Tuesday, April 13, 2010

This Friday, April 16

We'll be stirring dirt in the back of Mostly Books again this Friday.

The Details,
Friday, April 16
Mostly Books, 529 Bainbridge Street
9 p.m.
Bring Your Own

There are four readers, to whit

Vincent Kling teaches German and comparative literature at La Salle University. He has written about W. G. Sebald, Ödön von Horváth, Heimito von Doderer, Heimrad Bäcker, and Gert Jonke as well as about literary translation and about the Austrian “Robin Hood” Johann Breitwieser. His translations have been published by Dalkey Archive Press, Ariadne Press, Counterpath Press, and the journals Literary Imagination, Four Quarters, Chicago Review, and Calque.

Patrick Lucy is a member of the New Philadelphia Poets, a group committed to advancing poetry, space, and community in Philadelphia. His most recent work is featured in the Summer/Fall 2010 edition of Gulf Coast. Patrick invites you to visit his blog and ephemeral press at www.catchconfetti.com.

Debrah Morkun's first book, Projection Machine, is available from BlazeVox Books. She is a founding member of The New Philadelphia Poets. You can see some of her work at www.debrahmorkun.com.

Ron Rodriguez, Puerto Rican poet, studied with Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Anne Waldman at Naropa Institute. Has appeared in the following anthologies: The Trip-The Guide Through Contemporary Poetry-Yugoslavia, City Lights Anthology-S.F., Whose Woods These Are, WPFW Anthology, Hungry As We Are-D.C., and the following publications: New Directions Review, The World-N.Y.C., Big Scream-Grandville Mich., New Blood, Bombay Gin-Boulder CO., Beatniks From Space-Ann Arbor Mich., Action-Adams Basin NY. and First Offence-UK. Also has book published, The Captains That Dogs Aren't with Washington Writers Publishing House.

Has read and performed poetry at The Writer's Center, D.C Space, Botswana Club, Hard Art Gallery, WPFW's Poet and the Poem, Fondo del Sol, Gala Hispanic Theatre, Ruthless Grip Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art, Atticus Books, Pass Gallery, Iota and Miller Cabin in D.C; Pilot Theatre, Be Bop Records and C.A.S.H in L.A; Club Generic, Intersection, Eye Gallery and S.F Art Inst. in San Francisco; Naropa U. in Boulder; Pirate Gallery in Denver; Larry Blake's in Berkeley; Painted Bride in Philadelphia; Maxwell's in Hoboken; Nuyorican Cafe in N.Y.C.;M.S.I.A. Gallery and El Escenario in San Juan P.R., Rutgers and Harvard University.

Played in band Repulsion for Reptiles, which featured an avant-garde jazz-industrial noise hybrid with Spanish lyrics. Has translated the works of Luis Pales Matos and Miguel Unamuno among others. Ron has worked as a laborer, warehouse worker, janitor, truck driver, yoga teacher, drug counselor, case manager with the mentally ill, police psychologist, software tester, court interpreter, and is currently a faceless bureaucrat for the federal government.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Reading Segundo, Friday April Segundo

Isn't everything always just exactly yes? I don't know. But this is, the second installment of what is perhaps the worst idea Joe Russakoff ever had will unfold like so:


And because you're all "What's that?" here's this:

Fingertips Of The Vital Blackbirds will be a drawing and a map of notes. Noisy souls within mute consciousness. Will take place within a traveler’s satchel. Will be the worn of the travel-worn satchel. Tales told from first-hand and second-hand experience. Will be a resistance to patience and to impatience. Will be North American. Will tell of a journey that did not end; apple seeds in my pocket, my eyes in my pocket and no fiction.

Unknown Unimportant Prophetic Exaggerations from the critics of the Sun's Underworld: "Whitmanic loving" "Blakean religious disorder" "Basho observes" "Charlie Parker and John Coltrane speak speak" "Live contemporary tramp trials"

In 4 Acts

Introduced by the poet, Christopher Sweeney

Written, directed, and designed by the painter, Lisandre Whitty, and the poet, Robert Snyderman

Original Musical Undertow composed by the singing poet, Fareed Sajan, and the street accordionist, Gabrielle Doyon-Hanson

Actors: the poet and studying herbalist, Chanelle Bergeron (Soul), Lisandre Whitty (Cryptic Sunlight), Robert Snyderman (The Constant Window)

Yes, that is in fact a play, or a spot of theatre, if you prefer, and it will be followed by:


Fresh back from her conquest of the West.

Ish Klein's book, Union! came out April 2009 through the Canarium Press.
Her third book, For the New Manchurians, will come out from the Canarium Press in 2012.
Her poems have been published in The Canary, Gare du Nord, The Hat magazine, X-connect,
Bridge, Spork and are online. She makes movies and lives in Philadelphia.

See the videos: www.youtube.com/user/ishkleinfilms
interview with CA Conrad: phillysound.blogspot.com/2008_05_01_archive.html

Friday, April 2, 9pm
Mostly Books, 529 Bainbridge
Bring your favorite consumables and consume them.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Inaugural postmortem

Yes, so that was that the other friday at the placey place. Thanks to all those who read and attended. I thought it went rather well, myself, but then again, I would, wouldn't I? So judge for yourself. Greg Bem recorded the whole thing and you can hear it on his blog, just click here.

See you in two Fridays.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Inaugural Reading: (not quite the) Ides of March

Caesar was a Roman guy. One day someone told him to "beware the Ides of March." Caesar ignored him and was consequently killed. Now all that's left is this statue and some boring revisionist history of the Gallic War. Don't be like Caesar, heed good advice at this crucial time of year. To whit:


March, 19th
9 pm
Mostly Books
529 Bainbridge St, between 5th and 6th
Philly, PA

For your civilized delectation, we offer the following poetic experiences

Marion Bell, lives in Philadelphia. She is a member of the New Philadelphia Poets. You can see some of her work on the collective anthology site Elective Affinities. She has a chapbook coming out this summer from Splitleaves Press.

Bela "3 Bios" Shayevich, who sent me three bios.

1: Bela Shayevich lives in Brooklyn, NY. To find out more about Bela Shayevich, you may call her at 847 494 9011. That's a Chicago number. Can't wait to chat.

2: Bela Shayevich: I see without seeing. To me, darkness is as clear as daylight. What am I? The Riddler: Please, you're as blind as a bat!

3: BS are the initials of Bela Shayevich. There are thirteen letters in Bela Shayevich, four in Bela and nine in Shayevich. Backwards, Bela Shayevich is Hciveyahs Aleb. Backwards, Hciveyahs Aleb is Bela Shayevich.

Leeann Thomas, who's responsible for this amazing thing, lives in Stafford, VA, is Assistant Professor of English at Northern Virginia CC and Germanna CC, a Temple & George Mason U alumni, and vagina warrior.

and last and least The Neo-Baroque Variety Hour, which will not last anywhere near an hour, but will feature Steve Dolph and your humble narrator reading translations of Argentina's Nestor Perlongher and Osvaldo Lamborghini, two major figures in the Neo-Baroque movement.

Refreshments will most definitely not be served, but you may bring them with you. See you at the Coliseum.