12/24 : 11am - 7pm or so
12/25 : 11am - 12pm Walser Walk Start
12/26 : closed
12/27 : 11am - 11pm (back to normal hours)
Dear Devotees of the Muse-
Please, join us as our protean houseband introduces 3 essential poets this Thursday, November 17th, at 8:00pm.
Once again, Unnameable (615 Vanderbilt Ave , near the corner of St. Marks) Books is our gracious host . We'll join with the bushes, fencing, lights, concrete and avian luminaries to enjoy 3 terrific poets & the opening music of Downtown Girls with special guest Tetya Motts:
Brenda HillmanKnows what to say as she grabs a pen or reaches for a keyboard as the loose sugar pours from her fingers onto the page or the screen creates a space for the letters to assemble & jockey for meaning often hidden in the ashes left by the fire of creation
Evelyn Reilly incorporates an anthropocene bent to use the plastic nature of styrofoam to stave off the impending Apocalypse like a mad yo yo on hiatus, walking the dog in the eternity of the spinning omniverse
Elinor Nauen- Hails from a state that features not one but five famous figures carved into the granite peaks and does quite bit of her own metaphysical carving in the pomes & prose of her career tossing a mean fastball along with a few curves to catch us in life's levity
Other Arc Enesmble listens to the streams of one another as if multiple rivers conjoin to form a ring around the hands that bind, the keys that find, the cicatrix that keeps us playing, the notes as sutures to heal the wound, salve for the day's ailments, hoozah.
This event is free. The meet n greet begins at 8:00 as the band plays with the call & response of the wind & ambient street / sky noise. We plan to commence the series at 8:30 sharp with a quick hello, followed by the introduction to the 1st poet/ performer.
Please keep in mind that this Thursday November 17th bodes for a chilly evening with temperatures in the 40's! Dress with long johns, head coverings, gloves & scarves in mind as we see if the bookstore can source some heating lamps for the Muse's return.
There is limited seating in the new backyard (about 30 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; As always we look forward to seeing old & new faces.
Listen for the bang of the drum or the rattle-shake of the chekere.
X's to your O's,
GREETINGS READINGS 5/26 7PM
Dear Believers in This World:
Let us gather in the midst of May's slightly thawing spring as the month approaches her last hurrah & so indulge in the beautifully wrought wreckage of this world to hear the permutations of the word this Thursday, May 26th, 2022 at 7:00pm.
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 3 terrific poets & the opening music of The Ghost Shepherds:
Anna Gurton-Wachter: Knows the child is now a child. The mother is now a mother. The poet is both King & Queen with a crown of words borne into the digisphere, the press, the mouth. A paper-mache pigeon coos as if it were a morning dove. The morning dove & the pigeon both become the muse as we listen.
Farnoosh Fahti: Holds the ritual dear. Each of us shall go round in our minds tonight with the words she utters & choose a line we feel is ripe & therein we’ll grow a small garden, imagining just the type of fruit we’ll like, just the kind of vegetable that will turn out to be the hero of our lives, while the villains run off with Monopoly money to dig their ditches with gold-tipped picks.
Yuko Otomo - Understands implicitly that things fall where they lie, whether they be downtown NY’s subterranean spirit or the port of Sasebo where art & life mingle like two long companions walking arm in arm down cobblestone street. What does painting give to poetry, what does poetry give to painting? It is no coincidence that both arts have the ability to move us to change our lives.
The Ghost Shepherds: guide us through the hills & dales past the wolves of our daily grind as we take a nap in the hay wagon as electro acoustic impulses throb into the intros of collaged grass patches.
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,
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.
Poetry reading in the backyard
Genya Turovskaya was born in Kyiv, Ukraine, and grew up in New York City. She is the author of (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.
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
APRIL EVENTS AT UNNAMEABLE BOOKS 615 VANDERBILT
4/13 at 7pm: Book Launch for Zane Koss, Harbor Grids, published by Invisible Publishing also reading will be Urayoán Noel, MC Hyland, and Louise Akers
4/16 at 6pm: Susan-Berger Jones will be reading with Gale Batchelder, Judson Evans and Duy Doan --- CANCELLED
4/30 at 7pm: Lynn Xu release party / reading for And Those Ashen Heaps That Cantilevered Vase of Moonlight from WAVE BOOKS, Joshua Edwards reading for The Double Lamp of Solitude from RISING TIDE PROJECTS / CANARIUM BOOKS
GREETING READINGS RETURN
TO UNNAMEABLE BOOKS 615 VANDERBILT, BACKYARD SPACE
all events start at 7pm, and end by 9:30
April 14th: Uche Nduka, Joey Yearous-Algozin & Alexandria Tatarsky with music by Downtown Girls
April 28th: Caitlyn Tella, Ted Reese, Filip Marinovich & Vlad Nahitchevansky with music by Black Hole Conspiracy
May 12th: Claire Devoogd, Anselm Berrigan, & Harris Schiff with music by Easy Streets
May 19th: Jeremy Hoevenaar, Tilghman Goldsborough & Emily Simon with music by Other Arc Ensemble
May 26th: Farnoosh Fahti, Anna Gurton-Wachter & Yuko Otomo with music by Ghost Shepherds
June 2nd: Nora Treatbaby, Chuks Ndulue, Matvei Yankelevich, & Carol Mirakove with music by Penultimate
June 16th: David Brazil, Kendra Sullivan, Zoe Tuck & Rebecca Positively Posner with music by Other Arkestra
June 30th. Greetings Jam