Tuesday, May 01, 2012 7:00pm until 9:00pm
Jon Leon, Jennifer Tamayo, Dan Magers ,Sophia Le Fraga
70 N 6th st, Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, May 01, 2012, 7:00 PM
Once upon a time you were in third grade and you had to give book reports and it was awesome. The Book Report promises to deliver exactly what it promises: reports on books by the people who’ve read them. Join Leigh Stein and Sasha Fletcher and assorted literate guests for an evening that will remind you of 3rd grade in the best possible way.
158 Bleecker St., New York, NY
Wednesday, May 02, 2012 8:00pm until 10:00pm
The momentum is building! On Wednesday, May 2, 8pm at Sal’s Pizzeria & Mama Maria Restaurant, 305 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231, Peter Gizzi, Niina Pollari and Monica McClure will read their hearts out. Come one, come all. First-timers, note that the reading takes place in the back room restaurant attached to Sal’s, not in the pizza parlor itself! Tip your bartenders and tipple your drinks. Facebook RSVP coming.
Educated at New York University, Brown University, and the State University of New York at Buffalo, poet Peter Gizzi is the author of several collections of poetry, including Threshold Songs (2011), The Outernationale (2007), and Artificial Heart (1998). Influenced by Ezra Pound, the Beats, and John Ashbery, Gizzi uses both narrative and lyrical gestures to engage and question distance and light in his search for the unmapped. Reflecting on the question of whether his work is narrative or lyric, Gizzi stated in an interview with Poetry Daily, “I think I am a narrative poet—I’m just narrating my bewilderment as a citizen.” In the same interview he spoke of his desire “to compose just at the boundaries of the known—to find a way to write at the edge of an already impacted history and world which is where we always already are at all times.” Harvard Review critic Tim Peterson, reviewing Some Values of Landscape and Weather (2003), described Gizzi as “engaged in nothing less than a reinvention of the lyric, attempting an updated version that combines depth and urgency with the jaggedness of our schizophrenic contemporary experience.”
Niina Pollari is a writer and translator. She wrote two chapbooks, Fabulous Essential (2009) and Book Four (2011). With Judy Berman, she is editing the essay collection It’s Complicated: Feminists Write about the Misogynist Art We Love.
Monica McClure is originally from the Texas hill country. She is a recent graduate of NYU’s MFA program. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Loaded Bicycle, InDigest, The Adirondack Review, Lambda Literary and others.
Sal’s Pizzeria & Mama Maria Restaurant,
305 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY
Lost & Found, Series III Launch
Thursday, May 3, 2012, 5:00pm
Come celebrate the publication of Series III of Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, & hear the editors present their projects:
Anne Donlon’s work on Langston Hughes, Nancy Cunard & Louise Thompson: Poetry, Politics & Friendship in the Spanish Civil War
John Harkey’s facsimile edition of Lorine Niedecker’s Homemade Poems
Seth Stewart’s recovery of the John Wieners / Charles Olson Correspondence
Ana Božičević’s presentation of a Diane di Prima Lecture on Charles Olson
Lindsey Freer’s transcription and annotation of lectures by Ed Dorn
Megan Paslawski’s edition of Michael Rumaker’s Selected Letters
Ammiel Alcalay’s edition of Letters To & From Joanne Kyger
Join poet Joanne Kyger for a rare East Coast appearance, as she reads with her old friend, prose writer and former Black Mountain College student Michael Rumaker, Ammiel Alcalay and the Lost & Found editors.
Series III will be available for purchase, along with two free broadsides printed especially for the event.
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
Ruth Stone Memorial Reading
Saturday, May 5, 2012, 7pm FREE
Come for a celebration of Ruth Stone’s work and stick around for the reception.
NYU Cantor Film Center, 36 East 8th Street, 2nd Floor (between University and Greene) Theater 201
Lilian Vernon House
58 West 10th Street (at 6th Ave)