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Bill Berkson & Elizabeth Block @ Bird and Beckett

 

Sunday, March 2nd – 2 pm
Writers Bill Berkson & Elizabeth Block
read new poetry

BBgoldieshotBill Berkson is a poet, art critic & corresponding editor for Art in America, who for many years taught literature & art history at the SF Art Institute. Director of Letters and Science at the Art Institute from 1993 to 1998, he taught art history, critical writing & poetry & directed the public lectures program there from 1984 to 2007. He is the author of many books of poetry & prose including Portrait & Dream: New & Selected Poems, published by Coffee House Press in 2009.  Bill will read from his latest poetry collection, Snippets(Omerta, 2014).

Elizabeth blockElizabeth Block is the author of the novel A Gesture Through Time, written under fiscal sponsorship of Intersection for the Arts, in San Francisco.  She is the recipient of a Doris Roberts/ William Goyen fiction fellowship from the Christopher Isherwood foundation and many other awards and residencies. Also a filmmaker, her films have traveled extensively throughout the United States and elsewhere. She has published her work in many genres and media. Elizabeth will read from her new poetry collection, Celluloid Salutations (Blazevox, 2014).

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Craig Dworkin & Elizabeth Block reading  at the Spare Room

Craig Dworkin & Elizabeth Block reading at the Spare Room

 

Craig Dworkin & Elizabeth Block

Sunday, November 17
7:30 pm
420 NW 9th
Craig Dworkin is the author, most recently, of Remotes (Little Red Leaves), 
No Medium (MIT Press), The Crystal Text (Compline), Motes (Roof Books), 
and The Perverse Library (Information As Material).  He teaches literary history 
and theory at the University of Utah and serves as Senior Editor to Eclipse.

Elizabeth Block is the author of the award-winning novel, a Gesture Through Time (Spuyten Duyvil). Her writing has appeared in print, audio, on stage, in public art, on public radio, in gallery exhibition, and in film.  Also a filmmaker, her 16mm films are distributed by Canyon Cinema in San Francisco.  Her new poetry book, Celluloid Salutations(BlazeVOX), will be published in early 2014 in print and on Kindle.

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Alexis Ivy's Upcoming Reading Schedule

Alexis Ivy's Upcoming Reading Schedule

ALEXIS IVY'S UPCOMING FALL READINGS

  
SEPTEMBER 24TH, 7PM
POETS UNDER 35 SERIES
THE MARLIAVE
10 BOSWORTH STREET
BOSTON, MA



OCTOBER 15TH, 7PM
POETRY READING
NEW ENGLAND MOBILE BOOK FAIR
82 NEEDHAM STREET
NEWTON HIGHLANDS, MA


NOVEMBER 12TH, 7PM
WITH CHARLES COE & DENNIS DALY
NEWTON FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY
330 HOMER STREET
NEWTON, MA



NOVEMBER 22ND, 7PM
EMERGING POETS SERIES
WITH ERIC HYETT, SPENCER THURLOW & SARATH REDDY
BROOKLINE BOOKSMITH
279 HAVARD STREET
BROOKLINE, MA

Read a sample from her latest book, Romance with Small-Time Crooks 

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Krystal Languell upcoming readings

Krystal Languell upcoming readings

 

Krystal Languell, author of Call the Catastrophists has her upcoming Fall readings up and down the East coast of the US. So if you are nearby, please do come and hear a wonderful poet! Hurray!   


Sept 21
Publicly Complex Series
Ada Books, 717 Westminster St.
Providence, RI
w/ Rangi McNeil

Sept 24
Mental Marginalia
379 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 
8pm


Oct 14
Poetry Project
131 E. 10th St.
NYC
8pm
w/ Ted Dodson


Oct 24
What's New in Poetry Series
Emory Bookstore
Atlanta, GA
8pm
w/ Susan Briante, Farid Matuk, and Sarah Mumolo


November 8
Trobar Ric Series
Oxford, MS
7pm

 

Call the Catastrophists by Krystal Languell

Fiery and fine, Krystal Languell's Call the Catastrophists is a "Whoomp! (There it is)" of a first collection. Amused, bemused, explosive, defused, beautiful, ass-shaking, self-effacing, serious, then distant, then wise, Languell's register-shifting magic in these poems is worth the price of entry. You'll be coming back, though, for the heart.

—Ander Monson

Krystal Languell traverses memory and desire with a tough-minded concern for language’s (in)ability to mean. Place and language collide, collude, and collapse everywhere, producing subversions of the order/system of all things: catastrophe pervades. Call the Catastrophists interrogates—colloquially, effortlessly—the damage done to us by language. There is perhaps no greater challenge for the poet, and perhaps no better poet to engage it than Languell.

—Carmen Giménez Smith

Okay, what should I call them? Nyuk-nyuk-nyuk-nyuk. Anything but late for supper! Ah-cha-cha-cha! Krystal Languell’s poems are a lot funnier than those jokes. And sadder. And far more perceptive. And maybe they’re not so much about pulling the rug from under language as they are about getting down on the carpet and helping you to look for your lost contact lens or to scrub up the wine you just spilled. These are poems by a human being who reminds you that there are more of us (from wherever it is we came from) both behind and in front of this book.


—Graham Foust

What then is a catastrophist? In the cosmography of this incredible first volume, she is a mobile force that screams: There is plenty to say, say it, say it! In the case where it is the critical reality of the daily life of a person, a thinking person, a person with a sex that is not one, with a class not a cache, who bumps against reality being easily bruised, and doing it again, and saying so. Krystal Languell reinscribes poetry to its rightful spot where we begin, and keep beginning, inside our catastrophe, where it lives.

—Rachel Levitsky

Krystal Languell was a semi-finalist for the 2010 University of Akron Press Poetry Prize and a finalist for the 2011 National Poetry Series. Her work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Fairy Tale Review, and DIAGRAM among other journals, and was anthologized in the 2010 edition of Best of the Web. Founder of the feminist literary magazine Bone Bouquet, she serves as a collaborative board member for Belladonna* Series as well as editor-in-chief at Noemi Press. She teaches composition at York College in Queens and the Borough of Manhattan Community College. She lives in Brooklyn, where she also co-curates the HOT TEXTS Reading Series.

Book Information:

· Paperback: 68 pages


· Binding: Perfect-Bound


· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 


· ISBN: 978-1-60964-090-3

$16


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Call the Catastrophists by Krystal Languell Book Preview

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Leah Umansky reviewed in the Brooklyn rail and a reading tour schedule

 

From Jeffrey Cypers Wright on the Brooklyn Rails' Rapid Transit: 

RAPID TRANSIT

Leah Umansky
Domestic Uncertainties
(BlazeVOX, 2013)

Leah Umansky admits impediments. In fact, her topos of a marriage-gone-bad is previewed on the cover (she did the collage). A wedding cake couple floats above rocks under a stormy sky framed by flaming red curtains. The poetry is much more subtle but no less vivid.

[ read the whole review here, along with great reviews of new work by Rob Cook and Marjorie Welish.]

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Umansky on Tour

Published on Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Leah Umansky has just added new reading dates in support of her debut collection, Domestic Uncertanties(BlazeVox, 2013).

July (Northwest USA)

Umansky’s August dates are still TBA. Keep up with all the latest dates and locations by checking here.

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