Tuesday, April 21, 2009

They Come & Go Like That

Hey how was your weekend? I had the gnocci at Dumonts on Friday & then went to a going away party. If you were in New York then you know Saturday was beautiful so I spent it walking around the city, sitting, reading, etc then went to the Lungful release party then watched the Blazers play crappy basketball. Sunday I meant to attend the Alice Notely reading, but missed it. Did you go? How was it? Matthew Rohrer read last night with Laura Sims but I didn't go to that either. But I did email in a review. Now only three to go before the April 30th deadline. & there's that thing of a manuscript & there's that thing of a chapbook. I'm tired just thinking about it. I might go make dinner. I might download music. I might go over a lesson plan for tomorrow. But you should check your calendars & consider going to some of these:

Readings and music at KGB Bar with various past and current New School
MFA talent! Next Wednesday April 22!
Poets Ben Mirov and Brandon Johnson
Fiction Writer Minju Pak
Musician (and writer) Matt Everett with his duo Cloud Chamber,
featuring pianist Anne Damassa

All free!! And in the civilized time-slot of 7-9 PM.
KGB Bar is at 85 East 4th St. btw 2nd & 3rd Ave.



A Celebration of the Chapbook festival calls attention to the rich history of the chapbook and highlights its essential place in poetry publishing today as a vehicle for alternative poetry projects and for emerging authors and editors to gain entry into the literary marketplace. The festival will forge a new platform for the study of the chapbook inside and outside the academy and celebrate the importance of chapbooks to America’s cultural heritage and future.

***Thursday, April 23***
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue & 34th St

Chapbook Fair
10:00am-6:00pm, The Elebash Recital Hall Lobby

Brief History of Chapbooks
3:00-4:30pm, The Elebash Recital Hall

With Isaac Gewirtz, Curator of the New York Public Library’s Berg Collection; Eric Lorberer, Editor of Rain Taxi; and Michael Ryan, Director of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at Columbia University. Moderated by Richard Kaye, Hunter College, CUNY

Chapbooks in the 20th and 21st Centuries
4:30-6:00pm, The Elebash Recital Hall

With Michael Basinski, Assistant Curator of the Poetry/Rare Books Collection of the University Libraries, SUNY at Buffalo; Anne Waldman, Chair and Artistic Director of Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program; and Kevin Young, Emory University. Moderated by Ammiel Alcalay, Queens College, CUNY.

Keynote Reading
6:00pm, The Elebash Recital Hall

Readings by Lytton Smith, Gerald Stern, Judith Vollmer, Kevin Young and others, with an introduction by Kimiko Hahn.

***Friday, April 24***
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue & 34th St

Chapbook Fair
10:00am-4:00pm, Rooms 8301/8304

Chapbook Now: Producing Chapbooks
A Workshop for Poets
10:00-11:30am, Room 8400

With Rachel Levitsky (Belladonna*); Sharon Dolin (The Center for Book Arts); and Ryan Murphy (North Beach Yacht Club). Moderated by Alice Quinn (Poetry Society of America).

Chapbook Now: Producing Chapbooks
A Workshop for Publishers
11:30am-1:00pm, Room 8402

With Jen Benka (Booklyn); Matvei Yankelevich (Ugly Duckling Presse); and Brenda Iijima
(Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs). Moderated by Rob Casper (Poetry Society of America).

To register, call (212) 817-2005 or e-mail abozicevic@gc.cuny.edu – registration is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

***Friday, April 24***
The Center for Book Arts
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor

Bookmaking for Writers: A Studio Workshop
With Susan Mills and Karen Randall

Bookmaking for Publishers: A Studio Workshop
With Susan Mills and Karen Randall

To register, call (212) 481-0295 or e-mail info@centerforbookarts.org – registration is
offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. There's a $20 materials fee for each workshop.

The Center for Book Arts
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor
6:00 pm

All are welcome!

***Saturday, April 25***
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, Suite 10A

Collector’s Show-and-Tell:
The Secret History of Asian American Literature
Patricia Wakida

Publishing from the Margins

With Tan Lin; Dawn Lundy Martin (Third Wave Foundation, Black Took Collective); and Bushra Rehman. Moderated by Ken Chen (The Asian American Writers’ Workshop). Followed by a brief reading from the Workshop's Postcard Poetry Project.

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, Suite 10A
6:00 pm


Poetry at A Public Space

A Public Space is hosting a poetry reading series this month here in our offices to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Thursday, April 23rd @ 7 pm featuring: Heather Christle, Idra Novey, Mathias Svalina

Venue: A Public Space

323 Dean Street (between 3rd and 4th Ave.)

Boerum Hill, Brooklyn 11217



The readings are free, and they'll be followed by receptions.

Heather Christle grew up in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. She is the author of The Difficult Farm, a poetry collection forthcoming from Octopus Books.

Idra Novey’s first book of poems, The Next Country, was published by Alice James Books in fall 2008. She teaches in the School of the Arts at Columbia University and in the Bard College Prison Initiative.

Mathias Svalina is a co-editor of Octopus Magazine and Octopus Books. He is the author of nine chapbooks and collaboratively written chapbooks. His first book, Destruction Myth, is forthcoming from the CSU Poetry Center in October.


The Stain of Poetry: A Reading Series

April 24th @ 7 PM - Stain Bar - Williamsburg, Brooklyn featuring: Jennifer Burch, Heather Green, Chris Hosea, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Daniel Lin, Barry Schwabsky. Hosted by Amy King and Ana Božičević.

stain bar

766 grand street

brooklyn, ny 11211

(L train to Grand Street, 1 block west)

Jennifer Burch’s first book, No Matter, was released by The Winged Way (September 2008). Jennifer has published work in Article, Free Verse, Guernica, Left Facing Bird, Sal Mimeo, and Verse, and is included in Green Integer's forthcoming anthology, The Gertrude Stein Awards.

Heather Green's work has appeared in Barrow Street, DIAGRAM, The Hat, Lungfull!, Pebble Lake Review, Tarpaulin Sky, and other journals. She's the author of the chapbook The Match Array (Dancing Girl Press, 2008).

Chris Hosea's poems appear in VOLT, Swerve, Denver Quarterly, Article, Harvard Review, Iowa Review, and The Literary Review. With Cecily Iddings, he edits The Blue Letter, a free direct-mail poetry newsletter.

Sueyeun Juliette Lee edits Corollary Press, a chapbook series devoted to new work by writers of color. Recent work has appeared in Effing, One Less, and online at critiphoria.org. Her chapbooks include Mental Commitment Robots (yo yo labs), Perfect Villagers (Octopus Books) and Trespass Slightly In (Coconut). Her first full-length collection, That Gorgeous Feeling, is out from Coconut Books.

Daniel Lin has a chapbook, Tinder, from Nightboat Books (2004), and has recently published poems in Unsplendid and The Jewish Quarterly. He was a N.Y. Times Fellow at NYU and a Tennessee Williams Scholar at Sewanee Writers' Conference.

Barry Schwabsky is an American poet and art critic living in London. His new collection of poems, Book Left Open in the Rain, is published imminently by Black Square Editions and is available from SmallPpress Distribution. He writes regularly for The Nation and Artforum, among others. He is the author of Opera: Poems 1981-2002 (Meritage Press) and The Widening Circle: Consequences of Modernism in Contemporary Art (Cambridge University Press) as well as several chapbooks of poetry and contributions to dozens of books and exhibition catalogues on contemporary and modern art.



Join us at Rose Live Music in Williamsburg, Brooklyn!

Friday, April 24th at 8 PM
@ Rose Live Music
Admission: $5 + FREE DRINK!

Hosted by Nicole Steinberg

Christine Leclerc (Counterfeit)
Chris Tonelli
(Wide Tree)
Stephen Weiss (New York University)
Lauren Hunter (The New School)
Selena Anderson (Columbia University)

ROSE LIVE MUSIC is located at 345 Grand Street in Brooklyn, between Havemeyer and Marcy. Visit their website for directions: http://liveatrose.com.


Friday April 24th--Pete's Candy Store, 7 p.m.
with Jen Currin, Christine Leclerc, Farrah Field, and G.E. Patterson
709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn

Wednesday April 29th--Home Sweet Home, 7 p.m.
with Jared White & Farrah Field
131 Chrystie Street


It's "poetrytime"


APRIL 25th @ 8pm

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