Thursday, September 8, 2011

100 Thousand Poets For Change

Poster Art by Trina Faundeen

9:00 am - Noon
Interactive Poetry / Collage / PicturePoem Responses to

Panel includes Jim LaVilla-Havelin / Gary Parrish / Laurel Bodinus / and Bill Lewis

NOON at The Twig Bookstore

Local readers include:
Darby Riley
Mobi Warren
Gary Parrish
Laurel Bodinus
Palmer Hall
Fresh Ink - Anthony Flores
Jim LaVilla-Havelin
Jesse Cardona
Rod Stryker

The Twig Bookstore
200 E Grayson, Ste. 124,
San Antonio, TX 78215,

100 Thousand Poets for Change Organizes Largest Poetry Event in History
Number of Participants Worldwide Growing Daily

600 events in 450 cities and 95 countries will take place on September 24 to promote environmental, social, and political change. Poets, writers, artists will create, perform and demonstrate in their communities, and decide their own specific area of focus for change within the framework of peace and sustainability, which founder Michael Rothenberg stated, “…is a major concern worldwide and the guiding principle for this global event.”

Bob Holman and Margery Snyder, in a recent article on said, “the beauty of the concept of 100 Thousand Poets for Change is that it is completely decentralized and completely inclusive.” All those involved are hoping, through their actions and events, to seize and redirect the political and social dialogue of the day and turn the narrative of civilization towards peace and sustainability.

Poetry demonstrations are being organized in political hotspots such as Madison, Wisconsin and Cairo, Egypt. A poetry and peace gathering is planned in strife-torn Kabul and Jalalabad.

In Mexico there are over 30 events, with 18 poetic actions in Mexico City, where poets as well as environmental and political activists are hoping to encourage reflection and creative responses against systemic violence through the written and the spoken word with day long street events, readings and workshops. More than a third of these events are organized by collectives actively working towards a non-violent approach to solve the country's most pressing problems.

To date there are over 250 events in the United States. There are 20 events statewide in North Carolina where teacher/poets have mobilized to protest cuts in education funding. And along the Platte River near Omaha, Nebraska, poets will be demonstrating against TransCanada’s planned Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. 

More examples of events can be found at the 100 Thousand Poets for Change Each event organizer has an Event Location blog page on the website for posting, poetry, artwork, photos, and video to document this global mega-event across national borders.

Immediately following September 24th all documentation on the website will be preserved by Stanford University in California, which has recognized 100 Thousand Poets for Change as an historical event, the largest poetry reading in history. They will archive the complete contents of the website,, as part of their digital archiving program LOCKSS.

Founder Michael Rothenberg is a widely known poet, editor of the online literary magazine and an environmental activist based in Northern California.

For information contact:
Phone: 305-753-4569

Friday, April 22, 2011

Jamey Jones - Blue Rain Morning (Farfalla Press 2011)

A book party & reception

a new book of poems by Jamey Jones

published by Farfalla, McMillan & Parrish

Thursday, April 28, 6 PM

Long Island University (Brooklyn)
H Building, 4th floor, English Department
Robert Spector Lounge

Jamey, an alumni of the MFA program at LIU, now living in Pensacola, Florida, will also read from his book

Copies of BLUE RAIN MORNING will be on sale

"A jolt of the glorious quotidian, startling moves and rhythms make BLUE RAIN MORNING one of the best books of the season."
Anne Waldman

"Jamey Jones finds the music in the sidewalk and the cracks between."
Jack Collom

"Jones is both a resident and traveler of these poems, where "abroad here means elsewhere" and elsewhere is "how to write / this new wave of lost."
Edmund Berrigan

"Jamey Jones communicates the truth in poetry."
Bernadette Mayer

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Tribute to Akilah Oliver

A Tribute to Akilah Oliver


A Toast in Your House:
a memorial reading to celebrate
the life & work of Akilah Oliver

Adrienne Dodt
Krista Franklin
Jenny Henry
Jennifer Karmin + dancer J’Sun Howard
John Keene
Kevin Kilroy
Marie Larson
Todd McCarty
Marissa Perel

Hosted by Rebecca George
& Luis Humberto Valadez

at Outer Space Studio
1474 N. Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL

$4 suggested donation
All funds will be donated to assist the Oliver family with the costs
associated with Akliah’s departure and to keep her work alive.

Co-presented by the Midwest Naropa Writers & Red Rover Series

AKILAH OLIVER was a poet, a dedicated teacher, and an inspiration to the lives she touched. Her books include An Arriving Guard of Angels, Thusly Coming to Greet (Farfalla, McMillan & Parrish, 2004), The Putterer’s Notebook (Belladonna, 2006), a(A)ugust (Yo-Yo Labs, 2007), and A Toast In The House of Friends (Coffee House, 2009). She taught poetry in New York at The New School, Pratt Institute and The Poetry Project. She also taught at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics,

We will remember her warmly, in a house of friends, with our words.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Akilah Oliver (1961-2011)

My friend, collaborator and Farfalla author Akilah Oliver has passed away. Her work is done here on Earth and like all great people and poets that's what we're left with. Thank you for what you gave here, An Arriving Guard of Angels, Thusly Coming to Greet, In Aporia and Matching Half with Anne Waldman and Ambrose Bye with your accompaniment.

From An Arriving Guard of Angels, Thusly Coming to Greet

dear oluchi -

the light is blinking rapidly on the black boxy answering

machine. your room seems bigger than before and i am still

planning to read some of those robert jordan books of yours.

yesterday at the used bookstore where i was browsing the

mysteries to "stall reality"-- they are really not mysteries at

all, they just employ death as the plot mistress but are

unable to grasp its mystery at all-- well the point is, things

were calm down here for awhile and the world was little. i

want to be big like you. or i want you not vast, not dead, not

gone, but human small and here. i am so selfish. that is what

i really want. to see you again. to oil your scalp. to hear you

walk in the door, say, ma i'm home. give me a chance to say,

welcome home son. or when leaving, don't forget your hat.

what do you wear out there? i wish you could have taken

your new shoes with you. i'm so proud of you. i'm so sorry

for the way you died. i miss you all the time. even before, i

missed you. out there, one time, some different men said:

"shake for me girl, i wanna be your backdoor man". who dat

you love.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Howl Festival: Homage to Allen Ginsberg

Friday, February 18th starting at 8:15 pm
Screening of the movie HOWL: starring James Franco
Mary-Louise Parker, Jeff Daniels and Treat Williams
at The Shambhala Meditation Center of San Antonio
1114 South Saint Mary's Street, San Antonio, TX 78210
10 dollar suggested donation. Pot-luck and BYOB.
Cocktails before and after screening at The Monterrey
Located across South Saint Mary's Street.
Saturday, February 19th starting at 6:00pm
Homage to Allen Ginsberg at The Twig Bookstore
@ 200 E Grayson St, San Antonio, Texas 78215
A reading of the complete text of Ginsberg's HOWL
Followed by a marathon open mic reading celebration.
This event is free, sign up or drop by The Twig
on the day of the reading to secure your time slot.
Small presses from around the southwest area
will be on hand with new books and broadsides.