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Sunday, April 27, 2008

My poem "Shipbuilding in New Jersey" is now up in the very first issue of Superstition Review. You should read it. I read it and I liked it. Also, Denise Duhamel is in there. Not physically. Electronically. And my picture is there.

Friday, April 25, 2008

My poem "One Act Plays" is now up at Juked. You should read it. I read it and I liked it.

Monday, April 21, 2008

After only about two years, my review of Sarah Manguso's Siste Viator has finally arrived in the new issue of Valparaiso Poetry Review. You can read it right here.

Melissa Febos (she of my #22 favorite thing of all time) and Rebecca Keith have put together an absolutely ridiculous lineup for their upcoming Mixer:
MIXER Reading and Music Series
Jonathan Lethem, Paul Muldoon, and Craig Teicher, with music by Rackett (Paul Muldoon's Band)
Wednesday, May 7, 7:00 p.m. , Free
152 Ludlow St .
F, V to 2nd Ave. , F, J, M to Delancey
with your hosts, Melissa Febos and Rebecca Keith
Yeah, I'll be there alright.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Everyone should go to the Control Reading Series on Monday, June 16th because I am the Featured Reader. You should probably go there even when I'm not reading, because Amy Lawless gets some good readers. However, I will do a Sean Connery impression while I read some of my poems, so that may sway you.

Here's Control's bio:

Control Reading Series: I am a bi-monthly open mic & poetry reading series @ Sarah's Bagel Cafe (271 Bleecker St. Betw. Jones and Morton) hosted by Amy Lawless. FREE! Coffee is $1. You can't beat this deal. Sign up is at 7 pm. Featured poet reads at 8:30 pm. (THIS READING SERIES IS BYO! FLASKS AND YOUR BEERS and liquors are welcome! Let's just not get arrested.)

That's what I'm talking about.

Hey everybody...I have, oh, about 11 sections of my book-length poem Glossolalia now up in the new issue of Alice Blue. There's some interesting work in the new issue, number 8, from the likes of Christian Peet, Robert Jacoby, Matthew Savoca, Erica Lewis, Andrea Kneeland, Serena Rose Chopra, Merida Gorman, Mike Young, Trey Moody, Ken Rumble, and Donald Dunbar. You should go and read it; it's free.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

So my new #22 favorite thing in the world is Melissa Febos' tattoo of Billie Holiday. This knocks the hotdog I ate in Toronto in 1992 down to #23. Unfortunately, Melissa's tattoo was not able to usurp the #21 spot, my blue flannel shirt I bought at Old Navy seven years ago, but it certainly is an accomplishment to break into my 100 favorite things of all time. Good job Melissa, and that's an awesome tat.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

I'm part of a nice lineup tomorrow night at the Word Of Mouth reading series at Bluestockings (172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington). It starts at 7 and there is a $5 suggested donation at the door. I hope I get in for free.

Ana Bozicevic-Bowling (poetry) ~
Ana Bozicevic┬┤-Bowling moved to NYC from Croatia in 1997. She's the author of chapbooks Document (Octopus Books, 2007) and Morning News (Kitchen Press, 2006). Look for her recent work in Denver Quarterly, Hotel Amerika, absent, The New York Quarterly, Bat City Review, MiPOesias, Octopus Magazine and The Portable Boog Reader 2: An Anthology of NYC Poetry. Ana coedits RealPoetik.

Melissa Febos (non-fiction) ~
Melissa Febos is a Brooklyn based writer of fiction and nonfiction. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence's MFA program, she teaches both college and high school students and co-curates the Mixer Reading and Music Series in Manhattan. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bitch Magazine, Smut Magazine, Artisan, Italics Mine, Redivider, The Southeast Review, Storyscape Journal, Cape Cod Life, and She is currently finishing a book-length memoir and training for a marathon-- similar practices. More information about her work and projects can be found at

John Findura (poetry) ~
John Findura holds an MFA from The New School. His poetry and criticism appear in journals such as Mid-American Review, Verse, Fugue, Fourteen Hills, CutBank, H_NGM_N, and Rain Taxi, among others. Born in Paterson, he lives and teaches in Northern New Jersey.

Colie Hoffman (poetry) ~
Colie Hoffman is a writer and editor living in New York City, though she also calls North Carolina home. Her poems have appeared in Blood Orange Review, The Furnace Review, and Obsidian. She's currently working on her MFA in poetry at Hunter College.

Monday, April 07, 2008

A neat little project sprung up this weekend from the boys out in Montana. Lucas Farrell, Greg Hill Jr., and Brandon Shimoda put together a one-off online journal with 100 poets assembled during the middle of the night this past weekend called Left-Facing Bird. I have 5 poems up there, and there are some really great things from people you may have heard of like Maxine Chernoff, Noah Eli Gordon, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Steve Roberts, Kate Greenstreet, Tomaz Salamun, Nick Piombino, Paul Hoover, Evie Shockley, and Julie Doxsee, just to name a few. It's definitely work a look.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Slowly, slowly, I move through the interweb. Looks like Cold Front Magazine linked to my poem "Glossolalia" over at elimae as part of their "This Morning" section on April 2. Very fun, indeed.