Tuesday, January 27, 2009

George Schneeman 1934-2009

Collage by George Schneeman and Ron Padgett

George Schneeman,  a long time resident of New York's Lower East Side, whose paintings have accompanied poets Bill Berkson, Ted Berrigan, Michael Brownstein, Tom Clark, Edwin Denby, Larry Fagin, Dick Gallup, Allen Ginsberg, Ted Greenwald, Steve Katz, Lewis MacAdams, Alice Notley, Ron Padgett, Harris Schiff, Peter Schjeldahl, Tom Veitch, Anne Waldman, Lewis Warsh, and many others,  passed away this morning. 

Our hearts and deepest condolences go out to Katie and George’s surviving sons—
Paul and Emil—and grandsons—Luke and Mark

A remembrance from Michael Lally Here and Tom Raworth Here

Anne Waldman and Akilah Oliver

Hosted by Greg Purcell

Thursday, February 5, 2009

7:30pm - 10:30pm

Solas Bar

232 E. Ninth Street

New York, NY

The St. Mark's Bookshop Reading Series at Solas (that's our favorite bar around the corner) features the same eclectic mix you'll find in the bookshop's stacks. You'll see some of the best poetry, fiction and contemporary thought the East Village has to offer, two Thursdays a month. All readings begin at 7:30 PM, sharp.

Anne Waldman was born in Millville, New Jersey, but only lived in New Jersey very briefly. She was raised on MacDougal Street in New York City's Greenwich Village, and received her B.A. from Bennington College in 1966. During the 1960s, Waldman became part of the East Coast poetry scene, in part through her engagement with the poets and artists loosely termed the Second Generation of the New York School. During this time, Waldman also made many connections with earlier generations of poets, including figures such as Allen Ginsberg, who once called Waldman his "spiritual wife." From 1966-1968 she served as Assistant Director of the Poetry Project at St. Mark's, and from 1968-1978 she served as the Project's Director.

In the early 1960s, Waldman became a student of Buddhism. In the 1970s, along with Allen Ginsberg, she began to study with the Tibetan Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. In 1974, with Trungpa, Ginsberg, and others, Waldman founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado (now Naropa University), where she remains a Distinguished Professor of Poetics and the Director of Naropa's famous Summer Writing Program.

Waldman has published more than forty books of poetry (see bibliography below). Her work has been widely anthologized, and her poems have been translated into French, Italian, German, Turkish, Spanish and Chinese. Waldman is also the editor of several volumes relating to modern, postmodern, and contemporary poetry. Over the course of her career, Waldman has also been a tireless collaborator, producing works with artists Elizabeth Murray, Richard Tuttle, George Schneeman, Donna Dennis, Pat Steir; musicians Don Cherry and Steve Lacy; dancer Douglas Dunn; filmmaker Ed Bowes; and her son, musician/composer Ambrose Bye.

Performing with Anne on Sax- Roy Nathanson

Akilah Oliver book of poetry A Toast In The House Of Friends is forthcoming this February from Coffee House Press. She is the author of the she said dialogues, recipient of the PEN Beyond Margins Award. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she has served as artist-in-residence at Beyond Baroque, curated the Poetry Project's Monday Night Reading Series, and taught at Naropa University's Summer Writing Program. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

Special guest performance by Filip Marinovich

Check out Fillip’s Zero Readership new from UDP.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

5th annual Single Malt Scotch Whiskey Poetry Slam.

This year's commemorate reading also marks the 250th Birthday of Robert Burns, born on January 25th!

Readers: Edward Hopely, Sara Wintz, Kenneth Goldsmith, Frances Richard, Charles Bernstein,
and a film by Brandon Downing

Co-hosts Rob Fitterman & Bob Holman

Date: January 25th, Sunday, 6 PM - 7:30 PM
Place: Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery-
-between Bleecker and Houston

Price: $20 for event + 5 whiskey tastings
$8 for event but no whiskey

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Simon Pettet and Susie Timmons


Hosted by Greg Purcell

The St. Mark's Bookshop Reading Series at Solas (that's our favorite bar around the corner) features the same eclectic mix you'll find in the bookshop's stacks. You'll see some of the best poetry, fiction and contemporary thought the East Village has to offer, two Thursdays a month. All readings begin at 7:30 PM, sharp.

Thursday, January 22nd
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Solas Bar

232 E. Ninth Street

New York, NY

Susie Timmons lives in Brooklyn. Her work has been published in recent issues of Court Green, Columbia Review and other little magazines, and appears in the anthology Up is Up and So is Down. Her book Locked From the Outside (winner of the inaugural Ted Berrigan Award) is readily available. She currently has several manuscripts nearing completion.
Simon Pettet lives in Manhattan. Hearth, his New & Selected Poems, is fresh off the press from Talisman.

Gilmore Boys, Lyrics By David A. Kirschenbaum

Tues., Jan. 20, 8:00 p.m.

$5 suggested donation with a two-drink minimum

Sidewalk Café

94 Ave. A (at E. 6th St.)

East Village

In Concert

Gilmore Boys



“[Preston Spurlock and my] very specific and delightful side-project—

we only write songs based on the Gilmore Girls, and the lyrics of

said songs are only based on poems by David Kirschenbaum.” —Casey Holford

These songs come from my monthly poem writing projects, with this work spanning June 7, 2005 to May 1, 2007, 694 days and 687 poems, 28 of which referenced Gilmore Girls. I’ll be reading a few of those 28 poems, then Gilmore Boys will perform their songs of still others. Preston and Casey are great musicians, and they’ve done some pretty wonderful work turning these poems into songs, deciding what would be best as choruses and verses, making each piece fun and distinct.

This is all part of Casey’s monthlong of Tuesdays residency at the Sidewalk Café, ending on Jan. 27 with a performance by his band Outlines.

Toby Goodshank


A prolific performer, Moldy Peach Goodshank inhabits the stages of NYC solo and with bands Double Deuce (along with sister Angela Babyskin) and The Tri-Lambs (with Angela and her sister Crystal Babyskin). These projects have "Goodshank" written all over them, with his signature heart-felt pornographic tendencies lending the songs a sense of erotic wonder and innocence. If Anti-Folk has ever known a legend in the making, destined to have his records collected by the troubled teenagers of the future, it is Toby Goodshank.

Directions: F/V to 2nd Ave., L to 1st Ave.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Segue Reading Series

At Bowery Poetry Club

Saturday JANUARY 24, 4-6pm

Tina Darragh’s essay “Blame Global Warming on Thoreau?” is included in the )((eco)(lang)(uage (reader)), forthcoming from Portable Press at Yo Yo Labs. A section of “Deep eco pre,” her collaboration with Marcella Durand, has been posted on How2. Darragh is happy to confirm the rumors that her opposable dumbs project is being plagiarized.

Stephanie Gray’s first poetry collection, Heart Stoner Bingo, was published in 2007. She is also an experimental filmmaker whose super 8 films have screened at Millennium Film Workshop, Ann Arbor, Oberhausen, Viennale, Cinematexas, Antimatter, Chicago Underground and Madcat.

Bowery Poetry Club http://www.bowerypoetry.com/ 308 BOWERY, JUST NORTH OF HOUSTON SATURDAYS FROM 4 - 6 PM $6 admission goes to support the readers

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Beat Scene NO 57. Picks Up Matching Half

Review of "Matching Half" by Kevin Ring. "Beat Scene" No 57. Winter 2008. Click image to read.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Bill Berkson and Co. reading at The Stain of Poetry Series

Photo by Amy King

Time and Place

Friday, January 30, 2009

7:00pm - 9:00pm

stain bar

766 grand street

Brooklyn, NY

Bill Berkson was born in New York in 1939. A poet, critic, teacher, and sometime curator, he moved to Northern California in 1970 and during the next decade edited a series of little magazines and books under the Big Sky imprint. From 1984 to 2008 he was a professor of Liberal Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute. He is a corresponding editor for Art in America and has contributed reviews and essays to such other journals as Aperture, Artforum, Works on Paper and Modern Painters. His recent books of poetry include Gloria (in a deluxe limited edition with etchings by Alex Katz), Our Friends Will Pass Among You Silently, and Goods and Services. Other books include a collection of his criticism, The Sweet Singer of Modernism & Other Art Writings: 1985-2003; Sudden Address: Selected lectures 1981-2006; an epistolary collaboration with Bernadette Mayer entitled What’s Your Idea of a Good Time?: Interviews & Letters 1977-1985. His Portrait and Dream: New & Selected Poems will appear form Coffee House Press in 2009. Berkson was the 2006 Distinguished Mellon Fellow at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and received the 2008 Goldie for Literature from the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He now lives in New York and San Francisco.

Cynthia Cruz is the author of RUIN, published by Alice James Books in 2006. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in the American Poetry Review, Paris Review, Boston Review, AGNI, FIELD, and others and are anthologized in “The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries.” She has received fellowships to YADDO and the MacDowell Colony. She lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.

Aaron Fagan was born in Rochester, New York, in 1973. His poems have appeared in numerous magazines including The American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, and The Yale Review. He is the author of Garage (Salt Publishing, 2007), a debut collection which the critic Harold Bloom described as “vivid and aesthetically disturbing work. His promise is considerable because his originality should prove to be decisive.” A former Assistant Editor for Poetry, he is now a Copy Editor for Scientific American in New York City and lives in the Bronx.

Jennifer Fortin’s poems have appeared in TYPO, GlitterPony and Left Facing Bird. She completed her MFA in Poetry at the New School.

Jean-Paul Pecqueur’s first book, The Case Against Happiness, was published by Alice James Books in 2006. New poems have recently appeared in The Hat, Cranky, and Gulf Coast. Jean-Paul currently lives in Brooklyn, teaching writing at the Pratt Institute.

Bill Rasmovicz has served as a literary excursion leader and workshop co-leader throughout Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Wales. His work has appeared in Hotel Amerika, Nimrod, Third Coast and other magazines. His first book, “The World in Place of Itself” was published in 2007 by Alice James Books and was also the 2008 recipient of the New England Poetry Club’s Sheila Margaret Motton Prize.

Derrick Brown new book Scandalabra.

Please join us for an evening of poetry, spoken word, music, and magic featuring Derrick C. Brown. This event is free and will take place Tuesday, January 13th, from 6:00-7:00pm at the Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, (between Houston and Bleecker). For more information please call 212-614-0505 or visit bowerypoetry.com.

A book party for "Scandalabra" will be held at 6pm, followed by WordShop, during which Brown will give tips on touring and how to write great poetry. The Urbana Poetry Slam will follow at 7pm, featuring Brown.

Former paratrooper Derrick Brown takes his poetry around the world, as to date he has performed at over 1100 venues and universities, including La Sorbonne in Paris. In 1998 he placed second in the National Poetry Slam individual championship, and in 2004 he won the California Independent Book Critics' Award for his written work. He has consistently been the opening act for Indie rock act, Cold War Kids and has been booked with The White Stripes and performed with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. In response to his latest collection "Scandalabra", Nylon Magazine proclaims "Derrick has blown honesty and humor into the darkness and has somehow made poetry cool again."

In 2004, Brown started Write Bloody Publishing. Write Bloody has published many authors and artists, including the works of Amber Tamblyn, Buddy Wakefield, and Roger Bonair-Agard. Brown's own publications include "Born in the Year of the Butterfly Knife" (Write Bloody Publishing, 2006), "I Love You is Back" (Write Bloody Publishing, 2006), and "The Last American Valentine" (Write Bloody Publishing, 2008).

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.

Monday, January 5, 2009

120 Minutes of poetry.

Image by George Schneeman

Two readings sponsored by Farfalla and put on at the Bowery Poetry Club in 2007 are available for you to download to yr Ipod.

Arlo Quint and Chris Martin download here


Brenda Coultas and Stefania Iryne Marthakis download here

Marcella Durand double book release: Area and Traffic & Weather

Time and Place

Saturday, January 17, 2009

4:00pm - 8:00pm

Bowery Poetry Club and/or Von

308 Bowery and 3 Bleecker St.

New York, NY

AREA, Belladonna Books, http://belladonnaseries.org/authors/marcelladurand.html.

Nicole Brossard writes "A wonderful book of presence where sentences point to new directions of meaning among planets, colors, mechanics, botanics and language itself."

Traffic & Weather, Futurepoem Books, http://futurepoem.com/bookpages/trafficandweather.html.

John Ashbery writes, This multiple, seething, singing confluence rises up out of the city of life to join the enigmatic sky and clouds in Marcella Durand’s magnificent, brutal, delicate epic.”

First, from 4-6 pm, Marcella will be reading at Segue with the fabulous Erica Hunt.

Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, just north of Houston, admission $6, http://www.seguefoundation.com/calendar.htm.

Then, from 6-8, the second book party will take place in the back room of Von at 3 Bleecker Street (an easy stroll around the corner from the Bowery Poetry Club), http://www.vonbar.com/. There will be some wine compliments of the publishers, snacks, convivial conversation and of course books for sale at a special, once in a lifetime, two-for-one rate.

Book Party for Hannah Zeavin- Circa

Hannah Zeavin has a terrific new poetry book, "Circa", just out from

Hanging Loose Press.

Please join us in celebrating Hannah's first book.

January 9th


300 State St between smith & hoyt st.

musics and liquors to be provided.

"Troubadourian and carnivalesque, Hannah Zeavin bursts onto the stage through a paper window, juggling deep-rooted poems for the 21st Century mind. Post-New-York syntactic surprises balance atop wild Romantic referentiality. Is this fearless time-traveler a New Symbolista?"--Matvei Yankelevich

"Daggers, ghosts of pirates, 60 lengths of loose lace, ferris wheels, jesters, family dramas and the exigencies and suffering of the WWII death camps. Where are we? This extraordinary first collection by the prodigious Hannah Zeavin is circa another century when the old weird America and the world at large strummed its imagination with a searing song. There s a powerful balladic sepia-toned poetics at work in the psyche of these poems. Archetypal characters emerge and play out their gestures as if in a dream. I think of Bob Dylan, of old bluesmen, and the quirky confidence of a young woman wanting to reclaim the mysteries of bygone time and place. Yet we are right here, now."--Anne Waldman

"A mysterious physicality of language abounds amid an awkward eloquence of stuttering measure in Hannah Zeavin's CIRCA. In her fractured inciting imagery, the pure power of imagination's verb is Absolute. Is Untamable."--Maureen Owen