Thursday, August 30, 2007

We'll Only Add to Your MFA Debt Press

No matter what your day was like, this should make you happy:

My birthday is creeping up on me, like a panther waiting for the kill. I'm about to be slaughtered.

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Two readings coming up tomorrow. I'm going to the one I 'heard tell' of first:

Frank Sherlock & David Shapiro

(Philly Style meets New York School)

celebrating the recent release of David Shapiro’s New and Selected Poems
(1965-2006) & the debut of Frank Sherlock’s Wounds in an Imaginary Nature Show

Friday, August 31st, 8PM
Jimmy’s No.43 Stage
43 East 7th Street
Between 2nd& 3rd
New York City

($5 donation suggested but not required)

David Shapiro’s New and Selected Poems (1965-2006) emerged from Overlook Press in 2007. In addition to his many books, Shapiro has published art criticism and poetry in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Artforum. He has received a fellowship from the National endowment for the Arts, the Zabel Prize for Experimental Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a nomination for a National Book Award in 1971. He has edited volumes of aesthetics, translated Alberti’s poems about Picasso, collaborated with Rudy Burckhardt on three films, and had a play produced at the Kitchen called “Two Boys on the Bus.” A professional violinist in his youth, he now writes in Riverdale, New York, where he lives with his wife Lindsay.

Frank Sherlock is the author of Wounds in an Imaginary Nature Show (Night Flag Press), Spring Diet of Flowers at Night (Mooncalf Press), ISO (furniture press) and 13 (Ixnay Press). Past collaborations include work with CAConrad, Jennifer Coleman, and sound artist Alex Welsh. Publication of his most recent collaborative poem with Brett Evans, entitled Ready-to-Eat Individual is forthcoming in the near future.

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Frank Sherlock likes to sprawl out all over the page, stones skipped across and sunk in a lake. But the lake is a page and stones are always words, always. I wanted to read more of his work as well as Shapiro's before this Friday but it looks like no time. I mean, come on, I have so many free tickets to see the Nanny Diaries it's going to be a party in a nanny cam tonight.

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Ok, the second reading on Friday, hosted by the gorgeous Evie Shockly:

Guest-Edited Issue QUEST Reading

[ http://www.mipoesias.com/EVIESHOCKLEYISSUE ]

~~ GEOFFREY JACQUES ~~ TONYA FOSTER ~~ TARA BETTS ~~ MENDI OBADIKE ~~


Friday, August 31^st @ 7:00 P.M.
STAIN BAR
766 Grand Street Brooklyn , NY 11211
(L train to Grand Street Stop, walk 1 block west)
718/387-7840

GEOFFREY JACQUES is a poet and critic who writes about literature, the visual arts, and culture. His latest book of poems is Just For a Thrill (Wayne State University Press, 2005). His book of criticism, A Change in the Weather: Modernist Imagination, African American Imaginary, is forthcoming from the University of Massachusetts Press. His previous poetry collections include Hunger and Other Poems (1993) and Suspended Knowledge (1998).

Jacques has taught at several colleges, including Lehman College of the City University of New York (CUNY) the University of Massachusetts Boston, Hunter College, CUNY, the New York School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, and at Parsons School of Design.

TONYA FOSTER is the author of Swarm of Bees in High Court(Belladonna, 2001), WaterTables (forthcoming, Portable Press @ YoYo Labs), co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Writing through Visual Art. Poetry, essays, fiction, and reviews published in various journals and magazines. Recipient of fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the City University of New York. She has organized reading series and cultural events throughout New York City, and taught
creative writing and literature courses at CCNY's Bridge to Medicine Program and at Cooper Union.

TARA BETTS is a graduate of the New England College MFA Program and Cave Canem. Her work appears in several anthologies and journals, including Gathering Ground, Obsidian III and Essence. In addition to performing and reading her work across the country, she is a lecturer at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. She recently completed her full-length manuscript Infinite Arithmetic.

MENDI OBADIKE is the author Armor and Flesh and the librettist of the The Sour Thunder. She works with composer / conceptual artist Keith Obadike. Together they have received the Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, a commission from the Whitney Museum, and one from Northwestern University to create a new work, Big House/Disclosure, an intermedia suite featuring a 200-hour long house song. Mendi teaches at Princeton and lives in the New York area.

Lookin good, lookin good.

What else has been happening?

I wore a skirt two days in a row. Same sandals, though.

I saw the Borne Ultimatum. And then I walked into a fire hydrant. Both over-rated but mildly entertaining events.

My father has been quite sick in Mexico and sans communication with me. Rumor has crossed the boarder that he's on the mend. Very relieved. Maybe your stomach isn't up to being an ex-patriot?

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