Friday, October 30, 2009

All Hallow's Eve


Outpost Lounge 1014 Fulton St (Grand & Classon) Brooklyn, NY

The Subterranean Homesick Blues Project

Friday, October 30, 2009 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Ding Dong Lounge 929 Columbus Avenue (between 105/106) New York, NY

Justin Taylor / Mark Bibbins / Ari Messer / Roddy Lumsden / Monica Youn / Dai George / Amy Lemmon / Jason Schneiderman / Timothy Donnelly / Brett Fletcher Lauer / Kathleen Ossip / Cheryl Burke / Douglas Martin / Melissa Broder / James Byrne / Jennifer L Knox / Sharon Mesmer / David Yezzi / Katy Lederer / Joshua Mehigan / Jeffrey McDaniel / Jeremy Schmall / Deborah Landau / Farrah Field / Josh Bell / Thaddeus Rutkowski / George Green / Anwyn Crawford / Adam Fitzgerald / Sasha Fletcher / Justin Boening / Ethan Hon


Hosted by Roddy Lumsden

The Stain of Poetry: A Reading Series
Friday, October 30, 2009,7:00pm - 9:00pm
Goodbye Blue Monday,1087 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY

Get your pre-Halloween on with Cara Benson, Elizabeth Bryant, Carla Drysdale, Brenda Iijima, Magus Magnus & Moez Surani

and special guest host Julian T. Brolaski!

Cara Benson edits Sous Rature. Her first full length book (made) is forthcoming from BookThug in 2010. Her chapbook Quantum Chaos and Poems: A Manifest(o)ation (BookThug) co-won the 2008 bpNichol Prize. Other chaps include He Writes (No Press), UP (Dusie Kollectiv), and Spell/ing ( ) Bound (ellectrique press) with Kai Fierle-Hedrick and Kathrin Schaeppi. Benson edited the interdisciplinary book Prediction forthcoming from Chain. She lives and writes in the analog world of upstate NY. Her online home is necessetics.

Elizabeth Bryant’s newest book, (nevertheless enjoyment, is forthcoming fall 2009 from Quale Press. Her writing appears in many print and online journals including Wheelhouse Magazine, Coconut, Dusie, Bombay Gin, Key Satch(el), Gerry Mulligan, and Intercapillary Space. She is the editor of CR79 Books, and the ongoing writing experiment Defeffable. She also co-curates the Bard Roving Reading Series.

Carla Drysdale was born in London, Ontario and was educated at Ryerson university in Toronto as well as Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Her poems have appeared in Canadian and US journals, including the Literary Review of Canada, Canadian Literature, the Fiddlehead, Global City Review, The Same and LIT. She has won several fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, where she collaborated with Pulitzer-prize winning composer David Del Tredici, who set her poem, ‘New Year’s Eve’ to music. She recently relocated from NYC to Geneva, Switzerland, where she works as a public radio journalist. Her first book of poems, Little Venus, is being published in October by Toronto’s Tightrope Books.

Brenda Iijima is the author of Animate, Inanimate Aims (Litmus Books) and Around Sea (O Books). Two books are forthcoming in the near future: revv. you’ll—ution (Displaced Press) and If Not Metamorphic (Ahsahta Press). She is currently researching all the women who were murdered in her hometown of North Adams, Massachusetts as well as writing an encyclopedia of animals used by humans as surrogates. She publishes chapbooks on Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs.

Magus Magnus‘ Verb Sap came out from Narrow House of Baltimore in autumn of 2008. Pieces from this work also form the basis of an ongoing experimental musical collaboration with flutist Jennifer Lapple, titled “Verb Sap recitative.” Over the past year, M.’s online radio show on blogtalkradio, titled “MMm… Utterance” featured readings from Verb Sap, some earlier work, and from his upcoming book Imposter!: instances, regrets. M. reads regularly around the Baltimore-D.C. area, and his work has appeared in Viviparous Blenny, Shattered Wig Review, the ie Reader, and more; as director of Yockadot Poetics Theatre Project, he enjoys showcasing poets and performers dedicated to exploring the variety of ways text can be induced to leap off the page live. M. lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife Manya Magnus, and their two children, Hero (age 9), and Gryphon (about to turn 4).

Moez Surani’s poetry and short fiction have been published widely in Canada. He has served as a writer-in-residence for the Toronto Catholic District School Board and curator for the Strong Words Reading Series in Toronto. Among his awards is a 2008 Chalmers Arts Fellowship, which supported an extended research stint to India and East Africa. His debut collection of poems (September, 2009) is titled Reticent Bodies.

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Julian T. Brolaski is the author of the chapbooks Hellish Death Monsters (Spooky Press, 2001), Letters to Hank Williams (True West Press, 2003), The Daily Usonian (Atticus/Finch, 2004) and Madame Bovary’s Diary (Cy Press, 2005), Buck in a Corridor (flynpyntar, 2008) and the blog herm of warsaw. Xir first book gowanus atropolis is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2010. Brolaski lives in Brooklyn where xe writes poetry, serves as a Litmus Press editor, plays country music in The Low & the Lonesome (, and curates Mongrel Vaudeville (


Goodbye Blue Monday
1087 Broadway
(corner of Dodworth St)
Brooklyn, NY 11221-3013
(718) 453-6343

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Creation Myth

In the beginning everyone looked like Larry Bird
but everyone did not have the name Larry Bird
& this was confusing. Everyone had a headache
& walked around with furrowed brows. Headaches
hadn't been invented & when people described the pain
they said an angry Larry Bird stands on my neck
& my head is Larry Bird after missing a lay up.
Even the babies were the size & shape of Larry Bird.
Since everyone looked like Larry Bird they avoided
extravagant events. All the clubs shut down, no one
could watch a Larry Bird dance without understanding
that they danced like this, pursed lips, flagellum legs,
arms like wild fire hoses. The real Larry Bird retired
to his basement. He wore magnifying goggles
& built watches of smaller & smaller dimensions.
He built watches so small that he needed a microscope
to affix the springs & levers in the right places.
He built watches so small that he called them cells.
He built watches so small that he called them atoms.

-Mathias Svalina-

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Good Stuff for a Rainy Wednesday

Niina Pollari's new chapbook is out! You can check it out here.


My interview with Sawako is up on Coldfront, as well as, a review of Jill's book (not by me).


& how about an interview with Justin Mark's here?

Friday, October 23, 2009


Doomsday Film Festival & Symposium
Sunday, October 25, 2009
12:30pm - 2:00pm
87 Lafayette St. (between Walker & White)
New York, NY

• Selections from The Animatrix | Shinichiro Watanabe & Mahiro Maeda, U.S., 2003 (feat. The Second Renaissance Parts 1 & 2, A Detective Story, Kid's Story)

• Bob Fingerman, author and comic artist
• Hilary Florido, comic artist
• Matt Hawkins, journalist
• Justin Taylor, author
• John Joseph Adams, editor of Wastelands, The Living Dead and Seeds of Change
• Jonathan Maberry, author of Patient Zero, They Bite and Doomwar

• Jeremy Schmall, poet
• Sommer Browning, poet
• Emily Brandt, poet
• Alex Cuff, poet
• Martin Rock, poet

Limited Edition copies of The Apocalypse Anthology of Poetry edited by Sommer Browning will be available for sale from Flying Guillotine Press.

About the festival:
The 2009 Doomsday Film Festival explores our collective obsession with the Apocalypse in film, art, and culture.

From raptures, plagues, meteorites, nuclear holocausts, aliens, zombie attacks, ecological catastrophe, and cybernetic revolt to the 2012 doomsday predictions, the Festival will touch upon all possible permutations of our collective demise.

We'll be screening films from across the board, with works ranging from premieres to established classics to rediscovered gems. On the schedule for the 2009 Festival are nuclear fallout cartoons, early '60s atomic parables, '80s zombie punk, award-winning independent shorts, and much more.

The event will incorporate a panel-based symposium featuring authors, artists, and all manner of experts on the End of Days. We plan to tackle the Apocalypse in all its forms, and hope you'll join us for the ride!

A Canadian Invasion!

Nick Thran (Insomniac Press)
J. Mae Barizo (Fields Press)
Moez Surani (Wolsak & Wynn)

8PM, Oct. 26
Unnameable Books
Neighborhood: Prospect Heights
600 Vanderbilt Ave
(between Dean St & St Marks Ave)
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 789-1534

Join us for a wonderful reading by Myung Mi Kim (author of Penury, Commons, DURA, The Bounty, and Under Flag), Jena Osman (author of Essay In Asterisks and The Character) and Tony Tost (author of Complex Sleep and Invisible Bride). We are also celebrating the publication of Myung Mi Kim's new book, Penury.

MONDAY, OCT 26, 2009 7:00 PM
Triptych Readings
(pairing established and emerging writers)


11th Street Bar

510 East 11th Street (between Avenues 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 FREE.

Visit our website for poems, more about our readers,
and upcoming readings:

Bio for the readers:

Myung Mi Kim is Professor of English and a core faculty member of the Poetics Program at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is the author of Penury, Commons, DURA, The Bounty, and Under Flag. Kim was awarded The Multicultural Publisher's Exchange Award of Merit for Under Flag. She also received a fellowship at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, awards from the Fund for Poetry, a Daesan Foundation Translation Grant, and the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity. The anthologies in which her work has appeared include American Poets in the 21st century: The New American Poetics, Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women, Premonitions: Kaya Anthology of New Asian North American Poetry, Making More Waves: New Writing by Asian American Women.

Jena Osman's books of poetry include The Character, An Essay in Asterisks, and the forthcoming The Network (winner of the 2009 National Poetry Series). An excerpt from "Public Figures," her continuing project on statuary in Philadelphia, can be found in the online journal HOW2 (vol. 3, issue 1). She co-edits the ChainLinks book series with Juliana Spahr and teaches in the Creative Writing program at Temple University.

Tony Tost is the author of Complex Sleep (Iowa 2007), World Jelly (Effing 2005) and Invisible Bride (LSU 2004). He is currently writing a book on Johnny Cash's first American Recordings album for Continuum's 33 1/3 series of books on classic record albums, and is also completing a new poetry manuscript called Consequence. Poems and prose have recently appeared in Hambone, Open Letter, Mandorla, Talisman, American Literature, Colorado Review and Effing Magazine, and are forthcoming in Cannibal, Ping Pong and The Yale Anthology of Younger Poets. He lives with Leigh and Simon in Durham, NC, where he is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at Duke University.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Flyday Friday

And Made a Fanvid of it on YouTube!

The Multifarious Array Has Hacked Your Netflix and Added 7 Brendan
Fraser Movies to Your Queue!

The Multifarious Array Demands Photos of Your Buttocks!

This Friday, October 23, at 7pm

Paige Taggart, Sharon Dolin, Esther K. Smith & Patrick Lucy

Will Ominously Lurk in the Perimeters of Your Life!

Getting Stalked Has Never Had Better Syntax!

Paige Taggart is a 2009 NYFA fellow and has an e-chapbook with
Scantily Clad Press, Won’t Be a Girl. Her poems have appeared in Alice
Blue Review, La Petite Zine, Six Finch, Blazevox, Elimae, Caketrain,
Eleven Eleven, Boog City.

Sharon Dolin’s fourth book, Burn and Dodge won the AWP Donald Hall
Prize in Poetry. Her other books include Heart Work. Serious Pink, and
Realm of the Possible. She is Writer-in-Residence at Eugene Lang
College, The New School. She also teachers at the Unterberg Poetry
Center of the 92nd Street Y and directs the Center for Books Arts
Annual Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition.

Esther K Smith publishes limited editions and artist books at
Purgatory Pie Press in New York City in collaboration with letterpress
printer Dikko Faust and other artists and writers. She is the author
PAPER BRIDE--published by Random House imprint, Potter Craft. A few
days ago, she opened a box in a basement and found a huge cockroach, sketchbooks and
her first book of poetry, written when she was in sixth grade.

Patrick Lucy is a member of the New Philadelphia Poets, a group
committed to advancing poetry, space & community in Philadelphia. His
work has appeared recently in the Corduroy Mtn and Ink Node
(featured). His chapbook, WILLIAM, is forthcoming from Con/Crescent
Press. Patrick's disembodied press & blog, Catch/Confetti, produces
fine poetry ephemera and comment. He lives in Fishtown and runs a web
development company called Nimblelight.

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

(718) 302-3770

"L" to Lorimer, "G" to Metropolitan


Visit for links to their
work and email me for more information.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


I have a brief interview or "snapshot" with Sawako Nakayasu forthcoming on Coldfront so I figured I'd give y'all a quick preview:

Insect Country (A) and Insect Country (B) (Dusie Press) are very ant-centric so let’s talk about ants— did you have a fascination with them as a child, perhaps a proud owner of an ant farm, or did they just appear in a poem and then the appearance triggered the idea that you could write a series of poems around them?

S: I’ve also always found collective energies really fascinating too, like when I used to go to concerts when I was younger – in those giant American stadiums – I loved the thought of being with so many people who were interested in the same music, being so in love with the moment and the music – but then again some very atrocious things can take place via collective masses of human energy too, so I can’t really advocate for it, but it’s nonetheless fascinating to me. I remember something Endo Shusaku once wrote, about how he couldn’t stand to go to baseball games because he couldn’t help but think about the fact that the huge number of people collected in this one building was a result of twice that many people having sex, and the thought of all that sex was just too much for him. Funny prudish man!

I suppose there’s also something endearing in the fact that ants are relatively small creatures. I am a relatively small creature too, so there’s some sympathy there. If only I had an exoskeleton too…I do remember one fine day in Providence, RI after I had purchased my first-ever set of full hockey padding, so that I could learn to play ice hockey. I put on all my pads and ran around the house crashing into walls and furniture, marveling at the fact that it didn’t hurt at all!

Anyway…on the other hand it’s not that I’m such an ant lover either – I do squash them if they invade the house, and there were some that once got sacrificed in the course of their involuntary participation in a performance piece. I just find them interesting, and for a while they served as some kind of poetic medium. It was only recently that I read The Earth Dwellers (by Erich Hoyt), and now I’m looking forward to reading those giant ant tomes by Edward Wilson and William Brown. Oh, and of course I loved that film, Microcosmos

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

To Be Consumed With An Apple Crisp

Issue 4 of Absent
is live. It's an all-poetry issue featuring work by:

Dan Boehl * Karen Carcia * Darcie Dennigan * Jessica Fjeld * Andrea Henchey * Lauren Ireland * Matthew Klane * Reb Livingston * Marc McKee * Daniela Olszewska * Matt Shears * Kim Gek Lin Short

Monday, October 19, 2009

What's Doing?

Monday, Oct. 19th 8pm. St. Mark's Poetry Project, 131 E. 10TH St.

Sueyeun Juliette Lee & Tracey McTague
October 19, 2009
8:00 pm

Sueyeun Juliette Lee grew up three miles from the CIA and currently lives in Philadelphia, PA where she edits her small chapbook series, Corollary Press, and is pursuing her PhD in English from Temple University. Previously, she received her MFA in poetry and certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her poetry has appeared in journals such as Chain, 26, The Columbia Poetry Review, Effing, and MiPOesias’s Asian American collection. Her chapbooks include Trespass Slightly In (online with Coconut), Perfect Villagers (Octopus Books) and Mental Commitment Robots (Yo Yo Labs). As an editor, Sueyeun specifically seeks out authors whose aesthetics challenge the boundaries of intelligibility for suitably “raced” work, such as painter and African-American poet Christopher Stackhouse’s lyric meditations on the visual line in Slip (Corollary 2006) or Indian emigre Bhanu Kapil’s hybrid memoir of displacement, colonialism, and mental illness in Water Damage (Corollary 2007). Her book of poetry, That Gorgeous Feeling (Coconut), explores East/West discursive circulations through the notion of celebrity.

Tracey McTague lives at the geographic apex of Brooklyn on Battle Hill where she curates a reading series of the same name. She is also co-editor and consiglieri of Lungfull! Magazine. She is a writer and visual artist whose work includes a number of chapbooks. A longer book, about urban dog mind, will be published this fall by Overlook Press. Tracey is currently at work on a project called SUPER NATURAL. She vandalizes private property on a regular basis.
Get all Flarfed Up!

Event: Ernest Hilbert and Sharon Mesmer
What: Listening Party
Start Time: Tomorrow, October 19 at 7:30pm
End Time: Tomorrow, October 19 at 9:00pm
Where: Tomorrow Night @ KGB!

Patricia Carlin wanted to let you know that she'll be reading from her new collection Quantum Jitters on Sunday, October 25, @ 2:00 p.m. at the Bowery Poetry Club (sponsored by Four Way Books). I hope to see some of you there.

The Bowery Poetry Club,
308 Bowery, New York City
(Foot of 1st St., between Houston and Bleecker,
convenient to subways and buses: F Train to 2nd
Avenue, 6 Train to Bleecker)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Ugly Is As Ugly Does-- Quack Quack Quack

Matsuo Basho.
New Events with UDP Authors


Thursday, October 29, 7pm
Amatoritsero Ede, Regan Good, Geoffrey Nutter
@ Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St., NYC (map)

Friday, October 30, 7pm
Matvei Yankelevich, Jeremy James Thompson, and Sommer Browning
at Supermachine Reading Series
@ Outpost Lounge
1014 Fulton, Brooklyn, NY (map)

Tuesday, November 2, 7:30pm
Rachel Levitsky, Neighbor
Rick Snyder, Escape from Combray
Garrett Kalleberg, Malilenas
With music under the command of Jeffrey Joe Nelson
@ Soda Bar
629 Vanderbilt, Brooklyn, NY (map)

Wednesday, November 18, 7:30pm
Presenting readings from 6X6 #18 & #19
with live music
@ Shelton Walsmith Studio
267 Douglass St., Brooklyn, NY (map)

Thurdsay, December 3, 7:30pm
Kristen Kosmas, Hello Failure
(No. 1 in UDP's new Emergency Playscripts Series)
@ Old American Can Factory
232 3rd St. at 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, NY (map)


Friday, October 16th, 2009 at 7:30 PM
RACHEL LEVITSKY (Poet; New York City), ROB RAY (Sound Artist; Troy, NY), MECCA JAMILAH SULLIVAN (Fiction; Philadelphia)
@ Moles Not Molars in the GRAY AREA at Crane Arts
The Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American St., Philadelphia

Friday, October 16, 2009, at 7:30
Matvei Yankelevich & Heather Christle / Emily Kendal Frey & Matthew Dickman
a book and magazine launch with Octopus Books and Poor Claudia
@ WorkSound, SE 8th and Alder, Portland, OR

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Marina Temkina's performance/reading "Russian-Jewish-Immigrant-Woman-Poet in Perpetual Identity Crisis"
@ Spiro Ark Center
25-26 Enford Street, London

Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 7pm
Watchword presents Matvei Yankelevich (reading Daniil Kharms) & Thaisa Frank
with live music by Sam Tsitrin
@ Space Gallery
1141 Polk Street, San Francisco
suggested donation $5

Forthcoming Titles

by Kristen Kosmas


"The play opens quietly, more or less, on the Eastern Seaboard and then closes, more or less miraculously, somewhere else altogether, achieving on its happy and troublous way all the things a reader or audience member could hope for-distance, speed, heart, submersion, emergence, truth, mystery, and more. By the end, in a plain and simple and fairly sad way, everything stands for everything else."

-Will Eno

by Garrett Kalleberg

kosmas hello failure
Something feeds me zeros until
all my energy is consumed
in error correction.
I find myself
on a path I did not ask for
along an arc I cannot prevent.
I cannot prevent arcs.
I cannot prevent paths
in the form of mathematical certainty
or probability.
Something feeds me,
and all my riches are immaterial. No matter
what I have done, or do, or will do,
probability will save me.

Follow the link to read more.

A very limited edition of Malilenas, bound into special covers with handset titles and signed by the author, is now on sale. Only 20 copies are available for general sale, available for $30 per copy. Purchase your copy online and receive in the mail in mid-November or we can ship it for Christmas.
The Theory of Everything, Abridged
by Ben Luzzatto
Special Edition

Ugly Duckling Presse invites you to participate in the venerable tradition of reader-supported publishing by subscribing to this special collector's edition today.

by Ben Luzzatto
Ugly Duckling Presse :: Dossier
Release date: Spring 2010
364 pages, smyth-sewn and in a custom box
with 38 color plates
$100 (Collector's Edition, signed and numbered)

Click here to order your collector's edition (available to ship from UDP by December 15).

Click here to read more about this title.

"Luzzatto contributes to the evolution of a new era by dramatizing the integration of each person with larger human and non-human environments." - Linda Weintraub, Editor, Art Now

A Nod to Captian S

Daytrotter has a bunch of great Woods' songs. I'm currently addicted to "Suffering Season," and "The Fading Lines. Check out the session here.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Flemish Skulls in a Modern Context


The fourth issue of VANITAS embarks on the large topic of translation. Translation is always key, as it provides portals and doorways through which we enter intootherwise closed-off regions of human experience. At the current moment of mutual suspicion and intolerance, translation seems to have taken on a new vitality in the worlds of poetry and poetics. We were interested in a variety of takes on the IDEA of translation, and we received a dynamic range of responses.

Translations, versions, adaptations, homophonics, riffs, fragments, experiments by Brunella Antomarini, Tim Atkins, Mary Jo Bang, Lindsey Boldt, Charles Borkhuis, Ted Berrigan, Kenneth Goldsmith, Jack Hirschman, Jen Hofer, Ron Horning, Ron Padgett, Charles A. Perrone, Ed Sanders, Mónica de la Torre, John Tranter, Stephen Vincent, Paul Violi, Anne Waldman, Laura Wright, Bill Zavatsky, and others. The translations are complemented by poems by Sean Casey, Alan Davies, Ray DiPalma, Mark Du Charme, Joanna Fuhrman, Lisa Jarnot, Dean Kostos, Barry Schwabsky, Elizabeth Young, and others. ( I am thrilled to be one of the "others").

Critical texts that are also sometimes experimental texts — on translation and also on that rare decade The ‘70s — are provided by Charles Bernstein, Michael Lally, Jonathan Mayhew, Mary Maxwell, Luiza Franco Moreira, Yuko Otomo, Kit Robinson, Raphael Rubinstein, Michael Schorsch, Eileen R. Tabios, and Lewis Warsh.

Art is contributed by that special friend of poetry, Francesco Clemente, with additional visual work by Augusto de Campos and Brandon Downing.

VANITAS 4 : TRANSLATION is available through Small Press Distribution ( or PayPal (see above).
If you live in NYC Vanitas can be found at McNally Jackson (SOHO) and St.Mark's Bookstore (East Village).

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Beat Goes On

Mixer Reading and Music Series
Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 p.m. FREE
with readings by Darin Strauss, Farrah Field, and Maya Pindyck
and musical guest, Uninhabitable Mansions
with your hosts, Melissa Febos and Rebecca Keith
at Cakeshop
152 Ludlow St., bet. Stanton and Rivington
F, V to 2nd Ave., F, J, M to Delancey/Essex

Danit Brown is the author of Ask for a Convertible (Anchor), which received an American Book Award and was named a Best Book of 2008 by the Washington Post. Her fiction has appeared in many literary journals, including Story, Glimmer Train, StoryQuarterly, andOne Story.

Farrah Field's first book of poems, Rising, won Four Way Books’ 2007 Levis Prize. Her poems have appeared in many publications including the Mississippi Review, Typo, Harp & Altar, La Petite Zine, Eklesographia, Effing Magazine, and are forthcoming in Ploughshares. She lives in Brooklyn and blogs at

Maya Pindyck grew up in Newton, Massachusetts and Tel Aviv, Israel. Her first collection of poems, Friend Among Stones, won the Many Voices Project Award from New Rivers Press. Her chapbook, Locket, Master, received a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. She is also a visual artist and co-founder of Project Voice (, a growing compilation of personal stories that aims to deflate the abortion stigma. Maya earned her M.F.A. in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.A. in education from Brooklyn College through the New York City Teaching Fellows Program. She currently teaches 10th grade English in Brownsville.

Darin Strauss is the international bestselling author of the New York Times Notable books Chang and Eng and The Real McCoy, and the national bestseller More Than It Hurts You, out in paperback June 30, 2009. Also a screenwriter, he is adapting Chang and Eng with Gary Oldman, for Disney. The recipient of a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction writing, he is a Clinical Associate Professor at NYU's creative writing program.

Uninhabitable Mansions is the musical division of a Brooklyn-based art collective that isalso called Uninhabitable Mansions. Robbie Guertin (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) sings and plays guitar. Annie Hart(Au Revoir Simone) sings and plays keyboards. Tyler Sargent (CYHSY) sings and plays bass. Chris Diken plays guitar. Doug Marvin (Dirty On Purpose) plays drums. The band’s releases include the 7-inch record We Misplaced a Cobra in theUninhabitable Mansion and the full-length album Nature Is a Taker.
Uninhabitable Mansions also has published books and rulers, scored a dance piece,
released a limited-edition print, participated in an art fair, drawn comics about
sandwiches, and installed more than 50 fish in a storefront window.
Learn more at

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Collections of This and Thats

This morning I taught a class. Then I came home and picked up some laundered shirts and sent out a manuscript submission. Over the weekend I received excellent feedback on another manuscript. I will eat lunch. I will teach again. I will see a movie. Tomorrow I will be in Staten Island. It will be Wednesday, but it will feel like Monday. I will wonder how my life has reached this point. And by point I mean...

Have you seen the new issue of Slope?

How about the new issue of Typo?

Monday, October 12, 2009

Collection of This & Thats

I have review of the Woodshed Collective's play which riffs off of Melville's The Confidence-Man here

Farrah Field has a review of it here

Sampson Starkweather has poems all this week here

& how about a new book by a new press?

Lightful Press is pleased to announce
the publication of our first book


by poet LIZ WALDNER!

Please join us in celebrating the publication of PLAY with a release party to be held at Melville House Books in Brooklyn on Wednesday, November 4th at 7 PM with our friends from Love Among the Ruins (LATR) Editions.

There will be a theatrical reading from PLAY and readings from LATR poets Heather Green and Ernest Hilbert. Books by the authors will be available for sale. Free drinks will be served. Melville House is located at 145 Plymouth Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn, near the York Street stop on the F train.

Hope to see you there!

The book, with letterpressed covers, is also available for purchase
on our website for $14.

Liz Waldner’s Play represents her most accessible, most openly romantic, most unabashedly Romantic, collection of poetry. Unlike the dark forebodings and anguish that have defined her work since Etym(bi)ology, A Point Is That Which Has No Part and Dark Would (the missing person), Play reads like a breakthrough into illumination and restfulness. —Tyrone Williams

Briefly forgetting the title, as I read, I heard Waldner’s sequential, wry, digressive work as theater, in which it seems two (or more) speak to each other—akin to Waiting for Godot. — Leslie Scalapino

In Play are two compelling voices deftly outlined by a lyricism that illuminates their intimate encounters with the actual. Whether lovers, ego/id, or disciple/avatar, these interlocutors assay what is at the heart of being human. —Rusty Morrison

PLAY is Waldner's eighth book. She has recent work in Poetry and The New Yorker.

Lightful Press
74 India St., B16
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Thursday, October 8, 2009


I just spent the last two hours reading essays which included everything from being hippies to surfers to Vietnam Vets to broken hearts, mean parents, rapes, lesbian affairs, man loves dog, and a kid buying his first Jordans. & of course, some nice stuff about Grandmas too!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


The first "review" of my chapbook, State(s) of Flux is up on Goodreads. The person gave it 3 stars, which I think is pretty good since I know the reviewer couldn't have possibly read it. The thing is I sold about 6 at the Cakeshop reading & happen to know that new books haven't shipped yet. It's possible that this person read a copy from one of the six purchases of the book but since her profile has her living far away from the USA, again this is unlikely. I believe the first chapbook of mine to leave the states will happen in December when I send my friend, Nicole (in Hong Kong) a bunch of stuff I've been collecting for her over the past year or so so three stars & not being read-Ha, I love it!

You know who Christie Ann Reynolds loves (or at least likes)? Sarah Gambito. Read about it here

I had the same grad class as Christie Ann (taught by Prageeta Sharma) & also fell smitten with Gambito's poems. Speaking of Ms. Reynolds, come out and see her this Saturday at the Bushwick Library:

Douglas Piccinnini
Alexis Sullivan
Martin Rock
Christie Ann Reynolds
Garrett Burrell

So get your thinking hats on – we’ll see you at the library on October 10th promptly at 3PM, cool cats.
Then get your evening on at Yardmeter:

Please join us for Yardmeter No. 4!

We'll be presenting paintings by Austin, Texas artist Raphael Umscheid,
poetry readings by Chris Martin and Claire Donato,
and music written for the occasion by the Ray Talley Dancers, all the way from Portland, Oregon.

October 10th, 2009, 6:30 p.m.
at Shelton Walsmith's studio
267 Douglass Street
in the Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY

Check out our blog for directions and more info about our readers and presenters:

The wine will flow freely! Please come!

Your host and co-curators,
Shelton Walsmith, Jon Pack, Farrah Field, and Jared White

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Release, Release, Release

Just a quick note to say that State(s) of Flux has been officially released, check it out &/or buy it here

Monday, October 5, 2009

Or Or

Join us tonight at 11th Street Bar for a special international reading by Robert Minhinnick, leading Welsh poet and winner of English-language Wales Book of the Year Award and UK's Forward Prize, Breyton Breytenbach, called "The greatest Afrikaner poet of his generation," by New Yorker, and Maya Pindyck. We are also celebrating the publication of Maya's first book, Friends Among Stones, winner of the Many Voice Project Award.

MONDAY, OCT 5, 2009 7:00 PM
Triptych Readings
(pairing established and emerging writers)


11th Street Bar
510 East 11th Street (between Avenues 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 FREE.

Visit our website for poems, more about our readers,
and upcoming readings:

Bio for the readers:

Robert Minhinnick's novel, Sea Holly (Seren) was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize (2008) in the UK. He has twice won the UK's Forward Prize for 'best individual poem' (1999, 2003). His latest book of poems is King Driftwood (Carcanet). He lives in Porthcawl, Wales, and is an advisor to the charity 'Sustainable Wales'.

An outspoken advocate for social justice, Breyten Breytenbach is a poet, novelist, memoirist, essayist, and visual artist. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited around the world. Born in South Africa, he emigrated to Paris in the late ‘60s and became deeply involved in the anti-Apartheid movement. In 1994 Breytenbach received the Alan Paton Award for Return to Paradise. He won the prestigious Hertzog Prize for Poetry for Papierblom in 1999, and again in 2008 for Die Windvanger (Windcatcher), for which he also received the University of Johannesburg Prize. Breytenbach is also the author of All One Horse, Mouroir, Notes from the Middle World, A Season in Paradise, Dog Heart, The Memory of Birds in Times of Revolution, Lady One, and Voice Over: a nomadic conversation with Mahmoud Darwish, among many others. His most recent releases are Intimate Stranger, just out from Archipelago Books, and Notes from the Middle World, just released from Haymarket Books.

Maya Pindyck's book of poems, Friend Among Stones, won the Many Voices Project Award and was published by New Rivers Press. She is also the author of the chapbook, Locket, Master, recipient of a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship (2006). Her work has been published in The Sycamore Review, Mississippi Review, Bellingham Review, and Ekleksographia, among others. Alongside writing poetry, Pindyck makes visual art and co-founded Project Voice, a growing compilation of personal abortion stories that aims to deflate the abortion stigma. She teaches in the New York City public school system.

Amy Lawless & Patricia Carlin reading on Monday October 5, 2009 at KGB Bar at 7:30 pm.

Saturday, October 3, 2009


Oh, there's also a gigantic new issue of Eoagh up. Check it out here

Is it or Is it not Raining Today

Sorry for the gap in posts, I'm teaching 6 days a week & the schedule has left me scattered & tired.


Today I managed to meet up with Dan & Rich and check out the new Poet House. Kinda a pain to get to, but definitely, definitely worth the effort. I took a gander at Ish Klein, Ann Boyer, Brenda Ijima, Ryoko Sekiguchi and a print ish of TS.


Belated thanks to all that I read with & all those that came out to support me or those that intended to come out. You were not there yet you were there.


There's a new issue of the always Chapbook Review


There's a new issue of Elimae


A new issue of Sixth Finch


Molly Gaundry has images up of her first novella (forthcoming in December) here