[4/2] Remote Greetings w/ Sparrow, Silvina Lopez Medin & Sarah Sala

Dear Selfless Quarantines: 

First things first, thank you everyone for staying inside if possible - you & I & everyone else who stays put will help make this pandemic that much shorter (take a breath) - keep on breathing inside & know aside from being loved, that this is the address to click or copy into your hard-wired brains for the accessing the Remotely Personal Greetings held on ZOOM. Which means if ya want to be privy to this reading ya gots to download ZOOM if you all ready haven't, it's relatively free & easy to use - supposedly this link requires no password so here it is: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/748505506
Whew - now that the vital linking info has been dispersed into the ether - so to speak - let me begin for reals:

Dear Selfless Quaranties:

How we've looked forward to seeing ya'll again; its as if the muse has been moved indoors to a private echo chamber, and so here we are, isolated within our own realms, each to each, well, let's try to bridge the pandemic ice bridge for an hour or so again this Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 at 10 Pm Eastern Time (that's 7 Pmish for all you Left Coasters).

We'll start off with a brief meet n' greet at 10 Pm as people click in from around their living room consciousness, maybe we'll even have some music to ease us into the reading with Other Arc Ensemble playing through the invisible nets to one another. This brief check-in will be followed at 10:15ish by  3 swimmingly buoyant poets:

Sarah Sala - has fished long enough in the Devil's Lake to know a thing or two about the silty bottom of dark lake and how, through a rapidly moving Ghost Assembly Line the survivors of our memory are hooked on the Hydrogen of our desire cells. Her Office Hours are ubiquitous: be here with here & everywhere.

Silvina Lopez Medin - Has taken the Argentinian highway not by way of Ocampo but Medin where the Oxen grow restless come the evening and deer, wild as fauns are, lick the salt of the disappeared tears till their tongues grow dry like mangroves removed from their swamps so that only an energetic lashing can get them moving, get the sound of propellers churning like a lone swimmer counting their strokes beneath the Brooklyn bridge where you too, in her pomes, can hear it rain.

Sparrow - from humble beginning of sharing bricks with Lou Al Cinder to running for President of these very narrow United States, Sparrow now would like to take each & everyone of you out on a Dream Date. C'mon don't be shy - he knows a great place for Broccoli ala Fantastique; afterwards you will dance as he plays the flutophone and composes songs he will later use to shake the trees awake: & so his pomes do: awake, awakening, woke!  

Yes, listen for the beat of the drum as these 3 poets prepare to fill your senses with sounds beyond your personal remote hide-away.

So tune in, if you can, tonight at 10 pm EST, 9Pm Central, 8pm Mountain 7pm PST & 9 Am in Yogyakarta &  we'll hopefully connect to the muse & then some...

X's to your O's
from at least 6 feet afar,
Jeffrey Joe 

[March 26] Marinovich // Poirier // Mathews // OAE


Unnameable Books is closed at the moment but the poetry continues!

Please join us for the Season Opener of GREETINGS

with Filip Marinovich, Julien Poirier, Alyssa Mathews & music by Other Arc Ensemble

in a normal year we would be discussing whether this could better happen in a warming backyard or a cosy basement, but this year the answer is wherever you find yourself safely separated and with internet access.

please check back here for url info and the confirmed start time as Julien will be joining us from the west coast.

[March 11] Ostups // Turovskaya // Gulian

Wednesday, March 11
A reading with poets from Latvia, Ukraine, and Armenia. 

Latvian poet Artis Ostups in a rare US appearance, and celebrating Genya Turovskaya's new book from Black Square. Wine and such will be provided.

Anahit Gulian, born in Armenia in 1989, is a writer and artist living in the orange shadows of New York City. She is one half of Imp Books and sings in the band Nandas. Her fiction has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Dizzy Magazine, and The Recluse; her drawings have appeared in NUTS! Magazine, Never Sit, the internet, and the covers of chapbooks and records.

Artis Ostups is the author of the poetry collections Comrade Snow (Biedrs Sniegs), Photography and Scissors (Fotografija un škeres), and Gestures (Žesti). In addition to poetry, he writes literary criticism. He is a researcher at the Institute of Literature, Folklore, and Art and the founder and editor-in-chief of the online magazine Punctum. His work has been translated into English, German, French, Russian, Lithuanian, Slovenian, and Croatian.

Genya Turovskaya is a poet, translator, and psychotherapist. She is the author of The Breathing Body Of This Thought (Black Square Editions), as well as the chapbooks Calendar (UDP), The Tides (Octopus Books), New Year’s Day (Octopus Books), and Dear Jenny (Supermachine). Her poetry and translations of contemporary Russian poets have appeared in A Public Space, Asymptote, Chicago Review, Conjunctions, Fence, jubilat, Octopus, PEN Poetry, Sangam Poetry, Seedings, The Elephants, and other publications. She is the translator of Aleksandr Skidan’s Red Shifting (UDP), co-translator of Elena Fanailova's Russian Version (UDP), and co-translator of Arkadii Dragomoshchenko’s Endarkenment: Selected Poems (Wesleyan). She has received a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a Montana Artist Refuge Fellowship and a Witter Bynner Translation Residency at Santa Fe Art Institute.

[March 6] Lance Olsen: My Red Heaven

Friday, March 6th

Please join us as Lance Olsen reads from his latest novel, MY RED HEAVEN (Dzanc Books, 2020)! The evening will also feature Lance in conversation with author Peter Wortsman.

Set on a single day in Golden Twenties Berlin, MY RED HEAVEN imagines a host of various historical or imagined figures moving through the city, like Robert Musil, Otto Dix, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Oskar Kokoschka, Vladimir Nabokov, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Käthe Kollwitz, Arnold Schönberg, Alban Berg, and Rosa Luxemburg. And several ghosts!

Drawing inspiration from Otto Freundlich’s painting by the same name, Lance Olsen’s My Red Heaven explores a complex moment in history: the rise of deadly populism at a time when everything seemed possible and the future unimaginable.

Lance Olsen is author of thirteen novels, one hypermedia text, five nonfiction books, five short-story collections, a poetry chapbook, and two anti-textbooks about experimental writing, as well as editor of two collections of essays about innovative contemporary fiction. Recipient of numerous awards, he teaches experimental narrative theory and practice at the University of Utah.

Peter Wortsman is the author of A Modern Way to Die, Footprints in Wet Cement, The Tattooed Man Tells All, Burning Words, Ghost Dance in Berlin: A Rhapsody in Gray, Cold Earth Wanderer, and Stimme und Atem / Out of Breath.

This event is free and open to the public.

[Feb 15] Boog City 13.5

In just XX days, on Sat., Feb. 15 and Sun. Feb. 16, we'll be celebrating our annual Presidents Day weekend event, Welcome to Boog City 13.5 Arts Festival: Poetry, Music, Theater, Dance, and Film.

It will feature 29 poets; 7 musical acts; 3 poets theater plays; 1 collaborative poetry, dance, and music performance; 1 Poetry Talk Talk; and 1 short film over the two days.

Saturday will be at Unnameable Books in Brooklyn, Sunday cross the river to the Bowery Poetry Club

And here's who put together Welcome to Boog City 13.5: David Kirschenbaum is the festival director and helped book the poets with Ron Kolm. Todd Carlstrom booked the music.

Among the festival highlights are:

—Poetry Talk Talk, featuring Joanna Fuhrman and Jean-Paul Pecqueur reading and in conversation
—our 13th Poets' Theater event
—the debut of Matt Kohn's film Descrapulation
—for its 25th anniversary, a live performance of Elastica’s eponymous debut album
—The Cut-Outs (Matisse): An afternoon of collaborative poetry (Bob Holman), dance (Molissa Fenley), and music (Keith Patchel and Alan Grubner)

The full schedule for the event, followed by performer bios and websites, is available on the FB event page:

[Feb 11] Sinton/Housle/Ilgenfritz 3-o, Robbie Lee solo

Robbie Lee - solo woodwinds

Josh Sinton - baritone saxophone
James Ilgenfritz - bass
Rachel Housle - drums


[Feb 6] Indoor Pool

Various group improvisations and noises by: Sean Ali (bass) Michael Foster (sax) Cecilia Lopez (synth) Joe Moffett (trumpet) Jean Carla Rodea (voice)