January readings

Reaching the Cliffs of Moher was a visceral experience of the end of the line, the edge of the world. Beautiful and terrifying. This photo does no justice to the drama of the experience, but it illustrates an end.

Ending one year, beginning the next, I’ll be starting my 2019 by reading at the Poetry Project’s 45th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading.

This year’s lineup includes: Andrea Abi-Karam, Ammiel Alcalay, Ashna Ali, Justin Allen, Julie Alsop, Jonathan Aprea, Penny Arcade, Ed Askew Band, Daisy Atterbury, James Barickman, J. Mae Barizo, Peter BD, Jim Behrle, Anselm Berrigan, Edmund Berrigan, Fabrienne Bottero, Michael Broder, Lee Ann Brown & Janice Lowe, Marie Buck, Phong Bui, Steve Cannon, Wo Chan, Yoshiko Chuma with Dane Terry, Lauren Clark, Todd Colby, John Coletti, CA Conrad, Lydia Cortes, Brenda Coultas, Alex Cuff, Matty D’Angelo, Kyle Dacuyan, Jordan Davis, Ted Dodson, r erica doyle, Ry Dunn, Anaïs Duplan, Marcella Durand, Steve Earle, Mel Elberg, Betsy Fagin, Will Farris, Farnoosh Fathi, Avram Fefer, Camonghne Felix, Jack Ferver, Jennifer Firestone, Jen Fisher, Jameson Fitzpatrick, Dorothy Friedman August, Kay Gabriel, John Godfrey, Suzanne Goldenberg, Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves, Phoebe Greer & Arthur Cañedo, Diana Hamilton, Odetta Hartman, David Henderson, Barbara Henning, Laura Henriksen, Erika Hodges, Bob Holman, Erica Hunt, Cori Hutchinson, Omotara James, Rachel James, Paolo Javier, Cyree Jarelle Johnson, Pierre Joris & Nicole Peyrafitte, Millie Kapp & Matt Shalzi, Vincent Katz, erica kaufman, Amy King, Anna Kreienberg, M Lamar, Yaz Lancaster, Sue Landers, Denizé Lauture, Paul Legault, Rachel Levitsky, Matt Longabucco, Brendan Lorber, Jimena Lucero, Filip Marinovich, Erin Markey, Douglas A. Martin, Eline Marx with Devin Brahja Waldman as teknikal issues, Greg Masters, Andriniki Mattis, Jillian McManemin, Yvonne Meier, Carley Moore, Tracie Morris, Dave Morse, Stephen Motika, Gala Mukomolova, Sahar Muradi, Uche Nduka, Peter Neeley, Precious Okoyomon, Edgar Oliver, Laura Ortman, Nicky Paraiso, Trace Peterson, Matt Proctor & Sarah Safaie, Lorelei Ramirez, El Roy Red, Batya Rosenblum, Bob Rosenthal, Douglas Rothschild, Judah Rubin, John Rufo, George Emilio Sanchez, Tina Satter, Tom Savage, Simon Schuchat, Purvi Shah, Frank Sherlock, Jayson Smith, Sean D. Henry Smith, Pamela Sneed, Patricia Spears Jones, Tammy Faye Starlite, Max Steele, Jim Stewart, Sara Jane Stoner, Bridget Talone, Susie Timmons, Edwin Torres, Tony Towle, Cat Tyc, Aldrin Valdez, Cecilia Vicuna, Anna Vitale, Morgan Vo, Asiya Wadud, Anne Waldman with Fast Speaking Music, Nicole Wallace, Lewis Warsh, Jacqueline Waters, Rachael Wilson, Chavisa Woods, Matvei Yankelevich, John Yau, The Double Yews , Don Yorty, Spoke and Feather, Sparrow / Foamola, The Blow, and St. Mark’s Choir.

Support poetry on New Year’s Day from 2pm on at The Poetry Project 131 E. 10th St, NYC $20 tickets available at  https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3906011, $25 at the door.

On January 11th, Laura Henriksen & I will be kicking off the first THERETHEN reading at 7pm at The Footlight 465 Seneca Avenue Brooklyn, NY.

Organized by Dustin Williamson, THERETHEN is an occasional chapbook reading series. Handmade, letterpress chapbooks of work by the readers will be on offer– only available at the reading.

All the best to everyone in 2019. May there be peace. May there be peace.
May there be love, justice and peace for all beings.

sanctuary

I’m very excited to be leading a workshop as part of The Millay Colony’s Sanctuary Series in June.

DISENTANGLING– Disaster Has Come from the Outside. Don’t Give Up Hope.
June 3, 1 – 4 pm  at The Neighborhood Preservation Center
232 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

How do we stay grounded and reduce anxiety in the face of overwhelm? Join us as we disentangle ourselves from disorder and gain the capacity to welcome the unexpected. Through guided meditations and writing exercises we will explore the present moment in order to gain focus and effectiveness. We will develop (resistance) strategies of self-care and cultivate awareness of our interdependence using writing as our vehicle. We will explore the nexus between acceptance and resistance, complacency and direct action: the places where opposing impulses connect, investigating ways to successfully integrate these forces through our writing and in our bodies.

The Sanctuary Series of workshops brings together artists, healers and educators in collaborative sessions that ask participants to creatively imagine desired cultural and community outcomes as well as their role within those outcomes. Held in New York City, Hudson and other locations, these are 2-3 hour workshops centered on writing or visual art-making.

To Apply: Send a letter of introduction including a brief biography with a $25 deposit. Send materials requested to Caroline Crumpacker at director@millaycolony.org. Send deposit via PayPal using our DONATE Button. Or hard copy can go to The Millay Colony for the Arts, 454 East Hill Road, Austerlitz, NY. Attention: Workshops. Make checks payable to The Millay Colony for the Arts. 

Fee: Each workshop in The Sanctuary Series costs $60 or $125 for all three. Millay Colony Alumni receive a 15% discount.

Further details available here: http://www.millaycolony.org/betsy-fagin-workshop/

Millay Colony shares some post-workshop reflections from participant Carol Mirakove.

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.

ABOUT THE CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS

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/