Saturday, December 29, 2007

2007 Round-up Tie a Bow on it

2007 is about to leave us nothing but wet footprints upon the skull- here are some of my favorites:

1) Paul Violi- Overnight, Hanging Loose Press

Unquestionably my favorite book of '07 and here's one of the better reviews I've read about his book in Jacket 33-

2) Sawako Nakayasu- Insect Country B, Chapbook- Dusie Press

fellow Coldfronter dishes the goods

3) Matthew Rohrer- Rise Up, Wave Books
BigCityLit did a fearless and excellent write up on Rohrer

4) Prageeta Sharma- Infamous Landscapes, Fence Books

This eased in just as the year was beginning to ease out- I hope you found it under your Xmas tree! Read some poems from it in the latest ish of Fence

5) Laura Mullen- Murmur, Future Poem Books

Why weren't more people talking about this gem? Here's a wee interview with Mullen

6) Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Book of Days, Sorcery, Chapbook Dusie Press

Read four prose poems

7) CA Conrad, The Frank Poems, Chapbook, ypolita press

Read CA's killer poem in Sink Review

8) Structure & Surprise, edited by Michael Theune, Teachers & Writers Collaborative

9) Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, I Love Artists, University of California Press

Interview in Jacket 27

Okay, okay this was technically 2006, but I read in early 2007 so don't hate!


Journals that brought it


Barrow Street

Denver Quarterly


Sink Review

Real Poetik




Crazy Horse

Cold Front Magazine

Poets & Writers


Journals that didn't bring it:

Open City- poetry almost a non-factor

New Yorker- whateva Mr. Muldoon- same boring insiders' club- so y-a-w-n

Poetry- Okay, I'm feeling the translation section but honestly Calque does it better and 90% of what I read in Poetry is just plain boring esp. the essays.



The Pines

Ron Silliman- Love or hate him it's the most consistent and link-filled blog concerning poetry! & i actually love reading his movie reviews.

Jennifer Lew
- 'cause it's mad funny and generally filled with lots o pictures, videos, and writing that pops



Panda Bear, Radiohead, Aesop Rock, The Roots, MIA, Animal Collective, Band of Horses, Broken Social Scene, Common

Asobi Seksu & Blonde Redhead playing live


Hopefully 2008 brings new work from Eric Baus, Sarah Gambito, Michele Glazer, Claudia Rankine, Mark Bibbins, and Li-Young Lee.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (Americus, Book Two?)

Suji Kwok Kim- where you at?


'07 Shout-outs:

David Lehman, Chris Stackhouse, Meghan Punschke, Prageeta Sharma, Coldfront, LIT

Joseph Lappie- get some sleep 'cause '08 is going to be a big year for you both as an artist & publisher!

Jared Hohl & Adam Wiedewitsch (Czar, Prime Minister, doctor - patients= pints for PSGS!)

Sandy Choi & Amyjoy Clark where are we eating in 2008?

Mina Cheong, Tara Mei Smith, Bichthu Cao Minh, Elliot Montgomery, Audrey Hawkins, Jason Napoli Brooks, Jared Hohl, Cara Wolinsky- thanks for the parties, get-togethers,hospitality, & assorted etc

Sandy Choi, Julia Li, Mina Cheong, Monica Kapoor, Audrey Hawkins, Shipra Misra, Dan Maegers, Nicole Pajor, Felisa Salvado-Keyes, James Stobie, Peter Moore and Mike thanks for coming out to the T&W readings


Blog Shout-outs (Keep blogging- don't leave me lonely)

Sandy Choi

Julia Cohen

Angela Veronica Wong

Dime Magazine

Julia, Cara, Audrey

Saturday, December 22, 2007

The New School Represents

so i've been reading the lastest ish of H_NGM_N (
& damn if new school isn't reppin' hard! it has three poems from ns alum, david sewell, as well as poems from 2nd yr, julia cohen, and 1st yr ben mirov- now that's a hot platter served with extra sauce.


also checking out the lastest ish of Fence which is like Prageeta's party in print. It has poems from her, Sarah Gambito, and Major Jackson. daaaaaaanm, how come I'm not up in that mug? o right, they rejected me a coupla months back- it's cool though like the trail blazer i'm gonna get some comeuppance, you just wait and see... ah the stuff of dreams... sigh


been waiting for my contributor ish of KNOCK to arrive, as well as, the lastest issue of Claque, but what i wasn't expecting arrived in the form of reb livingston's new book sent courtesy of b.covey for review on dope & good lookin' bruce! the funny thing is that i already own the book 'cause meghan ( did the cover art and gave her second contributor copy so if anyone wants a copy of reb's new book and you'll write a review for say jacket, or cutbank, or litonline, or pretty much anywhere except coldfront holla at your boy.

Poets for Hire

so this is a picture of me and veronica from last saturday's bday party at b2's place. i wasn't going to post it because i think i look pretty goofy, but you know what? who cares?

Friday, December 21, 2007

No Bag or Nothing, you know?

Today I left for work sans bag, sans lunch, sans books, sans magazines (well not really, I checked me mailbox on the way out and found a the latest ish of Poets & Writers so I did bring that along) all because I'm gonna be up outta Eos early today. This will be the first time in ages that I've left work while daylight is still in full-effect!

I mean, damn, I've eaten my bagel and have consumed my cup of crappy coffee so can I go already?

What am I going to do with this new lease of Friday afternoon life you query? E-r-r/ands, but of course. Hustle that chapbook MS to the post-office, drop off laundry, buy a bottle of wine for Xmas dinner- shite like that! But the upswing that is the wind beneath these unflappable wings is that I have drinks scheduled in with none other than Czar Hohl (who's newest story debueted at WoM last Thursday and is pure poetry!)

I'll be watching his cat while he and his wife are Iowa for the Holidays.

Then later in the evening I'll hit up Earshot to watch Dan Maegers do is thing.


So Susan Choi is in the new ish of P&W (i've never read her, sorry Susan) and in one picture it looks like she's cradling a Powell's coffee mug (damn- Sandy/Joseph how long has it been since we were clocking hours up in that mug?) it seems like decades since I've lived and worked in Pdx.

Ah sweet merciless time you just done run up the game didn't you?


Speaking of Pdx I wish I was drinking Stumptown right now and going to The Farm for dinner, though I had Dumont's last night and that Skate just doesn't disappoint!


Okay I'm going to get another bagel 'cause I'm one of like 5 poeple in the office today and also because I can be greedy like that sometimes.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Who's House? Dan's House!

EARSHOT*Friday, December 21st, 2007 at 8 PM*
Hosted by Nicole Steinberg

Daniel Magers
Chloe' Yelena Miller
Adrian Van Young (Columbia University)
Traci Brimhall (Sarah Lawrence College)
Jeanie Gosline (Brooklyn College)

Admission is a mere $5 plus one free drink (beer, wine or well drinks only)!
The Lucky Cat is located at 245 Grand Street in Brooklyn, between Driggs and Roebling. Visit their website for directions:

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Mad Tired But Still Filled With Holiday Cheer

I'm wondering if anyone went to the Small Press night over at ACA Gallery last night. It looked pretty good. I actually had one of the most stressful and all-around-worse working days so I wasn't really up for much.

Surprisingly, I shook off the laming day and went over to my friend Mina's last-minute "holiday party." This party pretty much consisted of the same crew as the bday party on Saturday minus B2 but add Shipra.

Ship came in as I was leaving and it's the first time I've seen her since before she left for Buenos Aires- we've actually been trying to connect for 2 wks now but you know how it is.

A couple of highlights from the party had to be when Tara sat between Audrey and myself on the couch and went from hyper to sleepy in seconds. But I later found her in the kitchen eating Rice Krispies (courtesy of n.o.t.o.r.i.o.u.s. c.h.o.i.) and girl got her bounce back.

The second thing was Amyjoy not wanting to play Charades and being pressured into playing then pretty much kicking ass- on the serious t.i.p!

I left the party earlies and still managed only 4 hours of sleep- I am goddamn tired right now.

Right before I began to type this I finished eating a cinnamon raisin bagel with butter- that is so NOT like me- I may be losing my mind on top of being mad tired!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Get Art/Give Art

Fa-la-la-la-la I know you're jinglingly right along this time of year heavy-headed in getting and giving gifted & since you, my dear readers, live such poetic-ness lives maybe keep your step fresh and give the gift that keeps on giving i.e. art!

Peptic Robot Press (publishers of my chapbook, Lovers' Last Go Around and forthcoming chapbook poetry/art collaboration) has a nifty little mail-art gift idea.

It's as such:

What better gift then a year subscription to the 12 x 20 x 12 mail art campaign?

Contact Joseph Lappie at and let him know who it is for and in what quantity. Give him the address & send him a check for 20 dollars (now holla if that aint on the real cheap!)

Here's what you get for your twenty bones:

12 months of art- 1 peice of art every month + for every person you sign up you get a "thank you" piece of art sent your way fa free!

PRP will ship via mail until the 20th and if there are any late buyers PRP will FedEx until the 22nd ($5 FedEx fee).

I've been getting his art since forever and I'm constantly impressed so yep I'm signing some peeps up myself!

Get an eyeful of prints, books, illustrations, etc at

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Saturday W(rap) & Looking Ahead to Monday

I went to the bday party for Cara and Bichthu as I mentioned in my blog yesterday. It was a quite a bit of fun with some serious I mean SERIOUS dancing going on. The joint was a jumpin' since I don't dance I wallflowered it from the side. I ran into Veronica at the party which is was funny 'cause I never expected her to be in Brooklyn. I think she told me she was working on a 4 page poem and if you've read her work in Barrow Street she's writes tiny sparse little poems so I can't wait to see what her new work looks like.

Speaking of poetry- there's 3 amazing readings tomorrow night:


Poetry: Great American Prose Poems
Start: Dec 17 2007 - 7:00pm
End: Dec 17 2007 - 9:00pm

Great American Prose Poems evening hosted by David Lehman with Mark Bibbins, Charles Bernstein, Jenny Boully, Billy Collins, Jennifer L. Knox, Mark Strand, Paul Violi, Susan Wheeler, and others.

NYQ is bringing it strong too:

Cornelia Street Cafe- $7

Monday | December 17, 2007, 6 p.m.
Joanna Fuhrman, Eileen Hennessy, Chris Tonelli

& lastly this is the reading I'm going to go to:

Readings Between A & B

Mondays, 7:30 pm

11th Street Bar
510 E. 11th Street
(Between Avenues A & B)
Manhattan, NYC.

All Readings are Free.


Anne Waldman
Mei-mei Berssenbrugge
Jonathan Thirkield

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Been Listening to In Rainbows While Typing This

Although there is sun shining through the streaks of dirt on my bedroom window, my NY experience has become that of a hat. Me and my hat are really getting to know each other these days- perhaps I'll even pen an ode to it.


Walked to the post office this afternoon to drop off writing related things- i.e. the stuff of dreams- ah... sigh.


Woke up this morning to find out the Portland Trail Blazers are on a 6 game winning streak and the Knicks.... well, we won't even go there! Also had an email rejection from Pebble Lake Review. Have you ever sent out a submission then have it rejected then look at what you submitted & can't quite rationalize why you sent them "those poems?"


Okay been in the same damn sweater & jeans for two days now. I'm gonna unlazy me azz & take a shower. I'm going to a bday party tonight and it should be fun stuff.


When I get out of the shower I'm going to make espresso and rework my PSA chapbook submission. "Those poems" ah... sigh... the thing of dreaming

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Last Word of Mouth Reading for 2007

Word of Mouth
December 13th at 7pm
@ Bluestockings Radical Books
172 Allen St. (Between Stanton and Rivington)

Readers will be:

Jill Alexander Essbaum (poetry)
Kate Greenstreet (poetry)
Jared Hohl (fiction)
Evie Shockley (poetry)
Jennifer Bartlett (poetry

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


I have a poem out now in the lastest issue of KNOCK. You can find it on newstands- maybe St. Mark's Bookstore and the place on 6th and 11th or you can purchase it here:

There's a launch party/reading tonight if you happen to find yourself in Seattle!

A Look Back

Well last week was a pretty busy week so I've been laying low ever since. Monday's KGB No Tell Motel was rather a love fest. It was good to see Bruce Covey again although I really didn't have a chance to talk with him and I met with Hugh Behm-Steinberg of whom I'd exchanged emails with but had never met in person so that was nice. He gave me a copy of Eleven Eleven- a journal from Cal Arts that he will be editing.

Meghan designed book covers for his book and Reb Livingston's new book so I also got Meghan's extra copies of those & free books are always swell.

Thursday I had my own joint to take care of hosting Brian Kim Stefans and Eric Baus. It was a great reading- people came out, drank and stuck around for a while after the reading.

Friday Prageeta had her book party at her "place" and it was great to see her again. Dan Magers wasn't too famillar with the neighborhood and seeing as Prageeta's place is about 5 minutes from mine I met Dan at the subway and we walked there together. Chris Stackhouse was there, Cathy Park Hong (who I saw read at Bryant Park and still haven't said hello to yet) was there, I talked with Sarah Gambitto for a minute and met Major Jackson so all and all it was a fun time but I had to keep it brief since I needed to go to my work party. Sometimes parties with "writers" are rather boring but Prageeta's was plenty fun but I feel like everyday I'm going to get fired from Eos so I needed to put in some "face-time" at the holiday party esp. since I knew my boss wasn't going to attend & it was an open bar!

So I got there around 11ish with my friend Sandy and we quickly made our way to the bar- prob stayed for a little over an hour which was just enough time to have a dirty martini (not nearly durty enough) and two maker mark's neat (served in plastic glasses- hmmmm C-H-E-A-P) Overall, I was less than impressed with QT but pleased to be drinking and happy that my work had a function in the city since HQ is all the fuck the way out in Westchester!

Saturday slipped away like yesterday pajamas but I talked to my friend Deepali on the phone and we figured out that we haven't seen each other since August. Crazy. I'm in BK and she's in the West Village. Time gets away from you here in this rotten apple, doesn't it?

Sunday I bought Prageeta's new book and had dinner at Bonita.

Monday I ate mexican again!

Now here we are on Tuesday. I'm off to meet an old classmate at Nolita House for a couple of drinks and a game of catch-up. I'm expecting a rather early night in and an incrediably looooooooooooooong day at work tomorrow.

There's a great reading on Thursday which I'll post maybe tomorrow and a coupla of joint bday parties on Saturday.... and somewhere in there I should be working on my PSA poetry chapbook + reading the 3 new books I aquired. hmmm.... I need a nap just thinking about the rest of this week.

Monday, December 3, 2007

The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel- 2nd Floor

The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel – Second Floor

December 3rd, 2007
7-9 PM
85 East 4th Street, NYC

Featuring: Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Ana Bozicevic-Bowling, Bruce Covey, Jill Alexander Essbaum, Kate Greenstreet, Shafer Hall, editor Reb Livingston, Justin Marks, Gina Meyers, Carly Sachs, Allyson Salaza, Evie Shockley, and Nicole Steinberg

Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel – Second Floor contributors:

Eric Abbott * Deborah Ager * Malaika King Albrecht * William Allegrezza * Molly Arden * Cynthia Arrieu-King * Robyn Art * Sandra Beasley * Aaron Belz * Erin M. Bertram * Mary Biddinger * Ana Bozicevic-Bowling * Timothy Bradford * Joseph Bradshaw * Jason Bredle * Jenny Browne * Jenna Cardinale * Bruce Covey * Phil Crippen * Susan Denning * Michelle Detorie * Laurel K. Dodge * Mark DuCharme * Peg Duthie * kari edwards * AnnMarie Eldon * Jill Alexander Essbaum * Julie R. Enszer * Noah Falck * Michael Farrell * Katie Fesuk * Adam Fieled * Alice Fogel * Elisa Gabbert * Eric Gelsinger * Scott Glassman * David B. Goldstein * Dean Gorman * Anne Gorrick * Lea Graham * Kate Greenstreet * Piotr Gwiazda * Shafer Hall * Josh Hanson * Nathan Hoks * Donald Illich * Salwa C. Jabado * Charles Jensen * Jim Kober * Ron Klassnik * Jennifer L. Knox * Dorothee Lang * Sueyeun Juliette Lee * David Lehman * Reb Livingston * Rebecca Loudon * Justin Marks * Clay Matthews * Kristi Maxwell * Gary L. McDowell * Erika Meitner * Didi Menendez * Michael Meyerhofer * Steve Mueske * Gina Myers * Cheryl Pallant * Shann Palmer * Alison Pelegrin * Simon Perchik * Derek Pollard * Andrea Potos * Cati Porter * Laurie Price * Jessy Randall * Kim Roberts * Anthony Robinson * Carly Sachs * John Sakkis * Allyson Salazar * Christine Scanlon * Margot Schilpp * Morgan Lucas Schuldt * Patty Seyburn * Peter Jay Shippy * Evie Shockley * Alex Smith * Hugh Steinberg * Nicole Steinberg * Alison Stine * Mathias Svalina * Erik Sweet * Eileen R. Tabios * Bronwen Tate * Molly Tenenbaum * Chris Tonelli * Letitia Trent * Jen Tynes * Michael Quattrone * Ashley VanDoorn * Fritz Ward * J. Marcus Weekley * Betsy Wheeler * Theodore Worozbyt * Kim Young

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Because Today Is Nothing Like I Expected It To Be

by E.E. Cummings

life is more true than reason will deceive
(more secret or than madness did reveal)
deeper is life than lose: higher than have
--but beauty is more each than living's all

multiplied with infinity sans if
the mightiest mediations of mankind
cancelled are by one merely opening leaf
(beyond whose nearness there is no beyond)

or does some littler bird than eyes can learn
look up to silence and completely sing?
futures are obsolete; past are unborn
(here less than nothing's more than everything)

death, as men call him, ends what they call men
--but beauty is more now than dying's when

Beirut - Elephant Gun

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Every City's Bird

CALQUE ISSUE 3 OUT NOW!/ Calling all translators

This is a translation-focused magazine looking to expand its readership and its translators. Issue 3 has a translation by none other than Sawako Nakayasu!

Check out Calque here:

Friday, November 30, 2007

Lynn Xu, Josh Edwards and Brian Waniewski

If work doesn't do me listless I'm going to try and go to this reading. I'm actually not too famillar with the poets, but I've read some of Lynn Xu's poems in
6x6 and Eoagh.

Lynn Xu, Josh Edwards and Brian Waniewski

November 30, 2007, 7 p.m.
Pete's Candy Store, 709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY

The Multifarious Array presents readings by Lynn Xu, who received her MFA from Brown University. Her poems have appeared in The Canary, Phoebe, UDP's 6x6, Swerve, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, June, was published by Corollary Press; Joshua Edwards, a Fulbright fellow and co-editor of The Canary and Canarium, a new press. His work has appeared recently in Practice, Vanitas, Northwest Review, and elsewhere; and Brian Waniewski, educated at the College of William and Mary, the Technische Universitaet Berlin and The University of Iowa. He is currently at work on a novel, which chronicles the religious conversion of a young egoist.

Info: 718-203-3770

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Eric Baus + Brian Kim Stefans- Dec 6th

Hello all,

This is probably the last reading that I'll curate/moderate for Teachers & Writers so I'd love it if a zillion people came out for it + I really love the work of both poets!

Thursday, December 6th 7pm FREE
Teachers & Writers Collaborative
520 8th Ave, Suite 2020
A,C,E, to Penn Station

wine, cheese reception to follow

Brian Kim Stefans' recent books of poetry are Kluge: A Meditation (Roof Books) and What Is Said to the Poet Concerning Flowers (Factory School). A book of interviews and criticism, Before Starting Over, was published by Salt Book in 2006. He teaches new media studies at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and lives in Philadelphia, PA. More info on BKS can be found here:

Eric Baus is the author of The To Sound (Wave Books), Tuned Droves (Octopus Books, forthcoming), and several chapbooks. He is a contributing editor for PENNsound and
publishes Minus House chapbooks. He lives in Denver.

Mobile Libris will be selling books.

A Poem

I took this from Real Poetik

Damaged Soul Document

by Steve Roberts

Big hand on the keyboard, diagonal
striped glove, difficult to remember past
christmases, the blur of memory, several
coffee cup stains, row of imperfect circles.

Moron wanted to be the life of parties
unknown. The woods, several years ago.
Annual rememberance of empty box.
I don't want to use the word 'you' anymore.

New and selected strands of hair, mix
myself a poison, call it a potion, endless
nights on the couch, party with wine,
restless clothesline begins to flap.

My glow is not alive. Someone
has spread blankets over ourselves,
morning is sneaking up. Car won't start.
Parties are the in-between, these moments.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


so I spent most of last night working on my manuscript submissions and fellowship applications. i had everything enveloped, all checks signed, etc with the intention of bringing them to work replacing a few last-minute rewrites and pagination problems then taking a different train home from work today so that i could just go to the post-office in bk heights then walk home... so what do you think i did? yep1 left all materials sitting on my dresser including my netflix that i've been meaning to return for a week now.

well that's what happens when i try and be productive at 6 a.m. without even a sniff of scent of coffee. fiddlesticks and shits shits and fiddlesticks


in other news- persimmons may be my new "favorite" fruit meanwhile i'm less than impressed with cactus pears plus i spent all day yesterday pulling the pricklies from my palm- a futile exercise in sheer annoyance if ever there was one.

Monday, November 26, 2007

A Little W.S. Merwin for you

Weekend Wrap-up

Well, I'll start this off by saying I did absolutely nothing literary-related this weekend. Did the Thanksgiving thing with friends: Sandy, Amyjoy, Meghan, P'mo, and Brooke. Then on Friday me, Sandy, Amyjoy, and her rooommate, Rowena went to The Cloisters- it was Amyjoy's idea since none of us, except her, had been there. 'Twas indeed a good idea then from there 3 of us went to Maribels to warm our bones with hot chocolate and fondue.

Later in the day I stopped back by Sandy's to try and put a hurting on the left-overs and we watched Purple Rain. When's the last time you've seen that? Definitely netflix it with immediacy.

I saw No Country for Old Men Saturday night and feel that it is completely hype-worthy and will definitely see it again.

If I get any of the pics from over the extended weekend I'll post them or if one of my friends post them on a blog or flickr I'll link it here.

In other news it's looking very unlikely that I'll make the Seattle reading.
So it goes, so it goes.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Thursday, November 22, 2007

trashcan sinatras - to sir, with love

there's nothing but a stretch of blue skies out my window, it's thanksgiving, and for some reason this song makes me think of f.scott fitzgerald

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Da Chumps

So after riding two empty MTA trains, one empty Metro-North train, and a company- not-named-Eos' shuttle (also empty) I've deduced that only the chumpiest of chumps are working today! So these dedicated unfortunates have brought their dogs, puppies, babies, and kids, while the chump known as myself has only brought tired lids and a penchant for clock-watching

tickety tock tickety tock


After I get off of work I'm hoping to drop off my laundry, walk to the produce place on Court Street and buy asparagus, green beans, lemon, and maybe a mango. I've been craving them a little spicy like the way the serve them in Redhook at the infamous Latin stands, but I could salt and pepper them too, or just eat one as is. Also Persimmons. I don't really like them but two guys (not at work today therefore more evidence of their lack of chumpness) have been eating persimmons as if they were everyday apples and I'm am envious of their collected eating pleasure, therefore, I will give this lovely colored object another taste and see. Worst case scenario I'm going to write a poem about it b/c as much as I like food it's generally absent in my poems.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Because of This/Becasue of That

because it's almost Joseph's birthday, b/c he's making broadsides (pepticrobotpress) of the two poems i had published in Sink Review, b/c i need constant reminder to look for my hat- my head was cold today!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass

Since I've been blogging about Aesop Rock...

Friday, November 16, 2007

Aesop Rock Afraid of Poetry?

Well not exactly, but in an interview with Guernica Magazine he echoed a conversation I had and have been hearing for ages now. Poeple feel afraid of poetry as if they are not qualified or gifted with the intelligence to get it. While Ron Silliman may seem to be endlessly talking off your ear or Mei-Mei and Ashbery may seem too atmosperic or out there I can't imagine someone reading Neruda, Ferlinghetti, Schuyler, or Claudia Rankine's Don't Leave Me Lonely and walk away feeling as if they aren't qualified to love this.

Here's the interveiw with Aesop Rock:

P-MO aka Peter Moore in the house with Livingston, Reb


Join us for the next installment of EARSHOT at The Lucky Cat, located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn! EARSHOT is a bi-monthly reading series, dedicated to featuring new and emerging literary talent in the NYC area.

*Friday, November 16th, 2007 at 8 PM*
Hosted by Nicole Steinberg

Reb Livingston (author of Your Ten Favorite Words )
Jessica Reed
Wythe Marschall (Brooklyn College)
Peter Moore (The New School)
Amanda McCormick (Columbia University)

Admission is a mere $5 plus one free drink (beer, wine or well drinks only)!
The Lucky Cat is located at 245 Grand Street in Brooklyn, between Driggs and Roebling. Visit their website for directions:

Also visit for more information on Earshot or e-mail Nicole Steinberg at

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Maggie Cheung & Batman?

On The Way To Work

Ever get up so early so feel sick and then as you're rushing off to catch the train you feel like your feet are clumsily dragging behind you?

Pretty much listened to Radiohead's How I Made My Millions, and No Surprises on repeat for the entire ride.


In other news, when is the last time you've seen a poet/poetry book get a full page review not in Jacket, Coldfront.mag or some other book/poetry specific review section?

Everyone's favorite Parisian transplant, Alice Notley, got the full page treatment in Time Out New York for her book, The Pines.

Yay Alice Notley

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

If You Find Yourself in Chicago on Friday November 16th

This Friday the 16th from 7pm - 11pm sponsored by Allegoric Space and hosted at the Chicago Country Club Gallery I will have a literal hunk of my work on display Along with 20+ other artists from across the nation. I think 12 or so will be at the actual event for libations and canoodling. Artwork from $20-$1500 so a little bit for everyone.

This is a one night only gig. On Saturday the 17th I'll be gone. Where is this gallery at you ask?

1100 N. Damen Ave Chicago, Il 60622

That is one block south of the Division and Damen intersection. Easily accessible by the Blue Line and getting off at either the
Division or Damen stop then walking (or bussing) 5-6 blocks on either street until you hit the intersection. One block South and Voila!

What will be there? Glad you asked. Prints, Drawings, and Books by me...Paintings, Drawings, Textual sculptures, by others. Check out for the list and examples of artists.

Hey, while you're at it check out for over 70 new images (mainly in the drawing and print section) The website is in a constant state of flux so excuse the dispirate background images on some of the pages.

Any ?s I'll be happy and speedy in my reply.

Bring your dancing feet, bring your drinking belly, and bring your pocket book because the art is affordable.


p.s. I know, logistically, that it is an impossibilty for many of you to attend this event. Nonetheless I wanted to send an invitation.


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

100 % Kool Thing

There's a distinct chance I won't get out of work in time for this but I hope I do as I share affinities for Sonic Youth (Kim Gordon) and New York School of Women (or at least want to hear the readings/topics explored.)


November 13, 2007
Women and the New York School: A Celebration
Eileen Myles

This event, sponsored by Poets House, will take the publication of "Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions" as an occasion to celebrate the work of several women artists and writers, both in relation to the so-called New York School and beyond, as well as New York City itself as a crossroads for art and poetry over the past fifty years. Maggie Nelson will give a talk on her book at 6:30 p.m., to be followed by an evening of readings and performances starting at 8:00 p.m., featuring Kim Gordon, Wayne Koestenbaum, Bernadette Mayer, Eileen Myles, Yvonne Rainer, and Carolee Schneeman. More info at

Location: Tribeca Performing Arts Center, New York City


November 13, 2007
Women and the New York School: A Celebration
Maggie Nelson

This event, sponsored by Poets House, will take the publication of "Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions" as an occasion to celebrate the work of several women artists and writers, both in relation to the so-called New York School and beyond, as well as New York City itself as a crossroads for art and poetry over the past fifty years. Maggie Nelson will give a talk on her book at 6:30 p.m., to be followed by an evening of readings and performances starting at 8:00 p.m., featuring Kim Gordon, Wayne Koestenbaum, Bernadette Mayer, Eileen Myles, Yvonne Rainer, and Carolee Schneeman. More info at

Location: Tribeca Performing Arts Center, New York City

Sunday, November 11, 2007

MOGWAI - Friend Of The Night

I listen to this song almost every morning on the way to work- just thought you should know

enon in this city

been stuck on this song all night

Been a while

Well it's been a while since I've actually blogged, as opposed, to merely posting readings/reviews. What can I say I've been recovering from a cold + work has been hell as of late so I come home with nothing but a big thud for a head.

I went to the Carl Phillips, Erin Belieu, and Sarah Gambito reading this past Monday, but had to leave before Carl Phillips read. Just wasn't feeling well. Erin Belieu had been hyped the hell out of so I was more curious to actually see and hear Gambito, esp since if I were to continue curating the T&W reading series I was going to ask her to read- let's just say parts of her reading were spell-binding. She's a great reader and she read a lot of new poems which seemed more haunting or haunted than her previous work in Matadora. She's also funny- which is something I always appreciate in a poet.

Yesterday, I went to the Four Faced Liar and Dan Magers held his own having memorized most of his poems, Alex Smith was all wit and charm and Steve Roberts' poems were wonderful to hear.

Jules Cohen was wearing a retro Knicks hoodie which is worth mentioning.

Niether Modi or myself felt like drinking or doing shots on a Saturday afternoon so we left the bar and caught up with each other over falafels and turkish coffee. We went to this little spot on 7th and Perry and it was delish.

My evening should of consisted of a wine and cheese and then going over to a party thrown by some NS Alums, Kiely and April. But the wine and cheese was so cozy and fun that I never made it to the second party. But hey, Amyjoy brought a 10 year old bottle of wine and Mellisa made puff pastries with carmelized onions, figs, and blue cheese. Would you leave?

I have loose plans for the afternoon that I can tell right now just aren't going to happen. Despite staying in every night except Monday and Saturday I still haven't done any writing or worked on my Stegner, Yale Youngers, Crab Orchard, Provincetown, etc... I have to go to Traders Joes and do some food shopping too. Where does the time go?

Thursday, November 8, 2007

For Your Thursday May I Suggest This:

NYCAMS Poetry Reading

Thursday, November 8, 2007 at 7 pm

Jeremy Sigler and Christopher Stackhouse

44 West 28th Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Jeremy Sigler:
Brooklyn-based poet Jeremy Sigler's next collection of poems, "Crackpot
Poet," is forthcoming from Black Square Editions. He recently collaborated
with Jessica Stockholder on a letterpress book called "Led Almost by My
Tie." Sigler was a recent recipient of the Lannan Foundation's literary
fellowship in Marfa, Texas. A few of his poems appeared in "Flow" by Ari
Marcopoulos, and he most recently read at the MAK in Los Angeles. He is the
Associate Editor of Parkett, and the US Reviews Editor of Modern Painters.
Sigler contributes art criticism to the Brooklyn Rail, and teaches
pataphysics at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Christopher Stackhouse:
Christopher Stackhouse is a writer and visual artist originally from Michigan. He has worked in several media including film and video, music recording, staged theater, painting and drawing. He is a contributing editor at Fence Magazine; a 2009 MFA candidate in Writing at Bard College; a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Poetry 2005. His drawings, essays, reviews, poems, and other writing have appeared in various print and on-line publications. He is author of a collection of poems, "Slip" (Corollary Press, 2005), and co-author of "Seismosis" (1913 Press, 2006) which features a collaboration of Stackhouse's drawings with text by writer/author/professor John Keene. Christopher Stackhouse lives and works in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

For more info contact:
John Silvis
Program Director/Assistant Professor of Art
44 West 28th Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
office: 212.213.3011

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

4 Poets Invade the Four Faced Liar

Come out this Saturday and listen to Dan Magers, Alex Smith, Steve Roberts, and Nathan Austin.

Saturday, November 10th 2:30 pm
Four Faced Liar
165 West 4th St btwn 6th and 7th

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Facing the Bridge

Keeping with the fiction/short story theme that I started yesterday by posting a link to Nicole's story here's a review of Yoko Tawada's lastest book, which I absolutely loved!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Nicole Wong

Okay so it's not poetry but below is a link to a short story published by my dear friend in HK.


Thursday, November 1, 2007

Interview with Shanxing Wang

Earshot Again/ Tiny Tour

So Earshot is back again this Friday with Matthea Harvey. I've been meaning to see her for a minute, but it looks like I'll be heading to S.Jersey on Friday... Here's the reading info:

November 2 // 8 PM
$5 + one free drink
Mary Jo Bang (Elegy, The Eye Like a Strange Balloon)
Matthea Harvey (Modern Life, Sad Little Breathing Machine)
Melissa Febos (Sarah Lawrence College)
Mrigaa Sethi (New York University)
Yvonne Garrett (The New School)

Also when you need a break from youtubing

or watching MTV videos
( (my friend, Julia is in this video)

you can watch this wave poet do a "tiny tour"

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Some Good Readings Happening Between A & B

I'm planning on catching Monday's reading and the rest of the year looks pretty good too:

Monday, November 5, 2007 7:30 PM

Readers: Carl Phillips, Erin Belieu, Sarah Gambito

11th Street Bar
510 E 11th Street, between Ave A & B

Closest subway stop is the L at 1st Ave.;

other close stops include L at 3rd Ave and Union Square (N, R, W, Q, 4, 5, 6).

Admission is always FREE.


More information about the readers and the series:

Carl Phillips is the author of nine books of poetry, most recently Quiver of Arrows: Selected Poems 1986-2006. In 2006, he was named a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. He teaches at Washington University, in St. Louis.

Erin Belieu is the author of three poetry collections, all from Copper Canyon Press—Infanta, which was chosen for the National Poetry Series in 1995; One Above & One Below (2000), and her recent collection, Black Box, which was a finalist for the 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in places such as The New York Times, Slate, Tin House, Ploughshares, The Virginia Quarterly Review and Best American Poetry. Belieu is also the co-editor of The Extraordinary Tide (Columbia University Press, 2001), the only non-thematic anthology of contemporary poetry written by American women. Belieu lives in Tallahassee, Florida where she teaches in The Creative Writing Program at Florida State University

Sarah Gambito is the author of Matadora (Alice James Books). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, The Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, The New Republic, Field, Quarterly West, Fence and other journals. She is co-Founder of Kundiman, a non-profit company serving Asian American poets.

About the Series: Over the past eight years, the Reading Between A and B has bought together more than 400 established and emerging poets from diverse esthetics and backgrounds. Recent readers include Jorie Graham, Galway Kinnell, Susan Howe, Kimiko Hahn, Glyn Maxwell, Tracy K. Smith, Rigoberto González, Bob Hicok, Cole Swensen, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Jean Valentine, and Louise Glück. The series is currently curated by Kaveh Bassiri and Mary Austin Speaker. To subscribe to our email list, send an email

* * * Books will be for available for purchase, courtesy of Mobile Libris! * * *

Upcoming fall events:


Kenneth Goldsmith
Jennifer L. Knox
Rachel M. Simon


Kathleen Peirce
Ravi Shankar
Melissa Range


Alice Fulton
Nickole Brown
Kathleen Rooney


Mei-mei Berssenbrugge
Anne Waldman
Jonathan Thirkield

Monday, October 29, 2007

A Matthew Zapruder interview in Southeast Review

Friday, October 26, 2007

A Look At A Busy Weekend

First things first, unless you're planning on being where I am planning on being (Public then Ghenet) I hope you're planning on attending Earshot tonight. It's over on Grand (Willamsburg) at Lucky Cat. Tonight Shanna Compton will be doing a reading for a new Bloof book which you can read all about on her blog and specific information about the Earshot reading can be found on the website which is a link on this here blog so click away and then check out an amazing reading!

As I alluded to I'll be at Public for drinks to help a friend who is freeing herself finally from the terrible claws of Skadden, Arps then it's off to Ghenet for a friend's birthday dinner- yum!

Tomorrow I'm going to the Roasting Plant over on Orchard for the first time- having Pacific Northwest snobbery when it comes to coffee I'm hoping I won't be too disappointed-ha! Actually, I frequent Joes and Think Coffee but you know, it doesn't ever really make the tongue tingle the way Stumptown in Portland does- ah sigh to be sipping coffee for a weekend in Pdx...

On my list of things to do are buy cat litter, buy bedding which i may postpone until next paycheck then go crazy i.e. new duvet, flat sheets, and pillows!, finish manuscript preparations for Poets Out Loud and Bakeless/Breadloaf (hopefully mail them out) go to the post office and send Sawako the Poetry Project, Rain Taxi (both reviewed her Four From Japan) and the lastest issue of Teachers & Writers Magazine. Speaking of reviews I need to write 2 reviews for a couple of Dusie chapbooks, one for a Wave book, and one for Sawako's Four From Japan...

Let's see how much I actually get done. I want to take a nap just thinking about it but as my lunch break is drawing to a close it's back to work I go!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

2 Poems Here

To have poems accepted is a good feeling but it's even better when you see the issue for the first time and get a glimpse of the good company you're included with thus I was especially surprised and pleased to see that my poems came out in the same issue as Julia Cohen, fellow LIT cohort, Nicole Steinberg, and illadelph's on CA Conrad. There's also a paragraph on Liam Rector and a little write up about Wes Anderson. I know, I know you're beside yourself with anticipitation so good ahead and read it already!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Poem by Matthew Thorburn

This poem can be found in issue 13 of OCHO. I love the fact that the whole poem happens within parenthesis!

What Happens When I Try to Talk About What Happens

(One flight up, silly music shakes
the jukebox. Dubby synths, hiphoppy.
"Heard this before?" I like it, like last call
at Yoshimi's here with you. Early a.m.
on Second Ave. Sea Breeze, bathtub gin.
The sky curls up at the corners, pale
like your wrists. A look says
I'm looking at you. A stutter of drum
machines on the roof; the rain loves
its high hat, its ride cymbal. Where
did your nose ring go, and the years?
It's been so long you remind me
of you. Janie, I almost put in
stars here, then a cloudless sky.
I try to say how it happens and it changes.
I've got a bad case of what's real
vs. what's really made up. And which
is worse. For instance, let's not talk
about your fiance. Tell me what
your tattoo means. Everything means
something. At least we want it to.
For instance, your hands stay
tucked away, one per pocket.
Each record winds down like a clock
—or does it? Did it? What I need
is the flashbulb pop to fasten this
to photo paper, keep it true. Life stays
in the picture. "How long has it
been again? Doesn't feel like it."
Time for tacos, guac' tacquitos—
"My Spanish is, well, how do you say
rusty?"—at El Bocadito around
the corner. There's always a corner
to turn and then a moment when
something happens or might have—
bad time for our waitress to step in,
for Fate to fumble for his wallet.
A swift second slips between the now
that's writing and the then that's written
and then I hail a cab—"Uptown?"
"No, down"—you slide in ahead
of the yellow door, the closing
parenthesis, and this moment's left
to hang out, hang on, as if it only happens
to be happening right now.)

Poetry or Fiction- You Pick

In collaboration with POETRY and McSWEENEY'S,
The Poetry Foundation presents:

Kwame Dawes
Mary Karr
Yusef Komunyakaa
Patricia Smith
Rachel Zucker

Housing Works Bookstore Café
126 Crosby Street
New York City
Admission is free


Reading Wednesday, October 24th

We've scheduled The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series one week early this month. Please join us:Wednesday, October 24th at Bar on A 7:30 PM - 170 Avenue A @ 11th Street, NYCThis month we welcome back honorary Guerrilla, James Freed. James has been doing some wonderful work with the Enclave reading series at Kenny's Castaways. If you haven't been to the Enclave yet, we recommend it. And now, on to the reader's bios:The Readers:James StobieMichael ZeissJames FreedNick AntoscaNicole Audrey Spector

JAMES STOBIE was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Portland State University in 2003. He has been published in the journal Anthos.

MICHAEL ZEISS has a B.A. in Fiction from Northwestern University. He has been published in Harp and Altar, an online literary journal based in Brooklyn. He lives in Woodside, Queens.

JAMES FREED's writing has appeared in The New York Times. Originally he is from Philadelphia, but now he lives in Queens where he teaches writing at LaGuardia Community College. He is chief curator for The Enclave reading series.

NICK ANTOSCA's stories have appeared in The Barcelona Review, Nerve, Identity Theory, The New York Tyrant, The Antietam Review, The Huffington Post, Hustler, Opium, and many others. His first novel Fires was published in January 2007 by Impetus Press. He graduated in 2005 with a film degree from Yale. His website is brothercyst.

NICOLE AUDREY SPECTOR is from L.A and now lives in New York. She holds a B.A from the New School. Her writing has appeared in KGB's on-line lit mag and various travel, music and trade publications. She is currently working on her first collection of short stories.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Laura and Nicole

This should be a pretty solid reading. I'm going to have to miss it 'cause I have previous plans for the evening, but I'm sure you won't be disappointed.


Tuesday, October 23rd
7:30 PM

365 5th Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn
F/R Train to 4th Avenue/9th Street (btwn 5th and 6th St.)
W W W . T H E P E R C H C A F E . C O M

Laura Cronk has published poems in No Barrow Street, Conduit, LIT, Lyric, McSweeney's, Tell Motel, and other journals. Her poems have been anthologized in The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel and Best American Poetry 2006. She currently co-curates the Monday Night Poetry Series at KGB Bar and lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Nicole Steinberg is the co-editor of LIT and associate editor of BOMB. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel: Second Floor, RealPoetik, Barrelhouse and elsewhere. She’s the founder, curator and host of EARSHOT, a Brooklyn-based reading series dedicated to the work and presence of emerging writers in the New York City area ( She lives in Queens, New York.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

A Slice of Pizza

Okay, it's Saturday and ridiculously nice for this time of year. I've decided that I'm going to walk over to DUMBO, get a slice of pizza, and read in the park. I think I'll just bring some lit magazines: Court Green, OCHO, and Saltgrass. Sorry Proust, I lug you around Mon-Friday so I get the weekends off!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Thursday at Teachers & Writers- Poetry, Poetry, Poetry

Teachers & Writers Collaborative 2020 Visions Presents:

A reading and conversation with Patrick Rosal and R. A. Villanueva

Thursday, October 18, 2007 @ 7PM, oh and it's FREE

It's free + there will be alcohol and food (both free) so come on out and support your poets.

Patrick Rosal is the author of My American Kundiman and Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive, winner of the Asian American Writers Workshop Members' Choice Award. His work has appeared in many journals and anthologies including North American Review, Black Renaissance Noire, Pindledyboz, Brevity, and The Beacon Best. His poems were also featured in the film Anhua: Amanacer which screened at the Mar de Plata Film Festival. He has served on the faculty of Penn State Altoona, Bloomfield College, Centre College, and Kundiman's Summer Writing Retreat. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at University of Texas, Austin.

R.A. Villanueva holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from Rutgers University. Twice awarded a Geraldine R. Dodge Educator scholarship to the Fine Arts Work Center, he teaches creative writing and composition with literary outreach programs throughout New York. His poetry has appeared in RATTLE and is forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review; his songwriting has been featured at the Bowery Poetry Club and the Nuyorican Poets Café. A Kundiman fellow and a semi-finalist for the 2007 "Discovery"/The Nation Poetry Prize, he is presently a MFA candidate at NYU, where he serves as Poetry Editor of Washington Square.

Teachers & Writers Collaborative
520 8th Ave, Suite 2020
A,C,E, 34th/Penn Station


This poem is linked on's poem of the day and I think it's pretty good so I'm going to repost it here too. It's from


Kismet Al-Hussaini

When a woman is not moving she is a bowl of stones
or a cave filled to the lips with damaged records,
whereas moving bodies take to their boundaries, heaving
to balance invasion. The black pebbles drop into a bowl

or a cave filled to the lips with damaged records,
fulfilling one end of an urge; a graph, or a territory
to balance invasion. The black pebbles drop into a bowl
the way a woman loses sand through her purse

fulfilling one end of an urge, a graph or a territory.
Beauty defines itself in its sequel. It seeks this other serially
the way a woman loses sand through her purse;
it breathes life into itself through juxtaposition.

Beauty defines itself in its sequel. It seeks this other serially
to settle the matter of ugly breasts. Sandards increase as
it breathes life into itself through juxtaposition.
We place pebbles of equal mass on two trays

to settle the matter of ugly breasts. Standards increase as
a tray lowers deeply on one side.
We place pebbles of equal mass on both trays.
What is beautiful moves in concentric circles to dismantle

what a tray lowers deeply on one side.
A bowl loses definition as its contents increase in space.
What is beautiful moves in concentric circles to dismantle
the growing clouds of white ink. The pebbles fill a flat, tired

bowl that loses definition as its contents increase in space.
The rain is repelled by its negative charge, sucked into the mountain's
growing clouds of white ink. What the pebbles fill is flat, tired,
because what moves, clears the disc, lifting into the palm of a hand.

The rain is repelled by its negative charge, sucked back into the mountain
where it is said that moving bodies take to their boundaries, heaving,
because what moves, clears the disc, lifting into the palm of a hand.
When a woman is not moving, she is a bowl of stones.


I wrote this poem at the Naropa Summer Writing Institute. The pantoum's recursive and slippery nature seemed a natural relative of the game of Go, which is slippery and concerned with the study of flux. The dynamic between masculine and feminine is also slippery and in constant flux. Black may surround white and/then/or vice versa. Though appearance and experience often seem familiar, they are subject to our continual revision, thus the pantoum is an ideal vessel to express these shifts.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Americus, Book I (excerpt)
by Lawrence Ferlinghetti


To summarize the past by theft and allusion
With a parasong a palimpsest
A manuscreed writ over
A graph of consciousness at best
A consciousness of felt life
A rushing together
Of the raisins of wrath
Of living and dying
The laughter and forgetting
The maze and amaze of life.

From Americus, Book I by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Copyright © 2004 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Reprinted by permission of New Directions. All rights reserved

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Christopher Stackhouse & John Keene- Today

I won't be able to make this reading, but I'm certain it will be stellar. It's a beautiful day in Brooklyn so enjoy it and then head over to Unnameable Books at 5!

Reading at Unnameable Books
(formerly known as Adam's Books)

Sunday, October 14 at 5 PM
Geoffrey Jacques
Christopher Stackhouse
John Keene

Unnameable Books
[formerly "Adam's"]
456 Bergen St.
(Park Slope)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 789-1534

Saturday, October 13, 2007

So Lame Not Even Worthy of a Rejection Slip?

So somehow really old mail is from my old address is now finding its way to my new address. I hadn't recieved my diploma and we all want our $40,000 piece of paper so I had NS send me another diploma and today the original arrived so now I have two diplomas- does that make me twice as smart? Is there an ebay market for poetry MFA's?

The other piece of mail I recieved was a poetry submision to Cream City Review, but they only returned the poems... hmmm are you telling me they don't even have time to insert the thanks for playing but no thanks rejection slip... are the poems that "unworthy?" Perhaps, I'm just old enough to still be invested in manners and common courtesies. The good thing is I've already prepared a new submission to them and these poems are all written in invisible ink- okay I'm over it.

Tonight's going to be a fiction kind of night for me- I'm going to Jason Napoli Brooks' reading at KGB with Jared then the three of us will go to my friend Nicole's bday party (Nicole is reading new fiction on Wednesday along with my friend James Stobie at Bar on A), but if you're not in for fiction there's this cool poetry reading thing happening at a cementary tonight. I don't know much about it- Jules told me about last night (by the by- her reading was the epitome of cool- of course, Sampson and Ana are no slackers either!) and I took the info from her blog which I will post here:

Green-Wood Chapel
25th street Entrance of Green-Wood Cemetery (25th street/5th avenue in South Slope-Green Wood Hts)
R train to 25th Street, walk up the hill one block from subway

Over 20 poets will read & local blues musician Bennett Harris will play during the refreshment breaks.

bernadette mayer
brenda coultas
jennifer coleman
jim behrle
megan burns
jessica fiorini
julie reid
philip good
dave brinks
brett evans
karen weiser
ce putnam
lauren claire ireland
anna moschovakis
shafer hall
macgregor card
genya turovskaya
anselm berrigan
joe elliot
gina myers
brendan lorber
allison cobb
todd colby
edmund berrigan
etc etc

Friday, October 12, 2007

a poem

This is from Spork

Closed Parenthesis
by Richard Siken

Spring loves you most in blues and greens, I whisper from behind the screen. I throw my voice and suddenly you’re laughing. So here’s the open window where we pranced around and did our tricks and left these footprints in the snow, performing in this puppet show. We pull the strings and watch the curtain closing. The lights go dim, they’ve flickered out, the puppets sleep inside the trunk while, slowly now, the theater’s dismantled. That’s how it goes. And now we find it’s time to say farewell, wish you the best, a bon voyage of sorts, a flowersting, the little kiss that takes us to the end. And here we are, the end, last page, and only one thing left to say, with love: goodnight

Thursday, October 11, 2007

2 Readings on Friday- Who You Gonna See?


October 12 // 8 PM
$5 + one free drink
Cathy Park Hong (Dance Dance Revolution, Translating Mo'um)
Tao Lin (EEEEE EEE EEEE, Bed, you are a little bit happier than i am)
Betsy Walters (Columbia University)
Christie Ann Reynolds (The New School)
Adrienne Meloni (Sarah Lawrence College)


Friday, October 12th 6:45pm–
Julia Cohen & Sam Starkweather & Ana Bozicevic-Bowling
Hosted by the ever-lovely Sommer Browning

Pete's Candy Store
(Take the L to the Lorimer stop)
709 lorimer street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn - 11211
(718) 302 - 3770

Julia Cohen's chapbook, If Fire, Arrival, is out with horse less press. Her other chapbooks, Who Could Forget the Sensational First Evening of the Night (Hangman Books), When We Broke the Microscope (Small Fires Press), and The History of a Lake Never Drowns (Dancing Girl Press) are forthcoming this year. She lives in Brooklyn.

Sampson Starkweather was born in Pittsboro, NC at a monster truck rally. He edits your children's science textbooks. His poems and essays are recently published or forthcoming from: Octopus, Jubilat, LIT, Tarpaulin Sky, RealPoetik, Absent, Sink Review and other places. His chapbook The Photograph will be available from Horse Less Press in November. He lives in the woods alone.

Ana Bozicevic-Bowling is a Croatian poet writing in English & the author of two chapbooks: Morning News (Kitchen Press, 2006) and Document (Octopus Books, 2007). Her recent poems are or will be in Octopus Magazine, The New York Quarterly, the Denver Quarterly, In Posse, The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel - Second Floor and Outside Voices 2008 Anthology of Younger Poets. Here's another one in The Courtland Review. She coedits RealPoetik and works at PEN American Center in New York City.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Thursday Reading worth attending

Today it definitely feels like Fall- henceforth I type this in an orange sweater.

Tomorrow if the weather doesn't have you nesting in your too-small-apartments or spacious lofts come out and take in some poetry/fiction. My fiction friend Jason Napoli Brooks should be especially good!

Word of Mouth
October 11th at 7pm
@ Bluestockings Radical Books
172 Allen St. (Between Stanton and Rivington)

Readers will be:
Eva Salzman (poetry) ... Our special guest reader all the way from the UK!
Jason Napoli Brooks (fiction)
Karin Randolph (poetry)
Sara Femenella (poetry

Tuesday, October 9, 2007


The new issue of Ocho is out. Besides featuring some talented poetry it also features artwork from my good friend and publisher(peptic robot press) Joseph Lappie!

Meghan Punschke is the editor of this issue and below is her email containing everything you need to know about getting yer hands on this copy.

The thirteenth issue of OCHO magazine is now available! As it was
guest edited by Word of Mouth Host and Curator, Meghan Punschke, you
can find new work from many of the WoM poets you know and love in

OCHO #13 Features:

- Cover art and Introduction by WoM Curator, Meghan Punschke

- Poetry by WoM Poets: Jefferey Morgan, Carly Sachs, Peter Moore,
Matthew Thorburn, Eva Salzman, and Kate Greenstreet.

- Plus... Poetry by Laura Van Prooyen and Geoffrey Gatza. And, the
magnificent illustrations of Joseph Lappie.

What are you waiting for? Get your copy today!!! (Click on the link
below to purchase through Lulu online)

Sunday, October 7, 2007

The Joe's have it!

Sunday. Ah Sunday how I loathe the light licking the other side of the moon known as Monday.


Last night I went to La Esquina with Sandy (ex-gf) & our friend and resident superb taste in food choices (other than ourselves of course) Amy Joy. 'Twas delicious and I'm craving it again right now! Since we're not "cool" enough to know the secret password we had to settle for 6:30 reservations. Tried to go to Barrio Chino (prob my favorite place in the city) to continue our drinking but it was waaaaaaayyyyyyyy too packed so we wound up at this Asian spot around the corner. We all had the Praying Mantis which is a ginger mojito made with Soju. This was only my second time having Soju- the first was last Saturday at my friend's Tara's bday party. I quite like the stuff.


Since I got in super-earlies (even by weekday standards) I woke up early this morning, went to Joe's coffee on W13th, sat in Union Square Park, walked over to Barnes & Noble and bought the Denver Quarterly and Court Green then went to Trader Joe's.


Some of my friends have been suggesting that I sign up on the Nerve Personals. hmmmmmm, has it come to that? Well why not and what the hell here goes nothing. It does seem difficult to meet "quality girls" & I'm not a clubber nor do I tend to cruise bars for girls either... & even when I meet a girl it seems just as difficult to actually make schedules match... ah New York it's enough to make a man listless beneath a periwinkle sky. & I just don't feel like seeing a movie alone tonight...

Saturday, October 6, 2007

A Poem

This is from Brian Kim Steffans' Collected: What is Said to the Poet Concerning Flowers

Miniature (Orkney Lyric)

My mother with the half moon eyes
(oh! she's had a bit to drink,
her eyes are usually minus signs).


Such a little poem but I absolutely swoon over the use of the exclamation mark after oh. It's complete Frank O'hara enthusiasm, but feels wholly original within this sparse poem. BKS (as Eric Baus refers to him) has such control here that the poem is pitch perfect in pith.

Yawn Yo YaY

Saturday. I have a poem called Saturday which is refusing to cooperate and be rewritten. That's where I find myself on this Saturday thinking about some other collection of Saturdays. Thus I'm non-plussed.

It's almost 3 p.m. and I've manage to drop off my laundry, walk to BK Heights to mail off a submission (c'mon cross yer toes for me!) ate breakfast at Boca Lupa, went to look for a new shirt (but didn't find anything)for dinner tonight at La Esquina, read a little Brian Kim Steffans, and now listening to Asobi Seksu and seriously thinking about taking a nap.

(do you ever imagine if you had a lover how your days would be different?)

Not the most productive Saturday but like the poem it seems to have its own design on how the day writes itself.

Thus I'm non-plussed x 2.

etc, etc, etc.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

2 Damn Fine Options For Thursday

I'd like to go to this reading since RP published me a while back but I'll being hanging with the fiction kids tonight to support my friend Jared but for you the choice is yours:

Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 8 pm.
Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, between Houston and Bleecker. $8.


RealPoetik is the oldest and most active little magazine on the
internet, publishing established & emerging poets since '96. Again we
are Real in NYC with


Hosted by Editors Ana Bozicevic-Bowling & Caroline Conway


Sharon Dolin is the author of three books of poems: Realm of the
Possible (Four Way Books, 2004), Serious Pink (Marsh Hawk Press,
2003), and Heart Work (The Sheep Meadow Press, 1995), as well as five
poetry chapbooks. Her latest book, Burn and Dodge, is the winner of
the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry and forthcoming from the University of
Pittsburgh Press. Dolin is Poet-in-Residence at Eugene Lang College,
The New School for Liberal Arts. She directs The Center for Book Arts
Annual Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition and is a Curator for
their Broadsides Reading Series.

Tao Lin is the author of a novel, EEEEE EEE EEEE, a story-collection,
BED, and a poetry-collection, YOU ARE A LITTLE BIT HAPPIER THAN I AM.
Melville House will publish his second poetry-collection,

Niels Hav is a Danish poet and short story writer living in Copenhagen
with his wife, concert pianist Christina Bjørkøe. His new collection
of poetry We Are Here is published by Book Thug, Toronto
(, and a selection of his poetry from the early
years, God's Blue Morris, was published in Canada in 1992. He is the
author of five collections of poetry and three of short fiction.

Elisa Gabbert is an editor of Absent. Her recent poems have appeared
or will appear in Pleiades, Cannibal, and LIT. A chapbook, Thanks for
Sending the Engine , is available from Kitchen Press, and a book of
collaborative poems written with Kathleen Rooney, That Tiny Insane
Voluptuousness, is forthcoming from Otoliths Books.

Sampson Starkweather's poems and essays have recently appeared or are
forthcoming in LIT, Octopus Magazine, jubilat, New York Quarterly, and
many other publications. He lives in the woods alone.

Carol Peters writes poetry and teaches creative writing. Her chapbook,
Muddy Prints, Water Shine, will be published in the 2007 New Women's
Voices Series by Finishing Line Press out of Georgetown, Kentucky.
Carol's work has appeared in Cairn, Pembroke Magazine , miPOradio,
Pebble Lake Review, Bamboo Ridge, Ink Pot , Ink Burns, and the
anthology Always on Friday. She divides her time between Charleston,
SC and Hakalau, HI and blogs at .


Frequent for poems; for news!

What: Apocalypse Reader reading. Shelley Jackson, Diane Williams, Matthew Derby, & Jared Hohl will read from their short stories that were published in The Apocalypse Reader, an anthology of new and selected fiction about the end of the world that came out way back in June of this year. I will be presenting my authors, and following the reading there will be a Q&A and book signing. Books will be available for sale at the event.

When: Thursday, October 4th. 7 PM.

Where: Wollman Hall at The New School (5th floor of the 11th street building; enter at 66 W. 12th street, cross through courtyard)

Cost: FREE.

Nice things they've said about us: "a vivid collection" – LA Times
"so engrossing, so explosively creative that I wound up reading well into the early morning hours" – Huffington Post
"there may be no collection that better demonstrates the range and possibility of the story form" – Paste Magazine
"deliciously entertaining" – The Villager

See the whole New School Fall 2007 Calendar:

The Apocalypse Reader on Amazon:

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

2 more poems find a home

2 of my poems, Single Male Seeking and Sonnet have been accepted by Sink Review! Will post link when they are up.

For the Ladies

I read yesterday on Ploughshare's blog that Sawbuck isn't getting nearly the amount of submissions from women so send Samuel Wharton those poems pronto!

Blog posting here:

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

3 Poems

I have 3 poems on Sawbuck. Read them here:

Monday, October 1, 2007

Monday is the day after Sunday

What a weekend- went to the Housing Works book fair but didn't have the motivation to rummage through boxes of dirty books 'specially when I have three books waiting to be read and reviewed, as well as, two issues of Poetry (didn't like the August issue so I haven't even unwrapped September or October and starting to feel slightly behind) plus I'd really like to dive into some of these novels I've been lugging around and haven't really read yet.. How about Proust anyone?

From the book fair I went to my reading (thanks to those that came!) then went to my friend Tara's b-day party. 'Twas fun, but from the flicker pictures it looks like the jump-off really happened after I left which was around 1 or so... Sunday was a lazy waste of sleeping, movie-watching, and attempting to write. Can anyone say wee bit of hangover + fatigue??

I called out of work today and the sky is mixed-up white and blue. I had some espresso, caught up on the daily basketball gossip on, and now listening to some of the new Aesop Rock. Will try to write today or at least rewrite, as well as, work on some submissions. I need to stop by the old haunt New School and read about 30 poems for LIT, return some phone calls, and check out the Violi/Lehman reading tonight at KGB. I'm sure I'll eat sometime today too. An argula salad and girlled cheese sounds about right.

Oh yeah, how much do you want to bet that with Paul Muldoon editing the poetry at The New Yorker the poems don't really change much at all- we just begin to see a repetition of different-yet-the-same-'ol-writers that used to write good poems when they were younger (except Merwin who still rocks). Well maybe Sawako can get a Japanese translation published in The New Yorker now since she was awarded the NEA...


Sunday, September 30, 2007

Paul Violi and David Lehman at KGB- Oct 1st

David Lehman and Paul Violi Read at KGB
Monday, October 1st, 7:30pm
KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street

The New School's Very Own and Very Wonderful Paul Violi and David Lehman will be reading at KGB this coming Monday. The event is FREE and will be hosted by Deborah Landau, Laura Cronk and Michael Quattrone.

Paul Violi's new collection of poems, his eleventh, is Overnight, from
Hanging Loose Press. He has won numerous awards, including the Zabel Award
from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and grants from The Ingram
Merrrill Foundation and The Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

David Lehman is the author of six books of poems, most recently When a Woman Loves a Man (Scribner, 2005). He initiated and remains series editor of The Best American Poetry series. He edited Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present, which appeared from Scribner in 2003 and is the editor of a new edition of The Oxford Book of American Poetry. With Star Black, he founded the Monday Night Poetry Reading Series at the KGB Bar. He lives in New York City.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Sonnet in Search of an Author

Nude bodies like peeled logs
sometimes give off a sweetest
odor, man and woman

under the tress in full excess
matching the cushion of

aromatic pine-drift fallen
threaded with trailing woodbine
a sonnet might be made of it

Might be made of it! odor of excess
odor of pine needles, odor of
peeled logs, odor of no odor
other than trailing woodbine that

has no odor, odor of a nude woman
sometimes, odor of a man.

William Carlos Williams
from Pictures from Brueghel and other poems

Monday, September 24, 2007

Some Readings Worth Bending An Ear For This Week

A lot of the BlazeVox Books Crew wiil be reading at this gallery tomorrow at 6pm

ACA Galleries
529 West 20th Street
5th Floor
New York, NY 10011
Tel 212.206.8080

Then Friday Chris Stackhouse is reading at Stain Bar for MiPo and you should check this out because his reading with John Keene (Oct 11th) at T&W is being postponed.

Friday, September 28th @ 7 P.M.


ARACELIS GIRMAY writes poetry, fiction, & essays. Originally from
Santa Ana, California, she earned degrees from Connecticut College &
NYU. Girmay is a Cave Canem Fellow & former Watson Fellow. Her poems
have been published in Callaloo, Bellevue Literary Review, Indiana
Review, and Ploughshares, among others. Her book of poems, Teeth, will
be published by Curbstone Press: summer, 2007.

CHRISTOPHER STACKHOUSE the author of "Slip" (Corollary Press, 2005)
and co-author with writer John Keene on the collaborative book
"Seismosis" (1913 Press, 2006), which features Keene's text and
Stackhouse's drawings. He is an editor for literary journal Fence
Magazine, a Cave Canem Writer Fellow, a 2005 Fellow in Poetry New York
Foundation For The Arts, and Bard College, Milton Avery Graduate
School of the Arts, M.F.A. Writing Candidate.

Heralded as one of three Chicago poets for the 21st century by WBEZ
Chicago Public Radio, DURIEL E. HARRIS is a co-founder of the Black
Took Collective and Poetry Editor for Obsidian III. Drag (Elixir
Press, 2003), her first book, was hailed by Black Issues Book Review
as one of the best poetry volumes of the year. She is currently at
work on AMNESIAC, a media art project (poetry volume, DVD, sound
recording, website) funded in part by the University of California
Santa Barbara Center for Black Studies Race and Technology Initiative.
AMNESIAC writings appear or are forthcoming in Stone Canoe, nocturnes,
The Encyclopedia Project, Mixed Blood, and The Ringing Ear. A
performing poet/sound artist, Harris is a Cave Canem fellow, recent
resident at The MacDowell Colony, and member of the free jazz ensemble
Douglas Ewart & Inventions. She teaches English at St. Lawrence
University in upstate New York.


766 Grand Street Brooklyn , NY 11211
(L train to Grand Street Stop, walk 1 block west)


or there's this:

Pete's Candy Store —
September 28, 2007 7:00PM
709 Lorimer St., Brooklyn, NY, United States

Stephanie Balzer earned an MFA from the University of Arizona. Her poems have appeared in Mid-American Review, Chelsea, and CUE: A Journal of Prose Poetry. A chapbook of her prose poetry is forthcoming from Kore Press. She lives in Tucson and works for a nonprofit

Justin Marks' latest chapbook is [Summer insular] (horse less press, 2007). His poems and reviews appear in recent issues of Absent, La Petite Zine, horse less review, Octopus, Soft Targets, and Word for/ Word; and are forthcoming from Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel – Second Floor, Outside Voices 2008 Anthology of Younger Poets, Cannibal and Tarpaulin Sky. He is the founder and Editor of Kitchen Press Chapbooks, and lives in New York City.

Matthew Thorburn's first book is Subject to Change (New Issues, 2004). More recent poems appear in The Paris Review, Barrow Street and Pool. He has also contributed book reviews to Boston Review, Rattle and Octopus, and writes about writing at

Saturday brings the Housing Works Open Air Book Fair which you should check out

then saunter over to Kenny's Castaways where I'll be reading for The Enclave in conjunction to Kenny's Castaways 40th Anniverary.


Saturday, September 29th 3:30-6:30 PM
Kenny's Castaways, 157 Bleecker Street, 212-979-9762


JARED HOHL is from Donnellson, Iowa. His fiction has appeared in the anthology The Apocalypse Reader (Thunder's MouthPress) and is forthcoming in The Agriculture Reader and in Dutch translation in the Belgian literary magazine Deus Ex Machina.

STEVEN KARL- bla bla bla

SCOTT GEIGER's fiction has appeared in LCRW, Conjunctions, and the 2007 Pushcart Prize anthology. Otherwise, he's a member of Architecture Research Office.

JAMES FREED's writing has appeared in The New York Times. Originally he is from Philadelphia, but now he lives in Queens where he teaches writing at LaGuardia Community College. He is a founding member of The Enclave.

Free and open to the public (though donations are encouraged)
Coordinated by The Enclave Writers Association
For more information contact The

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Liam Rector Remembered This Saturday

The memorial for Liam Rector will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2007.

Proceedings will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m.- please arrive at 2:30.

St. Marks Church In-the-Bowery
131 East 10th St.
New York, NY 10003

Monday, September 17, 2007

Thursday is Bestest Poetry Night

David Lehman and guest editor present this years edition of "best."

Thursday, September 20th, 2007 7:00 PM
HEATHER McHUGH, guest editor of the 20th volume
of this celebrated series and series editor David Lehman
read their own work and introduce contributors including
Robert Pinsky, Alan Shapiro, Kazim Ali, Macgregor Card,
Sharon Dolin, Elaine Equi, Thomas Fink,
Matthea Harvey, and Meghan O'Rourke

The New School
Tishman Auditorium
66 West 12th Street (between 5th & 6th Ave)
New York, NY 10011
Books for sale by Mobile Libris

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Brooklyn Book Festival

There's the Paul Auster Gala tonight and then a ton of events tomorrow (Sunday) Here's the event's link:

Just Churn That Shit Out

The Revell reading was well attended last night, despite the Burning Chair reading at Fall Cafe and the Earshot reading. I hate when my friends are hosting readings the same night as I do but alas, in New York everything gets messy. It'll happen again next month when Meghan's WoM series with Eva Shockley and Jason Napoli Brooks (what's up Jason!) will be reading the same night as I host John Keene and Chris Stackhouse. Funny, Meghan would love to see Stackhouse and I want to see Eva so I suppose we'll just compare notes over brunch post-readings.

Peter Moore was at the Revell reading and I was happy to hear of his upcoming publishings in Poetry East and Ocho (which I think will also feature artwork from my friend/publisher Joseph Lappie!!!!!) and I told Peter about my upcoming poems in Sawbuck. Then Jared suggested we start a journal whose turn-around time is one week. Just churn that shit out, ya know?

Ah to dream...

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Donald Revell and Ronnie Yates- T&W Sept 14th

Teachers & Writers Collaborative 2020 Visions Presents:

A reading and conversation with Donald Revell and Ronnie Yates

Friday, September 14, 2007 @ 7PM, oh and it's FREE

It's free + there will be alcohol and food (both free) so come on out and support your poets.

Poet, translator and critic Donald Revell is the author of nine previous collections of poetry, most recently A Thief of Strings. Winner of the 2004 Lenore Marshall Award and two-time winner of the PEN Center USA Award in poetry, Revell has also been awarded the Gertrude Stein Award in poetry, The Shestack Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as from the Ingram Merrill and Geggenheim Foundations. He is a recent finalist in the 2005 LA Times Book Prize in Poetry. Presently, he is a Professor of English at the University of Utah and Poetry Editor of the Colorado Review.

Ronnie Yates is an emerging writer attending NYU's Graduate Creative Writing Program in Poetry.

Teachers & Writers Collaborative
520 8th Ave, Suite 2020
A,C,E, 34th/Penn Station

Productive trip to St. Marks Bookstore

This pass Saturday I treated myself to an over-priced but delicious pineapple-cucumber juice and then bought some books at St.Marks. I bought

Yoko Tawada's Facing the Bridge (short stories)
Brian Kim Steffan's What is Said to the Poet Concerning Flowers
Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Poetry as Insurgent Art
Factorial 5 (Lit mag on contemporary Japanese poetry/poets)

Friday, September 7, 2007

Cup and Pen Small Press Reading- Saturday Sept 8th!

Cup and Pen Small Press Reading Series
The Cup and Pen Small Small Press Fair, 2007

Saturday, September 8th 2007

Small press enthusiasts, littérateurs and zine-heads unite! Come to
listen actively, converse heartily and drink organic beverages (now
including wine and cheese) slowly with the Cup and Pen Small Small
Press Fair, 2007. Cup and Pen, a twice-monthly small press reading
series in the back room of Think Coffee, offers you a small press pu
pu platter from publishers who are both new and returning to the
series. Huzzah!

Readings from Belladonna Books, Litmus Press, Booklyn Artist Alliance,
Sona Books, Ballyhoo Stories, Hotel St. George Press, The Lowbrow
Reader and Heeb Magazine may not only give you a varied look at some
of the most exciting writing and work coming out of independent
presses today, it may just save your soul. Respectfully emceed by
Rebecca Alvarez.
2:10pm- 2:30pm Belladonna Books
2:40pm- 3:00pm Litmus Press
3:10pm- 3:30pm Booklyn Artists Alliance
3:40pm- 4:00pm Sona Books
4:10pm- 4:30pm Ballyhoo Stories
4:40pm- 5:00pm Hotel St. George Press
5:10pm- 5:30pm The Lowbrow Reader
5:40pm- 6:00pm Heeb Magazine

Think Coffee
248 Mercer St and 3rd Street, NY 10012
BDFV to Broadway Lafayette/6 to Bleeker/ NRW to Prince Street
(212) 228-6226
www.belladonnabooks.blogspot .com

Friday, August 24, 2007

Slate Remembers Liam Rector

September starts with a Yelp

Well after spending all day and night at JFK I now find myself at my friend's house in Chicago sipping a cup of English Breakfast tea and looking forward to a completely empty day of relaxing and daydreaming- maybe even a little writing too!

September will soon be upon us and the are two amazing readings happening. The first one (T&W) I will moderate and it will also be Zach Miller's last east-coast reading for a while. The second one is the release party for LIT and CA Conrad (who I read with back in June) will be reading amongst other wonderfuls. All detailed info below:

Teachers & Writers Collaborative 2020 Visions
Thursday, September 6th 7pm- Free

Come out and celebrates the first Fall reading featuring Deborah Landau, Matthew Zapruder and Zach Miller!

It's free and there will be refreshments served after the reading so go aheand and mark your calanders now!

Deborah Landau's poems, essays, and reviews have appeared widely and she has received two Pushcart Prize nominations. Her book, Orchidelirium, a National Poetry Series finalist, won the Anhinga Prize and was shortlisted for the Foreword Book of the Year Award. She co-curates the KGB Poetry Reading Series and directs the creative writing program at NYU

Matthew Zapruder is the author of two collections of
poetry: American Linden and The Pajamaist, selected by
Tony Hoagland as the winner of the 2007 William Carlos
Williams Award. He is also the co-translator of Secret
Weapon, the final collection by the late Romanian poet
Eugen Jebeleanu (Coffee House Press, 2007). He teaches
in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the New
School and works as an Editor for Wave Books. He lives
in New York City.

Zach Miller is a graduate of the New School MFA program for Creative Writing and has published in Red China, Agriculture Reader, and has poems forthcoming in Sea Legs.

Teachers & Writers Collaborative
520 8th Ave, Suite 2020
A,C,E, 34th/Penn Station


Friday, September 7th, 6-10 PM
Wollman Hall @ The New School
66 West 12th Street, NYC, 10011

Featuring readings by...


And a special talk/reading with ROBERT POLITO
on LIT 13 feature DETOUR: A Symposium on Edgar Ulmer's 1945 PRC Film Noir

There will be dancing!
There will be eating and drinking!
There will be oohs and aahs for LIT's spanking new design!
There will be cheers for LIT's new editors, Peter Bogart Johnson and Nicole Steinberg, and tears of sadness shed for our departing prose editor, Danielle Winterton!

It's going to be an emotional evening.


Reader bios:

Caroline Conway edits the online journal RealPoetik. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New York Quarterly, ology, luzmag, and the Outside Voices 2008 Anthology of Younger Poets. The first line of "Song for the Inanimate" is taken from Samuel Beckett's novel Malloy.

But at any rate. Adam Golaski was in our Brit Lit class. We both considered him to be one of the most pretentious people we'd run across at Emerson College so we used to share Golaski stories. In Brit Lit he was one of those fucking stereotypical tossers who wore the fucking corduroy or tweed jacket with the professor elbows and would read aloud whenever the professor wanted someone to read a selection of whatever poetry we were studying with the book held up in one hand and about 3 feet away from him as though The Norton Anthology of English Literature were Yorick's fucking skull itself. He says, "Google my name for some more pretentious bullshit."

childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. He escaped to Philadelphia the first chance he got where he lives and writes today with the PhillySound poets ( Soft Skull Press published his book Deviant Propulsion in 2006. His book The Frank Poems is forthcoming in 2008 from CHAX Press. A small selection of The Frank Poems was translated into German in 2007 by Berlin poet Holger, and is now available as a bilingual edition chapbook from YPOLITA Press ( He is the author of several other chapbooks, including (end-begin w/chants), a collaboration with Frank Sherlock.

Terese Svoboda has published nine books of prose and poetry, including Tin God (University of Nebraska Press, 2006). Her tenth, Black Glasses Like Clark Kent, a memoir, won the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, and will be published in February 2008. Next spring she will teach fiction as the McGhee Professor at Davidson College and she will teach poetry at the Pan African Literary Forum in Ghana in July.

Robert Polito is completing a nonfiction book, Detours: Seven Noir Lives.


LIT 13: available NEXT MONTH! Featuring poetry and prose by...

Kristin Abraham * Jennifer Frost Banks * Bridgette Bates * Aaron Belz * Jessica Bozek * Stephanie Brown * Mairéad Byrne * CAConrad * Caroline Conway * Wende Crow * James Cummins * Erinne Dobson * Noah Falck * Edwin Frank * Mary Gaitskill * Drew Gardner * Adam Golaski * Paul Hoover * Caitlin Horrocks * MC Hyland * Brian Kloppenberg * Joshua Land * Debra Liese * Dora Malech * Destanie McAllister * Jennifer Merrifield * Eugenio Montejo * Frank Montesonti * Carley Moore * Kirk Nesset * Matthew Pennock * David Pollock * Jessica Reed * Andrew Sage * Maureen Seaton * Kristine Snodgrass * Jason Stumpf * Terese Svoboda * Jackson Taylor * Urban Waite * Rob Walsh * Amanda Rachelle Warren * Derek White

Art by...

Brett Baker * Jeffre Dene

Plus a SPECIAL FEATURE on DETOUR, Edgar Ulmer's 1945 PRC Film Noir
Curated by ROBERT POLITO and featuring critical writing, reactions, and interviews by...

A.J. Albany * John Ashbery * Arianné Ulmer Cipes * Kent Jones * Guy Maddin * Greil Marcus * Geoffrey O'Brien * Robert Polito