Sunday, February 28, 2010

Today At The Zinc Bar

Eric Baus, Matt Cozart, Rebecca Ketchum, and Andrea Rexilius
Sunday, February 28 at 6:30pm
Zinc Bar

Friday, February 26, 2010

Around the Internet & Saturday Real Time

New ish of SOandSO! Pretty Damn Good!

Also one of my fave poets, Christie Ann Reynolds over here

Vanitas Blog has Ceravolo's "Ho Ho Ho Caribou" with photos- check it out here

Ross Brighton has some great stuff on his blog about Ariana Reines which is over here

An interview with CA Conrand & Frank Sherlock here



Saturday, February 27th @ 4 PM
Cake Shop
152 Ludlow Street
New York City
For info:

RENATO ROSALDO started writing poetry in English and Spanish while
recovering from a stroke in 1996. His first book of poetry, Prayer to
Spider Woman/Rezo a la mujer araña, received an American Book Award
(2004). Individual poems have won the El Andar poetry contest (2000)
and the Many Mountains Moving poetry contest (2005). He teaches at New
York University. As an anthropologist, he is the author of Culture and
Truth and Ilongot Headhunting, 1883-1974.

ARACELIS GIRMAY is the author of the collage-based picture book,
changing, changing (Braziller, 2005) & the collection of poems, Teeth
(Curbstone, 2007). Her work has been published in Ploughshares,
Callaloo, The Massachusetts Review, & MiPoesias, among other journals.
She has been awarded a Jerome Foundation Travel & Writing grant & a
GLCA New Writers Award for Teeth. A Cave Canem Fellow, Girmay also
serves on the board of the Acentos Foundation.

JARED HOHL is from Iowa. His fiction has appeared in The Apocalypse
Reader, The Agriculture Reader, The Washington Square Review, and
Torpedo, a literary journal based in Melbourne, Australia.
Handsome Black Cold Ocean Front Reading & Party Saturday

Black Ocean and Coldfront Magazine are celebrating the release of the new HANDSOME by co-sponsoring a poetry reading slash dance party at COCO 66 in Greenpoint on Saturday, February 27.

Weather reports are inconclusive.

Featured poets will be: Brianna Colburn, Jordan Davis, DJ Dolack, Shafer Hall, and Justin Marks

The reading will be followed by a DANCE PARTY. DJs Tobychoo & J. Cannibal will spin funk, garage, freak 40 and 60s soul. Get down so you can get down. Or at least have a few...

As Richard Chamberlain once said: “Realistically, it doesn't hurt to be good-looking, especially in this business.”

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Reading & Friday's Slugfest

Spooky Boyfriend 5 is live.
Come this Friday, February 26th, 7pm

to discuss life-saving measures which will save your life with

Todd Colby, Kate Schapira, Urayoán Noel & Brenda Coultas!

Todd Colby has published four books of poetry: Ripsnort (1994), Cush
(1995), Riot in the Charm Factory: New and Selected Writings (2000),
and Tremble & Shine (2004), all published by Soft Skull Press. Todd
has performed his poetry on PBS and MTV, and his collaborative books
and paintings with artist David Lantow can be seen in the Brooklyn
Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art special collections
libraries. Todd serves on the Board of Directors for The Poetry
Project, where he has also taught several poetry workshops.

Kate Schapira is the author of TOWN (Factory School, Heretical Texts,
2010) and several chapbooks with Flying Guillotine Press, Portable
Press at Yo-Yo Labs, Cy Gist Press, Rope-A-Dope Press and horse less
press, as well as her own kitchen-table imprint, In Hand Books. She
runs the Publicly Complex reading series in Providence, RI.

Urayoán Noel is a South-Bronx-based PPP (Puerto Rican poet and
performer) who teaches at SUNY-Albany. His most recent poetry book/CD
is Boringkén (Callejón, 2008). A contributing editor of Mandorla, he
recently co-edited The Portable Boog Reader 4, and is currently
completing a book on Nuyorican poetry as well as various analog and
digital Latin/o/Ame/Rican translation projects.

Brenda Coultas is the author of The Marvelous Bones of Time (2008) and
A Handmade Museum (2003) from Coffee House Press, which won the Norma
Farber Award from The Poetry Society of America, and a Greenwall Fund
publishing grant from the Academy of American Poets. She has received
a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship (NYFA) and a Lower
Manhattan Cultural Council residency (LMCC). Coultas recently served
as visiting poet at Long Island University in Brooklyn New York.

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

(718) 302-3770

"L" to Lorimer, "G" to Metropolitan
SUPERMACHINE <> Yaeger <> Pettit <> Taransky <> Melgar
8:00pm - 10:00pm
1014 Fulton Ave (grand & classon)
Brooklyn, NY
EARSHOT hosts its five-year anniversary event Friday, Feb. 26, 7:30
p.m., at Rose Live Music, 345 Grand St., Brooklyn, featuring Kate
Greenstreet, Jennifer Firestone, Megan Williams, Margarita Delcheva and
New School's Jeff T. Johnson, and hosted by Nicole Steinberg. Admission
is $5, but includes a free drink. Visit for
more information.

Gallery Ecstatic Peace Poetry Journal - Issue #10

White Columns is proud to present Ecstatic Peace Poetry Journal, Issue #10: an exhibition, publication, and a series of readings and performances.

Artist, musician, poet and publisher Thurston Moore began editing and producing Ecstatic Peace Poetry Journal in 2001 as a forum to publish poetry by individuals who intersected the worlds of poetry, music and art. A dynamic range of writings, with various pages of visual work by Gerard Malanga, Richard Meltzer, Chan Marshall, Dennis Cooper, Kathleen Hanna, John Sinclair, Richard Hell, Jutta Koether, Gus van Sant, Rick Moody, Kim Gordon, Anne Waldman, Bill Berkson, Anselm Berrigan, Gary Panter and many others were published in eight issues in as many years.

Moore was inspired to publish Ecstatic Peace Poetry Journal after years of appreciation, study and relentless archiving of post-war poetry publishing focusing on the activity of the “mimeo revolution” of the ’60s and ’70s. The stapled mimeo poetry journals produced from the St. Mark’s Poetry Project, Peace Eye Bookstore in New York City, and Asphodel Bookstore in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as a myriad of other subterranean centers of shared post-beat writing, rage, meditation and experimentation continues to inform the publication of Ecstatic Peace Poetry Journal.

Issue #10 of Ecstatic Peace Poetry Journal will be published and presented at White Columns as an expanded event/exhibition. A stapled issue will be created during the show. Pages from each of the ten journals will be exhibited as enlarged wall pieces, including the heretofore unpublished issue #9, [in keeping with the journals every-third-issue a theme issue, i.e., #3 was themed “cunnilingus,” #6 was “punk,”—with #9’s theme “pot”]. The main gallery space will feature a selection of historical poetry publications from the last fifty years culled from Moore’s own library, including original editions of Amphora, Change, Coldspring Journal, Copkiller, Fervent Valley, Free Poems Amongst Friends, Gaslight Poetry Review, Kauri, Klactovedesteen, LA-BAS, Outburst, Stance, Sum, The Willie, Trobar, Yowl and more.

Working as co-editor on many aspects of Ecstatic Peace Poetry Journal, including this exhibition is writer Byron Coley, formidable musicologist, essayist, poet and producer of music and literary arcana, ephemera and beyond. Select pieces from Moore and Coley’s catalogue will be reprinted in limited states for this exhibition. Eva Prinz, editor, co-publisher of Ecstatic Peace Library and curator of Radical Living Papers: Free Press 1965-75 (2007) brings additional organizational and creative force to Issue #10 as a gallery event.

Reading and performance schedule:

Thursday February 25th
7-9pm. Reading: Thurston Moore and Anne Waldman accompanied by musicians Ambrose Bye and Devin Waldman

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

After a reprieve, Blue Hour Press is pleased to bring you its next book.

If maps are documents of distance, then Nick Courtright’s Elegy for the Builder’s Wife is an atlas. Each poem in the collection can complete a chronicle the surveyor’s work cannot — the territories of fog, how trees can become landmarks, the continents chipped from paint. Courtright, navigating the same terrain as Lorca, finds icons of longing, passion, and sacrifice in the liminal spaces, and in the process, he charts what, for the mapmaker, is impossible — the incomplete, the rended, and the influence of time on everything, still or in motion.

Nick's book can be found at;

Monday, February 22, 2010

Get the new ish of Forklift, Ohio here

or if NYC/BK/NJ come to this reading and pick up a copy.

Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety Boog City presents d.a. levy lives: celebrating the renegade press
with Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety (from Cincinnati)

Featuring readings from
Paul Violi - Darcie Dennigan - Justin Taylor - Evan Commander

and music from Jane Carver

Tue Feb 23 - 6 pm sharp - FREE
ACA Galleries
529 W. ...20th St., 5th Flr. NYC

Take C/E to 23rd St., 1/9 to 18th St.
between 10th and 11th Aves.

Hosted by Matt Hart & Eric Appleby of Forklift, Ohio

Friday, February 19, 2010

Labor of Love?

Fence is looking for a new Poetry Editor & maybe that person is you:

Fence is looking for a new poetry editor to join its current three editors (Katy Lederer, Charles Valle, Max Winter), who all report to editor Rebecca Wolff. Responsibilities include: Vetting approximately 500 submissions per year through an electronic submissions manager; participating in group editorial meetings (online and/or in person); sporadic soliciting; correspondence with accepted poets and with Fence management. This position is unpaid. A two-year commitment is required. Interested parties should send a six-page writing sample, resume, and letter of interest to associate editor Colie Collen at: Women and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Zinc Bar, Sunday Feb. 21
Please join us for a night of poetry and dancing.

Readings by:

Lee Ann Brown

Sueyeun Juliette Lee

Leigh Stein

Jason Zuzga

With dancing by Kathryn TeBordo and her Workshop for Potential Movement!

6:30 p.m. sharp start time


Lee Ann Brown is the author of Polyverse (Sun & Moon Press, winner of New American Poetry Series Award) and The Sleep That Changed Everything (Wesleyan University Press), and has been published in many journals and anthologies including, recently, Ecopoetics, The Asheville Poetry Review, and The Best of Fence: The First 9 Years. She has performed her poetry internationally and is the editor and publisher of Tender Buttons press. Born in 1963 in Saitama-ken, Japan and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lee Ann now lives in both New York City and Marshall, NC where she and her family are starting a collaborative space for performance and poetry called The French Broad Institute (of Time & the River). She holds an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Brown University and is currently Associate Professor of English at St. John’s University in NYC. She is a recipient of poetry grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Center for Arts in Education, The Howard Foundation, and the Fund for Poetry, as well as artist residencies such as Yaddo, The MacDowell, Colony, Fondation Royaumont, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and Djerassi. Her song cycle, The Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time and other readings can be found at the websites, PENNSOUND and The Electronic Poetry Center.

Sueyeun Juliette Lee grew up 3 miles from the CIA. She lives in Philadelphia where she edits Corollary Press, a chapbook series devoted to new work by writers of color. Her books include That Gorgeous Feeling, and Underground National.

Leigh Stein is the author of the chapbooks How to Mend a Broken Heart with Vengeance from Dancing Girl Press and Least Inhabited Island II from h-ngm-n. Profesionally, she has worked as a Manhattan coat check girl, an Albuquerque diner waitress, a Snow White impersonator, a legal assistant, and a New Yorker editorial staff member. She currently lives in Brooklyn, where she teaches drama to over 130 children each week.

Kathryn TeBordo is a choreographer and performer and the founder of Workshop for Potential Movement, a Philadelphia-based company creating new collisions of dance and theater. Other recent projects include dancing with devynn emory/ beast productions, and performing in the dancefilm Wanna Kiss Myself by J. Makary, and in The Show Must Go On by Jerome Bel presented by the 2008 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. She currently serves on the advisory board of Dance/USA Philadelphia, and lives with her husband Christian, a novelist, in Center City.

Jason Zuzga’s poems and essays have been published in LIT, VOLT, SPORK, jubilat and elsewhere. He is the nonfiction and other editor of FENCE and a student in the English PhD program at the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on ecology and documentary. He has had fellowships at the James Merrill House and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, as well as a MFA in poetry and nonfiction from the University of Arizona.

Monday, February 15, 2010

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.

Joseph O. Legaspi is the author of IMAGO (CavanKerry Press), winner of a Global Filipino Literary Award. He lives in New York City and works at Columbia University. A graduate of New York University’s Creative Writing Program, his poems appeared and/or are forthcoming in American Life in Poetry, World Literature Today, PEN International, North American Review, Callaloo, Bloomsbury Review, Poets & Writers, Gulf Coast, Gay & Lesbian Review, and the anthologies LANGUAGE FOR A NEW CENTURY (W.W. Norton) and TILTING THE CONTINENT (New Rivers Press). A recipient of a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, he co-founded Kundiman (, a non-profit organization serving Asian American poets. Visit him at

Steven Karl received his MFA from The New School and is the author of a collaborative chapbook, STATE(S) OF FLUX, with the artist, Joseph Lappie (Peptic Robot Press, 2009) and forthcoming chapbooks, (IR)RATIONAL ANIMALS (Flying Guillotine Press) and SATURDAY(S) (Scantily Clad Press). He frequently writes reviews for Cold Front Magazine, Galatea Resurrects, and Sink Review. He lives in New York City.

Aaron Balkan is the author of Ben Beatrice, who is the author of VERBATIM: AN INVESTIGATION, or, as it is known by its Christian title, 377 JOKES ABOUT 9/11: A NOVEL. Both gentlemen are employees of Tacos Avant Garde.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Fall Into The SuperMachine!

Saturday, Feb 13, 8pm

Shonni Enelow
Uljana Wolf
Natalie Knight
Sampson Starkweather

All readings take place at OUTPOST
1014 Fulton St (Grand & Classon)
C train to Franklin
G to Clinton/Washington

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Friday Night Slugfest Redux Or Meet Ben, Christie Ann, & Mark

Winged Boot

I live in an X-ray
created years ago
by a boy named Ben Mirov.
If I peer through the tinfoil
and starlight that separates us
I can see him fletching
a piece of the gloaming
hopelessly failing calculus
plenty of broken tennis rackets
bridges of honey and Q-tips
gossamer diet of heartbreak and lamplight
dichotomy of flinch and thrush
tripping over his parachute
to deliver to himself
a map of 1998.

This is just one of the many brilliant poems in Mirov's chapbook. You can & should buy the chapbook here

Then think about seeing Ben read tomorrow night at Earshot:


Friday, February 12th @ 7:30 PM
@ Rose Live Music
Special Guest Host: Caitlin Cowan
$5 + one free drink


Ben Mirov (I Is to Vorticism)
Victoria Cho
Kimberly Faith Waid (New York University)
Eva Saavedra (Columbia University)
Christian Carmona (Sarah Lawrence College)

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

The wonderful and always magnetic Mark Bibbins is reading tomorrow with a bunch of good writers. Don't believe me?

I arrived early and wanting an instantaneous self

A little plastic man you sprinkle water on
and boom. Grows.

Wanting the same of horizon, season, lover

I clicked my heels to sparks,
became an anonymous alphabet maker.

Rain came in isosceles triangles and saturated
my profuse hatred for numbers.

I wanted a numberless fiend
to find me attractive and plant little letter babies in my brain.

We would eat fireflies and illuminate the many virtues
of tango and wedding cake.

We would import crepuscular and octagon into everyday

Diaries would bloom edible spores of mold.
Grass would grey with thoughts of shoes.

Our letter children would proudly become hostile
soup-shapes and enter people willingly.

This poem is from the chapbook, idiot heart, by Christie Ann Reynolds who is reading with Bibbins tomorrow. Here's the full details:

Metro-Rhythm's second reading will feature:

Meghan O'Rourke
Mark Bibbins
Caitlin Dube
Christie Ann Reynolds
Eric Burg

and also
a ton of wine and PBR.

Ps. it is also my b day, so there will be an after party in my apartment like last time!

Please bring friends, and boy friends and girl friends, moms and dads and siblings are fine too.

The venue is right off the L train, a few blocks from the lorimer stop. Come down to brooklyn and nestle in our cozy wine shop for some poems, then expect a lot of dancing in my kitchen.

Hope to see you there

Keegan and John


The Blog:

Starts at 8, although rumor is you can see Mirov & then leave & still catch Bibbins & Christie Ann.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Winter Mix

New York City finally got hit with all the snow the rest of the East Coast has been dealing with. I had to teach my Eng 101 course today but then the school closed for its afternoon classes, so after I had two student conferences I headed home to enjoy a grilled cheese and some coffee.

The weather is the perfect complement to the new Winter 2009/2010 issue of Free Verse which contains a special spotlight on New England poets edited by Chris Tonelli. I'm thrilled to say I have two excerpts from a couple of longer poems. I'm also happy to be in the company of two of my manuscript workshoppers- Dan Magers & Kaveh Bassiri & the my other "crew" ColdFront Mag is well represented too with poems by John Deming, Jackie Clark and DJ Dolack. There's a ton of other great poets and essays to be read as well so head on over and check it out here.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Take Those Gorgeous Feelings To The Underground National

Juliette's 2nd book is now out on Factory School & you can buy it here

Here's a brief description of the book from SPD, "In her second book-length collection, Sueyeun Juliette Lee suggests that suicide, K-pop, tourism, and atomic explosions have emerged as expressions of the forces upholding untenable national imaginations. Go underground with her and enter into a subterranean consideration of how History collides with human memory to generate new, unseen currents for being."

SJL is the author of the previous collection, That Gorgeous Feeling which I reviewed here.

You can also check SJL out on the newest issue of Rabbit Light Movies over here.

& here's the PennSound link which has a bunch of Juliette's readings recorded.
Factory School is pleased to announce the publication of Heretical Texts, Volume 5:

1. TOWN, by Kate Schapira (70 pages): How we live differently in the same world, who we mean when we say we, what we mean when we say here.

2. Green-Wood, by Allison Cobb (166 pages): Wanders Brooklyn’s famous nineteenth century Green-Wood Cemetery and discovers that its 500 acres--hills and ponds, trees and graves--mirror the American landscape: a place marked by greed, war, and death, but still pulsing with life.

3. Underground National, by Sueyeun Juliette Lee (108 pages): Go underground and enter into a subterranean consideration of how History collides with human memory to generate new, unseen currents for being.

4. House Envy of All the World, by Simone White (78 pages): Family, death, power, Poetry and blackness---each is implicated in a general failure of perfection and subjected to furious lyric re-thinking.

5. The City Real & Imagined, by CAConrad & Frank Sherlock (100 pages): Visit landmarks that remain standing, revisit citizens that live on in memory, and participate in the future mappings of your city yet to be realized--the city real & imagined.

For complete details, visit:

All books $15 paperback, $30 hardcover -- available now through Small Press Distribution (

VOLUME DISCOUNT: Get a complete paperback set of HT Vol. 5 for $50 (33.3% discount). Order direct from Factory School using PayPal:

To order by check, please write to bmarsh at

Factory School's discounted price includes shipping to the continental USA. Individuals only.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I've been a little sick, but I'm hoping to attend this on Friday.