In just over five weeks from now, from Fri., Aug. 1 through Tues. Aug.
5, we’ll be celebrating Boog’s 23rd anniversary by putting on the
eighth annual Welcome to Boog City poetry, music, and theater
festival. It will feature 66 poets, 16 musical acts, 9 poets theater
plays, 2 poets in conversation with one another, 1 political talk, 1
d.a. levy lives visiting press, and 1 panel over the five days.
Thanks to Jessy Randall for the festival’s logo. The music for the
festival was booked by J.J. Hayes; the poetry by Buck Downs, J. Hope
Stein, Kevin Varrone, and myself; the poets theater by Magus Magnus;
and the panel by Carol Mirakove. Thank ye all.
Among the festival highlights are:
—A performance by Ed Sanders, a large figure in the counter-culture
of the sixties to today, member of The Fugs, and an award-winning poet.
—Boog’s d.a. levy lives series kicks off its 12th season devoting a
night to Ithaca, N.Y.’s Stockport Flats;
—Our 46th Classic Album Live show is PJ Harvey’s Rid of Me, performed
live by 7 local musical acts;
—Digital Poetry: What Can It Mean?, a panel curated and moderated by
—and our Fifth Poets’ Theater night, featuring 9 short plays.
The full schedule for the event is below this note, followed by
performer bios and websites.
And here it is in Facebook form:
If you need any additional information you can reach me at 212-842-
BOOG (2664) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to Boog City festival
5 Days of Poetry, Music, and Theater
FRIDAY. AUGUST 1, 6:00 P.M.
600 Vanderbilt Ave.
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Directions: 2, 3 to Grand Army Plaza,
C to Clinton-Washington avenues, Q to 7th Ave.
Venue is bet. Prospect Pl./St. Marks Ave.
6:00 p.m. Sasha Fletcher
6:10 p.m. Tracey McTague
6:20 p.m. Susana Gardner
6:35 p.m. Sara Lefsyk
6:50 p.m. Boni Joi
7:00 p.m. Yeti (music)
7:30 p.m. Break
7:40 p.m. Buck Downs
7:55 p.m. Joanna Fuhrman
8:05 p.m. Carol Mirakove
8:15 p.m. Rodrigo Toscano
8:25 p.m. Sue Landers
8:35 p.m. Adeena Karasick
8:45 p.m. Meaner Pencil (music)
SATURDAY AUGUST 2, 12:00 P.M.
11th Annual Small, Small Press Fair
Featuring readings from authors of the exhibiting presses
12:30 p.m. Jared Harel, Brooklyn Arts Press
12:40 p.m. Betsy Andrews, 42 Miles Press
12:50 p.m. Najee Omar, The Operating System
1:00 p.m. Andria Alefhi, We’ll Never Have Paris
1:10 p.m. CarlaJean Valuzzi
1:25 p.m. Joseph Riipi
1:35 p.m. Lauren Gordon
1:50 p.m. Olemadebo Fatunde
2:05 p.m. Lisa Rogal
2:15 p.m. Brendan Lorber
2:25 p.m. Leora Mandel (music)
2:55 p.m. Break
3:05 p.m. d.a. levy lives: celebrating renegade presses
season 12 kick-off
Stockport Flats (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Lori Anderson Moseman, editor
readings by Laura E. J. Moran, Laura Neuman,
Deborah Woodard, and Lisa Wujnovich
3:05 p.m. levy readings, 1st half
3:35 p.m. Charles Mansfield (music)
3:55 p.m. levy readings, 2nd half
4:25 p.m. Mansfield (music)
4:35 p.m. Break
4:45 p.m. Mike Young
5:00 p.m. Tracy Dimond
5:15 p.m. Joseph P. Wood
5:30 p.m. Prageeta Sharma
5:45 p.m. Orchid Tierney
5:55 p.m. Amanda McCormick
6:10 p.m. Jeff Simpson
6:20 p.m. Dale Sherrard
6:35 p.m. Walter Ego (music)
7:05 p.m. Digital Poetry: What Can It Mean?
curated and moderated by Carol Mirakove
panelists: Ana Božičević, Alex Dimitrov, and Orchid Tierney
SUNDAY AUGUST 3, 11:00 A.M.
11:00 a.m. Jean Donnelly
11:15 a.m. Alison Strub
11:30 a.m. Megan Ronan
11:45 a.m. Geoffrey Gatza
12:00 p.m. Nicole Steinberg
12:15 p.m. Joe Pan
12:25 p.m. Joyelle McSweeney
12:40 p.m. Howie Hawkins, Green Party’s N.Y. state Gov. Candidate
12:50 p.m. Anacoustic Mind (music)
1:20 p.m. Break
1:30 p.m. JenMarie MacDonald
1:45 p.m. Christine Hamm
1:55 p.m. Travis MacDonald
2:10 p.m. Gregory Crosby
2:20 p.m. Maureen Thorson
2:35 p.m. Poetry Talk Talk:
Brenda Iijima and Niina Pollari reading and in conversation
3:25 p.m. Aquino (music)
SUNDAY AUGUST 3, 5:30 P.M.
94 Avenue A
Directions: A/B/C/D/E/F/V to W. 4th St.
Directions: F/V to 2nd Ave., L to 1st Ave.
Venue is at East 6th Street
5th Boog Poets’ Theater Night, featuring:
6:00 p.m. Geoffrey Gatza, Duchamp Draws Rrose Selavy
6:15 p.m. Laynie Browne, Tardigrade Play
6:30 p.m. Joel Allegretti, Confession?
6:35 p.m. Carlo Parcelli, The Gospel According to Simon Kananaios: a
Meditation on Empire
6:50 p.m. C. J. Ehrlich, Ask Zsusanna: Single Motherhood at 50
7:00 p.m. Leroy Kangalee, The Word: A Lament (excerpt from Octavia:
Elegy for a Vampire)
7:15 p.m. Janis Butler Holm, S_ _ T
7:20 p.m. Ellen Redbird, Seventh Half: an excerpt from Unrequited
Symbiosis: a Mitochondrial Mistranslation & Underwater Opera
7:35 p.m. Joyelle McSweeney, excerpts from Dead Youth, or The Leaks
7:50 p.m. Ed Sanders
Classic Albums Live presents,
PJ Harvey, Rid of Me
“Rid of Me”
“Rub ‘til It Bleeds”
Maynard and the Musties
“Highway 61 Revisited”
The Trouble Dolls
Bird To Prey
MONDAY. AUGUST 4, 6:00 P.M.
6:00 p.m. Laura A. Warman
6:15 p.m. Rachel Adams
6:30 p.m. Gillian Devereux
6:45 p.m. Elinor Nauen
7:00 p.m. Sueyeun Juliette Lee
7:15 p.m. Clinical Trials (music)
7:45 p.m. Break
7:55 p.m. Reb Livingston
8:10 p.m. Katy Bohinc
8:25 p.m. Fitz Fitzgerald
8:40 p.m. Joanna Penn Cooper
8:50 p.m. Joe Yoga (music)
TUESDAY. AUGUST 5, 6:00 P.M.
6:00 p.m. Shenandoah Sowash
6:15 p.m. Michelle Dove
6:30 p.m. Marina Blitshteyn
6:40 p.m. Racquel Goodison
6:50 p.m. Matthew Allan (music)
7:20 p.m. Break
7:30 p.m. Jackie Clark
7:40 p.m. Chris McCreary
7:55 p.m. Lauren Hunter
8:10 p.m. Laura Spagnoli
8:25 p.m. Mark Lamoureux
8:40 p.m. Duckspeak (music)
**Welcome to Boog City 8 Bios and Websites**
Our You Make the Call
Classic Albums Live acts’ selection,
PJ Harvey, Rid of Me
**Bird To Prey
New York City-based singer, Sarah Turk (Bird to Prey) originally hails
from Adelaide, South Australia. Hauntingly soulful, her music is
steeped in gothic traditions and the current folk revival, mixed with
a little Johnny Cash twang. Her minimalist guitar playing and swagger
serves her balladry brilliantly.
Todd Carlstrom’s a longtime Boog City regular, with or (in this case)
without his band The Clamour. His album Gold on the Map shakes, wails,
and purrs with raucous indie rock glee. Buy it on most online
retailers or just walk up to him and treat him nicely and he’ll
probably give it to you.
Neil Kelly is a native of Brooklyn who has been giving NYC the gift of
original music for over 15 years. He has been an integral member of
such notable groups as Huggabroomstik, Kung Fu Crimewave, and Tunetown
Philharmonic. He has also performed and released solo albums under the
names, Masheen Gun Kelly and Club Mate. Neil invites you to sample
some of his music by visiting the above websites on the computer
internet. The computer internet. The computer internet.
**Maynard and the Musties
Maynard moved to NYC from Nashville to attend art school. For the last
12 years or so he’s been performing with a rotating cast which is the
Musties. They’ve been compared to John Prine, The Jayhawks, Felice
Brothers, Whiskeytown, and others of twangy roots.
Christine has been playing music in New York since the 90′s. She’s
played in the bands Bionic Finger and Pantsuit. She’s excited to be
playing the music of one of her heroes, PJ Harvey, and is grateful to
David for including her in this night.
Wanda Phipps is a writer/performer living in Brooklyn, N.Y, the author
of Field of Wanting: Poems of Desire (BlazeVOX[books]), Wake-Up Calls:
66 Morning Poems (Soft Skull Press), Your Last Illusion or Break Up
Sonnets (Situations), Lunch Poems (Boog Literature), and the Faux
Press issued e-chapbook After the Mishap and CD-Rom Zither Mood.
About her music:
“Wanda Phipps and band, a multi-instrument, blues, poetry, and
rock ensemble – picture the Velvet Underground, Patti Smith, and
Leadbelly thrown into a blender.” –David Kirschenbaum, Editor &
publisher of Boog City
“For over a decade Wanda Phipps has been mining the
possibilities of music and poetry and her lucid experiments–both on
CD and in performance–are never less than totally liberating.” –
Lewis Warsh, author of The Origin of the World
“Uncompromising and relentless, poetry you can dance to. Wanda
Phipps takes the experiment to heart and the heart always survives. A
sublime poetry of emotion and wit. She never misses a beat.” –Michael
Rothenberg, poet, and editor of several Penguin Poets Series books and
the internet arts journal Big Bridge.
**The Trouble Dolls .5
Harmonizing since 2001, Cheri and Pam are the femme half of the pop
The Trouble Dolls. They are also members of the record-in-a-weekend-club
music collective 29 Hour Music People, whose third release is set to
airwaves this summer. By day, Cheri does graphic design-y things, and
does science-y things and entertains notions of quitting grad school.
are thrilled to be performing for the PJ Harvey Tribute night.
5th Boog Poets Theater Night
**Joel Allegretti, Confession?
Confession? explores the anxiety of making a public disclosure.
Joel Allegretti is the author of four poetry collections, most
recently Europa/Nippon/New York: Poems/Not-Poems (Poets Wear Prada).
His second book, Father Silicon (The Poet’s Press), was selected by
The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006.
Allegretti is the editor of Rabbit Ears, the first anthology of
poetry about television (Poets Wear Prada, forthcoming 2014). His
poetry has appeared in PANK, Smartish Pace, The New York Quarterly,
and many other national journals, as well as in journals published in
Belgium, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom.
He has published his fiction in Petrichor Machine, The
MacGuffin, The Nassau Review, and other literary journals. His
performance work and theater pieces have been staged at La MaMa
Experimental Theater, Sidewalk Cafe, and The Cornelia Street Café.
He wrote the texts for three-song cycles by Frank Ezra Levy,
whose work is released on Naxos American Classics. Allegretti is a
member of ASCAP and The Academy of American Poets.
**Laynie Browne, Tardigrade Play
Tardigrade Play is a play from the book in progress Invertebrate
Plays, texts composed for poet’s theater, micro-plays which examine
the lives of invertebrates through the lens of biology, the absurd,
and human behavior. Tardigrades are microscopic animals that live all
over the earth, often referred to as “water bears” (they are
adorable actually). Tardigrades are interesting to scientists because
they can withstand extreme conditions that most life cannot, for
example, extreme high and low temperatures, pressure, dehydration,
exposure to toxins, etc. They have even been launched into outer
space. The dear little water bears in this drama (performed by
scientists and bears) are curious about their plight. Why have they
been chosen for such tortures? They wake up after having been dormant
for hundreds of years. This play probes at human capacity for torture
and abusive relations in a comic-tragic vein.
Laynie Browne is the author of 10 collections of poetry and two
novels. Her work appears in the second edition of The Norton Anthology
of Postmodern American Poetry. Her newest collection, Lost Parkour
Ps(alm)s, was just published in France, in both French and English
editions by Presses Universitaires de Rouen et Du Havre. Her honors
include a National Poetry Series selection, a Contemporary Poetry
Series selection, and The Gertrude Stein Award of Innovative Writing.
Two collections are forthcoming, Scorpyn Odes (Kore Press) and P R A C
T I C E (SplitLevel). She teaches at The University of Pennsylvania
and Swarthmore College.
**C. J. Ehrlich, Ask Zsuzsanna: Single Motherhood at 50
Veteran New Yorker Zsuzsanna shares tips with her newly adopted 3-year-
old, River Apple, and with you, on how to triumph as a mom in the big
C.J. Ehrlich’s award-winning one acts have enjoyed productions
all around the U.S., from Boston to Austin, Chicago to Kealakekua, and
internationally, and are published in several of Smith & Kraus’ annual
Best Ten-Minute Plays anthologies. Come see Ehrlich’s Shrew Man vs.
ShrewMan at The Samuel French 2014 OOB Festival this week, Aug. 4-10.
**Geoffrey Gatza, Duchamp Draws Rrose Sélavy
A game of chess is played between Marcel Duchamp and his female alter-
ego, Rrose Sélavy, on the evening he completes his final masterpiece,
Étant donnés. In the beginning of the play, we see an elderly
Duchamp, who at the tail end of his career is going through the bleak
ends of his life as the master artist, and has given up art for chess.
It is as if he were dead, and living through the praise of a senior
artist who had completed his life’s work 20 years earlier. We go
through Duchamp’s life over a chess game, which ends in a draw. By
the end of the play we emerge from the game locked in the final
moments of creation.
(Gatza, see Sun. Aug. 3, 11:45 a.m.)
**Janis Butler Holm, S_ _ T
Autobiography by way of fragmentation.
Janis Butler Holm lives in Athens, Ohio. Her prose, poems, and
performance pieces have appeared in small-press, national, and
international magazines. Her plays have been produced in the U.S.,
Canada, and England. A selection of her sound experiments is
forthcoming in the inaugural edition of Best American Experimental
**Leroy Kangalee, The Word—a lament [excerpt from Octavia: Elegy for
Actress: Mizan Kirby.
The singer is still unknown.
Guitar: Gregory Kage
A “theater of cruelty” poem and song expressing the horror of apathy,
racism, misogyny, capitalism, and the abuse of language—rendered
through the eyes of a female African-American vampire. (A theatrical
template for the cinematic adaption shooting this fall by the author
Dennis Leroy Kangalee—poet, screenwriter, and guerrilla
filmmaker—left Juilliard in 1997 to form his own theater company at
the National Black Theater in Harlem under the tutelage of Tunde
Samuels and Barbara Ann Teer. A “collage dramatist” inspired by the
Black Arts Movement, the early punk and rap ethos, and Theater of the
Cruelty, Kangalee draws inspiration from his own life as opposed to
literary history. He is best regarded for his 2001 cult film As an Act
of Protest and the recent performance poem “Gentrified Minds: The NY
Horror Vol. 2.” He is in development with his new film, Octavia: Elegy
for a Vampire.
**Joyelle McSweeney, excerpts from Dead Youth, or The Leaks
Julian Assange hijacks a containership full of Dead Youth and steers
for his native Magnetic Island, where he will “reboot” the teens and/
or upload them to the Internet. Meanwhile, the ship is boarded by two
other would-be hijackers—the teenage Somali pirate Abduwali Muse and
a female Saint-Exupéry, representing “the Law.” Who will gain control
of the ship? Will presiding deity Henrietta Lacks restore her favor?
Will the Dead Youth reach port before they decompose? This eco/cyber/
political farce, which rewrites The Tempest, won the inaugural Leslie
Scalapino Prize for Innovative Women Playwrights.
(McSweeney, see Sun. Aug. 3, 12:25 a.m.)
**Carlo Parcelli, The Gospel According to Simon Kananaios: A
Meditation on Empire
The Holy Toast Bar & Grill calls The Canaanite Gospel: “A Meditation
on Empire ‘Stand up Tragedy’ at its most fetid.” Winner of Ale Mary’s
“Bums Rush” award for 2012, 2013, and 2014.
The Gospel According to the Apostle Simon Kananaios was divinely
inspired by god and poured into his humble vessel, Carlo Parcelli,
while P. was on a prolonged Wild Turkey and fish taco fast. Seemingly
culled from First Century Texts and drawn from dozens of biblical and
secular sources, The Canaanite Gospel is twisted into 93 monologues
that tell a revisionist tale of what transpired in Judea, Easter Week/
Passover 33 A.D. during the reign of the Roman Emperor Tiberius.
In the classical argots of David Jones, Petronius, Rabelais,
Chaucer, Shakespeare, Lenny Bruce, Guy Ritchie, Professor Irwin Corey,
James Joyce, Alan “Bricktop” Ford, and all the cockneys, as well as
all the world’s myriad cryptolects, The Canaanite Gospel strips bare
The New Testament canard of the Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth,
pokes a stick in the eye of the Synoptic Gospels and analogizes to the
point of irrefutable fact parallels between Roman and current U.S.
kleptocratic imperialist practices.
Parcelli is an editor with FlashPoint Magazine. He has published
tenuously, including four books of poetry as well as several articles
on western epistemology in various periodicals including Science as
**Ellen Redbird, Seventh Half: an excerpt from Unrequited Symbiosis: a
Mitochondrial Mistranslation & Underwater Opera
In Seventh Half, the protagonist, Six, wakes up among the corals in a
dream ocean. Can the sea creatures compel Six to open up to the
relatedness and interdependence of all life and face the recollection
of rejection and loss? Ellen Redbird’s book-length, hybrid
performance poem Unrequited Symbiosis: a Mitochondrial Mistranslation
& Underwater Opera is a multilayered retelling of H. C. Andersen’s
sad story The Little Mermaid as it resonates with themes, both
personal and universal, of longing, unrequited love, ecology, our
dangerous imbalance with the environment (and thus ourselves),
failure, chronic pain, identity, descent into the underworld,
sacrifice, empathy, and transformation. Intuitively using homophonic
and other mistranslation methods, Redbird collaborated with the Danish
source text to allow language to musically bubble up from the
generative space between the outer alien and the inner familiar,
finding that the two are one in the same as they paradoxically compose
the same ocean. Redbird works with the idea that, because experience,
conscious and unconscious, is multidimensional, the language to best
convey that complexity arises from it.
Ellen Redbird is a California poet with an M.F.A. in writing and
poetics from Naropa University in Boulder, Colo. Her work can be found
in journals, including Bombay Gin, Chain, Score, and Tarpaulin Sky.
She is a contributor to the compendium, kari edwards: NO GENDER:
Reflections on the Life & Work of kari edwards (Litmus Press/
Belladonna Books). She wrote, produced, directed, and designed Verve
of Verge: a puzzle play, which was performed in Goleta, Calif. in
2010, raising donations for the local Pacific Pride Foundation.
Redbird runs Pyriform Press and edits the journal Nerve Lantern: Axon
of Performance Literature. She has co-organized performance events for
Nerve Lantern contributors in Boulder and New York City.
levy lives: celebrating renegade presses
In the muddy mop-up after Federal Disaster #1649, the worst of three
100-year floods, poet Lori Anderson Moseman and producer Tom Moseman
created this press to celebrate writers and artists whose creative
buoyancy builds community. Their Meander Scar and Oxbow Cutoff Series
feature experimental poets; their Witness Post Series addresses
sustainability, and their Wavefront Series showcases visual artists
who are also poets. They began in 2006 with the High Watermark
Salo[o]n Chapbook Series that paired writers and artists for an
exhibition and performance.
Matthew Klane is co-editor/founder of Flim Forum Press. He is the
author of B____ Meditations and Che (both Stockport Flats), and My
(Fence eBooks, forthcoming). He lives and writes in Albany, N.Y.,
where he co-curates the Yes! Reading Series and teaches at The Sage
**Laura E. J. Moran
Laura E. J. Moran is a performance poet and educator who, over the
past 20 years, has toured the U.S., Ireland, Canada, Mexico, and most
recently Romania. She is the author of several collections of poetry:
Improper Joy (Stockport Flats), Live Bait (CD, Great Divide), and
three one-woman poetry shows. Her full-length play Last Words,
inspired by the last words of the first 100 women legally executed in
Colonial America has debuted in part in 2013 at LouderArts Project in
NYC and NACL Theatre in upstate New York.
In 2011, Moran created “Unearthed: Oral History of the Upper
Delaware River Region,” a project which formalizes an on-going
relationship with the people, places, and stories belonging to her
valley community. She teaches in the English department at Lackawanna
College and lives with her daughter and sculptor John Roth in
Pennsylvania near the Delaware River where the north and south
branches of Calkins Creek meet. She is Co-founder ,with artist Tom
Bosket, of Beautiful Traditions: Community Integrated Arts, launched
earlier this year.
Laura Neuman grew up in San Francisco and currently lives in the
Pacific Northwest. She/ze is the author of one chapbook, The Busy Life
(Gazing Grain). Hir poems have appeared in EOAGH, Fact-Simile, The
Brooklyn Rail, The Encyclopedia Project, Tinge, and Troubling the
Line: An Anthology of Trans & Genderqueer Poetry (Chax Press and
Nightboat). She has also collaborated with dancers, and, from
2007-2011, was a co-conspirator with The Workshop for Potential
Lisa Wujnovich writes poetry and farms at Mountain Dell Farm in
Hancock, N.Y. She is the author of the chapbook, Fieldwork (Finishing
Line Press) and This Place Called Us, a poetry collaboration with
photographer Mark Dunau (Stockport Flats). She co-edited the
anthology, The Lake Rises, poems to and for our bodies of water
(Stockport Flats) with Brandi Katherine Herrera. She holds an M.F.A.
in poetry from Drew University.
Rachel Adams is a Baltimore native and longtime resident of
Washington, D.C., where she is the editor at a nonprofit advocacy
organization, the founder and editor of the quarterly literary journal
Lines + Stars, and a freelance writer. Her poetry has been previously
published in Arsenic Lobster, Blueline, Crack the Spine, Emerge, Four
and Twenty, Free State Review, Kudzu Review, Melusine, Memoir, The
Conium Review, The North American Review, The Wayfarer, Town Creek
Poetry, Urbanite Baltimore, and elsewhere. Her poetry collection What
Is Heard was published last year by Red Bird Press.
**Andria Alefhi, We’ll Never Have Paris
Andria Alefhi is the editor and publisher of the only nonfiction
memoir zine, We’ll Never Have Paris. She is co-founder of the annual
Pete’s Mini Zine Fest. She has been published in the anthology Deaf
Lit Extravaganza and various zines. She will be reading Sept. 19 at
Pete’s Candy Store with Andrew Demetre.
We’ll Never Have Paris is the literary zine of nonfiction
memoir, “for all things never meant to be.” Published since 2007, the
are submissions-driven and grass roots.
Matthew Allan is 21 years old, from New York City and has been writing
and performing music for the last five years. His thin and caustic
vocal style has been influenced by the likes of Paul Westerberg, Mike
Scott, and Graham Parker. This past January he released his second
solo EP, Like An Angel/Through the Windshield. This July he’ll be
releasing his third solo EP and in the mean time he’s playing shows
at Goodbye Blue Mondays, Lit Lounge, Cocco 66, and other venues.
Anacoustic Mind was founded by former Simple Minds drummer Mike
Ogletree. The current incarnation of the band includes bandleader and
songwriter Ogletree along with singer-omnichordist and fellow Scot
Brookes McKenzie, singer and Louisiana native soul sensation David
Turner, with djembe by Tem Noon when he can make it here from his home
asteroid in another galaxy. Their mission is to bring a message of
Universal Peace through Art to the universe via the call to arms of
their genre-bending Scots-Reggae music.
**Betsy Andrews, 42 Miles Press
Betsy Andrews is the author of New Jersey (University of Wisconsin
Press), winner of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry. Her chapbooks
include She-Devil (Sardines Press), In Trouble (Boog Literature), and
Supercollider, a collaboration with the artist Peter Fox. She is the
executive editor of Saveur magazine.
42 Miles Press publishes books and chapbooks of poetry,
including the winner of the 42 Miles Press Poetry Prize, and plans to
accept fiction and nonfiction submissions in the not-so-distant future.
Currently they accept submissions only through the 42 Miles Press
Poetry Prize Contest. The annual reading period is December 1st
through March 1st.
Their first chapbook, The Difficult Here by Christine Garren, was
released in spring 2011. Their first full-length book is Carrie
Oeding’s Our List of Solutions, which was released in September 2011.
Their second full-length book is Erica Bernheim’s The Mimic Sea,
which was released in September 2012. Their third full-length book is
Bill Rasmovicz’s Gross Ardor, which was released in September 2013.
The newest winner of the 42 Miles Press Poetry Prize is Betsy
Andrew’s The Bottom, which will be coming out in fall 2014 along with
Allan Peterson’s Precarious.
As they put it, “We’re in Indiana. We like images, we like language.
We like it real and surreal and unreal.”
Michael Aquino is a Cuban/Puerto Rican actor, musician, and singer-
songwriter born in urbanlands of Northern New Jersey. He was
commissioned by Luna Stage to co-create the production Mi Casa, Tu
Casa. It is a collection of Latino and African folktales and songs,
original compositions and stories. Aquino is also the creator and host
of Indie Music Circus, a showcase for independent musicians. 2010 saw
the release of his band Sirs’ debut album, The Black Friday Sessions.
He’s currently in production for his debut solo album.
Marina Blitshteyn is a poet and writer sometimes based in Prospect
Heights, Brooklyn. Her chapbook, Russian for Lovers, was published by
Argos Books. Work can be found in la fovea, N/A, 1913, Two Serious
Ladies, and elsewhere. She is a contributing editor for Apogee Journal
and curates the la perruque performance series.
Katy Bohinc is the author of Dear Alain (love letters of a poet to the
philosopher Alain Badiou) which will be published later this year from
Tender Buttons Press in conjunction with their 25th anniversary
digital re-launch. Slavoj Zizek says “This book should be banished!”
Born in Croatia and based in New York, Ana Božičević is a poet and
filmmaker whose Rise in the Fall won a 2013 Lambda Literary Award.
Jackie Clark is the author of Aphoria (Brooklyn Arts Press). She is
the series editor of Poets off Poetry and Song of the Week for
Coldfront Magazine and is the recipient of a 2012 New Jersey State
Council on the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. Her chapbook Sympathetic
Nervous System is forthcoming from Bloof Books.
**Clinical Trials (acoustic)
Clinical Trials is the electro-grunge offspring of Somer Bingham, a
self-produced multi-instrumentalist and a powerful, unforgettable
performer who recently brought her grungy edge and likeable
personality to Showtime’s docu-series The Real L Word. Bingham and
the music of Clinical Trials can be similarly described: fueled by
punk, tinged with sexuality, and dangerously charming. “While
projecting a unique style all her own, it’s not hard to imagine Somer
as the sonic lovechild of Kurt Cobain and Joan Jett.” –Shawn
Evertsen, Ghostwood Country Club. Taking inspiration from the energy
of Nirvana, Patti Smith, and PJ Harvey, Clinical Trials oozes an
intoxicating dysphoria that breeds in a world of whiskey waterfalls &
**Joanna Penn Cooper
Joanna Penn Cooper’s first book, The Itinerant Girl’s Guide to Self-
Hypnosis, was published by Brooklyn Arts Press earlier this year. Her
second full-length book, What Is a Domicile, is just out from Noctuary
Press. Her chapbooks are Mesmer (Dancing Girl Press) and Crown
(Ravenna Press, winner of the Cathlamet Prize). Her creative work has
appeared in a number of journals, including Boog City, Opium, Ping
Pong, Poetry International, South Dakota Review, and Supermachine. She
holds a Ph.D. in American literature from Temple University. She lives
and writes in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
Gregory Crosby is the author of the chapboook Spooky Action at a
Distance (The Operating System). His poetry has appeared in several
journals, including Copper Nickel, Court Green, Epiphany, Leveler,
Ping Pong, Rattle, and Sink Review. He is co-editor of the online
poetry journal Lyre Lyre and teaches creative writing at Lehman
College, City University of New York.
Gillian Devereux received her M.F.A. in poetry from Old Dominion
University and works as a professional writing consultant at Wheelock
College in Boston, where she also teaches academic writing and poetry.
She is the author of Focus on Grammar (dancing girl press) and They
Used to Dance on Saturday Nights (Aforementioned Productions). Her
poems have appeared in numerous journals, most recently N/A,
Printer’s Devil Review, and Sundog Lit. She can be found online at
the above url, streaming pop music from the cloud.
Alex Dimitrov is the author of American Boys and Begging for It.
Tracy Dimond co-curates Ink Press Productions. She is the author of
Grind My Bones Into Glitter, Then Swim Through The Shimmer (NAP) and
Sorry I Wrote So Many Sad Poems Today (Ink Press). Her work has
recently appeared or is forthcoming in Be About It, Big Lucks,
Coconut, Everyday Genius, Hobart, and other places. Chase Gilliam photo.
Jean Donnelly is the author of Anthem (Green Integer) selected by
Charles Bernstein for the 2000 National Poetry Series and Green Oil
(Further Other Book Works, forthcoming). Her work has appeared in Boog
City, Lemonhound, and Verse. She lives in Exeter, N.H.
Michelle Dove is the author of Radio Cacophony, forthcoming from Big
Lucks Books in 2016. Recent writing appears or will appear in such
places as Chicago Review, Passages North, Pear Noir!, and Sixth Finch.
She lives in Washington, D.C.
Buck Downs has been writing poems and creating opportunities for poets
to publish and perform in Washington, D.C. for two decades. He curates
the In Your Ear reading series at the D.C. Arts Center, and serves as
poetry editor for Boog City. His latest books are New Personal Problem
and Assorted Books for Buck Downs.
Duckspeak is an NYC-based folk-rock band. Originally a solo project
for singer-songwriter Giovanni Colantonio, they have since expanded
out into a full 4-piece featuring Andy Hanold (guitar), David Flamm
(bass), and Greg Schulz (drums). Their latest album, Past Perfect,
utilizes elements of folk, rock, and pop as a multi-faceted backdrop
for Colantonio’s lyrical explorations of memory’s persistence in
the face of loss.
Olumadebo Fatunde was born on interstate 10 and came up between
Houston and Grapevine, Texas. He holds a B.A. in artifice from George
Washington University. His poetry has made him a general contributor
at the Bread loaf Writers’ Conference and a Lannan Fellow at the
Folger Shakespeare Library. When not frightening strangers with
spontaneous renditions of his poems, he pours his efforts into
pampering his Shiba Inu, worshiping his fiancée, and building a better
Fitz Fitzgerald has curb feeler antennas. His work has appeared in
Boog City, Open Letters Monthly, Dusie, Wu-Wei Fashion Mag and
elsewhere. He studied at New College of California in San Francisco
and currently lives in the basement of the Black Squirrel. Glen Evans
Sasha Fletcher is author of a novella, the poetry book it is going to
be a good year (Big Lucks Books, forthcoming), and several chapbooks
of poetry, including dear gloria, dear madeline, dear siobhan, dear
ethel, dear eloise, dear wendy, dear becky, dear lisa, dear liza, dear
michelle, dear tamika, dear tanya, tonight (Big Lucks Books).
Joanna Fuhrman is the author of four books of poetry, most recently
Pageant (Alice James Books.) She teaches poetry writing at Rutgers
University and in her apartment in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. She is
working on a multimedia project with the artist Toni Simon.
Susana Gardner is the author of three full-length poetry collections,
CADDISH and Herso (both from Black Radish Books) and [Lapsed Insel
Weary] (The Tangent Press).
Geoffrey Gatza is an award winning editor, publisher and poet. He was
named by the Huffington Post as one of the The Top 200 Advocates for
American Poetry (2013). He is the author many books of poetry,
including Apollo (BlazeVOX), Secrets of my Prison House (BlazeVOX)
Kenmore: Poem Unlimited (Casa Menendez) and HouseCat Kung Fu: Strange
Poems for Wild Children (Meritage Press), He is also the author of the
yearly Thanksgiving Menu-Poem Series, a book length poetic tribute for
prominent poets, now in it’s twelfth year. Gatza is the editor and
Publisher of the small press BlazeVOX. The fundamental mission of
BlazeVOX is to disseminate poetry, through print and digital media,
both within academic spheres and to society at large. He lives in
Kenmore, NY with his girlfriend and two beloved cats.
Racquel Goodison is an Assistant Professor of English at the Borough
of Manhattan Community College, CUNY. She has been a resident at Yaddo
and the Saltonstall Arts Colony as well as a recipient of the Astraea
Emerging Lesbian Writer’s Grant and a scholarship to the Fine Arts
Works Center. Her stories, poems, and creative nonfiction have been
nominated for the Pushcart. She has work forthcoming in All About
Skin II, an anthology for award-winning Black women writers, and The
Encyclopedia Project, Vol. L-Z. And her chapbook, SKIN, was a
finalist for the 2013 Goldline Press Fiction Chapbook competition.
Jean Ires Michel photo.
Lauren Gordon is the Pushcart Prize nominated author of Meaningful
Fingers (Finishing Line Press) and Keen (horse less press). Her work
has appeared in burntdistrict, Coldfront Magazine, [PANK], Poetry
Crush, Rain Taxi, Right Hand Pointing, and Sugar House Review. Gordon
received her M.F.A. in poetry from New England College and is a
contributing editor to Radius Lit. She lives outside of Milwaukee with
her husband and daughter.
Christine Hamm has a Ph.D. in American poetics, and is a former poetry
editor for Ping*Pong. Nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize, her
poetry has been published in Dark Sky, Lodestar Quarterly, Orbis,
Pebble Lake Review, Poetry Midwest, Rattle, Rhino, and many others.
She teaches English at York College and Pace University. Echo Park,
her third book of poems, came out from Blazevox [books]. Erbacce
published her fourth chapbook, My Western. The New Orleans Review is
publishing Christine’s latest chapbook, A is for Absence, this year.
She was a runner-up for the Poet Laureate of Queens.
**Jared Harel, Brooklyn Arts Press
Jared Harel’s poems have appeared in Shenandoah, The American Poetry
Review, The Southern Review, The Threepenny Review, Tin House, and
elsewhere. His poetry chapbook The Body Double was published by
Brooklyn Arts Press in 2012. He lives in Astoria, and plays drums for
the NYC-based rock band, The Dust Engineers.
Brooklyn Arts Press (BAP) is an independent house devoted to
publishing poetry books, lyrical fiction, short fiction, novels, art
monographs, chapbooks, translations, and nonfiction by emerging
artists. They believe they serve our community best by publishing
great works of varying aesthetics side by side, subverting the notion
that writers and artists exist in vacuums, apart from the culture in
which they reside and outside the realm and understanding of other
camps and aesthetics. They believe experimentation and innovation,
arriving by way of given forms or new ones, make our culture greater
through diversity of perspective, opinion, expression, and spirit.
Their staff is comprised of literary loyalists whose editorial
resolve, time, effort, and expertise allows them to publish the best
of the manuscripts they receive.
Howie Hawkins is a Green Party and Teamster activist in Syracuse, N.Y.
An organizer in movements for peace, justice, labor, the environment,
and independent politics since the late 1960s, Hawkins was the Green
Party’s 2010 candidate for N.Y. Governor and received enough votes for
the Greens to be the only third party in New York to secure ballot
access without cross-endorsing the Democratic or Republican
candidates. He is the Green candidate for N.Y. Governor again in 2014.
Lauren Hunter is from North Carolina and lives in Lefferts Garden,
Brooklyn. Her chapbook, My Own Fires, was released by Brothel Books.
Poems can be found or are forthcoming in Saudade Review, Sink Review,
SOUND Literary Magazine, and Souvenir Lit Journal.
Brenda Iijima’s involvements occur at the often unnamable
conjunctions and mutations of poetry, choreography, research movement,
animal studies, speculative non-fiction, care-giving, and forlorn
histories. Her forthcoming book, Untimely Death is Driven Beyond the
Horizon will be published by 1913 Press this year. She is also the
publisher of Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs and will put out the 50th
book from the press this year.
Boni Joi was born in North Miami Beach, Fla.; raised in New Jersey;
and discovered her lost lineage in Salem, Mass. She has an M.F.A. from
Columbia University and has read and performed her poems at numerous
venues in New Jersey, New York, and elsewhere, including Switzerland,
Canada, and England. Her poems have appeared in Arabella, Big Hammer,
Long Shot, Lungfull!, The Brooklyn Rail, The Portable Boog Reader, and
many other journals. Joi is a rotating cast member of the show
Mortified. A clip of her performance was featured on National Public
Radio’s This American Life during an interview with the progenitor,
David Nadleberg, and her piece was published in the book Mortified:
Love is a Battlefield. Her first collection of poetry, Before During
or After Rainstorms, was published in 2012. Boston Review says, “Armed
with an eye for the particular and a knack for gentle satire, Joi
writes from the front lines of a doomed fight for America’s spirit,
but does so with a bright infectious gusto.” She works as a photograph
and reference archivist and lives with musical chef Tobi Joi in
Adeena Karasick is a poet, cultural theorist, media artist, and author
of seven award-winning books of poetry and poetic theory. Writing at
the intersection of Conceptualism and neo-Fluxus performatics, her
urban, Jewish feminist mashups have been described as “electricity in
language” (Nicole Brossard); noted for their “cross-fertilization
of punning and knowing, theatre and theory” (Charles Bernstein); and
“a twined virtuosity of mind and ear which leaves the reader
deliciously lost in Karasick’s signature ‘syllabic labyrinth’” (Craig
Dworkin). She is professor of pop culture, gender and media theory at
Fordham University. The “Adeena Karasick Archive” has just been
established at Special Collections, Simon Fraser University.
Mark Lamoureux lives in New Haven, Conn. He is the author of thee full-
length collections of poetry: Spectre (Black Radish Books), Astrometry
Orgonon (BlazeVOX [books]), and 29 Cheeseburgers / 39 Years (Pressed
Wafer). His work has been published in print and online in Cannibal,
Denver Quarterly, Fourteen Hills, Jacket, and many others.
Susan Landers is the author of 248 mgs., a panic picnic and Covers
(both O Books); 15: A Poetic Engagement with the Chicago Manual of
Style (Least Weasel); and What I Was Tweeting While You Were On
Facebook (Perfect Lovers). She blogs at the above url.
**Sueyeun Juliette Lee
Sueyeun Juliette Lee grew up three miles from the CIA and currently
lives in Philadelphia. She edits Corollary Press, a chapbook series
dedicated to innovative multi-ethnic writing. For a living, she
teaches writing courses at the University of the Arts. Her books
include That Gorgeous Feeling (Coconut Books), Underground National
(Factory School), and the forthcoming Solar Maximum (Futurepoem
books). She writes reviews for the Constant Critic, is a contributor
to Entropy, and has written commentaries for Jacket2. She is a 2013
Pew Fellow in the Arts. Samuel Ace photo.
Sara Lefsyk lives in Cororado where she handmakes books and granola
and paints. Her first chapbook, the christ hairnet fish library, is
available through Dancing Girl Press. Her second, a small man looked
at me, is forthcoming from Little Red Leaves Press. She also has an e-
chapbook forthcoming from Poetry Crush. Lefsyk has previous
publications in Bateau, Phoebe, Poetry Crush, The Greensboro Review,
and The New Orleans Review, among others.
Reb Livingston is the author of Bombyonder (Bitter Cherry Books), God
Damsel (No Tell Books), and Your Ten Favorite Words (Coconut Books).
She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and son.
Brendan Lorber is the author of Unfixed Elegy and Other Poems
(ButterLamb Press) and edits Lungfull! magazine.
JenMarie Macdonald is one half of Fact-Simile Editions and the author
of Sometime Soon Ago (Shadow Mountain Press) and co-author, with
Travis Macdonald, of the forthcoming chapbooks Graceries (Horse Less
Press) and Bigger on the Inside (Ixnay Press). Travis Macdonald photo.
Travis Macdonald is a poet, copywriter, and small press publisher. He
is the author of two full-length collections: The O Mission Repo [vol.
1] (Fact-Simile) and N7ostradamus (BlazeVox [books]) as well as
several chapbooks. He lives, works, writes, and co-edits Fact-Simile
Editions in Philadelphia. JenMarie Macdonald photo.
Leora Mandel studied writing poetry at Interlochen Arts Academy High
School and with Monica Ferrel in the SUNY Purchase creative writing
program. Over these years she discovered the exciting connection
between music and poetry. Mandel likes to take readers and listeners
by the hand into surreal narratives where stingrays stalk overhead and
teenagers trade bodies with pipe smoke, towns of people lose their
voices, and the future of the planet is decoded in an orange peel. She
embodies characters when she sings, coming from a place of sincerity
even when her characters have gone and done the awful, awful wrong.
Charles Mansfield’s sound has been compared to the likes of Neil
Young, Frank Black, and The Mountain Goats. The past few years have
seen him in New York playing clubs largely shoulder-to-shoulder with
the AntiFolk scene at Sidewalk, Goodbye Blue Monday, and the rich
Amanda McCormick is an outdoorswoman / book / print maker / cook. She
is the founding curator of Ink Press Productions in Baltimore.
Chris McCreary’s latest book, [ neüro / mäntic ], is forthcoming this
fall from Furniture Press. Along with Jenn McCreary, he co-edits ixnay
Joyelle McSweeney moves promiscuously among poems, prose, plays,
songs, and criticism. Her most recent books are Percussion Grenade
(poems; Fence) and Salamandrine, 8 Gothics (prose; Tarpaulin Sky),
both of which contain plays. Her play Dead Youth, or, the Leaks won
the inaugural Scalapino Prize for Innovative Women Playwrights and is
forthcoming from Litmus Press. That book will be followed by The
Necropastoral: Poems, Media, Occults, a collection of poetics essays
(University of Michigan Press). She edits Action Books, teaches at
Notre Dame, and lives in the Rust Belt in South Bend, Indiana.
Tracey McTague lives up on Battle Hill in Brooklyn, down the street
from where she was born and across the room from where her daughter
was born. She is the ornithologist consigliere for Lungfull! magazine
by day. By night, she is a root doctor, alchemist and hunter-gatherer.
Her book Super Natural (Trembling Pillow Press) was born in New Orleans.
Meaner Pencil is a singing cellist with a warm, dark, sweet way of
twisting her words around. Originally from Nebraska, she is most often
heard in the subway late at night, hoping to console passing strangers.
Carol Mirakove has served as poetry editor and politics co-editor of
Elinor Nauen’s most recent books include My Marriage A to Z and So
Late into the Night. She is working on a book tentatively called The
Big Book of Little Intros.
**Najee Omar, The Operating System
Najee Omar, a Brooklyn-based writer and performance artist, uses the
language of theatre, music, and poetry to create an honest dialogue
around the injustices of humanity. He has read and been featured at
the 2013 Harlem Arts Festival, Avery Fisher Hall, Au Chat Noir
(Paris), and Duke University. As a teaching artist, he’s turned
classrooms into stages by conducting poetry and theater workshops for
inner city teens and at-risk youth in schools across the greater New
York City and Los Angeles areas. In 2012 Omar was awarded the Poet-in-
Paris Fellowship. He serves on the HigherSelf Arts Committee as the
curator of artist showcases and co-host of its monthly Open Mic
Series. His mission is to cultivate an audience of deep thinkers and
inspire the next generation of change agents.
The Operating System is a creative empowerment engine: a
constantly evolving array of interdisciplinary experimentation, with
participants from all over the world. IRL, The OS hosts readings,
panels, workshops, and salons, curates shows, and publishes a print
journal as well as a yearly chapbook series. Their robust virtual
platform is home to original editorial, journalistic, and multimedia
content from a wide range of creators and organizations from every
discipline imaginable. Their next PRINT volume will exclusively
feature sound recordings (of all possible types)…curious? Check them
out online to get involved! or tweet at them.
Joe Pan is the founder of Brooklyn Arts Press, a graduate of the Iowa
Writers’ Workshop, and is poetry editor for the arts magazine
Hyperallergic. His first poetry collection, Autobiomythography &
Gallery, was named “Best First Book” by Coldfront Magazine. His
poem “Ode to the MQ-9 Reaper,” a hybrid work about drones, was
previously excerpted and praised in The New York Times. His poetry has
appeared in such places as Boston Review, Brooklyn Rail, Denver
Quarterly, H_ngm_n, and Phoebe; his fiction in the Cimarron Review and
Glimmer Train; and his nonfiction in The New York Times.
Niina Pollari is a poet and translator. Birds, LLC just released her
first book, Dead Horse. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Book
Four (Hyacinth Girl Press) and Fabulous Essential (Birds of Lace).
Last year Action Books put out her translation of Tytti Heikkinen’s
The Warmth of the Taxidermied Animal. She coordinates the yearly
Popsickle Festival in Brooklyn. Zane Van Dusen photo.
Joseph Riippi is the author of the books Because (CCM), A Cloth House
(Housefire), The Orange Suitcase (Ampersand), and Do Something! Do
Something! Do Something! (Ampersand), as well as the chapbooks
Puyallup, Washington (Chapbook Genius) and Treesisters (Greying Ghost
Press). His next novel, Research: A Novel for Performance (CCM), is
forthcoming this October. He lives with his wife in Fort Greene,
Lisa_Rogal.htmlLisa Rogal is a poet and fiction writer living in
Brooklyn. Her writing can be found in Greetings, Poems By Sunday,
Downtown Brooklyn, Sun’s Skeleton, Pulp, By the Overpass, Brooklyn
Paramount, and in fragments on Twitter @Lrogal. Her translations of
Russian poet Vladimir Druk, The Days are Getting Longer, and her first
collection of poetry, The New Realities, have been published as
handmade, limited-edition books by thirdfloorapartmentpress. Lisa
teaches composition at the College of Staten Island. Jack Russo photo.
Megan Ronan is the author of the obligatory garnish argument
(SpringGun Press). Her poems have appeared in 1913: a journal of
forms, APARTMENT Poetry, Robot Melon, West Wind Review, and other
lovely journals. She works as a shop girl at Bridge Street Books in
Washington, D.C. and tries to be like a good party. Jason Slesinski
Edward Sanders is a poet, historian, and composer. From 1998 until
completing it in 2011, he wrote the nine-volume America, a History in
He has a degree in ancient Greek from New York University, and, among
his albums and CDs, is Songs in Ancient Greek, featuring texts from
Aristophanes, Homer, Plato, Simonides, Heraclitus, and Sappho.
Sanders has recently completed a 350-page poem on the final years of
Robert F. Kennedy.
Sanders’ books include Tales of Beatnik Glory (four volumes
published in a single edition); 1968, a History in Verse; The Poetry
and Life of Allen Ginsberg; The Family, a history of the Charles
Manson murder group; and Chekhov, a biography in verse. His 1987
collection, Thirsting for Peace in a Raging Century, won an American
Book Award. His selected poems, 1986-2008, Let’s Not Keep Fighting
the Trojan War, was published by Coffee House Press. In late 2011 Da
Capo Press published his memoir of the 1960s, Fug You.
He is the creator of the two-act musical drama Cassandra, which
traces in song, chant, and dialog the life and tragedy of the Trojan
princess caught up in the cyclical violence of The Trojan War.
He has received a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry, a National
Endowment for the Arts fellowship in verse, an American Book Award for
his collected poems, a 2012 PEN-Oakland Josephine Miles Prize, and
other awards for his writing.
Sanders was the founder of the satiric folk/rock group The Fugs, which
has released many albums and CDs during its nearly 50-year history.
His book on the Manson group, The Family, is under option to be
made into a movie.
He lives in Woodstock, N.Y. with his wife, the essayist and
painter Miriam Sanders, and both are active in environmental and other
Prageeta Sharma is the author of four poetry collections, Bliss to
Fill, The Opening Question, Infamous Landscapes, and Undergloom. Her
writing has appeared in journals and anthologies such as Agni, Boston
Review, Fence, and The Women’s Review of Books, and, among others, The
Harper Collins Book of English Poetry and BloodAxe/Penguin’s 60
Indian Poets. Her recent awards are a Howard Foundation Grant and
writing residencies at Headlands Center for the Arts, Hotel Pupik
(Austria), and The Millay Colony. She is a professor of English and
teaches in the creative writing program at The University of Montana
and is the co-director of the 2014 and 2015 conference Thinking Its
Presence: Race and Creative Writing.
Dale Sherrard is an experimental composer, sonic sculptor and sound
designer. He is an adjunct assistant professor of sonic arts in the
Media Arts Program at the University of Montana. Sherrard’s work
ranges in various formats including gallery and museum installation,
orchestrated performance, avant opera, scores for film and modern
dance, and studio recordings for playback. Recent works have exhibited
in Missoula (Missoula Art Museum and Gallery Frontier Space) and in
Austria (Hotel Pupik), and also includes a series of student orchestra
phonography pieces performed locally. Collaborations include work with
Italian sculptor and animator Luca Buvoli and as sound designer and co-
composer that premiered at The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, and was
shown at The Museum of Modern Art in 2009. He has also collaborated
with choreographers Ani Weinstein and Anya Cloud. Recent film credits
include the soundtrack to the Ken Burns award-winning short film Foggy
Mountains Breakdown More Than Non-Foggy Mountains by filmmaker Jessie
Stead, sound design for Tony Torn’s film The Grand Inquisitor, sound
design for Universal VIP with Ken White, and archival sound for Andrew
and Alex Smith’s feature film Winter In The Blood. His TedX can be
seen at the above url.
Jeff Simpson was born and raised in southwest Oklahoma. He is the
author of Vertical Hold (Steel Toe Books), a finalist for The National
Poetry Series. He was the founding editor of the online arts and
literature magazine The Fiddleback. His poems have appeared in
Forklift, Ohio; Prairie Schooner; H_NGM_N; Copper Nickel; Harpur
Palate, and others. He lives in South Slope, Brooklyn and works for
the Academy of American Poets. Chelsey Simpson photo.
Shenandoah Sowash is a poet and essayist. Her work has appeared in
PANK, Poet Lore, RHINO Poetry, Smartish Pace, and elsewhere. The
recipient of fellowships from The Virginia Center for the Creative
Arts and The Lannan Foundation, she was a finalist for The Beullah
Rose Poetry Prize. In 2011, she attended the Bread Loaf Writers
Conference through a work-study scholarship (“waitership”). This
summer she traveled to Lithuania through an Editor’s Choice Award
from The Summer Literary Seminars. Currently at work on her first
book, she lives in Washington, D.C.
Laura Spagnoli is the author of the chapbook My Dazzledent Days (ixnay
press). Her poems can be found in Apiary, Bedfellows, Jupiter 88, and
ONandOnScreen, and her story “A Cut Above” was published in
Philadelphia Noir. She lives in Philadelphia and teaches French at
Nicole Steinberg is the author of Getting Lucky (Spooky Girlfriend
Press) and two chapbooks available this year, Undressing from dancing
girl press and Clever Little Gang, winner of the Furniture Press 4X4
Chapbook Award. Her other publications include Forgotten Borough:
Writers Come to Terms with Queens (SUNY Press) and Birds of Tokyo
(dancing girl press).
Alison Strub is a creature of the internet and a dog lover. She
received her M.F.A. at George Mason University and resides in
Arlington, Va. Her poems have appeared in Alice Blue Review, Denver
Quarterly, Handsome, [PANK], Shampoo, and other fine publications. She
can be reached via Google. Megan Ronan photo.
Maureen Thorson is the author of two books of poetry: My Resignation
(Shearsman Books) and Applies to Oranges (Ugly Duckling Presse). She
lives in Washington, D.C., where she tries not to become politically
Orchid Tierney is a poet from New Zealand now residing in
Philadelphia. Her chapbooks include Brachiation (GumTree Press) and
The World in Small Parts (Dancing Girl Press).
Rodrigo Toscano is the author of six books of poetry, including Deck
of Deeds (Counterpath Press) and Collapsible Poetics (a 2007 National
Poetry Series Selection). His writing has appeared in the anthologies
Against Expression, Diasporic Avant Gardes, and Best American Poetry.
Toscano works for the Labor Institute in conjunction with the United
Steelworkers and the National Institute for Environmental Health
Science. Toscano’s home base is the Greenpoint Township of Brooklyn.
CarlaJean Valluzzi is a native of beautiful western Massachusetts. She
received her B.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art and her
M.F.A. in creative writing and publishing arts from the University of
Baltimore. Based in the Station North Arts District, she photographs
using film and a camera that doesn’t make phone calls, creates
collages and hand-bound books, as well as many other forms of paper-
based ephemera under the moniker Kitchen Table Press. Jessica Baldwin
Walter Ego, whose music has been described as: “Part Magical Mystery
Tour era Beatles, part Elvis Costello, part Nick Cave, maybe. Lyrics
drive his songs, but his tunes can be more ornate and complex than you
typically find in his kind of powerpop and jangle rock.”
**Laura A. Warman
Laura A. Warman is a poet and performance artist based in Pittsburgh.
She is the author of How Much Does It Cost from Cars Are Real Press.
She runs the Warman Jitney car service, is a member of DAD PRANKS art
collective, and publishes Warman Monthly.
**Joseph P. Wood
Joseph P. Wood is the author of four books and five chapbooks of
poetry, which include YOU. (Etruscan Press, forthcoming), Broken Cage
(Brooklyn Arts Press), and Fold of the Map (Salmon Poetry). His work
has appeared in venues such as Arts & Letters Daily, BOMB, Boston
Review, Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf
Coast, Indiana Review, Prairie Schooner, and Verse, among others.
Wood’s held residencies at Djerassi and Artcroft, and is currently
managing editor at Noemi Press. He lives in Birmingham, Ala.
Yeti is bass-driven, philosophical, dream-punk with cute killer
harmonies. This New York-based trio reeks of feral femininity,
fermenting in the forgotten woods of Staten Island. Their music fuses
Sleater-Kinney sensibilities with The Cranberries’ emotional power.
Yeti can be found playing at various venues throughout the New York
City area, or in very cold, dark, remote caverns from which few have
ever returned. Currently, they have one full-length album, White
Devil, and their acoustic EP Fur You.
Joe Yoga is a songwriter, visual artist, and poet from New York City.
For years, he has been bringing his music and art to NYC’s stages,
festivals, subway platforms, and gallery walls. His unique songwriting
style and passionate performances have made him a favorite of, and a
fixture at, venues across the city.
Mike Young is the author of three books—Sprezzatura, Look! Look!
Feathers, and We Are All Good If They Try Hard Enough—and the
chapbook Who Can Make It. He publishes NOÖ Journal, runs Magic
Helicopter Press, and writes for HTMLGIANT.
David A. Kirschenbaum, editor and publisher
330 W. 28th St., Suite 6H
NY, NY 10001-4754
For event and publication information:
T: (212) 842-BOOG (2664)
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“To have great poets, there must be great audiences.” —Walt