Monday, December 19, 2011

38th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading ♦ January 1, 2012 ♦ 3PM

I am happy to be ringing in the New Year at St. Mark's Church in the Bowery on January 1, 2012 with such an amazing family of writers, artists and musicians.

"Since Anne Waldman gathered 31 poets at the very first marathon on January 2, 1974, countless forward-facing luminaries have thrown their voices into the cauldron — among them Eric Bogosian, William S. Burroughs, Spalding Gray, Jackson Mac Low, Ed Sanders, Pedro Pietri, Helen Adam, John Cage, Joe Ceravolo, John Giorno, Ted Berrigan, Yoko Ono, Amiri Baraka, Gordon Matta Clark, Jim Carroll, Bernadette Mayer, Alice Notley, Steve Cannon, Hannah Weiner, Kathy Acker, Arthur Russell, Gerard Malanga, Suzanne Vega, Allen Ginsberg, Patti Smith, and Philip Glass. The list grows every year, as does the roster small press publishers and local restaurants who donate deliciousness in the form of astounding books, journals and food. We’re not so secretly in love with them all — and with the 75 selfless volunteers too who keep the Marathon running.

Whether you stay for a little while or for the long haul, whether you’re part of the standing room only experience at sunset or with the handful of diehards as the final poet reads her last word in the predawn sanctuary, you will be transformed for the year to come. Your presence helps launch a great flare into the otherwise impenetrable darkness of the 21st century night. And in that flash, you will become what you were always meant to be, eager practitioner of the infinite, uncommodifiable, uncategorizable, rough around the elegant edges and ready for the world to hit you with its best shot. Get lost, end times — our calendar is all opening days. Come on in, new year, we’d like to introduce you to your own gigantic possibilities."

The 38th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit will feature over 140 Poets & Performers:

Ace Mcnamara, Alan Licht, Alex Dimitrov, Amy King, Ana Božičević, Anne Tardos, Anne Waldman w/ Ambrose Bye & Daniel Carter, Anselm Berrigan, Ariana Reines, Arthur’s Landing, Barry Denny, Basil King, Betsy Fagin, Bill Kushner, Billy Lamont, Bob Hershon, Bob Rosenthal, Brian Blanchfield, Brenda Coultas, Brendan Lorber, Brett Price, Bruce Andrews & Sally Silvers, Bryn Kelly, CA Conrad, Charles Bernstein, Christine Elmo, Christopher Stackhouse, Church of Betty, Corina Copp, Corrine Fitzpatrick, Daniel Kent, David Freeman, David Henderson, David Shapiro, David St. Lascaux, Denize Lauture, Dgls. Rothschild, Don Yorty, Donna Brook, Dorothea Lasky, Douglas Dunn, Douglas Piccinnini, Drew Gardner, Dustin Williamson, Edgar Oliver, Ed Friedman, Edmund Berrigan, Eileen Myles, Elinor Nauen, Elizabeth Devlin, Elliott Sharp, Emily XYZ, Erica Kaufman, Erica Hunt & Marty Erlich, Erin Morrill, Evan Kennedy, Evelyn Reilly, Filip Marinovich, Foamola, Frank Sherlock, Franklin Bruno, Genya Turovskaya, Gillian McCain, Greg Fuchs, James Marshall, Janet Hamill, Jess Fiorni, Jim Behrle, Joe Elliot, Joe Ranono, John Coletti, John Giorno, John S. Hall, Jonas Mekas, Josef Kaplan, Judah Rubin, Judith Malina, Karen Weiser, Kathleen Miller, Katie Degentesh, Ken Chen, Ken Walker, Kenny Goldsmith, Kimberly Lyons, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Lee Ranaldo, Lenny Kaye, Leopoldine Core, Lonely Christopher, Macgregor Card, Maggie Dubris, Marcella Durand, Mariana Ruiz Firmat, Mark Nowak, Martha King, Matthew Abuelo, Miguel Gutierrez, Mitch Highfill, Mónica de la Torre, Nada Gordon, Nathaniel Siegel, Nick Hallett, Nicole Peyrafitte, Pamela Sneed, Patricia Spears Jones, Patti Smith, Paul Mills (Poez), Paul Legault, Penny Arcade, Peter Gizzi, Pierre Joris, Reuben Butchart, Rickey Laurentiis, Robert Ashley, Secret Orchestra (with Joanna Penn Cooper & J. Hope Stein), Shafer Hall, Simone White, Sinan Antoon, Stephanie Gray, Steve Dalachinsky, Steve Earle, Steven Taylor, Susan Landers, Susie Timmons, Suzanne Vega, Taylor Mead, Ted Dodson, Ted Greenwald, Thurston Moore, Todd Colby, Tom Carey, Tom Savage, Tony Towle, Tracey McTague, Tyler Burba, Wayne Koestenbaum, Will Edmiston, Will Yackulic, Yoshiko Chuma, Youmna Chlala, Yuko Otomo, Yvonne Meier, Nicole Wallace, Arlo Quint and Stacy Szymaszek.

Sunday, May 15, 2011


Brooklyn Copeland on The Cultural Society and Soft:

was published by The Cultural Society (Zach Barocas, ed) last year. I got it in the mail yesterday (I love when I forgot I ordered something and *voila* there it is one afternoon!). I've never ordered anything from this press before⎯only enjoyed their additions (issues) of poetry and imagery. The publication is a bit like the original Sixth Finch⎯very well integrated⎯if a little less playful? I don't know if that's the word I mean. The Cultural Society is the unsmiling older brother of Sixth Finch. Both journals are among my favorite.

[I just ordered the There Are Crashes EP, too. From the samples it sounded a lot like a cross between the Lower Dens album that stole my heart and something equally 90s/thoughtful. I'm excited.]

About the chapbook⎯ it smelled really nice (it has that new-yearbook smell). Frankly, I had little to go on for the contents (the author's name has come up but I'm foggy as to when or where), but I'm glad this is the chapbook I ordered to support this press. Each of the pieces in Soft is so much space and question and answer compressed. Maybe it's the cover image, but I felt as I turned a page like I was walking to the other side of the room... then back... then back again. Back and forth. There is gentle insistence on sounds of words, but never an overt push of subject (too, never any question of it). I think if it weren't so well paced, a reader could get lost in the alabaster-ness of it. However, because the tone is so neutral (usually I hear a voice reading a poem to me when I read silently⎯I didn't get one from this collection) and each page ends on such tidy (not pat, but tidy) hum, the effect is more soothing than dumbing. There are points of provocation, but those points are also gentle (engagingly gentle, though- not innocuously gentle- you know what I mean?).

I'd so totally read this entire chapbook to a yoga class during relaxation. Thank you Douglas and thank you Zach...

from Soft:

Born, sampled, pardon
ed. You however beau.
Sorted, tame enough.

A rope of cough.
Not climbing some
single pleasure. Its in

habitants. The surface
sealed, darkly. Its absorbed
orbit to stand under.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Interviewed by Rob Crawford for The Best American Poetry Blog

Interview: Douglas Piccinnini (by Rob Crawford)

In this third and final installment of poets/reading series interviews, I speak with Douglas Piccinnini, founder of the CROWD reading series. Topics include starting a reading series to bring poets to you, Douglas's secret past life as a jock, and how readings are different than rock concerts.

RC: So you're the founder of CROWD reading series. What made you decide to start the series, and did you have a certain goal in mind?

Read the whole interview and hear audio, here.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


I'll be reading a few times this month in Brooklyn at two new exciting series with a whole host of talented people.

This Saturday April 2nd, check out Diamond Mouth Surprise w/ Stacy Szymaszek + the music of Blood Revenge + films by Myna Joseph.

(this is a flyer) ↓

On Tuesday April 12th, I'll be reading with Zach Barocas for P.O.D. at the Red Horse Café.

In other news, Josef Kaplan and I happy to report that the first two releases by Tea Party Republicans Press Eating and Speaking by Astrid Lorange and Sorites by Lawrence Giffin ⎯ will soon be available through Small Press Distribution.

(these are books) ↓

see you out there,

Friday, February 11, 2011

CR❍WD returns this spring* w/

Sunday ♦ MARCH 6th ♦ 6PM
Zachary Schomburg
Jesse Lichtenstein
Jackie Clark
Sampson Starkweather

Saturday ♦ APRIL 2nd ♦ 7PM
Mary Austin Speaker
Jess Mynes
Stephen Motika
Arlo Quint

Saturday ♦ MAY 7th ♦ 7PM
Chris Salerno
Paige Taggart
Stephanie Strickland
Samita Sinha

Saturday ♦ MAY 14th ♦ 7PM
Matt Hart
Ben Mirov
Guy Pettit
Ish Klein
Greg Purcell

*visit for updates, news and our calendar

Monday, January 24, 2011


Now available: CRYSTAL HARD-ON (minutes Books) and SOFT (The Cultural Society). Read poems from CRYSTAL HARD-ON here or, an excerpt from the long poem SOFT, here. Recent reviews of CRYSTAL HARD-ON appear in The Best American Poetry Blog and The Poetry Project Newsletter.

With co-editor Josef Kaplan, I will launch Tea Party Republicans Press this spring. TPR Press will publish titles by Asrtid Lorange and Lawrence Giffin—among others.

Also, just returned from a west coast tour with Holy Spirits. Thanks to Mutual Benefit, Steffaloo and Think or Smile for making this trip amazing!

Holy Spirits at Milk Bar, San Francisco.