Welcome to Boog City 8.5 Poetry Curators

Hi all,

We’re gearing up for our next festival, Welcome to Boog City 8.5. it
will take place Presidents’ Day weekend, Sat. Feb. 14-Sun. Feb. 15,
2015, at Unnameable Books in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn and Sidewalk
Cafe in the East Village.

WBC 8.5 will feature 50 poets (plus poets from our d.a. levy lives:
celebrating renegade presses series).
I’m proud to announce the folks who will be booking those poets (bios
follow this email):

Mel Bentley
Christophe Casamassima
JenMarie and Travis MacDonald
Joe Pan
and me



**Mel Bentley
Mel Bentley is composed of a patina and erosion of texts, slowly
pursuing the edge of the capability of language through formal
strategies of disruption and appropriation. If, “We’ve been robbed of
language by which we can express the reality of what we’re
undergoing,” then the language out of which identity is composed
ourselves must be broken and re-combined to access possibilities of
expression and recognition more capable of our reality.

**Christophe Casamassima
Christophe Casamassima is the founder and publisher of Furniture Press
Books, and curator of the largest small press poetry library at
LitMore in Baltimore. He is also the author of 5 books of poetry,
including the Proteus Cycle (The Proteus, Joys: A Catalogue of
Disappointments and Ore), Untilted and Three Suite. He is currently
working on an oral history of Baltimore poetry publishing in tandem
with his efforts to archive and preserve the rich literary heritage
that makes this city a very important locus of innovation and weirdness.

David Kirschenbaum
David Kirschenbaum is the author of The July Project 2007 (Open 24
Hours). His work has appeared in the Brooklyn Review Online, Chain,
and The Village Voice, among others. He is the editor and publisher of
Boog City, a New York City-based small press and community newspaper
now in its 24th year. His poems form the lyrics of Preston Spurlock
and Casey Holford’s band Gilmore boys.

**JenMarie Macdonald
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 Graceries (Horse Less Press).

**Travis Macdonald
Travis Macdonald is a 2014 Pew Fellow in the Arts. He is also author
of two full-length books—The O Mission Repo [vol. 1] (Fact-Simile)
andN7ostradamus (BlazeVox [books])—as well as several chapbooks,
including, most recently, The Story (Peanut Gallery Press) and
Bookquet (Shirt Pocket Press). When he’s not making poems or
advertisements, he co-edits Fact-Simile Editions with his wife JenMarie.

**Joe Pan
Joe Pan’s first collection of prose and poetry, Autobiomythography,
was named “Best First Book of the Year” by Coldfront. He is the
founding editor & publisher of Brooklyn Arts Press & serves as the
poetry editor for the arts magazine Hyperallergic. His work has
appeared in such places as Boston Review, Brooklyn Rail, Cimarron
Review, Denver Quarterly, Glimmer Train, H_ngm_n, Phoebe, & has been
excerpted in The New York Times. He grew up along the Space Coast of
Florida and now lives in Brooklyn.

David A. Kirschenbaum, editor and publisher
Boog City
330 W. 28th St., Suite 6H
NY, NY 10001-4754
For event and publication information:
T: (212) 842-BOOG (2664)
Twitter: @boogcity
For music from Gilmore boys:
“To have great poets, there must be great audiences.” —Walt Whitman


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