Tuesday, September 29, 2009

This Week's Best of NYC/BK Readings

The 2008 New School Chapbook Award Series reading will be held Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m., 66 W. 12th St., room 510. This is the culmination of the annual chapbook competition, open to all students who have completed their course work (three workshops, three literature seminars). Winners are selected by writers of national reputation who do not currently teach in the Graduate Writing Program. The award funds a 250-copy print run of the winning chapbook in each concentration, of which winners keep 50 copies. At the reading, winners will be introduced by the judges who selected their chapbook for publication. Readers include: Drew Haxby, Ghosts (fiction, selected by Lisa Shea), Beth Schwartzapfel, Tough as a Shoe (nonfiction, selected by Deborah Copaken Cogan), Christie Ann Reynolds, idiot heart (poetry, selected by Brenda Shaughnessy) and Caron A. Levis, Shall (writing for children, selected by Dan Elish). Please come out and celebrate with these program graduates, take home copies of their chapbooks and find out what it takes to write an award-winning chapbook!

Chin Music: The Poetry Reading Series @ Pacific Standard Bar
Featuring Wendy Mnookin, Farrah Field & MC Hyland

Thursday, October 1, 2009 @ 7:00 PM

Pacific Standard Bar
82 Fourth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
(between St. Marks and Bergen Streets)


Please join us for our next evening of Chin Music @ Pacific Standard.
On October 1st, we are excited to feature three excellent poets: Wendy
Mnookin, Farrah Field, and MC Hyland. Other writers to be featured in
Chin Music this season include Monica de la Torre, Alison Hawthorne
Deming, Aaron Fagan, Steve Gehrke, Aracelis Girmay, Stuart
Greenhouse, Jason Koo, Philip Levine, Roddy Lumsden, Jynne Dilling
Martin, and Akilah Oliver.

Located on Fourth Avenue in downtown Brooklyn, near the
Atlantic/Pacific subway hub, Pacific Standard is a literary bar
serving up eighteen microbrews on tap and cask (including both West
Coast and local breweries), fine wines and liquors, and tasty snacks
like chips and salsa, and meat and cheese plates.

Sadly, I'll miss Farrah Field, but I'm happy to say that I'll be reading with her "old man," Jared White & a ton of other awesome poets for this:

Party - Night of Mayhem
Start Time:
Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 7:00pm
End Time:
Friday, October 2, 2009 at 3:00am
Home Sweet Home
131 Chrystie Street, down the stairs
New York, NY

It's been a year (well, over a year) & we want to celebrate The Reading at Chrystie Street (better late than never)! & we need you there (real bad).

What we mean is:

Join us at Home Sweet Home at 131 Chrystie Street for a night of flash readings, excellent music, terrible dancing, &, we hope, lots of stuff we can talk about the next day.
This is a pretty damn awesome way to spend your Friday:
Katy Lederer

Party - Barbecue

Friday, October 2, 2009 at 6:30pm

Katy's house
381 Park Place #1
Brooklyn, NY


Hoa and Anselm will read. If it rains or is too cold, people will go inside, but otherwise, people will drink and BBQ in the yard. This will be a great time if you have an office job and want something to do on a Friday night!

To get to my house, which is about three blocks from the Brooklyn Museum: 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza; B/Q to 7th Ave; 4/5 to Franklin. Subways should run better on a Friday than they usually do on the weekends.

EOAGH: A Journal of the Arts

Saturday, October 3, 2009, 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Unnameable Books,600 Vanderbilt Ave,Brooklyn, NY

This event is co-sponsored by Chax Press

8:00 Amy King
8:15 Jeremy James Thompson
8:30 Mark Lamoureux
8:45 Christie Ann Reynolds
9:00 Eric Lindley
9:15 Bill Marsh
9:30 Adeena Karasick
9:45 Amanda Deutch

these wizards of poetry
will read poetry
and stuff will happen
videos + beer will also appear

8pm !
Corner of Seneca and Stanhope
3 Blox from the DeKalb L train
for more 'details' go to:

Monday, September 28, 2009

It is Salty to me, Is it Salty to you?

The new issue of Saltgrass is out, starring these awesome poets & writers:

Laura Solomon, G.C. Waldrep, Cecily Iddings, Anne Boyer, Ben Mirov, Ish Klein, Claire Hero, Hugh Merwin, Jason Bredle, Karla Kelsey, Lisa Ciccarello, Danielle Pafunda, Brett Price, Genya Turovskaya, Maureen Thorson, Ron Rash

For only $5, you can purchase a copy of this issue here: http://www.saltgrassjournal.blogspot.com, where sample poems are also available for your viewing.

Please kindly snag a copy and/or pass on the word.

Also, we are now open to submissions for issue 5.

Julia Cohen, Poetry Editor

Saturday, September 26, 2009

From Monument To Masses - "Deafening" - 4/27/07

Between the rows of books

2pm Saturday at NYPL Grand Central Branch

September 26: Anthony Hawley, Nate Pritts and Laura Sims

Anthony Hawley grew up in New England and was educated at Columbia University. He is the author The Concerto Form (2006) and the chapbooks "Afield" (Ugly Duckling Presse) and "Vocative" (Phylum Press). His poems have appeared in various publications including Denver Quarterly, The New Republic, The Paris Review, 26, and Volt. He currently lives in Nebraska.

Nate Pritts is the author of two full length books of poetry - Sensational Spectacular and Honorary Astronaut - with a third, The Wonderfull Yeare, due out in early 2010. The founder & editor of H_NGM_N, Nate teaches poetry for the Downtown Writers Center/YMCA in Syracuse, NY.

Laura Sims is the author of two books of poems: Practice, Restraint, (winner of the 2005 Fence Books Alberta Prize), and Stranger (Fence Books, 2009). She is a co-curator of the Segue Series @ Bowery Poetry Club, a co-editor of Instance Press, and a lecturer at Baruch College. She lives in Brooklyn, New York

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

When It Was Summer

A while back I went to the Storm King Sculpture garden with Lila, Jared & Farrah. I was thrilled to be out of the city so my photos reflect my enthusiasm towards non-city things.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Chapbooks & Readings & Journals

Thanks for all the inquiries regarding State(s) of Flux. As soon as the page/buy link is up I'll post it on my blog.

But for now, how about you read Brooklyn Copeland's new chapbook? It's really good! You can read it here.

Know what else you can read? The new ish of Fou.

How about some Friday reading?

Zornoza (whose book I reviewed a while back on this blog) and Nicolle Elizabeth. Oh yes.

Dear darlings,

The new season of EARSHOT is well underway and we've got another fantastic evening in store for you on Friday, September 25th at ROSE LIVE MUSIC at 7:30 PM!

This time around, our excellent featured readers are SARAH SARAI (author of the new collection The Future Is Happy) and ANDREW ZORNOZA (author of Where I Stay)! They'll be joined by three most astounding MFA readers: Paul Hlava (New York University), Nicolle Elizabeth (Sarah Lawrence College) and Justin Boening (Columbia University).

And, as always, the price is a paltry five dollars, which includes a free drink! Join us!

Your pal,


Friday, September 25th @ 7:30 PM
@ Rose Live Music
Hosted by Nicole Steinberg
$5 + one free drink


Sarah Sarai (The Future Is Happy)
Andrew Zornoza (Where I Stay)
Paul Hlava (New York University)
Nicolle Elizabeth (Sarah Lawrence College)
Justin Boening (Columbia University)

Rose Live Music is located at 345 Grand Street in Brooklyn, between Havemeyer and Marcy. Visit their website for directions: http://roselivemusic.com.

This Friday, at the Mountain of Power, it's Battle Royale

Jennifer Karmin, Michael Leong & Estela Lamat

Jennifer Karmin's text-sound epic Aaaaaaaaaaalice will be published by
Flim Forum Press in 2009. She curates the Red Rover Series and is a
founding member of the public art group Anti Gravity Surprise. Her
multidisciplinary projects have been presented at festivals,
artist-run spaces, and on city streets across the U.S. and Japan. At
home in Chicago, she teaches creative writing to immigrants at Truman
College and works as a Poet in Residence for the public schools.

Michael Leong’s poetry career began in the sixth grade when he won his
first and only poetry prize in Mr. Harrison’s class for a haiku about
a snake. Since then, he has published poems and translations in
journals such as Action Yes, Bird Dog, Double Room, jubilat,
Marginalia, Opium Magazine, Pindeldyboz, and Tin House. He is the
author of I, the Worst of All (blazeVOX [books], 2009), a translation
of the Chilean poet Estela Lamat, and e.s.p. (Silenced Press, 2009).
He currently lives in New York City.

Estela Lamat was born at the age of eight in the backyard of the
house. She has conducted meticulous nocturnal studies of
sleeplessness, of stellar chances and causalities. Tamer of cats,
enologist by nose, left-handed, and epileptic, she has never been in a
workshop; she has never entered any contests; nor has she won any
literary awards.

Only at Pete's Candy Store
709 Lorimer Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

(718) 302-3770

"L" to Lorimer, "G" to Metropolitan


Visit http://www.multifariousarray.blogspot.com/ for links to their
work and email me for more information.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A Little of This/ A Little of That

Lila & I went to see Asobi Seksu last Wednesday. I have a review and more pics over on GSL.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Cakeshop on Saturday for my reading/release party. I have photos here

Have you read the interview with Claudia Rankine? It's here. How about this one?

& you know about her "play" which takes place on a bus tour of the South Bronx?

Catherine Meng has poems up at Real Poetik

Friday, September 18, 2009

State(s) of Flux

I'm thrilled to say my chapbook has arrived. You can purchase it from Peptic Robot Press for $15.00. The book doesn't have its own page yet but you can send them an email here for the deets.

I'll be reading from it tomorrow at Cakeshop so come on out and say hi.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

So Much To See & Do Don't Bother Shaking A Stick Or Twitching A Tweet

New ish of Spooky Boyfriend featuring a plethora of great poets such as Dan Magers and Nicole Steinberg.


Always lava hot is Sous Rature so check out the new ish here


I went to a panel yesterday on Hip-Hop, Pop, and Poetry for the Brooklyn Bookfest and wrote up a 'lil something for it, read that here

There's also a snapshot on G.C. Waldrep here


How about a new e-chapbook collaboration from Sawako Nakayasu and Jen Hofer. What? Yep completely ridiculous in the way you love it most. Read it here.


How 'bout the fact that Dan Magers & I are both reading on Saturday? Sadly at separate locations. Here's the info on Dan's reading. I'll post the flyer for mine on Wednesday.

Dear Gmail,

Please tell my friends that I am reading on Saturday at 2pm with Flarf powerhouse Katie Degentesh. I hear she's reading some new stuff, and I completely expect it to be amazing. Tell them that if they are not too hung over, or walking in the park with their loved ones, or making $$$, or staring into the void of your peeling bedroom walls, to please stop by and hear some Poetry.

Your #1 fan,


September 19: Katie Degentesh and Dan Magers

Katie Degentesh is the author of The Anger Scale. She lives in New York City.

Dan Magers is the co-editor of Sink Review (sinkreview.org). His chapbook Exploitation Poems was published in 2007, and he's had poems published in the tiny, Red China Magazine, and Thirteen Myna Birds.

2 PM on Saturday, September 12th at the Grand Central Branch of the New York Public Library: 135 East 46th Street, in the community/program room, which is on the upper level. Elevator available. Phone: (212) 621-0670. blog:http://grandcentralpoets.blogspot.com

Monday's Triptych Reading

Triptych Readings @ Solas
(pairing established and emerging writers)

Monday, Sept 14, 2009 7:00 PM


Location: Solas Bar
232 E. 9th St. (btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave)

Nearest Subways: 6 at Astor Pl.; L at Third Ave.; N, R, W at 8th St.-NYU

Admission is Free.

Please see our website: www.triptychreadings.com
for directions, poems and more about our readers and upcoming readings.

Readers Bio:

Arthur Sze is the author of eight books of poems, including, The Redshifting Web: Poems 1970-1998, Quipu, and recently published, The Ginkgo Light (Copper Canyon Press, 2009). He is also the editor of Chinese Writers on Writing (forthcoming from Trinity University Press in April, 2010), as well as a translator, and released The Silk Dragon: Translations of Chinese Poetry in 2001. His awards include a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Book Award, a Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, two National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing fellowships, a George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation Fellowship, three grants from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, and a Western States Book Award for Translation. He is a professor emeritus at the Institute of American Indian Arts and the first poet laureate of Santa Fe.

Cathy Park Hong's first book, Translating Mo'um, was published in 2002 by Hanging Loose Press. Her second collection, Dance Dance Revolution, was chosen for the Barnard Women Poets Prize and was published in 2007 by WW Norton. Hong is also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Village Voice Fellowship for Minority Reporters. Her poems have been published in A Public Space, Paris Review, Poetry, American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, Jubilat, and other journals, and she has reported for the Village Voice, The Guardian, Salon, and Christian Science Monitor. She now lives in New York City and is an Assistant Professor at Sarah Lawrence College.

Allison Benis White is the author of Self-Portrait with Crayon, winner of the 2008 Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Competition. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, and Pleiades, among other journals. Her honors include the Indiana Review Poetry Prize, the Bernice Slote Award from Prairie Schooner, and a Writers Exchange Award from Poets & Writers. She is currently at work on a second manuscript, “Small Porcelain Head,” which received the 2008 James D. Phelan Award for a work-in-progress from The San Francisco Foundation.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Massive Week(end) for Poetry

The schedule for the full Welcome to Boog City Festival is now available online here. The readings on Saturday and Sunday at Unnameable Books is crazy including friends, Geoffrey Olsen (Sat.) and Veronica Wong(Sunday).
Saturday, September 12, from 1pm-6pm (or some part thereof) to celebrate and commemorate the first nine years of Fence Magazine!

We're suggesting folks bring a yoga mat or something else to sit on out in the yard as we're expecting a big turn-out!

Also including a save the date--Friday, October 2 6:30pm--for another Garden Party (also at 381 Park Place, #1), featuring Hoa Nguyen (all the way up from Austin, TX) and Anselm Berrigan.
There's also Mark Bibbins' book release party on Saturday night and Earshot on Friday night:
Children of EARSHOT! Your time has come.

Please join us, one and all, for our Fall '09 season kick-off event this Friday, September 11th, at a new starting time of 7:30 PM! We'll be at the fabulous Rose Live Music in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and our line-up will chase away those post-summertime blues.

This time around, we're featuring poets JAMES BELFLOWER (author of the new collection Commuter from Instance Press) and CLAIRE DONATO (recent Brooklyn transplant and author of the chapbook Someone Else's Body). And our trio of MFA writers is the collective icing on the literary cake.

As always, you get all this, plus a free drink, for a measly five clams. No inflation here.

Your pal,

P.S. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/earshotnyc


Join us at Rose Live Music in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for the first event of the Fall '09 Season!

Friday, September 11th at 7:30 PM
@ Rose Live Music
Admission: $5 + FREE DRINK!

Hosted by Nicole Steinberg

James Belflower (Commuter)
Claire Donato (Someone Else's Body)
Deenah Vollmer (Columbia University)
Elizabeth Powers Howort (The New School)
David Grumblatt (New York University)

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

EARSHOT is a bi-monthly reading series, dedicated to featuring new and emerging literary talent in the NYC area. Visit http://www.earshotnyc.com for more information or e-mail Nicole Steinberg at earshotnyc@gmail.com.
The Brooklyn Book Festival is happening on Sunday. Full schedule here.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Putting It All Together

Every time my girlfriend calls me she asks what I ate or what I'm eating. Lately I've been lazy and the answer is always a garden burger. Today I could not eat another garden burger. I decided to roast potatoes with onions, garlic and basil (all from CSA).

I sauteed zucchini, jalapeno peppers, (both CSA) and sunflower seeds.

Finally, a burrito with avocado (from gf) cheddar cheese, black beans, and tomatoes (CSA). I ate two of these. Now I'll digest. Make espresso in about an hour and head back to work.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Monday Round-Up

Fellow FITer & friend, Dottie, has poems up on Real Poetik.


Futurepoem has open submissions this month. Read about it here.


Yesterday Lila and I walked the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and then ate pizza outdoors. Today is in the 70s which means I should get off the computer & enjoy the weather.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sunday with Words

The new issue of The Chapbook Review came out & it's quite good. It has reviews of Matt Bell, Claire Donato, Nada Gordon, Vanessa Place and Robert Fitterman, and Pedro Ponce. Check it out here!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Today & Other Days

LIT Magazine was a new website & they are accepting submission.

I've been cat-sitting this week. This is Ethan. I've known him for almost a decade. He lived with me in Cobble Hill. He's a nice guy.
From the stolen from Captain S files, I recently discovered Daytrotter which has a ton of music downloads featuring unreleased or alternate tracks. Here's who I downloaded thus far:
Asobi Seksu (who have an acoustic show on Sept. 15 at Joe's Pub)
Bon Iver
Crystal Stilts
Sunset Rubdown
Times New Viking
Last night I ate corn on the cob and plantain chips. Today my stomach hurts. Not sure if the two are related. I think I want bread. Chinatown, Little Itlay, Soho, Nolita kinda sucks when you want a bagel.
Today was the last Friday I could sleep in (until late December) so naturally at 8:15 there was a big-ass truck making the loudest noise over & over & over again. Displeasure. Yes, say it with me. Displeasure.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Sneak Peak

a rough-draft of Concertina from Joseph Lappie & a poem by me (previously published in Sawbuck) equals a forthcoming collaboration chapbook by Mr. Lappie & Mr. Me

Respite (while eating a sandwich) in the park


I am covered in mosquito bites


there are Finches
everywhere hopping on
the red bricks
rubbing their
bellies between
gray stone

Saturday/ in the park/ little chest/ puffed/ in song/


I shared
in sound

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Some Goods & Then Some More Goods

The Brooklyn Bookfest happens on Sunday, September 13th and this discussion which takes place at St. Francis College looks pretty good:

12:00 p.m. Poetry, Pop, and Hip-Hop. A panel discussing how poets, songwriters and rappers push language in new and essential ways. Featuring Lupe Fiasco, musician and poet Thurston Moore, Tracie Morris and Matthew Zapruder (The Pajamaist). Moderated by Touré.


The 13th is also the final day of the Boog City Festival with a day long reading at Unnameable Books featuring friend and soon-to-be-press mates, Veronica Wong. I'll post the complete schedule sometime next week.


The other day I was reading Nicolle Elizabeth's blog and discovered this pizza blog. Awesome, you know I always look at the artist, Stella Hultberg's blog to see what she & often her husband, Matthew, have been eating. My favorite cat, Ethan, also has a guest appearance on the blog. I don't know Vanessa but she and I share friends in common and I often look at her blog for food. Although the more recent post haven't been as food-centric.
Does anyone know of any good coffee &/or beer blogs?

Speaking of Nicolle Elizabeth she has poems in the new ish of Sawbuck

please redirect your browsers to witness fantastical meanderings from the likes of:

(Edith Södergran translated by Christian Ward)
(George Moore)(Jeff Harrison)
(Jessica Wickens)(Lee Norton)
(Nicolle Elizabeth)(Philip Byron Oakes)
(Steven Breyak)(Susan Lewis)(Zach Buscher)
you will not regret this
A new ish of Softblow is up & eagerly awaiting you.