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!


Praise for The Silhouettes

Recently two writers whom I greatly admire wrote some very smart and kind things about my book and I just had to share:

Christy Crutchfield wrote a review for Dark Sky Magazine and drew connections between the poems that I hadn’t even thought of myself!

Over at HTMLGIANT, Melissa Broder listed her top 18 takeaways after reading the book in her piece Important Information Garnered from The Silhouettes.

Also, last week I released the second book trailer. Voilà!

Silhouettes for Sale

My book is now officially available for purchase! To buy your copy, visit the SpringGun Press website. (You will also be able to purchase the book through SPD soon.)

With the help of the lovely and talented Leigh Stein, I’ve created three book trailers that I’ll be releasing each week leading up to AWP. You can watch the first one now.

I’ll be giving two readings at AWP in Chicago on Friday, March 2 and there will be an NYC book party at Pete’s Candy Store on Tuesday, March 13. More details to come!

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!

Get Salty

I’m really excited to have poems in these journals:

Saltgrass Issue #6: Cynthia Arrieu-King, Anselm Berrigan, Justin Carrol, Tina Brown Celona, J’Lyn Chapman, Cathy Linh Che, Sandra Doller, Brian Foley, John Gallaher, Anne Cecelia Holmes & me, Heather Monley, and G.C. Waldrep.  All this poetry for only $5!

Salt Hill Issue #27: Poetry by Arlene Ang, Simeon Berry, Sean Bishop, Victoria Chang, Conchitina Cruz, Anna Deeny, Elisa Gabbert, Miriam Bird Greenberg, Carrie Hohmann, Amy King, me, Erika Meitner, Sarah Messer Carl Phillips, Kathleen Rooney, Christopher Salerno, Michael Shea, Eric Weinstein, Raúl Zurita; Fiction by Ryan Cannon, Patrick Dacey, Brian Evenson, Sharon White, Angela Woodward; Interview of Sam Lipsyte by Anthony Antoniadis, Dawn Raffel, Ryan Ridge; and art by Kim Asendorf. Buy it online now!

Also, I’m bummed that I’m missing the SUPERMACHINE BBQ at Flying Object this Sunday, May 29. If you’re in Western Mass this weekend it promises to be a Bud-Lite-with-Lime-drenched good time.

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.

Sartorial Stuff

Have you read Lauren Ireland‘s new chapbook Sorry It’s So Small? I had the pleasure of interviewing Lauren for The Faster Times. We talked about punctuation, party dresses, Lil Wayne, and how to “just write a fucking poem.”

If you are a human being with a wicked sense of humor and you like beauty, you need to buy Sorry It’s So Small from Factory Hollow Press now.

In other Faster Times news, Anna Wiener wrote a great write-up of the SUPERMACHINE Issue 3 launch. It’s true, there were a lot of intimidatingly attractive people there.

Last week five of my hat poems were featured on No Tell Motel: “The History Of The Hat, Part 1”, “Wedding Hats, Part 1”, “Tudor-Style”, “Prince Albert’s Top Hat”, & “Wedding Hats, Part 2”. Then the lovely Paige Taggart found this amazing photo:

It feels kind of cosmic because not only is it a portrait of a mime (I think) wearing an incredible hat, but somebody named A. Ladewig signed the photo. Or the photo is of someone named A. Ladewig. Regardless, I have goosebumps.

Finally, all of this talk of fashion is getting me excited about Delirious Hem‘s upcoming feature Seam Ripper: Women on Textual & Sartorial Style. Consider submitting! Here are some recent photos from The Sartorialist to inspire you (click to enlarge):