Friday, May 16, 2008

& They Just Don't Stop

So you already know about the huge reading for tomorrow (Saturday, May 17) but Sunday and Monday have some pretty nice readings going on too!


Kaveh Bassiri, J. Mae Barizo, and Alex Smith

WHEN: Sunday, May 18th from 4:30-6:00 pm

WHERE: 440 Gallery, 440 Sixth Avenue (at 9th St., F to 7th Ave.)

CONTACT: Dan Magers at

Admission Free

Kaveh Bassiri

Kaveh Bassiri was born in Iran and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in his early teens. He has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, where he was the Editor of the 2006 issue of its graduate literary journal, Lumina. He is also the co-curator of the poetry series, Reading Between A and B, in the East Village.

J. Mae Barizo

Born in Toronto, J. Mae Barizo was shortlisted for the 2008 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. In 2007 she received an International Publication Award from Atlanta Review, and was an Editor's Prize finalist for Spoon River Poetry Review. Her work has also appeared or is forthcoming in the Baltimore Review, Sink Review, Nimrod, Atlanta Review, Bellingham Review, Boxcar Poetry Review and the Antietam Review, among others. Her poetry chapbook, "The Concert Review", is forthcoming in 2008.

Alex Smith

Alex Smith
was born in Washington, DC. He received his BFA from Pratt Institute and his MFA from the New School. His stories have appeared in Eleven Bulls, Facsimilation, Black Ink Horror and Pig Iron Malt. Recently he completed a novel titled An American Coward. Alex teaches English at John Jay College and lives near Union Square.


Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond

This event is scheduled for Monday, May 19th - 7:00 PM

Ravi ShankarSarah GambitoTimothy liuVijay SeshradiWith editor Ravi Shankar
And poets Sarah Gambito, Timothy Liu, and Vijay Seshadri

In a time when so much of the American understanding of Asia and the Middle East is rooted in politics, we need a broader knowledge of the artistic offerings of the region. In Language for a New Century, editors Tina Chang, Nathalie Handal and Ravi Shankar have assembled an exhaustive selection of poems from fifty-nine different countries and territories in this vast and often nebulous region, grouped thematically rather than geographically for a varied, rich and experiential portrait of the so often over-simplified East. Join poets Timothy Liu, Sarah Gambito and Vijay Seshadri along with editor Ravi Shankar for a reading and a discussion on the proliferation of poetics and limitations of identity politics around the world.

McNally Robinson, 52 Prince Street

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