I went to a killer reading last night.
Many thanks to Matt Henriksen and Katy Henriksen for organizing the event (Katy also let me take many photos of her holding the books for sale).
Thanks to the readers:
Jim Behrle, Thibault Raoult, Andrea Baker, Dorothea Lasky, Dara Wier, Craig Morgan Teicher, Tim Peterson, Brenda Iijima.
And also, the audience, who was very attentive and enthusiastic.
Andrea Baker showing us her accordion chapbook:
A killer reading by Andrea. Her poems are sparse and balance quiet declarations with thorny-sweet imagery. Sometimes you think you have heard it before, but then you realize that you've never heard anything like it.
Well, I didn't get a photo of Thibault Raoul. But he is very tall. Very tall. And the evidence of this is how high up the microphone is, and how pointed down it needs to be for Matt Henriksen to continue with his introductions after Thibault finished:
He reads very enthusiastically, like he is at a slow-dance party with the microphone. And you feel a little bit like a voyeur watching those two make out: Thibaul & the mic.
Brenda Iijima reading:
Brenda read the most quietly of all the readers, I think. But she does so in a way that makes you lean your head forward and listen harder. Because you don't want to miss a word. Her words are secrets. And she gives them to you, which is very generous.
Jim Behrle w/ mask:
Jim Behrle reading w/ mask:
Dorothea Lasky reading:
She read clearly and slowly, which was perfect in the echoy space of East Coast Aliens.
Tim Peterson, who I met for the first time:
I forgot to take a photo of his book. Conversely, I have a photo of Craig's book but no photo of the reading:
Dara Weir was stellar:
She has a relaxed approach to reading aloud. I love her poem about lakes. Find this poem and read it.
2)Edge of the stage
3) Phil Cordelli's face: