After LIT, A Whole Bunch of Poetry Readings, and Boog City

Well, the LIT 19 launch party came and went.  I am super proud of this issue and am happy that my friends and peers came to support the journal and me.  It ended up being an emotional night for me.  A friend who I was hoping to come did not, but another friend who I wasn’t expecting to come did.  I guess that is just the way the universe balances itself and reminds you to put your love towards people and things that are capable of returning it.  Gestures of love.  I am learning to be more selective with mine.

Me taking a photo of the crowd:

Some examples of love:

Also, I’m going to be reading three times in the next month and a half.  Too many readings if you ask me, but it’s been said that one should never turn down a reading, so there you have it.

I’m reading for the Perfect Sense Reading Series this Wednesday, February 23 at 6pm at Cornelia Street Cafe with Mariya Gusev, Abby Sugar, and Ocean Voung.  Admission is $7 but that includes one free drink, which considering this place is in the West Village, that pricing sort of works out.

Then on Sunday, March 6 from 6-8pm I will be reading for Douglas Piccinnini’s CROWD reading series.  The reading happens at Cafe Orwell from 6-8pm.  I will be reading with Zachary Schomburg, Jesse Lichtenstein, and Sampson Starkweather.  I am skipping yoga for this reading.  Enough said.

And then, I will be reading on Friday, March 25 at Goodbye Blue Monday for the Stain series.  Details to follow.

Also I have a poem in this issue of the Boog City paper.  It’s a shortie but still exciting!  The paper itself exists in real life at some places downtown but is also available via this PDF.

Okay, that’s it for now!

LIT Launch Party This Friday and Indigest Podcast and I Read Poems at the Lincoln Memorial!

First thing’s first.

LIT 19 launch party!  This Friday!

Hope to see you there!  This is the last issue that I will be editor for so it’s a bit bittersweet for me.  I am looking forward to putting my energy into new projects but I have been on the staff of LIT since 2007 (!!!) and if you are anything like me, you know how hard/sentimental change can be, even when it is for the best.  I will say that the poetry in this issue is pretty darn great.  Did I tell you that two of Farrah Field’s poems from LIT 18 and one of Jennifer L. Knox’s poems from LIT 17 were selected for the upcoming Best American Poetry 2011??  This news makes me a proud editor.  Congratulations to Farrah and Jennifer!  So see, LIT publishes some pretty rad poems.  LIT 19 is no exception.

A few months back I read for Indigest Magazine‘s 3rd Anniversary Party.  And now it’s a podcast!  Well, I guess it’s been a podcast for a little while, but I’m a little slow with updates sometimes…any-hoo, I’m actually pretty pleased with the reading!  Thanks to Dustin and Jess at Indigest for all their good work!

Also, while at AWP in DC I had the awesome opportunity to read for the H_NGM_N/Forklift, Ohio/Lumberyard reading at the effing Lincoln Memorial!  It was pretty amazing.  From what I’m told there were about 65 people there.  The weather was the best one could hope for.  It was chilly but there was no wind.  Everyone sat huddled together on the steps and listened to me and five other poets read poems!  Incredible.

I grow more and more thankful for poetry each day.