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 SÓ§rine 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.