STEPHEN HOUSEWRIGHT / BLANK FORMS


WEDNESDAY 5/25 7pm


In celebration of Blank Forms Editions’s 2021 publication of Partners, a memoir by Stephen Housewright, please join Lawrence Kumpf and Tyler Maxin, curators of “Jerry Hunt: Transmissions from the Pleroma,” for a conversation with the author at Unnameable Books in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn on Wednesday, May 25, at 7pm.

Partners concerns Housewright’s relationship with his widow, the Texas-born composer and artist Jerry Hunt. The couple met in the eighth grade and were together until Hunt took own life in 1993 following a battle with lung cancer. This intimate book, dubbed “a striking act of care” by the Brooklyn Rail, was originally self-published in a small edition in 1995 and distributed to the couple’s friends and family. A trove of information, it includes correspondence with and thrilling anecdotes about Hunt’s peers spanning new music and experimental video hubs across Texas, the US, and Europe. Here, it has been revised and given a new introduction by the artist Karen Finley, a friend of the couple who collaborated with Hunt toward the end of his life (together, they were subjects of a Republican-led “decency” campaign over National Endowment for the Arts funding in the ’80s). Partners is an essential introduction to Jerry Hunt, and one that only Housewright could share.

Stephen Housewright was born in Dallas in 1942. He studied liberal art at St. John’s College in Santa Fe and English and Greek at the University of Houston and in graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin. After teaching for almost ten years at Cistercian Preparatory School in Irving, near Dallas, he earned a Master of Library Science and became a librarian in the humanities division of the Central Dallas Public Library. He and his husband Hal Bennett live in Texas and divide their time between Canton and Garland.

 


 

 




Friday 5/20 7 PM

GREETINGS READING 7pm 5/19/22

Dear Fellow Devotees of the Muse:


Let us gather in the midst of May's slightly thawing spring as the month approaches mid-stride to once more hear the permutations of the word this Thursday, May 19th, 2022 at 7:oopm.

Unnameable has a slightly new location (615 Vanderbilt Ave , near the corner of St. Marks) and a new backyard. We'll join with the bushes, fencing, lights & concrete to continue making a go of our new home-space, in this new spring with these 2terrific poets & the opening music of The Downtown Gurls:


Emily Simon: Quite truthfully, tends to gravitate to Sunken Meadow island, officially no longer it’s own island, but retaining a strong residue of the past, an island that goes to parties whenever it is asked, an island that no longer has a back or a front, but like a poem stands up when read, if only for a moment, learning in a sense by being spoken, the words articulated into persona for you dear to assimilate on your town terms


Tilghman Goldsborough: knows each of us at certain points in our lives is not much more than throbbing gristle. In the genesis of porridge a mass of meat quivers, a sponge of absorbed water emitting electrical impulses, trails crumbs the muse picks up on. T.G.’s verse signals to us across the bird bedazzled backyard. Orange-yellow lights twinkle in a constellated burst residing just across the tracks of Atlantic, Fulton into the beating heart of Bedstuy .


The Downtown Gurls: drop a load of musical love on your lap as they hitch our wagon to electro acoustic impulses throbbing into the intros of secret clouds


This event is free. The meet n greet begins at 7:00 as the house band will be playing. We plan to commence the series at 7:30 o'clock sharp with a quick hello, followed by the introduction to the 1st poet/ performer.


There is limited seating in the new backyard (about 25 seats). There is no basement reading space - so if the weather turns to rain we will have to huddle inside - or cancel - more on that if it becomes a necessity; however the cast of the fore bodes well for nigh 50's to mid 60's so dress appropriately. As always we look forward to seeing old & new faces.


Listen for the bang of the drum.


X's to your O's,

Jeffrey Joe

Jed Shahar

         Eugene Ostashevsky and Genya Turovskaya 6pm

Poetry reading in the backyard

Genya Turovskaya was born in Kyiv, Ukraine, and grew up in New York City. She is the author of The Breathing Body of This Thought (Black Square Editions) as well as numerous chapbooks. She is also an award winning translator of contemporary Russian poetry by Aleksandr Skidan, Elena Fanailova and Arkadii Dragomoshchenko.


Eugene Ostashevsky is a poet and translator based in NY and Berlin. He will read from his upcoming book of poems, The Feeling Sonnets (Carcanet and NYRB). His previous titles include The Pirate Who Does Not Know the Value of Pi (NYRB). He is the translator of Lucky Breaks, a book of short stories by Yevgenia Belorusets, as well as many volumes of Russian avant-garde and experimental poetry.



In-person Book Launch Event for Chelsea Abdullah's The Stardust Thief at 7pm

 

                                                          

               




Dear Believers in Words:



Let us gather in the midst of May's slightly thawing spring as the month approaches mid-stride to once more hear the permutations of the word this Thursday, May 12th, 2022 at 7:oopm.

Unnameable has a slightly new location (615 Vanderbilt Ave , near the corner of St. Marks) and a new backyard. We'll join with the bushes, fencing, lights & concrete to continue making a go of our new home-space, in this new spring with these 3terrific poets & the opening music of Other Arc Ensemble:

Harris Schiff: The ineluctable Harris Schiff has been dodging fame’s bullet ever since he escaped from the Bronx & headed to the Mesa to find the real meaning of the secret hand band – (was it really the special cotton or was it a sign from thee mysterious stranger?); a hungry tension flowed thru him & out came the poems, the muse like a river flowing over the broken rocks of desert landscape now long island, inland prophet of verse the long & the short with staples or without.

Anselm Berrigan: Known by many names An of the Selm keeps the trade winds at his back as he sails the waters ‘tween Manhattan, Brookyn & the nebulous forests of upstate where he may be secretly the scout for a clandestine Yankee’s farm team of poets turned knuckle ballers, switch-&-clutch hitters, ace relief pitchers & utility infielders. Yes, indeed his keen eye has recruited many a po-em for the pages of the railyard’s cultural dissection of much to do about art so have a nice day but be careful where you put that donut.

Claire Devoogd: Knows a good scrutinium device when she comes across one. This machine able to parse the restricted anatomy of language is like a mirror enclosing the world much like Claire’s poems which when fit to the eye with an ocular nostrum distort the contingencies of our reality just right, as if our semi-permeable membranes were being exposed to the language of the poet, drinking up the language of the muse as if from a silver cup & so do not worry about the hazards of unspeakability, as Claire is here to unwind the intangible rot from our brains.

This event is free. The meet n greet begins at 7:00 as the house band will be playing. We plan to commence the series at 7:30 o'clock sharp with a quick hello, followed by the introduction to the 1st poet/ performer.

There is limited seating in the new backyard (about 25 seats). There is no basement reading space - so if the weather turns to rain we will have to huddle inside - or cancel - more on that if it becomes a necessity; however the cast of the fore bodes well for nigh 50's to mid 60's so dress appropriately. As always we look forward to seeing old & new faces.

Listen for the bang of the drum.


X's to your O's,

Jeffrey Joe

Jed Shahar

 MAY EVENTS

Thursday 5/12: Greetings Readings 7pm
    Claire Devoogd, Anselm Berrigan, Harris Schiff with music by Easy             Streets


Friday 5/13: Dennis Nurkse and Jessica Greenbaum 6pm

 

Sunday 5/15: Eugene Ostashevsky and Genya Turovskaya 6pm

 

Monday 5/16: Chelsea Abdullah 7pm

 

Thursday 5/19: Greetings Readings 7pm
    Tilghman Goldsborough, Emily Simon with music            by Other Arc Ensemble

 

Friday 5/20: Peach Kander and Nancy Huang 7pm


 

Saturday 5/21: Belladonna Reading 7pm
    Krystal Languell, Chia-Lun Chang, Asiya Wadud 

 

Thursday 5/26: Greetings Readings 7pm
    Farnoosh Fathi, Anna Gurton-Wachter, Yuko Otomo with music by                Ghost Shepards

 

Friday 5/27: Brandan Griffin, Alan Felsenthal, Farnoosh Fathi 7pm


Sunday 5/30: Conor Bracken, Yerra Sugarman, David Tomas Martinez 7pm --- CANCELLED TO BE RESCHEDULED LATER IN SUMMER