Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Not Very Funny Press

My work meeting today went past 5pm, closing time. Guess where I am? My beautiful desk. So now I get to tell you about this reading tomorrow:

The NYU Creative Writing Program and Wave Books present

State of the Union: a Poetry Reading with Voter Registration
Thursday, September 4th, 7 p.m.
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues), New York, New York

with readings from State of the Union: 50 Political Poems, an anthology edited by Joshua Beckman and Matthew Zapruder --- featuring readings by Matthea Harvey, Noelle Kocot, Katy Lederer, Tao Lin, Eileen Myles, Matthew Rohrer, Tracy K. Smith, Edwin Torres, Rebecca Wolff and Rachel Zucker, with an introduction by Joshua Beckman.

The reading is free. By subway: Take the F, V, B, D, A, C, E to West 4th Street / Washington Square; Take the Q, R, W to 8th Street / NYU. For more information call 212-998-8816, or visit


Next Wednesday
(support Ugly Duckling Presse):
Reading at Park Slope's 440 Gallery
WHEN: Wednesday, September 10th from 7-9 pm, Admission Free
WHERE: 440 Gallery, 440 Sixth Avenue (at 9th St., F to 7th Ave.)
CONTACT: Brooke Shaffner at

Bryan Charles is the author of the novel Grab On to Me Tightly as if I Knew the Way. He's working on a book about the Pavement album Wowee Zowee for Continuum's 33 1/3 series, as well as a memoir about working in the World Trade Center and surviving the September 11 attacks.

Filip Marinovich is a poet living in New York. His first full-length book, ZERO READERSHIP, is just out from Ugly Duckling Presse. Filip also performs and makes paintings and plays.

Liza Monroy, the daughter of a U.S. Foreign Service officer, spent her high school years attending an international school in Mexico City. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Newsweek, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, Jane, and other publications, and she was recently awarded a residency by the Kerouac Project of Orlando. She lives in New York City.


Next Friday:

Join us for the season's kickoff event at The Lucky Cat, located in sunny (sometimes) Williamsburg, Brooklyn! Friday, September 12, 2008 @ 8 PM Hosted by Nicole Steinberg.

Rauan Klassnik (author of *Holy Land*)
Justin Marks (author of *[Summer insular]* and *You Being You by Proxy*)
Eugene Hwang (The New School)
Jess Sauer (Columbia University)
Anna Carey (Brooklyn College)

Admission is a mere $5 plus one free drink (beer, wine or well drinks)!

The Lucky Cat is located at 245 Grand Street in Brooklyn, between Driggs and Roebling. Visit their website for directions:

EARSHOT is a bi-monthly reading series, dedicated to featuring new and emerging literary talent in the NYC area. Visit http://www.earshotnyc.comfor more information or e-mail Nicole Steinberg at


Pretty good, huh?

Ok, tomorrow I'll tell you something funny. Well, for now I can tell you one thing. For the last 2 weeks, ever day I had very vivid, surreal dreams that involved things like:

-being chased by a headless scarecrow

-chasing the headless scarecrow

-going to Mexico to study butterflies...and then being inside a glass house when a science experiment near by went awry...that unleashed dinosaurs...and then being trapped in the house and trying to block the light and strengthen the glass so the animals wouldn't come in and eat us...

-living in a tree house and lots of green grass and goats

The dreams finally ended. Now I'm back to the normal anxiety dreams about work and friends. For the last two weeks, I woke up with a great sense of displacement and alterity, but now I kind of miss those dreams, they were visually more fun then relearning what integers are (all whole numbers, negative and positive!)

This blog always says I'm posting at the incorrect time. For reference, it's 5:47pm now.

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