LIT Launch! This Saturday!

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Come help LIT celebrate the launch of it’s anniversary double issue this Saturday night!  This issue has been a long time in the making and it feels so, so good to finally have it in tangible form.  There is something in this issue for everyone.  I know people say dumb stuff like that all the time but this time it is really true.  This issue clocks in somewhere around 320 pages; I assure you you will find something that sparks your fancy.  So come out Saturday night,  get a copy, hear some amazing readers, and enjoy some adult beverages.  Okay?  Okay.

Hellhole Ratrace, For Sure

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Girls is playing three times this weekend.  I acutally think I am up for going.  I haven’t been so interested in going to shows lately but I’m into this.

Also, I’ve add WFMU’s Beware of the Blog to my google reader.  They’ve got all these recordings from the recent Primavera Sound Festival that just took place in Barcelona.  Today I’ve been checking out The Bats‘ set.

Laters.

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Poem up at Raleigh Quarterly & WFMU all day, everyday!

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A little late in posting this, but I have a poem up now at Raleigh Quarterly.  Exciting!

Also, having felt as if I have indefinitely run out of music to listen to, I have decided that I am going to listen to nothing but WFMU all day, every day (for better or for worse, and the worse can be pretty bad) while I am stuck behind this desk for as long as I can hack it.

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Soon I should have a t-shirt that looks like that.   Oooooooooooo, and The Best Show is on tonight.  I splurged this morning and ordered this:

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Sweet.

Jackson Heights Poetry Festival this Saturday!

I’ll be reading some poems and hocking copies of LIT this Saturday at the Jackson Heights Poetry festival in Queens.  Thanks to Sommer from Flying Guillotine Press for asking me to participate and for helping to organize all these great small presses.  Hopefully the weather will be agreeable.  Come on out and say hello!  See details below.

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When:

Saturday June 20th, 2009 — 10am – 6:30pm

Where:

The playground of
The Garden School
33-16 79th Street
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

http://www.gardenschool.org/

You can get there by the E, F, R & V and the 7 Train.
7 Train is closest.

Festival’s Website: http://www.jhpfest.org/v2/

Participating Presses & Magazines

Ugly Duckling Presse
Kitchen Press
Lightful Press
Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs
Agriculture Reader/X-ing Press
Tarpaulin Sky
Flying Guillotine Press
Cannibal Books
LIT Magazine
Small Anchor Press
No, Dear

Schedule for Saturday June 20th

10am-10:30 – Opening Band

10:30-11:40

Sommer Browning (Flying Guillotine Press)
3rd Place Middle School Student Reader
Featured Reader: Roger Sedarat
Ivy Johnson (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs)

11:40 – 12:50

Tony Mancus (Flying Guillotine Press)
2nd Place Middle School Student Reader
Featured Reader: Laren McClung
Alex Cuff (No, Dear)

12:50-2:00

Jackie Clark (LIT Magazine)
1st Place Middle School Student Reader
Featured Reader: Richard Newman
Justin Marks (Kitchen Press)

2:00-2:30 band

2:30-3:40

Katie Fowley (Lightful Press)
3rd Place High School Student Reader
Featured Reader: Ocean Vuong
TBD

3:40-4:50

TBD
2nd Place High School Student Reader
Featured Reader: Julio Marzan
Matvei Yankelevich (Ugly Duckling Presse)

4:50-6:00

Steve Dalachinsky (Ugly Duckling Presse)
1st Place High School Student Reader
Featured Reader: Nicole Cooley
Regan Good (Ugly Duckling Presse)

6:00-6:30

Closing Band

LIT and Joe Meno at McNally Jackson Books

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Just a quick note to say that LIT will be co-hosting Joe Meno’s reading at McNally Jackson Books, whose story “Airports of Light” was published in LIT 14, on Thursday, June 18 at 7pm.   His new novel The Great Perhaps is available now from W.W. Norton.  He will be reading with author Maggie Estep.  After the reading there will be a brief Q&A moderated by LIT’s own Prose Editor, Emily Taylor!  You can get more details about the event here.  Hope to see you all there!