[Nov 22] Prajna Desai reads, w/ Chang/ Hein/ Ilgenfritz/ Kurdi

Join Planta Baja Press on Friday, November 22nd at 7 pm to celebrate the release of "why not again a love story" by poet Prajna Desai.

Desai will read, and the event will also include music from:
Leo Chang (voice, electronics)
Nicola Hein (guitar, objects)
James Ilgenfritz (bass, objects)
Muyassar Kurdi (voice, electronics)

[Nov 20] 50 Things to See in the Sky: Launch Event!

Join us Wednesday, November 20th at 7 pm to celebrate the launch of 50 Things to See in the Sky by Sarah Búqéttes!

Hello friends!

In the very slim chance you don’t know about this already…. I wrote a book! 50 Things To See In the Sky is an illustrated guide to the sky, with all artwork skillfully created by Maria Nilsson. It is now available in all good bookstores.

You've probably listened to me harp on about the book online, but now you have the chance to see and hear me chat about it IRL!

Come to Unnameable Books in Brooklyn at 7pm on November 20, where the delectable Rachel Karpf will be asking me some Q's and I'll be giving some A's. You can also ask your own Q's.

Then I can sign your books! I'll even draw some very childish stars and planets if you like.....

If you can’t be there yourself, please spend the word and invite anyone you think might be interested. The book makes a great gift for anyone aged 5 - 105, and the Holidays are fast approaching…

Thank you so much for your support, and I hope to see you there!

Sarah x

Rachel Karpf: Rachel produces theater, live performance, and mind-blowing experiences. She is the Artistic Producer of Off-Broadway’s WP Theater.

Sarah Barker
: Sarah is a former astrophysicist, and current science communicator, committed to enthusing people about learning. Sarah does this by producing engaging factual television, enthralling live events, and now, books!

50 Things to See in the Sky
: “A beautifully presented, practical gift guide to 50 sights in the skies above us – complete with a glow-in-the dark front cover. Explained with fascinating, easy-to-understand commentary from astrophysicist and science communicator, Sarah Barker, and illustrated throughout with captivating drawings by Maria Nilsson, each guide helps you locate an incredible sight.” There’s a full review here.

Please spread the word and invite as many people as you'd like :)

Mid November Events

Wednesday 11/13: Feral Voices (One Year Anniversary)

Thursday 11/14: Greetings ( Inbar//Truitt//Hammed//Otomo & Ghost Shephards)

Saturday 11/16: Burgundy Poets (Russo//Topp/Belz(z)//Sparrow)

Wednesday 11/20: 50 Things to See in the Sky by Sarah Barker Book Launch


[Nov 6] Loren Connors: Autumn's Sun Book Release

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
6:30 - 7:30 PM

In celebration of Blank Forms Editions’ publication of Autumn’s Sun, Suzanne Langille and Yuko Otomo will read from the book followed by a short performance by Loren Connors. Loren and Suzanne will also be available to sign copies of the book. 

One of the world’s most singular guitarists, Loren Connors is among few living musicians whose prolific body of work can be said to be wholly justified in its plenitude. On more than 100 records across almost four decades, Connors has wrung distinct shades of ephemeral blues from his guitar, its sound ever-shifting while remaining unmistakably his own. From his early, splintered take on the Delta bottleneck style through his song-based albums with Suzanne Langille and on to the painterly abstraction that defines his current work, Connors has earned the admiration of many, leading to collaborations with the likes of John Fahey, Jim O’Rourke, Keiji Haino, and Kim Gordon.

In the mid-80s, Connors took a partial break from music and focused instead on the art of haiku, for which he received the Lafcadio Hearn Award in 1987. With his wife Suzanne Langille he also co-wrote an article on blues and haiku, “The Dancing Ear,” published in the Haiku Society of America’s journal. It was during this period that Connors penned the material that appears in Autumn’s Sun, a chapbook first published by Thurston Moore and Byron Coley’s Glass Eye in 1999. The text features diary excerpts from 1987, lyrically fragmented observations interspersed with haiku-like poems that paint an idyllic impression of the passing seasons in his home of New Haven, Connecticut. With synesthetic perception, Connors gazes from tranquil domestic streets. Sycamore, elm, and catalpa trees are activated by the breeze and made to rustle in unison with their natural and artificial surroundings, including the howling dogs from which Connors derived his ‘Mazzacane’ moniker. As summer fades to winter, Connors portrays death as an undramatic certitude, the flux of his own maturation reflected in musings on his son’s. Like his music, Autumn’s Sun is tender without being sentimental, conjuring those rare, delicate moments when time stands still.  
Blank Forms’ edition of Autumn’s Sun includes “The Dancing Ear” and an introduction by Lawrence Kumpf.

Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

[Oct 10] A Serious Evening of Funny Ass People (presented by Peter BD)

 "a serious evening of funny ass people"

presented by peter bd

and featuring
ana fabrega. comedian/actor/writer 
arjun srivatsa. journalist/designer 
nadia pinder. comedian/business owner 
peter vack. actor/writer/director 
monica mcclure. poet/curator 
colin burgess. comedian/actor/video-maker

Thursday October 10th at 7pm
(wear a sweater--it may be in the backyard)

Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY

[Oct 6] Kit Robinson reads with Uche Nduka

Join us Sunday, October 6th at 2 pm for Kit Robinson's reading of his new book, Thought Balloon joined by Uche Nduka.

Kit Robinson is a Bay Area poet, writer and musician. His most recent poetry books are Thought Balloon (Roof, 2019), Leaves of Class (Chax, 2017) and Marine Layer (BlazeVOX, 2015). His essays on poetics, art, travel and music appear online at Jacket2, Open Space and Nowhere. He plays Cuban tres guitar in the charanga band Calle Ocho. He writes, "Poetry is language on a holiday. Free to go where it will. But it is not jobless. The job of poetry is to continue, despite everything that is pitted against it."

Uche Nduka is a Nigerian-American poet,essayist and collagist. He is the author of 12 volumes of poems of which the most recent are NINE EAST and LIVING IN PUBLIC. His writing has been translated into German,Finnish, Arabic ,Italian, and Dutch. A new volume of his poems titled FACING YOU is forthcoming from City Lights Books in Spring 2020. He presently teaches at CUNY-Queens College and lives in Brooklyn.

[Sept 20-26] Welcome to Boog City 13 Arts Festival: Poetry, Music, Theater

The full line-up for Welcome to Boog City 13 Arts Festival: Poetry, Music, Theater. Now 7 days of arts goodness. (Thanks to Daisy Hulme for the swell fest logo.)

Everyday takes place at Unnameable *EXCEPT* Sunday, Sept. 22nd which will be hosted by the Bowery Poetry Club.


—poetry curator David A. Kirschenbaum
—music curator Todd Carlstrom

6:00 p.m. Sophie Malleret
6:10 p.m. Bevil Townsend
6:25 p.m. Darren Black
6:40 p.m. poetry talk talk, with
Sandra Beasley and E. Tracy Grinnell reading and in conversation, part 1

7:10 p.m. Kelly Webb (music)

7:40 p.m. break

7:50 p.m. poetry talk talk,
Sandra Beasley and E. Tracy Grinnell, part 2
8:15 p.m. Elizabeth Primamore
8:25 p.m. Hossannah Asuncion
8:35 p.m. Jessica Rogers-Cerrato
8:45 p.m. Maria Lisella
8:55 p.m. Hugo dos Santos
9:05 p.m. Jocelyn Mackenzie (music)

SAT., SEPT. 21
—poetry curator John Mulrooney
—music curator Todd Carlstrom

1:00 p.m. The Trouble Dolls (music)
1:30 p.m. Simeon Berry
1:45 p.m. Adam Blowers
2:00 p.m. Mark Lamoureaux
2:15 p.m. Drew Boston
2:25 p.m. Christie Towers
2:40 p.m. Mary Bonina
2:55 p.m. Nichole Callihan
3:05 p.m. Santana Nair
3:15 p.m. Amy Lawless

3:25 p.m. Break

3:35 p.m.

—poetry curator David A. Kirschenbaum
—music curator Todd Carlstrom

d.a. levy lives: celebrating renegade presses

Autumn House Press (Pittsburgh)

Christine Stroud, Editor in Chief

3:40 p.m. Kathy Anderson
Sherrie Flick

4:10 p.m. Jason Trachtenburg (music)

4:40 p.m. Charles Kell
Clifford Thompson

5:10 p.m. break

—poetry and music curator Thomas Devaney

6:10 p.m. Julia Bloch
6:25 p.m. Warren Longmire
6:40 p.m Jim Cory
6:55 p.m. Kirwyn Sutherland
7:10 p.m. Cynthia Dewi Oka
7:25 p.m. Sparrow and Rachel Swaner (music)
7:55 p.m. Michael Lally
8:05 p.m. Caitlin Grace McDonnell
8:15 p.m. Vincent Katz
8:25 p.m. Caroline Hagood
8:35 p.m. Dan Wriggins (music)

SUN., SEPT. 22
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery
The East Village

12th Boog Poets Theater Festival
—Bill Considine, curator

12:00 p.m. Introduction
12:03 p.m. Allan Yashin, The Story of My Life
12:12 p.m. Stephen Paul Miller, Physiocrats in Flight
12:28 p.m. Edmond Chibeau, Leviticus Tattoo
12:45 p.m. Davidson Garrett, What Happened to the Man Who Taught Me Beowulf?
12:56 p.m. Ellen Pober Rittberg, Sabbath Elevator
1:14 p.m. Aimee Herman, The Forgiveness of Lightning Bugs
1:26 p.m. Kevin Killian, The Lenticular

2:00 p.m. Panel:
Can This Machine Kill Fascists?
Poetry, Publishing, and Empire

Mark Gurarie, curator and moderator

Alex Crowley
Joey DeJesus
ELÆ [Lynne Desilva-Johnson]
Zefyr Lisowski

—poetry and music curator
David A. Kirschenbaum

3:00 p.m. Kyle Dacuyan

3:10 p.m

For its 25th anniversary,
Silver Jews' debut album Starlite Walker
performed live by Trusty Sidekick, Alex Emanuel, Tyler and the Names, and more.

MON., SEPT. 23
—poetry curator Suzanne Mercury
—music curator Todd Carlstrom

6:00 p.m.

d.a. levy lives:
celebrating renegade presses

Tender Buttons Press (New York City)

Lee Ann Brown, (Poet & Founding Editrix) & (Tender Buttons author & Star Arkestress Katy Bohinc) joined by local poets from across the years. Featured reader will be Lynne Sachs reading from Year By Year Poems, just out from Tender Buttons.

6:30 p.m Todd Carlstrom (music)

7:00 p.m. More Tender Buttons readers

7:30 p.m. break

7:40 p.m. Christina Strong
7:55 p.m. Geof Huth
8:05 p.m. Nada Gordon
8:15 p.m. Paige Taggart
8:25 p.m. Michael Ruby
8:35 p.m. Vex Wilde (music)

—poetry and music curator Joanna Fuhrman

6:00 p.m. Julie Kizershot
6:10 p.m. Jordan Davis
6:20 p.m. Ronna Lebo
6:30 p.m. Franklin Bruno
6:40 p.m. Keri Smith
6:50 p.m. Robert Hershon
7:00 p.m. Orly Bendavid (music)

7:20 p.m. break

7:30 p.m. Adeena Karasick
7:40 p.m. Melanie M. Goodreaux-Fielder
7:50 p.m. Karen Hildebrand
8:00 p.m. Maria Garcia Teutsch
8:15 p.m. Bob Kerr (music)

WED., SEPT. 25
—poetry curator Elinor Nauen
—music curator Todd Carlstrom

6:00 p.m. Alan Kleiman
6:10 p.m. Lauren Raheja
6:20 p.m. Gillian McCain
6:35 p.m. Sergio Satélite
6:50 p.m. Andrei Codrescu
7:05 p.m. John Hurley (music)

7:35 p.m. break

7:45 p.m. Pattie McCarthy
8:00 p.m. Greg Masters
8:15 p.m. Kimberly Lyons
8:25 p.m. James Ruggia
8:35 p.m. Douglas Rothschild
8:45 p.m. Farrell Burk (music)

—poetry curator Debrah Morkun
—music curator Todd Carlstrom

5:30 p.m. Elizabeth Guthrie
5:45 p.m. Paul Siegell
6:00 p.m. T. Nicole Cirrone
6:15 p.m. Lora Bloom
6:30 p.m. Kimberly Essex
6:45 p.m. Magus Magnus
7:00 p.m.Tom Shaner (music)

7:30 p.m. break

7;40 p.m. Courtney Bambrick
7:55 p.m. Tamara Oakman
8:10 p.m. Suzan Jivan
8:25 p.m. Jason Zuzga
8:40 p.m. Anne-Adele Wight
8:55 p.m. Tim Ellis (music)

David Kirschenbaum, festival director
Boog City
3062 Brower Ave.
Oceanside, NY 11572
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