Double or Nothing

I’m reading tonight in Williamsburg and tomorrow night in the East Village!

Mental Marginalia

Tuesday, June 26
@ The West
378 Union Ave.
8:00 pm

Lily Ladewig
Sasha Fletcher
Corinne Schneider
Nicole Wallace
Sampson Starkweather

Patasola’s Parlor: A Midsummer Night

Wednesday, June 27
@ The Belgian Room
129 St. Marks Pl. (@ Ave. A)
8:30 pm

BELLY DANCING by Cassandra Rosebeetle

BURLESQUE PERFORMANCES by Lewd Alfred Douglas & Boots LaMae

POETRY by
Lily Ladewig
Erin Lynn
David Gibbs

Saturday! Denver! SpringGun & Mud Luscious Reading!

I’m flying to Denver this weekend to do a reading with my fellow SpringGun Press author Joe Hall and Mud Luscious Press authors Mathias Svalina, Joanna Ruocco, and Todd Seabrook. I couldn’t be more excited!

Leon Presents a Reading #5
Saturday, May 12 @ 7:00pm
Leon Gallery @ 1112 E. 17th Avenue, Denver, CO

Joe Hall was born in the woods and is devoted to Cheryl. With Chad Hardy he wrote The Container Store Vol. I (SpringGun 2012). Black Ocean Press published his first book of poems, Pigafetta Is My Wife, in 2010. His poems, fiction, book reviews, and essays have appeared in Gulf Coast, Octopus, HTMLGiant, The Colorado Review, and elsewhere.

Mathias Svalina is the author of one book of prose, I Am A Very Productive Entrepreneur (Mud Luscious Press, 2011), & two books of poetry, Destruction Myth (Cleveland State UNiversity Poetry Center, 2009) & The Explosions (Subito, 2012). With Alisa Heinzman & Zachary Schomburg he co-edits Octopus Books.

Joanna Ruocco co-edits Birkensnake, a fiction journal. She is the author of The Mothering Coven (Ellipsis Press), Man’s Companions (Tarpaulin Sky Press), A Compendium of Domestic Incidents (Noemi Press), and Another Governess / The Least Blacksmith: A Diptych (FC2).

William Todd Seabrook hails from Cleveland, Ohio, and received his MFA at the University of Colorado. His fiction has appeared in Tin House, CutBank, Quiddity, 30 Under 30 Anthology (Starcherone Press), and was a finalist for the MAR Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award. His second chapbook is forthcoming from Firewheel Editions in the fall of 2012.

Lily Ladewig is the author of The Silhouettes (SpringGun Press, 2012) and, with Anne Cecelia Holmes, the e-chapbook I Am A Natural Wonder (Blue Hour Press, 2011). Recent poems have been published in Aesthetix, Bone Bouquet, Horse Less Review, Sixth Finch, and Spinning Jenny. She lives in Brooklyn.

In somewhat related news, Mud Luscious founding editor J. A. Tyler recently interviewed me for Monkeybicycle. We talked about dance, narrative arcs, and street fashion.

AWP: Where I’ll Be

In 24 hours I will be in Chicago! I’m ready and rarin’. My dresses and boots are packed and my nails are did. I’m looking forward to buying lots of books, catching up with friends, and drinking bloody marys in hotel bars.

If you’re also going to AWP, you can stop by the SpringGun Press table (J23) to pick up a copy of my book and meet editors extraordinaires Erin Costello and Mark Rockswold. They will also be tweeting from the book fair all week.

I’m participating in two readings on Friday:

Happy Hour Reading

Friday, March 2nd
@ Beauty Bar
1444 W. Chicago Ave.
5:00 – 6:00 pm

James Tadd Adcox (The Map of the System of Human Knowledge)
Roxane Gay (Ayiti)
Caitlin Horrocks (This Is Not Your City)
Lily Ladewig (The Silhouettes)
Sean Lovelace (Fog Gorgeous Stag)
Mark Neely (Beasts of the Hill)


Table X/Y Party & Reading Experiment
presented by Red Rover Series

Friday, March 2nd
@ Outer Space Studio
1474 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Doors open at 8:15 pm

Experiment #1 – 9:00-9:30pm

Lori Anderson Moseman (Flim Forum Press)
Harold Abramowitz (Les Figues Press)
Gretchen E. Henderson (&NOW Books)
Peter Conners (Stamped Books)
Molly Gaudry (Mud Luscious Press)
Kathy Fish (The Lit Pub)
Paige Lipari (Augury Books)
Amy King (Litmus Press)
Judith Goldman (O Books)
Bianca Stone (No, Dear)
Philip Metres (Flying Guillotine Press)
Marcus Pactor (Subito Press)
Jonathan Stalling (Counterpath Press)
Katie Fowley (Lightful Press)
Kate Durbin (Supermachine)
Lisa Ciccarello (Immaculate Disciples)
Marina Blitshsteyn (Argos Books)
Rodrigo Toscano (Fence)
Anna Joy Springer (Jaded Ibis Press)
Corina Copp (Ugly Duckling Presse)
Miranda Mellis (Encyclopedia Project)
James Maughn (Black Radish Books)
Amanda Deutch (Dusie Kollectiv)
Lily Ladewig (SpringGun Press)
Joseph Mains (Poor Claudia)
Kristin Prevallet (Belladonna)
Jennifer Karmin (Flim Forum Press)
Alina Gregorian (Monk Books)
Sidebrow reading from White Horse
Alan Gilbert (Futurepoem)
Nicole Schildkraut (Kaya Press)

Experiment #2 – 10:00-10:30pm

Ben Mirov (Supermachine)
Laura Goldstein (Red Rover)
Matvei Yankelevich (Circumference Magazine)
Janice Lee (Jaded Ibis Press)
Noel Black (Ugly Duckling Presse)
Dana Teen Lomax (Black Radish Books)
Brent Cunningham (Atelos)
Deborah Poe (Dusie Kollectiv)
Adam Peterson (SpringGun Press)
Jeff Alessandrelli (Poor Claudia)
Caroline Crumpacker (Belladonna)
Christie Ann Reynolds (Monk Books)
Sidebrow reading from White Horse
Joe Elliott (Lunar Chandelier Press)
Erika Jo Brown (Further Adventures Press)
Lily Hoang (Les Figues Press)
Elizabeth Gentry (&NOW Books)
Gina Caciolo (Stamped Books)
Robert Kloss (Mud Luscious Press)
Ben Segal (The Lit Pub)
BC Edwards (Augury Books)
Jennifer Scappettone (Litmus Press)
E. Tracy Grinnell (O Books)
Ben Pease (No, Dear)
Serena Chopra (Flying Guillotine Press)
Tracy DeBrincat (Subito Press)
Giovanni Singleton (Counterpath Press)
Frances Richard (Les Figues Press)
Jessica Laser (Lightful Press)
James Belfower (SpringGun Press)

Also, I’ve now released my third and last book trailer. This one has a whale!

The Silhouettes!

Gentle readers,

I’m returning from my summer hiatus with very exciting news: SpringGun Press is publishing my first full-length collection of poems, The Silhouettes, in early 2012! I’m looking forward to working with editors Mark Rockswold and Erin Costello in making the Word doc I’ve been revising for three years into something real that you can hold in your hands. Also, I can’t wait to read their other forthcoming titles, The Container Store by Joe Hall Chad Hardy and The Flasher by Adam Peterson. These books will be available for purchase at AWP Chicago in March and through the SpringGun website. More info on readings to come!

And the fun doesn’t stop. There are a slew of readings happening this weekend:

Tonight! Friday, September 30 @ 7pm *** Stain of Poetry:  Adam Fell, Amy Lawless, Matt L. Rohrer, Mike Soto, & Eric Weinstein *** Goodbye Blue Monday, 1087 Broadway, Brooklyn

Saturday, October 1 @ 8pm *** SUPERMACHINE: Dan Boehl, Lisa Ciccarello, Julia Cohen, & Dan Hoy  *** Outpost, 1014 Fulton Street, Brooklyn

Sunday, October 2 @ 5pm *** Polestar Poetry Series: Siamese Dream: Poems Inspired by the Smashing Pumpkins *** Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow Street, NYC

Sunday, October 2 @ 5:30pm *** Zinc Bar Reading SeriesJohn Coletti, Arlo Quint, & Paige Taggart  *** Zinc Bar, 82 West 3rd Street, NYC

Finally, beloved Pioneer Valley book store Flying Object is having an Occupy Wall Street Book Sale. 50% of the proceeds will go towards buying pizza for the protesters, including the poets who will be occupying Wall Street and giving a big reading tonight. I just bought David Berman’s Actual Air, Matthew Rohrer’s Destroyer And Preserver, Anna Swir’s Talking to My Body, and Dara Wier’s Reverse Rapture for only $5 each!

Deep Water, Shadow Boxes, Seam Ripper, Doolittle

This is an embarrassment of riches.

Issue 22 of Conduit just arrived in the mail. I have a poem in it! Along with work by Mary Jo Bang, Joe Bonomo, Charlie Clark, Robin Clarke, Chelsea Dappen, Scott Dolan, Joanne Dominque Dwyer, George Eklund, James Haug, Laird Hunt, Peter Hyland, Jesus E. Jambira, Noelle Kocot, Henji Koentjoro, Brad Liening, Ada Limón, Gina Litherland, Matt Longabcco, Jack Martin, Hoa Nguyen, Anne Ray, Ana Ristović, Michael Robins, Mary Ruefle, Manjari Sharma, Brandon Shimoda, Jason deCaires Taylor, Maja Teref, Steven Teref, Cody Todd, Scott Vincent, G.C. Waldrep, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, and Dean Young. The theme of the issue is “Deep Water: You, Me, and the Sea” and there’s also an interview with Philippe Cousteau Jr.

Issue 18 of Word For/Word went live last week. There are visual poems by Amy Kohut, John M. Bennett, Andrew Topel, Paul Siegell, Karl Kempton, Elizabeth Terrazas, bruno neiva, Michael Brandonisio, Rebecca Eddy, and Sean Burn; poem poems by Mónica Gomery, Stephen Ratcliffe, Anhvu Buchanan, Gracie Leavitt, Ian Seed, Jim Berger, Kara Imre, Sara Michas-Martin, Serena M. Tome, Karen Lepri, Kate Dougherty, Elizabeth Sanger, and Laura Kochman; and six “Shadow Boxes” by yours truly. The poems are partly inspired by Joseph Cornell’s boxes but I was also reading a lot of Moby Dick and Garance Doré’s fashion blog at the time.

I also have five new hat poems up on Delirious Hem as part of Seam Ripper: Women on Textual and Sartorial Style. Other contributors include Marisa Crawford, Khadijah Queen, Jackie Wang, Danielle Pafunda, Dolly Lemke, Yvette Thomas, Amy Boutell, Anna Lena Phillips, Nicole Steinberg, Jessica Bozek, Jennifer Tamayo, Danielle Roderick, jojo Lazar, Susan Yount, and Angela Veronica Wong, among many others. Did you know that wearing a wig with a giant ship on top was refered to as à la belle poule?

Finally, if you’re free on Sunday afternoon, you should stop by Cake Shop for Polestar Reading Series’ tribute to the Pixies’ Doolittle, hosted by the lovely Melissa Broder. I’m going to be reading with all these other fine folk:

When I was a senior, my best friend Megan sent me a mixtape with vital high school music, such as “Summer Babe” by Pavement, “Naomi” by Neutral Milk Hotel, and “Hey” by the Pixies. To this day it might be the best mix anyone has ever made for me and “Hey” is still one of my all-time favorite songs.

This Weekend: Ferociousness, Oz, Van Etten

Tonight! SUPERMACHINE! Justin Marks! Paige Taggart! Jeannie Hoag! Andrew James Weatherhead! 8pm @ Outpost!

Here’s one of my favorite poems by Jeannie, from her sold-out chapbook The Age of Ferociousness (Agnes Fox Press, 2010). I think I’ve heard her read it two or three times and I’ll never get sick of it.

Natalie Portman Is Smarter Than I

She has a mole on her left cheek
I have a mole on my left cheek
They are called beauty marks
and we both have them
She is in movies. I saw
Mel Gibson getting into a car
across from the Post Office
She doesn’t love my cat
the way I love my cat and
she doesn’t know my middle name
I don’t know hers but I could easily find it
Natalie Portman speaks five languages
That’s not me
I don’t know how she feels about Starbucks
but when I’m out of town
sometimes I patronize Starbucks.

Tomorrow night (Saturday) I will be reading at Yardmeter Edition 18 with Molly Dorozenski, Ian Dreiblatt, Corinne Fitzpatrick, Deborah Poe, Christie Ann Reynolds, Anelise Chen, Cate Peebles, Nada Gordon, Shangxing Wang, Margaret Monaghan, and Macgregor Card. We’re all reading Wizard of Oz-themed poems in front of a projection of the movie. It will be kind of like a midnight matinee of the Rocky Horror Picture Show only with less fishnets. The reading starts at 7pm sharp at 267 Douglass Street in Brooklyn.

Following the reading I’m going to catch a cab to the Music Hall of Williamsburg to see Sharon Van Etten! Her new album, Epic, has been my soundtrack all crappy-winter-long. I hope she plays this song:

Is it Friday yet?

Because on Friday I’m hightailing it out of Brooklyn in a little rental car with a bag of road snacks and a couple of cool kids. We’ll be arriving in Northampton in time for a slice of Mimmo’s before rolling up to WWII Club for a karaoke birthday party.

On Saturday night this is happening at Flying Object in Hadley, MA:

On Sunday I’ll be mixing up some bloody marys and will hopefully learn how to play Mahjong. Later that afternoon other good friends are reading poems at Eastworks in Easthampton, MA, at 5pm.

Get ready.

Faster, Chapbooks! Kill! Kill!

I’ve started writing about poetry for The Faster Times. My first article on the 2011 Chapbook Festival is up today!

Last Friday I read with some fine folks to celebrate the third issue of SUPERMACHINE. It was a super fun night and I was very honored to be included in the lineup with Sasha Fletcher, Joey Calavenna, Rachel Glaser, Andrew Gorin, Amanda Nadleberg‘s proxies, Levi Rubeck, Ben Pease, Ben Mirov, Mark Leidner, CAConrad, and Kristen Kosmas. You can buy the issue here.

Tomorrow night I’ll be reading with Lauren Ireland, Martin Rock, Hanna Andrews, and Phil Amoss. The reading starts at 7:30pm and will be held in Phil’s loft/gallery/performance space at 245 Varet Street, 3rd Fl, Brooklyn. There will be free homemade gingerbread cookies and cream ale! It’s gonna be killer.

Last night was St. Patrick’s Day and I celebrated Swedish-style by going to IKEA with Oka, then hitting up our wine bar for some whiskey and fancy snacks. I realized that despite the fact that I’ve never made this holiday a priority, I’ve still had many memorable St. Paddy’s Days, including buying Guinness and green frosted supermarket cupcakes with Dora (2005), starting on a East Village pub crawl organized by Kit and somehow ending up with Anthony and Megan at a Planet Hollywood near Times Square (2006), going with Andy to hear Tei’s Pogues cover band, the Fauxgues (2007), and sitting around my living room in Northampton drinking Jameson and eating dark chocolate Cadbury eggs with Christy, Ari, and Sara (2009).