Monday, March 10, 2008

Notes from the Undergrowth Press

Really, you should rent Life in the Undergrowth. At least the first disk. There is nothing crazier in the natural world than two leopard slugs having sex. I won't give too much away, but slugs have both male and female "parts," and when they mate, it involves long, blue-ish opaque male sex parts extending from the backs of their heads, entwining, and fanning out into a "translucent flower." by the way, before they can do all of this, first they "sliding down a rope of mucus."

Oh MY God, I found the clip on Youtube, you have to watch this right now:


I really hope you just watched that.


Tonight Ben Lerner is reading at the A&B series. I'm going. See you there.


Last night I went to a fiction reading at KGB to hear:

Keith Gessen (editor of N+1) read from his novel All the Sad Young Literary Men
and Joshua Cohen read from A Heaven of Others

I rarely go to fiction readings and the room was pretty full of very attractive 25-35 yr old publishers or fiction writers or attractive friends of said publishers or fiction writers. The hipsters have grown up and they all like fiction!

Besides the fact that I felt like everyone was doing that undergraduate hipster thing of preening while simultaneously scoping other people out to determine 1) if they were better looking than other people there and 2) if there was someone better looking than them of the opposite sex they wanted to talk to, I kind of wished that poets and fiction writers had more mixed readings just so I could quietly stare at new people more often.

Second attempt:

That last paragraph didn't come out right. This is what I meant to say:

The reading was really good. Cohen and Gessen are writing about completely different things so it was cool to hear such varied work at a reading.

I bought this!:

Joshua Cohen's Two Tribal Stories from Small Anchor Press:

I mentioned this press because they recently published Betsy Wheeler's poem and chapbook, Start Here.

Again, I think it's cool that they do fiction & poetry.

Also, I like to stare at people at readings.


So, I have a reading in Parkslope this Sunday. can you come?:

WHEN: Sunday, March 16th from 4:40-6:00 pm
WHERE: 440 Gallery, 440 Sixth Avenue (at 9th St., F to 7th Ave.)
Admission Free


Jacqueline Bishop was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, before coming to the US to attend college and to be reunited with her mother. She is the founding editor of Calabash: A Journal of Caribbean Arts & Letters, and is presently editing a film on a group of Jamaican untutored artists called The Intuitives. She has been published in The Caribbean Writer, Crab Orchard Review, Macomere, Renaissance Noire and Wasafiri, amongst other journals. She lives and works in New York City, the 15th parish of Jamaica. The River's Song is her first novel. She is also the author of Fauna, a collection of poems.

Julia Cohen is the editor of Saltgrass and has three chapbooks available, If Fire, Arrival from horse less press, Who Could Forget the Sensational First Evening of the Night, from H_NGM_N B__KS, and When We Broke the Microscope (with Mathias Svalina), from Small Fires Press. Chapbooks, The History of a Lake Never Drowns from Dancing Girl Press and Chugwater (with Mathias Svalina) from Transmission Press, are forthcoming. She lives in Brooklyn.

Carla Drysdale's poems have been published in LIT, Global City Review, The Exquisite Corpse, Confrontation, Canadian Literature and The Fiddlehead. Her first book, House of Witness, will be published by Tightrope Books this year. A transplanted Canadian, she lives with her husband and two young boys in Brooklyn.

Yvonne C. Murphy received an MA in Creative Writing from NYU and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. She held a Bucknell University Younger American Poets Fellowship and a Stegner Fellowship in poetry, and has published poems in numerous anthologies and journals. Yvonne makes her home in Queens, and is an Associate Professor of Cultural Studies at SUNY Empire State College, where she mentors returning adult students.

Daniel Weiner, this month’s featured artist, will present a talk on his current show, NY Department of the Interior. Weiner was born in Oak Park, Illinois, raised in Los Angles and educated on the West Coast. His aesthetic is crafted from a degree in English and a master’s in printmaking, painting and photography, with influences from the California assemblage artists, work as a scenic carpenter and as a reader of romantic literature. He exhibits with Pierogi in Brooklyn, James Graham and Sons in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include The Farm (2003) and Sushi Visual and Performance Art Space (2001) in San Diego, 4016 Gallery (2004) in Los Angeles and 440 Gallery in Brooklyn (2008). Many of his works are maintained in private collections. He received his BA from UCLA and a MFA from San Diego State. For more information, please visit

About 440 Gallery: Park Slope’s only artist-run gallery, a jewel-box space offering an alternative venue for Brooklyn artists. 440 Gallery seeks to present surprising, unexpected art to the community through exhibitions, talks, readings and events centered around direct contact with the artist. Open Thursdays and Fridays from 4-7 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 12-6 pm, or by appointment

I couldn't tell if I should have deleted my own bio from that listing before I posted it or if that would have been even weirder? Oh well.

Come! I'm going to read some old old stuff and some new new stuff.

1 comment:

Julie Doxsee said...

I think Attenborough would be interested in some of the creatures I know.