FRIDAY, May 7, 2010

- ! - It's our last official pre-organized, two-poet-ed, "reading" reading of the season & of the famous Ed/Nicole 2009 - 2010 curitorial run -- Oh my. Come see us in our last official public display as coordinators of the Poetry Project Friday Night Reading Series, along with the wonderful poems of Will Edmiston & Anna Vitale. It will be worth it, you know. See below for a most beautiful digital broadside created by Will Edmiston specially for this event!

Will Edmiston is a poet and librarian living in Brooklyn. His writing can be found in The Tiny, the Agriculture Reader, EOAGH, The Boog Reader 4, and The Bridge. He serves as the volunteer archivist at The Poetry Project.

Anna Vitale is the author of Breaststa, a long poem published by Mondo Bummer (2010). Her writing has appeared in Model Homes, Shifter, and With + Stand, and more is forthcoming in Vanitas and The West Wind Review. A freeform DJ at WCBN-FM Ann Arbor, she also helped start the online audio publication textsound.


FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2010

It's officially SPRING FUNDRAISING WEEK over at the Poetry Project & Friday night has been appropriately taken over for purposes of raising neccessary funds. This event will totally be worth your funds & definitely worth the $10 to get in. See you there -- !
Ed & Nicole

In We Saw the Light: Conversations Between the New American Cinema and Poetry (University of Iowa Press, 2009), Daniel Kane draws on correspondence and interviews with key figures in innovative cinema and writing of the 1960s to provide a fresh look at film’s influence on poetry. Please join us for a discussion amongst filmmakers and poets, and stay for a special screening of mainly 16mm prints.

Talk (6:30-7:30 PM) Ed Bowes, Jacob Burckhardt, Abigail Child, Cole Heinowitz, Jonas Mekas, Jennifer Reeves, and others TBA. Moderated by Daniel Kane.

Film Program (8 PM) A selection of short films by Ed Bowes, Stan Brakhage, Jacob Burckhardt, Rudy Burckhardt, Abigail Child, Christopher Maclaine, Jonas Mekas, Marie Menken, and more t.b.a.
- $10 Admission -


Thanks to the Filmmakers’ Cooperative, Jacob Burckhardt & Andrew Lampert at Anthology Film Archives.


FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010

In conjunction with We Saw The Light: Conversations Between New American Cinema & Poetry (4/30), tonight’s event features readings, screenings and performance from five young Brooklyn-based poets and filmmakers: Jessica Fiorini, Derek Kroessler, Andrew Lampert, Dani Leventhal & Fern Silva.


Jessica Fiorini is the author of the chapbooks Sea Monster at Night (Goodbye Better) and Light Suite (forthcoming from Pudding House Publications). She has been published in Lungfull!, Brooklyn Rail and the Poetry Project Newsletter. Jessica currently lives in Brooklyn.

Derek Kroessler originally hails from Providence, RI and is finishing up his senior year at NYU. His poems have appeared in Pleasure, and he has one homemade chapbook, Word/Turd.

Born in the mid-70s in the Midwest, Andrew Lampert has staged performances and exhibited his films at The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Getty Museum, The British Film Institute, The Kitchen, The Rotterdam International Film Festival, Kill Your Timid Notion Festival, Light Industry, Mitchell Algus Gallery and many other venues here and abroad. He lives in Brooklyn.

Dani Leventhal’s videos are distributed through the Video Data Bank. She has screened her work at Oberhausen, Rotterdam, Gene Siskel Film Center, CineCycle and Anthology Film Archives. In 2007 she got an Astraea Visual Arts Award and a Women’s Studio Workshop Book Arts Grant. In 2003 she received an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Illinois at Chicago and in 2009 an MFA in film/video from Bard College.

Fern Silva’s work has been screened and performed at various festivals, galleries, and cinematheques including International Film Festival Rotterdam, New York Film Festival, Anthology Film Archive, Images Festival, IndieLisboa International Film Festival, Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Biennale Bandits-Mages Festival, Roulette Gallery, Millennium Film Workshop and White Box Gallery. He received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and is in the process of receiving his MFA from Bard College.


FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010

Hillary Juster has black hair and soon a BA in interdisciplinary studies from NYU as well. She won 1st place in a poetry competition in 8th grade, won the Lamont Younger Poet’s Prize at 15, but hasn’t won much since. As a compliment to reading poetry, she likes to engage members of audience with sculpture, lighting, photography, and touching. In her spare time, she edits the old college lit mag, The Minetta Review, or is about to do something pretty impressive. Check out her work in the forthcoming The Physical Poets Home Library.

Gregory Laynor has been teaching & studying at Temple University in Philadelphia. His reading of Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans appears on UbuWeb. He does a blog at academicpoetry.com. He is co-editing for Chax Press the collected writings of the Philadelphia poet Gil Ott.


FRIDAY 4/9/2010
10:00 - MIDNIGHT

Joey Yearous-Algozin is the author of Kensington Notebook (Lean-To Press) and BOSTON STREET/TREES (Lean-To Press). His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming from Cannot Exist, Forage, and the Robert Walser Society of Massachusetts. He is currently a PhD student in Poetics at SUNY-Buffalo.

Divya Victor has lived and learned in India, Singapore, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Seattle. She has an M.A. from Temple University and is currently working towards her Ph.D. at the University at Buffalo. Her work has appeared in ambit, XConnect, The Ixnay Reader, dusie, President’s Choice, P-QUEUE, and Drunken Boat. Her chapbook SUTURES was just published by Little Red Leaves.

See you there -- !

Ed & Nicole


FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010

A Similar But Different Quality is an experimental text-based journal unspecific to any genre. The sole parameter is that the work is text, which opens us to the surprise and poetry of language that is everywhere. Published occasionally, their manifesto reads:

Accidents. Words are everywhere and inevitably beautiful. What tries to be poetic is often not because true poetry is an accident. The poetry genre is paradoxically unpoetic, too narrow to contain the full beauty of language that permeates everyday conversation, movie dialogue, graffiti, theatre, song lyrics, notes, diary entries, grocery lists, receipts, rap, text messages, emails, spam, tweets, etc, etc. To poetry without boundaries, except the words. Not poetry, but words. To an immediate, unpretentious and zesty poetry.




Heather Christle grew up in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. She is the author of the poetry collection The Difficult Farm (Octopus 2009), and a portfolio of her poems and other documents recently appeared in Slope. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and is a Creative Writing Fellow at Emory University.

Andrew Dieck is originally from Philadelphia, PA. He now lives in Tivoli, NY where he works as a personal assistant. He has a BA from Bard College. His poems have appeared or will appear in The Bard Papers, Gerry Mulligan, and The West Wind Review.


E & N

2/26/2010: "THE GREEN DEATH"

Friday, February 26th, 2010

coming on the 26th of this month of February, a new play from the dome theatre

'The Green Death' co-written by Ellis Isenberg and Forrest Gillespie, a story from the very center of presidential power, the death urge reaches its zenith and a tinted brain begats tinted thoughts and the face of Him, Mr. ronald wilson reagan emerges from the tea green smoke. a purple veil hangs across an eyelined sky and white days pass... Terror shakes at its very essence, fear grows afraid of fear... he plays the bongos, he has backup singers, there is a half of a child , a big and sexy, russian translations, a lone cosmos, a physical therapist and all is attended to by the circling of History's 4th Moon.


St. Marks Poetry Project
131 east 10th st.

feb. 26th at 10pm

and soup! if we can use the kitchen
and you can bring wine or beer if you like...


The Green Death involves physical therapy, nutrition, and the afterlife. This will be be the final work of a trilogy exploring the coordinated mutation of subcultural language spheres.

Forrest Gillespie works in the non-profit environmental building industry in New York and writes about a play a month. Lately: Future Rickshaw, Ridin’ Dirt..Dirty, Merciless Shopping Spree, El Ojo Del Diablo, The Woman in the Mirror, The White and Yellow Spasms of Death, Baghdad Zookeeper, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, The Last Recorded Instance of the Paranormal, Rocky Mountain Rescue. Directed: most of the above, plus: Night of Pity (Ghelderode), Hamlet (Buñuel).

Ellis Isenberg is from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He used to write and print books of poetry but now he has been writing plays. There have been two so far: Csepian Tec is Going Public and Enormous Sun Group Therapy. He also writes science fiction.


That is right. Previously unannounced on our Poetry Project Friday blog -- an early exclusive, really --


This is gonna be big. Real big. So be there or be a sucker --

"Join us as these twenty-first century titans appear together for the first time in recorded history to celebrate and enunciate, as The Poetry Project at St Mark's Church hosts the NYC launch of Williams' fiction debut, SWEETS AND OTHER STORIES." -- Kicks Books' blog

For more info about SWEETS AND OTHER STORIES, visit the Kicks Books blog here.

Also --Make sure to drop your radio waves in -- WFMU's Dave The Spazz to host the duo on his Feb. 4 radio show from 8-11PM! (WFMU 91.1 FM & online and archived at wfmu.org)

Nick Tosches was born in Newark, New Jersey and is the author of three novels, eleven books of non-fiction,and three volumes of poetry. His books include: Hellfire: The Jerry Lee Lewis Story, Dino: High Living In The Dirty Business Of Dreams, Where Dead Voices Gather, In The Hand Of Dante, and Chaldea. His latest, Never Trust A Living God, is a collection of poetry illustrated by Gravieur. He lives in New York City.

Andre Williams was born in Bessemer, Alabama in 1936, migrating with his family to Chicago when he was a child. After the death of his mother in 1943, he was sent South to the care of his grandparents. The North-South transition was unbearable for young Andre, who was to return to live in the Windy City with his father, a steel mill worker.

With little parental supervision, Andre traded into a penny ante career as a juvenile delinquent, barely escaping Illinois State Reformatory by using his older brother’s ID card to enlist in the US Navy. His career in the Armed Forces came to a halt when it was discovered that he was underage.

As a civilian once again, he chose to avoid the pitfalls of Chicago and relocated to Detroit, Michigan, where his musical legend began, on joining the Five Dollars, and with writing and recording for the legendary Fortune Records label. Bacon Fat, Greasy Chicken, and the extraordinary Jail Bait would be the tip of the iceberg of Andre’s musical contributions. From his start at Fortune in the 1950’s, he went on to work at Motown with Stevie Wonder, Mary Wells and the Contours. He produced (and co-wrote) the Five Du-Tones’ 1963 hit “Shake A Tail Feather” ( #28 on BILLBOARD R&B charts) and wrote Alvin Cash’s 1965 R&B chart topper “Twine Time”. In the late sixties, he produced solo hits including the standout “Cadillac Jack” for Chess Records. He has composed several hundred recordings and continues to be one of the most widely collected and respected of original soul and rhythm & blues artists.

Hard drugs eventually took a toll on Andre, leaving him homeless and destitute. In 1995, his career was revived by George Paulus, who produced the acclaimed comeback album GREASY for Norton Records. Andre continued to record for Norton, as well as for In The Red, Bloodshot and Pravda, while touring internationally to great acclaim. The 2007 film AGILE, MOBILE, HOSTILE documented a year in Andre’s life.

With the return to constant touring and performing came a return to old vices. He was in and out of short-term rehabilitation, but always, there was the return to hard habits. Hitting the age of seventy without a permanent address and with his health rapidly deteriorating, Andre checked into a six week program at a Chicago substance abuse facility.

At a friend’s urging, he began trying to write fictional stories, in an attempt to keep his mind and hands busy. Writing became his self-imposed rehabilitation, and his hand scribbled no holds-barred tales evolved into a short set of various-length entries which he immediately began referring to as “The Book”.

This debut volume from 73 year old Andre Williams is Sweets (And Other Stories). The title story is a narrative novelette which takes you for a wild ride from Chicago to Houston, New Orleans, and New York City, as a teenage girl finds herself in a family way, without a family. Forced to fend for herself, she is taken under the wing of a local pimp who entices her into prostitution. The adventures that follow are a free for all foray through the fantastic world of pimps and their women, funeral directors, gangs and drug running, with sidebar anecdotes that are guaranteed to appall, alarm and astonish.

Extreme entries remain unedited, and none of Williams’ raw drawl storytelling style has been tampered with in this standout fiction debut. Sweets is the first hip-pocket paperback from New York publisher Kicks Books.


Friday, January 29, 2010

Mina Loy’s (1882 – 1966) unpublished play, “Crystal Pantomime”, currently housed in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, will be read live, from beginning to end, as produced by Kari Adelaide Razdow. The play is to be performed using the simultaneous braiding of several voices while individual performances by Marthe Ramm Fortun, Vanessa Albury, and Crystal Curtis accompany each of the play’s three acts.


Vanessa Albury is a contemporary artist based in New York City. She received her MFA in Studio Art from New York University. Albury creates photographic and filmic installations and artworks using structuralist and intuitive tactics. She has exhibited her works in solo and group exhibitions internationally, including solo shows at the Charleston City Gallery (SC) and Silverman Gallery (San Francisco). Recently, Albury curated a film and video screening at the Chelsea Art Museum, as well as co-curated, and exhibited in, UN-SCR-1325 with Jan Van Woensel at the Chelsea Art Museum (NYC). Her most recent group shows include If Love Could Have Saved You, You Would Have Lived Forever at Bellwether Gallery (NYC); Bad Moon Rising at Silverman Gallery (San Francisco); Into the Atomic Sunshine at the Puffin Room (NYC), Hillside Forum Gallery (Tokyo) and Okinawa Prefectural Art Museum (Okinawa); HORIZON at Bloomberg LP in collaboration with Art in General (NYC); and My Memory Vid at ScalaMata Gallery (Venice, Italy) as part of the 53rd Venice Biennale Program. Albury is represented by Silverman Gallery and she teaches photography and digital media courses in NYC and in Boston.

Crystal Curtis is a Brooklyn-based visual artist who has exhibited her work in New York City, Los Angeles, and Seattle. She received her MFA in Studio Art from New York University and was a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Visual Arts and the Pacific Northwest Women’s Scholarship from the Pilchuck School of Glass. She has collaborated with musicians and dancers in New York and Florida. Recent exhibitions/performances have appeared at Galapagos Art Space, Chelsea Art Museum, New York University, Secret Robot Project, and the Atlanta Center for the Arts.

Marthe Ramm Fortun is a visual artist artist from Norway who received her MFA in Studio Art from New York University as a Fulbright Scholar. Marthe creates live works that sit uncomfortably between drawing, sculpture and performance. She is interested in reality and fiction. Most recently, her work was featured at Perform Williamsburg for NY State Parks, Markers VII at the ScalaMata Gallery as part of the Official Program at the 53rd Venice Biennale and the performance series “Its All Yours Now” at the SculptureCenter, LIC. Marthe divides her time between Oslo and Brooklyn.

Max Razdow (props and light) has a solo show in Belgium this spring.

Other artists and participants include Sӧrine Anderson, Juliet Jacobson, Alex McQuilkin, Kari Adelaide Razdow, and Mary Speaker.


Friday, January 22, 2010

Francesca Chabrier & Christopher Cheney are: Amy Adams.

They are in Glitterpony too.

Francesca Chabrier is the assistant editor of jubilat. Her poems appear or will appear in places like notnostrums, Sixth Finch, Forklift, Ohio and Invisible Ear. Her collaborations with Christopher Cheney can be found in Glitterpony magazine. She was chosen by Thomas Sayers Ellis to receive the Deborah Slosberg Memorial prize for poetry, and currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

You should read Francesca's poems in notnostrums & Sixth Finch.

Christopher Cheney is the managing editor of Slope Editions. His poems have appeared or will appear in Subtropics, Forklift, Ohio, Konundrum Engine Literary Review, Shampoo, and other places. His e-book They Kissed Their Homes was recently published by Blue Hour Press.

You should really read They Kissed Their Homes too.


Friday, December 11, 2009

Lonely Christopher writes across forms; he is a poet, playwright, director, editor, and unpublished novelist. His poetry has been collected in the chapbooks Satan (Small Anchor) and Wow, Where Do You Come from, Upside-Down Land? (No Know) and the first two installments of his Gay Plays, a trilogy of dramatic explorations into the queer situation, have been released together by Small Anchor. Withal, the Gay Plays have been staged internationally and published in China in a Mandarin translation. He is a founding member of the Corresponding Society, the manager of its blog, and an editor of its biannual literary journal Correspondence; he is the curator of the press’ second series of poetry chapbooks What Where (forthcoming in winter). He lives in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

Rebecca Nagle is a performance, new media and community artist. She grew up in Kansas. After attending Interlochen Arts Academy, she studied at Maryland Institute College of Art. She is an internationally exhibited and collected artist with works in the New Museum, NY and Ssamzie Art Warehouse, South Korea. Nagle has shown at Current Gallery, Art in General, Site Santa Fe, Artscape, and Conflux Festival. She was hailed by Baltimore City’s Paper’s senior arts editor Bret McCabe as “Baltimore’s very own life-is-art-is-life performance maven…mingling the internet and performance into a fresh and vital new thing”. Rebecca’s performative, interative and community art projects challenge people around issues of intimacy, the body, power, boundaries and efficacy. She is currently trying to make the world a more open, equitable and creative place through community organizing and radical performance art.

11/20/2009: POETS' POTLUCK V.

Friday, November 20th

All ye gather ‘round, for it is time for thanks & communal turkey (or tofurkey) burgers at the Poetry Project Friday Night Series’ precariously annual Thanksgiving potluck. Come join us for a warm thanking of friends & good times with food, drinks, music, poetry, & other forms of shareable merriment.

Readings & performances by:

Jim Behrle / Kate Berlant / Will Edmiston / Gordon Faylor / Corrine Fitzpatrick / Lawrence Giffin / Kelly Ginger / Eddie Hopely / Diana Hamilton / Josef Kaplan / Arlo Quint / Judah Rubin / Nicole Wallace / Andrew James Weatherhead / Dustin Williamson / & some music by BOOM CHICK too.

11/13/2009: MENSA & AMJ CRAWFORD.

Friday, November 13th
$8 General / $7 Students & Seniors / $5 or FREE for Members




"We are mensa ::gong:: there is no tao for this sort of thing. there are no cults or team sports or nature retreats that fix this for us. each day is a buffet of choice, have you been eating well today? we’ve been communing with nature and so far what we’ve heard is that a vast fleet of insects have gone into rebellion. rogue warriors. manifest destineee! we’re working on our fun skills. Prescriptions for your mother gurus for your friends. Fun fun fun it’s where the sidewalk ends."

Mensa is a performance collective formed by the installation artists Ariele Affigne and Sarah Maurer and performer Jordan Petros-Chin. Maurer and and Affigne are previously known for work that may be described as nested architectures: built spaces which make physical the personal within a larger area. Synthesizing the structural conceits of a magician’s theater with the discourse charged trans-identitarianisms (and object mutation) of alchemical practices, their performance for the Poetry Project will seek to enact this prescriptive fun within the spaces and sensoria made available by their audience. Jordan Petros- Chin is a dynamic singer, actor, and creative mind whose vocal talents have been lended both to rock bands and classical theatre.


AMJ Crawford is the author of Morpheu (BlazeVOX 2009), editor of zenSLUM, & co-editor of Le Dodo. He is a former Fulbright Scholar to Portugal and currently studies at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


Friday, November 6th
$8 General / $7 Students & Seniors / $5 or FREE for Members

With an MFA from the Cal Arts School of Critical Studies, José Felipe Alvergue is currently a student of the SUNY Buffalo Poetics Program. His writing on the poet/artist Cecilia Vicuña & the architect Toyo Ito, and the Tijuana based art collective Torolab & the philosopher Martin Heidegger have been presented at academic conferences at home and internationally. He has been published in Nocturnes, Black Clock, P-Queue, Jacket Magazine, and has written a definition of “Impermanence” for the Dictionnaire International de Termes Litteraires (International Dictionary of Literary Terms in criticism). He is the author of us look up/ there red dwells (Queue Books 2008).


Patrick Lovelace resides in Brooklyn. His publications, through Patrick Lovelace Editions (PLE), include books and other media with Jarrod Fowler, Marie Buck, Brad Flis, Seth Kim-Cohen and Danny Snelson. The Collective Task, a project featuring a dozen poets and artists, edited by Rob Fitterman and designed by Dirk Rowntree, is due in the fall. His most recent endeavor is an executive production collaboration with the CLEVELAND TAPES collective. Forthcoming projects are numerous and dubious.


Friday, October 23rd
$8 General / $7 Students & Seniors / $5 or FREE for Members




"The films about Bill Kushner and Jennifer Bartlett come out of series of videos called "Video Portraits in a Day" that we have been creating over the past couple of years. The actual interviews for these videos are usually quite short- just a couple of hours in one day or perhaps we will meet for a few more hours another day, but not more than that. Our interest is to see what we can capture of a person's essence in these short visits. For both Bill and Jen, we met them at their homes, had them read their poetry, followed them for some of their daily routine and asked them to speak about their work. The editing of the footage is a key element in these videos, reflecting each subject's different rhythm, timing and character."

"The performance we want to do is part of an evolution of performances we have been doing in conjunction with our performance-based video work. For this performance we will be wearing full bodied costumes of white stretching fabric. The costume is a kind of amorphous bag covering our bodies. We will speak into the microphones and our voices will be processed live. In this performance, like most of our performances, we are creating an unconscious atmosphere. In honor of our poets, we want to use words."

Michele Beck (USA) and Jorge Calvo (Costa Rica) are multidisciplinary artists working with video, sound and performance. Michele and Jorge met in New York City in December 1998 and have been working together ever since. They are recipients of the Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant and an SOS grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Michele and Jorge have shown their work nationally and internationally at venues including The ICA in London, The Blaffer Gallery at The Art Museum at the University of Texas Museum, Galerie Chez Valentin in Paris, France, The Bronx Museum, and The Queens Museum of Art.

completed her Bachelors in Art History at New York University and Masters of Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design. She teaches at the New School University and the International Center for Photography. Jorge pursued his studies in experimental theatre in Sydney, Australia. After finishing his training, he performed with the alternative theatre companies G.R.O.U.P and Dangerous Visions Theatre, both of which received funding from the Australian Arts Council. He works as a sound designer for film and video.

To see some of their work visit here.


Jennifer Bartlett was a 2005 NYFA Poetry Fellow. Bartlett is the author of Derivative of the Moving Image (UNM 2007) and (a) lullaby without any music (forthcoming). Individual poems have recently appeared in New American Writing and The Raleigh Quarterly. In 2008, she curated a collection on mentorship for How2. She is currently working on a project on the life and work of Larry Eigner. Bartlett teaches poetry to students with disabilities at United Cerebral Palsy and lives in Greenpoint Brooklyn with the science fiction writer Jim Stewart and their son, Jeffrey.

Bill Kushner is the author of Night Fishing, Love Uncut, He Dreams of Rivers, That April, In The Hairy Arms of Whitmanand In Sunsetland With You. His works have been awarded the Dylan Thomas Prize For Poetry and have appeared in numerous anthologies, including In Out Time: The Gay and Lesbian Anthology, Poetry After 9/11: An Anthology of New York Poets and Best American Poetry 2002. He has been a 1999 and 2005 Fellow of the New York Foundation of the Arts.


$8 General / $7 Students & Seniors / $5 or FREE for Members

Jarrod Fowler and Josef Kaplan will most certainly make for an evening of alternations -- rhythms/rhythmics/philosophics/and, naturally, poetry --

Jarrod Fowler is a conceptual percussionist with a focus around rhythm. In his work, he activates sources in order to emphasize their percussive and rhythmic forces and processes. These works may be presented in the form of documents or site specific happenings.

To hear/read about some of Jarrod's work, see his myspace or read his interview with Live Frequency radio.

Josef Kaplan's work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Sprung Formal, Model Homes, Lana Turner, mid)rib, NAP and the West Wind Review. He edits Sustainable Aircraft, an online journal of mostly critical writing on contemporary poetry, and lives in Brooklyn.




$8 General / $7 Students & Seniors / $5 or FREE for Members

Vibrant Futures, directed by Robin Schavoir and Lea Cetera, is a fictional mini-series about a tree-dwelling community living in giant redwoods that experience a rebirth of consciousness. Originally written and conceived as a five hour long film, it has been subdivided into an episodic miniseries being produced and released in consecutive order. Episode One, the 55 minute pilot, was completed in September of 2008, and was screened at Guild and Greyshkul Gallery, NYC. To view Episode One, and learn more about this project please visit www.vibrantfuturesmovie.com or their facebook page.

Vibrant Futures: Episode Two is the second installment of this five part miniseries. Watch as Trey solves the mystery of Lucy's hat, Carl shows off his skatting skills and Moonface is visited by her old love. Approx. running time: 60 min.

Robin Schavoir is a Belgian-born artist. He attended the Cooper Union School of Art, and the Longy School of Music in Boston. He now lives and works in New York City.

Lea Marie Cetera is a New York City based artist. She was born in Brooklyn, NY and received her B.F.A from the Cooper Union School of Art in 2005. She is the co-founder and director of the experimental puppetry collaborative, IMAGINATIONEXPLOSION.



Greetings all.

As you may, or may not know, the poetry (project) season will soon be coming to a close so that we can all go hibernate in our humid apartment holes for the summer. In wake of the end of our first season of co-coordinating the Friday Night Reading Series and Diana's last Friday Night event (Eddie Hopely will co-coordinate the Friday Night series with Nicole Wallace next season), Diana and I will be celebrating with a potluck in the parish hall on Friday, June 12th.

As many of us are mid-westerners (or otherwise), a potluck in June inside a stuffy church parish hall will instantly beckon our memories back to the days yore; the days when we cautiously perused plastic draped card tables for sugary red fruit punch, ham sandwiches on mustard swabbed buns, "pasta" salads drown in various mayonnaise dressings, cottage cheese infused canned fruit salads and pastel mint jello concoctions with cool whip clumsily, but lovingly, dolloped atop.

With that said, please bring along your favorite potluck food, dessert, beverage and/or concoction. There will be some poems read, a song or two sung, some super 8 films screened, fits of nostalgia had, and most certainly some summer revelry & some pretty decent opportunities to really over-imbibe. As always, this will begin at 10PM & is $8 general / $7 students / $5 or free for Poetry Project members at the door. Looking forward to seeing you sooner than later and most certainly there.

Until then & then again,
Nicole & Diana.



Stephen McLaughlin and Phillip Dmochowski are the editors of Principal Hand Publishing Series. 

Stephen is a poet/programmer whose first release, with Jim Carpenter, was Issue 1, a 3,785-page e-chap. Stephen edits the podcast “PoemTalk at the Writers House,” and is a contributing editor at PennSound and ubu.com

Phillip is an artist, DJ, and director of DNA Gallery in Provincetown, MA. His first book, Indian Method, documents a systematic disfigurement of rare books and is forthcoming from Patrick Lovelace Editions.



$8 General / $7 Students & Seniors / $5 or FREE for Members

LAWRENCE GIFFIN is the author of a chapbook, Get the Fuck Back into That Burning Plane, as well as three volumes of Comment Is Free, an ongoing print-on-demand work of social philosophy compiled from newspaper comment streams. As a member of the publishing collective Lil’ Norton, Lawrence Giffin is the series editor of the journal The Physical Poets Home Library. A kind of historical novel, Aa, co-produced with Fernando Diaz, is forthcoming from Patrick Lovelace Editions.

Lawerence's reading on Ceptuetics radio show.

Physical Poets Home Library.

NICO VASSILAKIS works in both textual and visual poetry. He is a curator for the Subtext Reading Series in Seattle. His vispo videos have been shown in exhibits and festivals of innovative language arts. Nico’s recently published Text Loses Time is available from ManyPenny Press. Forthcoming books include Disparate Magnets (BlazeVox) & Protracted Type (White Lion Books).


Friday, April 17, 2009
$8 general / $7 students & seniors / $5 or FREE for members

Heretical Texts is an ongoing Factory School book series published in volumes of five books each. The series aims to test old assumptions about the political efficacies of poetic texts while utilizing the series structure as a framework for documentation and investigation. Since 2005, Factory School has published twenty titles under the Heretical Texts series banner, with future volumes appearing in 2010 and beyond. Volume 4 includes books by Jules Boykoff, Brett Evans, Erica Kaufman, kathryn l. pringle and Frank Sherlock. Please join us for an evening of readings and festivities celebrating Heretical Texts Vol. 4. Participants include Erica Kaufman, kathryn l. pringle, Frank Sherlock and Bill Marsh. Erica Kaufman is the author of Censory Impulse (Factory School 2009) and co-curates Belladonna*. kathryn l. pringle is the author of Right New Biology and lives in Durham, NC. Bill Marsh has co-directed Factory School since its founding in 2000. He is the author of Plagiarism (SUNY Press) and, with Steve Carll, Tao Drops, I Change (Subpress). He lives in Queens, NY. Frank Sherlock is the author of Over Here (Factory School 2009) and the co-author of Ready-To-Eat Individual (Lavender Ink 2008) with Brett Evans. A collaboration with CAConrad entitled The City Real & Imagined: Philadelphia Poems is forthcoming from Factory School later this year.

* This particular reading will stray from usual programing & begin at 9:30PM instead of 10PM.


Friday, March 27, 2009

This Friday Ali Liebegott will leave San Francisco for New York to read/show her most recent illustrated novel, The Crumb People, at the Poetry Project. Likewise, Cristy C. Road will leave Brooklyn for Manhattan and do a similar thing, but with her own work, of course.  If you would like to find yourself on the internet looking at their work, you can find it here:

As for getting your hands on more information that is quicker than a click away, here it is:

Ali Liebegott is the author of the award winning books, The Beautifully Worthless and The IHOP Papers. For the last seven years she’s been drawing and illustrating a full-color illustrated novel, titled The Crumb People, about a post-September 11th obsessive duck feeder. She’s also writing a sequel to her first book-length poem called, The Summer of Dead Birds. You can find her stacking cat food in aisle 9 of Rainbow Grocery Co-Op in San Francisco. She also writes for The Advocate sometimes. 

Cristy C. Road is a writer and illustrator who’s obsessed with human imperfection and deconstructing the norms which have sheltered her world. Aside from illustrating for countless record covers, book covers, radical organizations, and magazine articles, Road published an independent zine, Greenzine for ten years, and has released three books - Indestructible, a graphic memoir about being a teenage Latina, queer punk in high school; and Distance Makes the Heart Grow Sick, a postcard collection. She recently released Bad Habits, an illustrated love story about a faltering human heart’s telepathic connections to the destruction of New York City. She currently hibernates in Brooklyn, NY.

of course & as always,
see you there.

nicole & diana


Friday, March 3
10PM - Midnight

The Poetry Project Friday Night Series presents:

featuring poet/visual artists ELLIE GA & MARINA TEMKINA

This Friday, we will revel in the release of two new Ugly Duckling Presse publications by Ellie Ga & Marina Temkina. You are invited. As always, readings take place in the parish hall at the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church & start at 10PM.

ELLIE GA’s projects explore the limits of photographic documentation. Her work spans a variety of mediums, often incorporating her exploratory writing, and generally culminating in lectures, slide-presentations, handmade books and instructional installations. Classification of a Spit Stain (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009) is the result of her two-year project photographing and analyzing stains on city pavements. A combination of urban flaneurie and garbology, Classification of a Spit Stain is a mysterious field guide to the landscape underneath the soles of our shoes. For the Poetry Project Friday Night Series, Ellie will present "The Catalogue of the Lost (and other revelations)" a work done in the lecture format, created during a residency at the Explorers Club (NYC). Comprised of 282 images and lasting approximately 28 minutes, this work focuses on the missing pieces of early exploration–lost places, people, and concepts as well as the successes and failures to document “the unknown." During 2007-2008, Ellie Ga was the artist-in-residence on the Tara, a polar schooner locked in the pack-ice of the Arctic Ocean. Her work from these projects were exhibited recently at the Konstmuseum in Malmo, Galerie du Jour in Paris, and Projekt 0047 in Oslo and PNCA in Portland, Oregon. She has also been an artist-in-residence at the Newark Museum of Art and the Women’s Studio Workshop. Her performances, videos and installations have been shown in New York at Dispatch, Swiss Institute-Contemporary Art, 16 Beaver, Rubin Museum of Art and Gigantic Art Space. Ellie Ga received her MFA in photography from Hunter College in 2004 and is a founding member of Ugly Duckling Presse.

MARINA TEMKINA is a poet and an artist. She is an author of four poetry books in her native Russian, and two artists books made in collaboration with Michel Gerard & published in France. Her new book What Do You Want? will be published by Ugly Duckling Presse this spring. Marina received a National Endowment for the Arts in 1994 and she was a Revson Fellow on the Future of New York at Columbia University. Marina shows her visual art and concrete poetry internationally. Her public art project could be seen on the Second Street Stop of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail in Hoboken in 2004.

See you there, of course.
Nicole & Diana. 


Flim Forum Press Presents: A Sing Economy
Friday, February 27th / 10:00 pm

The evening was alive with first responders. Poets, report, restoring song to the dollar. Daily drilling, bottom lines, dying signs, in the streets all day. Negotiate atoms and national ethos, form and efficiency, input and output, sin and celebration. Sense and memory, happiness radii, spatial happenstance interface. Desire, dinner, damn cameras, family houseflies, worms and a swarm of eyes. Rain for rent, cattle for sale, cryotext sandwiches, a pumpkin in the bassinet. Cost of walking, cost of talking, breathing shoals of technology, new kinds of knowing. Oh, emotional ecosystems. Oh, local and global grief. Key conservation, relative abundance, savior selves, we are on that brink, over / whelmed thin dime. Sing: shingle and shingle and bricks and windows. Sing: research and development, fall off and shatter, offer/answer/transaction. Sing: Gigigigigigigive. Sing: next and next and next annexed. Love with a love that was love than love. Sing it to the ceiling.

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Flim Forum Press presents the poetry anthology A Sing Economy, featuring readings by Jessica Smith, Stephanie Strickland, Jennifer Karmin, Thom Donovan, John Cotter, Laura Sims, Jaye Bartell, Kate Schapira, Deborah Poe, Eric Gelsinger, and editors Matthew Klane and Adam Golaski. Flim Forum Press provides space to emerging poets working in a variety of experimental modes. Other FF volumes include the anthology Oh One Arrow and The Alps by Brandon Shimoda.

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What is Flim Forum Press?

Flim Forum Press provides SPACE to emerging poets working in a variety of experimental modes. Editors Matthew Klane and Adam Golaski. Flim Forum volumes include the anthologies Oh One Arrow and A Sing Economy, and just out, The Alps by Brandon Shimoda.

What is the anthology, A Sing Economy?

A Sing Economy is an anthology that contains new work by: Kate Schapira, Barrett Gordon, Jennifer Karmin, Stephnie Strickland, Mathew Timmons, Kaethe Schwehn, Harold Abramowitz & Amanda Ackerman, Jaye Bartell, Jessica Smith, David Pavelich, Erin M. Bertram, Laura Sims, Deborah Poe, a.rawlings & francois luong, Michael Slosek, Kevin Thurston, Hannah Rodabaugh, and Tawrin Baker. W/ 3 cover films by Scott Puccio. Edited by Matthew Klane and Adam Golaski.

At Flim Forum, we don't build our anthologies according to specific organizing principles, except that the anthos are meant to display the poetic/aesthetic/contemporary interests/range of the editors, AND the volumes are meant to be cohesive i.e. the work is chosen and arranged to belong together. the manifold theme/tropes (principles?) of the book become apparent in the process. that said... we publish mostly (tho not exclusively) serial work from emerging experimental poets and give our poets SPACE w/in a communal context to show who they are and what concerns them.


nicole & diana.

Jan. 16th: Justin Katko & Michael Basinski

Friday, January 16th

Justin Katko is a poet and publisher. He edits the small press Critical Documents, which specializes in contemporary poetry from the UK and the US. He is completing an MFA in Electronic Writing at Brown University.

Michael Basinski is the curator of The Poetry Collection at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He performs his work as a solo poet and in ensemble with BuffFluxus. Among his many books of poetry are Of Venus 93 (Little Scratch Pad); All My Eggs Are Broken (BlazeVox); Heka (Factory School); Strange Things Begin to Happen When a Meteor Crashes in the Arizona Desert (Burning Press); and AuXin (an Amphibole book, Amphibole is a vehicle of They Are Flying Planes). His poems have appeared in Dandelion, BoxKite, Antennae, Unbearables Magazine, Open Letter, Torgue, Leopold Bloom, Wooden Head Review, Basta, Kiosk, Explosive Magazine, Deluxe Rubber Chicken, First Offense, Terrible Work, Juxta, Kenning, Witz, Lungfull, Lvng, Generator, Tinfish, Curicule Patterns, Score, Unarmed, Rampike, First Intensity, House Organ, Ferrum Wheel, End Note, Ur Vox, Damn the Caesars, Pilot, 1913, Filling Station, Public Illumination, Words, They Are Flying Planes and in others. 


Friday, December 5th

Forget the impending breadlines, grab your polka-dotted canvas bindle, bundle up and bustle your way over to hear the tales of times said and gone and the prophetic parables of a new generation of poets, storytellers and musicians. Featuring music and performances by John Houx, Elizabeth Devlin, Frank Hoier & Jessy Carolina

Mr. Houx grew up in West coast cattle country and "hoboed" his way to New York in 2007, where he was quickly embraced by the East Village's Antifolk scene and traditional folk music circles. With appearances on radio and television (broadcast and online), John is presently planning his first full-length record and a small European tour. 

Elizabeth Devlin has traveled the world to invoke influences from scratchy American and French phonographs, combining bitter-sweet, haunting vocals with angelic, cacophonous Autoharp melodies. Her forthcoming full-length album will be released on December 6th, 2008. 

Frank Hoier is poised at the front of a new wave of modern Americana roots music. Backed by rock'n'roll prodigy siblings, The Weber Brothers, Frank's self released album Lovers & Dollars is set for it's national debut on November 11, 2008. Frank Hoier brings a fresh perspective and a rock'n'roll energy to Folk music. His Guthrie-esque anthem "Jesus Don't Give Tax Breaks To The Rich" has been hailed as "the most perfect protest song written yet this millennium" (PopHeadWound).

Nov. 21: Potluck & Thanksgiving Reading

Poets' Potluck III
Friday, 10:00 pm

Natives and newcomers alike join the Three Sisters (the harvest; or Diana Hamilton, Nicole Wallace and Corrine Fitzpatrick) for a giving of thanks, foods, poetry, music, and autumnal beverages. A two-time staple of last-year's series, the night will again feature performances by many and food by everyone so inclined, including Stacy Szymaszek, who will be grilling turkey burgers in the parish hall on the George Foreman and who has already contributed one can of corn to the cause. Other confirmed gobblers, to name a few: Jim Behrle, Will Edmiston, Kareem Estefan, Gordon Faylor, Kelly Ginger, Susi Gomez, Stephanie Gray, Eddie Hopely, Ellis Isenberg, Derek Kroessler, Judah Rubin, Anne Tardos, Dustin Williamson, Sara Wintz and the Three Sisters themselves. So, grab your canned pumpkin, plastic cool whip containers, and blue-lined notebooks, and pilgrim your way over...


This Halloween, performers including (but not limited to) writer Chris Leo, dancer Amy Baumgarten, poet Nathaniel Siegel, performance artist Jennifer Berklich, and the musical sounds of So L'il will be channeling other artists, dead or alive, and performing their works. The evening will also feature guest appearances of as-yet unidentified ghosts, including the 1986 echoes of Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson . Please join guest host Ben Malkin of So L'il for this haunted and certainly magical evening. Come dressed as an other, living or gone.

Ben Malkin's updated list of performers is now:
Jennifer Berklich
Amy Baumgarten
Control Freak
Chris Leo
Nathaniel Siegal
Somebody Else's
and Bernie Q
+ special guests...

Oct. 17: Marie Buck, Gordon Faylor & Eddie Hopely

Marie Buck's
first book of poems, Life & Style, is forthcoming from Patrick Lovelace Editions. She co-edits, with Brad Flis, the small poetry journal Model Homes. She lives and studies in Detroit. 

Gordon Faylor and Edward Hopely will read from, perform and distribute a new collaborative work for two readers. Gordon Faylor presently serves as the Assistant Editor of mid)rib and as Editor of its upcoming chapbook series. Edward Hopely is the author of some chapbooks and ran the “Hammered All Around Their Nail Heads” reading series this past year.

Oct. 10: Vanessa Place and Steven Zultanski

Vanessa Place is a writer and lawyer, and co-director of Les Figues Press. She is the author of Dies: A Sentence, a 50,000-word, one-sentence novella, the post-conceptual novel La Medusa (Fiction Collective 2), a chapbook, Figure from The Gates of Paradise (Woodland Editions/Five Fingers Review) and the forthcoming Conceptualisms: An Ill-Conceived Guide to Kinda Conceptual, Post-Conceptual, Extant and Taxonomical Writings, etc., written with Robert Fitterman (Ugly Duckling Presse). Her nonfiction book, The Guilt Project: Rape and Morality, will be published in Fall 2009 by Other Press. Her collaboration with artist/performer Lamya Regragui will debut at Cent Quatre in Paris/Los Angeles in 2009, and she is collaborating with conceptual artist Stephanie Taylor on Olady, a visual/sound project. She lives in Los Angeles.

"Babygirl, you're going to pop," her daddy said once, catching her.
But that was a long time ago and not true. Two ways not true, that is, she wasn't going to pop and her daddy never said that to her, though it was the sort of thing she thought he would say if he could, like if he thought of to say it. But people are mostly not like how they could, for example, she rolls over, for example, the last time when Daddy came back from overseas, she was so excited.

From La Medusa

Steven Zultanski
is the author of the chapbooks Homoem (Radical Readout, 2005), This and That Lenin (BookThug, 2008) and Steve's Poem (Lettermachine, forthcoming). He edits President's Choice magazine, a Lil' Norton publication. His poetry has appeared in Antennae, FO(A)RM, The Physical Poets, Shiny, and elsewhere.

Steve will be performing with a musician.

Why don’t you have a boyfriend?
It’s no secret to you that I have an irrational little crush on Chicken John.
Keith fixes his belt, stuffs a tissue in his pants’ front pockets. The tassels on his fly swing. He paces around the living room with Marcus on the phone.
“I’m no pumpkin-eater.” He whistles. “I don’t wait for moods.”
He leaves el casa del Marcus.
Paco is rubbing puddle water. Keith breaks into a passing song about heartbreak and
joy and mold.
From "Paula and Keith"

Sept. 26: Slovene Poetry: Cucnik, Pepelnik, Podlogar, Šalamun, Skrjanec

A book-release celebration with the participation of the following visiting poets from Slovenia: Primoz Cucnik, Ana Pepelnik, Gregor Podlogar, Tomaž Šalamun and Tone Skrjanec. A book signing for the second editions of Tomaž Šalamun’s Poker and Tone Skrjanec's Sun On A Knee. A special chapbook featuring the work of all five poets in English translation comes free with admission. *This event, a collaboration between Ugly Duckling Presse (Brooklyn) and Literatura Magazine (Ljubljana), kicks off a whole weekend of Slovene poetry in New York City.
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The season starts the last week of September. We'll see you there.