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!

I’m reading this Friday at Goodbye Blue Monday

If you are around and available this Friday it would be rad if you came to see me read at Goodbye Blue Monday for the Stain reading series.  I know there are conflicting poetry events this Friday. There always are.  None-the-less, it would be great to see you.

March 26, Friday ~ Jessica Bozek, Kate Braid, Melissa Broder, Jackie Clark, Cate Marvin & Brett Eugene Ralph!

March 26 @ 7 p.m. Goodbye Blue Monday – Bushwick, Brooklyn


Jessica Bozek is the author of The Bodyfeel Lexicon (Switchback Books) and several chapbooks. Recent poems appear in Action, Yes, Artifice, Fairy Tale Review, P-QUEUE, and Womb. Jessica runs Small Animal Project (, a reading series and web-text experiment based in Cambridge, MA.


Kate Braid is a poet, essayist, biographer, and teacher. Braid’s first book, Covering Rough Ground, was about her experience as a carpenter, and won the Pat Lowther Award for best book of poems by a Canadian woman. She is also the author of To This Cedar Fountain, Inward to the Bones: Georgia O’Keefe’s Journey with Emily Carr, A Well-Mannered Storm: The Glenn Gould Poems, and a co-editor, Sandy Shreve, of In Fine Form, the first anthology of Canadian form poetry. A second book of poems about her experiences in construction, Turning Left to the Ladies, was published by Palimpsest in June 2009.  She has also written three books of non-fiction and is currently working on a memoir of her fifteen years as a carpenter.


Melissa Broder is the author of WHEN YOU SAY ONE THING BUT MEAN YOUR MOTHER (Ampersand Books, February 2010). She is the curator of the Polestar Poetry Series and the Chief Editor of La Petite Zine. Broder received her BA from Tufts University and is currently in the MFA program at CCNY. She is the winner of the Jerome Lowell Dejur Award and the Stark Prize for Poetry. By day, she works as a literary publicist. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including: Opium, Shampoo, Conte and The Del Sol Review.


Jackie Clark is currently co-editor-in-chief for LIT magazine. She also curates Poets off Poetry at, where poets write about music.  Her chapbook Office Work is forthcoming from Greying Ghost Press.  She lives in Jersey City.


Cate Marvin’s first book, World’s Tallest Disaster, was chosen by Robert Pinsky for the 2000 Kathryn A. Morton Prize and published by Sarabande Books in 2001. In 2002, she received the Kate Tufts Discovery Prize. Her poems have appeared in The New England Review, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Fence, The Paris Review, The Cincinnati Review, Slate, Verse, Boston Review, and Ninth Letter. She is co-editor with poet Michael Dumanis of the anthology Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (Sarabande Books, 2006). Her second book of poems, Fragment of the Head of a Queen, was published by Sarabande in August 2007. A recent Whiting Award recipient and 2007 NYFA Gregory Millard Fellow, she teaches poetry writing in Lesley University’s Low-Residency M.F.A. Program and is an associate professor in creative writing at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York.


Brett Eugene Ralph spent the better part of his youth in Louisville, Kentucky, playing football and singing in punk rock bands.  His work has appeared in journals such as Conduit, Mudfish, Willow Springs, and The American Poetry Review; it has been anthologized in The McSweeney’s Book of Poets Picking Poets and The Stiffest of the Corpse: An Exquisite Corpse Reader. His first full-length collection, Black Sabbatical, was published by Sarabande Books in 2009.  Brett has taught at the University of Massachusetts, Missouri State University, and the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies in the Himalayas of northern India.  Currently, he lives in Empire, Kentucky, and teaches at Hopkinsville Community College.  His country rock ensemble, Brett Eugene Ralph’s Kentucky Chrome Revue, can be heard in seedy dives throughout the South.


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