Thursday, April 29, 2010

CUNY Chapbook Festival

Flying Guillotine Press is participating in CUNY's Chapbook Festival, which means I'll be reading on Tuesday (May 4th) sometime between 2p-3p along with Angela Veronica Wong. My chapbook, (Ir)Rational Animals will be for sale both days for a measly $6! Flying Guillotine Press will also have cool t-shirts & books for sale. If you can make the reading, I'd love to see you, if not, be sure to support small presses and swing by one of the days and maybe even take a book making class! Everything is free and open to the public.


Monday May 3 &Tuesday May 4, 2010

The Festival celebrates the chapbook as a work of art and as a medium for alternative and emerging writers and publishers. Now in its second year, the festival features a two-day bookfair with chapbook publishers from around the country, workshops, marathon poetry readings, and a closing-night reading of prize-winning Chapbook Fellows.

Co-sponsored by The Office of Academic Affairs, The Center for the Humanities, The Graduate Center and MFA Programs in Creative Writing of the City University of New York, The Center for Book Arts, Poets House, Poetry Society of America, and Poets & Writers

Schedule of Events
Chapbook Festival


11:30am to 7pm both days (May 3-4)

in the Proshansky Auditorium Lobby, C Level

Free and open to the public

MONDAY, MAY 3, 2010

C Level Breakout Rooms

Free registration required. To attend workshops, please register by e-mailing

10 – 11:30am

Producing Chapbooks: A Workshop for Poets
Brenda Iijima (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), Rachel Levitsky (Belladonna*), and Lonely Christopher (The Corresponding Society)

10 – 11:30am

Do-It-Yourself Chapbooks: Make and Distribute Your Own
Mary Gannon and Jean Hartig (Poets & Writers Magazine), Emily Goodale (Brave Men Press), Matvei Yankelevich (Ugly Duckling Presse), and Adam Robinson (Publishing Genius)

11:30am – 1pm

Producing Chapbooks: A Workshop for Publishers
Jan Heller Levi (Hunter College), Rachel Levitsky (Belladonna*), and Booklyn

11:30am – 1pm

Chapbooks as Art Objects
Roni Gross (Roni Gross Design), and Jeremy Thompson (The Autotypograph), with Sarah Nicholls (Center for Book Arts)
Chapbook Poets: A Marathon Reading

2 – 7pm, C Level Breakout Rooms
Poets from participating presses read. Full lineup to be announced here soon.
Free and open to the public.

Opening Reception

7 – 8pm, Proshansky Auditorum Lobby
TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2010

C Level Breakout Rooms

Free registration required. To attend workshops, please register by e-mailing

10 – 11:30am

Producing Chapbooks: A Workshop for Poets
Sommer Browning and Tony Mancus (Flying Guillotine Press), Jill Magi (Sona Books), and Daniel Lin (Love Among the Ruins)

10 – 11:30am

Do-It-Yourself Chapbooks: Make and Distribute Your Own
Mary Gannon and Jean Hartig (Poets & Writers Magazine), Emily Goodale (Brave Men Press), and Anna Moschovakis (Ugly Duckling Presse)

11:30am – 1pm

Producing Chapbooks: A Workshop for Publishers
Jan Heller Levi (Hunter College), Andrew Levy (CRAYON Magazine), Sueyeun Juliette Lee (Corollary Press), and Booklyn

11:30am – 1pm

Chapbooks as Art Objects
Roni Gross (Roni Gross Design) and Jeremy Thompson (The Autotypograph), with Sarah Nicholls (Center for Book Arts)

Chapbook Poets: A Marathon Reading

2 – 7pm, C Level Breakout Rooms
Poets from participating presses read. Full lineup to be announced here soon.

Free and open to the public.

PSA Chapbook Fellowship Reading

7pm, Martin E. Segal Theatre
Alice Quinn with judges Mark Doty, Linda Gregg, and Arthur Sze, and winners Jocelyn Casey-Whiteman, Haines Eason, Heidi Johannesen Poon, and Stephanie Adams-Santos. Followed by reception.

Free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, May 5, The Center for Book Arts will host printing and bookbinding workshops, from 10-1 and 2-5. To sign up, call 212-481-0295. For more information, visit their website.

Participating publishers

2nd Ave Poetry
Bateau Press
BOOK WorksBooklyn
Business Press
Cervena Barva Press
Concrete Wolf Chapbook Press
Corollary Press
Creature Press
Cy Gist Press
DoubleCross Press
Dusie Kollektiv
Etched Press
Factory Hollow Press
Finishing Line Press
Five Spice Poetry
Flying Guillotine Press
Forklift, Ohio
Greying Ghost Press
Instance Press
Kissena Park Press
Little Scratch Pad
Love Among the Ruins
Magic Helicopter Books
Minutes Books
Noemi Press
Open Thread Publications
Pen Press
Plan B Press
Pleasure Boat Studio: A Literary Press
Poets Wear Prada
Poinciana Paper Press
Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs
Rain Taxi
River Poets Journal/Lilly Press
Sarabande Books
Seven Kitchens Press
Slapering Hol Press
Small Anchor Press
Sona Books
Spire Press
Tarpaulin Sky Press
The Physiocrats
Toadlily Press
Ugly Duckling Presse
Upset Press
X-ing Press/Agriculture Reader
and others!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Run, A Workshop, and a Sublet

I picked up a copy of this chapbook immediately after hearing Kim read from it at AWP. It even came with a horse. I've read it twice & now you can read it too! Rope-a-Dope has it for sale here.

About RUN: In the technicolor timewarp called Hell, Hong Kong wannabe cowgirl La La is hellbent on realizing her dream to be a folk-singing sensation, even if it means surviving a dysfunctional relationship with her kidnapper, Ren, who is just hellbent. Ren thinks he'll win, but La La, dead or alive, always wins.

More on Kim here.
Adam Wiedewitsch is a dope poet who I've had the pleasure of knowing for a few years now, he is also the Coordinating Editor of the Pirogue Collective. They are offering workshops on Goree Island, Senegal. Below is a brief description- go the website for more details or email Adam for the pdf which includes the application.

Taalifkat Tudunya, which translates from Woloff as “writers in the world,” is a ten-day
MASTERS level writing and arts workshop for up to 28 writers and artists hosted in
collaboration with Pirogue Collective and the Gorée Institute on Gorée Island, Senegal.
The workshop dates are January 5 – January 15, 2011.

Four workshops in poetry, prose, visual arts and texts will be led by world renowned
writers and visual artists and will be complemented by African academics and/or local
creative practitioners. Together, these instructors form the Faculty. Students will stay in one of the Institute’s tranquil residences on Gorée Island
( working in small cohorts to allow for ample opportunity to
meet one-on-one with their instructors. In addition to joint public readings and exchanges with local associations of women, artists, writers and activists, we will caravan to other regions within Senegal via ferry, to local universities and to museums. Examples of themes that will be addressed in the 2011 workshops: Translation, African languages, African thought systems, Mixed Media: the interaction between visual arts and literature, poetry and prose writing.
For more information on this event, Pirogue, the Gorée Institute or any of our upcoming
events please contact Adam Wiedewitsch at
to join our mailing list.
Summer Sublet Alert!

Noah Eli Gordon is spending his summer with his wife, Sommer, in NYC & is looking to sublet his place in Denver, Colorado. Facebook Noah for all the particulars & if you don't Facebook- email me & I'll pass along his email.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Cannibal Disciples Eating a Finch

The Heart is Green From So Much Waiting
by Sampson Starkweather is available for purchase from Immaculate Disciples Press. Go here. I own it & think it's pretty damn good!

I also just finished reading the new Cannibal which you can purchase here. This is what is inside:
Cannibal: Issue 5
112 pages, hand-sewn, silk-screen printed cover
w/ poems Carrie Olivia Adams, Samuel Amadon, Claire Becker, Susan Briante, Lily Brown, Adam Clay, CAConrad, Kate Dougherty, Farrah Field, Laura Goode, Kate Greenstreet, Jane Gregory, Whit Griffin, Melanie Hubbard, Andrew Hughes, MC Hyland, Grant Jenkins, Jeff T. Johnson, Jon Leon, Sam Lohmann, Sara Mumolo, Hoa Nguyen, Danielle Pafunda, Alison Palmer, Kyle Schlesinger, Cedar Sigo, Nate Slawson, Tony Tost, Steven Toussaint, Amish Trivedi, G.C. Waldrep, & Joseph Wood.

Also, there's a new ish of Sixth Finch, which I've only read a quarter of so far, but love the poems by Jackie Clark and Kim Gek Lin Short and Farrah Field. Read it all here.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Friday Face-off/Saturday Best

Friday, April 23, 2010
7:00pm - 9:50pm
Shelton Walsmith's studio, 267 Douglass Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn

Yardmeter 9 presents:
visual art by Renata Marallo,
comics and a musical performance
by Sommer Browning,
poetry readings by Paige Taggart
and Dorothea Lasky,
and a poetic event
by Kirsten Kaschock.
geoffrey nutter, ben mirov, christie ann reynolds, lonely christopher

outpost lounge

friday april 23, 1014 fulton st. @ 8 pm


Saturday, April 24th @ 4 PM
Cake Shop
152 Ludlow Street
New York City
For info:

CHRISTEN CLIFFORD is a writer and performer in New York. Her
nonfiction has appeared in Salon, Nerve, Huffington Post, Identity
Theory, Time Out New York Kids and Smith Magazine's Memoirville.
Flavorwire called her comic My Home Birth "hilarious and uncensored."
She recently served as an interpreter in Tino Seghal's This Progress
at The Guggenheim. She has been a mainstage storyteller at The Moth
and her solo performance has been shown at PS 122, Galapagos, and 45
Bleecker as well as the Oni Gallery and Grace Exhibition Space as part
of The Armory Show/SITE 2010. She can currently be seen as a performer
in Alix Pearlstein's video art Finale and Talent at On Stellar Rays.
She is a recipient of a NYFA for nonfiction, has an MFA from the New
School Writing Program, and is the proud mother of Felix and Vera.

MOLLY GAUDRY is the author of the verse novel, We Take Me Apart (Mud
Luscious Press, 2009), and the editor of Tell: An Anthology of
Expository Narrative (Flatmancrooked, 2010). She edits Willows Wept
Press and Willows Wept Review, is a co-founding editor of Twelve
Stories, and is an associate editor for Keyhole Magazine. She writes
occasional book reviews for East&West Magazine, and she's currently
tweeting a chapter of her new verse novel, FLORA THE WHORE, every few
days on Twitter.

A poet and fiction writer, LEE YEW LEONG has written for The New York
Times and DIAGRAM, among other publications. His translation into
English of Nobita, the latest collection of poems by Jing Siang
Hai--at 33, he is the most acclaimed Taiwanese poet of his
generation--is expected to be completed by the middle of the year.

THE ENCLAVE Reading Series has organized monthly readings in downtown
Manhattan since 2006. The series features established and emerging
authors of both national and international recognition who create
innovative and ambitious work.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Middle of the Week Mind Muddle

After many failed attempts I finally saw the Marina Abramovic show at MoMA. My initial plans were to meet Czar and his wife, Nerissa to watch the Fassbinder film, but the movie was sold out so we made our way through MoMA instead. If you live in NY or are planning on visiting- both the Abramovic and William Kentridge are worth the price of admission. Give yourself plenty of time 'cause you need to watch the films.


Prior to my MoMA visit, I read for No, Dear on Saturday night which was a lot of fun. Thanks to all those who came out.


There's a new issue of the Marsh Hawk Review, edited by Sandy McIntosh and Thomas Fink

Crossover Poems: Lozada, Mackey, Matz, McIntosh, Moseley, Tabios

Edwin Agustin Lozada, Mary Mackey, Charles Matz, Sandy McIntosh, Annabelle Moseley, Eileen R. Tabios,Jane Augustine
Terry J. Cole, Thomas Fink, Edward Foster, John Harkey, Basil King, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Peter Nickowitz,Geoffrey Olsen

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Here, There, All Elsewhere

Ben Mirov, the finest of gentlemen & a wonderful poet is reading everywhere this month. I saw him read in a stairwell for AWP. Check out his blog for details & locations. Tonight he's reading with Sampson Starkwether. Speaking of Sampson, last night I was at Colin Cheney's book release party & someone thought my name was Sampson... Speaking of Sampson, have you seen his new chapbook? Check it out over at the Immaculate Disciples Press.

Okay, back to Ben. Next week he's reading with Christie Ann Reynolds who has poems in the brand new ish of Sink Review along with Daniel Lin, Janaka Stucky, Evan Commander, Jeremy Czerw, Rob MacDonald, Dara Cerv, Emily Toder, Christopher Salerno, Andrew Mister and reviews about Dan Hoy's Glory Hole and Jon Leon's The Hot Tub,Underground National by Sueyeun Juliette Lee (Factory School, 2010),The City Real & Imagined by CA Conrad & Frank Sherlock (Factory School, 2010,Andrew Mister's Liner Notes.

I wrote two of those reviews.

One more thing about Ben. When I saw him read at AWP it was in a stairwell around 1am & he read for H_ngm_n who has also just put out a new ish. Check it out here.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Swag & All That Noise

Some have inquired as to whether I went c-r-a-z-y at AWP & bought bags worth of books & journals, unfortunately I did not. I practiced the art of "restraint." I did pick up the following:

Run chapbook by Kim Gek Lin Short (Rope-a-Dope, 2010) * I've already read it twice!
Whatever You Love of Weapons You Love for Weapons. by Mathias Svalina (Brave Men Press, 2010)
My New Job by Catherine Wagner (Fence Books, 2009)
The Cow by Ariana Reines (Fence Books, 2006,2010)
I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl by Karyna McGlynn (Sarabande Books, 2009)
No, Dear issues 3,4,5
Late Makeup Years & Decline (1979-1983) Dobby Gibson & Matt Hart (Hell Yes Press, 2010)
I go by Edgar Huntly now by Joshua Marie Wilkinson (Double Cross Press, 2009)
Cannibal Issue 5, Winter 2010
Sister by Alyssa Wolf (Cannibal Books, 2010)
Burnside Review Volume 5, Number 1
I Wonder If Balzac Had A Good Pianist Comics + Oneliners by Sommer Browning
2 Flying Guillotine Press T-shirts

Monday, April 12, 2010

Yes, Dear, Yes!

For 4 minutes that will feel like forever (in the best way possible) I will be reading at No, Dear Magazine's launch party. It will be fun. PROMISE. Will you consider coming? Should I read something old or something new or just what's in the journal?

Saturday, April 17, 2010
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Pete's Candy Store

Please join us in celebrating our spring 2010 publication!

Issue #5: Edges
features poems by Jessica Beyer, Marina Blitshteyn, James Copeland, Iris Marble Cushing, Steven Karl, Eric Pitra, Matt Reeck, Martin Rock, Matthew Rohrer, Levi Rubeck, Adam Wiedewitsch, and Helen Witherspoon.

Reading at 6pm.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

AWP & All That Jazz

I leave for AWP tomorrow so this will probably be my last post until sometime next week. If I can dream aloud & you're hoping to seek me out in print while at AWP you can find my chapbook over at the Flying Guillotine Press table & I have excerpts from a poem,
Birthdays & Other Bouts With Breathing
, in the new issue of
No, Dear Magazine which is actually sharing a table with FGP- now that's one-stop shopping! I also have a review in the Coldfront 2009 which I blogged about yesterday.

If you're trying to find me in person to exchange hellos, beers, coffees, etc I'll probably be lingering around the Immaculate Disciples Press/Sink Review table, the Coldfront table or the Flying Guillotine table.

Some things I'm looking forward to buying:

The new Brave Men Press chapbook by Mathias Svalina
The new ish of Cannibal, Salt Grass, Forklift, Ohio, Agricultural Reader, and picking up my contributor copy of No, Dear. I'm also curious to see what's at Wave Books, Black Ocean, and Litmus Press.

I'm going to try to make readings by Copper Nickel (Thurs 6-7:30) Historic Falcon (6:30-9pm), Table x After party, The Dewclaw Issue 2 reading(Thursday 2-4), The FlatmanCrooked & Mud Luscious Press Reading (Friday, 4pm), Cleveland State University Reading (Friday 6:30) and Possess Nothing (Saturday 7-10)pm

I'll make the AWP Panel: Networked Poetry Classroom (Thursday 9-10:15)
University of Montana Poetry Faculty Reading (Friday 10:30)

Collages & Collisions (Friday 1:30-2:30)

I know there are Gurlesque and Flarf panel/readings too, but I can't find them right now.

What looks good to you? What are you planning on attending/buying?

Monday, April 5, 2010

Coldfront Magazine- The Year in Review

coldfront magazine is pleased to announce the publication of Coldfront Yearbook 2009, a book of work published in 2009 -- it also announces the WINNERS of our 2009 Year in Review.

Copies of the book will be available at a discount during the AWP Conference in Denver, CO. They are already available here, and will soon be available at

It is the first in what will be an annual series, and features writing by:

Jason Bredle, Erin Belieu, Stephen Burt, Jackie Clark, John Deming, DJ Dolack, PJ Gallo, Matt Hart, Steven Karl, Rick Marlatt, Mike McDonough, Rachel Mennies, Jason Schneiderman, Matt Soucy, Bryan Stokes II, Mathias Svalina, Ken L. Walker, Melinda Wilson

about work by:

Samuel Amadon, Fred Astaire, Aase Berg, Mark Bibbins, Katie Cappello, Maxine Chernoff, Arda Collins, Mahmoud Darwish, Michael Dickman, Farrah Field, Ellie Ga, Louise Gluck, Geoffrey Hill, Janet Holmes, Fady Joudah, Ellen Kennedy, Noelle Kocot, Melissa Kwasny, Justin Marks, Shane McCrae, Wayne Miller, Keith Newton, Carl Phillips, Cole Porter, DA Powell, Angela Shaw, Laura Sims, GC Waldrep, Charles Wright

Boston & Back Again

I spent the last few days in Boston with Lila. It was my first time going to Boston, but Lila did some of her undergrad (Mass. Art) there so it was nice to have someone so familiar with the landscape- which cut down the time spent being lost (which is generally 90% of my time) to nothing. Since the weather was so beautiful I got see a lot of the city by foot- the harbor, the esplanade, the many squares, etc. I had delicious ice cream from Christana's (sp?) drank beer at Cambridge Brewing Company, had a great lunch at Flour (thanks for the recommendation Jared White!) and read almost all my recently obtained Cannibal chapbooks + the new issue of jubilat (which I didn't really like too much-sigh).

Back to work tomorrow & Wednesday then a flight out Wednesday early evening to Denver for AWP. Are you going? What's on your list? Tomorrow I'll blog about what I'm looking forward to seeing &/or buying.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Thising & Thating

Today I'm off to MOMA. Tonight I'm heading over to Chin Music 7pm Pacific Standard to hear Graeme Bezanson, Matthew Rohrer, and Geoffrey Nutter. Tomorrow I leave for a few days to hang out in Boston.

If you get lonely how about you catch up on on yer reading:

So & So #3 featuring
Christie Ann Reynolds
Rob MacDonald
John Dermot Woods
Kate Schapira
kathryn l pringle
Jean-Paul Pecqueur

There's Octopus too!

Featuring poetry by

Sawako Nakayasu
Daniel Lin
Julie Carr
José Díaz
Chanel Clarke
Cherise Bacalski
Tim Van Dyke
Ayane Kawata
translated by Sawako Nakayasu

Kristin Sanders
Jenny Zhang
Cathy Linh Che
Justin Marks
Jon Leon
Christopher DeWeese
Natalie Lyalin
Alejandra Pizarnik
translated by Jason Stumpf

Bin Ramke
Bhanu Kapil
Lesley Yalen
Jonah Winter
Geoffrey Nutter
Claire Donato
Caroline Knox
Takako Arai
translated by Jeffrey Angles

Recovery Projects

Patrick Dunagan on John Clarke’s From Feathers to Iron: A Concourse of World Poetic
Harry Thorne on Carl Rakosi’s Ex-Cranium, Night
Nate Pritts on Larry Eigner’s Air the Trees
Jesse Lichtenstein on William Dickey’s Rivers of the Pacific Northwest
Nicholas Benson on Aldo Palazzeschi’s Arsonist
Robert Miltner on Haniel Long’s Pittsburgh Memoranda
Carlos Soto Román on George Perec
Joel Bettridge on Robert Service


Seth Landman on Natalie Lyalin’s Pink and Hot Pink Habitat
Joshua Butts on Michael Rerick’s In Ways Impossible to Fold
Shane McCrae on Ish Klein’s Union!
Rebecca Farivar on Lisa Robertson’s Magenta Soul Whip


Teal Gardner on Rene Char’s The Brittle Age & Returning Upland
Daniela Gesundheit on Lisa Robertson’s Magenta Soul Whip
Anderson Reinkordt on Bhanu Kapil’s Humanimal

& Word For/ Word:

Scott Abels
Elizabeth Winder
Donald Dunbar
Naomi Beth Tarle
Josef Kaplan
Cherise Bacalski
Emily Kendal Frey
Carlyle Baker
Crane Giamo
Steve Roggenbuck
erica lewis
Reed Altemus
Alexandra Mattraw
Stephanie Martz
Ashley VanDoorn
Karl Kempton
Breonna Krafft
James Capozzi
Sasha Steensen
Derek Pollard
Jackie Clark