Archive for October, 2010

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