Bling that Sings & New POP & The Rumpus & More Songs of the Week

Hi there.

Here I am taking care of business  while still under the grips of St. John’s and Tracy (my sister loaned it to me so I figured I’d give it a go, it’s very, very silly, I know).  I’ll try almost anything that will help me to continue propelling myself forward.  It’s been rough lately!

Yesterday I was lucky enough to be included in Paige Taggart’s Bling that Sings.  I know I’ve mentioned this here before but Paige is not only an awesome poet but she also makes super awesome jewelry.  Check out her newly revamped site here and buy something for someone you love now!

In other news, the latest Poets off Poetry is up and features an essay by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Rae Armantrout!  Check it out here.  Very exciting to have Rae contribute to my little series.

I have another review up at The Rumpus- Laura Gibson’s La Grande.  You can read it here.

And more Songs of the Week by the last of the Birds, LLC crew Sommer Browning, then Gregory Crosby, Zayne Turner, and the first two of four SOWs by  Matt Hart: Part 1 and Part 2.

Other than that things are just chugging along here…

I Live Here Now Available Now, Another Rumpus Review, and More Songs of the Week

My chapbook I Live Here Now is now available from Lame House Press.    I just got my copies a few days ago.  Super excited!

Also, I wrote another music review for The Rumpus a few weeks about the Cass McCombs’ record Humor Risk.  You can read it here.  The next record I am going to write a review about is Angel Olsen’s Strange Cacti.

And, you can check out new Songs of the Week by Yotam Hadass, Angela Veronica Wong, and Jennifer H. Fortin.

I think that is it for now…oh! Stay tuned for the new POP (which will go live later this week) by Cynthia Arrieu-King, Sommer Browning, and Ana Bozicevic!

Upon My Return from Vermont Studio Center, New POP, and More Songs of the Week

Well, it’s been about a week since I’ve been back from the Vermont Studio Center.  It was kind of a tough week, re-entering, going back to work, etc.  I was at VSC for two weeks and it was a pretty amazing experience.  I have never done anything like VSC before.  There is truly something to be said about having time to let your brain breathe, to come to creativity.  And about not being in New York.  Here are some photos.

Peace through Culture.

My sleeping room.

My sleeping house.

My studio.  Outside that window there is a river.

Here is the river.

This the the building my studio is in.

The Red Mill, where the dining hall is.

A morning walk.

An afternoon walk.

A snowing morning.

Wisdom found in one of the artist’s studios.

Self-Portrait.

Being at VSC is something I feel grateful to have had the opportunity to experience and hope it will inform future decisions in my life.

In other news, the new Poets off Poetry is up now featuring a collaborative piece by Travis Nichols and Paul Killebrew.  You can read the essay here.  Next month brings us another collaborative piece by three lovely ladies: Cynthia Arrieu-King, Sommer Browning, and Ana Božičević!

Also, more Songs of the Week you should know about by: Lily Ladewig, Allen Edwin Butt,  Jillian Weise, and Mathias Svalina.

Even though it was a rough week transitioning back to my everyday responsibilities, I did get to go on a wonderful date to see an evening of the Merce Cunningham Legacy Tour at BAM.  Here is an excerpted video of BIPED from 1999, one of the pieces we saw at BAM.  I don’t know much about dance but found myself enthralled.

Happy (Poetry) 2010.

Hey now.

It’s 2010.

New year, new decade, etc.

I guess it means what you make it.

That said, things are on the up and up over here.

I recently found out that Greying Ghost Press will be publishing my chapbook Office Work.  It is my first chapbook and I am positively beaming about it.  Some poems from said chapbook are forthcoming from Free Verse.   Greying Ghost also accepted manuscripts from Paige Taggart and Sampson Starkweather.  Exciting to be in such good company!

In other news, Sommer Browning has posted a recording of the reading I did for her Multifarious Array Series a few weeks ago.  You can get the direct link to the audio here.

Then there was this good-bad news from Alice James Books.

Did I mention that I went to see City & Colour last weekend?  Here’s the song he opened with:

Oh, and I am happy to be reading for The Stain of Poetry Series at Goodbye Blue Monday on Friday, March 26.  Will check in with more information on that soon.

Oh, and maybe that journal that I edit will come out sometime this century and we’ll have a party and everyone will have lots of fun…

Until we meet again.

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