Poetry Festival Preview: The Feminist Poets in Low-Cut Blouses

The Feminist Poets in Low-Cut Blouses

Day: Sunday

Stage: The Algonquin

Time: 1:40 PM

Interview with curator Larissa Shmailo


1. Tell us a little bit about your organization.

Founded in 1993,The Feminist Poets in Low-Cut Blouses are a loose (sic) organization of men, women, and others who bring their wit and wisdom to the poetic arts in their hometown of NYC. Together and individually, the Feminist Poets have performed on behalf of Girls Write Now, the Bread and Life Soup Kitchen, 100,000 Poets for Change, The New York City Poetry Calendar, Share Our Strength/American Express, Poets in Need, and just for the hell of having a good literary time.

2. Who is reading in your slot at the Festival and why?

Sharon Mesmer, because she has a book entitled Annoying Diabetic Bitch and is the queen of flarf; Patricia Spears Jones, because she gives us the credibility of her poetic stature; Ron Kolm, because the Feminist Poets in Low-Cut Blouses love the Unbearables (a drinking group with a writing problem) which Ron founded; Michael T. Young because his poetry is beautiful (read and listen!); and Larissa Shmailo, because I founded the organization (my poetry is available on the Web and at the links below).
3. Who else are you looking forward to seeing at the Festival?

The Poetry Brothel, Cornelius Eady, Dorothea Lasky, Todd Colby, Miguel Algarin, and absolutely nothing can happen without Bob Holman!

4. Did you attend the festival last year? If so, what was your favorite thing about it?

Yes, reading with Susan Scutti and Yuriy Tarnawsky was a blast.

5. Why is live poetry important?

It doesn’t matter whether it is important or not: I can’t live without hearing poetry read by living poets.