Thursday, May 31, 2012


Sandy McIntosh is the "Featured Poet" for the new issue of Galatea Resurrects #18.  He is featured in part because he is writing what promises to be a fascinating memoir entitled A HOLE IN THE OCEAN: A WRITER'S APPRENTICESHIP IN THE HAMPTONS.  And you can actually read along as Sandy's memoir unfolds -- he will be writing it in a new blog: http://hamptonsapprenticeship.blogspot.com/  Happy Reading!


John Bloomberg-Rissman's reading of the title poem to Karin Randolph's EITHER SHE WAS is published in Galatea Resurrects #18 HERE.

John Bloomberg-Rissman's reading of the poem "(metal work)" from Michael Rerick's IN WAYS IMPOSSIBLE TO FOLD is published in Galatea Resurrects #18 HERE.

Jill Magi engages with Paolo Javier's THE FEELING IS ACTUAL at her blog HERE.

Alan Ramon Clinton's review of Paolo's book, first published in The Poetry Project Newsletter, is published online through Galatea Resurrects #18 HERE.

Gerald Schwartz's review of Burt Kimmelman's 2011 book, THE WAY WE LIVE (Dos Madress Press), is published in Galatea Resurrects #18 HERE.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


You are invited to:

Marsh Hawk Press Spring 2012 Book Launch at Poets House, NYC

Featuring Meredith Cole, j/j hastain, Eileen R. Tabios & Harriet Zinnes

Wednesday, May 30. 2012

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Where: 10 River Terrace, New York City

Free and Open To the Public, Yummy Refreshments served

The poets will launch their Spring 2012 books:

Miniatures by Meredith Cole, winner of the Marsh Hawk Press Annual Poetry Prize; more book info at http://marshhawkpress.org/Cole.html

the relational elations of ORPHANED ALGEBRA by Eileen R. Tabios and j/j hastain; more book info at http://marshhawkpress.org/Tabios5.html

Weather Is Whether by Harriet Zinnes; more book info at http://marshhawkpress.org/Zinnes4.html

Click on http://marshhawkpress.org/ for more information, including directions to the fabulous POETS HOUSE (http://poetshouse.org/ ).


Meredith Cole was raised in Redmond, Washington and received a Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry, as well as a Masters in Teaching, from the University of Washington. Her first collection, Miniatures, was the winner of the 2011 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize. Meredith’s poetry has appeared in Poetry, The Iowa Review, Field, The Seattle Review, Poetry Northwest, and other publications. As an el­ementary school teacher, she works to impart her passion for literacy to children. From 1999–2000, she taught English in Uwajima, Japan. Currently, she teaches the fourth grade in Seattle, where she lives with her husband and son.

j/j hastain is the author of numerous full length, cross genre works as well as many chapbooks and artist’s books. j/j is an Elective Affinities participant, a member of Dusie kollektiv and a regular contributor to Sous Les Paves. j/j’s books have been finalists in the Kelsey Street, Grey Book Press, Sawtooth and Ahsahtabook competitions. j/j’s manuscript extant shamanisms won the Pavement Saw poetry award. In 2011 j/j’s book we in my Trans was nominated for the Stonewall Book Award. As a genderqueer writer maker of things, j/j’s books deal directly with the transgressive body, deviant gender, eros and identity construction as necessary compositional methods to living with empowerment in what can be a diminutive and polarizing world. j/j is interested in expanding traditional notions of what activism is/ has been/ can be, and doing so via the reimagining of spaces. j/j believes in creating texts/ spaces that are inherently non-linear and a historical. Texts as spaces that have never been patriarchally controlled and cannot be patriarchally controlled. It is j/j’s hope that in these spaces there will be room to experience contemporary moments of truth, eros, convergence, conjunction and profoundly new types and sensations of equity.

Eileen R. Tabios has released 19 print, 4 electronic and 1 CD poetry collections, an art-essay collection, a poetry essay/interview anthology, a short story book and a collection of novels. Recipient of numerous poetry awards, she also has exhibited visual poetry and visual art throughout the United States and Asia. She has also edited, co-edited or conceptualized nine anthologies of poetry, fiction and essays. Ms. Tabios has crafted a multi-awarded body of work, much of which is unique for melding ekphrasis with transcolonialism. Her poems have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Tagalog, Japanese, Portuguese, Polish, Greek, computer-generated hybrid languages, Paintings, Video, Drawings, Visual Poetry, Mixed Media Collages, Kali Martial Arts, Music, Modern Dance and Sculpture. As part of her poetry-as-performance approach, she blogs as the "Chatelaine" at http://angelicpoker.blogspot.com, and edits a popular poetry review journal, Galatea Resurrects (A Poetry Engagement) at http://galatearesurrects.blogspot.com. As a further extension of her poetics, she also founded Meritage Press (www.meritagepress.com), a multi-disciplinary literary and arts press based in San Francisco & St. Helena.

Harriet Zinnes is Professor Emerita of English of Queens College of the City University of New York. Her many books include Whither Nonstopping (poems), Drawing on the Wall (poems), My, Haven’t the Flowers Been? (poems), Entropisms (prose poems), Lover (short stories), The Radiant Absurdity of Desire (short stories), Ezra Pound and the Visual Arts (criticism), and Blood and Feathers (translations of the French poetry of Jacques Prévert). She is contributing editor of The Hollins Critic and a contributing writer as art critic of The New York Arts Magazine.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Paul Pines also released Reflections In A Smoking Mirror from from Dos Madres Press. You are invited to read some of its reviews:

Eric Hoffman's review of RSM in Big Bridge #16

Louis Proyect's review of RSM in "The Unrepentent Marxist".


Thomas Fink and Basil King present an interesting conversation about Basil King's fabulous Learning to Draw over at the ASK/TELL Blog. Here's an excerpt:

Fink: After a prose passage on Walt Whitman and the Civil War and the racial situation during early Reconstruction, you break into a highly evocative free-verse strophe on the painting process that seems a statement of poetics:

We paint from memory
But experience gives
Us our background
Background: the sum of
One’s experience re-invented
And made conspicuous
Brings the disparate together (79)

Why might that statement be coming after the Whitman/Reconstruction passage? And does the strophe, which, I think, gives “re-invention” some degree of priority over “memory,” help us understand not only your process of painting but your intentions? Also, what tends to motivate the decision to use lines of verse rather than prose, or vice-versa?

King: The process immediately after the Civil War, Reconstruction, was redoing something. Reinventing a society that would work differently. That would be better for everybody. What came to my mind next was how I begin a painting. I don’t think about reinventing society but I do think about reinventing what I already know. That means working with my memory. Reinvention has to start with memory.

Go HERE for entire conversation.

Sunday, May 13, 2012


You are invited to:

The Greek-American Writers’ Association


Tom Fink, Roxanne Hoffman, Penelope Karageorge & Larissa Shmailo

6-7:30 PM, Saturday, May 19th, 2012

The Cornelia Street Café

29 Cornelia Street (Between West 4th & Bleecker Streets)

(212) 989-9319

A $7.00 entry fee includes one complimentary house drink.

Hosted by Dean Kostos

Friday, May 11, 2012


For New Mystics Review, Joey Madia reviews the relational elations of ORPHANED ALGEBRA by Eileen R. Tabios and j/j hastain.  Mr. Madia begins by saying:

Some books help us pass the time. Others entertain or inform us. And then there is the rare book that Inspires us—forces us to see with a different set of eyes and subsequently change our Newly Provoked Thoughts to Actions, enlivening our heart and engaging our Humanity. This is such a book.

See Joey Madia's entire review HERE at New Mystics Review. It also has been presented at Amazon, Book Masons, Literary Afficionado, and on the Artistic Director's Blog at the Seven Stories Theatre Company website.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012


A welcome letter involving Mary Mackey's latest Marsh Hawk Press book, SUGAR ZONE!

Dear Marsh Hawk Press,

On behalf of the Northern California Book Reviewers (NCBR), I am delighted to tell you that Sugar Zone, by Mary Mackey, has been nominated for the Northern California Book Award in Poetry as one of the best works by a northern California author published in 2011.

Mary Mackey has told us that she can attend the ceremony. The event is free and open to the public; please don't hesitate to invite your press contacts in the Bay Area. All nominated books at the awards will be celebrated, acknowledged, and made available for purchase and signing. We are looking forward to celebrating all of the nominated books and authors.

If you could possibly send us one review copy, for publicity purposes, we would be grateful. The address is: NCBA, 1450 Fourth Street, #4, Berkeley, CA 94710.

The 31st Annual Northern California Book Awards will be held Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin, at Grove, at 1:00 p.m.

Immediately following the awards, a public reception with book signing for all of the nominated books will begin in the Latino/Hispanic Room at the Library. (The Library closes at 5:00 on Sunday.)

The event draws an enthusiastic literary audience, all focused on celebrating books and writers in northern California. All of the nominees will be brought on stage for recognition during the ceremony, and the winner in each category will be asked to speak briefly and read for three minutes.

Sugar Zone will be available for purchase at the reception through Friends of the San Francisco Library's Readers Bookstore at the Main.

The Northern California Book Awards were established by the NCBR (formerly BABRA) in 1981 to honor the work of writers and recognize exceptional service in the field of literature in northern California. The awards recognize excellence in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translation, and Children's Literature. In addition to the book awards, the Fred Cody Award is presented annually for lifetime achievement. This year author, journalist, and food activist Michael Pollan will be honored. The complete list of nominees will be posted on Poetryflash.org soon.

The Northern California Book Awards are sponsored by Northern California Book Reviewers, Poetry Flash, Center for the Art of Translation, Red Room (redroom.com), Mechanics' Institute Library, PEN West, the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, and San Francisco Public Library.

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Warmest regards,


Joyce Jenkins, NCBR chair
N C B R * Northern California Book Reviewers
Northern California Book Awards
1450 Fourth Street, #4 * Berkeley, California 94710 * 510.525-5476



Directed by Buzz Evers

In collaboration with:

Marcella Durand, Paolo Javier, Joanna Fuhrman, Vincent Katz, Anselm Berrigan, Tim Trace Peterson, Adeena Karasick, Jena Osman, Lee Ann Brown


Daniel Levin Becker/Writer
Roman Muradov/Illustrator
Max Giteck Duykers/Composer

May 3-May 26, 2012
Opening Event: Thursday, May 3, 6-8 PM

Writing Installation:
May 24, 10am-1pm
May 25, 6pm-9pm
May 26, 10am-1pm

All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Contact: info@artcurrents.org

Pattern Variants explores the confluences found within the arts and sciences by harnessing the fundamental principles within poetic form: music, mathematics, and the creative processes of discovery and innovation. Developed as a demonstration project addressing the operating principles of creative exchange surrounding its parent project, Verse in the Circle of Fifths, Pattern Variants offers a menu of collaborative ventures across the visual, performing, and language arts while centered on an in-situ writing experiment grounded in the traditions of linked verse and the constraint driven propensities of the OuLiPo group of poets and writers.

This writing process itself serves as protagonist with the poets converging in strategic word play immersed in the poetics of imaging, game theory and linked verse. Executed over three days (May 24-26), in three hour sessions, the writing exercise brings together nine landmarks chosen by our nine poets, including Harryette Mullen's Muse & Drudge; The Puppet; The Chrysler Building; The Book of Formation; The Hays Code; Moveable Type; New French Feminism; "Sayings Of the High One" from The Poetic Edda; & Breton's 'L'amour fou'.

Charted over nine rotations and composed under the influence of Italo Calvino's Six Memos for the Next Millennium: Lightness, Quickness, Exactitude, Visibility, Multiplicity, and Consistency, coupled with our two additional memos, Symmetry and Obscurity, Pattern Variants sets in motion an experiment in creative writing with the liberating uses of form as the catalyst for enabling creative discourse. The writing installation also features our sound design in identifying particular patterns found within the writing schematic added with an undercurrent of percussive vowels in building resonance. The exhibition also features another collaboration involving a series of 3x3 combinative flash fiction grids illustrating our eight memos.

Buzz Evers is an interdisciplinary artist, independent curator, arts administrator, director, and producer. He attended Pitzer College receiving a degree in organizational studies and gravitated toward the arts based on his interest in collaboration and the creative process. His diverse list of experiences include works in the visual, performing, and language arts.

AC Institute

547 W. 27th St. #610 and the AC (Exit Project Space)
New York, NY 10001
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat: 1-6pm, Thurs: 1-8pm
http://www.artcurrents.org/ / info@artcurrents.org

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