upcoming readings

I will be reading this Sunday, February 16th around 2pm at Unnameable Books (600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY) as part of the Welcome to Boog City 7.5 Festival with Pattie McCarthy, Anselm & Eddie Berrigan, Susana Gardner, Ethan Fugate and many, many others. It’s a two day festival of music and poetry with 36 poets, 5 musical acts, one play and more. Complete details available here (pdf).

Friday April 4th, 7pm I’ll read at Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer, Williamsburg, Brooklyn) with Ara Shirinyan and Joseph Lease as part of The Multifarious Array series.


New Year’s Day

How is it almost 2014 already?

When the New Year rolls in, the Poetry Project‘s going to be the place to be for the 40th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon reading. More than 140 poets reading from 2pm on through the night. I’ll be on some time between 6 & 7 pm. See you there.

More info and tickets available here.
Here’s the Facebook event page.

writing workshop

From October through December, I’ll be leading a writing workshop at the Poetry Project. Let’s write together!

I will be facilitating a writing workshop in which participants will delve into physical experience: writing through the senses — to create an embodied poetics and journey along a path toward a new body of work. Over the 10-week course we will incorporate/examine/manifest/experience Sight (visuals!), Sound (beats!), Taste (mad flavor!), Touch/Sensation, and Scent through writing exercises, readings and possibly field trips around the neighborhood. We do not subscribe to the notion that there are only five senses, but there are only 10 weeks in the course: at least a few sessions will be dedicated to an investigation of other, less familiar senses and what constitutes a sense. Make sense? One of the primary aims of the workshop is to kickstart the writing process– there will be a focus on generative writing exercises and collegial feedback.

Space is limited. Enrollment details here: http://poetryproject.org/get-involved/sign-up-for-workshops

Hoa Nguyen & Betsy Fagin at The Center for Book Arts

Beautiful letterpress broadsides for everyone!! Want one?
Come to the reading on Friday!

I think the image was meant to be a surprise, but the internets spoiled it.

Amazing work by Sarah Nicholls. I can’t wait to get my hands on it.


Center Broadsides Reading
Betsy Fagin and Hoa Nguyen

Organized by Marcella Durand and Krystal Languell on behalf of the Belladonna* Collaborative.

When: Friday, June 7, 2013 6:30pm
Where: 28 W. 27th St., 3rd Floor, New York, NY

Subway: N/R to 28th St., or F to 23rd St.
Admission: $10 suggested donation/ $5 members

Join us for the third broadsides reading of the spring!  A reception follows the reading, and guests receive free broadsides.

Born in the Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Hoa Nguyen studied Poetics at New College of California in San Francisco. With the poet Dale Smith, Nguyen founded Skanky Possum, a poetry journal and book imprint in Austin, TX where they lived for 14 years. The author of eight books and chapbooks, she currently lives in Toronto Ontario where she teaches poetics in a private workshop and at Ryerson University. Wave Books published her third full-length collection of poems, As Long As Trees Last, in September 2012.

Betsy Fagin is an activist, poet and librarian who explores the territory where art, information access and political engagement through direct action meet. She received degrees in literature and creative writing from Vassar College and Brooklyn College and completed her MLS degree in Information Studies at the University of Maryland where she was an ALA Spectrum Scholar. She is the author of Poverty Rush (Three Sad Tigers, 2011), the science seemed so solid (dusie kollektiv, 2011), Belief Opportunity (Big Game Books Tinyside, 2008), Rosemary Stretch (dusie e/chap, 2006) and For every solution there is a problem (Open 24 Hours, 2003). She is currently a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Writer-in-Residence.


The Center for Book Arts is committed to exploring and cultivating contemporary aesthetic interpretations of the book as an art object, while invigorating traditional artistic practices of the art of the book. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary art and literature through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting. Founded in 1974, the Center for Book Arts was the first organization of its kind in the nation.


LMCC open studios

Since November I’ve had a writer-in-residence gig downtown at One Liberty Plaza through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace program. From May 31-June 2 there will be open studios and readings to showcase what we’ve all been up to in the space.

Please come check it out. It’s free & open to the public, but the LMCC requires people to register on their website in order to attend. Brookfield Properties likes to keep their security tight!

Opening Reception: Friday, May 31, 7 – 9 pm
Open Hours: Saturday, June 1, 1 – 5 pm
Sunday, June 2, 1 – 6 pm

Participating writers & artists detailed here: http://www.lmcc.net/residencies/workspace/current_session

All of the writers will be reading at Open Texts: Saturday June 1 from 5 – 7 pm
Event details are on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/455121521241080/

what’s been going on?

Atlantic PacificSubway-wise, the MTA’s officially announced a name change for our beloved hub. It will always be Atlantic-Pacific to me.

Poetry-wise, some of my poems were in the April edition of the Brooklyn Rail.

Library-wise, we filed a lawsuit against Bloomberg, Ray Kelly, the NYPD, the Dept of Sanitation, and the City of New York. w00t! The case is Occupy Wall Street et al. v. Michael Bloomberg et al., U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 12-4129. The full complaint is here.

Michele said it well in her post, “We believe that the raid and its aftermath violated our First-Amendment rights to free expression, Fourth-Amendment rights against unlawful search and seizure, and Fourteenth-Amendment rights to due process, as well as the laws of the City of New York regarding the vouchsafing of seized property.” What’s most exciting to me is what we might turn up in the discovery process. As Norman Siegel points out, the suit “not only addresses the seizure and destruction of the books, but it also seeks to show why, how, and who planned the raid on Zuccotti Park.”

shld’ve already posted this

photo credit: Sean McGinty

This Library Journal thing happened, which is very cool. We’ve been named Movers & Shakers for 2012. They shouted out Mandy, Michael & I but obviously, the library is the glorious manifestation of the hard work of everyone who’s helped build The People’s Library and kept it going through the winter. Mad props to everybody who ever helped out. And thank you, Library Journal for noticing.

Also, it’s National Poetry Month. I’ve got a few poems out in this month’s Brooklyn Rail.


New Year fast approaching

In poetry news, I’ve got a response to Noah Eli Gordon‘s The Source up at Futurepost.

And the New Year is upon us, with poetry marathons all over the place. I’ll be reading at the Poetry Project between 3 and 4 pm. I’m very excited to hear as many people as possible at both the Project Marathon and Kaleidoscope at the Bowery Poetry Club.

2012 is going to be a very exciting year!

Tangled Spaces

Tangled Spaces:
Poets Writing Motherhood

Meena Alexander, Kimiko Hahn, Nicole Cooley, Lee Ann Brown, Tina Chang, Marcella Durand, Betsy Fagin, Idra Novey, Tracy K. Smith, Leah Souffrant, Karen Weiser, Rachel Zucker, Cate Marvin, Erica Hunt

How do we theorize a poetics of motherhood?  Attentive to divergent experiences of motherhood and using the maternal as a field that hovers outside neat categorization, this symposium will investigate the poetics of the maternal self and body through the experiences of women of color, adoptive mothers and single mothers.

Thu Sep 29, 2011, 4:00pm | Martin E. Segal Theatre
CUNY Graduate Center 365 Fifth Avenue NYC