Tuesday, December 20, 2011

am i standing here with my hair down or don't try this on the piano

Nice interview with Angela Veronica Wong in which she discusses our collaborative chapbook forthcoming from Lame House Press. You can read the interview with her here.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A New Journal of Poetry & Culture

The Editors
J. Mae Barizo
Angela Veronica Wong
Richard Scheiwe

Issue One of
The Aviary Online


The Wasteland and Other Poems, by John Beer
Ordinary Sun, by Matthew Henriksen
Find the Girl, by Lightsey Darst
and Sight Map, by Brian Teare

Major Jackson
Janne Nummela

"In Place of Memory: Austerlitz and Architecture,"
by Leslie Maslow
"Coltrane, Deleuze and the Logic of Sensation,"
by J.Mae Barizo


A Statement of Poetics
by Timothy Liu
Copyright © 2011 THE AVIARY ONLINE, All rights reserved.
THE AVIARY ONLINE is a litquarterly dedicated to the art of the essay, interview and literary criticism.
Our mailing address is:
New York, Ny 10021

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Song of the Week

I have a song of the week (which is Slowdive's "Shine") up on Coldfront Magazine's Pop. Check it out here.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Support Small Press

This is a repost via Amy King

Eat* Drink* Bid* Participate* Get Down*!

We've got something for you at our Annual Benefit Performance and Live Auction!

* rope climbing and circus arts workshops
* two stunning collages by Laynie Browne
* signed copy of Zippermouth by Laurie Weeks
* sets of broadsides from Poetry Foundation AND The Center for Book Arts!

And while you're bidding on exciting auction items, getting your raffle tickets, taking in the performances and sipping on (complimentary) beer from Brooklyn Brewery, you'll be helping Belladonna* publish innovative writers and create yet another season of diverse, adventurous events.

Loving it? Tantalized? Check out our full online auction catalog.
We hope to see you!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 6:30 pm
Location: Hi Art! 227 West 29th Street, 4th Floor (between 7th & 8th) New York, NY 10001

Advance tickets only $12. Click here to purchase.

The Belladonna* Benefit will showcase a performance by Anne Waldman and Ambrose Bye, live auction by renowned auctioneer Erin Ward of Star Benefit Auctions with special assistant Amy King, and a dance performance by the A.O. Movement Collective.

The Auction and the Benefit will support Belladonna*s 2012 season of publications and events, which share a theme of caring for the material realities of poets, viewing a publishing project holistically. We're referring to 2012 as The Year of Material Lives, and we plan to host combination readings/dinners with ample time set aside to discuss the economic and social concerns of writers, artists, publishers, and other creators. Moreover, in addition to continuing our commemorative chaplet series, we hope to publish five full-length books of hybrid and experimental work in the coming year including new work by Julie Patton, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, R. Erica Doyle and Tonya Foster.


Dear friends of Litmus Press & Aufgabe,

As someone who has published or worked directly with Litmus Press, we hope you'll consider giving us a boost during our Winter Fundraising Campaign.

We have just received multi-year support from NYSCA, which is wonderful, though their support of our full-length publications was cut in half. We are also supported by the Leslie Scalapino -- O Books fund, and this support has been crucial, allowing us to hire a part-time staff member to keep things moving.

However, it's the support of individuals through memberships, subscriptions & donations that creates the most solid foundation for the continuation of our programming.

I'm writing to enlist your help spreading the word about our Winter Fundraising Campaign. It will be the support of individual members, subscribers, and donors in the coming years that will support us in our efforts to do more on behalf of our authors, artists, and their work, so this drive is important!

We've just updated our website and will be sending out an email tomorrow morning announcing our Winter Fundraising Campaign. We are only asking that you forward this email (if possible, with a personal appeal to friends and family), and/or post it to your Facebook page, and/or share the link wherever you can. The email will also be posted on the Litmus Press Facebook page, so you can go there and "like" it (and anything else there!), which will give the appeal more visibility.

If you don't usually receive our emails, you may not be on our list -- there is an email list sign up box at the bottom of each page of our website. You can select preferences, so you only receive the announcements you want. If you don't receive our email tomorrow morning please let me know, and I will forward it to you.

To visit our newly updated support page, click http://www.litmuspress.org/support.html

Best wishes for the month, the new year, the poetry, the art, the occupation, & with deep gratitude for your artistic contributions to Litmus Press.


E. Tracy Grinnell, Editor & Director
Litmus Press/Aufgabe
925 Bergen St. Suite #405
Brooklyn, NY 11238


NEW from Litmus Press:
O Bon by Brandon Shimoda
I Want to Make You Safe by Amy King


I have a best of list up on No Tells.

Also check out this spotlight on Gina Meyers- a great poet who I'm lucky enough to have as a publisher for the collab chapbook with Angela Veronica Wong.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Tribute To Paul Violi

A Tribute to Paul Violi (1944-2011)

12/02/2011 6:30 p.m.

Paul Violi was a distinguished poet and esteemed member of the New School faculty. Violi was a man of great integrity, a dear friend to many, a generous teacher, an inspiring poet. Widely admired by his peers, he is regarded as the most consistently inventive of the generation of poets inspired by Ashbery, Koch, and O’Hara. Violi taught poetry workshops and literary seminars for many years in the New School’s MFA and Riggio programs. His classes were popular and, in some cases, life changing.

With Kate Angus, Paul Auster, Star Black, Donna Brook, Billy Collins, Alex Crowley, Bob Hershon, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Mark Hillringhouse, Amy Lawless, Charles North, Ron Padgett, James Periconi, Michael Quattrone, Helen Schulman, David Shapiro, Tony Towle, Maggie Wells, and Bill Zavatsky. Hosted by Robert Polito, director, and David Lehman, poetry coordinator of the School of Writing.

You look like one Whom time has surprised, Though the perfect sense Of what is final, The inmost view From behind the past, Beyond the long slope,T he frost and tall grass, Is not new to you: You’ve played along With it once or twice On your violio. —“To Himself,” Paul Violi

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

Monday, November 21, 2011

Heather Christle Reading at Stain of Poetry 11/18/11

A Tribute to Paul Violi (1944-2011)
Friday, December 2, 2011 6:30 p.m.

Paul Violi was a distinguished poet and esteemed member of the New
School faculty. Violi was a man of great integrity, a dear friend to
many, a generous teacher, an inspiring poet. Widely admired by his
peers, he is regarded as the most consistently inventive of the
generation of poets inspired by Ashbery, Koch, and O’Hara. Violi
taught poetry workshops and literary seminars for many years in the New
School’s MFA and Riggio programs. His classes were popular and, in
some cases, life changing.

With Kate Angus, Paul Auster, Star Black, Donna Brook, Billy Collins,
Alex Crowley, Bob Hershon, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Mark Hillringhouse,
Amy Lawless, Charles North, Ron Padgett, James Periconi, Michael
Quattrone, Helen Schulman, David Shapiro, Tony Towle, Maggie Wells, and
Bill Zavatsky.

Hosted by Robert Polito, director, and David Lehman, poetry coordinator
of the School of Writing.

You look like one Whom time has surprised, Though the perfect sense Of
what is final, The inmost view From behind the past, Beyond the long
slope,T he frost and tall grass, Is not new to you: You’ve played
along With it once or twice On your violio.
—“To Himself,” Paul Violi

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th
Street, 2nd floor

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Mouth: Eats Color - Sagawa Chika Translations, Anti-Translations, and Originals

Is now available for purchase here (http://tinyurl.com/7t4muoc), as the inaugural publication of Rogue Factorial. The webpage link is here: http://www.sawakonakayasu.net/mec/ -
Mouth: Eats Color is a brilliant infra-textual work, brainchild of the bi-cultural poet/translator Sawako Nakayasu. The collection provokes, expands, and disavows the parameters of language and person and tradition, to forge a beautiful weave of performance and interrogation. This is a project of multilingual wit and passion, echo upon echo upon echo…..
------Anne Waldman

You will not read this book. Your mouth is full of birds, believe me. Their song is vulgar, coarse and that’s not their natural coloring. Or you either for that matter. If a translator is not polite, what good is she, if she asks what it matters who is speaking?
------Steve Dolph

Glorious transgressive inventivity of permutation! Reveling glissement, poem into poem---it’s really a single poem, it’s the single poem that realizes the dream in which there is no “original”---which implicitly asks, then, what a poem is: a burst of moving words, words moved, like the reader is, deeply. The glass, the gloves, the sun pouring down. The reader is mostly the sun pouring down. The text.
------Cole Swensen

Don't ever let anyone tell you that literature exists for the sake of truth: rather, it exists to create better and more beautiful lies, and to enshrine like insects frozen in crystal the gorgeous and inventive asymmetry of mistakes. In this rigorously irreverent book, Sawayaka not only accepts the fact that every translation is "always already" [sorry] a mistranslation, but capitalizes on it, romping, torquing, messing up, re-galvanizing. A tour de force!
------Nada Gordon

Friday, November 18, 2011

2011 Stain of Poetry Season Finale!

Heather Christle – Paul Siegell – Jennifer Tamayo – Karen Weiser – Jared White
29 Oct

7 PM on November 18′th @ Goodbye Blue Monday – Bushwick, Brooklyn


Heather Christle is the author of The Trees The Trees (Octopus Books, 2011) and The Difficult Farm (Octopus Books, 2009). Her third book, What Is Amazing, will be published by Wesleyan University Press in 2012. She is the web editor for jubilat and lives in Western Massachusetts.

Paul Siegell is the author of three books of poetry: wild life rifle fire (Otoliths Books, 2010), jambandbootleg (A-Head Publishing, 2009) and Poemergency Room (Otoliths Books, 2008). Paul is a senior editor at Painted Bride Quarterly, and has recently contributed to Black Warrior Review, Dark Sky Magazine, La Petite Zine and many other fine journals. Kindly find more of Paul’s work at ReVeLeR @ eYeLeVeL.

A writer, artist, & performer, Jennifer Tamayo is interested in the human body. Her manuscript, Red Missed Aches, Read Missed Aches, Red Mistakes, Read Mistakes was selected by Cathy Park Hong as the 2010 winner of Switchback Book’s Gatewood Prize and was published in June 2011. She serves as the Managing Editor at Futurepoem and teaches art and poetry to students in Harlem. Recent work can be found at Delirious Hem and the New Delta Review. Currently, JT is working on a project on desire, Harriet Tubman, girly things, falling in love, photography, having affairs, silence, stalking, letter writing, Alfred Hitchcock and other personal matters. More on JT can be found at www.jennifertamayo.com

Karen Weiser’s full-length collection To Light Out came out from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2010. She lives in New York City with five other creatures, two of them children, two pets. More information can be found at www.karenweiser.com.

Jared White lives in Brooklyn, where he co-directs the Yardmeter Editions event series and, with Farrah Field, he has recently founded a poetry bookstore, Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop. His chapbook Yellowcake was included in the hand-sewn anthology Narwhal from Cannibal Books in 2009. Poems and essays have also recently appeared in Action, Yes, Coconut, Harp & Altar, La Petite Zine, No, Dear, Open Letters Monthly, and We Are So Happy To Know Something. An occasional blog can be found at jaredswhite.blogspot.com.


Goodbye Blue Monday

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

J M Z trains to Myrtle Ave
or J train to Kosciusko St

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


I have a mini-essay on Metallica up on Coldfront. Check it out here.

Friday, November 4, 2011

AWP Action

I'll be moderating a panel at AWP along with Angela Veronica Wong, Mathias Svalina, Farrah Field and Sommer Browning. Awesome collection of poets/publishers/book sellers.
Stop by and say hi.

The Chapbook Beyond Cultural Artifact: Contemporary Poetry
and the Economics and Vitality of Chapbook Publishing

Scheduled Day: Saturday, March 3
Scheduled Time: 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Scheduled Room and Hotel: Honore Ballroom, Palmer House Hilton

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Awesome Is Awesome

I'm pleased to inform you that LAME HOUSE PRESS will be publishing a collaborative chapbook penned by myself & Angela Veronica Wong! Look for it in Feb. 2012.

Speaking of Angela Veronica Wong, come out on Friday and her read!

Friday, October 28 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm Stain of Poetry

Goodbye Blue Monday

Bruce Covey's fifth book of poetry, Reveal, will be published by Bitter Cherry Books before the end of 2011; his next-most-recent books are Glass Is Really a Liquid (2010) and Elapsing Speedway Organism (2006). He lives in Atlanta, GA, where he edits Coconut Poetry and curates the What's New in Poetry Reading Series. He work has appeared in Best of the Net 2006 (selected by Paul Guest), Online Writing: The Best of the First Te...n Years, The Holiday Album (selected by Elaine Equi), and Wingbeats: Exercises and Practice in Poetry, along with several other anthologies and journals.

Emily Kendal Frey is the author of THE GRIEF PERFORMANCE (published by Cleveland State University Poetry Center in 2011) as well as several chapbooks and chapbook collaborations. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Eléna Rivera’s most recent books are The Perforated Map (Shearsman Books, 2011) and Remembrance of Things Plastic (LRL-e Editions, 2010). She won the 2010 Robert Fagles prize in translation for her translation of The Rest of the Voyage by Bernard Noël published by Graywolf Press (2011). She is the recipient of a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Translation, and a 2009 Fundacíon Valparaíso Poetry Residency in Mojácar, Spain. She currently lives in New York City.

Angela Veronica Wong lives in Manhattan. Her chapbook Dear Johnny, In Your Last Letter was selected by Bob Hicok as a winner of the 2011 Poetry Society of America New York Chapbook Fellowship. She is also the author of the chapbooks 25 little red poems (dancing girl press 2012), to know this (Cy Gist Press 2009), and All the Little Red Girls (Flying Guillotine Press 2009). An e-chapbook will be released by YesYes Books in Fall 2011. Her first full-length collection of poems, entitled how to survive a hotel fire, is forthcoming from Coconut Books in Spring 2012. Visit www.angelaveronicawong.com

James Yeh is a founding editor of Gigantic. His fiction and nonfiction appears or is forthcoming in McSweeney's, NOON, Vice, PEN America, the anthology 30 Under 30, and elsewhere. A recipient of fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and Columbia University, he is a 2011 Center for Fiction NYC Emerging Writers Fellow. He lives just down the street from here and is one-half of the DJ party Kings County Society for Fitness, Science & Musical Merriment, which he will be DJing later tonight at Manhattan Inn, in Greenpoint.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sink Review

We have a new issue of Sink Review & brand new design thanks to Doug Hahn!

Issue 8
features poems by Eric Amling, Nathan Austin, Jason Bredle, Molly Brodak, Francesca Chabrier, Jackie Clark, Brooklyn Copeland, Marisa Crawford, Ian Dreiblatt, Garth Graeper, Ben Fama, Brian Foley, Kate Greenstreet, Ben Pease, Leigh Stein, & Mathias Svalina

Reviews of Julia Story's Post Moxie, Peter Richards's Helsinki, Andy Fitch's Island, Emily Kendal Frey's The Grief Performance!

Art by Naomi Reis!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Great interview

Conducting by Thomas Fink and directed to the wonderful Sawako Nakayasu. Check it out here.

Thursday, October 13, 2011


The new issue of EOAGH is slowly being unveiled and what a beauty it is. I have a poem in it too. Check it out.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

MP3 of Atlanta Reading

Here's an MP3 link from my Atlanta reading including some collab poems with Angela Veronica Wong.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Atlanta Here We Come

Thursday, September 29
· 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Emory Bookstore

What's New in Poetry?

Please join us this Thursday for the next installment of the What's New in Poetry? Series, featuring readings by Kiki Petrosino, Steven Karl, and Angela Veronica Wong.

About the readers:

Kiki Petrosino earned a BA from the University of Virginia, an MA in humanities from the University of Chicago, and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of Fort Red Border (2009). Fort Red Border—the title is an anagram of... “Robert Redford”—addresses love, intimacy, food, race, and contemporary culture. Petrosino spent two years teaching English and Italian at a private school in Switzerland. She works for the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

Steven Karl is the author of the chapbooks, emissions/ of (H_NGM_N, 2011), (Ir)Rational Animals (Flying Guillotine Press, 2010) and with the artist, Joseph Lappie, State(s) of Flux (Peptic Robot Press, 2009). His poems have recently appeared in or are forthcoming from With + Stand, Jellyfish, EOAGH, Taiga, and paxamericana. In one way or another he is involved with Coldfront Magazine, Sink Review, Stain of Poetry: A Reading Series, Borough Writer Workshops, and Writopia. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. Visit stevenkarl.blogspot.com.

Angela Veronica Wong is the author of three chapbooks: 25 little red poems (Dancing Girl press forthcoming), to know this (Cy Gist Press), All the Little Red Girls (Flying Guillotine Press). Her poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Columbia Poetry Review, Adj. Noun, Vandal, Barrow Street, Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat, and WOMB. She has recently returned from a Fulbright in Taipei and resides in New York City.

Monday, September 12, 2011

I'm doing this on Friday

No, Dear on Friday, September 16th 2011 for a reading at Unnameable Books as we honor some of the fine poets published in past issues over the past few years. We have an incredible line-up: Marina Blitshteyn, Anelise Chen, Steven Karl, Matt Reeck, Matthew Rohrer and, Ken L. Walker!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Manhattan & Brooklyn Get Up to Get Down

721 Franklin Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
Curated by Niina Pollari, Steven Karl
Hosted by Niina Pollari

100,000 Poets for Change (http://www.bigbridge.org/100thousandpoetsforchange/) is a forum for GLOBAL readings for social change, happening on the same day (Sept. 24th). This format/forum is especially exciting because it simultaneously demonstrates the potential of both individual and international communities. Our Brooklyn edition of the reading will feature:

Tricia Taaca
Mark Bibbins
Brenda Ijima
Amy King
Ana Bozicevic
Hanna Andrews
David James Miller

Come to LaunchPad for the reading, hang out with us in the garden afterward, and support poetry as a forum for social change. And remember to check the website for all the global updates -- and see the updated information for our edition at http://www.bigbridge.org/100thousandpoetsforchange/?p=3618#comments.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Poems (or Prose) by People I Saw While I Was Away

"I am you who destroyed yourself. Your dream will be the death of all your kids"

excerpt from the essay, "Hawthorne" by Rebecca Brown from her book of essays, American Romances (City Lights, 2009)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Poems by People I Saw While I Was Away (or translated by people I saw while I was away)


Crickets plant their blue flags
atop the evening
with tiny glass hammers.

Summer Music

In its embers, summer
is grilling a cicada,
intimate flesh of the tree.

from Micrograms by Jorge Carrera Andrade
translated by Alejandro De Acosta and Joshua Beckman (Wave Books, 2011)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Poems by People I Saw While I Was Away

Everyone I Knew in High School Is Dead

I put a down payment on the jungle
Disfigured liquid milking out what was
left of the vine.
Can you say it? Say I'm here because
innocent people are dying
To have extra saliva to spare
A hardhat for a castle
of canned peas
Pinch to make
sure you're not the ghost or
a book. As we speak someone else
rewrites language, as in papery stomach, as in
lift off. It's cramped inside the magnet
but it's a good day for fox hunting
A volunteer, a willing blonde

-Julia Cohen
from 1 + Scattered = 0 (ypolita press, 2011)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Stain of Poetry for August 26th has been canceled.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Paul Siegell + Kiely Sweatt + Bronwen Tate + Jared White

August 26th @ Goodbye Blue Monday – Bushwick, Brooklyn


Paul Siegell is the author of three books of poetry: wild life rifle fire (Otoliths Books, 2010), jambandbootleg (A-Head Publishing, 2009) and Poemergency Room (Otoliths Books, 2008). Paul is a senior editor at Painted Bride Quarterly, and has recently contributed to Black Warrior Review, Dark Sky Magazine, La Petite Zine and many other fine journals. Kindly find more of Paul’s work at ReVeLeR @ eYeLeVeL (http://paulsiegell.blogspot.com).


Kiely Sweatt has been living in Barcelona the last three years teaching English, translating and writing poetry. She started up the Prostibulo Poetico, in partnership with the Poetry Brothel, Poetry Society of NYC. She has since helped to start working on branches in Madrid, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia and Venezuela. She is co organizer of Tri Lengua, a multi lingual reading series in Barcelona, which looks to promote overseas writers of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. She holds a degree in Spanish Literature from WVU and an MFA in poetry from The New School. Her work has appeared online and in-print through such publications as The Why and the Later by Carly Sachs, Best American Poetry blog, Shampoo, Sawbuck Review, BCN Ink, and PSEUDÒNIMS


Bronwen Tate is the author of the chapbooks Souvenirs (Dusie 2007), Like the Native Tongue the Vanquished (Cannibal Books 2008), Scaffolding (Dusie 2009), and if a thermometer (dancing girl press, forthcoming 2011). Her most recent chapbook is the loss letters (Dusie 2011), a collaboration with Ming Holden. Bronwen makes her friends hungry on her blog at http://breadnjamforfrances.blogspot.com. She’s a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at Stanford University where she’s completing a dissertation on scale in post-1945 poetry. These days she’s really enthusiastic about the word processing program Scrivener, the new Gillian Welch album, and Sundara silky lace yarn in the “heirloom tomato” shade.


Jared White lives in Brooklyn, where he co-directs the Yardmeter Editions event series and, with Farrah Field, he has recently founded a poetry bookstore, Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop. His chapbook Yellowcake was included in the hand-sewn anthology Narwhal from Cannibal Books in 2009. Poems and essays have also recently appeared in Action, Yes, Coconut, Harp & Altar, La Petite Zine, No, Dear, Open Letters Monthly, and We Are So Happy To Know Something. An occasional blog can be found at jaredswhite.blogspot.com


Goodbye Blue Monday

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

J M Z trains to Myrtle Ave
or J train to Kosciusko St

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Poems by People I Saw While I Was Away


Wants the heavier shoulder.
Dune grass firing the greenheads forward.

First off the asphalt to yes.
Grouped in wets.
Mark the territory. Skull crushed.

Glass in hand
of swollen midpoints.
Glass is sand.

Hearts are cards.

We flip like fish. And settle in
for the grief performance.

-Emily Kendal Frey
from The Grief Performance by CSU Press,2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Dear Seattle,

Book-making tutorial & reading with Hitomi Yoshio and Steven Karl
Sunday, August 14, 2011, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Free with Museum Admission

Join Joshua Beckman, poet and editor of Wave Books, for book-making tutorial in Shelf Life.

To celebrate their inaugural season of poetry in translation, and in anticipation of Wave’s Annual Poetry Festival 2011: Poetry in Translation, Wave will host bilingual readings and book making tutorials each August Sunday at 1pm. These workshops/readings will be in the style of Cuban cigar factories, in which the workers are read to, out loud, while they work with their hands.

This tutorial will also feature readings from Hitomi Yoshio and Steven Karl.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Dear Denver,

Hi Friends,

This is to invite you to Mathias Svalina's book release party coupled with a Bad Shadow Affair reading THIS Saturday, featuring Maureen Owen, Steven Karl, and J. Mae Barizo, and Mathias Svalina. We'd love love love to see you there. Love.

Here is the info:
Saturday August 13th
Lost Lake Lounge | 3602 East Colfax | Denver, Colorado

Maureen Owen (born July 6, 1943 in Graceville, Minnesota ) is an American poet, editor, and biographer. She has served as the Program Coordinator and Acting Director of the Poetry Project at St Mark's-in-the-Bowery, New York City, where she has also taught workshops in writing and magazine production. She has published many books including American Rush: Selected Poems, AE [Amelia Earhart], Hearts in Space, Imaginary Income and Zombie Notes.

Born in Toronto, J. Mae Barizo was shortlisted for Canada's 2008 Robert Kroetsch award for Innovative Poetry and Ahsahta Press's Sawtooth Poetry Prize. She has received an International Publication Award from Atlanta Review, and was an Editor's Prize finalist for Spoon River Poetry Review. As a prize winner in the William Stafford Award, she was published in Rosebud. Her work has also appeared in Baltimore Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, Sink Review, Atlanta Review, among others. She has work forthcoming in Prairie Schooner and Bellingham Review. She is the author of
two chapbooks, "The Concert Review" and "The Marble Palace."

Mathias Svalina is a co-editor of Octopus Books and Octopus Magazine. He is the author of Destruction Myth and the newly released I Am A Very Productive Entrepreneur.

Steven Karl is the author of the chapbooks, emissions/ of (H_NGM_N, 2011), (Ir)Rational Animals (Flying Guillotine Press, 2010) and State(s) of Flux w/ Joseph Lappie (Peptic Robot Press, 2009). He has poems in or forthcoming from EOAGH, With +Stand, pax americana, Taiga, Jellyfish and collaborative poems with Angela Veronica Wong in Super Arrow. In one way or another, he is involved with Sink Review, Cold Front Magazine, Borough Writing Workshops and Stain of Poetry. He sometimes blogs at stevenkarl.blogspot.com.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Reminder--Poetry Festival on Governors Island

I'm reading tomorrow, July 30th at the First Annual New York City Poetry Festival on Governors Island. I'm doing a super-quick reading at 12:30 with Coldfront Magazine.
At 2pm Erika Moya & I will host Stain of Poetry and then at 3pm I'll read for No, Dear Magazine!

Please come out and say "hi." More info can be found here.

Monday, July 25, 2011

"We Have A Goal" - 100 Thousand Poets For Change

Coming to BK in September curated by Karl-Pollari. Whut?!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Some up-coming gigs

The end of July will be busy, but busy in a good way. The First Annual New York Poetry Festival will happen on July 30th and 31st. More info here.

On Saturday July 30th at 12:30 the Coldfront Magazine Crew will be reading poems. I'm super-psyched as we have never all read together before! I will read only a poem, but the others will read for longer.

At 2pm myself & Erika Moya will curate a special Stain of Poetry for the festival featuring Dustin Luke Nelson, Jillian Brall, and Niina Pollari. Don't miss it!

At 3pm I'll read a full set of poems for No,Dear (along with radsters Amy Lawless & Jen Hyde!)

Hope to see you at the Coldfront/Stain/No,Dear readings!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

New Sixth Finch

featuring a collab poem with Veronica and myself! Check it out!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Review & Popsickle 2011

I have a review of Sommer Browning's book here.

Info on this year's Popsickle here. It looks great! Sadly, Erika & I are already otherwise committed & Christie Ann is away so Stain of Poetry will have to miss it, but you shouldn't!

Also, been digging the Wave Books photo tumblr.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Around the web

Here's a nice interview with Sommer Browning.

How about some reading? OnandOnScreen and Evening Will Come.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Poems & Stuff

I have some collab poems with Angela Veronica Wong up on Super Arrow!

"Improvisation and progression are development, orienting each other. Development, which is motion, is involved with preference. Preference is involved with subjectivity and direction and creates expectation. Writing is involved with movement, development, subjectivity, preference and direction. Subjectivity, which does not depend on pronouns, occurs in movement, development, writing and preference. Improvisation and progression, their motion, include rupture, discontinuity. Discontinuity is startling, shatters expectation. The questions become how great a surprise can you tolerate and how small a surprise can you register? Linkages, not always lineages, like lists and like submerged autonomic systems, have direction."

"Another perspective enjoins, "To speak out beyond his or her historical confinement has been a repeated mission of the concerned artist..." (Max Kozloff)

excerpts from To Be At Music by Norma Cole

Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Bens Are At It Again

Ben Fama aka Supermachine has just released Ben Mirov's new chapbook, Vortexts. If you're in BK/NYC you can pick up a copy at the release party on Saturday or at Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop which is where I bought my copy. You can also order it directly from Supermachine.

Here's a poem from it

For the Faint of Heart

When you return from the asylum
be sure to gaze at the trees
covered in snow. When the train

enters the forest, ask the waiter
for tea with milk. In the dark
take seriously the lesson

of fluttering hands. If it is offered
take the class they call Ornithography,
for it will surely teach you something

about love. On the subject of love
I have only a single observation--
if you love a grapefruit you cut it open

and eat its flesh. Take my advice.
Take it home to the ghost you love.
Slip into bed. Snuff out the lights.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

This! This! This!

I'm thrilled to say I'll be reading at Yardmeter this Saturday!

Yardmeter XIX, Saturday, May 28th, 7 p.m.
Please come to our nineteenth event
in a wonderful building that will soon no longer exist.

Yardmeter 19 presents:

art by
Ingrid Butterer,
readings by
Mark Wallace,
Steven Karl
Marisa Crawford,
and music by
Marina Zee.

All this will happen in Shelton Walsmith's studio
Saturday, May 28, 7pm.
Please bring your favorite beverages.

Location: 267 Douglass Street, Brooklyn, NY

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

Friday, May 13, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

As kids, my sister & I used to keep Box turtles as pets. My sister passed away on May 7th, 2011 so here's to her! May she rest in peace.

"It's all in the subtext it was hardly known we had
the antidote to dreaming
inside the accident prone glass dolls
we are just surface that can be pulled away
an artful cover turned suddenly air
move your hand more slowly
I want to see you settle into the story
before the momentum goes dark"

excerpt from "It is 1876 When My Planet Burns Down," Karen Weiser

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Friday Night's Action


Claire Becker * Jason Bredle * Cynthia King * Nate Pritts * Bill Rasmovicz * Paige Taggart

12APR7 PM on April 29′th @ Goodbye Blue Monday – Bushwick, Brooklyn

Claire Becker is the author of the poetry collection Where We Think It Should Go (Octopus Books) and the chapbooks Untoward, Get You , Young Adult, We Know in 2010, We Survive, and The Werld. She co-edits the journal RealPoetik, teaches high school students at the California School for the Blind and lives in San Francisco. This is her first time reading in New York.

Jason Bredle is the author of three books and three chapbooks, most recently Smiles of the Unstoppable and The Book of Evil. He lives in Chicago.

Cynthia Arrieu-King is an assistant professor of creative writing at Stockton College. Her book, People are Tiny in Paintings of China, came out in the fall of 2010 from Octopus Books. Her poems are forthcoming in Boston Review, Saltgrass, and Forklift, Ohio.

Nate Pritts is the author of four books of poems – most recently Big Bright Sun(BlazeVOX) & The Wonderfull Yeare (Cooper Dillon Books). His fifth, Sweet Nothing, is forthcoming from Lowbrow Press in late 2011. His poetry has appeared in journals such as The Southern Review, Black Warrior Review, Columbia Poetry Review & Forklift, Ohio among many others. His reviews & critical prose appear regularly in Rain Taxi Review of Books, Boston Review, Octopus & Coldfront. Nate has his MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College (‘00) & his PhD in British Romanticism from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette (‘03). He is the founder & principal editor of H_NGM_N & H_NGM_N BKS & lives in Syracuse, New York.

Bill Rasmovicz is a graduate of the Vermont College MFA in Writing Program and Temple University School of Pharmacy. He has served as a workshop co-leader and literary excursion leader throughout Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Germany, England and Wales. His poems have appeared in Hotel Amerika, Nimrod, Mid-American Review, Third Coast, and other publications, and his first book, “The World in Place of Itself,” published by Alice James Books, was also the recipient of the New England Poetry Club’s Sheila Margaret Motton Prize. His current home is Brooklyn.

Paige Taggart’s poems were written on a bus through the Badlands, she’s an ex-continental-drifter. Her chapbook DIGITAL MACRAMÉ was recently released by Poor Claudia. On the horizon Polaroid Parade will emerge in chapbook-form from Greying Ghost Press. She was a 2009 recipient of the NYFA Fellowship. Peruse her blog: mactaggartjewelry.blogspot.com


Goodbye Blue Monday

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

J M Z trains to Myrtle Ave
or J train to Kosciusko St

Hosted by Steven Karl, Erika Moya & Christie Ann Reynolds

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

More Brewing on the Interwebs

Ben Pease features Ben Fama over on TheThepoetry.

Audio and video of the off-site Chapbook Festival here.

New ish of Sixth Finch here.

New SpringGun here.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

More Great Stuff on the Web

New ish of H_NGM_N is live featuring a review I wrote for Kate Colby's book.

Also, this interview with Matt Henriksen is great.

Bronwen Tate poems here!

Debut issue of Loaded Bicycle is here.

Dan Beachy-Quick has an essay in Evening Will Come.

Farrah Field has posted fragmented book-club notes on her blog and they are pretty cool.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Interviews, Reviews, & Some Other Stuff of Awesome

Best American Poetry ala Rob Crawford interviewed three up & coming poets who also curate or co-curate reading series. I'm interviewed here(as 1/3 of Stain). The interview also contains a publication of "Youth & Fins" as well as links to "Sister" which is in my sold-out (Ir)Rational Aminals chap and one of the videos Francis shot at my Poetry Project Reading. Crawford also interviews Chris Hosea here & Douglas Piccinnini here.

One of my fave poets, Sueyeun Juliette Lee is interviewed here.

Angela Veronica Wong has a review of Kate Colby's book here. I'll have a review of the same book out later this month on H_NGM_N.

Speaking of H_NGM_N read an interview with Nate Pritts here also check out what Katherine Sullivan has to say about her online journal, Vinyl here.

Finally check out the new ish of Word For/Word here. Lots of great work by Lily Ladewig in the issue.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Jellyfish Magazine

The new ish of Jellyfish is live & I have a poem in it. Check it out here.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Esme Poems

I've been meaning to mention this chapbook for a minute now. It's put out by Peninsulas Now Press. You can read about the press here on Joe Hall's blog. This chapbook is a collab between Joe Hall & Cheryl Quimba.

Here's a sample:

Esme on a Cruise Ship

Fits perfectly into a deck chair.

Then paces and smokes

a cigarette and beholds the orange sun. Will
never get married, will want

to live inside her own

private movie, watching sea gulls circling
for hours at a time.

Without speaking them,
continually forms the shapes
of words inside her mouth.

Esme: Inharmonic

---she sees
a person lock the door behind
him, look both ways and begin strolling or
a mammal browsing in and out of the shadows of
the tree line--deep, running algorithms
black engine of things
bang bang bang on her drums
she always has her reasons
before a friend comes
and then the singing

The American String Quartet - Ravel String Quartet in F Major - 1st Mvmt...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Your Friday/ Your Saturday

Stain of Poetry: A Reading Series

Friday, March 25 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Goodbye Blue Monday

Come out and be wowed by the ever-awesome Jackie Clark!! Ben Fama!! Matt Reiter!! Bianca Stone!! Amish Trivedi!! and Genya Turovskaya!!

More info at http://stainofpoetry.wordpress.com/

Yardmeter Editions

Saturday, March 26 · 7:30pm - 10:30pm

267 Douglass Street

Yardmeter 17 presents:

poetry readings by
Dan Magers and Francesca Chabrier,

a Max Ernst presentation
by Keith Newton,

and an operatic collaborative performance
featuring the music and visuals
of Rusty Banks and Karen Graffeo.

Please bring festive beverages.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Some Things

New issue of Action Yes!
New issue of So and So Magazine!
Lily Ladewig dig a wonderful write-up of the CUNY chapbook festival & one of the off-site readings. Read it here.

Slowdive - Machine Gun live Toronto 1994

Monday, March 14, 2011

Whenever We Feel Like It

An mp3 of the reading I did in Philly with Sam & Paige is live. You can listen here.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Poetry Project Will Never Be The Same

Sommer Browning and Mathias Svalina are reading together at the Poetry Project tomorrow night at 10pm.

Sommer Browning‘s first book of poems, Either Way I’m Celebrating, came out in February 2011 with Birds, LLC. She draws cartoons, writes poems, teaches bookmaking and, with Julia Cohen, curates The Bad Shadow Affair reading series in Denver, Colorado. Visit her at AsthmaChronicles.com.

Mathias Svalina is the author of one collection of poems, Destruction Myth (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2009), five chapbooks & five collaborative chapbooks, four of them written with Julia Cohen. He also has a hybrid-novella forthcoming, I Am A Very Productive Entrepreneur (Mud Luscious Press, 2011). With Zachary Schomburg he co-edits the online poetry journal Octopus Magazine & the small press Octopus Books. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

Get Hanked for the both of us, will you?

Abraham Smith is reading tonight. In like 2.5 hours. I just found out about. Most people I know, still don't know about it. I wonder why the invite came so late. So few people can suddenly attend something with 2.5 hours notice. Sucks. Maybe you're not busy. Maybe you can go? He's reading Friday at Earshot too (another reading I won't be able to attend 'cause I'm going to catch up with Mathias & hopefully Sommer before they set the roof of the Poetry Project on fire with their awesomeness!)

Thursday, March 10 · 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11238

Abraham Smith will be reading from his new book, HANK (Action Books). Jennifer L. Knox will be reading from her new book, THE MYSTERY OF THE HIDDEN DRIVEWAY (Bloof Books). It will be an evening full of that new book smell, and top shelf tequila.



Join us at Rose Live Music in Williamsburg, Brooklyn!

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

Guest Host: Peter Bogart Johnson

Traci Brimhall (author of Rookery)
Abraham Smith (author of Hank)
Amy Gall (The New School)
Nicole Dennis (Sarah Lawrence College)
Amy Meng (New York University)

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

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Dear Deer

I recently finished reading Sasha Steensen's chapbook, A History of The Human Family which you can purchase from Flying Guillotine Press here, or if you're in NYC/BK/Queens from Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop.

Although Steensen has out a couple of books with Fence, I did not know her work at all. I fell in love with this chapbook so will have to seek out her books. Here are some excerpts that I liked:

Anyone here know
what animation
what anima
what clod
what erring
what worship
what warship
what book is this
what tender plant, root of the dry ground
what reeds & rushes
what lame man leaps as a hart
what avalanche
what footpath into astonishment

I must bear it


we lived on the brink of a gorge
that was flat all around

like moon landings

Munich skin of the book
skin of the deer

like many-yeared
like landward
like me now groping
like skin of the buck

a great depth of moss

Monday, March 7, 2011

A Weekend in Books

What a last few days! I am exhausted. Thursday/Friday were the Chapbook Festival (highlights include selling Farrah Field's new chapbook to an enthusiastic Sasha Fletcher and the last copy of Dottie Lasky's baby broadside to Joshua Beckman).

Saturday Stain of Poetry (me/Christie Ann Reynolds, Erika Moya) CROWD, SuperMachine, and Poetry Time at Space Space had an off-site reading which was great (pics forthcoming).

Sunday, H & I strolled over (well, actually I limped 'cause for some reason my left foot is a bit swollen) to Berl's Brooklyn Poetry shop.

Here is a list of goods got:

from Berl's:

Ish Klein's Moving Day
Dottie Lasky's Tourmaline

from The Chapbook Festival:

We Are So Happy To Know Something (Vol 2)
Corduroy Mountain Issue 3
Carolyn Zaikowski's Ouch, Humans
Daniel Bailey's The Drunk Sonnets
Mc Hyland's Neveragainland
Lauren Ireland's Sorry It's So Small
Corrine Fitzpatrick's Zamboanguena
Dan Mager's broadside from Rope-a-dope
Zach Schomburg, Paige Ackerson-Kiely & Janaka Stucky broadside from Rope-a-dope

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Off-Site Chapbook Festival Readings!!!


NICOLE C. ( APARTMENT 4 ) (Dusie Kollektiv, 2011), by Jennifer H. Fortin

**with poetry readings by Nate Pritts & Jennifer H. Fortin**

Please come help celebrate the release of this new chapbook by hearing these two poets read their work.

Friday, March 4th Multifarious Array at Pete's Candy Store 7pm Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Jared White!!! Brian Foley!!! Chris Hosea!!! and C.S. Carrier!!!

SATURDAY, March 5 · 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Goodbye Blue Monday - 1087 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY

READINGS BY: Francesca Chabrier + Anelise Chen + MC Hyland + Dan Hoy + Lysette Elizabeth Simmons + Andrew Kenower + Erin Morrill + Macgregor Card + Brandon Downing + Will Edmiston

Presented by: Stain of Poetry Reading Series, CROWD, SUPERMACHINE, Poetry Time at Space Space and others!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Chapbook Festival 2011

Last year, I had the honor of reading (along with label-mate, Angela Veronica Wong) at the CUNY chapbook festival. This year, I won't be reading but will still be heavily involved with the festival. A full schedule of the festival is here. I suggest you attend some workshops and spend plenty of time hanging out & meeting people.

On Friday, I will be sitting in for Immaculate Disciples Press which in addition to their chapbooks, will also be selling Baby Broadsides (made by Peptic Robot Press)of Dottie Lasky, Matthew Henriksen, Lauren Ireland, and Angela Veronica Wong who have all been featured in Sink Review which I work on along with Dan Magers (Immaculate Disciples Press) & Douglas Hahn.

On Saturday, Stain of Poetry, will participate in an off-site chapbook reading from 1:00-3:30 at Goodbye Blue Monday along with Supemachine, CROWD, and Poetry Time at Space Space.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Poets & Puppets III

Friday, February 25 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm Goodbye Blue Monday 1087 Broadway Brooklyn, NY

The third installment of the undeniably/adorably ferocious reading series will include an octopus, a harpist, a marionette, and poetry of all shapes and sizes. Do you like pleasure? You will like us.

CLAIRE DUNNINGTON is a writer, harpist, literary agent, and tutor living in Brooklyn. This is her little harp; her big harp stays at home because it is fussy and hard to get onto the subway.

ELISSA BASSIST co-edited Rumpus Women, Volu...me I, the first and most extraordinary anthology ever published by TheRumpus.net. She edits Funny Women, a humor column. Her essay “A Baker’s Dozen of My Feelings about Infinite Jest” appears in Best of the Web 2010. Peruse www.elissabassist.com for literary, feminist, and personal criticism.

LAUREN IRELAND grew up in southern Maryland and coastal Virginia. Currently an editor at Lungfull! Magazine, she also curates The Reading at Chrystie Street, a monthly poetry series. Her poems have appeared in Sixth Finch, Conduit, notnostrums, and Bateau, among other magazines. More work can be found online at http://oui-ja-yes.blogspot.com/. She lives in Brooklyn.

LEIGH STEIN is the author of three chapbooks of poetry. She is the curator of the Poets & Puppets reading series, which has been featured on the Poetry Foundation blog, and in the magazine that you get for free when you ride in an airplane.

LILY LADEWIG'S poems have been published or are forthcoming in Absent, Conduit, Denver Quarterly, H_NGM_N, No Tell Motel, and Supermachine. She is the author of the chapbooks You Are My Favorite Person of the Year (Mondo Bummer Press, 2010) and, with Anne Cecelia Holmes, I Am A Natural Wonder (Blue Hour Press, 2011). She lives in Brooklyn.

LUKE BLOOMFIELD has poems in various places on the internet, and a chapbook on its way from Factory Hollow Press. He is from Massachusetts and edits the online journal notnostrums.

MARISA CRAWFORD is the author of The Haunted House from the feminist poetry press Switchback Books. She lives in Brooklyn where she works as a copywriter, is an editor of Small Desk Press, and volunteers as a writing mentor with Girls Write Now. Her poems have appeared in Shampoo, Action Yes, and Invisible Ear, and are forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review.

More photos here and here.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sunday, February 20, 2011

News You Can Use

New ish of Taiga is out. Winter 2011. 100 copies. Includes poetry by Jen Tynes, Jennifer Denrow, Amber Nelson, Steven Karl, Matthew Klane, Dan Thomas-Glass, erica lewis & Lightsey Darst.

Musical inquiry and observation by Amaranth Borsuk, Helen Renaut, Ruthann Friedman-Carlisle, Steven R Smith, Jana Hunter & Ayla Nereo.

Edited by Brooklyn Copeland. Cover art by Mike Seall. You can purchase it here.

There's also an interview with me about music & the poem excerpted in the issue which you can read here.

Also, Flying Guillotine Press subscriptions!
Receive every book Flying Guillotine publishes in 2011 for the low price of $25!!


Sasha Steensen's
A History of the Human Family
Philip Metres' The Abu Ghraib Arias
Serena Chopra's Penumbra
& Theresa Sotto's Hinge

Go here to get yours!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Some Photos

Photo of Lincoln Memorial Stairs reading for H_NGM_N at DC'S AWP courtesy of Nicolette Wong & photos of Poetry Project reading by Francis Choung.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Because It Continues We Continue

If you happen to live in New York or Brooklyn, I'd be so very please to see you tomorrow for the Friday Late Night Series at Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church. It starts at 10pm & I'm reading with the ever-awesome Kathleen Miller.


A podcast of me reading for InDigest 3yr anniversary party is here.


Paige Taggart
at Softblow


How about a new issue of Esque!




Bookslut on Bhanu Kapil


Tony Hoagland writes a lame & seemingly racist poem here Claudia Rankine responds to said excuse of a poem here. It's under "AWP"


Nicolette Wong
has a new flash fiction piece here

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A'dub & Stuff

(photo thanks to Bianca Stone)

Seems like everyone is blogging about DC's AWP. I was a lot busier at this one in comparison to Denver, so my thoughts are the thoughts of someone working the table, as opposed to, a wander- which is all I did last year. The only panel I attended was Monsters, Mongrels, Writing Across Identity or something to that effect. It was 9am & I was tired, almost too tired to understand smart people talking about smart things. I just wanted a coffee. On Friday night, I read for H_NGM_N on the Lincoln Memorial stairs (pics forthcoming) & that was pretty awesome.

On Saturday night, Dan & I hosted a reading for Sink Review along with a ton of other super-cool presses & the readers, turn-out, & reading itself was great. Dan & I arrived an hour early to maximize the event space, inadvertently ordered the two most expensive beers on the menu, rearranged the entire room, set-up an amp (borrowed from Christie Ann's bf) then ate some damn good Mac & Cheese. Not wanting to lug an amp around, our night ended as many nights did- not on a dance floor or jammed into another reading &/or reading after-party but relaxing at our hotel bar.

I got to see lots of Jared & Farrah, Dan, Sommer, Tony Mancus & Sawako!!, as well as, J.Mae Barizo & Rich Scheiwe. I also got to meet Katherine Sullivan & Jen Hyde. I saw some of Mathias & Julia which was nice. Surprising I saw little of Vee, Carter Edwards, Ben Mirov, Christie Ann Reynolds, & Amy Lawless (all of whom I spent a ton of time with at Denver). I expected to but didn't, not even once see Molly Gaudry.

I'm pretty happy with the books I picked up:

Sommer Browning & Dan Boehl's books on Birds, LLC, Matt Henriksen's book on Black Ocean, Jessica Baran's book on Apostrophe, Jeremy Schmall's book on Xing, & Claire Becker's book on Octopus. Thomas Fink gave me a copy of his new book (which to my surprise has a blurb by me on the back cover-AWESOME!!) & I picked up my contributor copy of the Coldfront Yearbook. My friend Nicole gave me a copy of Rose Hunter's book on adp. I also got a copy of No, Dear.

I picked up the dbl-chapbook by Paige Taggart & Justin Marks on Poor Claudia, Chris Martin & Jennifer Denrow's chapbooks from BMP, Sasha Steensen & Mark Horosky's chapbooks from Flying Guillotine Press, Heather Christle's chapbook, The Seaside, an advance printing of an Eric Baus chapbook from minutes BOOKS,, Genya Turovskaya's chapbook by Octopus & an Amy Wright's chapbook from Apostrophe.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Awesome Is As Awesome Does

Farrah Field has a brand-new chapbook out on Immaculate Disciples Press! The chapbook has a silk-screen cover & the illustration is done by Matt Bollinger. For AWP, I shared a table with Dan Magers (who published this chapbook) & the level of excitement this book generated was intense. I had the chance to read my copy of it on the bus ride home from DC & fell into complete swoon. Pick up your copy of it here & check out the awesome poem by Farrah I snagged for the new ish of Sink Review here. Also check out my new favorite bookstore & Brooklyn's only all poetry bookstore!! ran by Jared White & Farrah Field. It's called Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop.

Monday, January 31, 2011

One Last Post Before AWP!!

The new issue of Sink Review is up!!
Artwork by
Joseph Lappie of Peptic Robot Press!!

Poetry by:

Kim Gek Lin Short
Jeremy Hoevenaar
Solmaz Sharif
Mark Bibbins
Sasha Fletcher
Sawako Nakayasu
Franklin Bruno
DJ Dolack
Chris Martin
Brett Price
Tony Mancus
B.C. Edwards
Stephanie Ann Whited
Dustin Luke Nelson
Jess Grover
Brad Liening
Elaine Castillo
Jeremiah Gould
Scott Abels
Travis Macdonald
Andy Fitch
Farrah Field

And reviews of & by:

* Heather Christle’s The Difficult Farm by Angela Veronica Wong
* Chris Tonelli’s The Trees Around by Erika Moya
* Abraham Smith’s Hank by Steven Karl
* Ben Fama’s Aquarius Rising& Natalie Lyalin’s Try A Little Time Travel by J.Mae Barizo
* Timothy Donnelly’s The Cloud Corporation by Christie Ann Reynolds
* Eléna Rivera’s Remembrance of Things Plastic by Richard Scheiwe

If you'll be at AWP in Washington DC this week, please visit our table, which we are sharing with Flying Guillotine Press and Small Anchor Press. Please also come to our off-site reading we'll be having with Magic Helicopter Press, Agnes Fox Press, Parthenon West Review, and Small Deck Press, which will be on Saturday Feb 5, from 7-9pm at The Black Squirrel, 2427 18th Street NW. More details here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=192594154088471. Also, come check out our limited coinsides by Angela Veronica Wong, Matthew Henriksen, Lauren Ireland, and Dottie Lasky made by Peptic Robot Press.

I'll be reading on Friday btwn 7-8 in front of the Washington Memorial. Stop by the H_ngm_n booth to pick up some hand-warmers then step out for some poetry.

Post-AWP, I'll be reading at the Poetry Project on Feb. 11th at 10pm and on Feb 13th at Zinc Bar for the EOAGH launch party.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Either Way I'm Celebrating

The awesomeness that is Sommer Brownings' poetry & comics all in one book! Celebration for sure. Check the book here, an interview here, and more poems here.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

NYC Poem Submission Call

No, Dear publications come out each fall and spring and are accompanied by issue release readings for the featured poets.

We are currently accepting submissions for our spring 2011 issue.

Theme: Pattern

General submission guidelines: Send up to 4 pages of poetry in a word or .pdf attachment to nodearmagazine@gmail.com. Include your contact info and borough/neighborhood of residence.

NYC poets only.

The Poetry Society of America's Benefit for Dean Young

Great video of the Dean Young reading over on Coldfront.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

H_ngm_n E-Chaps Getting The Love

Yesterday, I posted the cover of my e-chap & linked the super-awesome review Brooklyn Copeland did about it. Today, it's Dan Magers turn. Adam Robinson reviews WHITE-COLLAR WORKER: I AM DESTINY here.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New Chapbook!!!

I have a new (e)chap available from H_ngm_n. Be green & download it here! The cover is by Dani Leventhal! Be sure to download Dan Magers (e) chap too, with cover art done by Matt Bollinger!

Esteemed poet & editor, Brooklyn Copeland, had nice things to say about the chapbook here.

In other news, I like this Pitchfork article on Trish Keenan (of Broadcast) who recently passed away.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Monday, Here We Are

I'm excited to say there will be a new issue of Sink Review out later this month & it will feature all kinds of awesomness including poems by Kim Gek Lin Short who you can read an interview with over at Bookslut.

Today's entry on Montevidayo is a good read as well. Take a look at this excerpt:

My point with the entry was to show how this anxiety about translation comes out of an anxiety to maintain “mastery” – mastery over language (hierarchical, centripedal) and literature – for example Ron’s reductive model of “Quietism vs Post-Avant,” leading in a fiercely chronological “modernist” path from Pound to Objectivism to Ron himself.

Read the entire posting here.

There's a Dean Young reading this Thursday at 7pm in NYC. Details here.
(Thanks to Lily Ladewig for the low-down).

I'm reading in Philly on Saturday (Jan. 22nd) with two of my favorite poets: Sampson Starkweather & Paige Taggart. If you haven't read Sam's latest two chapbooks give yourself a gift that keeps giving & get them immediately. Paige has a new chapbook forthcoming, but to hold you over, just google her. Every poem I read of hers lately is completely stunning.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Here & There Again

Victoria Chang has a coffee chat with Allison Benis White here.

Evening Will Come
has C.D. Wright here.

& I'm reading this Friday for Supermachine!
Fri., Jan, 14, 8pm
Steven Karl
Jacke Clark
Anna Fitzgerald
Levi Rubeck



1014 Fulton St between Grand & Classon

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Please Feed The Robot

Consider helping out my good friend & ever-awesome one-man publishing machine aka Peptic Robot Press!

Dear artists, friends, friendly artists, artist friends and friends of artists.

Hi. How are you? I am well thank you very much. I hope the New Year is treating you super. I’m currently in a hospital waiting for my nephew to be born. 32 minutes until 2011. (addendum. He was born at 11:00 pm… I just didn’t know it.)

So I wanted to talk to you about something. I hope you’ll consider it. As some of you know, and for those who don’t, I am currently the Visiting Asst. Professor in Book Arts and Printmaking at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. It’s a swell place with some pretty topnotch artists running the Department. I was brought in after Kat Anderson petitioned and succeeded in getting a Book Arts Major established. (Super Kudos to that fight!) For the past year and a half I have been working on developing the Program into something to be proud of and worthy of what she envisioned. It’s slowly happening. The presses are all up and running (3 letterpress, 2 litho, 2 etching, screenprinting and non-toxic capabilities) we have a great studio tech – Alison Filley – straight outta Iowa City who has added essential skills to this 7 room space and we have a new curriculum getting ready to pop out.

“That’s great!” you may say, “good job.”

Thanks, but here is the juicy part. We’re pushing farther. We’re bringing back a letterpress imprint – The Black Cat Press – that will start producing broadsides and artist’s books and collaborations with other St. Ambrose departments (starting this winter with “Mazy Mind” an all-letterpress nonfiction lit journal of student work), local and regional art organizations and visiting artists.

“Hey man, that’s alright.”

We’re also developing the space into a community center through St. Ambrose University called “The St. Ambrose Book and Print League” or the SABPL for short (copyright pending) Through this community center we hope to do the basic stuff: provide cheap classes, studio time, community outreach, lectures, presentations and general making of things along with innovative and creative things…that I haven’t thought of yet.

“Ok, that’s a lot of info” you may be starting to think as you check to see what time it is and if you wish to continue reading.

Get to the point Joseph.

The point. I’m trying to raise some money for the B&P League by providing an Open House in the Shop on February 12th (possibly the 26th). This Open House is mainly geared at introducing the community to the idea of the Shop and trying to raise its public awareness as well as the public awareness of the Program itself. This includes a student at every press printing take-away art, a public presentation, a new subscription series of “Baby Broadsides” by great writers and poets (Jami Attenberg, Aaron Burch, Natalie Edwards, Farrah Field, Sarah Gardner, Carl Herzig, Steven Karl, Jonathan Messinger, Audrey Niffenegger, Owen Rogel, and Kevin Sampsell), music, food and a silent auction.

Ahhhh…. So this is it. This is what I am requesting. I am asking you and anyone you can think of who may be supportive of this idea to donate a small work (preferably book, print or paper related, but not required) for the Silent Auction to raise money for the St. Ambrose Book and Print League.

The money raised from the auction will be used for:

Development of a functional bindery
Expansion of supplies and equipment for letterpress and basic print
Creation of a space and supplies for papermaking
Promotional material
Payment for Visiting Artists or Instructors

There are very few rules.

Rule #1: I would need the piece of art shipped by February 4th.
Rule #2: It would be shipped to St Ambrose University, attn: Joseph Lappie, 518 W.
Locust St. Davenport, Ia 52803
Rule #3: Confirmation of interest as soon as possible at
Rule #4: A price point you’d like to start at (if desired)
Rule #5: Any questions or concerns please ask.

In return for your charity I will make everyone who participates a small editioned Artist’s Book for their trouble. It’s not much, but a token of appreciation.

Thank you for slogging through this chunk of text. Thank you for thinking about participating even if it is something you choose not to do. Have a good day and a good year.

Until then,

Joseph the Lappie