Rank #1: It’s After the End of the World, Don’t You Know That Yet? - October 24th, 2016
It’s After the End of the World, Don’t You Know That Yet?: Writing in the Shadow of Human Extinction
This evening, consisting of readings, screenings and discussion will focus on the question of writing in the late anthropocene. With the question of major shifts in global climate, foodways and migration patterns, and the potential for major political and economic upheaval, this event will pose questions about writing’s contemporary role and the ways it is being reshaped by the presence of these world-altering forces. The evening will feature writers and artists Pedro Neves Marques and Mariana Silva, poets Evelyn Reilly and Adjua Greaves, and filmmakers Adam and Zack Khalil and their focuses ranging from ecocide and genetically modified organisms to indigenous counternarratives of “the end” and the survivability and “mattering,” in philosopher Judith Butler’s terms, of writing.
Dec 28 2016
Rank #2: Vi Khi Nao & Jayson P. Smith - October 28th, 2016
Vi Khi Nao holds an MFA in fiction from Brown University, where she received the John Hawkes and Feldman Prizes in fiction and the Kim Ann Arstark Memorial Award in poetry. Her work includes poetry, fiction, film, and cross-genre collaboration. Her stories, drawings, and poems have also appeared in numerous literary journals, including Glimmer Train, NOON, and Ploughshares. She is the author of two novellas, Swans In Half-Mourning (2013) and The Vanishing Point of Desire (2011), and her poetry collection, The Old Philosopher, was the winner of 2014 Nightboat Poetry Prize. Her manuscript, A Brief Alphabet of Torture, won the 2016 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest. In Fall 2016, Coffee House Press will publish her novel Fish in Exile. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa.
Jayson P. Smith is a writer, editor, & educator. Their poems & interviews appear in journals such as fields magazine, The Offing, Day One, The Rumpus, & boundary2. Jayson has been the recipient of fellowships from The Conversation, Millay Colony for the Arts, & Callaloo as well as scholarships from Cave Canem & The New Harmony Writers’ Workshop. Jayson is currently a Mentor at Urban Word NYC & Creative Director for The Other Black Girl Collective. Jayson lives in Brooklyn and at www.jaysonpsmith.com.
Dec 30 2016
Rank #3: Garrett Caples & Hoa Nguyen - October 19th, 2016
Garrett Caples is the author of three full-length poetry collections, including the brand-new Power Ballads (Wave Books, 2016). He has also written a book of essays, Retrievals (Wave, 2014), and a pamphlet, Quintessence of the Minor: Symbolist Poetry in English (Wave, 2010). He co-edited Incidents of Travel in Poetry: New and Selected Poems by Frank Lima (City Lights, 2016), Particulars of Place by Richard O. Moore (Omnidawn, 2015), and Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia (California, 2013). A freelance writer, he is also an editor at City Lights, where he curates the Spotlight poetry series. He lives in San Francisco.
Born in the Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington DC area, Hoa Nguyen currently makes her home in Toronto. Her poetry collections include As Long As Trees Last, Red Juice, Poems 1998-2008, and Violet Energy Ingots from Wave Books. Nguyen teaches at Ryerson University, for Miami University’s low residency MFA program, for the Milton Avery School for Fine Arts at Bard College, and in a long-running, private poetics workshop. She can be found on the web at http://www.hoa-nguyen.com.
Dec 28 2016
Rank #4: Myung Mi Kim & Juliana Spahr - October 26th, 2016
Myung Mi Kim’s books include Penury (Omnidawn), Commons (University of California Press), DURA (Sun & Moon and Nightboat Books), The Bounty (Chax Press), and Under Flag (Kelsey Street Press), winner of The Multicultural Publisher’s Exchange Award of Merit. Her fellowships and honors include awards from the Fund for Poetry, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative North American Poetry, and the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity. Kim is a Professor of English and Director of the Poetics Program at the University at Buffalo.
Juliana Spahr edits the book series Chain Links with Jena Osman and the collectively funded Subpress with nineteen other people and Commune Editions with Joshua Clover and Jasper Bernes. With David Buuck she wrote Army of Lovers. She has edited, with Stephanie Young, A Megaphone: Some Enactments, Some Numbers, and Some Essays about the Continued Usefulness of Crotchless-pants-and-a-machine-gun Feminism (Chain Links, 2011), with Joan Retallack, Poetry & Pedagogy: the Challenge of the Contemporary (Palgrave, 2006), and with Claudia Rankine, American Women Poets in the 21st Century (Wesleyan U P, 2002). Her most recent book is That Winter the Wolf Came from Commune Editions.
Dec 29 2016
Rank #5: Anaïs Duplan & Loma (Christopher Soto) - October 17th, 2016
Anaïs Duplan is the author of Take This Stallion. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in/on: Hyperallergic, Boston Review, The Journal, FENCE, PBS Newshour, the Ploughshares blog, Asymptote Journal’s blog, and other places. She directs the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, an artist residency program in Iowa City where she is an MFA candidate at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Christopher Soto aka Loma (b. 1991, Los Angeles) is a poet based in Brooklyn, New York. He was named one of “10 Up and Coming Latinx Poets You Need to Know” by Remezcla. He was named one of “30 Poets You Should Be Reading” by The Literary Hub. He was named one of “7 Trans & Gender Non-Conforming Artist Doing the Work” by the Offing. Poets & Writers honored Christopher Soto with the “Barnes & Nobles Writer for Writers Award” in 2016. Christopher Soto’s first chapbook “Sad Girl Poems” was published by Sibling Rivalry Press. His work has been translated into Spanish and Portuguese. He is currently working on a full-length poetry manuscript about police violence and mass incarceration. He founded Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color with the Lambda Literary Foundation and cofounded The Undocupoets Campaign. He interned at the Poetry Society of America and received an MFA in poetry from NYU.
Dec 27 2016
Rank #6: Señal Series Celebration - October 15th, 2016
Join us in the Parish Hall for bilingual readings in Spanish and English with authors and translators from the Señal Series, featuring: Luis Felipe Fabre (with translation by John Pluecker), Stalina Emmanuelle Villarreal (reading Sor Juana), Pablo Katchadjian (with Rebekah Smith), and Florencia Castellano (with translation by Alexis Almeida). Señal Series (founded in 2015) is a co-publication between BOMB Magazine, Libros Antena Books, and Ugly Duckling Presse, that publishes two chapbooks a year, linked either thematically, conceptually, or trans-historically, troubling received ideas around what the terms “contemporary” and “Latin America” might represent.
Dec 27 2016
Rank #7: Aaron Kunin & Charles North - November 18th, 2015
Aaron Kunin is the author of Cold Genius (Fence, 2014) and four other books of poetry and prose. He lives in California.
Charles North is the author of ten books of poems, most recently What It Is Like: New and Selected Poems (2011) and Complete Lineups (2009). The Nearness of the Way You Look Tonight (2001) was a finalist for the inaugural Phi Beta Kappa Poetry Award. He has published a collection of essays on poets, artists and critics, No Other Way (1998), and collaborative works with artists and other poets, including Translation (2014) with Paula North.
Aug 26 2016
Rank #8: Janice Lowe & Pamela Sneed - October 30th, 2015
Janice A. Lowe, composer and poet, is a co-founder of the Dark Room Collective. Her collection, Leaving CLE poems of nomadic dispersal (Miami University Press) moves from Cleveland to NYC to Tuscaloosa’s “schoolhouse door” and back. She is also the author of the chapbook SWAM (Belladonna Series). Her poems have been published in Callaloo, American Poetry Review, In the Tradition and The Hat and appear on a digital album with Drew Gardner’s Poetics Orchestra. Her essays have appeared in Sing the Sun Up and The Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook. She was a writer-in-residence with Melted Away’s The American Dream Project. A Jonathan Larson Dramatists Guild Fellow, she is the composer of 5 full-length musicals and well over 200 songs for theater/musical theater/opera, which have been performed extensively in New York City and regionally. Her love of setting all manner of text to music has resulted in collaborations with writers Tyehimba Jess, Nehassaiu deGannes, Jenni Lamb and others. As a pianist-vocalist, she has performed with The Jones Twins and with the experimental bands w/o a net, HAGL and Digital Diaspora. She teaches youth songwriting workshops and has taught Poetry and Performance at Purchase College and at Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program. She holds an MFA in Musical Theater Writing from NYU-Tisch School of the Arts.
Pamela Sneed is a New York based poet and actress. She has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Time Out, Bomb, VIBE, and on the cover of New York Magazine. She is author of Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery (Henry Holt, 1998), KONG (Vintage Entity Press, 2009) and the chapbook Lincoln (2014). Her work is included in the 100 Best African American Poems edited by Nikki Giovanni, Best Monologues from Best American Short Plays 2013, and Ping Pong Magazine.
Aug 26 2016
Rank #9: Talk Series: Risa Puleo in Conversation with Jennifer Miller - November 13th, 2015
Risa Puleo Talk: How to Look at Monsters?
Risa Puleo will look at two types of “monsters”–those persons deviating from the physical norm of a group, be it through difference in ability, race, sex or gender– especially prevalent in 17th Century Europe: hermaphrodites and hirsute women to examine how Baroque portraiture preserves, displays and reproduces the monstrous body. Co-created by early modern gynecology as it intersects with the Spanish colonial project and the rise of collecting art, objects and people, monsters challenged the social categories of Animal and Human; Male and Female in the early modern era and offer an alternative for challenging these categories today. Puleo’s talk will be followed by a discussion moderated by Jennifer Miller.
Risa Puleo is a curator and writer living in Brooklyn, NY.
Sep 05 2016
Rank #10: Todd Colby, Adam Fitzgerald & Vincent Katz - October 12th, 2016
Todd Colby has published six books of poetry. His latest book, Splash State, was published by The Song Cave in 2014. Todd’s most recent poetry and art have appeared in Poetry, Columbia: a journal of literature and art, Denver Quarterly, and Brooklyn Rail. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Adam Fitzgerald is a poet, editor, essayist and educator. In 2013, his first book of poems The Late Parade was hailed by the New York Times Sunday Book Review as “a new and welcome sound in the aviary of contemporary poetry.” He serves as contributing editor for Literary Hub and curates monthly poetry features. Recent poems can be found in Poetry, The New Yorker, BOMB, Granta, and elsewhere. In 2014, with poets Dorothea Lasky and Timothy Donnelly he co-founded The Home School. He teaches at Rutgers University and New York University and this spring at Poets House. His newest book of poems, George Washington, was just published by W. W. Norton’s historic Liveright imprint in September.
Vincent Katz is a poet, translator, and critic. He is the author of Southness (Lunar Chandelier Press, 2016) and Swimming Home (Nightboat Books, 2015), as well as The Complete Elegies of Sextus Propertius (Princeton University Press, 2004). He is the editor of Black Mountain College: Experiment in Art (MIT Press, 2002; reprinted 2013). He lives in New York City, where he curates “Readings in Contemporary Poetry” at Dia:Chelsea. Raphael Rubinstein has characterized Katz as “A 21st-century flâneur whose wanderings range from the sidewalks and subways of New York City to the crowded beaches of Rio de Janeiro.”
Dec 26 2016
Rank #11: Jameson Fitzpatrick & Ali Power - October 10th, 2016
Jameson Fitzpatrick is the author of the chapbook Morrisroe: Erasures, which comprises 24 versions of a single text by the late artist Mark Morrisroe, and his poems have appeared in The Awl, BuzzFeed Reader, Poetry, Prelude, and elsewhere. He lives in New York, where he teaches writing at NYU.
Ali Power is the author of the book-length poem A Poem for Record Keepers (Argos Books, 2016) and the co-editor of the volume New York School Painters & Poets: Neon in Daylight (Rizzoli, 2014). From 2008 to 2015, she was an editor at Rizzoli Publications in New York. Currently, she is pursuing a master’s degree in social work at New York University and co-curates the KGB Monday Night Poetry Reading Series.
Dec 26 2016
Rank #12: Sara Deniz Akant & Jasmine Gibson - October 5th, 2016
Sara Deniz Akant is a Brooklyn-based educator, poet and performer. She is the author of Babette, selected by Maggie Nelson for the Rescue Press Black Box Poetry Prize, as well as Parades (Omnidawn, 2014), and Latronic Strag (Persistent Editions, 2015). She studies writing at the CUNY Grad Center and teaches at Medgar Evers College. Her work has appeared most recently in The Brooklyn Rail, The Bennington Review, jubilat, and Lana Turner.
Jasmine Gibson is a Philly jawn now living in Brooklyn and soon to be psychotherapist for all your gooey psychotic episodes that match the bipolar flows of capital. She spends her time thinking about sexy things like psychosis, desire and freedom. She has written for Mask Magazine and LIES Vol II: Journal of Materialist feminism, Queen Mobs, NON, The Capilano Review and has published a chapbook, Drapetomania (Commune Editions, 2015).
Dec 11 2016
Rank #13: Special Event: Yoshimasu Gozo - September 23rd, 2016
Yoshimasu Gozo, born in Tokyo, has given performances worldwide, and has received many literary and cultural awards, including the Takami Jun Prize, the Rekitei Prize, the Purple Ribbon, and the 50th Mainichi Art Award for Poetry. This reading coincides with Gozo’s Alice Iris Red Horse: Selected Poems of Yoshimasu Gozo from New Directions and will feature Gozo in performance with special guests.
Dec 11 2016
Rank #14: In.On.Or About The Premises: A Reading & Celebration Of Paul Blackburn - September 28th, 2016
Thought of as the pre-spirit of The Poetry Project, Paul Blackburn gave the first “official” reading of The Poetry Project on September 22, 1966. His poetry, translations, and organization and recording of early downtown readings, exerted a steady and widespread influence across a wide range of aesthetic practices. In his lifetime Blackburn published thirteen books of original poetry as well as five major works of translation. Twelve other books were published posthumously. The Collected Poems of Paul Blackburn (1985) and The Selected Poems of Paul Blackburn (1989) are both available from Persea Books, and a reprint of Proensa: An Anthology of Troubadour Poetry, is due out from New York Review Books in 2016.
Join us for this kick-off event in “GIANT NIGHT: The Poetry Project at 50” as we read Blackburn’s work. With Kimberly Lyons, Ammiel Alcalay, Simone White, Martha King, Basil King, Jerome Rothenberg, Marcella Durand, Bob Holman, David Henderson, Anne Waldman, Rochelle Owens, George Economou, Mark Weiss, Patricia Spears Jones, Brenda Coultas, Gregg Weatherby, Carlos Blackburn and Joan Blackburn. We will also listen to some tracks from Blackburn’s 1966 inaugural Poetry Project reading.
Nov 07 2016
Rank #15: David Antin - December 3rd, 2014
David Antin is a poet, performance artist, art and literary critic internationally known for his “talk pieces”—improvisational blends of comedy, story and social commentary. New Directions has published three books of these “talk pieces”— Talking At The Boundaries (1976), Tuning (1984) and What It Means To Be Avant-Garde (1993). Much of his earlier poetry was collected in Selected Poems 1963-1973 (Sun and Moon Press, 1991) and Granary Books recently published A Conversation with David Antin, the text of a 3 month email conversation between Antin and Charles Bernstein. His Radical Coherency: Selected Essays on Art and Literature, 1966 to 2005, was recently published by U. Chicago Press and his Selected Essays, How Long Is The Present (Ed. by Stephen Fredman) is in preparation by The University of New Mexico Press.The performance at the Poetry Project will be the launch of this new book.
Nov 07 2016
Rank #16: Bill Berkson Memorial Reading - September 14th, 2016
An Example, Worthwhile
Single point perspective got fudged.
The bird in the house flies in the eye of the god
Lounging at length across the field, a simple song.
One has to envision language or it’s no help.
Know history backwards.
Lay into life.
Oct 02 2016
Rank #17: Ted Greenwald Memorial - September 16th, 2016
Off the Hook
He is gone now
Taking his body with him
When all the time
I thought it was
The beauty of his mind
from COMMON SENSE
Oct 02 2016
Rank #18: Rodrigo Toscano & Magdalena Zurawski - December 2nd, 2015
Rodrigo Toscano’s newest book of poetry, Explosion Rocks Springfield, is due out from Fence Books in the spring. His previous books include Deck of Deeds, Collapsible Poetics Theater, To Leveling Swerve, Platform, Partisans, and The Disparities. His poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Voices Without Borders, Diasporic Avant Gardes, Imagined Theatres, In the Criminal’s Cabinet, Earth Bound, and Best American Poetry. Toscano has received a New York State Fellowship in Poetry, and was a National Poetry Series selection. He works for the Labor Institute in conjunction with the United Steelworkers and the National Institute for Environmental Health Science. While in the Greenpoint township of Brooklyn, Toscano ran and wrote articles and interviews for the North Brooklyn Runners. He now lives in the Faubourg Marigny (seventh ward) of New Orleans.
Magdalena Zurawski is the author of Companion Animal (Litmus, 2015) and The Bruise (FC2 2008). Her commentary on aesthetics in the age of Ferguson, FEEL BEAUTY SUPPLY, can be found online at Jacket2.org. She teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Georgia and lives in Athens (Georgia).
Sep 24 2016
Rank #19: Eric Amling & Niina Pollari - January 25th, 2016
Eric Amling lives and works in New York City. His debut book From the Author’s Private Collection (Birds, LLC) was released in the summer of 2015.
Niina Pollari‘s first book, Dead Horse, was published by Birds LLC in 2015. She is also the author of two chapbooks and the translator of Tytti Heikkinen’s The Warmth of the Taxidermied Animal (Action Books, 2013).
Sep 24 2016
Rank #20: Lara Durback & Aldrin Valdez - December 11th, 2015
Lara Durback is a poet who has been living in Oakland for 10 years. She has published books collectively under NoNo Press and Mess Editions. You can see her printed and/or written work in Drift Magazine, Mrs. Maybe, Bombay Gin, the UK journal Hi Zero, and Tripwire. Her archiving work is online at deepoakland.org. In 2013, with designer Andrew Kenower, she produced the letterpress publication Field Work: Poems on the Occasion of Mark diSuvero at Crissy Field for SFMOMA. She has taught a letterpress printing course at Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program. Lara is a founding member of the new press collective Material Print Machine at the Omni Commons in Oakland, https://omnicommons.org. Her book is forthcoming from Publication Studio Oakland: psoakland.com.
Aldrin Valdez is a Pinoy painterpoet. They grew up in Manila and Long Island and currently live in Brooklyn. Aldrin studied at Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts. They have been awarded fellowships from Queer/Art/Mentorship and Poets House. Their work has been published in Art21 Magazine, ArtSlant, BRIC Blog, The Cortland Review, In the Flesh Magazine, and Uncompromising Tang.
Sep 05 2016