Tuesday, September 29, 2009

If You're in NYC: Ada Limon & Lytton Smith (& a couple of others)

Below, find the announcement of a reading I wish I could be at. If you're in NYC, get to it:

Projection: A Reading Series

Image: Zach Pace

Wednesday, September 30, 8pm

$5 Suggested Donation

Tom Healy, Ada Limon, Lytton Smith and Roy Perez


361 Manhattan Avenue, Unit 1

Brooklyn, NY 11211



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Left down Graham Avenue

Left on Jackson Street

Right on Manhattan Avenue


361 Manhattan Avenue between Jackson St. and Withers St

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Curated by Zach Pace, Projection features text projected beside the reader to produce a unique sonic and visual experience of the literary arts. This reading series, happening once month at CPR, differs from others by utilizing projections of the poems on-screen behind the reader. A great deal of kinetic energy is lost when an audience simply hears a poem. It's important for listeners to visually follow the reader. Audience will view the choices made by author on the page--including word-choice, syntax and line-length--therefore receiving the work in its complete presentation. Projection inaugurates the first performative-literary event at CPR.


Tom Healy's first book, What the Right Hand Knows is just out from Four Way Books. Once upon a time, Tom studied at Harvard and Columbia, opened one of the first galleries in Chelsea and served as president of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, where he led efforts to rebuild the downtown arts community after 9/11. He now teaches at Pratt and the Goreé Institute in Dakar, Senegal. He is a contributing editor at BOMB and serves on the boards of Creative Time and Poets House. His poems and essays have appeared in the Paris Review, Yale Review, Tin House and Salmagundi.

“The smiles [these poems] compel are taut and tight-lipped, but the language conjuring that pleasure is at once sumptuous and cost-effective, precise and loving."
-Richard Howard

Ada Limón’s first book, lucky wreck, was the winner of the Autumn House Poetry Prize and her second book, This Big Fake World, was the winner of the Pearl Poetry Prize. She’s won the Chicago Literary Award and fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her work has appeared in the Iowa Review, Subtropics, Barrow Street, The New Yorker, and others. She is the Creative Director, Advertising for Travel + Leisure. Her third book of poems, Sharks in the Rivers, will be published by Milkweed Editions in 2010.

“There’s no other poet that so naturally weaves story and verse, humor and sadness. The ‘familiar’ story becomes unexpectedly appetizing through Limón’s singular ability to ‘make a fire out of everyday things.’” —CUTBANK MONTANA

Lytton Smith
was born in Galleywood, England, and lives in New York City, where he is a founding member of Blind Tiger Poetry, a group which aims to find innovative ways to promote contemporary poetry. His poems and reviews have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, The Atlantic, Boston Review, Tin House, Verse, and the anthologyAll That Mighty Heart: London Poems, among others. His book, The All-Purpose Magical Tent (Nightboat Books, 2009) was selected by Terrance Hayes for the Nightboat Prize. His chapbook, Monster Theory, was selected by Kevin Young for a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship and published in 2008. He has taught creative writing, translation, and expository writing at Columbia University.

“…A subtle fusion of wit and whims.”
—Mark Ford

Roy Pérez is a founding member of the Birdsong Collective in Brooklyn and a regular contributor to the Birdsong zine. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, where he was poetry editor at The Cypress Dome and a fiction reader at The Florida Review. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in American literature at NYU. Roy's first collection of poems, Inch Back, will appear as three little chapbooks to be published serially by Birdsong Press in 2010.

CPR programming made possible through generous support by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


If you'll be at AWP Denver and are kicking around sharing a room with folks, send me an email, and maybe we can work something you.

I'll be at AWP '10, in Denver, representing Cooper Dillon Books. You'll find me in the book fair chilling with Le Pink-Elephant Press--if you don't know who they are, find them on the facebook. They'd love to read your work.

All the Cooper Dillon authors will be at the event. Jill Alexander Essbaum will sign your book; Gary L. McDowell will likely buy you a drink; Nate Pritts will happily punch you, and you might be able to talk him into taking one from you.

See you around the corner!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Guth vs. Brown

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