Sunday, October 31, 2010

Nov 8 @ the Poetry Project

Monday, November 8th

Brandon Shimoda
& Jennifer Karmin with guest performers
Cara Benson, Claire Donato, Thom Donovan,
Curtis Jensen, Pierre Joris, Michael Leong,
and Ronaldo Wilson

at The Poetry Project
131 E. 10th Street
New York, NY
admission $8
students & seniors $7

BRANDON SHIMODA was born on the west coast of the United States, and has since lived in nine states and five countries. His collaborations, drawings and writings have appeared in print, online, on vinyl and on walls. Recent books include The Alps (Flim Forum Press, 2008), The Inland Sea (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2008), Lake M (Corollary Press, 2010) and The Bowling (Greying Ghost Press, 2010), a collaboration with Sommer Browning. He is currently on the road, and lives nowhere.

JENNIFER KARMIN, in a polyvocal improvisation with seven NYC writers, will perform a selection of cantos from Aaaaaaaaaaalice, published by Flim Forum Press in 2010. Karmin curates the Red Rover Series and is co-founder of the public art group Anti Gravity Surprise. Her multidisciplinary projects have been presented at festivals, artist-run spaces, community centers, and on city streets across the U.S., Japan, and Kenya. A proud member of the Dusie Kollektiv, she is the author of the Dusie chapbook Evacuated: Disembodying Katrina. Walking Poem, a collaborative street project, is featured online at How2. In Chicago, Jennifer teaches creative writing to immigrants at Truman College and works as a Poet-in-Residence for the public schools.

CARA BENSON is author of a book of interconnected pre-elegiac texts for plants animals humans and earth called (made). She teaches in a NY State prison.

CLAIRE DONATO lives in Brooklyn, NY and received her MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University. Recent poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Octopus and Action Yes.

THOM DONOVAN edits Wild Horses Of Fire weblog, now in its 6th year!, and coedits ON Contemporary Practice. He is an ongoing participant in the Nonsite Collective and the Project on the Commons.

CURTIS JENSEN's work has appeared in Try!, the Sugar House Review, Precipitate and The Equalizer. Previous to Brooklyn, he has lived and worked in Utah, Wyoming, and Ukraine. He maintains a blog at

PIERRE JORIS is a poet, translator, essayist & anthologist. He has published over forty books, most recently Aljibar II (poems) and Justifying the Margins (essays). With Jerome Rothenberg he edited the award-winning anthologies Poems for the Millennium.

"MICHAEL LEONG" is an anagram of "helical gnome"; he is the author of several books and chapbooks of poetry including e.s.p. (Silenced Press, 2009), Midnight's Marsupium (The Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2010), and Cutting Time with a Knife (Black Square Editions/The Brooklyn Rail, forthcoming).

RONALDO V WILSON's Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man, won the 2007 Cave Canem Prize, and Poems of the Black Object, the 2010 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Les Figues Pacific Northwest Readings

Friday, November 12th @ 7 PM
Pilot Books
219 Broadway E, Seattle, WA
with Amina Cain, Jennifer Calkins, Doug Nufer, Pam Ore, and Mathew Timmons

Sunday, November 14th @ 7:30 PM
Spare Room
The Waypost
3120 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR
with Amina Cain, Jennifer Calkins, Doug Nufer, Pam Ore,
Mathew Timmons, and Christine Wertheim

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Little Red Leaves 5 is out and it's so very good.

Included in the issue:

____Special Feature from the **Paros Translation Symposium** edited and introduced by Joseph Mosconi. With Susan Gevirtz, Angelos Parthenis, Steve Dickison, John Sakkis, Demosthenes Agrafiotis, Eleni Stecopoulos, Katerina Iliopoulou, Liana Sakelliou, Mairi Alexopoulou, Maria Laina, Phoebe Giannisi, Siarita Kouka, Socrates Kabouropoulos, Thanasis Maskaleris,and Vassilis Manoussakis.

____New Work By: Hugo García Manríquez, Stan Apps, Valerie Coulton & Ed Smallfield, Amina Cain, Carolyn Guinzio, Roberto Tejada, Jimmy Lo, Justin Audia, Travis Macdonald, Tasha Marren, Cindy Savett, Kelli Stevens Kane, Aby Kaupang, Carrie Hunter, Amanda Ackerman, Judith Goldman, Jared Shickling, Brad Vogler, Matthew Cooperman, Beverly Dahlen, Karen Hannah, Arkava Das, Christine Kanownik, Laura Wetherington, Burt Kimmelman, Nathalie Knight, William Allegrezza, Meg Barboza, Adam Fagin, and Matt McBride.

___Project Features: Carmen Giménez Smith __Selections from Goodbye Flicker__, Robin Tremblay-McGaw __Selections from THE MELMOTH LETTERS__

__Thomas Fink Interviews Brenda Ilijima

++Plus 5 New e-editions++
Sarah Campbell’s __Everything We Could Ask For__, Brian Mornar’s __Three American Letters__, Mathew Timmons’ __Sound Noise__, Gloria Frym’s __Any Time Soon__, and Eléna Rivera’s __Remembrance of Things Plastic__.

Ash Smith, CJ Martin, Julia Drescher, and Chad Heltzel
LRL5 Editors

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Belladonna* Fall Fundraiser Fun

If Les Figues lived in NYC, this is where we'd be next week:

for a Year in The Commons
Tuesday, October 12, 2010; 7:30 pm

Join Belladonna* for a benefit performance and reading to support our new year of readings, and our 2011 subscription series!
Location: Dixon Place
161 Chrystie Street; New York, NY

Click here for a preview of the
Silent Auction items!

$20 General Admission:
Performances, Readings, & Happy Hour.
Click here to purchase the $20 General Admission level through Dixon Place.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Two Readings Not To Be Missed

Lily's Book Launch: The Evolutionary Revolution

Thursday, October 7, 2010
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Come join the festivities for Lily Hoang's launch of her new book THE EVOLUTIONARY REVOLUTION.

Novel Idea
156 Princess St
Kingston, ON

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BOMB Literary All-Star Reading—Come on out to BOMB’s neck of the woods, Greenlight Bookstore in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn. Join the editors of BOMB for a series of readings by BOMB contributors Barbara Browning, Christian Hawkey, and Kim Rosenfield. Hang around afterward to chat with the magazine’s editors and help support our friendly neighborhood indie bookstore, right around the corner from BOMB’s HQ.

BOMB Literary All-Star Reading
Wednesday, October 6
Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY