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.

tell people they can fucking win

I saw a video online of Ed Sanders, Jack Kerouac and Lewis Yablonsky discussing the political moment happening in 1968 with William F. Buckley on Firing Line and I asked Ed Sanders if he still stands by the visions of love & light that he talked about in that interview. I really hoped he would say that even in the dire circumstances we find ourselves in now he still believes. His gracious response is included in issue #251.

Now available online, issue #251 was my last one as editor for the Project Newsletter.

Contents include a memorial for Ray DiPalma with some of his work and investigations into our current political moment, TELL PEOPLE THEY CAN FUCKING WIN, curated by Jen Hofer.

Art from Anastasio Wrobel and Hilary Mushkin and, of course, reviews: Velina Manolova on Christine Shan Shan Hou, Edmund Berrigan on Micah Ballard, Rijard Bergeron on Jared Stanley, Julia Johanne Tolo on Jennifer Firestone, Lara Mimosa Montes on Alexis Pauline Gumbs.

I hear the latest issue #252, put together by Marwa Helal, is just back from the printer and should be dropping soon. I’m so excited to see it.

The Firing Line episode with Ed Sanders is available here.

Resilience is human nature

The February/March 2017 issue of The Poetry Project Newsletter is online now.

 Issue #250 includes:

Poetry Project Newsletter #249

I was particularly happy with the timeliness of issue #249, now available online. The George Schneeman cover felt really perfect for election season.

Contents include Marcella Durand on Paul Blackburn and an interview with Anselm Berrigan about his book of Newsletter interviews, What Is Poetry? (Just Kidding, I Know You Know).

Poetry from Ari Banias and reviews: John Godfrey on Anselm Hollo; Sara Jane Stoner on Solmaz Sharif; Zoë Bodzas on Bhanu Khapil; Yanyi Luo on Safiya Sinclair; Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves on Metta Sáma; Matt Longabucco on Alejandra Pizarnik (transl. Yvette Siegert).

Poetry Project Newsletter #248

2017 means my gig as editor for the Poetry Project Newsletter is almost up. I’m really pleased with all the issues that have managed to come together while I’ve been holding the reins. Poetry Project Newsletter #248 is now available online here. Issue #248 features:

Thanks to all who contributed to this issue.

New Year’s Marathon

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All this will soon be behind us. And what better way to celebrate the new year than with a poetry marathon?

I have the great honor of reading this year at the Poetry Project’s 43rd Annual New Year’s Day Marathon.

131 E. 10th St. NYC from 3pm January 1st until.
$25 general admission, $20 students/seniors/members.

Come through. I’ll be there some time along with lots of other wonderful poets & musicians.

Let’s get 2017 started right.

fb details: https://www.facebook.com/events/320515378334361/

If you’re interested in getting involved behind the scenes and getting into the Marathon for FREE, consider volunteering two hours of your time to help to make the event happen. Email lh@poetryproject.org for more information or to sign-up.

Poetry Project Newsletter #245

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Seems like as soon as I get one newsletter issue done the previous one is posted online as a pdf file available for download.

Included in issue #245: the usual awesome Poetry Project stuff plus poems from Krystal Languell, a photo essay from the Rio streets from Kaia Sand, a mini-interview with Pierre Joris and Jerome Rothenberg, a Gertrude Stein crossword puzzle & more!

Poetry Project Newsletter

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I may have failed to mention, but I’m editing the newsletter for The Poetry Project these days. The first one I did, #244, just got put online and is now available for download as a pdf.

I’m so grateful to the generous folks at University of Toronto for sharing this fantastic image with us. A naked centerfold was just what the newsletter needed.

© Allen Ginsberg Estate  – courtesy the University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Allen Ginsberg Collection

marathon

2016 fast approaches!

On New Year’s day I’ll be reading in the Poetry Project’s annual marathon with hundreds of amazing readers/shining lights:

This year’s performers include: Heroes Are Gang Leaders, Hanif Abdurraqib, Julia Alsop, Penny Arcade, Ed Askew Band, Vyt Bakaitis, Jennifer Bartlett, Morgan Bassichis, Jim Behrle, Rijard Bergeron, Felix Bernstein, Anselm Berrigan, Edmund Berrigan, Jennifer Blowdryer, Stephen Boyer, Ernie Brooks with Peter Zummo and Jeanine Otis, Lee Ann Brown, Marie Buck, Steve Cannon, Wo Chan, Lonely Christopher, Yoshiko Chuma, Jace Clayton, CA Conrad, Todd Colby, John Coletti, Joey de Jesus, Ted Dodson, Thom Donovan, Maggie Dubris, Douglas Dunn, Marcella Durand, Andrew Durbin, Will Edmiston, Mel Elberg, Christine Elmo, Carlos Estrada, Betsy Fagin, Farnoosh Fathi, Carolyn Ferrucci, Jess Fiorini, Foamola, Tonya Foster, Joanna Fuhrman, Cliff Fyman, John Giorno, Aracelis Girmay, Philip Glass, John Godfrey, Ariel Goldberg, Nada Gordon, Stephanie Gray, Adjua Greaves, John S. Hall, Janet Hamill, Diana Hamilton, Christian Hawkey, David Henderson, Laura Henriksen, Mitch Highfill, Jibade-Kahlil Huffman, Erica Hunt and Marty Ehrlich, Lyric Hunter, Brenda Iijima, Lisa Jarnot, Paolo Javier, Serena Jost & Dan Machlin, erica kaufman, Joseph Keckler, Amy King, Jaamil Kosoko, Shiv Kotecha, Gabe Kruis, Ben Krusling, Susan Landers, Dorthea Lasky, Denize Lauture, Karen Lepri, Kimberly Lyons, Filip Marinovich, Dawn Lundy Martin, Andriniki Mattis, Yvonne, Meier, Jonas Mekas, Jennifer Miller, Jennifer Monson, Carley Moore, Thurston Moore, Saretta Morgan, Tracie Morris with Jerome Harris and Marvin Sewell, Sade Murphy, Eileen Myles, Marc Nasdor, Elinor Nauen, Martha Oatis, Edgar Oliver, Dael Orlandersmith, Valery Oisteanu, Morgan Parker, Trace Peterson, Wanda Phipps, Arlo Quint, Church of Betty, Montana Ray, Reno, Camilo Roldán, Bob Rosenthal, Douglas Rothschild, Judah Rubin, Tom Savage, Ryan Sawyer, Danniel Schoonebeek, Sarah Schulman, Ramsey Scott, Purvi Shah, Evie Shockley, Nathaniel Siegel, Yvette Siegert, Emily Skillings, Jesse Smith, Pamela Sneed, Patricia Spears Jones, Christopher Stackhouse, Sara Jane Stoner, Christina Strong, Steven Taylor, Nurit Tilles, Edwin Torres with David Brown, Tony Towle, Édgar Ulloa, Aldrin Valdez, David Vogen, Anne Waldman with Fast Speaking Music, Ken Walker, Nicole Wallace, Lewis Warsh, Simone White, Martha Wilson, Ulijana Wolf, Wendy Xu, Emily XYZ, Don Yorty, Jenny Zhang and more to be announced!

I’m on the early end of things: 4-5ish.

facebook details here.
advance tickets here.

(links are arbitrary. why don’t more poets have websites?)