[Aug 16] Pieces of a Map: Poets in Conversation


Join us Friday, August 16th from 7-9pm for a reading and conversation!

Sokunthary Svay
is a Khmer writer from the Bronx. She is poetry editor for Newtown Literary, the only literary journal for the borough of Queens, and a founding member of the Cambodian American Literary Arts Association (CALAA). She has received fellowships from American Opera Projects, Poets House, Willow Books, and CUNY. Her first collection of poetry, Apsara in New York, is available from Willow Books. She is a doctoral student in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her first opera, in collaboration with composer Liliya Ugay, will premiere in January 2020 at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.

Sean Anderson is the son of Jamaican immigrants who came to
New York in the 60’s. He holds a B.A. in English from Howard
University, a M.A. from Queens College in Secondary English
Education and a M.F.A. from Brooklyn College in Fiction. He is an award winning writer whose first book, Alphabet City Blues, was published in 2019. He is a past recipient of the Howard University Trustee Award, the Himan Brown Award for Fiction and was given Honorary Mention for the Ross Feld Literary Award. He is a former Fellow of the Center for Black Literature’s North Country Fellowship Writing Program. His work has been read at the Bowery Poetry Café, Small’s Jazz Club, Howard University, Columbia University, Queensborough College, the Old Utica Hotel and Medgar Ever’s College and his short stories have been published several times in the Killen’s Review of Arts and Letters. Sean Anderson was a Featured Writer at the 2019
National Poetry Celebration, An Evening with Willie Perdomo and Friends, held by the New York Public Library and the Center for Black Literature and he was honored in May of 2019 as a Human of Henry Street for his accomplishments in writing and youth advocacy.
 

Keisha-Gaye Anderson is a Jamaican-born poet, writer, visual artist, and media professional. She is the author of Everything Is Necessary (Willow Books), Gathering the Waters (Jamii Publishing 2014), and A Spell for Living (Agape Editions), which received the Editors’ Choice recognition for the Numinous Orisons, Luminous Origin Literary Award, and is forthcoming from as a multimedia e-book, including music and Keisha’s original artwork. Keisha’s poetry, fiction, and essays have been widely published in national literary journals, magazines, and anthologies that include Kweli Literary Journal, Small Axe Salon, Interviewing the Caribbean, Renaissance Noire, The Caribbean Writer, The Killens Review of Arts and Letters, Mosaic Literary Magazine, African Voices Magazine, Streetnotes: Cross Cultural Poetics, Caribbean in Transit Arts Journal, The Mom Egg Review, and others. Keisha is a past participant of the VONA Voices and Callaloo writing workshops, a former fellow of the North Country Institute for Writers of Color, and was short-listed for the Small Axe Literary Competition. In 2018, Keisha was selected as a Brooklyn Public Library Artist in Residence. She is a graduate of the Syracuse University Newhouse School and College of Arts and Sciences, and holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from The City College, CUNY.

https://www.facebook.com/events/405011770119587/?notif_t=event_description_mention&notif_id=1565139543064703

[Aug 15] Feral Voices: The Other Brooklyn Reading Series X


Join us Thursday, August 15th at 7 pm for Feral Voices.

Feral Voices is a monthly reading series that focuses on celebrating a selection of writers who work and struggle outside of the typical institutions of the writing community.

A night for those who work one or more "day jobs," but have a voice to share that goes against the grain or upends capitalist, patriarchal understandings of the label "author."

Feral Voices is still looking for readers so send your work if you're interested in sharing! 

If your writing is proactively weird, if you are part of a marginalized group, and/or if you struggle with the financial insecurity that stems from pursuing writing outside university funding or published manuscripts then submit your work to feralvoicesreadingseries@gmail.com. We accept short stories, poetry, essays, plays, scripts, novel excerpts, and anything genre-bending and mind-altering.

Join us in an event hosted by T. A. Stanley at Unnameable Books. Come to share, read, listen and build something new!

For more information about Feral Voices: https://tastanley.com/feralvoices or message me on FB. If you want to submit to be a reader please send any poetry, fiction, nonfiction, etc to feralvoicesreadingseries@gmail.com. Submissions are always open!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2408942639390041/

[Aug 11] Boog Reader 12 Release Party



 Join us Sunday, Aug. 11, at 1:00 p.m. in the beautiful backyard for the Boog Reader 12's Release Party!

WITH READINGS FROM PBR12 CONTRIBUTORS N.Y.C. POETS
Peter Bushyeager • Lydia Cortes • Bob Gaulke • Carol MirakoveUche Nduka * KB Nemcosky • Michele Madigan Somerville  

AND MUSIC FROM 
The Jasmine Dreame Wagner Quartet

AND THE ISSUE (including work from all 30 contributors)
https://boogcity.com/boogpdfs/bc130.pdf 

Hosted and curated by Boog City editor and publisher David A. Kirschenbaum 

For further information: 212-842-BOOG (2664), editor@boogcity.com

[July 25] Trio, Solo, Ensemble



Trio, Solo, Ensemble


Thursday July 25th @ 7pm
 
An evening of improvisations:

7pm: Dan Joseph (solo dulcimer)

7:45: Miyama McQueen-Tokita, James Ilgenfritz, Jessie Cox
koto/bass/drums

8:30: Mixed Ensemble Improvisations
Chris McIntyre - trombone
Josh Sinton - baritone saxophone
Judith Berkson - voice
Dan Joseph - hammer dulcimer
Miyama McQueen-Tokita - koto
Jessie Cox - percussion
James Ilgenfritz - bass

[July 13] Brooklyn Society Writers Group


Saturday, July 13th @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Brooklyn Society Writers Group Presents "Love Storms, Thunder and Lightning" - a Poetry Reading and Open Mic.

Featured Writers/Poets will present their work
& Open Mic (is open to all on a first come basis)


(Light Refreshments will be available)

[July 10] Feral Voices: The Other Brooklyn Reading Series IX



Join us Wednesday, July 10th at 7 PM!

Our community continues to grow and continues to astound with its support and talent. This month we are featuring three wonderful writers: Erin O'Malley, Avika Talmor, and marcus scott williams!

Feral Voices is a monthly reading series that focuses on celebrating a selection of writers who work and struggle outside of the typical institutions of the writing community.

A night for those who work one or more "day jobs," but have a voice to share that goes against the grain or upends capitalist, patriarchal understandings of the label "author."

If your writing is proactively weird, if you are part of a marginalized group, and/or if you struggle with the financial insecurity that stems from pursuing writing outside university funding or published manuscripts then submit your work to feralvoicesreadingseries@gmail.com. We accept short stories, poetry, essays, plays, scripts, novel excerpts, and anything genre-bending and mind-altering.

Join us in an event hosted by T. A. Stanley at Unnameable Books. Come to share, read, listen and build something new!


For more information about Feral Voices: https://tastanley.com/feralvoices or message me on FB. If you want to submit to be a reader please send any poetry, fiction, nonfiction, etc to feralvoicesreadingseries@gmail.com. Submissions are always open!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2229052540505504/

[July 2] The Queer Issue X: A Reading and Party


Join Words Without Borders at Unnameable Books Tuesday July 2nd at 6:30pm for a reading of queer writing from around the world, in celebration of the 10th edition of our annual Queer Issue. 

The event will be hosted by Jeremy Tiang with readings by Tiang, Claudia Salazar Jiménez, Amanda Lee Koe, John Keene, and other writers to be announced.

From 2010-2019, the Queer Issue has given a platform to 89 queer writers from 48 countries writing in 32 different languages, from Arabic to Serbian to Spanish to Thai. Many of these writers were given their first exposure to English-language readers in this issue, and some are not free to discuss their queerness in their home countries or languages.

Help us close out Pride month with a celebration of this milestone. Refreshments will be available. After the reading, there will be an afterparty at Soda Bar across the street.

***SUGGESTED DONATION: $5***
All proceeds will be donated to All Out, an organization fighting for international queer rights.


https://www.facebook.com/events/722855644834728/
https://bit.ly/2WgHysS

[June 18] Art Workers' Inquiry


As workers in the NYC's arts industry, we deal with exploitation, coercion, and extreme alienation on a regular basis. As communists, socialists, and anti-capitalists, we want to build a struggle for worker power in the arts. The first steps in that struggle are coming together and learning about where power resides in our industry. So, you're invited...

To an art workers inquiry gathering! Red Bloom has created an Art Workers' Inquiry based on the Workers' Inquiry Marx developed in 1880. The idea then and now is to use a questionnaire about working conditions both as a means of developing a record of the working class by the working class and also to use as an organizing tool. At this gathering there will be an opportunity to use the inquiry to share your working conditions and learn about those of other art workers.

Come to Unnameable Books on Tuesday, June 18 from 7-9pm to meet up with other arts workers and discuss how we can build a cross-craft, cross-media arts workers struggle. There will be drinks!

[June 23] Robert Musil's Unions--Book Release Soirée


Robert Musil Unions Book Release Soirée

with Genese Grill (translator), Prof. Nicholas Birns (moderator), and Jason Mears (saxaphone)

Sunday June 23rd (7pm) at Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn

In 1911, following his 1906 debut, The Confusions of Young Törless, Robert Musil published the two experimental stories that make up Unions. “The Completion of Love” and “The Temptation of Quiet Veronica” were some of Musil’s earliest forays into what would become a life-long exploration of the life, adventures, and psychological processes of his fiancé, Martha Marcovaldi — the future Martha Musil.

The stories in Unions explode conventional morality; explore questions of self, union, and dissolution of self; and approximate exceptional sensations of erotic and intellectual perception in a shimmering and exceedingly dense proliferation of metaphors.

This is a new English-language translation from Contra Mundum Press of the two stories and the first one to appear — in the form of Musil’s original publication — as Unions. A scholarly introduction by the translator, Genese Grill, explains the provenance of the stories and the need for a new approach to this book so central to his oeuvre.

http://contramundum.net/2019/03/17/unions/
https://jmearsmusic.com/

[June 16] Queer and (Anti-) Capitalism Education Event

Join us Sunday, June 16th from 2-4 PM

Salih Alexander Wolter`s und Heinz-Jürgen Voß’s book “Queer and (Anti-)Capitalism” has caused major debates in Germany. It productively brings together Marxist, queerfeminist and anti-racist perspectives, and the third German edition has just been printed.

Now the American translation has been published. It is included in the book “The Queer Intersectional in Contemporary Germany: Essays on Racism, Capitalism and Sexual Politics," ed. by Christopher Sweetapple. You can get the free Open-Access version here: https://www.psychosozial-verlag.de/7444 .

Heinz-Jürgen Voß will give a short overview of some of the main ideas in “Queer and (Anti-)Capitalism," and then we will break out into small discussion groups. Typically we go for food and drinks after.

Please note that this venue is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.

[June 12] Feral Voices: The Other Brooklyn Reading Series VIII

                 
Join us next Wednesday, June 12th at 7 PM to listen to some more local writers share their work! 

Feral Voices is a monthly reading series that focuses on celebrating a selection of writers who work and struggle outside of the typical institutions of the writing community.

A night for those who work one or more "day jobs," but have a voice to share that goes against the grain or upends capitalist, patriarchal understandings of the label "author."

If your writing is proactively weird, if you are part of a marginalized group, and/or if you struggle with the financial insecurity that stems from pursuing writing outside university funding or published manuscripts then submit your work to feralvoicesreadingseries@gmail.com. We accept short stories, poetry, essays, plays, scripts, novel excerpts, and anything genre-bending and mind-altering.

Join us in an event hosted by T. A. Stanley at Unnameable Books. Come to share, read, listen and build something new!



For more information about Feral Voices: https://tastanley.com/feralvoices or message me on FB. If you want to submit to be a reader please send any poetry, fiction, nonfiction, etc to feralvoicesreadingseries@gmail.com. Submissions are always open

[June 8] Soo Yeon Lyuh w/ Rosenberg, Snyder, Roberts, Ilgenfritz

Please join us for Saturday, June 8th at 8 PM for an evening of performances by west coast musician Soo Yeon Lyuh and friends

8pm Jonah Rosenberg/Jeff Snyder/Mariel Roberts/James Ilgenfritz
8:30 Soo Yeon Lyuh solo
9pm Soo Yeon with guests (duo/trios, etc)


Soo Yeon Lyuh
is a master of the haegeum, a two-stringed Korean bowed instrument. She possesses not only flawless technique and a full command of the haegeum’s traditional repertoire, but is also widely recognized for promoting the creation of new pieces for haegeum. For twelve years, Lyuh was a member of South Korea’s National Gugak Center, the foremost institution for the preservation of Korean traditional music. Since then, Lyuh has endeavored to weave authentic styles into new musical domains, relocating to the Bay Area and drawing inspiration from its dynamic improvised music scene. Her contributions have sparked the creation of new repertoire for haegeum—the lifeblood of any instrument. She has premiered dozens of new works and recently made her debut as a composer with the Kronos Quartet.

[May 30] Greetings from Rogal // Poppick // Pearl // Millstein // Spotless Leopards



To All the Children Of Spring That Have Not Yet Sprung & Then Some,   

And even to those who feel they've Sprung their last Spring - ho! You've got more left in that poetry machine than you know & nothing can put a flower tiger in your tank like some open air Spring in the World of Poor Mutts like some just right or wrong poetry can, so don't stay home & eat that leftover corn-dog alone- bring ye over to the delightful basement / backward of enigmatic realization & imbibe the night's spirit with us at Unnameable Greetings Readings. for the penultimate installment of Unnameable Greetings this  Thursday, May 30th, @ 7:30 pm featuring four poets & music: (please note earlier 7:30 meet - n - greet time in order to respectfully mind the neighbors' wish to have a crowd free space from 10 pm on - which means we'd like the first poet to go on as close to 8pm as possible & do our best to finish up by 9:30 so we can have a lil' hang time before departing to establishments possibly nearby  Now ya'll be aware that Mother Natural is calling for lovely rain & perhaps a few bolts of Zeus - which means we be gathered down below closer to Vulcan's stithy where we can get cozy with the built in library sensation awaiting us... 

Lisa Rogal - treads lightly in verse that at first feels floating then drifting then anchors us into clouds that are really masses of land we passed through not knowing where we were going until we got there & then by gum we were there & a pleasant sensation passed through us where it remains till this day like a smile we take out in the rain

Rachel Pearl - shhhh... Rachel is almost here.... she'll be here soon...you'll know her when she walks in... her voice will carry beyond her.... it is the voice you will know... the pages of pomes that walk out of her... the city in disguise... there once was a poet... & now there is too... & know you will hear her... & she will hear you 

Denise Milstein  - islands of fire surround her... the tale travels & so too the pome... where too?... where now?... who go?... why you ask?... what you say?... hit.. the... road?... or stay, sit & contemplate the neat rip in time you've made as Denise's verse takes a needle to the mess & sews it up only to have her lines bust the seams & pour forth like a biker scorning data for the whipping wind

Dan Poppick  - pops that top, pilfers the pedagogy of poetry, ponders period pieces then peels a pear without so much as a lazy adjective, pronto! poof! per annum, no no no - try daily! through a praxis of time-delayed performance, placed periodically on pivotal shelves, unlike the Po-po-police, not preening but productive, nothing out of the ordinary prurient but provoking nonetheless a pointed effort, not puritanical mind you but freedom inducing - like a drug you didn't know you needed till it opened the door inside you.  

Also on the bill - most likely strumming up a mood to set the meet & greet on its lively ear, dear, will be the return of the Greetings House Band OAE posing as SPOTLESS LEOPARDS recent escapees from mad King Leopold's deadly Congo catastrophe we'll be soothing souls of all traumatized Trumpe l'oeil victims who still have trouble believing that Trump actually exists in his present unreal-all-too-real form.

So hope to see you at the Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Ave, near the corner of St Marks in burgeoning Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Meet n' Greet begins at 7:30 pm to be followed shortly thereafter by performances 8:00=ish. In what's left of the white stone backyard we'll be, (Tho it may be cold rainy thundery blurry & / or hairy) but if the weather does indeed turn inclement there's the snug book-lined basement. Either way the event is free. Listen for the drum then strum.

X's to Your O's
Jeffrey Joe 

Late May (plus June 2nd) events



******Unnameable Books welcomes Michael Levitin for the Brooklyn launch of his debut novel Disposable Man on Thursday, May 23rd at 7pm

“Let me begin by telling you about the time my great aunt Josephine wrote a postcard to Albert Einstein asking him to save her life.” Thus begins this debut novel about American journalist Max Krumm, a grandson of Holocaust survivors who has returned to his ancestral city of Berlin to bury the ghosts that still haunt him. A multigenerational novel woven into the backdrop of revolutionary Russia and Nazi Europe, "Disposable Man" tackles enduring themes of loss, male identity and the search for meaning. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/2284762028518148/

*******GREETINGS Thursday, May 30 at 7:30pm

Lisa Rogal, Denise Milstein, Rachel Pearl & Dan Poppick with Spotless Leopards


*******Larissa Shmailo celebrates Sly Bang Friday, May 31 at 7pm

Larissa Shmailo's Birthday Party and a reading to celebrate her novel Sly Bang with Ron Kolm Dean Kostos Michael T. Young Steve Dalachinsky Stephanie Strickland & more special guests.
https://www.facebook.com/events/369831693876530/

*******d.a. levy lives: celebrating renegade presses series Sunday, June 2 at
1pm
presents Bottlecap Press (St. Louis)
 

Hosted and curated by Boog City editor David Kirschenbaum

with Meghann Boltz, Courtney LeBlanc, Izzy Leslie, and music from Aron Blue and Sourdoe
https://www.facebook.com/events/642715906150613/ 
 

 

[May 31] Larissa Shmailo's Birthday Bash and Sly Bang celebration

Friday May 31
7-9pm

Larissa Shmailo's Birthday Party
and a reading to celebrate her novel Sly Bang

with
Ron Kolm
Dean Kostos
Michael T. Young
Steve Dalachinsky
Stephanie Strickland
& more special guests

[May 16] Greetings: Marinovic // Galperin // Wang // Dan Veksler Experience


 It's Greetings! 

Poetry & Music with:

Filip Marinovic
Rachel Galperin
Sarah Wang
the Dan Veksler Experience 

Thursday May 16th @ 7:30pm

To Lovers, feathers, leathers, moons, deep-dishes, mountains, geldings, serenes & so forth 

Rain rain rain! Great for the garden, good for the gin, not so ideal for a poetry reading in the garden - but it's oracled to be mid Sixties to low Seventies (with only a 10% chance of...) so let's plan on being outside to observe the observable phenomena of poetry & prose - word at work working us over in to find the out door inside the Herculean chesthouse  & valleys of bodies, to put it more simply, this is the time when we dear sirs & sirettes, lambs & lambies, gals, galimyds & goldenrods, when we are alive, so come & imbibe the night's spirit with us at Unnameable Greetings Readings. for for the 2nd of 3 May installments of Unnameable Greetings this  Thursday, May 16th, @ 7:30 pm featuring four poets & music: (please note earlier 7:30 meet - n - greet time in order to respectfully mind the neighbors' wish to have a crowd free space from 10 pm on - which means we'd like the first poet to go on as close to 8pm as possible & do our best to finish up by 9:30 so we can have a lil' hang time before departing to establishments possibly nearby  

Filip Marinovic - Wakes up & sniffs around: yep someone has schat in his cereal again! Those pesky squirrels don't know when to leave a werewolf librarian, sunlighting as a merman realtor alone.  He shakes the beardo & asks the tiny people living atop the towers of books in his abode if they'll open up their tiny hearts & they do, till his pomes swell with their prophecies, observations & ventilations from fears to love goo - 
 

Rachel Galperin- As she enters the script a door left ajar by a grip opens further; oddly all the notes have been removed from the furniture, walls, equipment & tchotchkes; how will she know which way to turn, what coffee cup to pick up, what stone to overturn? & yet she does, & you to, will & do as the pace is set, your non-scripted steps pick up, climbing through the pink & grey passages of a house set perfectly within the tale 

Sarah Wang - bombs the house... kidnaps Hollywood... frees the anus... skates 3rd rail... unbinds feminism... murders crimes... reports from dogface... mail orders temporality... performs karaoke newspapers... pushes beirut night.... shelters shapelessness... newly norms the artist formerly known as hey zeus... ich bin ein 29 memory plants      

Dan Veksler  - let me tell you about potentates... about sultans in velvet... about the camels of the Georgian mountains (1st of all they're not really camels)... about serge d'beouf, au contrair .... about canines without molars but plenty of bicuspid... about soil erosion & soul ....about dimension ...about flow of verbiage across the river stash ... about both apples & oranges ...about how you get to decide which tastes better, the pudding or the green tea... ah! 

So hope to see you at the Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Ave, near the corner of St Marks in burgeoning Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Meet n' Greet begins at 7:30 pm to be followed shortly thereafter by performances 8:ooish. 
In what's left of the white stone backyard we'll be, (Tho it may be cold rainy) but if the weather does indeed turn inclement there's the snug book-lined basement. Either way the event is free. Listen for the drum then hum.

[May 23] Michael Levitin--Disposable Man Launch

Unnameable Books welcomes Michael Levitin for the Brooklyn launch of his debut novel Disposable Man on May 23rd at 7pm

“Let me begin by telling you about the time my great aunt Josephine wrote a postcard to Albert Einstein asking him to save her life.” Thus begins this debut novel about American journalist Max Krumm, a grandson of Holocaust survivors who has returned to his ancestral city of Berlin to bury the ghosts that still haunt him. A multigenerational novel woven into the backdrop of revolutionary Russia and Nazi Europe, "Disposable Man" tackles enduring themes of loss, male identity and the search for meaning. Levitin’s story about one man’s attempt to come to terms with history is also a story about modern men in search of themselves. Holding up a mirror to Gen X and millennials, it explores today’s generation of stalled, disposable men as it follows Krumm on a rambling journey east through Poland into Lithuania where he attempts to uncover a family secret and, in the process, regains his manhood.

Michael Levitin was born in Maine (USA) in 1976 and grew up in Northern California. He received a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Masters degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. From 2004 to 2009, Michael worked as a foreign correspondent in Berlin covering politics, culture and climate change. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, TIME, Newsweek and other publications. Michael was co-founding editor of the Occupied Wall Street Journal and founding editor of the Prague Literary Review. He lives in Berkeley, California.


More info at http://www.michaellevitin.com/

[May 18] Ryan Dobran + Bridget Talone

 
 Join Golias Books Saturday, May 18 at 7 PM to celebrate the release of Ryan Dobran's full-length poetry collection "Old Business."

Ryan Dobran lives in Philadelphia. He is the author of "Old Business" (Golias Books, 2019) and the chapbooks "The Last Shyness" (Face Press, 2017) and "The Meritocrat" (Shit Valley, 2017). His poems have been published by Barque Press, Face Press, and Critical Documents, among others. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Cambridge and is also the editor of "The Collected Letters of Charles Olson and J.H. Prynne."

Bridget Talone is the author of "The Soft Life" (Wonder, 2018) and two chapbooks, "Sous Les Yeux" (The Catenary Press) and "In the Valley Made Personal" (No, Dear/Small Anchor Press). She received a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She lives in Philadelphia, PA.


[POSTPONED] Small Countries in Big Literatures

Due to scheduling conflicts this reading has been postponed
 
The next reading and conversation from the Small Counties in Big Literatures series features T.M. De Vos. The series present Anglophone literature set elsewhere in the world.

Ben Bush (2016 Sozopol Fiction Seminars Fellow) will be in conversation with T.M. De Vos (2015 Sozopol Fiction Seminars Fellow) about her writing set in former Yugoslavia and Moldova.

T.M. De Vos is the author of Cimmeria (Červena Barvá Press, 2016); Co-Editor-in-Chief of Gloom Cupboard; and Reader at The Atlas Review. Her work has appeared most recently in Vagabond, MockingHeart Review, Folder Magazine, Drunken Boat, concīs, Juked, Pacific Review, and burntdistrict. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, Murphy Writing Seminars, Summer Literary Seminars, and Cullman Center at the New York Public Library.

Ben Bush is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, a 2017-2018 Fulbright Fellow to Bulgaria, and a contributing editor for The Organist podcast from McSweeney's / KCRW. His work has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Literary Review, Yeti, The Fanzine, Salon, Bookforum, The Believer, Los Angeles Review of Books, Poets & Writers, and San Francisco Chronicle.


***T.M. De Vos 's appearance is supported in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.***

[May 10] Heart Is // Feet Move Reading

Join us Friday, May 10th at 7:30 pm

where the heart is and the feet move

As you know, we read from someone else's stuff, then our own.

We are (so far): sparrow, eve, violet snow, anique taylor, david paul pemberton, kim brandon, ron kolm, tsaurah litzky,
carol wierzbicki, jim feast, austin alexis, robert gibbons, lehman weichselbaum, jason r. gallagher, federica pantana,
eli tapuchi + TBA + short open

[May 12] poems in th'garden ( Lee // BD // Novy )

[Sunday 5/12: 4pm] 

poems in th'garden ( Lee // BD // Novy )

...the leaves come. Patient, plodding, a green skin
growing over whatever winter did to us, a return
to the strange idea of continuous living despite
the mess of us, the hurt, the empty. Fine then,
I’ll take it, the tree seems to say, a new slick leaf
unfurling like a fist to an open palm, I’ll take it all.

-- Ada Limon 

Celebrate the coming of Spring and warmer climes with poems in the garden of Unnameable Books. Enjoy poetry from Brooklyn neighborhood poets Maggie Lee, Peter BD, Nadia Bovy, and more. Entry is free, and there shall be wine to enjoy in the sunshine. 

[April 27] Indie Bookstore Day!

Join us Saturday April 27th for Indie Bookstore Day happening all day! Visit 5 stores with your field guide and receive 25% off a purchase of used books. If you visit all 17 stores, you'll receive the discount and be entered to win a grand prize. 

We'll have Tarot Readings by rexylafemme from 12-2pm ($10-$20 donation). 

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.
In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism.  They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service. 
~~( http://www.indiebookstoreday.com)

[May 8] Feral Voices: The Other Brooklyn Reading Series VII

Our next event is Wed. May 8th at 7 PM, just two days before your host's 30th birthday! It has also been half a year since I started these monthly nights, and I am slightly proud of myself and everyone who has helped me along the way. So I'm inviting some old friends and FV contributors to return and share in a collective celebration of these small achievements and milestones. Please come to help us celebrate and listen to some wonderful poems and stories from a collection of talented, local writers.

Feral Voices is a new monthly reading series that focuses on celebrating a selection of writers who work and struggle outside of the typical institutions of the writing community.

A night for those who work one or more "day jobs," but have a voice to share that goes against the grain or upends capitalist, patriarchal understandings of the label "author."

If your writing is proactively weird, if you are part of a marginalized group, and/or if you struggle with the financial insecurity that stems from pursuing writing outside university funding or published manuscripts then submit your work to feralvoicesreadingseries@gmail.com. We accept short stories, poetry, essays, plays, scripts, novel excerpts, and anything genre-bending and mind-altering.

Join us in an event hosted by T. A. Stanley at Unnameable Books. Come to share, read, listen and build something new!

For more information about Feral Voices: https://tastanley.com/feralvoices or message me on FB. If you want to submit to be a reader please send any poetry, fiction, nonfiction, etc to feralvoicesreadingseries@gmail.com. Submissions are always open!

[May 31] Larissa Shmailo "Sly Bang" Reading

Friday, May 31st (7-9 PM)

Larissa Shmailo is joined by Ron Kolm, Dean Kostos, Michael T. Young, Steve Dalachinsky, Stephanie Strickland, and special guests for a birthday party and celebration of her new novel, Sly Bang.


Larissa Shmailo is a poet, novelist, translator, editor, anthologist, and critic. Her poetry collections are Medusa’s Country#specialcharactersIn Paran, the chapbook A Cure for Suicide, and the e-book Fib Sequence; her other novel is Patient Women. Her poetry CDs are The No-Net World and Exorcism, available through Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, Deezer, and other digital distributors. Shmailo’s work has appeared in Plume, the Brooklyn Rail, Fulcrum, the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, the Journal of Poetics Research, Drunken Boat, Barrow Street, Gargoyle, and the anthologies Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters, Words for the Wedding, Contemporary Russian Poetry, Resist Much/Obey Little: Poems for the Inaugural, Verde que te quiero verde: Poems after Garcia Lorca, and many others.

Shmailo is the original English-language translator of the world’s first performance piece, Victory over the Sun by Alexei Kruchenych, performed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Garage Museum of Moscow, the Brooklyn Academy of Art, and theaters and universities worldwide. Shmailo also edited the anthology Twenty-first Century Russian Poetry and has been a translator on the Russian Bible for the American Bible Society.

Shmailo’s work is in the libraries of Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, and New York universities, the Hirshhorn Museum of the Smithsonian, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the New York Museum of Natural History, and other universities and museums.

She received honorable mention in the Compass Award for Russian literary translation in 2011, the Elizabeth P. Braddock poetry prize in 2012, and the Goodreads May 2012 poetry contest; she was a finalist in the Glass Woman prose prize in 2012, and a semifinalist in the Subito Press/University of Boulder prose competition. Larissa also received the New Century Music awards for best spoken word with rock, jazz, and electronica in 2009, as well as the best album award for Exorcism. She has read at the Knitting Factory, Barnard College, the New School, New York University, the Langston Hughes residence, and for American Express/Share Our Strength.

She blogs at http://larissashmailo.blogspot.com/
Please visit her website at www.larissashmailo.com.

[May 2] Greetings Reading (Almeida, Farrell, Crawford, Somerville)

READINGS
Alexis Almeida
Nathaniel Farrell
Marisa Crawford
Colby Somerville


MUSIC
The Superintendents

* Probably in the back yard ! *

* wine provided by UDP to toast the publication of LOST HORIZON by Nathaniel Farrell *

Part of the Spring series of Greetings Readings
Curated by Jed Shahar and Jeffrey Joe Nelson
at Unnameable Books

See more Greetings Readings here:
http://www.greetingsreadings.org/Greetings_Readings/Events.html

All Greetings Readings are FREE OF CHARGE

Late April Events @ Unnameable Books


Late April Events @ Unnameable Books

(details below)
FRIDAY APRIL 19th 7pm
Unnameable Books is happy to host the NYC Launch for Jessica Laser's *Sergei Kuzmich from All Sides* on Friday April 19th at 7PM. Jessica will be joined by Callie Garnett, Maggie Millner, and Christian Schlegel.

SATURDAY APRIL 20th 2pm
Join us as we celebrate the release of the new issue of Eleven and a Half--the student-run literary magazine of Eugene Lang College at The New School--featuring works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art and translation from the students and faculty at the school.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 24th 7:30pm
Storytelling NYC--Club Motte is a storytelling night that caters to those who aren’t normally the type to share. We try to remove the pressure of having to tell a story well, and instead provide the space for you to simply tell it. 

THURSDAY APRIL 25th 7pm
Deborah Woodard will debut her new translation of Amelia Rosselli's *Obtuse Diary*, accompanied by Alessandro Cassin, who will read the Italian. The program includes readings by Deborah's old friends and new.

SATURDAY APRIL 27th 11am-11pm
Today is Independent Bookstore Day stop in and say hi, pick up a great book (or books), and get your passport stamped.

SUNDAY APRIL 28th 7pm
Come celebrate spring with an outdoor poetry reading at Unnameable Books! This reading features three poets from St. Louis, Montreal, and Queens: Eileen G'Sell, Virginia Konchan, and Glenn Shaheen, who will be reading from current and forthcoming books.

DETAILED DESCRIPTIONS!

FRIDAY APRIL 19th 7pm
Unnameable Books is happy to host the NYC Launch for Jessica Laser's *Sergei Kuzmich from All Sides* on Friday April 19th at 7PM. Jessica will be joined by Callie Garnett, Maggie Millner, and Christian Schlegel.

Callie Garnett is the author of the chapbooks Hallelujah, I'm a Bum (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), and On Knowingness, new from The Song Cave. Her poems have appeared in Prelude, Company, jubilat, The Recluse, No Tokens, and elsewhere. She works as an Assistant Editor at Bloomsbury Publishing and lives in Brooklyn.

Jessica Laser is the author of Sergei Kuzmich from All Sides (Letter Machine Editions, 2019). She most recently taught writing at SUNY Purchase and Parsons School of Design, and is currently a PhD student in English at UC Berkeley.

Maggie Millner is a poet and teacher from rural upstate New York. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, and ZYZZYVA, and she holds degrees in creative writing from Brown and NYU. Maggie currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, and teaches in the Writing Program at Rutgers University.

Christian Schlegel was born and raised in Berks County, Pennsylvania. His first book, Honest James, was published by The Song Cave in 2015; his favorite Jessica Laser poems include "Homework Help," "Homework Help 2," and "Rust."  
https://www.facebook.com/events/685029435247210/ 



SATURDAY APRIL 20th 2pm
Join us as we celebrate the release of our 8th annual issue with readings from our contributors!

Eleven and a Half is the student-run literary magazine of Eugene Lang College at The New School. We publish works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art and translation from the students and faculty at the school.

Copies of the issue will be distributed at the event. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/2402337983333864/ 



WEDNESDAY APRIL 24th 7:30pm
Storytelling NYC--Club Motte is a storytelling night that caters to those who aren’t normally the type to share. We try to remove the pressure of having to tell a story well, and instead provide the space for you to simply tell it. There’s no voting and no winner. Just an empty chair, a group of people ready to listen, and a few people who have something to say. Our events are free and open to the public, and aim to elevate untold stories and unheard voices. We provide the night’s theme; our audience provides everything else.  
https://www.facebook.com/events/2159887144321775/
 



THURSDAY APRIL 25th 7pm
Deborah Woodard will debut her new translation of Amelia Rosselli's Obtuse Diary, accompanied by Alessandro Cassin, who will read the Italian. The program includes readings by Deborah's old friends and new. Bios follow:

Jennifer Bartlett’s most recent book is Hindrances of a Householder. Bartlett also co-edited, with Sheila Black and Michael Northen, Beauty Is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability. Bartlett has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Counsel, Fund for Poetry, and the Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut. She is currently writing a full-length biography of Larry Eigner.

Alessandro Cassin is currently Director of Publishing at CPL Editions (Centro Primo Levi, New York). Born in Florence, Italy, he began working in experimental theater co-founding Mulita Productions International Performance Group, and was awarded the Premio Ruggero Rimini for directing Il Presidente Schreber, in 1989. He has worked as cultural reporter for publications including L’Espresso and Diario and is a contributor of The Brooklyn Rail specializing in long form interviews with artists. His book Whispers: Ulay on Ulay co-authored with Maria Rus Bojan received the 2015 AICA Netherlands Award. He coordinated the publication of Lawrence “Butch” Morris’ The Art of Conduction edited by Daniela Veronesi (Karma, 2017).

Katelyn Peters is a graduate of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. She works as an Editor at a Photo District News (PDN), Rangefinder and Emerging Photographer magazines.

Margaret Diehl was born in Texas and grew up in New Jersey, New York, and New Hampshire. She has published one chapbook of poems, it all stayed open (2011), from Red Glass Books; two novels, Men (1988), Me and You (1990) and a memoir, The Boy on the Green Bicycle (1999), all from Soho Press. She has published poems, essays and book reviews in various journals and has poems forthcoming in Amp, Gargoyle, and Boomer Lit. She has won a National Endowment for The Arts grant and a New York State Council for the Arts grant. She lives in New York City and works as a private fiction editor.

Jim Steward was published in Company: New Mexico Poets after 1970; he is a logic and programming teacher who lives in New York.

Deborah Woodard is the author of Plato’s Bad Horse (Bear Star, 2006) Borrowed Tales (Stockport Flats, 2012) and No Finis: Triangle Testimonies, 1911 (Ravenna Press, 2018). She has translated the poetry of Amelia Rosselli from the Italian in The Dragonfly, A Selection of Poems: 1953-1981 (Chelsea Editions, 2009), Hospital Series (New Directions, 2015) and Obtuse Diary (Entre Rios Books, 2018). Deborah lives in Seattle, Washington, where she teaches at Hugo House and co-curates the reading series Margin Shift: Friends in Poetry.
 
https://www.facebook.com/events/331048727614463/ 




SUNDAY APRIL 28th 7pm
Come celebrate spring with an outdoor poetry reading at Unnameable Books! This reading features three poets from St. Louis, Montreal, and Queens: Eileen G'Sell, Virginia Konchan, and Glenn Shaheen, who will be reading from current and forthcoming books.

Eileen G’Sell's cultural criticism, essays, and poetry can be found in Salon, VICE, Boston Review, DAME, DIAGRAM, Conduit, Ninth Letter, Secret Behavior, and the Denver Quarterly, among others; and she was awarded the 2013 American Literary Review prize for poetry. Her chapbooks are available from Dancing Girl and BOAAT Press, and she is a features editor for The Rumpus. She currently teaches rhetoric and poetry at Washington University, and creative writing for the Prison Education Project at Missouri Eastern Correctional Center. She lives in St. Louis and New York.

Virginia Konchan is the author of the poetry collections Any God Will Do (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2020) and The End of Spectacle (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2018), a collection of short stories, Anatomical Gift (Noctuary Press, 2017), and three chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Best New Poets, The Believer, The New Republic, and elsewhere. She currently lives in Montreal and teaches at Concordia University.

Glenn Shaheen was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and currently lives in Queens, where he is a Substitute Assistant Professor of English at Queensborough Community College. His book of poems, Predatory, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize and was the finalist for the Norma Farber First Book Award. It is available from the University of Pittsburgh Press. He is also the author of the chapbook of flash fiction, Unchecked Savagery, available from Ricochet Editions. His second collection of poetry, Energy Corridor, is available from the University of Pittsburgh Press, and was published in 2016. Carnivalia, his full-length collection of flash fiction, was published by Gold Wake Press in February of 2018. Work has appeared in Ploughshares, The New Republic, Subtropics, and elsewhere.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1988280814634879/  

April 4 Greetings Reading

Most Malodorous Times, Most Pan-eclectic folk - Once again, the Winter is about to give way to Spring. Spring that shall thaw & bring back much needed Vitamin D. So through these Winter squalls we've arrived at a new Spring Season for Unnameable Greetings Readings. Our opener this Thursday, April 4th, features three poets & music: Andrea Abi-Karam - Whose pomes know both Bay & Brooklyn, all-seeing eye & private eye, flesh & wire, as they take us from trauma to transformation of a nation besieged by the patriarchal ethos of rabid consumption & dominance at any cost - don't worry, A.A.K reconfigures the boss! Rachael Guynn Wilson - knows something about poetry organisms & the places people penetrate like tunnels punctuating the skyline or a drive into & out of the horizon, smashing the prison system with a pome. Anastasios Karnazes - understands that poets are like cyclotrons in their ability to break & then remake energy, time & the words we use to articulate such as "time mechanics" who can pop images as readily as dentists pop teeth. Downtown Girls - features members of the Wyld Butter, Ghost Shepherds & Other Ark who take their electric-acoustic improvisation germ into the the air & watch it germinate into an aural flower. So hope to see you at the Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Ave, near the corner of St Marks in burgeoning Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Meet n' Greet begins at 8pm to be followed shortly thereafter by performances 8:30ish. In what's left of the white stone backyard we'll be, but if the weather turn inclement there's the snug book-lined basement. Either way the event is free. Listen for the drum then hum. X's to Your O's Jeffrey Joe

Early April Events at Unnameable Books




April 4 (Th--8pm) Greetings with Rachael Guynn Wilson, Anastasios Karnazes & Andrea Abi-Karam with music by Downtown Girls

April 5 (F--7:30pm) Small Orange Journal's Emerging Woman Poet Honor with featured poet Cynthia Cruz. This event is also a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization, Girls Write Now. This year's recipient of the Emerging Woman Poet Honor is Theadora Siranian. The three honorable mentions are: LeConté Dill, Oksana Noriega, and McCaela Prentice. https://www.facebook.com/events/397573944361128/

April 8 (M--7pm) Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State State reading group. We are coming together as organizers across New York City working outside the nonprofit industrial complex to study gentrification and "development" in our city. https://www.facebook.com/events/2230797080310740/

April 10 (W--7pm) Feral Voices, a new monthly reading series that focuses on celebrating a selection of writers who work and struggle outside of the typical institutions of the writing community. A night for those who work one or more "day jobs," but have a voice to share that goes against the grain or upends capitalist, patriarchal understandings of the label "author." https://www.facebook.com/FeralVoices/

April 11 (Th--7pm) A reading and discussion with Brittany Ackerman, author of The Perpetual Motion Machine and T Kira Madden, author of Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls.

April 12 (F--7pm) Sugar Factory by Emily Wallis Hughes Reading & Party. Join us in the stone garden for a book party and reading to celebrate Sugar Factory, recently published by Spuyten Duyvil. Readings from Emily Wallis Hughes, Sarah Riggs, Regan Good, Holly Mitchell, Geoffrey Nutter, Matthew Rohrer, and Anna Gurton-Wachter. https://www.facebook.com/events/581688515639749/

April 13 (Sat--4pm) Victor Serge’s Notebooks: 1936-1947.
Book release presentation with translator Mitch Abidor and Jacob Pittman.
In 1936, Victor Serge—poet, novelist, and revolutionary—left the Soviet Union for Paris, the rare opponent of Stalin to escape the Terror. In 1940, after the Nazis marched into Paris, Serge fled France for Mexico, where he would spend the rest of his life. His years in Mexico were marked by isolation, poverty, peril, and grief; his Notebooks, however, brim with resilience, curiosity, outrage, a passionate love of life, and superb writing. https://www.facebook.com/events/416234232282786/

[March 25 & April 8] CAPITAL CITY: Gentrification and the Real Estate State reading group

We are coming together as organizers across New York City working outside the nonprofit industrial complex to study gentrification and "development" in our city.

We're going to read together the book "CAPITAL CITY: Gentrification and the Real Estate State" - a new great book by Sam Stein.
Come to study group meetups:
Mon. March 25, 7PM
Mon. April 8, 7PM
Location: Unnameable Books 600 Vanderbilt Ave. Brooklyn
Subway: B/Q to 7th Avenue, 2/3/4 to Grand Army Plaza A/C to Clinton-Washington

Join the Study Group on FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2180532512238053

Co-sponsoring groups: the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH), CUNY Not HQ2, Queens Anti-Gentrification Project, Red Bloom, Sunset Park for a Liberated Future (SPLF), Take Back the Bronx / Bronx Social Center, Unity & Struggle; others TBA

[March 21] Greetings (Lepri/Braun/Bushyeager/We Are Already Dead)


Most Wondrous Times, Most Excellent folk -

Once again, the Winter is about to give way to Spring. Spring that shall thaw & bring back much needed Vitamin D. So through these Winter squalls we've arrived at a new Spring Season for Unnameable Greetings Readings. Our opener Thursday, March 21st features three poets & music: 

Karen Lepri Whose pomes scatter odd forms of language & thinking trains to ride, legs to view, traveling through, from funk to clarity, in memory & out, observing to boomerang back in.

Madeleine Braun  she has burned much wood in her back yard & watched the smoke spiral outward past the city, blown Northward toward the border of falls, a peg in the wind.

Peter Bushyeager's private America holds something for us all, a public declaiming of the details inside the squall, an entire rabid mall tucked inside a box, kept in the bottom of a drawer in a cabinet placed in a garret made of cedar. a kingdom of its own.

We Are Already Dead features members of the Woes that like the 8-track cassette, the telegraph, carrier pigeon, & trollies (but for a few lovely exceptions) live on in some fertile reality - the members of tonight's outfit like to trip the light fantastic, albeit in slightly sepia tone, scalloped edged, cracked & creased at the corner way, where the walls crumble & the real road begins. 

So hope to see you at the Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Ave, near the corner of St Marks in burgeoning Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Meet n' Greet begins at 8pm to be followed shortly thereafter by performances 8:30ish. 
In what's left of the white stone backyard we'll be, but if the weather turn inclement there's the snug book-lined basement. Either way the event is free. Listen for the drum.

X's to Your O's
Jeffrey Joe 

[April 5] Small Orange Journal's Emerging Woman Poet Honor with featured poet Cynthia Cruz

Please join us April 5th for a reading and celebration of the winners of Small Orange Journal's Emerging Woman Poet Honor with featured poet Cynthia Cruz. This event is also a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization, Girls Write Now.

This year's recipient of the Emerging Woman Poet Honor is Theadora Siranian. The three honorable mentions are: LeConté Dill, Oksana Noriega, and McCaela Prentice.

About the readers:

Cynthia Cruz is the author of five collections of poems: How the End Begins, Wunderkammer, The Glimmering Room, and Ruin. Her fifth collection of poems, Dregs, was published in Sep-tember of 2018. Cruz is the editor of a forthcoming anthology of contemporary Latina poetry, Other Musics: New Latina Poetry (April 2019) and a collection of essays, Disquieting:Essays on Silence (April 2019). The recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and a Hodder fellowship from Princeton University, she teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and Co-lumbia University.

LeConté Dill was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, the granddaughter of sojourners of the 2nd Wave of the Great Migration. “LeConte” literally means “The Fairytale,” so she listens to, documents, imagines, and create stories of safety, healing, wellness, and justice. She is a scholar, educator, and a poet in and out of classroom and community spaces. LeConté holds degrees from Spelman College, UCLA, and UC Berkeley, has participated in VONA Voices and Cave Canem workshops, and was a 2016 Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop Fellow. She is the Director of Public Health Practice and a Clinical Associate Professor at NYU. Ever transdisciplinary, her work has been published in a diverse array of spaces, such as Poetry Magazine, Mom Egg Review, The Killens Review of Arts & Letters, Journal of Poetry Therapy, and The Feminist Wire. She and her husband Umberto are creating a homeplace in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

Oksana Noriega is a genderqueer Latina and slavery survivor. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Utterance and Deluge, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives with others.

McCaela Prentice is a student at Saint Lawrence University in upstate New York. She studies Biology/Public Health, and she is minoring in creative writing. She is originally from Bryant Pond, Maine. Most of her family is still up that way, and she spends a lot of time in the western part of the state and Portland. The first poem she ever published, "Junk Drawer Heart", was in her university's Laurentian Magazine. She draws a lot of her inspiration from Maine, and from her travels elsewhere.

Theadora Siranian is a graduate of the MFA Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her poetry has appeared in DIAGRAM, Meridian, Best New Poets, Ghost City Press, CONSEQUENCE, and Rust + Moth, among others. In 2013, she was a finalist for The Poet’s Billow Pangaea Prize, and in 2014 was shortlisted for both the Mississippi Review Prize and Southword’s Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize. She currently lives and teaches in Brooklyn.


https://www.facebook.com/events/397573944361128/

MAR 17, 2 PM - Red Bloom Presents "Capitalism's Roots In Slavery"

SUNDAY at 2 PM: join Red Bloom: A Communist Collective as we discuss the historical centrality of slavery and cotton production in the development of industrial capitalism and management. This month's text is a selection from Sven Beckert's Empire of Cotton, and the event will feature a short presentation followed by small group discussions. Afterward, we typically go for food and drinks.

Reading: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oVEQ63sWJCeJ7pqPBnM5T190NQ7EO3p9/view?usp=drivesdk

*location is not accessible for those with mobility issues, unfortunately*


We are a revolutionary communist collective based in NYC who aim to develop revolutionary practice relevant to the current conditions in NYC and beyond.

Serge’s Notebooks: 1936-1947 April 13, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Book release presentation with translator Mitch Abidor and Jacob Pittman

 In 1936, Victor Serge—poet, novelist, and revolutionary—left the Soviet Union for Paris, the rare opponent of Stalin to escape the Terror. In 1940, after the Nazis marched into Paris, Serge fled France for Mexico, where he would spend the rest of his life. His years in Mexico were marked by isolation, poverty, peril, and grief; his Notebooks, however, brim with resilience, curiosity, outrage, a passionate love of life, and superb writing.

Serge paints haunting portraits of Osip Mandelstam, Stefan Zweig, and “the Old Man” Trotsky; argues with André Breton; and, awaiting his wife’s delayed arrival from Europe, writes her passionate love letters. He describes the sweep of the Mexican landscape, visits an erupting volcano, and immerses himself in the country’s history and culture. He looks back on his life and the fate of the Revolution. He broods on the course of the war and the world to come after. In the darkest of circumstances, he responds imaginatively, thinks critically, feels deeply, and finds reason to hope.

Serge’s Notebooks were discovered in 2010 and appear here for the first time in their entirety in English. They are a a message in a bottle from one of the great spirits, and great writers, of our shipwrecked time.

Mitch Abidor has published over a dozen volumes of translation, including a collection of Victor Serge's anarchist writings, Anarchists Never Surrender. His writings have appeared in the New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, and Cineaste. Mitch has been translated into German and Turkish. He is currently writing a history of the Bisbee Depredation of 1917.

Jacob Pittman is the editor of Jewish Currents

Un name able Greetings Readings SPRING 2019 Season

What does it mean to Spring forth? Green as the Bard says. Gold the painters. Nothing or no one. Each & every one. Glenn Gould greed. Nothing mean. Both this & that. Bricks. The 20th season. Really. So what. Some say the 21st? A Spring can be a thousand years. Maiden, Bankhead, Robeson, Muse... & lovers of, please note the Lineup, often (but not always) on alternating Thursdays, taking place at Unnameable Bokes, 600 Vanderbilt Ave., near the corner of St. Marks, in burgeoning Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. All events start at 8pm with a meet n’ greet. Performances begin 8:30ish in the white rock stone garden or according to the whims of the weather, in the comfortable book-lined basement. All events are free. March 21st: Karen Lepri, Madeleine Braun & Peter Bushyeager with music by Other Ark April 4th: Rachael Guynn Wilson, Anastasios Karnazes & Andrea Abi-Karam with music by Downtown Girls May 2nd: Alexis Ameida, Marisa Crawford, Nathaniel Farrell & Colby Somerville with music by The Superintendents (hopefully) May 16th: Sarah Wang, Rachel Galperin, Filip Marinovic & the Dan Veksler Experience May 30: Lisa Rogal, Denise Milstein, Rachel Pearl & Dan Poppick with Spotless Leopards June 13th: Kelsa Trom, Matt Longabucco, Marie Buck & Amy Matterer with Other Arc Ensemble Thank you all so much for your gracious support of Unnameable Greetings Readings in the past! Hope to see as many old & new faces during this upcoming season. If any other information is needed please email Jeffrey Joe Nelson: jeffreyjoenelson@gmail.com or Jed Shahar: jedshahar@gmail.com

FEB 27 Conjunctions: 71 - A Cabinet of Curiosity Reading

 
On Wednesday, February 27, at 7:00pm, Conjunctions celebrates its current issue, Conjunctions: 71, A Cabinet of Curiosity, with readings by contributors Martine Bellen, Greg Jackson, Lynn Schmeidler, & Dave King, introduced by senior editor Michael Sarinsky. 

MARTINE BELLEN is the author of nine collections of poetry and three opera libretti. Her most recent poetry collection is This Amazing Cage of Light: New and Selected (Spuyten Duyvil).

GREG JACKSON
is the author of Prodigals (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), for which he received the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Award, the 2019 Bard Fiction Prize, and was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, VQR, Tin House, and Vice, among other places. In 2014, he was a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction.

LYNN SCHMEIDLER is a prose writer and poet. Her work has appeared in such publications as The Awl, Barrow Street, Boston Review, Fence, The Georgia Review and The Southern Review, as well as numerous anthologies. Schmeidler has published one poetry book, History of Gone (Veliz Books, shortlisted for the 2016 Sexton Poetry Prize) and two chapbooks, Curiouser & Curiouser (winner of the 2013 Grayson Books Chapbook Contest) and Wrack Lines (Grayson Books). She received a Tennessee Williams scholarship in fiction from The Sewanee Writers’ Conference, is a Pushcart Prize nominee in fiction, a Best of the Net nominee in poetry, and has had work listed under Other Distinguished Stories in Best American Short Stories. She is currently completing a novella and short story collection.

DAVE KING’s novel The Ha-Ha (Little, Brown) won the 2006 Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His poems and stories have appeared in The Paris Review, Fence, and other venues; and his story “The Stamp Collector” is included in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2018. A memoir about his 1974 travels is in the works.


In addition to work by the readers, the Curiosity issue includes contributions by Laura van den Berg, Ann Beattie, Brandon Hobson, Eleni Sikelianos, Julianna Baggott, Jeffrey Ford, Joyce Carol Oates, William Lychack, Joanna Scott, Catherine Imbriglio, Lauren Green, Can Xue, Nathaniel Mackey, Adam D Jameson, Quintan Ana Wikswo, Samuel R. Delany, Kelsey Peterson, Sarah Blackman, Gerard Malanga, Maud Casey, Greg Bossert, Stephen O'Connor, Matt Bell, Madeline Kearin, Bin Ramke, Diane Ackerman, and Liz Hand.


Conjunctions, edited by novelist Bradford Morrow and published by Bard College, has been a living notebook for provocative, risk-taking, rigorously composed fiction, poetry, and narrative nonfiction since 1981.    

Copies of the issue will be available for sale and signing.

For more information, call 845-758-7054, e-mail conjunctions@bard.edu,
or visit 
http://www.conjunctions.com.