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.

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.


Goodbye Blue Monday
1087 Broadway
(corner of Dodworth St)
Brooklyn, NY 11221-3013
(718) 453-6343

J M Z trains to Myrtle Ave
or J train to Kosciusko St


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Neat things that my friends do


4 friends of mine from grad school started this poetry magazine called Leveler.  Every Sunday a new poem is posted in conjunction with an editorial called “levelheaded,” where the editors include a brief note on their selection.  Not defending their selection necessarily, but explaining it.  Definitely takes the editorial process to a whole other level (hehe).  A worthy endeavor none-the-less; an honest and sincere one too.  I appreciate this.

In other news of neat things my friends are doing there is this: Mandatory Attendance.  Ever wanted to know what was happening in the world of avant jazz on a night by night basis?  Modeled after the ever popular and perhaps too hip Brooklyn Vegan, Mandatory Attendance seeks to highlight a whole different scene of New York music.  This blog has been neat for me to read for a bunch of reasons but the main one is that it reminds me of how many people are out there every night living what they believe.  Even though I work in New York it’s easy to get in the habit of just going home at night (a habit which I have been in for some time), of not taking advantage of all the dynamic and different cultural happenings that are out there, which is why most of us are in New York in the first place.  So this blog has been reawakening my interest in the city and I am grateful.

Plus my friend Chris posts videos like this one:

Pretty rad, right?

I love the radio.

Timing is everything sometimes.

I love when the radio plays songs that are perfect for right then and there. Feels kinda magical.

bob dylan_mississippi

Also, more poetry readings!

So this Friday is Burning Chair (see previous post).


This Sunday, April 20

Tea Leaf Reading Series

7pm at Tea Lounge, 837 Union Street between 7th and 6th in Park Slope.

Featuring New School MFA Students:

Ben Mirov

PJ Gallo

Paige Taggart

And featured reader Sarah White, author of Cleopatra Haunts the Hudson, Spuyten Duyvil 2007.

Read a review here:

See you there?