Archive for January, 2007

upcoming Feb. 17*- Flarf Collective – organized by Rod Smith

Posted in Uncategorized on January 29, 2007 by M. Ball

birth of Flarf


The Flarf Collective reading will be held
Sat. Feb. 17th- 7 pm at
Dionysus Restaurant & Lounge
8 E. Preston Street
Baltimore, MD


Katie Degentesh
Ben Friedlander
Drew Gardner
Nada Gordon
Mitch Highfill
Rodney Koeneke
Michael Magee
Sharon Mesmer
Mel Nichols
Rod Smith
Gary Sullivan


from Jan. 27- kari edwards Memorial-

Posted in Uncategorized on January 28, 2007 by M. Ball

CA Conrad – Eye Spy

(front, l to r) Mel Nichols, Miriam Stewart, Michael Ball
(rear, l to r) Rod Smith, Chris Nealon, CA Conrad, Jamie Gaughran-Perez

This tribute to kari was recorded by Justin Sirois of Narrow House Recordings. Thank you Justin!
Links to mp3 files and photos of this event
will be up soon.

Thanks to everyone who attended & special thanks to the readers
Rod Smith, Mel Nichols, Chris Nealon, Miriam Stewart, CA Conrad, Jamie Gaughran-Perez
But very very special thanks to CA Conrad whose devotion & dedication in organizing & hosting this tribute made it possible- Thank you CA !

& also thanks to the folks at Dionysus Restaurant & Lounge (Lynn, James, Andrew . . .)

Cancellation- John Taggart- Feb. 3

Posted in Uncategorized on January 28, 2007 by M. Ball

Unveiling /
Marianne Moore (forthcoming from ATTICUS/FINCH)

Unfortunately John will not be able to read here this Saturday, Feb. 3.
Hopefully he’ll be reading for us next fall.

John Taggart has published ten volumes of poetry, including, most recently, When the Saints (Tailsman House, 1999) and Pastorelles (Flood Editions, 2004). He has also published a collection of essays on contemporary poetry and poetics, Songs of Degrees (Alabama, 1994) and a book on the painter Edward Hopper, Remaining in Light (SUNY Press, 1993). He lives in the Cumberland Valley of southern Pennsylvania.

from jan. 20- Graham Foust, Chris Nealon, Simon Pettet

Posted in Uncategorized on January 22, 2007 by M. Ball

graham-chris-simom.JPG(left to right) Chris Nealon, Graham Foust, Simon Pettet, Eero Ruuttila

upcoming Jan. 27*- kari edwards Memorial Reading hosted by CA Conrad

Posted in Uncategorized on January 10, 2007 by M. Ball

kari march 4th, 2006 – Baltimore

kari edwards, one of America’s most innovative, courageous & generative poets, died on Dec. 2nd 2006.
This is a reading to celebrate all that kari has given
& our attempts to meet such expanse & courage.

Saturday, Jan. 27th – 7 pm at
DIONYSUS Restaraunt & Lounge
8 E. Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

poet, artist, gender activist- kari edwards’ works include-

Bharat jiva – ( – 2006)
having been blue for charity -(BlazeVox 2006)
obedience -(Factory School 2005)
iduna -(O Books 2003)
a day in the life of p. -(subpress collective 2002)
a diary of lies -(Belladonna Books 2002)
obLiqUE paRt(itON): colLABorationS -(xPresse(ed)- 2002)
post/(pink) -(Scarlet Press 2000)
. . .

upcoming Jan. 20- Graham Foust, Chris Nealon, Simon Pettet

Posted in Uncategorized on January 10, 2007 by M. Ball

Necessary Stranger (Flood Editions 2006)

Graham Foust was born in Tennessee, raised in Wisconsin & lives in California. His books include- Leave the Room to Itself (Ahsahta 2003), As in Every Deafness (Flood Editions 2003) & Necessary Stranger (Flood Editions 2006).

  Chris Nealon grew up in upstate NY & has lived in Seattle, Boston, San Francisco & DC, moving back & forth from east to west in recent years, teaching at UC Berkeley & spending part of the year in DC. He is the author of Foundlings: Lesbian and Gay Emotion Before Stonewall (Duke University Press 2001), The Joyous Age (Black Square Editions 2004) & has poems out or forthcoming in No: A Journal of the Arts & Magazine Cypress.

  Simon Pettet, born in England, is a long time resident of NYC’s Lower East Side. His books include- Talking Pictures\ The Photography of Rudy Burkhardt (Zoland Books 1994), Selected Poems (Talisman House 1995), Selected Art Writings: James Schuyler (Editor- Black Sparrow 1998), Abundant Treasures (Granary Books 2001) &
More Winnowed Fragments (Talisman House 2005).

from Jan. 6- ringing in this new year- Lauren Bender, David Franks & Jamie Gaughran-Perez

Posted in Uncategorized on January 8, 2007 by M. Ball

left to right- David, Lauren, Jamie

Lauren Bender, David Franks & Jamie Gaughran-Perez
gave an terrific reading- Each read individually from their own work-
but also all three read collaboratively-
Jamie & Lauren inviting listeners to participate in their readings-
An amazing evening !
David had us all in tears- of laughter- A perfect way to enter 2007-

Lauren is the editor of Word at, whose second issue “CHIMERA: I AM MY OWN TWIN” will be up in Feb.- She is a co-curator for the Yockadot! Poetics Theater Festival, happening in April, & is on the Narrowhouse Recordings & Print Board of Directors. Lauren has a chapbook forthcoming from Big Game Books.

Jamie edits & publishes Rock Heals ( a Narrowhouse weekly also publishing small chapbooks, his work has been recently included in the Baltimore anthology Octopus Dream.

David makes poems on the page, composes music, writes songs, creates installations. His poetry appears in the anthologies- American Poets Say Goodbye to the 20th Century & An Exquisite Corpse Reader.
His musical/text work is available as “Musical Words” (Pyramid Atlantic) , “Whistling in the Dark” & “Love is Making Me Sick” (CD Baby & Bird House Studios).