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