtooth Poetry Prize, established in 2001, has gone to Aaron McCollough, Graham Foust, Noah Eli Gordon, Karla Kelsey, and Paige Ackerson-Kiely; Rusty Morrison, who received the sixth Sawtooth award, was recently also awarded the James Laughlin Prize from the Academy of American Poets; recent winner Barbara Maloutas is author of the Whole Marie, published this month. Rae Armantrout will judge the awards in 2009. The name \"Ahsahta\" comes from the Mandan word for a Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, and was first recorded by the Lewis and Clark expedition in Idaho.

*Performer Bios*

**Paige Ackerson-Kiely

D.A. Powell selected Paige Ackerson-Kiely\'s book, In No One\'s Land, for the 2006 Sawtooth Poetry Prize. Ackerson-Kiely was also the 2006 winner of Poets & Writers Writer\'s Exchange contest. Her work has appeared in journals such as Ninth Letter, Pleiades, and Bellingham Review, among others. She lives in Vermont with her family and works at a wine store. Also she is 33. And a fair swimmer.

**Susan Briante

Susan Briante is the author of Pioneers in the Study of Motion. Recent poems have appeared in Court Green, Mandorla, and Ploughshares. She is translating the work of Uruguayan writer Marosa di Giorigio, as well as writing about industrial ruins and all sorts of abandoned buildings. Briante teaches at the University of Texas at Dallas, where she lives with the poet Farid Matuk.

**Kate Greenstreet

Ahsahta Press published Kate Greenstreet\'s first book, case sensitive. Her second, The Last 4 Things, will be out from Ahsahta in September 2009. This is why I hurt you, her most recent chapbook, is available from Lame House Press. New work is forthcoming in journals including jubilat, Court Green, Hotel Amerika, Practice, Saltgrass, and MAKE.

**Kathleen Jesme

Kathleen Jesme is the author of The Plum-Stone Game, published by Ahsahta Press this January. She has written two previous collections of poetry: Motherhouse, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize, and Fire Eater. She lives in Minnesota.

**Kristi Maxwell

Kristi Maxwell lives and writes in Cincinnati, where she is pursing a Ph.D. in English. She is the author of two books of poems, Realm Sixty-four (Ahsahta Press) and the forthcoming Hush Sessions (Saturnalia Books), and also the chapbook Elsewhere &Wise (Dancing Girl Press). Her most recent awards include the Isabel & Mary Neff Fellowship and the Greta Wrolstad Scholarship for Young Poets to attend the Summer Literary Seminars in Russia. In her spare time, she practices kung fu with another poet.

**Jesse Schoen

Dystopian sci-fi, inept technicians, and the universe\'s tendency toward chaos inspire Jesse Schoen\'s songs. He lives in Chelsea.

**Stephanie Strickland

Ahsahta Press published Stephanie Strickland\'s fifth book of poems, Zone : Zero (book + CD), last year. Her latest collaborative hypermedia work, slippingglimpse, was introduced in Paris and shown this year at the Zaoem poetry festival in Ghent. She teaches experimental poetry and e-lit at many colleges and universities, most recently the University of Utah, and is working on a book-length series of poems, \"Huracan\'s Harp.\"


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

Venue is bet. 10th and 11th avenues

Monday, December 22, 2008

John Ashbery Reads a poem by John Gallaher

Recorded by Billyblog

John Ashbery reads John Gallaher's "In the Book of the Disappearing Book" at the Best American Poetry 2008 Gala Reading in Tischman Auditorium at the New School in New York City, September 26, 2008.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Homage to Jeffery Miller

You Can't Come Halfway Home From the Bar
Photo by Michele Neff

After reading You Can't Come Halfway Home From the Bar   By Ian Daly on Poetry Foundation's Harriet Blog, I thought that I might relay some memories I had of the The Heart is a Quarter Pounder book release in 2005. Daly article is a rare and awesome sojourn that captivates its reader from the first word on. 

Boulder. 04

I first heard of Jeffery Miller at Naropa, from Tyler Burba and Tom Peters. Tom pulled out an old copy of The First Ones Free at his bookstore on Pearl Street, the infamous Beat Book Shop, and began to read a few poems. Later that night at the Corner Bar sitting with Tom, Tyler, Andrei Codrescu, and a collection of people who gravitated towards him, Tyler hit me up that we were in the running to get a manuscript that Andrei was saving - a sort of collected Jeffrey Miller. This is my first memory of The Heart is a Quarter Pounder (Farfalla Press 05). 

Monte Rio, California

Book Release. 05

We had it printed in Denver. Collin McMillan and I met at the Oakland airport where I had five boxes of the new book stacked next to my backpack. Stayed in North Beach close to City Lights and China Town, Peep Shows, Gnats, and the Vesuvio. We had lunch with Andrei and Bruce Cheney, and then hit the town. Jeffery sent us a gift that night in the form of two tiny ballerinas that liked Jameson and out of town boys who could hold their liquor. We parted with them that next morning and made our way north to Monte Rio with Andrei and his wife.

At a sort of pre-party at Pat Nolan’s house I see David Bromage, Gloria Frym, Joanne Kyger, Michael Rothenburg, Bowie Nolan and many others. We eat food and sit outside writing and passing a poem around. I have a distinct memory of Bromage sitting on the porch and listening to the birds. Pat showing me beautiful broadsides from the 70’s hung on his wall and talking to me about forestry and the land outside the house and how there are trees outside as old as our collective ‘America’. I think about time and the soil and how Jeffery is a part of that now and grows here with the sun touching his branches and this made sense with all that I had seen so far. Kyger who walks, much more like a glide, a sort of movement with grace, asks me about my shirt. I’m wearing a white button-up shirt with small cigarette holes toward the bottom of the garment. She says, do you have another shirt? I remembered my small knapsack and said, yes I’ll put it on. We go outside, smoke, laugh and she talks about the foliage in the makeshift garden in front of us. I feel like she is perfect, a one-of-a-kind person you meet in a lifetime of regulars, if you look close enough she glows. That night Collin and I go to a nightclub with Bowie, but if I remember right Collin loses his ID, so we mostly just drove the country.

The book release was beautiful, people relating stories about Jeffery and having a good time. Bruce showing the tattoo on his arm, a quarter pounder, while on stage. All the readers enchanted in an individual time warp. The night let the past mingle with grandkids, heartbreaks, guilt, triumph and the human spirit of the poet that is Jeffery. Stuck inside the pages as well as in the hearts of the crowd.

That next day I saw the stump where Miller had died. Around a bend, if I remember right, thick base of a tree lowered to its roots. I had been in the world three months when Miller came around that corner in 1977, my mother not twenty years old. I started to wonder who else had walked here, pulled their car to the side of the road and picked up the dirt and held it, dumbfounded looking around.

Back in San Francisco we depart from Tristessa Café where Collin and I leave Andrei and Bruce to their cups of coffee, we hit ten bars that night and never tire, feeling lucky and blessed.

Monday, December 15, 2008

New Yorker poetry editor Paul Muldoon and RACKETT at the Bowery Poetry Club

Please join the Bowery Poetry Club for an evening of poetry and  rock and roll with Paul Muldoon, the Pulitzer Prize winning poetry editor of
the New Yorker, and the Princeton-based band Rackett, on Saturday, December 20th, 8-9:30 p.m., at the Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, (Between Houston and Bleecker). Ticket cost is $15.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Paul Muldoon was given an American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature for 1996. Other recent awards are the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, the 2003 Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry, the 2004 American Ireland Fund Literary Award, the 2004 Shakespeare Prize, the 2005 Aspen Prize for Poetry, and the 2006 European Prize for Poetry. He has been described by The Times Literary Supplement as "the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War."

Along with Muldoon, RACKETT features: Stephen Allen (keyboards), Bobby Lewis (drums), Lee Matthew (lead guitar, vocals), Paul Muldoon (guitar, lyrics), and Nigel Smith (bass).

Saturday, December 13, 2008


Monday, December 15, 2008

8:00pm - 10:00pm



Hosted by Jeffrey Cyphers Wright and William Electric Blackfeaturing

Kristen Prevallet, Bakar Wilson, Basil King, 
Wanda Phipps, Vincent Katz, Ilka Scobie and Valery Oisteanu.

Friday, December 12, 2008


Mauve Sea-Orchids/Malvas orquídeas del mar

by Lila Zemborain, translated by Rosa Alcalá and Mónica de la Torre

with readings by the author and both translators!

Sunday, December 14


@ The Bowery Poetry Club

(Bowery between Bleeker & Houston)

$6 at the door

Lila Zemborain is an Argentine poet and critic who has lived

in New York since 1985. She is the author of the poetry collections, Abrete sésamo debajo del agua (Buenos Aires, Ultimo Reino, 1993), Usted (Buenos Aires, Ultimo Reino, 1998), Guardianes del secreto (Buenos Aires. Tsé-Tsé, 2002) / Guardians of the Secret (Texas: Naomi Press, forthcoming), Malvas orquídeas del mar (Buenos Aires: Tsé-Tsé, 2004) / Mauve Sea-Orchids (New York: Belladonna Books, 2007), Rasgado (Buenos Aires: Tsé-Tsé, 2006), and the chapbooks Ardores (Buenos Aires, 1989), and Pampa (New York: Belladona Books, 2001). Her work, translated into English by Rosa Alcalá, has appeared in the art catalogues Alessandro Twombly  (Brussels: Alain Noirhomme, 2007) and Heidi McFall (New York: Aninna Nosei, 2005). She has just published a collaborative work with artist Martín Reyna, La couleur de l'eau (Paris: Virginie Boissiere, 2008), translated into French by Sarah T. Reyna. She has authored the book-length essay Gabriela Mistral. Una mujer sin rostro  (Rosario: Beatriz Viterbo Editora, 2002). She has been the director and editor of the Rebel Road Series (2000-2007), and since 2003 she curates the KJCC Poetry Series at New York University, where she is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish. She is a John Simon Guggenheim fellow (2007).

Rosa Alcalá is the author of two chapbooks, Some Maritime

Disasters This Century (Belladonna), and Undocumentary (Dos Press).  She also has poems in The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (U of AZ). She has co-translated (with Mónica de la Torre) Lila Zemborain's Mauve Sea-Orchids (Belladonna), and forthcoming is her translation of Zemborain's Guardians of the Secret (Noemi Press).  Other translations include Lourdes Vázquez's Bestiary and Cecilia Vicuña's Cloud-net. She also has translations forthcoming in the Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry.  She holds an MFA from Brown University and a PhD from SUNY-Buffalo. Born and raised in Paterson, NJ, she currently resides in El Paso, Texas, where she is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas, as well as Poetry Editor for Noemi Press.

Mónica de la Torre is author of the poetry books Talk Shows

(Switchback, 2007) and Acúfenos, a collection published in 2006 in Mexico City by Taller Ditoria. She co-wrote the artist book Appendices, Illustrations & Notes, which is available on, and co-edited the anthology Reversible Monuments: Mexican Contemporary Poetry. She is senior editor at BOMB Magazine and lives in Brooklyn. Her most recent poetry book, Public Domain is just out from Roof Books.

Gary Parrish and Tiziano Fratus

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The 35th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading

Time and Place

Thursday, January 1, 2009

2:00pm - 5:00pm

St. Marks Church in The Bowery

131 E. 10th St.

New York, NY
Contact Info


Poets and performers include Bruce Andrews & Sally Silvers, Arthur’s Landing (Ernie Brooks, Steven Hall, Yvette Perez & Peter Zummo), Jim Behrle, Martine Bellen, Anselm Berrigan, Edmund Berrigan, Barbara Blatner, Justin Bond, Donna Brook, Franklin Bruno, Tisa Bryant, Peter Bushyeager, Reuben Butchart, Steve Cannon, Yoshiko Chuma, Todd Colby, John Coletti, CAConrad, Corina Copp, Brenda Coultas, Geoffrey Cruickshank-Hagenbuckle, Steve Dalachinsky, Mónica de la Torre, Katie Degenetesh, Barry Denny, Maggie Dubris, Douglas Dunn, Marcella Durand, Steve Earle, Will Edmiston, Marty Ehrlich, Joe Eliot, Laura Elrick, Avram Fefer, Bonny Finberg, Jess Fiorini, Corrine Fitzpatrick, Foamola, Merry Fortune, Tonya Foster, David Freeman, Ed Friedman, Joanna Fuhrman, Cliff Fyman, Drew Gardner, John Giorno, John Godfrey, Abraham Gomez-Delgado, Sylvia Gorelick, Stephanie Gray, Ted Greenwald, John S. Hall, Janet Hamill, Diana Hamilton, David Henderson, Bob Hershon, Mitch Highfill, Bob Holman, Erica Hunt, Brenda Iijima, Lisa Jarnot, Hettie Jones, Pierre Joris, Erica Kaufman, Lenny Kaye, Evan Kennedy, Aaron Kiely, Paul Killebrew, David Kirschenbaum, Bill Kushner, Paul La Farge, Susan Landers, Denize Lauture, Joseph Legaspi, Joel Lewis, Rachel Levitsky, Brendan Lorber, Susan Maurer, Gillian McCain, Tracy McTague, Taylor Mead, Jonas Mekas, Jennifer Monson, Rebecca Moore, Gina Myers, Eileen Myles, Marc Nasdor, Jim Neu, Richard O’Russa, Akilah Oliver, Geoffrey Olsen, Dael Orlandersmith, Yuko Otomo, Ron Padgett, Julie Patton, Nicole Peyrafitte, Wanda Phipps, Kristin Prevallet, Arlo Quint, Chris Rael, Lee Ranaldo, Citizen Reno, Frances Richard, Renato Rosaldo, Bob Rosenthal, Douglas Rothschild, Thaddeus Rutkowski, Tom Savage, Michael Scharf, Harris Schiff, David Shapiro, Elliott Sharpe, Frank Sherlock, Nathaniel Siegel, Samita Sinha, Hal Sirowitz, Patti Smith, Christopher Stackhouse, Stacy Szymaszek, Anne Tardos, Steven Taylor, Susie Timmons, Rodrigo Toscano, David Vogen, Anne Waldman, Nicole Wallace, Jo Ann Wasserman, Phyllis Wat, Karen Weiser, Dustin Williamson, Max Winter, Don Yorty, Emily XYZ and more.

Monday, December 8, 2008

28 Years With and Without John Lennon

John Lennon and Yoko Ono

I was three years old sitting in a car in California with my Mother picking up my Aunt from from her high school when the news of Lennon's death came over the speakers in our tiny Ford pick-up truck. She (my Mom) pulled over on the Ventura Highway and began to weep and so I began to weep because she felt it and I knew something had been taken from her, from everyone, a little kid in a leather seat consoling her, wiping her face with my small hands . Very few moments in my life that I can pin point my location that way, still gets me. 

So John  (cheers brother) you had it down and thank you, a dreamer too and you, have shown the most beautiful parts of a human being to me in the form of action and words. 

War is over/Instant Karma/ Working Class Hero/ I am the Walrus 

Saturday, December 6, 2008


Cover Art by Giacomo Sampieri

New from Farfalla Press, A Room In Jerusalem

By Tiziano Fratus, translated by Gail McDowell

America Reading Tour

BROOKLYN-Long Island University, 2008 December 5 (h 5.00 pm)

NEW YORK-Bowery Poetry Club, 2008 December 6 (h 2.00 pm)

BURLINGTON-University of Vermont, 2008 December 9 (h 2.00 pm)

CHICAGO Think Art International art gallery, 2008 December 10 (h 7.00 pm)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Anne Waldman, Akilah Oliver & Ambrose Bye: WINNERS of the 2008 SEXIEST POEM AWARD

The Sexiest Poem of the Year Award is given annually to a finely crafted poem demonstrating a fearlessness which confronts injustice. The panel of judges is CAConrad sitting in five different chairs manifesting five different facial expressions. The judges must have a unanimous decision in order for the award to be granted. In the case where a unanimous decision is not decided upon, no award will be granted that year.
"Matching Half"

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Farfalla Press and Torino Poesia present Gary Parrish & Tiziano Fratus Book Release Party

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, At the Bowery poetry Club, 2:00pm Sharp

Farfalla Press and Torino Poesia Press present two chapbooks done in collaboration: The Meek by Gary Parrish trans. by Tiziano Fratus and A Room In Jerusalem by Fratus with trans by Ann Gail. Cover at the door is 6 dollars or 3 euros and will get you either book.

The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
foot of First Street, between Houston & Bleecker 
across the street from CBGBs
F train to Second Ave, or 6 train to Bleecker

LIU MFA Playwriting Night Hosted by Jessica Hagedorn