"She struck me as being extremely humanitarian and detached, as if she would not insult you by coldness in the necessary and at longest, brief moment of mutual inspection but I felt that she was not interested in the life of the moment. I remember her eyes which glittered and gave me an impression of great acuteness and were, as I said, sunny and genial at the same time. I remember her seeming to lean forward as if resisting a high wind and have the impression of the toe of one foot turning in a little and giving an effect of positiveness and willfulness."
-- Marianne Moore's first impression of H.D. (from Herself Defined, by Barbara Guest)
Curators: February by Alan Davies, March by Charles Borkhuis, April-May by Erica Kaufman and Tim Peterson.
GILBERT ADAIR & P.INMAN
Gilbert Adair, who moved to NYC in 1999, founded and curated the “Sub-Voicive” reading series, London’s leading venue for experimental poetry. His pulications include “frog boks,” “keep the curtains the face has ended,” “steakweasel,” and most recently “xiangren,” a collection of short, sometime super-short poems. P. INMAN grew up on Long Island off the coast of “America”; publications include: Ocker; Red shift; criss cross; Vel; at least; amounts to; now/time; employment: retired Fed employee, currently works as a labor rep for AFSCME Council 26, 3 blocks away from the White House.
MARTHA OATIS & LARRY PRICE Martha Oatis is the author of from Two Percept (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs). As well as text, drawing and sculpture are a part of her work. She is in her first year of acupuncture school and lives in Providence. Larry Price is the sometime publisher of GAZ. In San Francisco until 1988. East coast since. Books include Circadium and the unpublished Comity and aAmerica. He Lives in New Jersey, where he works as the Creative Director of a design studio.
AUSTIN PUBLICOVER & CHRISTINA STRONG Austin Publicover is a sound/noise artist whose poetry has appeared in EOAGH and The Moon; his Council of Worms CD features Brenda Iijima’s sound text vs. homemade sonic detritus; forthcoming CDs with Carla Harryman and Sawako Nakayasu; fiercesome solo efforts Stop Me If You’ve Already Heard This One and the double album Sizzle Priory available on repetitive dawn recording. Christina Strong is a poet and designer who lives in Brooklyn. Her books include [Anti-Erato] (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs) and her e-book Utopian Politics (Faux Press). She is the editor of Openmouth Press and the politics editor of Boog City.
JOHN GODFREY & MARIANNE SHANEEN John Godfrey’s most recent books and Push the Mule (The Figures, 2001) and Private Lemonade (Adventures in Poetry, 2003). Wave Books will publish City of Corners in 2008. Marianne Shaneen is a writer and filmmaker. Her documentary about Humanimals or “furries” is in post production. Recent publications include an essay on Ken Jacobs and the Sublime Horrors of Perception; her chapbook Lucent Amnesis; and an essay on Madeline Gins and Arakawa, “Inhabiting the Impossible.” Excerpts from her long prose work, “The Peekaboo Theory,” have been published in several magazines.
BRUCE ANDREWS & ABIGAIL CHILD Bruce Andrews is the author of over 2-dozen books of poetry, performance scores & essays on poetics; most recently, Co (five collaborations); Designated Heartbeat; Swoon Noir. Lately, reading projects on Race & on 1960s Visual art theorizing and collaborating on performances with Sally Silvers. Abigail Child is the author of five books of poetry, among them A Motive for Mayhem and Scatter Matrix as well as a book of critical writing: This Is Called Moving: A Critical Poetics of Film. She teaches in Boston, and calls NYC her home; her website is www.abigailchild.com.
MARTINE BELLEN & BRENDA IIJIMA Martine Bellen is the author of Further Adventures of the Money God, The Vulnerability of Order, Tales of Murasaki and Other Poems, and Places People Dare Not Enter. She is presently collaborating with the composer David Rosenboom on an opera very loosely based on The Diamond Sutra.
Brenda Iijima is the author of Animate, Inanimate Aims (Litmus Press) and Around Sea (O Books). Her manuscript, If Not Metamorphic was runner up for the Sawtooth Prize and will be published by Ahsahta Press. She runs Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs and design homeopathic gardens.
MARCH 15 DAWN MICHELLE BAUDE & BRENDA COULTAS Dawn Michelle Baude is the author of The Flying House (Parlor Press, 2008), Egypt (Post-Apollo, 2002) and The Beirut Poems (Skanky Possum, 2001). The winner of a 2006 Senior Fulbright Award in Creative Writing. Baude has lived for the last fifteen years in Europe and the Middle East where she works as a professional writer and teacher. Brenda Coultas is the author of The Marvelous Bones of Time and A Handmade Museum, both published by Coffee House Press. She lives in the East Village.
NOAH ELI GORDON & DAVID SHAPIRO Noah Eli Gordon is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently Novel Pictorial Noise, selected by John Ashbery for the National Poetry Series and Figures for a Darkroom Voice, in collaboration with Joshua Marie Wilkinson. He teaches at the University of Colorado at Denver. David Shapiro has written over 20 volumes of poetry, prose, translations, and art criticism. He wrote the first book on Ashbery, the first book on Johns’s drawings, and the pioneering study of Mondrian’s flowers. He has taught at Columbia, Cooper Union, Brooklyn College, Bard College, Princeton and is tenured as an art historian for the last 25 years at William Paterson University. He was nominated for the National Book Award when he was 24 and edited The Anthology of NY Poets with Ron Padgett in 1970.
RODRIGO TOSCANO & MARK WALLACE
Rodrigo Toscano’s latest book is Collapsible Poetics Theater, which won the National Poetry Series 2007. Toscano is a poet and the artistic director and writer for the Collapsible Poetics Theater (CPT). His experimental poetics plays, body-movement poems, and polyvocalic pieces have recently been performed in San Francisco, and Alexandria, Virginia. Mark Wallace is the author and editor of a number of books of poetry, fiction, and criticism. A collection of his tales, Walking Dreams was published in 2007 and a book of poems, Felonies of Illusion is forthcoming in 2008. He is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at California State University San Marcos.
WAYNE KOESTENBAUM & MARJORIE WELISH Wayne Koestenbaum has published five books of poetry: Best-Selling Jewish Porn Films, Model Homes, The Milk of Inquiry, Rhapsodies of a Repeat Offender, and Ode to Anna Moffo and Other Poems. He has also published a novel, Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes, and five books of nonfiction: Andy Warhol, Cleavage, Jackie Under My Skin, The Queen’s Throat (a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist), and Double Talk. His newest book, Hotel Theory, a hybrid of fiction and nonfiction, was published by Soft skull Press in 2008. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at the CUNY Graduate Center, and currently also a Visiting Professor in the painting department of the Yale School of Art. Recipient of the Judith E. Wilson Fellowship, the Howard Foundation Fellowship, and other prestigious awards for poetry. Marjorie Welish is the author of Isle of the Signatories—just out from Coffee House Press, Word Group, and also The Annotated “Here” and Selected Poems, which was an Academy of American Poets Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize finalist and a Village Voice Best Book of the Year. Her book of art criticism is Signifying Art: Essays on Art after 1960 (Cambridge University Press).
APRIL 12 TONYA FOSTER & ANNE TARDOS Tonya Foster is the author of poetry, fiction, and essays that have been published in a variety of journals from Callaloo to The Hat to Western Humanities Review. She is the author of A Swarm of Bees in High Court (Belladonna Press) and co-editor of Third Mind: Creative Writing Through Visual art. She is currently completing a cross-genre piece on New Orleans, and Monkey Talk, an inter-genre piece about race, paranoia, and surveillance. Anne Tardos is a poet and visual artist. She has published several books of poetry and the multimedia performance work and radio play Among Men. She is the editor of Thing of Beauty by Jackson Mac Low, from the University of California Press this fall. Her new book Letting Go is also coming out this fall.
WALTER CRUMP, RUTH LEPSON, & DAN MACHLIN
Poet Ruth Lepson and photographer Walter Crump are the authors of the collaborative book Morphology (Blazevox Books). Ruth Lepson is also the editor of Poetry from Sojourner: A Feminist Anthology and the author of Dreaming in Color. Walter Crump’s photography is included in numerous private and public collections including: Philadelphia Museum of Art, National Museum of America Art (Smithsonian), and the National Museum of Fine Art, Hanoi. His website is www.waltercrump.com. Dan Machlin’s first full-length collection of poems Dear Body: was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in Fall 2007. He is also the author of several previous chapbooks: 6x7, This Side Facing You, In Re; and an audio-CD collaboration with Singer/Cellist Serena Jost, Above Islands. He is the founding editor of Futurepoem books.
THOMAS FINK & ELIZABETH WILLIS Thomas Fink is the author of five books of poetry, including Clarity and Other Poems. He is the author of two books of criticism, most recently A Different Sense of Power, and he is the co-editor of Burning Interiors: David Shapiro’s Poetry and Poetics. His paintings hang in various collections. Fink is Professor of English at CUNY-LaGuardia. Elizabeth Willis’ most recent book is Meteoric Flowers. Other works include Turneresque, The Human Abstract, and Second Law. Formerly poet-in-residence at Mills College, she now teaches at Wesleyan University and lives in central Massachusetts.
MILES CHAMPION & TED GREENWALD Miles Champion’s recent or forthcoming books are Eventually and How to Laugh. His recent collaborations with artists include one on paper with Trevor Winkfield and one in latex with Jane South. He moved to New York—the bulk of the traffic was heading the other way—from London in 2002. Ted Greenwald was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, and has lived in New York City his entire life. During the course of a career that has spanned some 30 years, he has been the author of numerous book of poetry and of a video, “Poker Blues” (made in collaboration with Les Levine), in which he also appears as the sole performer.
RENEE GLADMAN & RACHEL LEVITSKY Renee Gladman is the author of Arlem, Not Right Now, Juice The Activist, A Picture Feeling, and of a work in-press, Newcomer Can’t Swim. Since 2004, she has been the editor and publisher of Leon Works, a perfect bound series of books for experimental prose. She was previously the editor of the Leroy chapbook series, publishing innovative poetry and prose by emerging writers. Rachel Levitsky’s first full length volume, Under the Sun was published by Futurepoem books in 2003. She is the author of five chapbooks of poetry and is currently writing a prose novella. She is the founder and co-director of Belladonna, an event and publication series of feminist avant-garde poetics.
MAY 17 SAMUEL R. DELANY & PAOLO JAVIER Samuel R. Delany is a novelist and critic who lives in New York City and teaches English and creative writing at Temple University in Philadelphia. He is a winner of four Nebula Awards, two Hugo Awards, and the William Whitehead Memorial Award for a Lifetime’s Contribution to Lesian and Gay writing. His novels include Nova, Dhalgren, Trouble on Triton, Hogg, The Mad Man, Phallos, and most recently Dark Reflections. His short fiction has been collected in books such as Aye and Gomorrah and Other Stories and Atlantis: Three Tales. His nonfiction has been collected in volumes such as Silent Interviews, Longer Views, Shorter Views, and About Writing, and he is the author of a best-selling study, Times Square Red, Times Square Blue. Paolo Javier is a 2007/8 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Writer-in-Residence. He is the author of Goldfish Kisses, 60 lv bo(e)mbs, and the time at the end of this writing, which received a Small Press Traffic Book of the Year award. He edits 2nd Ave Poetry, and lives in New York.
MATTHEW ROTANDO & SIMONE WHITE
Matthew Rotando’s first book of poems, The Comeback’s Exoskeleton (with an introduction by Tim Peterson), is available from Upset Press. He is a member of POG, a collective of artists and poets in Tucson, Arizona. Rotando received his MFA from Brooklyn College and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Arizona. Simone White, a Cave Canem fellow, is the author of a collaborative chapbook in conversation with the paintings of Kim Thomas (forthcoming from Q Avenue Press). Currently a doctoral student in English at CUNY Graduate Center, she lives in Brooklyn.
David Kirschenbaum just announced the publication of The Portable Boog Reader 2 which features over 72 New York City poets:
"Laura Elrick, Brenda Iijima, Mark Lamoureux, Christina Strong, Rodrigo
Toscano, and I have gathered work from 72 New York City poets. The Portable
Boog Reader 2, An Anthology of New York City Poetry debuted Tuesday at the
Poetry Project¹s and Bowery Poetry Club¹s annual New Year¹s Day marathons.
It is now available at our drop spots throughout the East Village and
Williamsburg, with Greenpoint, Brooklyn to come shortly thereafter."