Monday, December 14, 2009

36th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading

January, 1st 2010
The Poetry Project
at St. Marks Church
131 E. 10th Street
New York NY 10003

Poets and performers this year include Ammiel Alcalay, Bruce Andrews & Sally Silvers, Penny Arcade, Arthur’s Landing, Ari Banias, Jim Berhle, Charles Bernstein, Anselm Berrigan, Edmund Berrigan, Ana Bozicevic, Donna Brook, Michael Brownstein, Franklin Bruno, Tyler Burba, Peter Bushyeager, Reuben Butchart, Callers, Yoshiko Chuma, Church Of Betty, Michael Cirelli, Todd Colby, John Coletti, CAConrad, Brenda Coultas, Geoffrey Cruickshank-Hagenbuckle, Mónica de la TorreMina Pam Dick, Steve Dalachinsky, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Maggie Dubris, Douglas Dunn, Marcella Durand, Steve Earle, Will Edmiston, Joe Elliot, Christine Elmo, Laura Elrick, Maggie Estep, Avram Fefer, Jess Fiorini, Corrine Fitzpatick, Foamola, David Freeman, Ed Friedman, Greg Fuchs, Joanna Furhman, Cliff Fyman, Kelly Ginger, Pepi Ginsberg, John Giorno, John Godfrey, Toby Goodshank, Nada Gordon & Gary Sullivan, Stephanie Gray, Ted Greenwald, Tim Griffin, Miguel Gutierrez, John S. Hall, Janet Hamill, Robert Hershon, Tony Hoffman, Lisa Jarnot, Paolo Javier, Patricia Spears Jones, Pierre Joris, Adeena Karasick, Erica Kaufman, Lenny Kaye, John Kelly, Aaron Kiely, David Kirschenbaum, Bill Kushner & Merle Lister, Susan Landers, Joan Larkin, Dorothea Lasky, Denizé Lauture, Joel Lewis, Brendan Lorber, Michael Lydon, Kim Lyons, Dan Machlin & Serena Jost, Filip Marinovich, Chris Martin, Gillian McCain, Legs McNeil, Tracey McTague, Taylor Mead, Jonas Mekas, Sharon Mesmer, David Mills, Rebecca Moore, Tracie Morris, Will Morris, Eileen Myles, Elinor Nauen, Murat Nemat-Nejat, Jim Neu, Geoffrey Olsen, Dael Orlandersmith, Richard O’Russa, Yuko Otomo, Gary Parrish, Simon Pettet, Nicole Peyrafitte & Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Kristin Prevallet, Brett Price, Arlo Quint, Elizabeth Reddin, Evelyn Reilly, Ariana Reines, Citizen Reno, Bob Rosenthal, Douglas Rothschild, Tom Savage, Michael Scharf, David Shapiro, Frank Sherlock, Elliott Sharp, Nathaniel Siegel, Christopher Stackhouse, Stacy Szymaszek, Anne Tardos, Susie Timmons, Edwin Torres, Rodrigo Toscano, Tony Towle, David Vogen, Nicole Wallace, Lewis Warsh, Phyllis Wat, Simone White, Emily XYZ & more t.b.a.

This event will be held in the Sanctuary. General admission $18, Students & Seniors $15, Members $10.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Red Noir (Farfalla Press) Dec 7th -Jan 30 at the Living Theater


based on the writings of Anne Waldman

adapted & directed by Judith Malina


Performances December 7-January 30

Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8pm

Tickets are $20

(Wednesdays are Pay What You Can).

For reservations call 212-352-3101


Click here for Online Tickets!!!

The Living Theatre continues its 2009-10 season with acclaimed poet and experimental author
Anne Waldman's RED NOIR – a detective thriller based on film noir techniques and themes – with previews set to begin December 7 prior to an office press opening December 10 at The Living Theatre (21Clinton Street) in Manhattan.Judith Malina directs.

In RED NOIR, writer Anne Waldman combines metaphors of the film noir genre and reflections on modern life in our economically and ecologically trouble ridden war culture. Set on the Lower East Side, with an array of vivid characters whose lives intertwine, the play follows a female detective as she investigates a black market deal done by many greedy hands and pursues two men, each carrying a valise – one filled with a nuclear or toxic substance; the other filled with the seeds of the future.

Integrating Ms. Malina's direction and Ms. Waldman's vast and accomplished literary catalogue, RED NOIR exposes lists of toxic chemicals, reaches out to the Middle East, and expounds upon troubles in our worldly existence in an attempt to find ways toward revelation, revolution and redemption.

The ensemble cast of RED NOIR includes Camilla de Araujo, Brent Barker, Vinie Burrows,Maylin Castro, Ben Cerf, Sheila Dabney, Jay Dobkin, Luis Christian Dilorenzi, Erin Downhour, Eno Edet, Tjasa Ferme, Ondina Frate, Gemma Forbes, Maria Guzman, Home Hynes, Silas Inches Albert Lamont, Jenna Kirk, Celeste Moratti, Martin Munoz, Lucie Pohl, Marie Pohl, Erik Rodriguez, Judi Rymer, Anthony Sisco, Lori Summers, Enoch Wu, and Kennedy Yanko.

Since the 1960s, Anne Waldman has been an active member of the experimental poetry community as a writer, performer, collaborator, professor, editor, scholar and cultural/political activist. She has served as director of the Poetry Project at St. Mark's and co-founded, with Allen Ginsberg and others, the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, where she remains a Distinguished Professor of Poetics and the Director of Naropa Institute's famed Summer Writing Program.

She has published more than forty books of poetry, including "Kill or Cure," "Marriage: A Sentence," "Structure of the World Compared to a Bubble," "Fast Speaking Woman" and epic "Iovis" trilogy. Her work has been widely anthologized, and her poems translated into French, Italian, German, Turkish, Spanish and Chinese. Ms.Waldman is also the editor of several volumes relating to modern, postmodern, and contemporary poetry. Her extensive historical literary, art and tape archive resides at the Hatcher
Graduate Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

assistant directed by Brad Burgess

lighting design by Richard Retta

set design by Judith Malina, Illion Troya, Richard Retta

musical direction by Sheila Dabney

To order a copy of Red Noir (Farfalla Press) by Anne Waldman click here

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Bernadette Mayer, Dave Brinks and Jamey Jones

Zebulon Bar
258 Wythe Avenue
Monday, December 7, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.
(pre-reading party 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.)

A Poetry Reading
featuring p--o--e--t--s
Bernadette Mayer, Dave Brinks and Jamey Jones
Host, Roger Van Vorhees / The Brooklyn Rail

Ed Bowes


A new film by Ed Bowes

December 11th, 8PM

The School of Visual Arts Theater

333 W 23rd St. NYC

Free to the Public

Entanglement is a story about how we think,
what we want, the ways of our visual memory, about the patterns and phrases that float through our minds.

Abigail, Rowena, Jun and Glance are the subjects and agents of the movie. Their entanglements with one another and with their worlds of image, ideas, sexual desire and retreat are its content.

Entanglement is Ed Bowes' tenth major film, his fourth in a series that focuses on the relationships between word and image. It is the second film he has written with poet Anne Waldman.

Bob Holman on Entanglement:
Entanglement is a walk-in poem, and when you're inside the only way out is to go further in. Finally you walk through Eleni Sikelianos's pupil and then- but I don't want to give anything away- well it has to do with the ambiguity of the human body, and beauty's stillness.

What's quite remarkable to me is Ed Bowes ability to allow the actors (Oona Fraser, Eleni Sikelianos, Michael Jones and Angie Yeowell) to speak lines of poetry (by Bowes, Waldman, Myles, and others) as dialogue; a world where poetry is spoken is the world of Entanglement. Richness and intellect, simplicity and mystery, love and terrifying beauty abound.”

Entanglement features the poets and performers

Eleni Sikelianos, Oona Fraser, Michael Jones and Angie Yeowell. Also includes the participation of Reed Bye and Akilah Oliver, and the poetry of Robert Creeley and Eileen Myles.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Little Theatre

Little Theatre @ Dixon Place:

Monday, December 7, 2009 @ 8:00 pm

THE GOLDEN VEIL: (excerpt)
by The National Theater of the United States of America

writing by Normandy Raven Sherwood
performance by Jesse Hawley
direction by Ryan Bronz


New Poems

An excerpt from THE MR. BUNGLE PROJECT:
written by Trish Harnetiaux, directed by Eric Nightengale.

Few know that way back in the day, 1993 to be exact, a text-based social network
‘mansion’ called LambdaMOO was hijacked by a “Mr. Bungle,” who singlehandedly
detonated the new world utopia by misbehaving most grievously at a virtual party.
Somewhat based on the real story of the first instance of virtual rape, the attempt to
deal with the perpetrator and the awkward Charlie Rose episode that followed, Mr.
Bungle and the Incident at LambdaMOO explores our fascination with hiding behind
a keyboard, the impulse to be bad, and the anonymity that made it all possible.


Further excerpts from a motivational PowerPoint lecture by Jon Keith Brunelle,
with video artist Daniel Vatsky.

CHRISTINE ELMO: in performance with some other amazing souls

there is no name right now.
it's a performance.


Monday, December 7, 2009 8:00 pm @ the new Dixon Place

161A Chrystie btw. Delancey & Rivington (F/V 2nd Ave; 6 Bleecker; JMZ Bowery)

Tickets $15.00 @ the door or online (
but just $12.00 with a printout of this message
1st come, 1st served, no reservations

Jon Keith Brunelle

Christine Elmo

Lewis Warsh

Monday, November 30, 2009

Amiri Baraka at Solas

"Why Is We Americans?" Season 1, Episode 4 (Air Date: 2002) def poetry spoken word slam

AMIRI BARAKA is the author of numerous books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. He was named Poet Laureate of New Jersey by the New Jersey Commission on Humanities, from 2002 - 2004. His last two books of poetry, Somebody Blew Up America & Other Poems and Un Poco Low Coup, received tremendous critical acclaim. He and his wife, Amina Baraka, have run the arts space Kimako's Blues People in Newark for the past fifteen years. In 2001, Mr. Baraka was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Letters. He also won the James Weldon Johnson medal for outstanding contribution to the Arts. Amiri and Amina Baraka live in Newark, New Jersey. Akashic Books has recently released or reissued several of his stories and influential essays, including Tales of the Out and The Gone, Home: Social Essays and Black Music. He will be joined by musical accompaniment.

Baraka will read and sign from his work this Thursday, December 3rd at 7:30 PM, at SOLAS BAR (Right around the corner from St. Mark's Bookshop, at 232 E. Ninth Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues). Copies of his books will be available for sale at the event, and there will be an author signing. All St. Mark's Bookshop events are free to the public.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Living Theater presents RED NOIR (Farfalla 08) Anne Waldman adapted & directed by Judith Malina


The most radical, uncompromising, and experimental group in American theatrical history." - John Tytell

Red Noir is a detective thriller in genre, based on the film noir techniques and themes. It is also to serve as an anthem for non-violent anarchy. The play’s intention is to outdate and displace violence from the theatre to serve as an example of a general need for non-violence.  

With: Judith Malina, Brad Burgess, Thomas Walker, Anthony Sisco, Eno Edet, Yasemin Ozumerzifon, Eric Olson, Maia Larraz

The Living Theatre, founded in 1947, has staged nearly a hundred productions, performed in nine languages in twenty-nine countries on five continents—a unique body of work that has influenced theater the world over. In 2007, The Living Theatre opened a new theatre at 21 Clinton Street in Manhattan's Lower East Side. The decision to return to the Lower East Side reflects the company's continuing faith in that neighborhood as a vibrant community in downtown Manhattan, without doubt a fertile landscape to cultivate new ideas in art and politics.

Upcoming: Red Noir opens in December  and will run for 6 weeks.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Double Change presents Susan Howe


Double Change vous invite à trois événements autour de Susan Howe.

> 29.10.09 Susan Howe au Centre Pompidou

Double Change et les Revues parlées du Centre Pompidou

vous invitent à une lecture de

Susan Howe

le jeudi 29 octobre à 19h30 (précises)

dans les collections du Musée, niveau 4, salle 24

à l'occasion de l'accrochage "elles@centrepompidou"

Entrée 4,50€, tarif réduit 3,50€

Susan Howe est l'auteur d'une douzaine de livres de poésie et de critique. Son dernier livre, Souls of the Labadie Tract, a paru chez New Directions en 2007. La même année a paru une nouvelle édition de My Emily Dickinson, essai lyrique de 1985 qui a renouvelé la critique de ce poète majeur du dix-neuvième siècle. Sa collaboration avec le musicien David Grubbs a donné lieu à deux CD, Thiefth et Souls of the Labadie Tract (Blue Chopsticks, 2005 et 2007). Des traductions françaises par Bernard Rival sont parues au Théâtre Typographique (Thorow, Marginalia de Melville, et Deux et). Susan Howe a été professeur à l'université de SUNY-Buffalo jusqu'à sa retraite en 2007. Lauréate d'une bourse Guggenheim et de nombreuses distinctions, elle est actuellement poète en résidence à l'American Academy à Berlin.

> 30.10.09 Autour de Susan Howe

Script. Journée d’étude consacrée à l’œuvre de Susan Howe le vendredi 30 octobre 2009,

à partir de 9h30, à l’Institut Charles V, salle A 50, 10, rue Charles V, Paris, 75004, M° Saint-Paul.

Hélène Aji (Université du Maine), “I [will not] Gather the Limbs of Osiris”: Susan Howe’s Mystical History.

Isabelle Alfandary (Université Lyon II), “Reading Emily Dickinson: My Emily Dickinson by Susan Howe”.

Will Montgomery (Royal Holloway), “Susan Howe’s Later Lyric”.

Antoine Cazé (Université Paris-Diderot), “Susan Howe: TransParencies”.

Christine Savinel (Université Paris III), “Of Lateness and Lapses in Susan Howe’s Souls of the Labadie Tract”.

Redell Olsen (Royal Holloway), “Book parks: scripted enclosures and Susan Howe’s spatial poetics”.

Susan Howe (The American Academy in Berlin), “Poems and Documents”.

Journée organisée par Abigail Lang et Antoine Cazé avec le soutien du Conseil scientifique de l’Université Paris-Diderot et en partenariat avec le Centre Pompidou, le Conseil régional d’Ile-de-France, la Maison des écrivains et l’association Double Change.

> 31.10.09 Autour d’Emily Dickinson

Double Change et la Maison des écrivains et de la littérature

vous invitent, dans le cadre des samedis littéraires au Petit Palais,

à une rencontre autour d’Emily Dickinson

avec Susan Howe et Dominique Fourcade

samedi 31 octobre de 15h à 17h

à l’auditorium du Petit Palais

Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris

Entrée libre

Susan Howe, l’un des plus importants poètes américains d’aujourd’hui, évoquera « son » Emily Dickinson. My Emily Dickinson, l’essai lyrique qu’elle lui a consacré en 1985 et dont une nouvelle édition vient de paraître chez New Directions, a renouvelé la critique de ce poète majeur du XIXè siècle. D’autres études consacrées à la littérature et à l’histoire américaine du XIXè siècle paraissent en 1993 dans The Birth-Mark. Y figure notamment un essai dans lequel Susan Howe revient sur les éditions des poèmes d’Emily Dickinson par une étude attentive des manuscrits. Pour cette rencontre au Petit Palais, Susan Howe est allée à Amherst étudier les derniers fragments d’Emily Dickinson qui juxtaposent écriture, signes graphiques et marques acoustiques. Une sélection de ces fragments sera projetée. Pour la circonstance, Susan Howe a demandé à Dominique Fourcade d’en donner une traduction et d’improviser avec elle un commentaire.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Happy Birthday Reed Bye, Snoop Dogg and Tom Petty

Click book to order from SPD

Join The Planets: New & Selected Poems

Reed Bye

226 pages, paperback

United Artist Books

Cover by Donna Dennis

ISBN: 0-935992-23-5

Copyright © 2005


Reed Bye's poems have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, among them Out of This World, The Angel Hair Anthology,Nice to See You: Homage to Ted Berrigan, Sleeping on the Wing andCivil Disobediences. His previous books include Some Magic at the Dump, Erstwhile Charms, Border Theme, Heart's Bestiary and Passing Freaks and Graces. His first CD, Long Way Around, was released in 2005 by Farfalla Press / McMillian and Parrish. He is a professor at Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and lives, with his wife, in Boulder, Colorado. Join the Planets contains a generous selection from his earlier books, plus almost one hundred pages of new poems.

"There is a kindness to Reed Bye's poetry that is impossible to separate from the considerable skills variously on display throughout his work; it is part of his sense of measure, and would alone, rare quality that it is, make Join The Planets a pleasure to engage. That Bye's poems are rich with observation and musical range, as well as a deeply nuanced sense of scale, raises the stakes: this is a sorely needed book, and it is a joy to have it in the world." Anselm Berrigan

"Such fine work over so many years' sheer poem! Modest, undernoticed, Reed Bye knows the ropes, holds to the adventure and shares out his finds. All praise!" Clark Coolidge

"Join the Planets, esteemed reader, charts a history of a poet acutely observing and exalting, in the tradition of William Carlos Williams, the daily. Someone, a mysterious watcher watching the watcher goes by, and suddenly the visions turn to true, a true only made possible by poetry. Yet be prepared for a boisterous concertina, if you can hear it amidst the lovely quietude." Gloria Frym

"Philosophical, precise, always mindful of "quick surprise," Reed Bye's poems are quite unlike anyone else's. Saying that, I think I mean that they are for and about and around everybody else in the poets' company that has long delighted in their wit and musicality. There are times when their intelligent slapstick is like James Stewart splitting a pill with Alice, then following her down the rabbit hole and proceeding, impeccably, hand in hand, through wondrous narrative territories that go way beyond doctrinaire surrealism in their absolute real-ness. It is a great pleasure to see this substantial, long overdue collection of Reed's brilliant works in print." Anselm Hollo

"Back up against the Rocky Mountains, on the foothills and plains facing the great eastern sunrise, lives the poet, in his wry and modest existence of merit and wisdom. A singer with a becoming lightness of tone--'every note anticipates the next.' A wakeful observant mind, checking out the decibels of the classic wake up and fly right think-talk of his odyssey."

Joanne Kyger


Rockpile Tour: David Meltzer, Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion.

Clip by Troy Christian

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Poem Beginning With A Line From Frank Lima by Lisa Jarnot

Animated poem read by Lisa Jarnot. Part of Poetry Everywhere, produced by the Poetry Foundation in association with docUWM at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Animation by Chris Amhaus.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Let it Bee: a spelling bee to benefit the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses

Hosted by the Diane von Furstenberg Studio, 440 W 14th St, NYC

Monday, October 26th, 2009 7:00pm to 9:30pm

CLMP's annual Spelling Bee Benefit to support independent literary publishing! Tickets are available now:

Jonathan Burnham (Publisher, HarperCollins) returns to defend the coveted aluminum foil crown against a swarm of usurping celebrity spellers, including:

Amanda Brooks (I LOVE YOUR STYLE)


Nancy Franklin (The New Yorker)

Tayari Jones (THE UNTELLING)

Alex Kuczynski (BEAUTY JUNKIES)

Rosalind Kilkenny McLymont (AFRICA: STRICTLY BUSINESS)

Victor LaValle (BIG MACHINE)

Michael Musto (LA DOLCE MUSTO, The Village Voice)


Francine Prose (ANNE FRANK)

Lucinda Rosenfeld (I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU)

Sally Singer (Vogue)


Adriana Trigiani (VIOLA IN REEL LIFE)

Emcee: Bob Morris (Style Section, The New York Times; author, ASSISTED LOVING)

Judge: Jesse Sheidlower (Editor-at-Large, OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY)

Charles Bernstein -- Manifest Aversions

Futurism and the New Manifesto program
Museum of Modern Art / New York
February 20, 2009.

On the one hundredth anniversary of the publication of the Founding and Manifesto of Futurism, Bernstein performs his own "Manifest Aversions, Conceptual Conundrums & Implausibly Deniable Links"