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"

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Sam Hamill

Sam Hamill is a nationally known poet that lives in Port Townsend. He is one of the original founders of "Poets Against the War." His poems appear on the columns in the Memories Vault stonegarden at Fort Worden. This vault held the orginal building plans for Fort Worden. Here, he reads his poem titled "What the Water Knows."

Footage by The Port Townsend Poetry Project

Side note:

Sam Hamill's poetry is as close as human beings come to hearing Ezra Pound's ear in this new millennium. Far East scholar, one of the last real links to the Beats and Rexroth's San Francisco scene. He is a unique American treasure.

St Marks Poetry Project and The Bowery Poetry Club present Anne Waldman, Ambrose Bye, Kristen Prevallet, Akilah Oliver, Bob Holman and Steven Taylor

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October 14th, 2008 8:00pm
St Marks Church in the Bowery
131 E. 10th Street
New York NY 10003


Anne Waldman has been an active member of the international “outrider” experimental poetry community for several decades as writer, sprechstimme performer, professor, editor, magpie scholar, infra-structure and cultural/political activist. This evening she will be joined by frequent collaborators Ambrose Bye, Steven Taylor, Douglas Dunn and Akilah Oliver. Waldman grew up on Macdougal Street in Greenwich Village where she still lives, and bi-furcated to Boulder, Colorado in 1974 when she co-founded The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics with Allen Ginsberg at Naropa University, the first Buddhist inspired school in the West. She currently serves as Artistic Director of its celebrated Summer Writing Program. Waldman is the author of over 40 books of poetry including Kill or Cure, Marriage: A Sentence, Structure of the World Compared to a Bubble, and Manatee/Humanity (2009) (all published under the Penguin Poets imprint), as well asFast Speaking Woman (City Lights) and the Iovis trilogy (Coffee House Press). She is editor of The Beat Book (Shambhala Publication) and co-editor of The Angel Hair Anthology (Granary Books), Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action ( Coffee House) and Beats at Naropa (Coffee House, 2009 ). Her work has been published in translation into books in French, Italian, Spanish, Czech, German and Chinese. She has been a student of Buddhism since 1962, and an ambassador for the “public space” revival of poetry, appearing on stages from Berlin to Bombay to Beijing. She has been instrumental in encouraging poetry projects world-wide and has helped organize programs in Vienna and Indonesia. She has also collaborated with artists Elizabeth Murray, Richard Tuttle, Donna Dennis and Pat Steir as well as filmmaker Ed Bowes.

Ambrose Bye is the composer, musician and producer for/of the CD “Matching Half” with Anne Waldman & Akilah Oliver (Farfalla McMillen Parrish 2009). He also composed the music & produced “The Eye of The Falcon” with Anne Waldman. Visit his MySpace page.

Steven Taylor is a poet, musician and ethnomusicologist. He is the author of False Prophet: Field Notes from the Punk Underground (Wesleyan University Press, 2003). He has toured and recorded with Allen Ginsberg, Kenward Elmslie, the Fugs.

Douglas Dunn is a dancer and choreographer. Visit his company Douglas Dunn and Dancers at

Poet Akilah Oliver’s latest book is A Toast in the House of Friends (Coffee House Press, 2009). She currently lives and teaches in Brooklyn.

Second Event at the BPC


October 18th, 6:00pm @ The Bowery POETRY CLUB - 308 Bowery (Between Houston and Bleeker) 8 at the door

Ambrose Bye's Fast Speaking Music Project: a performance of experimental music & poetry. Soundscapes from the Manatee/Humanity project and G Spot, plus piano improvisation with noted performance poets. With musician-composer Ambrose Bye and poets Kristin Prevallet, Anne Waldman, Bob Holman, & Akilah Oliver. Ambrose Bye graduated from The University of California, Santa Cruz and the the Pyramind Institute in San Francisco. He has studied/performed Gamelan in Bali, Santa Cruz and Boulder. On stage credits include Issue Project Room, Music and Poetry for Progressives headlined by Thurston Moore (Boulder Theatre), The Naropa Summer Writing Program, The Poetry Project, and The Meridian Gallery (San Francisco) His production/composing credits include Matching Half(2009) with Akilah Oliver, and Anne Waldman. He is working on new project which includes the poet Amiri Baraka.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Michael Ondaatje: The Cinnamon Peeler

Michael Ondaatje, Hamilton Tolles Lecture, April 9, 2009