Tuesday, May 12, 2009

May 19: Dusie Press in NYC

Boog City presents
Dusie Press and the Dusie Players!

d.a. levy lives: celebrating the renegade press
Dusie Press (Switzerland)

Tuesday, May 19
6pm sharp

ACA Galleries
529 W. 20th Street, 5th floor

Event will be hosted by
Dusie editor Susana Gardner

Featuring readings from
Cara Benson
Elizabeth Bryant
Annie Finch
Susana Gardner
Jennifer Karmin
Nicole Mauro
Marthe Reed
Jessica Smith

Noise experiment poetics of the Dusie Players
wine, cheese, and crackers, too

Curated and with an introduction by
Boog City editor David Kirschenbaum

Directions:C/E to 23rd St., 1/9 to 18th Street
Venue is between 10th & 11th avenues

The Dusie Kollektiv is made up of 50 poets who each produce a chapbook for distribution among the kollektiv members. In past years, participants have published their own chapbooks, but for this year, the third of the kollektiv, members published one another's chapbooks from author-editor combinations which were created randomly. Many editors published their chapbook under the name of a small press with which they were already affiliated, and some created small presses just for the kollektiv. The point with the various names of press was to reify ownership and flood the market with 50 new presses.

Each year is different for the kollektiv, as every year there are different participants. With that said, there are many loyal kollektiv members who have been with the project since the first year. Change is inevitable, and energy and enthusiasm are necessary, but ultimately it is the group ethos which has kept them together and moving forward. The project focuses more on process and risk, and writers have no inhibition regarding publishing as it is a completely open platform and all works get published. Also, the group exchange gives an extra push in way of timeline and production, which also motivates creation.

Cara Benson edits the online journal Sous Rature. Her first full length collection (made) is forthcoming from BookThug. Her chapbook Quantum Chaos and Poems: A Manifest(o)ation (BookThug) co-won the 2008 bpNichol Prize. Other chaps include He Writes (No Press), UP (Dusie Kollectiv), and, with Kai Fierle-Hedrick and Kathrin Schaeppi, Spell/ing ( ) Bound (ellectrique press). Benson edited the interdisciplinary book Prediction (forthcoming from Chain). She lives and writes in the analog world of upstate New York.

Elizabeth Bryant is the editor and publisher of the ongoing lit experiment Defeffable, and CR79 Books. Her first full-length serial-poem (nevertheless enjoyment is forthcoming this fall from Quale Press, and her latest chapbook, Fluorescence Buzz, was published this spring via the Dusie Kollektiv. She has new poems and interviews in Dusie #8 and Gerry Mulligan, and a book review in the upcoming issue of Jacket. She is also co-curator of the Bard Roving Reading Series.

Annie Finch's books of poetry include The Encyclopedia of Scotland, Eve, Calendars, and Among the Goddesses, as well as Shadow-Bird from Dusie Kollektiv. She has also written or edited books about poetry, most recently Multiformalisms: Postmodern Poetics of Form, A Poet's Ear, and A Poet's Craft. She lives in Maine where she directs the Stonecoast low-residency M.F.A. program in creative writing.

Susana Gardner lives in Switzerland where she edits Dusie Press and curates the Dusie Kollektiv. The author of several chapbooks, her first book [lapse insel weary], was published by The Tangent Press. She writes and translates and will soon begin a poetic reading series as well at the DADA Haus--Cabaret Voltaire, Z├╝rich.

Jennifer Karmin's text-sound epic, Aaaaaaaaaaalice, will be published by Flim Forum Press this year. She curates the Red Rover Series and is co-founder of the public art group Anti Gravity Surprise. Her multidisciplinary projects have been presented nationally at festivals, artist-run spaces, and on city streets. Karmin teaches creative writing to immigrants at Truman College and works as a Poet-in-Residence for the Chicago Public Schools. New poems are out in Cannot Exist, MoonLit, Otoliths, Come Together: Imagine Peace (Bottom Dog Press), and Not A Muse (Haven Books).

Nicole Mauro has published poems and criticism in numerous journals. She is the author of the chapbooks Odes (Sardines), Dispatch (co-authored with Marci Nelligan; Dusie), The Contortions (Dusie), and Tax-Dollar Super-Sonnet (Pendergast/Dusie). She is the co-editor, with Marci Nelligan, of an interdisciplinary book about sidewalks, Intersection: Sidewalks and Public Space (ChainArts). Her first full-length poetry collection, The Contortions, is due out from Dusie this year. She lives in the San Francisco bay area with her husband Patrick, and daughters Nina and Faye. She teaches rhetoric and writing at the University of San Francisco.

Marthe Reed’s poetry has appeared in New American Writing, Golden Handcuffs Review, New Orleans Review, and Sulfur, and in numerous e-zines such as HOW2, MiPoesias, Exquisite Corpse, Aught, eratio, and Moria. New work appears in Big Bridge and is forthcoming from Fairy Tale Review. Her book, Tender Box, A Wunderkammer, is published by New Orleans' Lavender Ink, and her chapbook (em)bodied bliss is published by jimmie pennies press and Dusie Kollektiv.

Jessica Smith is the editor of Outside Voices Press, an imprint of Bootstrap Productions. She is the author of Organic Furniture Cellar. She also edits Foursquare, a monthly women's poetry magazine.

The Dusie Players
The noise experiment poetics of the Dusie Players will be strange and experimental, unpredictable and odd. This will be the first performance of its kind for Dusie Kollektiv participants and include works of Dusie past, present, and future.


Teresa Carmody said...

This sounds great. Wish I could be there.

cara said...

We wish you could be there, too!