Boog City presents
d.a. levy lives: celebrating renegade presses
New York City Small Presses Night
Tues. Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m. sharp, $5 suggested
Book sale—6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m., 8:15 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
94 Ave. A
Clown War/CLWN WR
Organism for Poetic Research
Poets Wear Prada
This event is co-curated and hosted by Poets Wear Prada editor Roxanne
This is our one event each season in our “d.a. levy lives: celebrating
renegade presses” series
where we honor NYC small presses.
Featuring readings from contributors to some of the city’s finest
and with publications available from each of the presses.
**Clown War/CLWN WR, Bob Heman, editor
**Live Mag; Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, editor
—Alisha Kaplan and Paco Marquez
**Poets Wear Prada, Roxanne Hoffman, editor
**Posit, Susan Lewis, editor
—Martine Bellen, Joanna Fuhrman, Joe Pan, Leah Umansky
**The Organizm for Poetic Research, Ada Smailbegović and Rachael M.
—Timothy Anderson, Anna Moser, Ada Smailbegović, Rachael M. Wilson
Series curated and with an introduction by
Boog City editor David Kirschenbaum
Bios for Presses, Readers, and Musician
CLWN WR (formerly Clown War) was founded in 1971 by Bob Heman and
Stephen Fairhurst. It is one of 84 “important magazines” honored
with annotation in The Little Magazine in America: A Modern History
(Pushcart Press, 1978). Its issues through #39 will be included in a
digital collection of literary magazines, active from the 1950s
through the 1980s, which will be made available to libraries. Besides
our regular issues, we have published special book issues by Ted
Berrigan, F.A. Nettelbeck, Belgian Surrealist Paul Colinet, and rubber-
stamp artist Leavenworth Jackson, as well as an endless circular
poster-poem by Alex Caldiero.
*Bob Heman has been writing poetry for almost 50 years. He has edited
Clown War/CLWN WR since 1971, and in the late 1970s was an artist-in-
residence at The Brooklyn Museum.
His words and visual pieces have been included in An
Introduction to the Prose Poem (Firewheel Editions, 2009); The Best of
the Prose Poem: An International Journal (White Pine Press, 2000),
Before Passing (Great Weather for Media, 2015), Scenarios: Scripts to
Perform (Assembling Press, 1980), and Writing Poetry (Harcourt Brace
Jovanovich, 1983, 1994).
His art includes cut-outs [“participatory cut-out multiples on
paper”], collages, drawings, and drawing poems.
LiVE MAG! was born to run at the Bowery Poetry Club. Bob Holman and
Jeff Wright conceived it as a performance / publication event created
specifically for the Club.
The earlier events from 2007 to 2010 featured editors of other
publications as guests — eg, Hannah Winarsky, editor of Princeton
University Press, William Electric Black of La Mama ETC., Michael
Andre of Unmuzzled Ox, Bob Hershon of Hanging Loose and the late
Akilah Oliver, the Monday night coordinator of the Poetry Project at
St. Mark’s Church — who read their own works, some favorites, and
then solicited poems from the audience to read.
LiVE MAG! has evolved as an equal mix of art and poetry. In a
unique partnership with La Mama, ETC, the magazine hosts an annual
print publication party.
Publisher and Editor, Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, moved to New York
City in 1976 and began Hard Press, publishing poetry postcards and
books. He attended workshops at St. Mark’s Poetry Project with Ted
Berrigan, Alice Notley and Jim Brodey. He went on to study with Allen
Ginsberg at Brooklyn College where he earned a Masters of Fine Arts in
Poetry. Wright launched Cover Magazine in 1987. Its contributors
included Molly Jong-Fast, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, John Yau, Robert
C. Morgan, David Ulin, Jeanne C. Wilkinson, and KK Kozik. The 64-page
monthly journal circulated nationally until 2000.
Wright has reviewed poetry for The Poetry Project Newsletter and
The Brooklyn Rail and wrote art criticism for Artnexus, Art &
Antiques, Chelsea Now, the Villager, On-Verge and other publications.
He has written 13 books of poetry (Ginsberg wrote a forward to his
Take Over) and appeared in numerous anthologies. He regularly exhibits
and publishes his own artwork as well.
Visit jeffreycypherswright.com, Wikipedia, or write to Wright
for more information. livemagnyc [at] gmail.com
Alisha Kaplan writes poetry, short stories and something in-between.
She is an MFA candidate in poetry at NYU and an editor of the
Washington Square Review. Her writing has appeared in The Chicago
Tribune, Carousel, Lilith, The Irish Literary Review, the Best
American Poetry blog and elsewhere. Originally from Toronto, Alisha
now lives in Brooklyn. Later, she will be a farmer.
Originally from Mexico and Northern California, Paco Marquez is poetry
editor at Washington Square. His work has appeared in Apogee, the
Squaw Valley Review, and OccuPoetry, among others. He was featured as
“Lo-Writer of the Week” in Juan Felipe Herrera’s California Poet
Laureate website, and more recently, on Columbia University WKCR 89.9
FM’s “Studio A.” One of his poems went up on a public mural through
Sacramento’s Del Paso Words & Walls Project. He recently completed an
M.F.A. in poetry at NYU.
**Poets Wear Prada
Based in Hoboken, New Jersey, Sinatra’s hometown and the birthplace
of professional baseball, Poets Wear Prada is small literary press,
publishing beautifully designed books of well-crafted poetry and micro
fiction, since 2006. Publishers/Editors are Roxanne Hoffman and John
“Jack” Edward Cooper.
Brooklyn born poet/author Tantra-zawadi best describes her work “by
the love that I make through my art to the vision of the unseen
reality.” As a performance poet and published author, she uses her
voice to support the rights of women through creative expression. She
has performed to standingroom audiences at venues as far away as
South Africa, London, Germany, and Canada. Tantra is also a recipient
of the Kings County District Attorney’s Office Award for Women’s
History Month and a 2010 Pushcart Prize nominee for her poem
“Girl.” Partial proceeds from Tantra’s latest books “Bubbles”
and “Gathered at Her Sky” (both published by Poets Wear Prada) are
being donated to the Girl-Child Network Worldwide. Tantra is also the
author of “alifepoeminprogress” by Chuma Spirit Books. Known for
being on the cutting edge as an artist and for speaking out about
issues such as HIV and AIDS awareness, Tantra’s poem and video
“Scarlet Waters” was featured on the Product Red video wall to
raise awareness for HIV/AIDS in Africa.
At Posit we believe in de-Balkanizing the literary and visual arts
scene by providing an aesthetically beautiful showcase for carefully
curated, highly innovative poetry, prose, and visual art that is not
circumscribed by affiliation with any specific aesthetic or artistic
movement. We’re interested in accomplished, sophisticated work that
is challenging and aesthetically broadening, by writers and artists of
all nationalities, ages, races, gender identifications, sexual
preferences, and career stages. We are also committed to supporting
our contributors, nominating their work for Pushcart Prize and Best of
the Net, and publicizing their triumphs via social media.
Martine Bellen is the author of nine collections of poetry, including
This Amazing Cage of Light: New and Selected (Spuyten Duyvil Press)
and Tales of Murasaki (Sun & Moon Press), which was a winner of the
National Poetry Series. She has written the libretto for Ah! Opera No-
Opera (with David Rosenboom), which premiered at REDCAT (www.ah-opera.org
) and Moon in the Mirror (co-librettist: Zhang Er and composer:
Stephen Dembski). Bellen has received numerous grants, including one
from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a residency in Bellagio,
Italy from the Rockefeller Foundation. Bellen is a contributing editor
of the literary journal Conjunctions.
Joanna Fuhrman is the author of five books of poetry, most recently
The Year of Yellow Butterflies (Hanging Loose Press) and Pageant
(Alice James Books).
Joe Pan is the author of two collections of poetry, Autobiomythography
& Gallery (BAP) and Hiccups (Augury Books). He is the publisher and
managing editor of Brooklyn Arts Press, serves as the poetry editor
for the arts magazine Hyperallergic, is small press editor for Boog
City, and is the founder of the services-oriented activist group
Brooklyn Artists Helping. He attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop,
grew up along the Space Coast of Florida, and now lives in
Leah Umansky is a teacher, collagist, and poet in NYC. She is the
author of the Mad Men inspired Don Dreams and I Dream, the full-length
collection, Domestic Uncertainties and the forthcoming dystopian-
themed chapbook, Straight Away The Emptied World, out in in 2016 from
**The Organism for Poetic Research
The Organism for Poetic Research (OPR) is an experimental critical-
poetic platform and a vehicle for the performance of research in
poetics and poetic research. Propelled by poiesis (making) as its
investigative method, the OPR initiates events that open a field of
relations between the natural sciences, artistic practices, and
research in the humanities. OPR projects take a number of forms. In
addition to hosting events throughout the year, the OPR produces the
semi-annual magazine, Pelt, produces occasional publications (OPR
Editions) and hosts poetics-oriented web residencies. The OPR Index
(online) is a pictorial index to things in the world.
*Timothy Anderson is a doctoral candidate in English at New York
University, where he studies aesthetic, geographic, and
historiographic reconfigurations in mid-20th century American poetics.
He co-curated the poetry selection for the retrospective exhibition
“Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place” on view at Dia:Beacon (Beacon,
NY), Museo Reina Sofía (Madrid), Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin), Musée
d’Art Moderne (Paris), and Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles),
and is a director and editor of The Organism for Poetic Research.
*Anna Moser writes and makes art in New York City, where she is a
doctoral candidate in English at NYU. Her criticism examines artists
and writers (including Eva Hesse, Paul Thek, Susan Philipsz,
Bernadette Mayer, Lydia Davis, and Elizabeth Bishop) whose work calls
into question our assumptions about formal recognition and
representability, collective memory, and intimacy. She is an editor of
PELT, a member of the Organism for Poetic Research, and recently co-
curated “The Line of Beauty: Refiguring the Serpentine Line from
Drawing into Photography” (June 2015) at the Princeton University
*Ada Smailbegović is an Assistant Professor of English at Brown
University. Her writing explores relations between poetics, non-human
forms of materiality, and histories of description. She is a co-
founder of The Organism for Poetic Research. Critical and poetic work
includes Avowal of What Is Here (JackPine Press), “Of the Dense and
Rare” (Triple Canopy), “Cloud Writing” (Art in the Anthropocene),
an article on animal architecture and the affective ethology of monk
parakeets (Angelaki), and a forthcoming piece on seashell description
titled “Some Disordered Interior Geometries” (Reanimation Library;
*Rachael M. Wilson is a writer and doctoral candidate in English at
New York University, where she studies postwar poetry and poetics and
the collaborative works of writers and visual artists. She is an
editor and co-founder of the Organism for Poetic Research, and she
also co-authors an occasional arts blog, Most Perfect World. Her
writing has appeared most recently in Jacket2, The Volta, Free Spirit
News, the Reanimation Library’s Word Processor series and Brooklyn
Rail. She has recently collaborated on projects with Aeromoto and
Wendy’s Subway for the A+WS Reading Room at NADA New York and with
choreographer Rebecca Davis on the publication Bloowst windku.
**Jonathan Wood Vincent
Jonathan Wood Vincent is a composer, pianist, accordionist,
improviser, singer, poet, and gooroo, creating sprawling songs, piano
improvisations, miniature epic story-pieces, and chamber music. He has
recorded and performed with post-Torah folk-rockers Girls in Trouble,
alt-country singer/songwriter Eileen Rose, Master Lee of Chink Floyd,
a multilingual stripper rap band called Un Cuerpo Exquisito with
Tatsuya Nakatani, inventor/microtonalist Adam James Wilson, drummer
Jeff Arnal and Will Redman, reed player John Dierker, and countless
others. He runs a performance series called Papacookie in his living
room. Vincent has recordings on Emanem, Sony, Kimchee, J-Dub, Stone
Quarry, Generate Records, and others.
Boog City is a New York City-based small press now in its 25th year
and East Village community newspaper of the same name. It has put out
over 200 publications, including 35 volumes of poetry, various
magazines, and a newspaper, featuring work by Allen Ginsberg and
Lawrence Ferlinghetti among others, and theme issues on baseball,
women’s writing, and Louisville, Ky. It hosts and curates two regular
performance series—d.a. levy lives: celebrating renegade presses,
featuring a non-NYC small press, its writers, and a musical act; and
Classic Albums Live, where up to 13 local musical acts perform a
classic album live. Past albums have included Elvis Costello, My Aim
is True; Nirvana, Nevermind; Sleater-Kinney’s, Dig Me Out; and Liz
Phair, Exile in Guyville.
Directions: F/V to 2nd Ave., L to 1st Ave.
Venue is at E.6th St.
Upcoming Boog Events
Sun. Dec. 20, 6:00 p.m.
Boog City’s Classic Albums Live presents
For its 50th anniversary and his 75th birthday,
Phil Ochs’ I Ain’t Marching Anymore
(94 Avenue A, The East Village)
Sun. Jan. 17, 1:00 p.m.
Readings from The Portable Boog Reader 9: New York City and Cincinnati
(600 Vanderbilt Ave. Prospect Heights, Brooklyn)
Fri. Feb. 12-Sun. Feb. 14
Welcome to Boog City 9.5, Poetry, Music, and Theater Festival
Sidewalk Cafe and Unnameable Books
Sun. May 1, 12:00 p.m.
d.a. levy-palooza 3, featuring poets from three non-New York City
small presses, plus musical acts
Fri. Aug. 5-Tues. Aug. 9, 2016
Welcome to Boog City 10, Poetry, Music, and Theater Festival, for
Boog’s 25th Anniversary
Sidewalk Cafe and Unnameable Books
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