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.

website: www.ReadAB.com

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 info@readab.com.

* * * 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 (http://earshotnyc.com). 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 Coldfrontmag.com's poem of the day and I think it's pretty good so I'm going to repost it here too. It's from thediagram.com


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
RSVP at battlehillfestival@gmail.com

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
(books@bookthug.ca), 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 http://carolpeters.blogspot.com .


Frequent www.realpoetik.blogspot.com for poems;
www.realpoetikblog.blogspot.com 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: http://writing.newschool.edu/pdf/FA07_MFA_events.pdf

The Apocalypse Reader on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Apocalypse-Reader-Justin-Taylor/dp/1560259590/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-9426250-6879136?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1181356452&sr=1-1

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 Dimemag.com, 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...