Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Occultations Release Party--Just Part of the Story!

Hey, hey, hey!  Please join us in NYC on April 13th for the final 
Belladonna Year of New Releases reading.  Again, huge thanks
to Rachel Levitsky, Thom Donovan, and everyone at 
Belladonna for inviting me/working to make this series happen.  

See you there!

Closing Event!

Belladonna's Year of New Releases

Come join us for a reading and celebration of four great poets and their new work! We will be toasting: 

Brenda Iijima (revv. you’ll—ution, Displaced Press; If Not Metamorphic, Ahsahta Press; eco language reader, Nightboat Books)

Dorothea Lasky  (Black Life, Wave Books)

Eleni Stecopoulos (Armies of Compassion, Palm Press)

and David Wolach, (Occultations, Black Radish Books)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 @ 7:30 pm
161 Christie Street; New York 


Brenda Iijima’s recent titles include revv. you’ll—ution (Displaced Press) and If Not Metamorphic (Ahsahta Press). She is the editor of the eco language reader (Nightboat Books and PPAYYL)—a collection of essays by poets responding to environmental issues.  At present, she is writing an informal encyclopedia on animals used as surrogates by humans—the snake and the mouse are recent entries.  As well she is researching the women who were murdered in her hometown of North Adams, Massachusetts and choreographing site specific dances that relate to these crimes. She runs Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs (http://e2ma.net/go/8099297438/2659409/92635267/27410/goto:http://yoyolabs.com ) from Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.  

Dorothea Lasky is the author of two full-length collections of poetry: Black Life (Wave Books, 2010) and AWE (Wave Books, 2007). She is also the author of Poetry is Not A Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010) and several chapbooks. Born in St. Louis in 1978, her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris ReviewBoston Review, American Poetry Review, The Laurel Review, and Columbia Poetry Review, among other places. She is a graduate of the MFA program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and also has been educated at Harvard University and Washington University. Currently, she lives in New York City and researches creativity and education at the University of Pennsylvania.

Eleni Stecopoulos was born on Fort Washington Avenue, raised on the Upper West Side and on Long Island, and now lives in Berkeley, CA. Armies of Compassion is her first full-length collection. She has published a chapbook, Autoimmunity (Taxt, 2006), and poems and essays in publications including Chain, Ecopoetics, Xcp: Cross Cultural Poetics, The Capilano Review, the SFMOMA blog, and NO GENDER: Reflections on the Life & Work of kari edwards. In 2008 she received a grant from the Creative Work Fund to curate a program series around art, healing, and somatic practice for the San Francisco State University Poetry Center, and write a related book. She is at work as well on a book-length poem, "Earth Also is a Private Language," which deals with things like rift zones and dream incubation and the history of her grandfather’s hometown on the island of Euboea, renowned since antiquity for curative springs once associated with cults of Apollo and Heracles. She teaches in the Language and Thinking program at Bard College and sometimes co-directs the Paros Translation Symposium in Greece. 

David Wolach is founding editor of Wheelhouse Magazine & Press, & curator of the series devoted to the intersection of experiments in texts & radical politics, PRESS. Wolach’s most recent books are Occultations (Black Radish Books, forth. 2010), Prefab Eulogies Vol 1: Nothings Houses (BlazeVox, forth. 2010), Hospitalogy (Scantily Clad Press, forth. 2010) and book alter(ed) (Ungovernable Press, 2009). His work has most recently appeared in or is forthcoming from 5_Trope, Aufgabe, Jacket, No Tell Motel, & Little Red Leaves. Often making use of multiple media and site-specific, Wolach's work has been commissioned for performance at such venues as The American Cybernetics Conference 2009, The EconVergence Conference 2009, and Tacoma Contemporary Series.  Wolach is professor of text arts, & poetics The Evergreen State College & visiting professor in Bard College’s Workshop In Language & Thinking.

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