Monday, June 29, 2009

Klassnik Wag's Effing Press

Rauan Klassnik is interviewed about his first book. It's a good read and Rauan talks about meeting other poets while doing readings, etc which is cool 'cause that's exactly how I met Rauan. Black Ocean books donated some of their titles to a raffle charity which I won so I had read and raved about Holy Land before actually knowing Rauan. Anyways, the interview also talks about his first book process so you should check it out here


There's a new issue of Wag's Revue!

& this reading will be awesome (from Julia Cohen)

Hi friends,

Just a reminder about the reading this Tuesday. Mathias and I will be moving to Denver the very next day, so I'd love to see you all one last time before we leave. As the guest editor of the new issue of Effing Magazine, I'll be going to the issue launch that Scott Pierce organized, on Tuesday June 30th. I really hope you can come because it will be a great reading: Ada Limon, Justin Marks, and Farrah Field. If that isn't enough enticement, there will also be free wine and cheese.

Info below. Hope to see you there,

You can also pick up the new issue at the reading, which includes these poets:

Christian Hawkey, Lynn Xu, Dorothea Lasky, Tony Tost, Graham Foust, Farrah Field, Aaron Kunin, Mark Bibbins, Akilah Oliver, Kimberly Lyons, Justin Marks, Rachel Zucker, Abraham Smith, Anne Lendon Heide, Shane McCrae, Ada Limon, K. Silem Mohammad, Timothy Liu, Jill Magi, Kiwao Nimura

Effing Press
(Austin, Texas)

Tues., June 30, 6:00 p.m. sharp, free

ACA Galleries
529 W. 20th St., 5th Flr.

Event will be hosted by
Effing Press publisher Scott Pierce

Featuring readings from

Farrah Field
Ada Limon
Justin Marks

with music from

Katie May

There will be wine, cheese, and crackers, too.

Curated and with an introduction by Boog City editor David Kirschenbaum


**Effing Press

Effing Press was founded by Scott Pierce in 2002 in Austin, Texas. To date, Effing has published over 30 books and eight issues of the effing magazine, all designed, printed, and bound in-house by volunteers. Effing also provides design and letterpress printing services.

*Performer Bios*

**Farrah Field

Farrah Field’s poems have appeared in Chelsea, Harp & Altar, Harpur Palate, Margie, Massachusetts Review, Mississippi Review, Pool, and Typo. She was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming and raised in Nebraska, Colorado, Louisiana, Arkansas, Sicily, and Belgium. She lives in Brooklyn.

**Ada Limón

Ada Limon's first book, lucky wreck, was the winner of the Autumn House Poetry Prize and her second, This Big Fake World, was the winner of the Pearl Poetry Prize. Her third book of poems, Sharks in the Rivers, will be published by Milkweed Editions next year.

**Justin Marks

Justin Marks' first book is A Million in Prizes (New Issues Press). He is also the author of several chapbooks, the most recent being Voir Dire (Rope-a-Dope Press). New work can be found in the Raleigh Quarterly and Tusculum Review. He is the founder and editor of Kitchen Press Chapbooks and lives in New York City with his wife and their infant son and daughter.

**Katie May

Katie May has had jobs serving fries, making marimbas, and telling at banks.


C/E to 23rd St., 1/9 to 18th St.
Venue is bet. 10th and 11th avenues

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Lolita Bar is at 266 Broome Street in the LES of Manhattan. For
visit or call 212.966.7223.**

LIT *15/16 Contributors Include:

Poetry and Prose by Cynthia Arrieu-King, Kate Baldus, A K Beck, Mark
Bilbrey, Sommer Browning, Jennifer Bryan, Blake Butler, Tyler Carter,
Jeff Chang, Jamison T. Crabtree, Mónica de la Torre, Christopher Deweese,
Denise Duhamel, Brian Foley, Andrew Grace, Kate Hall, Casey Haymes, Chris
Hosea, Christine Hume, Kirsten Kaschock, Sean Kilpatrick, Amy Lemmon, dawn
lonsinger, Julianne Lynch, Anthony Madrid, Scott Miles, Ander Monson,
Linnea Ogden, Shelly Oria, Jeffrey Pethybridge, Marie Ponsot, Brett Price,
Justin Quarry, Kathleen Rooney, Catie Rosemurgy, Brian Russell, Michael
Schiavo,Roy William Scranton, Craig Morgan Teicher, Brendon Vayo and Dean Young…*

10 Years: An Editors’ Retrospective*, with an introduction by Nicole
Steinberg and Peter Bogart-Johnson, LIT co-editors, featuring work by
Mary Jo Bang, Erin Belieu, Mark Bibbins, Liz Brown, Jenna Cardinale,
Clifford Chase, Shanna Compton, Elaine Equi, Paul Feldman, Andy Fitch, Jonathan
Franzen, Caroline Knox, Wayne Koestenbum, Thomas David Lisk, Justin
Marks,Chris McCabe, Nancy Nalven, Kathleen Ossip, Angela Patrinos, Rebecca
Reilly,Joseph Salvatore, Maureen Thorson, Chris Tonelli and Matthew Ulland…*

Bars Across Sky Across Feeling: A Selection of German Poetry in Translation*,
curated by Liesel Tarquini, with work by Susan Bernofsky, E.H.
Bottenberg,Marica Bodrozic, Katy Derbyshire, Catherine Hales, Victoria Hill, Wendy
Ann Kopisch, Friederike Mayröcker, Alistair Noon, Veronika Reichl, Monika
Rinck,Silke Scheuermann, Lutz Seiler, Tzveta Sofronieva, Donna Stonecipher,
Matthias Traxler and Chantal Wright…

AND amazing art by Alana Celii and Anna Knoell!

For more info, visit us online at

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

If We Could Collect All The Missing Hours

dear grapefruit, it happened again. i took a photo. i do not feel guilt. i feel good.


Action Yes! Goes Weimar

"Dances of Vice, Horror and Ecstasy": A special section devoted to the poetry and art of the scandalous cabarets performed by Anita Berber and Sebastian Droste in Weimar Germany.

Abstract comics!(Including a preview of Andrei Molotiu's upcoming anthology from Fantagraphics Books.)

"Always/Only/A/Plenum": Tim Wood's essay on Robert Grenier and Grenier's response.

Translation of writers Agrafiotis, Dragincescu, Froger, Lamat,
Rubinstein, Sacré.

Per Bäckström's essay " "Crush the Assholetters Between the Teeth": Språkgrotesk in Henri Michaux and Gunnar Ekelöf."

"Dead Can Dance," Geoffrey Cruickshank-Hagenbuckle's ruminations on Decadence.

As well as poetry, visual poetry, collages and prose from Downing,
Lundwall, Yankelevich, Schapira and others.


Season Finale!
Friday, June 26th @ 8 PM
@ Rose Live Music
Hosted by Nicole Steinberg
$5 + one free drink


CAConrad (Advanced Elvis Course, The Book of Frank)
Tim Peterson (Since I Moved In)
Elsbeth Pancrazi (New York University)
Maria DiLorenzo (Hunter College)
Liza Monroy (Mexican High, Columbia University)

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



Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tight Finches Harpin' the Alter With Manhattan Lattes

TIGHT 5 is out featuring poems by Samuel Amadon, Stephanie Anderson, Nathan Austin,
Charles Bernstein, Anne Boyer,John Coletti,Justin Courter,Barbara Cully,Katherine Factor,John Gallaher,Jennifer Michael Hecht,Shannon Jonas,Katy Lederer,Andrew Lundwall
Carl Martin,K. Silem Mohammad,Charles North,Boyer Rickel,Christopher Rizzo,Ravi Shankar
Prageeta Sharma,Lytton Smith,Paul Violi,Dana Ward,Eve Zukor

The issue of Harp & Alter is up too! Poetry by Kate Greenstreet, Jennifer Hayashida, Karla Kelsey, Justin Marks, Patrick Morrissey, Rob Schlegel, and Andrei Sen-Senkov, translated by Zachary Schomburg; prose by Roberta Allen, Stephen-Paul Martin, Joanna Ruocco, and David Wirthlin; Jared White on Brandon Shimoda and Michael Zeiss on Kafka; an excerpt from Lisa Jarnot's biography of Robert Duncan; and Michael Newton's gallery reviews.

The summer issue of Sixth Finch is also live featuring poems by Julia Cohen, Matthew Yeager, Peter Davis, Adam Day, and lots more.

Edible Manhattan has an article on New York finally catching on to drinking good coffee.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Slasher Feud

Nathan Austin & Dan Magers
Weds., June 24. 7:00p.

Home Sweet Home

131 Chrystie Street
(J,M,Z to Bowery. F,V to 2nd Av., B,D to Grand St.)

Nathan Austin's publications include Tie an O (Burning Press, 1998), (glost) (Handwritten Books, 2002) and Survey Says! (Black Maze Books, 2009). Poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Kiosk, Combo, Aufgabe, Tight, Diagram, and Little Red Leaves.

Dan Magers graduated from The New School's MFA program, and is co-editor of Sink Review (, an online poetry magazine. He's had poems published in the tiny and Red China Magazine, Dick Pig Review, and Thirteen Myna Birds. He works at the publishing company John Wiley & Sons and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

& what to do with these found hours?

This radish grilled cheese looks good doesn't it?

Yesterday, I got a text about mojito cupcakes.
I bet those were good too.

There is a rumor of biscuits and eggs.
Or souffle.

I think that is the first time I typed souffle.
Seems so sad to wait this long in life to type such delicious letters.

Other foods I like to type
swiss chard, bok choy,


I type coffee too much
tea not enough.

Appetite such an unbalanced thing.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

NBA Draft 2009 Terrence Williams

Gotta love the Glove!

Queens Stand Up

Jackson Heights Poetry Festival

Saturday, June 20, All Day: Outdoor Festival


Sommer Browning (Flying Guillotine)
3rd Place Middle School Student
Roger Sedarat
Ivy Johnson (Portable Press at YoYo Labs)

11:40 - 12:50

Tony Mancus (Flying Guillotine Press).

2nd Place Middle School Student
Laren MccCLung
Alex Cuff (No, Dear)


Jackie Clark (LIT Magazine)
1st Place Middle School Student
Richard Newman
Esther Smith (Purgatory Pie Press)

2:00-2:30 band, Jon Sandler


Katie Fowley (Lightful Press)

3rd Place High School Student
Ocean Vaung
Emily Brandt (No, Dear)


Georgia Luna (Purgatory Pie Press)
2nd Place High School Student
Julio Marzan
Matvei Yankelevich (Ugly Duckling Presse)


Steve Dalachinsky (Ugly Duckling Presse)

1st Place High School Student
Nicole Cooley
Regan Good (Ugly Duckling Presse)

6:00-6:30 Closing band, Jon Sandler

Sunset Rubdown Live in Chicago "Us Ones in Between"

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A Week In WhatHaveYous

I have micro-reviews of J.Mae Barizo and Sam Starkweather's chapbooks here.
There are new reviews up on TPS
Jackie Clark reviews Justin Marks here
present a reading of new work by


In conjunction with the exhibition and newly published catalog "Jeannie Weissglass, New Paintings"

Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 7 pm
Clic Gallery, 255 Centre Street

Max Blagg was born in England and has lived in NYC since 1971. Long recognized as an influential performer and highly respected writer on the New York literary scene, his work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Bomb, Shiny, Interview, Village Voice, Night, Verbal Abuse, Bald Ego, and Open City.

Max was recently a co-editor of the legendary arts and literary magazine, Bald Ego, with Glenn O'Brien.

He is on the visiting faculty of both the New School and SVA in New York City.

His most recent publications include “Don’t Look Back” a collaboration with Jack Pierson, “Marine - Ten Poems” catalog text for Alex Katz, “Things A Man Should Know”, with illustrations by Hugo Guinness.

An autobiographical book of stories, Ticket Out, is forthcoming.
yardmeter editions presents: poets Brenda Iijima & Daniel Lin,
multimedia artist Craig Foltz & jeweler/sculptor Kristin D'Agostino.

yardmeter editions is an events series that brings together artists,
writers, playwrights & other creative types in an informal setting in
the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY.

:: Friday, June 19, 2009: 7:30pm
:: location: yardmeter studio
:: 267 douglass st, brooklyn, ny

Brenda Iijima's forthcoming works include revv. you'll--ution
(Displaced Press) & If Not Metamorphic (Ahsahta Press). She writes
about animal-ability. Present work deals with animals used as
surrogates by humans (other animals). She runs Portable Press at Yo-Yo
Labs & lives in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

Kristin D'Agostino is the side-project-queen of
participatory/dialogic/littoral/interventionist jewelery in New
Zealand. As she sees it jewelery is about relationships, so why stop
at the object? Why not make a relationship for her objects to live
within? She is actively recruiting North American participants for her
first bi-hemisphere, co-owned, brooch project called Rare Fungal
Behaviour & would very much like to see brooches popping up, like
ghosts, around the five Burroughs. You can find more information here

Craig Foltz is a writer and multi-media artist who lives on the slopes
of a dormant volcano in Auckland, New Zealand. This one is not a test.
If I understand the meaning of the word correctly. He is the author of
The States, from Ugly Duckling Presse, & you can see his work at

Daniel Lin has a chapbook, Tinder, from Nightboat Books, & has
recently published poems in Unsplendid, Notre Dame Review & The Jewish
Quarterly. He was a N.Y. Times Fellow at NYU & a Tennessee Williams
Scholar at Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He co-edits Love among the
Ruins, which will publish limited-edition chapbooks & an online

:: directions
from Union St (R / M trains): walk north three blocks on 4th Ave &
turn left on Douglass
from Atlantic / Pacific: walk south on 4th Ave for seven blocks & turn
right on Douglass

:: http://www.yardmeter.blogspot.comm

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Summer Submits

Announcing Dzanc's new literary journal, The Collagist
From Dzanc Books
Yesterday at 4:41pm
Hello friends,

Dzanc Books is pleased to announce its newest venture: an online journal called The Collagist. Intent on continuing the Dzanc tradition of bringing extraordinary writing to a wide audience, the first issue of The Collagist will be published on August 15th, 2009, and appear subsequently each month thereafter at

The Collagist is edited by Matt Bell, with Matthew Olzmann as Poetry Editor. Each month, The Collagist will deliver outstanding new short stories, poems, and essays from both emerging and established writers, as well as an exclusive excerpt from a forthcoming novel. Early excerpts will include works from the standard bearers of independent publishing, including Coffee House, Two Dollar Radio, and Unbridled Books. The Collagist will also publish several new book reviews in every issue.

The Collagist is immediately open for submissions in all categories. As you might assume, we suggest you read the books Dzanc and its imprints publish to get a flavor of what writing gets us most excited. Submissions guidelines can be found at

We thank you in advance for your submissions and your readership, and look forward to sharing this exciting new project with you when our first issue launches in August.


Steven Gillis
Dan Wickett
Whiskey Island also accepts submissions year 'round.

What's on your list this summer?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

What To Do With Gray Days

Today I got the results from my ENG-099 class' ACT test results. 52% passed. That sucks. In fact, it really sucks. I generally have a 80-90% pass rate.

It's overcast outside & I am disappointed.

& I am tired.

I want to go back to bed, but feel like I should work on some poems. Finish edits on a poem long chapbooks & read at least one of the three books I need to write reviews for. I also have a friend's manuscript that I need to re-read and formulate comments on.

I am drinking coffee & hoping the caffeine will work.

Monday, June 8, 2009

From Kitchen Sinks to No Tell Motels

Albert. Goldbarth. Here's the funny thing about Mr. Goldbarth. For a while, it seemed like every journal that rejected me would publish a poem or five of Goldbarth's. In fact, he's becoming like an early James Tate, you know what I mean? At one time it seemed like every journal had a Tate poem, now it seems like Goldbarth is in a lot of journals I thumb through. In fact, to amuse myself I decided that Goldbarth and I would never appear in the same publication, but that streak seems to be over since we both appear in Zoland. I've recently been rejected from a few journals so I'll see if he shows up again. He looks pretty cagey in the photo doesn't he?

Nicole Steinberg has been the opposite of Goldbarth. Seems her & I always wind up in the same journals. In fact, we'll both be in the next issues of Coconut and Taiga. And speaking of Steinberg she's this weeks poet over at No Tell Motel.

Intercultural Poetry Series Hosts Julia Istomina and Andrey Gritsman present a special evening at Cornelia Street Cafe on Wednesday, June 10th, at 6pm: the poetics of Komo Ananda, Melinda Wilson, and Matthew Yeager, with a *SPECIAL TWIST*!

Komo Natu Ananda was born 22 September 1980 in San Diego, California, where he lived for twelve years before moving to New England. In 2006 he moved to New York city to attend the Creative Writing program at The New School. Komo occasionally writes poetry reviews for His poems remain unpublished and tonight will be his first public reading.

Melinda Wilson's work has appeared in Arsenic Lobster, Avatar Review, The Lumberyard, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Amplexus will be available from Dancing Girl Press in the fall. She holds an MFA from The New School and is originally from New Hampshire.

Matthew Yeager has published poems in The New York Quarterly, Bat City Review, Ocho and elsewhere. His poem "A Big Ball of Foil in a Small NY Apartment," selected by Paul Muldoon for The Best American Poetry 2005, is currently being adapted into a short film. A native of Cincinatti, OH, he currently lives in Harlem.

Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Hope to see you there!

How to get to the Cornelia Street Café by Subway

A, C, E, B, D, F & V TRAINS

Get on the south end of the train.
Take the train to the West 4th Street stop.
Exit at West 3rd Street.
Walk one block north to 4th Street.
Make an acute left onto Cornelia Street.
1 & 9 TRAINS

Take the train to the Sheridan Square stop.
Walk 21/2 blocks east on West 4th Street.
Make a right onto Cornelia Street.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Saturday's Hit List

340 Bushwick Avenue @ Siegel Street
3 to 5 PM
& it's freeeeeeee

From the lovely hostesses, Niina Pollari & Parker Phillips:

June 6th, 2009 marks the end of a glorious season of the BUSHWICK
READING SERIES -- we're an official Bushwick Open Studios Site! Join
us for these festive festivities, which include readings from poetic
moguls Nicole Steinberg, Douglas Piccinnini, and Dan Magers, as well
as an extraordinary interdisciplinary panel about the topic of
WILD/LIFE. What does that mean, exactly? You'll have to come find out
what they have to say. The cast of characters will remain unrevealed,
for now...

Bushwick Library is located on 340 Bushwick Avenue at Siegel Street, a
stone's throw from the Montrose Avenue stop off the L train and just a
little way from the Central Avenue M stop. As always, the reading
takes place from 3-5PM. Don't be late! We have too much planned for
you to be late, folks. If you're confused about the location, you can
find an incredibly helpful map here. Then, stay in town for a drink or
two and check out other Open Studios/Arts Festival events going on in
Bushwick -- will give you a detailed

Check out the Bushwick Reading Series website for audio of previous
readings -- including last month's, with a gorgeous operatic aria from
Pat Phillips -- as well as previous readers' book recommendations.

Questions? Comments? Love notes? E-mail
We're humbly yours.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Around the world via the web

Nicole Wong has flash fiction here


summer 2009 issue of sawbuck
is out featuring corey mesler, david sewell, erik anderson, gina abelkop, jennifer h. fortin, joseph p. wood, kate schapira, kristina marie darling,nick demske, & paul hostovsky

New reviews up at Gently Read Literature

Brand new Chapbook only review site featuring two reviews of Mathias Svalina's Play which I reviewed on this blog.

I'm pretty excited about this site so if you're a publisher and/or reviewer you should send them chapbooks or offer to do some reviews. Tarpaulin Sky and CutBank also have a ton of books that need reviewers too!

New E-chapbooks are alive at Scantily Clad Press:

At night: by Lisa Ciccarello

You Are So Pretty by Donald Dunbar

Theater by Drew Kalbach

Prairies by Natalie Knight

Mandolintries by Philip Nikolayev

Taco Truck to Awesometown by Cate Peebles

I've already mentioned this but I'll say it again. I LOVE Cate Peebles' chapbook, but don't take my word for it, take Ben Mirov's

Lux, Mr. Smith Style

Hello friends,

Please join me tomorrow evening, June 2nd at Revival in the Union Sq. area to belatedly celebrate the release of my book of poems, LUX. I’ll be reading from the book. I have some new poems to read, too.

Famous poet Amy Lawless will be introducing me, and she is also providing free Hawaiian leis for all in attendance. I will have books for sale, including my dangerously rare The Glass Dick: A Prinny Matteere, of which there are about seven copies in existence.

I look forward to seeing you.

Revival Bar NYC – LUX Opening Party
129 E 15th St
New York, NY 10003
7:00-9:00 (We’ll start around 8).

Monday, June 1, 2009

Heat Seeker

Borrowed House: 15 poems by Brooklyn Copeland (Greying Ghost Press, 2009)
Buy it here

I have to admit I'm embarrassed I haven't written a review for this chapbook yet. I've had it since February and have read it a few times already.

In Brooklyn Copeland's Scantily Clad Press chapbook, Northernmost, her poems are cold and spacious like wandering the tundra and having your sight captivated by lichen hue. Her poems are sparse and can send a chill up your spine. Borrowed House finds Copeland operating in a different degree of weather. These poems, while still sparse in language, feel insulated like attic-trapped heat. Copeland's poem are not excessively chatty- every line is measured and necessary. Here's the first three lines of "Weeds," "Under a musty quilt,/ your eyes turn misty,/ your voice creams./"

Another thing to love about this chapbook is the way the poems go from interior to exterior. Here's a three lines from "They Remain Where Breath Left Them,"

These people were packrats. Really, we're the ones

haunting the house, traipsing half-naked, drink-handed,

every warped floorboard announcing our belligerence.

And here is one of my favorite poems, "Eleven O'clock,"

Meanwhile, a sense of needing
to rehabilitate:
the field is there, the trough full
of rainwater, puffed-up bees.
Eleven o'clock I send you
back up that old nag tree
for some more of those
tiny mottled apples. In the branches,
the ghost of tom waits for you
to fail me.

These poems are wrought with expectation, the simplicity of youth, the complexity of adulthood, and each place mentioned is a space for beauty and also a space for hurt. There are failures both large and small and then there are people isolated, a bit broken, but ultimately bandaged and breathing. This chapbook is blood before it boils and shortly after it cools. You should read it and love it like I do.

Dan Magers sends out an email about his June 6th reading and this picture is part of Sampson Starkweather's reply