Sept. 25- Doug Lang, Terence Winch

Posted in Uncategorized on September 18, 2010 by M. Ball

Doug Lang

Terence Winch

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Doug Lang was born and raised in Wales, and has published poetry and novels in the UK. He came to DC in 1973, where he ran the Folio Reading Series in the late 1970s, and where he has taught writing at the Corcoran College of Art and Design since 1976. He was one of the poets representing DC at the recent Poetry of the 1970s conference at Orono, Maine.

 A collection of his selected poems, In the Works, is forthcoming from Edge Books in early 2011.

Doug’s poetry & influence is constantly expanding- voracious, prolific, generative, & utterly contagious . . .

His works include-Magic Fire Chevrolet (Titanic Books 1980), Hot Shot (Jawbone press), Lumbering and Tingling: Sonnets (1989), Horror Vacui (1991)

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Terence Winch’s most recent book of poems is called Boy Drinkers (Hanging Loose Press, 2007).  His forthcoming collection is entitled Falling Out of Bed in a Room with No Floor (Hanging Loose, 2011).  He has also published That Special Place (non-fiction stories; Hanging Loose), The Drift of Things (poems; The Figures), The Great Indoors (poems; Story Line Press), Contenders (short stories; Story Line), and Irish Musicians/American Friends (poems; Coffee House). His work is included in the Oxford Book of American Poetry, four Best American Poetry collections, Poetry 180, and in many journals, including the Paris Review, the American Poetry Review, Smartish Pace, and  New American Writing. Also a musician/composer, he released a CD anthology called When New York Was Irish: Songs & Tunes by Terence Winch

www.terencewinch.com

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Leslie Scalapino 1944 – 2010

Posted in Uncategorized on June 7, 2010 by M. Ball

photo by Tom Raworth

“Scalapino makes everything take place in real time, in the light and air and night where all of us live, everything happening at once.”

— Philip Whalen

Leslie Scalapino passed away on May 28, 2010 in Berkeley, California. She was born in Santa Barbara in 1944 and raised in Berkeley, California. After Berkeley High School, she attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon and received her B.A. in Literature in 1966. She received her M.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley in 1969, after which she began to focus on writing poetry. Leslie Scalapino lived with Tom White, her husband and friend of 35 years, in Oakland, California.

In childhood, she traveled with her father Robert Scalapino, founder of UC Berkeley’s Institute for Asian Studies, her mother Dee Scalapino, known for her love of music, and her two sisters, Diane and Lynne, throughout Asia, Africa and Europe. She and Tom continued these travels including trips to Tibet, Bhutan, Japan, India, Yemen, Mongolia, Libya and elsewhere. Her writing was intensely influenced by these travels. She published her first book O and Other Poems in 1976, and since then has published thirty books of poetry, prose, inter-genre fiction, plays, essays, and collaborations. Scalapino’s most recent publications include a collaboration with artist Kiki Smith, The Animal is in the World like Water in Water (Granary Books), and Floats Horse-Floats or Horse-Flows (Starcherone Books), and her selected poems It’s go in horizontal / Selected Poems 1974-2006 (UC Press) was published in 2008. In 1988, her long poem way received the Poetry Center Award, the Lawrence Lipton Prize, and the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. Her plays have been performed in San Francisco at New Langton Arts, The Lab, Venue 9, and Forum; in New York by The Eye and Ear Theater and at Barnard College; and in Los Angeles at Beyond Baroque.

In 1986, Scalapino founded O Books as a publishing outlet for young and emerging poets, as well as prominent, innovative writers, and the list of nearly 100 titles includes authors such as Ted Berrigan, Robert Grenier, Fanny Howe, Tom Raworth, Norma Cole, Will Alexander, Alice Notley, Norman Fischer, Laura Moriarty, Michael McClure, Judith Goldman and many others. Scalapino is also the editor of four editions of O anthologies, as well as the periodicals Enough (with Rick London) and War and Peace (with Judith Goldman).

Scalapino taught writing at various institutions, including 16 years in the MFA program at Bard College, Mills College, the San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts in San Francisco, San Francisco State University, UC San Diego, and the Naropa Institute.

Of her own writing, Scalapino says “my sense of a practice of writing and of action, the apprehension itself that ‘one is not oneself for even an instant’ — should not be,’ is to be participation in/is a social act. That is, the nature of this practice that’s to be ‘social act’ is it is without formation or custom.” Her writing, unbound by a single format, her collaborations with artists and other writers, her teaching, and publishing are evidence of this sense of her own practice, social acts that were her practice. Her generosity and fiercely engaged intelligence were everywhere evident to those who had the fortune to know her.

Scalapino has three books forthcoming in 2010. A book of two plays published in one volume, Flow-Winged Crocodile and A Pair / Actions Are Erased / Appear will come out in June 2010 from Chax Press; a new prose work, The Dihedrons Gazelle-Dihredals Zoom will be released this summer by Post-Apollo Press; and a revised and expanded collection of her essays and plays, How Phenomena Appear to Unfold (originally published by Potes & Poets) will be published in the fall by Litmus Press.

Her play Flow-Winged Crocodile will be performed in New York at Poets House on June 19th at 7pm and June 20th at 2pm by the performance group The Relationship, directed by Fiona Templeton and with Katie Brown, Stephanie Silver, and Julie Troost. Dance by Molissa Fenley, music by Joan Jeanrenaud, and projected drawings by Eve Biddle. This production is co-sponsored by Belladonna* and the Poetry Project.

There will be a memorial event for Scalapino at St. Mark’s Poetry Project on Monday, June 21st.

A Zen Buddhist funeral ceremony will be conducted by Abbott Norman Fischer in about a month with the arrangements in a subsequent announcement. Tom requests that in lieu of flowers, Leslie’s friends consider a charitable donation in her memory to: Poets in Need, PO Box 5411, Berkeley, CA 94705; Reed College for the Leslie Scalapino Scholarship, 3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, OR 97202-8199; The AYCO Charitable Foundation, PO Box 15203, Albany, NY 12212-5203 for the Leslie Scalapino-O Books Fund to support innovative works of poetry, prose and art; or to a charitable organization of their choice. Condolence cards may be sent to Tom & Leslie’s home address, 5744 Presley Way, Oakland, California 94618-1633.

        to make my mind be actions outside only. which they are. that collapses in

grey-red bars. actions are life per se only without it.

        (so) events are minute — even (voluptuous)

                    • Leslie Scalapino

May 22- Geoffrey Young, Mark Wallace

Posted in Uncategorized on May 16, 2010 by M. Ball

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Geoffrey Young has been creating an astonishing body of work for well over thirty years while running a gallery & being the publisher of The Figures Press, one of the most provocative & influential presses of the late 20th century. He has been known as a poets’ poet & a painters’ poet, but these terms undermine the swath that his poetry has cut through our world. It is high time that we read him as the demands his work offers us . . . read & leap !

“Let us now praise Geoff Young. In particular, the poems in Lights Out, which I think of as one of the necessary books of our time. In Geoff’s work, all kinds of pleasures and provocations abound—you get the playful silliness and verbal inventiveness of Ashbery, the sharp urbanities of O’Hara, the autotelic experimentalism of the Language school. Which is not to say that Young’s work is a collage of other writers’ talents. No, he is a unique voice. Lights Out, his most comprehensive book, is a full-service collection, in which all your poetry needs are met, whether for wit, narrative, or love and its loss:
I sometimes think that those writers who become publishers, editors, or anthologists take a risk with their own reputations as artists. In a universe of very needy and ambitious writers, these brave souls will be seen primarily in their role as servants to the needy. As publisher of The Figures, a press that put out more than a hundred titles by central players in the Language movement and others (including me), Geoff was probably known more as a publisher than writer. But, with the press now dormant (“defunct,” says Young), the full extent of his creative brilliance is increasingly recognized.”

Terence Winch- July 9, 2009
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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 short story collection, Walking Dreams (2007), and a book of poems, Felonies of Illusion (2008). Forthcoming in early 2011 is his second novel, The Quarry and The Lot.

April 24- Justin Sirois, Dorothea Lasky, CA Conrad

Posted in Uncategorized on April 18, 2010 by M. Ball


Justin Sirois


Dorothea Lasky


CA Conrad
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Justin Sirois is founder and codirector of Narrow House, an experimental writing publishing collective. He received individual Maryland State Art Council grants in 2003, 2007, and 2010. His books include Secondary Sound (BlazeVOX Books) and MLKNG SCKLS (Publishing Genius). His first novel, Falcons on the Floor, written in collaboration with Iraqi refugee Haneen Alshujairy, will be published sometime next summer. Haneen and Justin also started the Understanding Campaign ( http://www.understandingcampaign.org/ ) earlier this year.
More info about Justin: http://secondarysound.blogspot.com/

“Sirois’ MLKNG SCKLS reads like what might happen if you crossed Gus Van Sant’s ‘Gerry’ with the parts of an Iraq war documentary that the Bush administration had censored. A tight, spare and quietly tense gem of a book.”
Brian Evenson
Author of Last Days and The Open Curtain

“Clean and visceral like few others. Sentences like nails. MLKNG SCKLS is an intense new vision and strong argument for literature still being essential in our modern world. I can’t wait for Falcons on the Floor.”
Michael Fitzgerald
author of Radiant Days
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Dorothea Lasky is the author of two full-length collections of poetry: AWE (Wave Books, 2007), Black Life (Wave Books, 2010) & most recently-Poetry Is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). Born in St. Louis in 1978, her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, the Laurel Review, Crowd, 6×6, the Boston Review, Delmar, Phoebe, Filter, Knock, Drill, Lungfull!, and Octopus, among others. She is a graduate of the MFA program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and also has been educated at Harvard University and Washington University. Currently, she lives in New York City and researches creativity and education at the University of Pennsylvania.

“In a style much like her poetry—expansive, vulnerable, and never without fire—Dorothea Lasky delivers a theory of writing based as much in the Humanist tradition as Hermeticism. Calling poets away from civilization, back towards the wilderness, Lasky brazenly urges artists away from conceptual programs, resurrecting imagination and faith-in-the-uncertain as saviors from mediocrity.”
-on Poetry Is Not a Process from Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010
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March 27- Lauren Bender, Adam Good, Stephanie Barber

Posted in Uncategorized on March 21, 2010 by M. Ball

Lauren Bender

Adam Good

Stephanie Barber

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Lauren Bender lives and works in Baltimore, where she is co-Director for Narrow House, a publisher of experimental and avant-garde writing: http://narrow-house.blogspot.com/. Recent performances include the Stoop Storytelling Series at Center Stage in Baltimore (2009), Big Pink at the Baltimore Museum of Art, as part of the Franz West retrospective To Build a House You Start With the Roof (2009), not BLUNDER but and Will: A Retrospective at Load of Fun in Baltimore (2009), and CorpOreo at the Billy Fischer Memorial Building and the DC Arts Center (2008). Recent publications include I’AM BORED with Kevin Thurston (Produce Press, 2008) and Whale Box (Publishing Genius Press, 2008). Sporadic postings can be found at http://times-infinity.blogspot.com/
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Adam Good is a creator, performer, and curator from Washington, DC. His performance lectures, interactive experiences, and installations utilize methods of appropriation, remixing, participation, and improvisation to involve participants in radical new methods of creating meaning. He is particularly interested in applying artistic practices to structures of knowledge, creating an open, accessible, participatory “avant-garde of thought.” Recent experiences he’s created include: “Art is _____” at the Phillips Collection (with WE ARE SCIENCE!) and “The Kitchen for Improvised Knowledge” for the Umami Festival’s Anarchy in the Kitchen event. Upcoming experiences include an interactive game for the Transmodern Festival (with Lauren Bender) and an exhibition of ephemeral photography entitled One Hour Photo, at the American University Museum at Katzen Arts Center. More information about his work, including video remixes, lectures, and writings, can be found on his website, http://www.therealadamgood.com.

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Stephanie Barber is a film and video maker and writer who is currently living in Baltimore, MD. Her films and videos have been shown in many museums, galleries and theatres around the world , her writing has appeared in various local & national publications. Her book- For A Lawn Poem was recently published by Publishing Genius Press. More information can be found at http://stephaniebarber.com/
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March 20- Cathy Eisenhower, Kenneth Jacobs, Elizabeth Arnold

Posted in Uncategorized on March 1, 2010 by M. Ball



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Cathy Eisenhower lives and works as a librarian in Washington, DC, and is the author of Language of the Dog-heads (Phylum 2001), clearing without reversal (Edge Books 2008), would with and (Roof Books 2009). She is co-translating the selected poems of Argentine poet Diana Bellessi.

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Ken Jacobs has lived in and about Washington D.C. for more than thirty years. His new chapbook Sooner from Phylum Press was released in December 2009 & he has a poem included in ‘The Portable Boog Reader 4’ from January 2010.
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Elizabeth Arnold has received a Whiting Award and fellowships from the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation. She has won an Amy Lowell travelling scholarship for 2010-11. Her three books of poems are The Reef (University of Chicago Press,1999), Civilization (Flood Editions, 2006), and Effacement (Flood Editions, 2010). Arnold is on the MFA faculty at the University of Maryland. She lives in Hyattsville, Maryland.
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Feb. 13- Robin Gunkel, Chris Toll, Kate Wyer

Posted in Uncategorized on January 4, 2010 by M. Ball

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Robin Gunkel is a graduate of The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, CO where she received her low-residency MFA in Creative Writing while living abroad in Japan. Most recently, Robin works as a academic advisor at the University of Baltimore, and is also helping to spearhead Evolver Baltimore, an organization committed to social change through the expansion of consciousness.
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Chris Toll lives in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2010, Publishing Genius Press will bring out his new book, Why Is Try in Poetry?
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Kate Wyer is a mental health interviewer for the public health system of Maryland. She has most recently been published in Robot Melon and Fringe and has work forthcoming in NOO, Birkensnake and Wigleaf. She has an MFA from the University of Baltimore. In January Wyer launched a book project called And, Afterward. She is working with book artists to create a collaborative work that demonstrates their love of the book as an object. Also, she is giving herself until April 10th (her 30th birthday) to write a novel. Track the progress at http://www.movingsidewalks.blogspot.com
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