Monday, December 5, 2011

The Empty Globe December 10: Huffman and Trudgeon

Saturday, December 10 at 8 PM: Jibade-Khalil Huffman and Thomas Trudgeon

at Pieter (Lincoln Heights)
420 West Avenue 33, Unit 10 Los Angeles, CA 90031
*please park on the street, and not in the lot

$5 donation

Jibade-Khalil Huffman is the author of two books of poems, “19 Names For Our Band” (Fence, 2008) and “James Brown is Dead” (Future Plan and Program, 2011). His art and writing projects, spanning photography, video, performance and poetry, have been exhibited and performed at MoMA/PS1, Southern Exposure, Mt. Tremper Arts, and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, among others. He was a 2010-2011 Workspace Artist-in-Residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in New York. Educated at Bard College and Brown University, he lives in Los Angeles.

Tom Trudgeon is a poet. Some of his publishable work has been featured in Shampoo, Out of Nothing, Horse Less Review, and others. He has a small chapbook, ‘having been spoken w.’, through Avantacular Press. He is also co-editor of Dear Memo Magazine, a small arts and poetics fanzine run out of San Francisco and Brooklyn.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Dec 4: Vanessa Place in Chicago

Sunday, December 4th

at 2pm

The Renaissance Society presents
a reading by Vanessa Place

Vanessa Place is a writer, a lawyer, and co-director of Les Figues Press. Her dual appointment as lawyer by day and experimental writer by whenever makes her a handful and a head-full. She is author of Dies: A Sentence (2006), La Medusa (2008), Notes on Conceptualisms, co-authored with Robert Fitterman (2009), and The Guilt Project: Rape, Morality and Law (2010).

at University of Chicago
1025 East 58th Street
Swift Hall, room 106, first floor
on the Main Quadrangle, directly east of Cobb Hal

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Empty Globe: Mori, Novy, and Wallace

Saturday, November 19th at 8 PM

at Pieter (Lincoln Heights)
420 West Avenue 33, Unit 10 Los Angeles, CA 90031
*please park on the street, and not in the lot

$5 donation

Bruna Mori is a writer, and educator, preoccupied with peripatetics. Her books include Derivé (Meritage Press), with paintings by Matthew Kinney, and Poetry for Corporations (forthcoming from Insert Press), exploring the unregulated drift of people and commodities through cities. Since moving to La Jolla, she has turned her attention to the suburbs, with photographer George Porcari, in a collaboration titled “Beige.” She also teaches in the writing program at the University of California at San Diego, and writes for a nonprofit design and media firm called Lybba founded by filmmaker Jesse Dylan, dedicated to open-source health advocacy worldwide. She is also Lucien’s mom.

Adam Novy is the author of a novel, The Avian Gospels (Hobart). He lives in Southern California.

Mark Wallace is the author of more than fifteen books and chapbooks of poetry, fiction, and essays. Temporary Worker Rides A Subway won the 2002 Gertrude Stein Poetry Award and was published by Green Integer Books. His critical articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, and he has co-edited two essay collections, Telling It Slant: Avant Garde Poetics of the 1990s, and A Poetics of Criticism. Most recently he has published a novel, The Quarry and The Lot (2011), and a book of poems, Felonies of Illusion (2008). He teaches at California State University San Marcos.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Featured Fig: Martin Glaz Serup

1. Tell us a little bit about your aesthetic inclinations?

I believe art can do ... oh, so many different things, at different times and at the same time; as for writing, it's also a way of focusing, remembering, dialoguing, trying very hard to be somebody else or something else or more or less than yourself... I'm inclined towards art that offers different angles and is several things at the same time, not just one; art and writing that welcomes different ways of being at the same time and dares to investigate that. If that doesn’t sound all too cryptic.

2. Where did you come from and are you happy that you're no longer there?

The tougher suburbs of Copenhagen, which I loved, but coming back on visit recently made me wish very intensely that my own children should never grow up in a place like that. Too rough, too much concrete, too few people doing 'something else' to get inspired by. A few years ago I lived in a village with only 250 inhabitants on a tiny island in the sea of Western Denmark, which was also very rough, but in an entirely different manner; I miss that place almost daily.

3. What does your work demand? What does it offer?

First of all, that you read it, of course; and then, what comes out of reading it. I hope that there is no single answer to that, but rather, many questions should arise.

4. Where do you do what you do?

Whenever I get the chance, wherever, preferably travelling alone somewhere, to a hut, a hotel or a getaway, spending several days in succession alone, focused, just running and reading and writing. However, most of the time my life isn't like that... still I get the work done.

5. If push came to shove...

I would immediately google it and learn a new English idiom...

6. Please tell us about beauty, belief or bawdry. You may begin.

Well, all with B, has a nice sound, a nice half rhyme when spoken together, can be both good or bad, bawdry is the best. What would you rather read—a book of beauty, belief or bawdry? The last of course. It can have its own beauty. And truth.

7. As Gertrude Stein says "let us why why." Please proceed.

That means to say that more sighs last goes. Leave with it. I was just in Paris France, and in Paris France I was reading Paris France by Gertrude Stein; she's right - you can be absolutely sure, that if someone starts to run into the traffic to get out of the way of the cars, they're not French.

8. What does art do to you?

When good, it makes me happy.

9. Who (or what) do you admire?

So many people; to mention some of the writers whose work is piled on my desk right now: Gertrude Stein, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Pentti Saarikoski, Peter Laugesen, Lyn Hejinian, Lars Norén (his diaries), Anton Chekov (his travel journals from Sibiria)...

10. What is a good question? What questions do you ask?

It's almost too easy to answer that: that! is a good question...

11.What do you find deeply satisfying?

To get things done, to feel there's time enough, to be anonymous, to jog, to read, to write, sex, to drink a lot of very good white wine, to eat well, to be in a powerful landscape, preferably all of it at the same time.

12. What are your favorite kinds of figs?

All kinds as long as they're open, so you can see both the outside and the inside at the same time; the joy of looking.

MARTIN GLAZ SERUP was born in 1978 and has published six children’s books, most recently an illustrated story entitled When granddad was a postman (2010), two chapbook-essays, as well as five collections of poetry; his most recent, the long poem The Traffic Is Unreal (2007), was also published in Finland (2010). Serup is the former founding editor of the Nordic web-magazine for literary criticism and the literary journal Apparatur and managing editor of the poetry magazine Hvedekorn. He has been teaching creative writing at The University of Southern Denmark and at the writer’s school for children’s literature at The University of Aarhus and is now a PhD student at the University of Copenhagen. In 2006 Serup received the Michael Strunge Prize for poetry and in 2008 he received a Gold medal from The University of Copenhagen for his dissertation of Poetry and Relational Aesthetics. In 2011 Les Figues press released the English-translation of The Field.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Auction Item Highlight: Babyfucker, The Opera

Give A Fig Auction: An Auction AS IF it's An Auction

Join us Sunday November 6th at 4pm at Human Resources in Chinatown

Featured Auction Item:

Babyfucker: Die Oper (Babyfucker: The Opera)
by Doug Nufer

This year we asked several artists and writers to "re-figue" their favorite Les Figues book. Here, Doug Nufer reinvents Urs Alleman's Babyfucker by taping lyrics (in English and German) into the original text. All lyrics appropriated from various love songs, with a special focus on librettos that include the word "baby." Sing it baby!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Auction Item Highlight: Steven Bankhead

Give A Fig Auction: An Auction AS IF it's An Auction

Join us Sunday November 6th at 4pm at Human Resources in Chinatown

Featured Auction Item:

Steven Bankhead's "Velvet Underground at the Trip"

17" x 14", acrylic and pencil on collage paper, 2011

Value: $1,100
Bids start at only $200

Only 5 more days until the Annual Give A Fig Auction. Buy tickets now & save!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Auction Item Highlight: Revolution Belt!

Give A Fig Auction: An Auction AS IF it's An Auction

Join us Sunday November 6th at 4pm at Human Resources in Chinatown

Featured Auction Item:

The Revolution BELT by Katrin Jurati

This re-figued item takes as its inspiration Les Figues' revolutionary anthology Feminaissance. Wear it home from the auction!

Peruse more fabulous, exciting items on the official auction website!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Auction Item Highlight: 1776

Give A Fig Auction: An Auction AS IF it's An Auction

Join us Sunday November 6th at 4pm at Human Resources in Chinatown

Featured Auction Item:


by Calvin Allison

This beautiful shadow sculpture is based off of a 1776 American corset pattern.

VALUE: $1000

Peruse more fabulous, exciting items on the official auction website!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Auction Item Highlight: Drunken Fig(ue) Truffles!

Give A Fig Auction: An Auction AS IF it's An Auction

Join us Sunday November 6th at 4pm at Human Resources in Chinatown

Featured Auction Item:


by Susan VanHorn

These hand crafted artisan truffles are made with imported Belgian couverture chocolate, fresh cream and English butter. Drunken Fig(ue) truffles are crafted with Calimyrna and Black Mission figs, Port wine from Australia and toasted pecan pieces. Bittersweet Truffles are crafted with couvertures chosen to enhance the flavour palate of each truffle. Each is then lovingly enrobed with imported chocolate, creating the most delectable truffles imaginable.

VALUE: Priceless ($72)

**Our biggest auction spender will also receive a box of these delicious chocolates for free!**

Please be sure to consume within 2 weeks of purchase for best flavour. Contains nuts.

Peruse other fabulous, exciting items on the official auction website!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Auction Item Highlight: Vista

Give A Fig Auction: An Auction AS IF it's An Auction

Join us Sunday November 6th at 4pm at Human Resources in Chinatown

Featured Auction Item:

VISTA by Lisa Ohlweiler

Beautiful black and white print... if it were an ocean view.

Peruse more fabulous, exciting items on the official auction website.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Oct 16: YAhora

Sunday, October 16th at 1pm

El Grafógrafo, Pasaje Rodríguez
between Calle 3 y 4, al lado / next to Caliente Casino
Tijuana, Baja California

YAhora invites you to traverse the border, ignore the border, contemplate the border, read poetry to the border, perform or de-perform the border, and enjoy the mixing of cultures, languages and experiences that the Tijuana-San Diego Metropolitan Zone invites.

Co-curated/uncurated by Jen Hofer and John Pluecker and co-sponsored by the bookstore and café El Grafógrafo and cog·nate binational arts collective, YAhora will take place one day after the &Now festival in San Diego ends. YAhora is an opportunity for writers who have come to &Now from all over the U.S. and beyond and fellow writers in Tijuana to connect, to converse, and to learn about each other’s works and worlds.

Scheduled Readers:
Emily Anderson
Luis Angulo
Abraham Ávila
Tantra Bensko
David Buuck
Amaranta Caballero
Elizabeth Chaney
Ching-In Chen
Jhonnatan Curiel
Vincent Dachy
Miriam Garcia
Corinne Goria
Ian Hatcher
Jen Hofer
Janice Lee
Jennifer Karmin
Courtney Kilian
Lorena Mancilla
Karen Marquez Saucedo
Bruna Mori
Lauren Norton
John Pluecker
Lin Robinson
Amy Sanchez
Isaac Sereno
Laura Vena
Judith Victoria
Frankie Voeltz
Christine Wertheim

The reading will be held in the Pasaje Rodríguez in Downtown Tijuana. The Pasaje is one of many alleyways in Tijuana's central area that were previously dedicated to the sale of tourist souvenirs and Mexican curios to visitors. However, over the last ten years, beginning after 9/11 and continuing with the violence associated with the so-called "War on Drugs," the number of tourists in Tijuana has declined dramatically. Pasaje Rodríguez is one of a number of local spaces that have been reclaimed by artists, writers and culture-makers for public art, gallery spaces, cafés, bookstores, thrift shops and more.

More info here.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Give A Fig Item Highlight: My So-Called/As If My Life

Give A Fig Auction: An Auction AS IF it's An Auction
Join us Sunday November 6th at 4pm at Human Resources in Chinatown

Featured Auction Item:

AS IF MY LIFE by Divya Victor and MY SO-CALLED LIFE by Joey Yearous-Algozin
A box set of two continuous registers of transcription.

AS IF MY LIFE: A continuous re-transcription of all objects in Lyn Hejinian's My Life (1989), dictated to the poet by Joshua Lam, over a discontinuous 20 hour period, typed continuously on rolls of cash-register tape using a Smith-Corona electric typewriter, recording a discontinuous labor of 20 hours by the poet who is not reading Lyn Hejinian's My Life while recording it discontinuously.

MY SO-CALLED LIFE: A continuous re-transcription of a section of Charles Bernstein's
Asylums (1975), dictated to the poet by Holly Melgard, over a discontinuous 2 hour period, typed continuously on rolls of cash-register tape using a Smith-Corona electric typewriter, recording a discontinuous labor of 2 hours by the poet who is not reading Charles Bernstein's Asylums while recording it discontinuously.

Part of your duty as auction attendee will be to, sometimes somewhat absurdly, assign value to the works you bid on. The poets Divya Victor and Joey Yearous Algozin want you to know that they make a theoretical wage of $8.70/hour for teaching writing at a State University. The State does not pay the poets Divya Victor and Joey Yearous Algozin for making art.

At that rate, the retail value of their labor for making this art-object is $191.40. It takes four people to make this art-object. The dictating participants make a theoretical wage of $6.25 and $8.70/hour respectively for teaching writing at a State University. The State does not pay the dictating participants Joshua Lam and Holly Melgard for making art. At those rates, the retail value of their labor for making this art-object is $159.80. Thus, the total retail value at State wage-rates for this art object is $351.20.

Peruse other fabulous, exciting items on the official auction website!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Oct 13-15: &Now 2011

&Now Festival of New Writing:
Tomorrowland Forever!

October 13-15, 2011
University of California at San Diego

Check out the full schedule here.
Free featured events here.

&NOW is a festival of fiction, poetry, and staged play readings; literary rituals, performance pieces (digital, sound, and otherwise), electronic and multimedia projects; and intergenre literary work of all kinds, including criti-fictional presentations and creatively critical papers. We particularly encourage pieces that promote linguistic and genre transgressions, along with literary artworks that promote interdisciplinary explorations and conversations with past, present, or future literary concerns and movements.

&NOW 2011: Tomorrowland Forever! is especially interested in literary artistic and literary critical works that circle ideas of innovation, experimentation, newness, and not-yetness; in futurisms of all kinds; in queries about progress, technology, market practices, and identity in relation to them; and in the possibilities of interrelationship between arts and other disciplines and engaged practices.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Both Sides and The Center in Jacket2

From Bhanu Kapil's "Schizophrene [Remix]." Photo by Harold Abramowitz.

"This Movement Is Our Own" by Amarnath Ravva. Photo by Harold Abramowitz.

On "Both Sides and The Center"
a review of the festival, part one
by Andrea Quaid

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sept 24: Bad Date America

Red Rover Series

{readings that play with reading}

Experiment #50:
Bad Date America

A special event with
100 Thousand Poets for Change


Kaveh Adel
Barbara Barg
Jen Besemer
Dan Godston
Laura Goldstein
Ruth Goring
Ezzat Goushegir
Kurt Heintz
Marcy Rae Henry
Philip Jenks
Jennifer Karmin
Francesco Levato
Toni Asante Lightfoot
Monica Long
Anthony Madrid
Ario Mashayekhi
Charlie Newman
Ladan Osman
Roger Reeves
Timothy David Rey
Kenyatta Rogers
Jacob Saenz
Larry Sawyer
Don Share
Keli Stewart
Tony Trigilio
Lina ramona Vitkauskas

at Outer Space Studio
1474 N. Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, Illinois
suggested donation $4

logistics --
near CTA Damen blue line
third floor walk up
not wheelchair accessible

BAD DATE AMERICA is the Chicago event of 100 Thousand Poets for Change. In the spirit of community-building, guest curators Larry Sawyer and Lina ramona Vitkauskas are asking local poets to go on a hypothetical “date” with America. Has your relationship with America started to seem like a bad date? Check out --

100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE is a global initiative of poetry readings, political demonstrations, community picnics, awareness events, and parades that will take place in 450 cities across the planet on September 24, 2011 to promote serious social, environmental, and political change. More at --

MESS HALL is a Chicago-based experimental cultural center and collaborated with Red Rover Series on Bad Date America. Mess Hall is a place where visual art, radical politics, creative urban planning, applied ecological design and other things intersect and inform each other. They host exhibitions, discussions, film screenings, brunchlucks (brunch + potluck), workshops, concerts, campaigns, meetings (both closed and open) and more. See --

RED ROVER SERIES is curated by Laura Goldstein and Jennifer Karmin. Each event is designed as a reading experiment with participation by local, national, and international writers, artists, and performers. The series was founded in 2005 by Amina Cain and Jennifer Karmin.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Erasure = 9/11 Commission Report

In honor of all who lost their lives and loved ones as a result of the September 11, 2001 attacks and in the two senseless wars perpetrated in response to that tragedy, Fact-Simile Editions would like to continue an annual tradition:

From this moment until September 18th, they are making The O Mission Repo by Travis Macdonald (an erasure of The 9/11 Commission Report) available for all to read free of charge.

Fact-Simile Editions hit print in 2006 and has been going strong ever since. They publish innovative works of poetry, prose, inter-genre monstrosities, and trading cards.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

only 2 days left to submit!

Announcing the first annual Les Figues Press NOS Book Contest— (NOS = not otherwise specified)

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Les Figues Press will be given for the winning poetry or prose manuscript. Sarah Shun-lien Bynum* will judge. Submit a manuscript of 64-250 pages with a $25.00 entry fee by September 9th, 2011. Electronic submissions only. All entrants will receive one copy of a Les Figues TrenchArt Series title of their choosing.

Eligible submissions include: poetry, novellas, prose poems, innovative novels, anti-novels, short story collections, lyric essays, hybrids, and all forms not otherwise specified.

Please note: The winning manuscript will be published in a design and format reflective of its content, i.e., it will not be part of the TrenchArt series, with its tall and slim format.

The winning manuscript will be announced in December 2011, with a fall 2012 publication date.

Manuscripts by current and past students of Sarah Shun-lien Bynum will not be considered.

For more information, please visit the Les Figues website.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Aug 27: Sophie Robinson & Nathanaël in Chicago

Saturday, August 27th
7pm at Myopic Books
1564 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

SOPHIE ROBINSON is a poet and performer living and working in London. Her work has been featured in numerous anthologies, and her debut book, A, was published by Les Figues in 2009.

NATHANAËL’s books include We Press Ourselves Plainly, Carnet de délibérations, Absence Where As (Claude Cahun and the Unopened Book) and The Sorrow and the Fast of It. Formerly published under the name Nathalie Stephens, Nathanaël has translated works by Catherine Mavrikakis, Gail Scott, John Keene, and Édouard Glissant. She lives in Chicago.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

This weekend: don't miss


Join us for a weekend summer literary festival at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House on North Kings Road in West Hollywood, California. Inspired by the architecture of R.M. Schindler’s House and Studio (1922), Both Sides and The Center will feature literary readings and performances enacting various levels of proximity, intimacy, and distance.

MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House
835 North Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069-4509

Suggested donation: $7 each night (no one will be turned away)

Schedule of Events

Friday, 19 August 2011, 7-9 p.m.
Opening reading & reception.

Saturday, 20 August 2011, 5-9 p.m.
Open-house: Participating writers will perform work that considers Schindler’s architecture and the unique ways in which the house commingles inside and outside spaces. Consider: the physicality of space, house as stage, voyeurism, private as public, the strangeness in the familiar and the brutal nature of domesticity.

John Beer, Peripatetics
5:00; 6:00; 7:00; 8:00 (15-20 minutes)

Michael du Plessis, The Twitch of the Tablescape (A Comedy of Manners)
5:00–9:00 (duration)

Jen Hofer & Myriam Moscona, la casa por la ventana / past the open window
5:05 – 5:25; 6:06 – 6:26; 7:07 – 7:27; 8:08 – 8:28 (20 minutes)

Bhanu Kapil, Schizophrene [Remix]
8:00-9:00 (1 hour)

Vanessa Place & Kim Rosenfield, SCUM 1976 (2011)
5:00-9:00 (duration)

Sophie Robinson, the institute of our love in disrepair
5:00-9:00 (duration)

Amarnath Ravva, This Movement is Our Own
5:00–9:00 (duration)

Anna Joy Springer, Inside Voice Oracle
5:30-7:00 (performance for 1-2, 2-10 minutes)

Both Sides and The Center takes it name from a line in Gertrude Stein’s “Rooms,” Tender Buttons. The event is curated by Amina Cain and Teresa Carmody, and is supported through a Cultural Resource Development Grant from the City of West Hollywood and by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.

About the Participants:

John Beer: A Chicago resident, John Beer is the author of the poetry collection The Waste Land and Other Poems (2010). Associative and imaginative, his work has been compared to that of John Ashbery. Poet Lewis Warsh wrote that The Waste Land and Other Poems “embraces and distills ‘the bad dream’ and all ‘the muck’ of the recent past, but the momentum of this book is full speed ahead.” Beer’s criticism has appeared in Verse, the Denver Quarterly, Chicago Review, and other magazines. He is a theater columnist for Time Out Chicago.

Michael du Plessis teaches Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California, has published reviews and articles, a poetry chapbook, Songs Dead Soldiers Sing (2008, Transparent Tigers Press). His first novel, The Memoirs of JonBenet by Kathy Acker, will be published by Les Figues in 2012.

Jen Hofer is a Los Angeles-based poet, translator, interpreter, teacher, knitter, book-maker, public letter-writer, and urban cyclist. Her most recent books are the homemade chapbook Lead & Tether (Dusie Kollektiv, 2011); Ivory Black, a translation of Negro marfil by Myriam Moscona (Les Figues Press, 2011); a series of anti-war-manifesto poems titled one (Palm Press, 2009); sexoPUROsexoVELOZ and Septiembre, a translation from Dolores Dorantes by Dolores Dorantes (Counterpath Press and Kenning Editions, 2008); The Route, a collaboration with Patrick Durgin (Atelos, 2008); and lip wolf, a translation of lobo de labio by Laura Solórzano (Action Books, 2007). Recent poems and translations have appeared in Aufgabe, Mandorla, Or, out of nothing, and TRY. She teaches at CalArts, Goddard College, and Otis College, and works nationally and locally as a social justice interpreter.

Bhanu Kapil is a British writer of Indian origin who lives now in Colorado, where she teaches at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Her most recent books of experimental writing are humanimal [a project for future children] (Kelsey Street Press, 2009) and Schizophrene (Nightboat Books, 2011).

Myriam Moscona is from Mexico, of Bulgarian Sephardic descent. She is the author of nine books, from Ultimo jardín (1983) to De par en par (2009). Two of her published books are outside the realm of poetry, yet remain connected to poetry: De frente y de perfil (literary portraits of 75 Mexican poets) and De par en par, which explores the phenomenon of poetry beyond its traditional construction. Moscona has received numerous awards, including the Premio de Poesía Aguascalientes and the Premio Nacional de Traducción; she is a grantee of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte, and she was awarded a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation.

Vanessa Place: Of Vanessa Place and Robert Fitterman’s Notes on Conceptualisms, Mary Kelly said, “I learned more about the impact of conceptualism on artists and writers than I had from reading so-called canonical works on the subject.” Kenneth Goldsmith has called Vanessa Place’s work “arguably the most challenging, complex and controversial literature being written today.” Place writes poetry, prose and art criticism; she is also a criminal lawyer and co-director of Les Figues Press. Author of two novels, seven books of poetry, and a nonfiction book on rape, law and culture, Place’s most recent work is available in French as Exposé des Faits, in English as Statement of Facts, and in English/German as Die Dichtkunst.

Amarnath Ravva has a forthcoming chapbook Airline Music (Insert Press/Parrot Series) and was recently published in Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry. He’s currently working on a book about early botanical expeditions called The Glass House.

Sophie Robinson’s work has been published in numerous anthologies including Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by UK Women Poets (Shearsman, 2010), Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century (Bloodaxe, 2009) and The Reality Street Book of Sonnets (Reality Street, 2008). Her first book, a, was published by Les Figues, Los Angeles, in 2009. She is currently completing a practice-based PhD in Contemporary Poetry and Sexuality, at Royal Holloway in London and is the 2011 Poet in Residence at the V&A.

Kim Rosenfield is a poet and psychotherapist. She is the author of Good Morning—Midnight— (Roof Books 2001), which was named Small Press Traffic’s Book of the Year in 2002, Tràma (Krupskaya 2004), and re: evolution (Les Figues Press 2009). Rosenfield has published and performed extensively in the U.S. and in Europe. She has collaborated with visual artists Jean Foos, Cheryl Donegan, Yedda Morrison, and with choreographer Sally Silvers. Rosenfield lives and works in New York City.

Anna Joy Springer is a prose writer and visual artist. Formerly a singer in the Bay Area bands, Blatz, The Gr’ups, and Cypher in the Snow, she has toured the United States and Europe as a wild feminist punk performer; she has also toured with the all-women spoken word extravaganza, Sister Spit. She is author of the illustrated novella The Birdwisher (Birds of Lace), The Vicious Red Relic, Love (Jaded Ibis, 2011) and a graphic narrative, In An Egg, forthcoming. She received her MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University in 2002, and she is an Assistant Professor of Literature at University of California, San Diego.

About the R.M. Schindler and MAK Center Schindler House: R.M. Schindler (1887-1953) was born in Vienna, where he studied under architects Otto Wagner and Adolf Loos. Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1910 Wasmuth portfolio, he came to Chicago in 1914 and began to work for Wright in 1918. Wright sent him to Los Angeles in 1920 to supervise the construction of the Hollyhock House for Aline Barnsdall. Schindler established his practice there in 1922 with his own Kings Road House — a house designed as live-work space for two couples with a shared kitchen and an apartment for guests. Schindler’s work focused on the integration of interior space and exterior space using complex interlocking volumes and strongly articulated sections. He designed over 400 projects, 150 of which were built during his career. These consisted largely of low-cost single family houses for progressive clients. Although the materials and vocabulary of Schindler’s work changed during the span of his career, his principles of design and spatial characteristics were consistent throughout his work. This is true even as his spatial ideas evolved in his late work, including the translucent houses of the mid-1940s to early-1950s. —Kathryn Smith, architecture historian and author of Schindler House

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

BLOGFACE: Sandra Simonds

Sandra Simonds reading GIVE A FIG (Les Figues Press), taken at 4pm, August 16th at Goodwill while trying on a dress

Thursday, August 11, 2011

BLOGFACE: Joey Yearous-Algozin

Joey Yearous-Algozin as Shiv Kotecha reading GIVE A FIG (Les Figues), taken August 8th, 5:54 pm EST

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

BLOGFACE: Divya Victor & Murphy the Cat

Divya Victor as Sigmund Freud holding Murphy the cat as Dora and Dora as the other Dora while reading GIVE A FIG (Les Figues), taken Monday, August 8th, 8:05 pm EST

Monday, August 8, 2011

BLOGFACE: Lauren Eggert-Crowe

Lauren Eggert-Crowe reading GIVE A FIG (Les Figues), taken August 6th, 1:55 pm EST

Friday, August 5, 2011

BLOGFACE: Nancy Lili

Nancy Lili reading GIVE A FIG (the Les Figues Press blog), taken Aug. 4th, around 8:30 AM

Thursday, August 4, 2011

BLOGFACE: Ana Božičević

Ana Bozicevic reading the Belladonna* blog. Taken August 3rd, Amy King's birthday.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Monday, August 1, 2011

BLOGFACE: First Two Weeks of August 2011 CONTEST!


What’s your blogface?

For TWO WEEKS ONLY (August 1st-15th), Les Figues Press’ GIVE A FIG blog is posting YOUR blogfaces! Submit a photo of YOU reading one of the blogs listed below, and be entered  to win a set of specially chosen books (see below!) submitted from the following presses with blogs:


  • Take a photo of yourself reading one of the blogs of the presses mentioned above (click the links above to access their blogs)
  • Send that photo to giveafig[at]gmail[dot]com with “BLOGFACE” in the subject line
  • In the body of the email include your name, the time the photo was taken, and the name of the blog you’re reading 

We'll feature your photos on our blog until August 16th, when one winner will be picked at random!


Lyn Hejinian and Carla Harryman

“This book is important to me on a personal level because it was the first title I helped prepare for publication as part of the Belladonna* Collaborative. It's a wild and radical book and as I read the last draft before we sent it to the printer, I was starting a new phase of my own life. We decided to issue two covers in the spirit of collaboration, and simultaneously I was getting to know Rachel Levitsky, Belladonna*'s founder, better as well through our own collaboration.”— Krystal Languell, Collaborative Member of Belladonna* and Founding Editor of Bone Bouquet


I started this magazine as I was finishing my MFA at New Mexico State University, while my tenure as an editor for Puerto del Sol was coming to a close. The magazine's mission is to promote the work of female-identified poets and writers in the face of a masculinist publishing culture.”—Krystal Languell

Camille Roy

“Each month, Futurepost features four intimately different responses to a Futurepoem book.  We pick the people and they pick the form of their response.  So far our responses have come in the form of sound art, graphic representations, bibliographical indices, epistolary romances, manifestos, and every variety of poem.  This month we're featuring Camille Roy's Sherwood Forest, a book of poetry that our first responder Betsy Fagin calls, ‘an investigative journey through an urban landscape of menace in which the passively observed turns active, engaged and participatory.’  Each response is a different portal through which to enter Sherwood Forest.  Step inside!”—Christopher Martin, Futurepoem books editor and Futrepost blog curator

Mathew Timmons

"I'm so excited to feature 
Mathew Timmons’ The New Poetics. Here's an excerpt from the description on our site: '
A cross-referenced encyclopedia of all things New, Mathew Timmons’ The New Poetics challenges the prevailing obsession with the emergent and the reinvented by remaking The New itself in the image of the banal.' A book birthed from the internet, The New Poetics bridges the gap between the worlds of pop culture, between the HTML and the physical."
—Chris Hershey-Van Horn, PR Intern at Les Figues Press and BLOGFACE Contest Curator 

Johannes Göransson

“I chose Johannes Göransson’s book because LSU Student James Bellard was arrested after reading Johannes's book and writing (as assigned by his professor) an "imitation" poem. Bellard accidentally left a copy of said poem in the LSU library. Also, he was dressed as a leprechaun at the time. I’m sending this book because I hope that more people will read it and imitate it and be arrested. If everyone is arrested, we’ll have enough people to take over all the prisons. When we free ourselves, we can also free the current 66% of inmates who are non-violent offenders and thus shouldn’t be in prison anyway. I’m sending this book because I am sick to fucking death of all our country’s cruel systems. The absurd and unremitting violence of Johannes’ book is comfort and companionship during these dark days.”—Christian Peet, Founder and Editor in-Chief of Tarpaulin Sky

Show us your BLOGFACE!

Featured Fig: Jennifer Calkins

1. Tell us a little bit about your aesthetic inclinations?

Like the best ornithological taxonomists, of which I’m not, I’m a splitter—when I write, I find myself breaking into what I’ve already written—maybe second guessing it, maybe just throwing something next to it that sheds some different sort of light on it. My ultimate goal is some sort of dimensionality to the work in the way that setting up a decent house of cards requires undercutting and opposition.

Essentially, I do not believe language can ever be truthful on its own. It needs space and opposition for something real to emerge. “Literary” work that doesn’t recognize this seems to me problematic.

2. Where did you come from and are you happy that you're no longer there?

I came from San Diego; and I come from a line of folks on either side that headed out to California in the late 19th/early 20th centuries. I am both happy and not happy. I have to say, the quail, the desert and the ocean are three big reasons I am not glad I’m no longer there.

3. What does your work demand? What does it offer?

My work demands that the reader bloody well relax and let the work do what it needs to do. It offers, I hope, a space of fusion—the fantastic, perhaps, but also the biological and the historical. It also often offers quail.

4. Where do you do what you do?

Wherever I can—I don’t have much choice right now though I’d rather be doing it in the ocean or in Mexico surrounded by quail.

5. If push came to shove...

I get out my hammer

6. Please tell us about beauty, belief or bawdry. You may begin.

Isn’t beauty why we war? Or is that too simple? I suppose we war because of pettiness and power. Beauty is in the vast time of the earth and the 4.5 billion years life has been evolving on her. Beauty is also dirty dishes in a certain light and certain writings and my children, of course. Belief is everything but is an especial challenge for me. That is why I need to spend time with the quail—that is where my belief comes back. Bawdry is what is inside but is tamped down in the presence of other.

7. As Gertrude Stein says "let us why why." Please proceed.

I am wearing a green ribbon around my neck for luck. I appreciate the color green as I appreciate the fact that sleep has overtaken us and the gentle lift of the water under a boat or under my body. If I were green I might not appreciate it. But I am not. Currently.

8. What does art do to you?

Emily Dickinson and Franz Kafka said it best—I cannot do any better.

9. Who (or what) do you admire?

PJ Harvey (I’m currently obsessed with her new album), quail, the movie Ghost Bird, Emily Dickinson’s work and Susan Howe’s My Emily Dickinson, my kids, people who are generous—honestly, this could go on and on…Two relatively recent non-figgy books—Julie Carr’s 100 Notes on Violence and Maggie Nelson’s Women, The New York School and Other Abstractions. And of course—all the figs.

10. What is a good question? What questions do you ask?

What the fuck? Honestly, it is a good question.

Some of my specific questions

  1. What are the behavioral differences between Callipepla quail species?
  2. What does it mean that the participants in WWI are pretty much dead? Were the young men who fought DOA home no matter whether they survived or not? Is it true or am I naïve—does the person who was in the battle die there and, if he/she survives, walk out of the valley or the plain a person separate from that other person?
  3. What does California mean?
  4. Is it possible for writing and art to embody another species? Is it useful? Is it necessary?

11.What do you find deeply satisfying?

Field work with quail, yoga and running a trail, discussions of the darkest humor with my children, writing—being completely entered into to a piece of writing, using curled up cats as pillows, lifting chickens.

12. What are your favorite kinds of figs?

Every kind (even the ones with little wasps inside)

JENNIFER CALKINS is an evolutionary biologist, poet and mother. She lives in Seattle with her family and other animals. Her book, A Story of Witchery, was published by Les Figues Press. You can visit her at her website.