the i.e. reading series is discontinued until futher notice-

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by Spencer Gregory
2009, Oil on Wood (30 3/4″x 23″)

Nov. 20- P. Inman, Allen Fisher

Posted in Uncategorized on November 17, 2010 by M. Ball




P. Inman’s many books include: amounts to (Potes & Poets), at least
(Krupskaya), criss cross (Roof Books), now/time (Bronze Skull), ocker
(Tuumba Press), vel (O Books), & Ad Finitum ( if p then q press).

Peter’s work is so unique in it’s materiality, vectors, astonishing
sweeps of sound, time & space- his stance is an undermining of the
mere idea or question of “stance”, his process is not strategy but
terse, tactile discrete increments so miniscule & vast that we
constantly arrive at a clearing where there is only a when of a now-

buckle up- his poetry is the most radical & innovative imaginable.


“Writing as an attempt to create a negative, insubordinate space

within the administered space we’re all daily subjected to… So most

of the terminology I find myself falling back on is a terminology of

distancing & differentiation. What writing has to get rid of, what it

isn’t, or hopes it isn’t.”

P. Inman


Allen Fisher has been involved in performance writing since 1962. A poet, painter, publisher, editor & art historian, he has produced one hundred & forty chapbooks & books of poetry, graphics & art documentation. He was co-editor & publisher of Aloes Books; he currently edits & publishes Spanner.

Allen lives in Hereford, England where he is Head of Contemporary Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University in Crewe.

His works include-

The Apocolyptic Sonnets (1978), Brixton Fractals (1985, republished in

1999), Civic Crime (1994), Fish Jet (1997), Gravity (2004),

Singularity Stereo (2006), Leans (2007) & Birds (2009).

Nov. 13- Michelle Taransky, Paul Legault, Mande Zecca

Posted in Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 by M. Ball

Michelle Taransky was born in Camden, NJ in 1981. Taransky’s first
book, Barn Burned, Then, was selected by Marjorie Welish for the 2008
Omnidawn Poetry Prize. A graduate of the University of Chicago & the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Taransky lives in Philadelphia where she works at Kelly Writers House, is Reviews Editor for Jacket2, and teaches writing at University of Pennsylvania and Temple University.

Paul Legault was born in Ontario and raised in Tennessee. He holds an
M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia and a
B.F.A. in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.
His poems have been published in Denver Quarterly, FIELD, Pleiades,
and other journals. Currently, he is working on an English-to-English
translation of the complete works of Emily Dickinson, part of which
has been published as a chapbook, The Emily Dickinson Reader, vol. 1
(Try and Make, 2009). Paul lives with his husband, Orion Jenkins, in
Brooklyn, NY where he works at the Academy of American Poets.

Mande Zecca’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Caket-rain, Ploughshares, CutBank & Propeller.  She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop & currently lives in Baltimore where she is pursuing a PhD in English.


Nov. 6- Debrah Morkun, Jamie Townsend, Kim Gek Lin Short

Posted in Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 by M. Ball


Debrah Morkun received a Master of Fine Arts in Writing & Poetics from Naropa University, Boulder CO, in 2004. In 2005, she ran the internship program at the Bowery Poetry Club. Upon returning to her hometown of Philadelphia, Debrah started the New Philadelphia Poets
(, a group committed to expanding the spaces for poetry in Philadelphia. She currently teaches English & Writing at Temple University and Community College of Philadelphia. Debrah’s first book of poetry, Projection Machine, was released by BlazeVox Books in April 2010. She is currently at work on two long poem pieces entitled- The Ida Pingala and Hera Calf.  Her work can be viewed at


Jamie Townsend is a co-founder and editor of con/crescent press
(, a magazine focused on discursive essays,   non-fiction, and poetry. His poetry has appeared in online and print journals, including Bombay Gin, The Cultural Society, Gam, Diagram, & Fact-Simile. His critical study on the life and work of poet Frank Samperi appeared in issue #36 of JACKET magazine. He is a member of the New Philadelphia Poets, and lives in East Kensington, Philadelphia.


Kim Gek Lin Short is the author of  The Bugging Watch & Other Exhibits
(Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2010) and China Cowboy (forthcoming from
Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2011), as well as two chapbooks, The Residents
(dancing girl press) and Run (Rope-a-Dope). She lives in Philadelphia
with her husband and daughter.

Work from The Bugging Watch & Other Exhibits was first published in
Caketrain Journal, Drunken Boat, 42 Opus, Mad Poet’s Review, No Tell
Motel, Shattered Wig Review, SoMa Literary Review, Tarpaulin Sky and
Wicked Alice. “The Exhibits” was published as a chapbook entitled The
Residents (dancing girl press). Parts of “The Bugging Watch” were
published in the anthology narrative (dis)continuities: prose
experiments by younger american writers (Recycled Karma Press).

Friday, Oct. 8- Eileen Myles, CA Conrad

Posted in Uncategorized on October 5, 2010 by M. Ball

Eileen Myles

CA Conrad


Eileen Myles was born in Boston and moved to New York in 1974. Her Inferno (a poet’s novel) is just out from OR books. For her collection of essays, The Importance of Being Iceland, she received a Warhol/Creative Capital grant. Sorry Tree is her most recent book of poems. In 2010 the Poetry Society of America awarded Eileen the Shelley Prize. She is a Prof. Emeritus of Writing at UC San Diego. She lives in New York.


CA Conrad is a nationally acclaimed poet and performer. The son of white trash asphyxiation, his childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift.

CA has published four books: Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006) a book that inspired a Publisher’s Weekly reviewer to draw parallels between his work and the poetry of Allen Ginsberg; The Book of Frank( Chax Press,2009) a magical book of poems that brings to life an alter ego who speaks a continual stream of uncensored truths which won the Gil Ott Book Award  and  Advanced Elvis Course (Soft Skull Press,  2009)- a rollicking and surreal book about the mythological Elvis. Factory School has just published the long awaited collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock titled The City Real & Imagined. A new expanded version of The Book of Frank is forthcoming

Oct. 2- Christophe Casamassima, Emily Carr, M. Magnus

Posted in Uncategorized on September 27, 2010 by M. Ball


Christophe Casamassima is the editor of Furniture Press Books, and the
proprietor of two poetics and poetry sites: onthology/audio, a space
for recordings by poets in and around the American Northeast, and
Dialogue’s End, wherein poets review books and interview one another
in an open discussion of forms.

twenty three books recently published Ore, which is the final third of
the Proteus Cycle, which includes The Proteus and Joys: A Catalogue of

Christophe is currently the Director of Literary and Performance Arts
at the Towson Arts Collective, where he and Douglas Mowbray have
partnered to establish the Baltimore Center for the Emerging Text, a
site at which poets, publishers and readers can share ideas and


Emily Carr’s book  ‘directions for flying’  won the 2009 Furniture Press
Poetry Award & is currently available through SPD. Cole Swensen chose
Emily’s manuscript 13 ways of happily: books 1 & 2 (Parlor Press) as
the winner of the 2009 New Measures Poetry Prize.  Her work can be
found in recent issues of Hayden’s Ferry Review, Bombay Gin, Margie,
Gargoye, Interim, Caketrain, 6 by 6, ISLE, Phoebe, Fourteen Hills, &

In April 2010, Emily was a Zoland Poetry Fellow at the Vermont Studio


Magus Magnus lives in the D.C. metro area. Ten years in the making,
Heraclitean Pride, his creative-poetic treatment of the fragments of
Heraclitus, is just out this fall from Furniture Press, with an
introduction by Dr. Wolfgang Fuchs. Magnus’ book Verb Sap came out in
2008 from Narrow House. Two poems from Verb Sap – “Radical Crumb”
and”Empirical /Imperial Demonstration” – have been selected for the
10th edition of
Pearson Longman’s English anthology, Literature.