Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I Got a Prank Phone Call from a 480 Number (Arizona?) In Which Someone Pretended to Sound Like a Human Baby & Said My Name & Mumbled & Hung Up Press

True story. Who do I know in Arizona?


I wasted a large portion of my early evening on the Obamicon site that allows you to supplant the Obama poster with your own image of choice. I made one of Justin Marks dancing with beer and another of Mathias hanging out with w/ a nutcracker:

Are the slogans misleading?

Go here if you want to make your own.

My friend had a dream last night that he got hit by a Red Lobster truck and was dying on the pavement. He's been nervous all day because of it.

I think lobster bibs are upsetting.

I hope my friend doesn't actually get run over by Red Lobster. I thought most people woke up before they actually died in dreams, but it sounds like he was really bleeding out all over the place.

I'm not entirely sure why I'm telling you this, probably because I am so sleepy.

There is a new reading series in town. It has spurs and will pistol whip you to death. Or to sleep.

I'm sleepy.

Okay, here is info:

Dear Friends,

We are very pleased to announce the launch of Triptych Readings* on Monday January 26, when we will be hosting the venerable Charles Bernstein, former editor of L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E magazine and myriad anthologies, author of fifteen poetry collections and four collections of essays; Shanxing Wang, author of the enthusiastically reviewed collection, Mad Science in Imperial City; and Christopher Stackhouse, visual/performance artist, author of the chapbook Slip and generator of drawings and collaborative author (with John Keene) of a collection entitled Seismosis. We are thrilled to have these three fantastic poets with us and hope you'll come out to the 11th Street Bar and listen up!

Monday January 26, 7 PM
Charles Bernstein
Shanxing Wang
Christopher Stackhouse

510 E. 11th Street
Between Avenues A & B
Closest subway: L to 1st Avenue. Also walkable: F/V at 2nd Ave, L at 3rd Ave or 14th Street / Union Square 4/5/6/N/Q/R/W/L.
Look for a small porch and the Guinness sign outside the bar.

Check out our brand-new website: Click on the bar's address on our site for a google map, and click on readers' names to read their poems!

Charles Bernstein's books include Blind Witness: Three American Operas (Factory School), new in 2008; Girly Man (University of Chicago Press), now in paperback; Shadowtime (Green Integer), libretto for an opera on Benjamin; Republics of Reality: 1975-1995 (Sun & Moor Press), Content's Dream: Essays 1975-1984 (Northwestern), and Controlling Interests (Roof). He is Donald T. Regan Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. More info:

Shanxing Wang was born in Qi county, Jinzhong, Shanxi province, China in 1965. In 1991, he moved to the U.S. to pursue a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. He began reading and writing poetry in 2002 while teaching Engineering at Rutgers University. His first book, Mad Science in Imperial City (Futurepoem, 2005), was the winner of the 2006 Asian American Literary Award for Poetry. He lives and writes in Queens, New York.

Christopher Stackhouse is the author of poetry collected in the chapbook Slip (Corollary Press, 2005); co-author of Seismosis (1913 Press 2006), a collaboration featuring Stackhouse's drawings and John Keene's text. He holds an MFA from Bard College; is a Cave Canem Writers Fellow; and is a 2005 Fellow in Poetry, New York Foundation for the Arts. His recent essays have been published in the literary journal American Poet, and the anthology A Best of Fence: The First Nine Years. He will be a guest faculty member in the Naropa University Summer Writing Program 2009, at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado. Currently completing a manuscript of poetry, while also doing research for the development of a non-fiction book on poetics, Stackhouse lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

*Dear Members of the Reading Between A&B Mailing List,
Reading Between A&B disbanded in May 2008, when the founders and directors, Meghan Cleary, Mary Donnelly and Jonathan Thirkield, decided to pursue other interests. At that point, the last curators of Reading Between A&B, Kaveh Bassiri and Mary Austin Speaker, decided to create their own series in keeping with the tradition of Reading Between A&B and with the blessings of its directors. The plan is to host readings on a monthly basis at the 11th Street Bar between Avenues A&B. Readings will pair emerging and established writers, and each evening we will host three readers, starting at 7 PM. We are happy to remove you from this mailing list should you decide you would no longer like to receive emails from us. For those of you who are in it to win it, we appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you in 2009!

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