Boog City presents
d.a. levy lives: celebrating renegade presses
New York City Small Presses Night
Sun. Dec. 11, 5:30 p.m. sharp, $5 suggested
Book sale—5:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m.
94 Ave. A
Ping Pong literary journal
Jeffrey Lewis (solo acoustic)
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.
**BOMB Magazine, Ted Dodson, director of circulation
**Nightboat Books, Stephen Motika, publisher
**Ping Pong literary journal, Christine Hamm, managing editor
—Jameson O’Hara Laurens
Series curated and with an introduction by
Boog City editor David Kirschenbaum
The online pdf of Boog City, issue 110, our NYC Small Presses Issue,
is now available.
You can read it at:
Featuring pages from
Ping Pong literary journal
Bios for Presses, Readers, and Musician
BOMB is a not-for-profit publishing conversations between artists,
writers, actors, directors & musicians since 1981.
*Marwa Helal’s (http://marshelal.com/) poetry has appeared in Apogee,
Day One, The Offing, and The Recluse. Her essays and journalism have
been published in Poets & Writers, the American Book Review,Entropy,
Egypt Today, Sukoon, and elsewhere. She is a Cave Canem fellow, a
mentor in the New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist
Program, a VONA alum, and she received her MFA in creative writing
from The New School.
**Fuff Comix and Jeffrey Lewis
Born and raised New Yorker Jeffrey Lewis is a comic book artist and
indie-rock musician. Beginning with homemade lo-fi cassettes in the
late 90s, and moving on to touring the world and releasing “proper”
albums since 2001, Jeffrey’s career has included sharing bills and
tours with The Vaselines, The Fall, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Roky
Erickson, The Mountain Goats, Daniel Johnston, Devo, Pulp and many
other luminaries. Rough Trade Records has just released the seventh
Jeffrey Lewis album, “Manhattan;” Jeffrey has self-published twelve
issues of his comic book series Fuff, and his writing, illustrations,
comic books and music have been featured by The Guardian, NPR, The
History Channel and The New York Times.
Nightboat Books, a nonprofit organization, seeks to develop audiences
for writers whose work resists convention and transcends boundaries,
by publishing books rich with poignancy, intelligence, and risk. The
press publishes poetry, fiction, essays, translations, and intergenre
work. Notable authors published include Dawn Lundy Martin, Nathanaël,
Joanne Kyger, Cole Swensen, Melissa Buzzeo, Daniel Borzutzky, Bhanu
Kapil, Jill Magi, Wayne Koestenbaum, Etel Adnan, Brandon Som, Brian
Blanchfield, and Fanny Howe. In 2013, Nightboat published Troubling
the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, the first
comprehensive poetry collection by trans and genderqueer authors.
Michael Heller (http://www.michaelhellerpoetry.com/) has published
over 20 volumes of poetry, essays, memoir, and fiction. Among his
recent books are Dianoia, This Constellation Is A Name: Collected
Poems 1965-2010, and Speaking the Estranged: Essays on the Work of
George Oppen. Multimedia collaborations with the composer Ellen
Fishman Johnson include the opera, Constellations of Waking (on Walter
Benjamin) and This Art Burning. A collection of essays on his work,
The Poetry and Poetics of Michael Heller: Nomad Memory, was published
in 2015. He lives in New York City.
**Ping Pong literary journal
Ping-Pong Free Press brings together a spectrum of influences and
combines them with a radical social perspective on the nature of art
and the human predicament. We are committed to promoting artists we
love, and sharing our enthusiasm for their work with a global
audience. We host poetry competitions each year, and will host a
novella contest in 2017.
Christine Hamm (http://www.natbrut.com/poetry-christine-hamm-two-poems.html
) has a Ph.D. in American Poetics, and is an editor for PingPong Free
Press. She is currently an M.F.A. poetry student at Columbia
University. Her poetry has been published in Orbis, Nat Brut, BODY,
Poetry Midwest, Rattle, Dark Sky, and many others. In 2017, Ghostbird
Press is publishing an excerpt from her ongoing manuscript, Notes on
Wolves and Ruin.
Jameson O’Hara Laurens (http://www.marialoveswords.com/poet-republik-jameson-ohara-laurens/
) completed her M.F.A. in poetry and translation in 2014, and has
collaborated with artists, choreographers, and translators. She is
fortunate to call a bilingual secondary literature classroom her
professional home. Her work has appeared in Enclave, Alexandria
Quarterly, Hawkmoth, and Poet Republik. Medeum, published by Ping Pong
Free Press, is her first collection.
Kate Lutzner’s (http://www.marialoveswords.com/poet-republik-kate-lutzner/
) poetry and stories have appeared in such journals as Antioch Review,
Mississippi Review, The Brooklyn Rail, BlazeVOX, Rattle and Barrow
Street. Kate holds an MFA from City College and has been featured in
Verse Daily. Kate’s first chapbook, Invitation to Rescue, is being
published by Poet Republik ltd, in January 2017. She has been
nominated for a Pushcart Prize as well as the Best of the Net Anthology.
Switchback Books challenges gender inequity in literary publishing by
producing and promoting books of poetry by women, including
transgender women and all other female-identified individuals.
Publishing exclusively women poets comprises a feminist act. We aim to
change the unbalanced ratio of genders represented in literary
publishers’ catalogs, making women’s voices and perspectives
accessible to the literary community and the general public.
*Marisa Crawford (http://marisacrawford.net/) is the author of the
poetry collection The Haunted House (Switchback Books), and the
chapbooks 8th Grade Hippie Chic (Immaculate Disciples) and Big Brown
Bag (Gazing Grain). Her writing has appeared in Hyperallergic,
Bitch,The Hairpin, and other publications, and is forthcoming in
Electric Gurlesque (Saturnalia Books). Marisa is the founder and
Editor-in-Chief of the feminist literary/pop culture website WEIRD
SISTER. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
*Crystal Curry (http://www.crystalcurry.com) is the author of But I
Have Realized It: A Motivational Poem in Little Arcs, winner of the
2014 Gatewood Prize, selected by Dorothea Lasky (Switchback Books),
Our Chrome Arms of Gymnasium, winner of the Slope Editions Book Prize,
selected by Dara Wier (Slope Editions) and the chapbook Logotherapy
Pant (Cosa Nostra Editions). Her poems, reviews and poetry articles
have appeared widely in publications including The Volta, Coldfront,
Octopus, Denver Quarterly, Action Yes and others.
Boog City is a New York City-based small press now in its 26th 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. Each winter and summer Boog puts on Welcome
to Boog City Poetry, Music, and Theater Festivals, featuring up to 100
Directions: F/V to 2nd Ave., L to 1st Ave.
Venue is at E.6th St.
Upcoming Boog Events
Fri. Feb. 17-Sun. Feb. 19
Welcome to Boog City 10.5, Poetry, Music, Theater, and Film Festival
Unnameable Books (600 Vanderbilt Ave. Prospect Heights, Brooklyn)
Sidewalk Cafe (94 Avenue A, The East Village)
Sun. May 7, 12:00 p.m.
d.a. levy-palooza 4, featuring poets from three non-New York City
small presses, plus musical acts
Sun. June 11, 1:00 p.m.
Readings from The Portable Boog Reader 10: New York City and Portland,
Fri. Sept. 15-Tues. Sept. 19
Welcome to Boog City 11, Poetry, Music, Theater, and Film Festival
David A. Kirschenbaum, editor and publisher
3062 Brower Ave.
Oceanside, NY 11572
For event and publication information:
T: (212) 842-BOOG (2664)
For music from Gilmore boys:
“To have great poets, there must be great audiences.” —Walt Whitman