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My bio is that I have 2 books, 4 and The Raving Fortune, out from Four Way Books and two forthcoming from Four Way, Poem for the End of Time and Other Poems and Home of the Cubit Idea. In 1997 I was given the S.J. Marks Memorial Prize from The American Poetry Review and in 2001 I received grants from The National Endowment for the Arts and The Fund for Poetry. I live in Brooklyn. My husband Damon is in heaven, which seems to be another dimension, or something like that.

I know what I would like to do for a reading/talk. I would like to read various death poems that I have written at different times in my life and talk a little about them if I can. It's timely for me and I guess it might really be some type of genre.


I have a long prose poem that's sort of polemical and a fake interview I've been meaning to put together. Both could fit under the rubric of "TALK". Joe Elliot is the author of Poems To Be Centered On Much Much Larger Sheets Of Paper(A Musty Bone). Opposable Thumb is forthcoming from subpress.



Joyelle McSweeney's second book, The Commandrine and Other Poems, is forthcoming this autumn from Fence. Her first, The Red Bird, was selected by Allen Grossman for the Fence Modern Poets Series Prize and was published in 2002 by Fence and Saturnalia Books. Her poems have appeared in Monkeypuzzle, The Canary, ACM, and elsewhere, and she is a regular contributor to The Constant Critic, the poetry review website. McSweeney teaches at the University of Alabama and lives in Tuscaloosa.

i'm sorry, i have no idea yet what i'm going to read-- probably a poem about a gang of criminal cockatoos, at least!



Aaron Kunin lives in Connecticut, teaches 18th-century literature at Wesleyan University, and is editing the plays of Jack Spicer. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Boog City, No: A Journal of the Arts, The Poetry Project Newsletter, and The Poker. Folding Ruler Star, a book of poems, is forthcoming from Fence Books.




As a bio you can just say, Eugene Ostashevsky is editing and translating Russian Absurdist poetry of the 1930s for assorted books and magazines. As far as the face is concerned, how about this attchment, taken off the web during google search for my face perfromed as we speak. Or you can just link to this article, it says everything www2.ifc.org/ russianleasing/eng/lc/4/3.htm

Anyway, how about I do a show and tell on translating from Russian to English, on my experience in particular with doing the Russian Absurdists? The basic problem is that different languages imply different poetics, so what do you do: if you to reproduce the poetics of the original, it will make no sense in translation. I am going to be fairly focussed, not like "um, all language is translation, I guess".


Doug Nufer writes fiction, poetry, and pieces for performance that seem to follow odd procedures, even when they don’t. As if by design, his three novels Negativeland, Never Again, and On the Roast all were released in July, 2004, to be closely followed by his CD monologue The Office (softpalate). His work has appeared in the anthologies clear-cut (sub rosa, 1995), Northwest Edge (two girls, 2000; Chiasmus, 2003), and Help Yourself! (Autonomedia, 2002), and in the magazines Word Ways, Monkey Puzzle, Farm Pulp, Chain, and Fence (fall, 2004). He’s a founding member of the spoken word troupe Staggered Thirds, an editor of American Book Review, and a former editor of the Washington Free Press. His reviews, articles, and essays have appeared in The Stranger, electronic book review, Seattle Weekly, The Nation, Sports Illustrated, Rain Taxi, San Francisco Bay Guardian, and Misc. He used to run the Titlewave Reading Series and still runs a wine shop in Seattle.



Cynthia Nelson's current view of the world spans the industrious wonderbelly that is the Gateway to Bushwick (East Williamsburg). Her decade of semi-professional music and poetry ventures called for myriad jaunts across the country and brought us The Kentucky Rules (Soft Skull Press) and Cabin in the Woods (Retsin CD on Carrot Top Records). She is still ambivalent about settling down.

as far as i can tell i will be "reading poems"


"on one of the small inner moons of saturn, julie reid would weigh only about a pound. when younger, she would have liked to be catholic, and have a girl's name that was also a boy's name. now she'd settle for any way to purchase more memory for herself. she was recently stumped when trying to remember the word for "dustpan", and had to describe it as: the thing you hold across from the broom in your hand on the floor, but at least she gets to work in a restaurant with opulent flower arrangements so copious it's sometimes like she's waiting tables in 'a midsummer night's dream'."

This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


Jeanne Marie Beaumont

Jeanne Marie Beaumont earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University.  Her first book, Placebo Effects, was selected by William Matthews as a winner of the 1997 National Poetry Series and was published by W.W. Norton.  With Claudia Carlson, she co-edited the anthology The Poets' Grimm: Twentieth Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales (Story Line).  For seven years she was publisher and co-editor of the literary magazine American Letters & Commentary.  She has also worked as a proofreader, a medical editor, and an advertising copywriter.  She has taught at the Frost Place Annual Festival of Poetry and the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y.  Currently, Beaumont teaches creative writing at Rutgers University.


BOA Editions just published her latest book Curious Conduct

Wayne Koestenbaum


Wayne Koestenbaum holds a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University.  After being named co-winner of the 1989 Discovery/The Nation poetry contest, he published his first book of verse, Ode to Anna Moffo and Other Poems, which was chosen as one of The Village Voice Literary Supplement's "Favorite Books of 1990."  He has since published two other books of poetry and five books of prose, including a collection of essays, Cleavage: Essays on Sex, Stars, and Aesthetics (Ballantine, 2000).  Koestenbaum writes frequently for periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, and the London Review of Books.  He is also an art critic, participating in panels at the Whitney Museum of American Art, contributing regularly to Artforum.  He is a tenured professor of English at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.


BOA Editions just published his latest book Model Homes



Pattie McCarthy is the author of bk of (h)rs, which was published in 2002 by Apogee Press. She is also the author of the chapbooks Octaves (ixnay press, 1998) and Choragus (Potes & Poets Press, 1998). alibi (that is : elsewhere) is from the work-in-progress Unco Lair & History. She co-founded BeautifulSwimmer Press with Kevin Varrone. Currently, she teaches at Towson University in Baltimore.


Anna Eyre is Taosena and grew up playing in the crumbling adobes of commune "Reality". Her first chapbook "Metaplasmic" was released last spring from effing press out of Austin TX. Currently she lives in San Francisco and divides her time between cubing persimmon perfectly as a pastry chef, interning at Small Press Traffic and completing an MFA thesis for California College of Arts and Crafts. Recent work can be found in Can We Have Our Ball Back?, Shampoo, Conceptions South West, effing magazine, haggard and hallo and others.

I'd like to read from my latest obsession, the Betty Crocker Series, in which I've torn apart the original cookbook's chapter indexes in order to create a feminine dialog circling around disgusting 1950's food and etiquette. Some other poems too, all palatable if not digestible, I hope.




Albert Flynn DeSilver's recent work has appeared in New American Writing, Volt, The Canary, Crowd, and soon, an Anthology of Bay Area Poetry published by Faux Press. There is also a new book "Some Nature" published mysteriously by something called "The Non-Existent Press." You have to wear a special helmet to read the book (sold separately).

As for the talk, I plan on talking about "Emptiness & Form in Poetry" (still thinking of a good long & pretentious title) and reading a bit from "(a) chiasmus" this new work written around Richard Serra's "Torqued Ellipses." I'll probably go back and forth between talk and poem. Does this sound ok??



Mark Lamoureux descended from ordinary earthmen. During adolescence, he developed certain preternatural abilities enabling his works to appear in such places as Jubilat, Fulcrum, Shampoo, Carve, Can We Have Our Ball Back?, and others. His appearance may be hideous to ordinary humans, but in his heart he is the managing editor of Fulcrum annual. Together with Ugly Duckling Presse he unleashed a chapbook, City/Temple in the fall of 2003. Another chapbook, to be published by Pressed Wafer in December 2003, is ever-vigilant in a hidden cave while the good townspeople are sleeping.

I will be adumbrating the life &work of Wilhelm Reich as they relate to a selection of work from my own Astrometry Organon. I will be reading from Reich's work & my own.



Christopher Stackhouse is a writer and visual artist. He curates and hosts The Friday Night Series at The Poetry Project in St. Mark's Church, and The First Tuesdays Readings at A Taste of Art Cafe/Gallery in New York City.  For several years he has shown paintings, drawings and works on paper in various NY galleries including Wilmer Jennings Gallery and Gale-Martin Fine Art. His forthcoming book Seismosis (Pub Lush) presents a collection of his drawings in collaboration with author John Keene's poem-essays. His written work has appeared in the literary journals Fence Magazine and nocturnes (re)view, and The Village Voice and NY ARTS among other publications. Stackhouse, a father of two daughters, lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn.



Lynne Hjelmgaard was born in New York City. She lived and traveled for many years on a sailboat and now divides her time between London, Paris and Rorvig, Denmark. She has been Assistant Editor of Pharos Magazine and Contributing Editor to Tears in the Fence. Her work has appeared in various journals including Dispatch Detroit, Poetry Salzburg Review,Jacket and is forthcoming in Skanky Possum and wanderingdog.com. Her book Manhattan Sonnets was published last fall by Redbeck Press in the United Kingdom.

My first thoughts are to talk about how I came to write the sonnets, how Edwin Denby's form, especially his Later Sonnets, influenced mine. Maybe talk about the writing process, read one of his sonnets that knocked me off my feet and then read some of my own Manhattan Sonnets afterward.



Yago Cura is a very special no one in particular. He teaches English Language Arts to 9th graders at
Discovery HS in the Kingsbridge sections of the Bronx.His poems have appeared in Exquisite Corpse, U.S. Latino Review, LIT, Skanky Possum, COMBO, New Orleans Review, FIELD, and LUNGFULL! His translations have been published in Slope.org



Michael Carr has poems recently appearing in The Poker and online at Pettycoat Relaxer.  In the last year he's edited and co-edited (respectively) the magazines Bling Bling and American Weddings, as well as begun co-editing a new chapbook series under the imprint of Katalanche Press.  For five years he's been and continues to be a resident of Cambridge, Mass.

I'll opt then for giving a talk/reading, likely to feature brief appreciations on the poetry of John Wieners, Clark Coolidge and others. 



Jennifer Chapis holds an MFA from New York University, where she is currently full-time faculty. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Barrow Street, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Lungfull!, McSweeney’s (online), Minnesota Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Spoon River Poetry Review, and others. Jennifer is an Editor with Nightboat Books.




Anna Moschovakis spends a lot of her free time in the Ugly Duckling Presse studios, playing with the equipment. Her un-free time is deposited into various state-overseen coffres bearing the label "higher education." Her sentence series The Blue Book (UDP, 2003), influenced by her upbringing in a family of logicians, was photocopied at Kinko's Brooklyn and bound in a limited edition of exam booklets lifted from the John Jay School of Criminal Justice.  



All I can say so far is I'd like to present a 20-30 min talk made of poetry. It might be intense, it might be laconic, depending on my progress between now and then.


Jack Kimball moves back to Japan in the spring. He'll continue to edit Faux Press, based in Cambridge, with plans to release three-to-five books of poetry in the next year. He blogs @ pantaloons.blogspot.com.

The title is 'poetry reading.' Brendan had said I could just read poems if I wanted and I guess that's what I want. But I'll be glad to join whatever discussion you encourage and that might change everything I do. So, on second thought, let's call it 'aleatory poetry reading.'



Meghan and I just had a chat and were planning on each reading for about 7 minutes then sitting down and interviewing/chatting with each other about various topics: running a reading series, the state of contemporary poetry, shoes, lower primates, and such-- with questions from the audience if there are any takers... basically a reading, talk/show format if that's ok with you. Hopefully it won't be stuff, but funny.



Mary Donnelly has lived half her life in Los Angeles and half in New York. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, The Hat, Open City, Crowd, 5AM, Hunger Mountain and The Brooklyn Rail. She is currently Co-executive Director of the “Reading Between A and B” poetry series in the East Village and teaches poetry through Gotham Writers’ Workshop.



Reading somewhat cancelled



A collection of poems, Nylon Sunlight, was published in 2004 by Nylon Sunlight Press in an edition of 300+. Each book has a handmade cover with a watercolor drawing on it by the author.



Kish Song Bear’s poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming in fireflyjournal.com and Torch. She is the author of the play Alice Underwater and is currently adapting a Philip K. Dick novel into a play. She’s also an occasional actress and director.

I will read poetry or/and a variation there-of. I’m thinking vaudeville, burlesque, water on fire. That’s all poetry. But can I deliver? That’s the mystery. What will I deliver? I predict a green fiery ball. For sure the poems will kick. But who or what? For the first time in my life I’m thinking: theme music; I’m thinking fun is something I would like to have, Y Tu Mamma/Papa También?

P.S. I just had a vision of myself in a red workout suit and white terry-cloth headband singing, "Let’s get physical."



Rachel Shattuck is a poet and public intellectual manque. She lives in New York City.



Carol Mirakove lives in Brooklyn. She is the author of Occupied (Kelsey St. Press), temporary tattoos (BabySelf Press), and WALL (ixnay), and she appears on the Women in the Avant-Garde CD (Narrow House Recordings). Her essay "Anxieties of Information," which was initially conceived of as a talk for Small Press Traffic's New Experiments series, will appear in SPT's new magazine Traffic this summer. She will read poems from her manuscript-in-progress titled Mediated.




Jenn McCreary lives in Philadelphia where she co-edits ixnay press with Chris McCreary.  She is the author of two chapbooks, errata stigmata (Potes & Poets 1999) and four o'clock pocket chiming (Beautiful Swimmer Press 2000).  a doctrine of signatures was published in 2002 by Singing Horse Press. 
(not the most thrilling bio – but my brain is a bit fried from having read ‘where the wild things are’ 37 times today.  feel free to elaborate or make stuff up).




John Colburn is originally from Mantorville, MN, and is an editor and
co-publisher at Spout Press. His poetry chapbook, "Kissing," was published
by Fuori Editions in 2002. His poems have also appeared in such journals as
Lungfull!, Jubilat, Black Warrior Review, Spinning Jenny, Columbia Poetry
Review, Forklift, OH., and Swerve. He currently teaches high school writing
courses at The Perpich Center for Arts Education, and college English
courses at Hamline University in St. Paul.

I'll give a talk on "hallucinogenism" - meaning the relationship between
psychedelics and creating art, the role of art and poetry in expanding our
consciousness, and the possibilities hallucinogensim creates for a
populist avant-garde.

What do you think? I might bring a famous surprise poet with me to read a
hallucinogenistic poem as a finish.




Horoscope columnist for the magazine VICE, and librettist for the opera American Lit: (Queer Theory) The Hawthorne-Melville Correspondence (premiered at American Opera Projects), poetry, criticism and translations by Jeffrey Jullich have appeared in New American Writing, Fence, Shiny, Ecopoetics, Aufgabe, Boston Review, American Letters & Commentary, Skanky Possum, etc., and, in Paris, in Upstairs at Duroc. Harry Tankoos Books will be putting out two books of his, one of poetry titled Thine Instead Thank, and one of criticism. Excerpts from comic books he did at the age of eleven years old have been published (now as an adult) in Chain, Blazevox and LUNGFULL!, and audio re-enactments of them will be a regular feature on Edwin Torres’ WPS1.org Art Radio program starting in early ’05.




erica kaufman is originally from bloomington, indiana, but if you ask her she will claim to be a new york native. that is where she lives and has a few jobs and co-curates the belladonna* reading series/ small press. erica is the author of from the two coat syndrome (boku books, 2004) and the kickboxer suite (boog literature, 2004). soon she will also be the author of fantasy games (forthcoming from boku books, feb. 2005). her poems can also be found in puppyflowers, painted bride quarterly, bombay gin, the mississippi review, among other places. she likes dogs and mild weather.

also, for the zinc reading...is a talk and a reading (little of each ok?) i was thinking either a brief synopsis of the poetics of kickboxing or a mini talk on barbara guest. dunno yet. or maybe i may just read.




Adam de Graff enjoys writing a bio as it gives him a medium in which to talk about himself in the third person. Who is this third person? He's an artist doing his thing out in Arvada, Colorado. He runs an art venue there called the Dnote with his brothers, an experiment in reverse missionary work. Find out more at www.dnote.us He's had a few chapbooks in secret circulation, one designed by David Larsen called "All This Will Be Dust In Just 3 Minutes" (title by Ed Berrigan), one self published with a cover by Bill Luoma called "The Hawaii Poems" and another published by Lytle Shaw and Emilie Clark's Shark Press with a cover by Brice Hobbs. He mentions the covers because they are beautiful and he is proud of them. He is excited to come to New York to perform and hopes that everybody is not too busy to come out to see him

i'll give a reading. actually more of a concert probably. perhaps a mix.




"Salton Sea Land Use Proposal, or, What Sonny Bono, Joseph Cohen, and the Pneu Genesis Bubble People all have in common"




I plan to read from the unfinished manuscript "The
Weight of the Sea in the Lazyboy Next Door" and maybe
talk about "Time travel, extra dimensions, and poetry"







Our crew of kinky contortionist cousins consists of Erica Kaufman, Jennifer L. Knox, Shanna Compton, John Cotter, Daniel Nester,  Maureen Thorson, Ada Limon, and myself. Huzzah!
We wrote a collaborative poem, with a line contributed by Jamison Driskill, who is in LA.
Dan Nester says he's going to read in drag.
Jen said something about a leprechaun.
I was thinking that we'd prepare seven or eight minutes each, and then we'd all sit on some stools like we're stand-up comics, reading poems one by one, and occasionally heckling one another. Actually Dan and I will heckle one another, Jen and Ada will heckle John, and Erica, Shanna, and Maureen will be nice because they are nice people.
And Dan will be wearing women's clothes.
Anyway, we are crazy, stupid excited about it.




Paul Foster Johnson's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Aufgabe, PomPom, Fence, Conundrum, Washington Square, Bird Dog, and Octopus. Quadriga, a chapbook of his collaborations with E. Tracy Grinnell, will soon be published by g-o-n-g press. With fiction writer Sherry Mason, he curates the Experiments and Disorders reading series at Dixon Place, a performing and literary arts space.

I plan mainly to read poems, but hope to work in some
discussion of utopian experiments.





Sharon Mesmer has two short fiction collections forthcoming this year: In Ordinary Time, from Hanging Loose Press, and Ma Vie A Yonago, from Hachette Litteratures, France, in French translation. Her two previous collections are Half Angel, Half Lunch (poems, Hard Press) and The Empty Quarter (stories, Hanging Loose Press). She writes a seasonal column for the French magazine Purple, and teaches graduate and undergraduate fiction and literature courses at the New School. In 1999, she was the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in poetry.








Eileen Myles is a poet who lives in NY and a novelist who teaches fiction at UCSD. She currently working on a libretto called Hell and a novel called The Inferno, and yeah, poems.




Brenda Coultas is the author of  A Handmade Museum, which won a the Norma Farber First Book Award from The Poetry Society of America and a Greenwald grant from The Academy of American Poets. She has work forthcoming in Brooklyn Rail,  Encyclopedia and Insurance.





Erika Kaufman
Donna Bodden
Elaine Equi
Lauren Russel
Myra Spain
Kish Song Bear
Anslem Berrigan
Susana Maio
Boni Joi
Todd Colby
Laura Mccandlish
Shell Fischer
Marie Carter
and others will read from her work






Sparrow is one of the first thinkers of his generation to accept wallpaper as a complex art form. Born on 77th Street in Manhattan, Sparrow went on to a career as a noted Presidential candidate, amateur Gilgamesh scholar and "performance scientist." (He was the first to wed "performance art" to science with his groundbreaking "electricity vs. ice" experiments of 1992.) Currently residing in a double-wide trailer in Phoenicia (a hamlet of the Catskill Mountains) with his wife, Violet Snow, and daughter, Sylvia, Sparrow continues to write songs for Foamola, a band he has long inhabited.




Eric Lorberer has published dozens of poems in such literary journals as American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Conduit, Denver Quarterly, Exquisite Corpse, Luna, Paragraph, Post Road, Swerve, Turnrow, and Volt. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he edits Rain Taxi Review of Books.




Brendan Lorber has often been mistaken for someone who has published dozens of poems in such literary journals as American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Conduit, Denver Quarterly, Exquisite Corpse, Luna, Paragraph, Post Road, Swerve, Turnrow, and Volt. Some popel believe he lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he edits Rain Taxi Review of Books. 

John Ashbery twice thanked him for reviews that Eric wrote & once suggested they hang out in Minneapolis sometime.



Michael Scharf is the author of Telemachiad (sugarhigh!) and Vérité (/ubu).
I will most likely read a prose piece called "Model States." It's the
fourth part of a five-part ms. that's called For Kid Rock/Total Freedom.
(It's mostly a prose ms., but there are two sections of actual verse.)




David Micah Greenberg is the author of Planned Solstice (Iowa; 2003)




Mike Kelleher lives in Buffalo, where works as the Artistic Director for
Just Buffalo Literary Center. He is the author To Be Sung (blazevox [books],
2005) as well as three chapbooks: Cuba (Phylum, 2002), Bacchanalia
(Quinella: Three Poems Series, 1999) and The Necessary Elephant (Ota Molloy,
1998). His poems and essays have appeared in Kiosk, Queen St. Quarterly, The
Transcendental Friend, ecopoetics and others. He was editor of two
electronic publications, a l y r i c m a i l e r, and lume: a journal of
electronic writing and art, and continues to edit the artist book/poets
press, ELEVATOR.



Mike & Ammiel will give a talk together called "Olson Now"



Pansy Maurer-Alvarez was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in Pennsylvania but has lived in Europe for over 30 years. She occasionally gives workshops and is a contributing editor for the British magazine TEARS IN THE FENCE. She has three collections: DOLORES: THE ALPINE YEARS and WHEN THE BODY SAYS IT'S LEAVING (both from Hanging Loose Press) and a fine press collaboration, LOVERS ETERNALLY NEARING, with original art work and German trans lations. She lives in Paris mainly and Zurich sometimes.

As to what I'm going to read/talk about, I'm not yet exactly sure but it will be definitely be a reading from WHEN THE BODY SAYS IT'S LEAVING and maybe I'll talk about its being a chain of poems (not a sequence or a series but a chain) which is its structure and an interesting way to work -- yes I think that's what I'll do.




Michael Ruby's first book of poems, At an Intersection, was published by Alef Books in New York at the end of 2002. His poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in syllogism, Lost & Found Times, Lungfull!, Poethia, Aught, Big Bridge, La Petite Zine, Sidereality, and Castagraf. He recently completed a short trilogy on varieties of unconscious experience.He lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and works as a journalist.BA very very soon


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