Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Crazy Poets Getting Down

Deep Disco (aka roommate) left for California today which means I have a fridge full of amazing CSA produce to eat all by my lonesome. She suggested that I find myself a "dinner friend." Damn. Do you want to be my dinner friend?

Tonight's reading looks like this:

Steve Caratzas and Mike Donough read at Home Sweet Home hosted by Steve Roberts

7pm 151 Chrystie Street

I'm cutting and pasting tomorrow's reading straight from Julia Cohen's blog 'cause I feel exactly like she feels,

I'm going to this on Thursday. I really can't imagine how this is all going to play out:

Join Drunken Boat, international online journal of the arts , in an exhibition of literary and multimedia arts. Join Guggenheim fellow Meena Alexander, vocalist and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Hertog Fellow and fiction writer Geronimo Madrid, sound sculptor Sawako, poet Jerry Williams, Sarah Lawrence professor and installation artist Robin Starbuck, and Tribeca and LA film festival featured musician Jonathan Zalben in a performance to promote the forthcoming tenth anniversary issue (Winter 08/09).

Sponsored by Singha Beer and Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. Suggested donation $5.

Thursday, August 28th, 2008. 7:00 pm.


The Asian American Writers' Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, Suite 10A
New York, NY 10001
(p) 212.494.0061


Meena Alexander's six books of poetry include *Illiterate Heart* , which won the PEN Open Book Award, *Raw Silk* and *Quickly Changing River* (2008). She has written a memoir *Fault Lines*; a book of essays and poems Shock of Arrival: Reflections on PostColonial Experience and edited *Indian Love Poems* She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. She is Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Currently she is working on a new volume of poems as well as essays on poetry, migration and memory.

Writer, vocalist and sound artist, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, is the author of three chapbooks which include Ichi-Ban and Ni-Ban (MOH Press), and Manuel is destroying my bathroom (Belladonna Press), as well as the album, Televisíon. Her work has been published in Nocturnes, Rattapallax, Spoken Word Revolution Redux, drumvoices review, and Tea Party Magazine. LaTasha has recieved scholarships, residencies, and fellowships from Cave Canem, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, Naropa Institute, Caldera Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Eban Demarest Trust. LaTasha is the poetry curator for, She is a Harlem Elohi Aniyunwiya Native.

Geronimo Madrid's fiction has appeared in The Literary Review, Bomb! Magazine,, and at . In 2007, the New York State Writers Institute at Skidmore College awarded him the Mimi Bresler Smith & Patricia Robertson Amusa-Shonubi Minority Scholarship. And in April 2008, he was invited to read at the New York Public Library in its regular series, "Periodically Speaking: Literary-Magazine Editors Introduce Emerging Writers at The New York Public Library." He received his MFA in Creative Writing at Hunter College, where he was a Hertog Fellow.

Sawako is a sound sculptor who understands the value of dynamics and the power of silence. Once through the processor named Sawako, subtle fragments in everyday life float in space vividly with a digital yet organic texture. Her unique sonic world has been called "post romantic sound" by Boston's Weekly Dig. Sawako released 4 solo albums from 12k and Anticipate. She has performed internationally in MUTEK (Canada); Warm Up at P.S.1, Tonic, Roulette, Issue Project Room, Starbucks Salon (NYC); Corcoran Gallery (Washington DC); UCLA Hammer Museum (LA); Glade Festival, ICA (UK); OFFF (Lisbon); Apple Store (Japan) etc. Born in Nagoya, Japan, Sawako obtained a Master's degree at ITP, NYU.

Robin Starbuck, Assistant Professor at Sarah Lawrence, Associate Degree Programs, is a multmedia/installation artist who holds her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Installation & Performance Art. She exhibits her work in installation, video, and experimental drawing nationally & internationally. Before relocating to New York City in 2002, she taught as a full time Assistant Professor of Art in sculpture & new media for Wesleyan College in Georgia and as an Adjunct Professor in critical writing for the Atlanta College of Art.

Jerry Williams lives in the Bronx and teaches at Marymount Manhattan College. His poetry and nonfiction have appeared in such magazines as American Poetry Review, Pleiades, Tin House, Witness and many others. In 2003, Carnegie Mellon University Press published his collection of poems, Casino of the Sun, which was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. A new collection of poems, Admission, is due out from Carnegie Mellon in 2009.

Jonathan Zalben's music for film, theater, and television has been shown at Slamdance, SXSW, Tribeca, LA Film Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, and Chicago SketchFest. His orchestral works have been performed by the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra and the New York University Orchestra. Zalben holds a U.S. patent for a muffler design.


v said...

yo - would totally be a dinner date and/or possibly go with you to the reading tomorrow ... have to be around there for a dinner at 8ish anyway.

steven karl said...

awesome you can eat ice cream and drink so-so beer before you go to dinner!