Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Good Things About America, a new anthology by Write Bloody


Write Bloody is a grassroots independent publisher based in NYC, LA, and Tennessee. Join Derrick Brown, Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, Sparrow Hall, Paul G. Maziar, and Shappy as they read their contributions. With music by special guests. Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, NY 10012. April 8th at 8pm. $8. For more info go to bowerypoetry.com. F/V to 2nd Ave or 6 to Bleecker St. On Bowery between Bleecker and Houston.

The Good Things About America is a book that, above all else, celebrates the enduring awesomeness of the United States of America. This is not meant to sound glib, ironic, or superior. Rather, what we imply is that despite every blind, deaf, and dumb thing America has done in its long and strange history- every misstep, unpunished crime, and lingering bias- there is still something honest, beautiful and hopeful about who we are as a country and as a people. This book serves as a historical document that uses poetry and prose to explore some of the visions for change, the modern glory, albeit broken or majestic, of this unbeatable rising landscape.

Derrick Brown, acclaimed poet and founder of the Write Bloody publishing company, is dedicated to bringing American poetry into rock and roll status. Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, a native of Philadelphia, is the founder of the NYC-Urbana Poetry Slam and author of four books of poetry including Words In Your Face (Soft Skull Press). Sparrow Hall's short story Two Blue Wolves is being produced by Hydrogen Media. Brooklyn-based writer Paul G. Maziar's first book WHAT IT IS:WHAT IT IS in collaboration with artist Matt Maust is published by Write Bloody. Shappy manages the Bowery Poetry Club bar and writes poetry by the bottlefull.

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. Located in HoBo at the corner of Houston and Bowery.

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