Innisfree This Week October 7th thru October 12 …Fine, Faylor, Clive, Kaminski, Hegnauer, Herman, hastain, Ace, Conrad, Giscombe, Iijima, Russo, Woltag, Taylor, Schwabsky, Naropa
Monday October 6th at 7PM: Janelle Fine – HELD AT BUCHANAN”S COFFEE PUB
Janelle Fine is a 23-year-old poet and artist from Los Angeles. She just graduated from Naropa University with her MFA in Writing and Poetics. Her favorite thing to do is play with type. She is obsessed with her leopard gecko Max, bow ties, matchboxes and miniatures and is co editor and founder of Le Petit Press. She wants to spend the rest of her life handcrafting beautiful things.
Her chapbook EAT CAKE is a book all about cake so shethought it would be fun to host the first ever literary cake event. She will be reading from her book. Eric Fischman, fellow Naropa graduate, is reading poems about cake by dead poets. Ashley Waterman, fellow Naropa graduate, is reading poetry about cake. Black Market Frosting is playing music and so is Angel under the name of Strawberry Shortcake.
First ever literary cake event!!!! Come celebrate cake literature. The best of both worlds!! Poetry/ writing and music. Release of my little book, cupcake decorating, music, open mic, ex…. Come decorate a cupcake and listen to music by Black Market Frosting, Strawberry Shortcake and awesome poetry!!!!!!!
Tuesday October 7th at 6PM: Jennifer Faylor
Jennifer Faylor is a poet from New York City and has her MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of a choose-your-own-adventure poetry chapbook, â€śThe Case of the Missing Loverâ€ť (Dancing Girl Press, 2013), and a full-length book of poetry, â€śEdison’s Ghost Machineâ€ť (Aldrich Press, 2014).
Tuesday October 7th at 7PM: Weekly Open Poetry Reading
Wednesday October 8th at 7PM: The Voice of the Butterfly: Poems and Lyrics of the Scottish Independence Movement
The desire for the re-establishment of Scottish independence has persisted in one form or another ever since independence ended in 1707 with the Treaty of Union. For most of the 300+ years between then and now it has been subordinated to a variety of imperial enterprises undertaken in common with the rest of Britain. However it has manifested itself more prominently in recent years and this has most recently been evident in the popular “Yes” movement for self-determination known as the “Butterfly Rebellion” that has emerged in response to the independence referendum held last month. Although unsuccessful in securing victory in the referendum, unprecedented levels of grass roots democratic engagement continue, and the process has stimulated and inspired a significant amount of creative activity in all art forms.
Peter Clive is a scientist from Glasgow, Scotland, who has been involved in the movement, and will be reading a selection of items by himself and others providing some historical background and context as well as conveying some impression of the energy, excitement, euphoria, disappointment, and continued resolve and determination of what has been a revolutionary moment in modern Scottish history. Opportunities missed still show the way to the destination we will surely reach one day.
Thursday October 9th at 7PM: 41st Bombay Gin – Kaminski, Hegnauer, Open
Megan Kaminski. Hr Hegnauer. Open Mic. Hear the voices. See the faces. Meet the minds. Behind the 41st Bombay Gin.
Megan Kaminski’s first book of poetry, Desiring Map, was published in 2012 by Coconut Books. Her poems have appeared in journals such as American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, Everyday Genius, Post Road, Puerto del Sol, and Third Coast.
Kaminski lives in Lawrence, KS, where she teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Kansas. For more information, visit www.megankaminski.com
HR Hegnauer is the author of the book Sir (Portable Press at Yo-yo Labs, 2013), and the chapbook Sir (Portable Pressat Yo-yo Labs, 2011). She is a book designer and website designer specializing in working with independent publishers as well as individual artists and writers. HR has designed over 100 books and dozens of websites. She has been a guest lecturer at the University of Colorado, University of Denver, and Naropa University where she has also taught in the Summer Writing Program. Sheâ€™s a member of the feminist publishing collaborative Belladonna*, and the poetsâ€™ theater group GASP: Girls Assembling Something Perpetual, and she has performed her writing in New York, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, Boston, and Seattle, among other cities. HR received her MFA in Writing & Poetics from Naropa University.
Thursday October 9th at 830PM: Poetic Assembly! With aimee herman, j/j hastain, Samuel Ace and CA Conrad
Aimee Herman is a Brooklyn-based poet and performance artist looking to disembowel the architecture of gender and what it means to queer the body. Find Aimee’s poems in Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books), in the full-length collection, to go without blinking (BlazeVOX books), the recent chapbook, rooted, (Dancing Girl Press), and in the forthcoming full-length book of poems, meant to wake up feeling (great weather for MEDIA). Aimee is an adjunct professor at Bronx Community College, a faculty member with Poetry Teachers NYC and a writing mentor//workshop facilitator for the Red Umbrella Project through their memoir writing drop-in classes specifically for those in the sex trades. Read more at aimeeherman.wordpress.com
j/j hastain is a collaborator, writer and maker of things. j/j performs ceremonial gore. Chasing and courting the animate and potentially enlivening decay that exists between seer and singer, j/j, simply, hopes to make the god/dess of stone moan and nod deeply through the waxing and waning seasons of the moon.
Samuel Ace is the author of three collections of poetry: Normal Sex, Home in three days. Donâ€™t wash., and, most recently, Stealth, with Maureen Seaton (Chax Press). He is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, two-time finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in Poetry, winner of the Astraea Lesbian Writerâ€™s Fund Prize in Poetry, The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, the Firecracker Alternative Book Award in poetry. He was also a recent finalist for the National Poetry Series. His work has been widely anthologized and has appeared most recently in Aufgabe, Black Clock, The Atlas Review, Mandorla, Volt, Spiral Orb, Rhino, Versal, Trickhouse, The Collagist, Eleven Eleven, Tupelo Quarterly, The Volta and Troubling the LIne: Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics.
CA Conrad is the author of 7 books, CA is a 2014 Lannan Fellow, a 2013 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2011 Pew Fellow.
Thursday October 9th at 930PM: Critical/Animal Inhabitance – A Poetry Event – Giscombe, Iijima, Russo and Woltag
C. S. Giscombeâ€™s poetry books are Prairie Style, Giscome Road, Here, etc.; his book of linked essays (concerning Canada, race, and family) is Into and Out of Dislocation. His recognitions include the 2010 Stephen Henderson Award, an American Book Award (for Prairie Style) and the Carl Sandburg Prize (forGiscome Road). Two new books are forthcomingâ€”Ohio Railroads (a poem in essay form) will be published in 2014 and Border Towns (essays on poetry, color, nature, television, etc.) will appear in 2015. He teaches at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a long-distance cyclist.
Brenda Iijimaâ€™s involvements occur at the often unnamable conjunctions and mutations of poetry, choreography, research movement, animal studies, speculative non-fiction, care-giving and forlorn histories. Her forthcoming book, Untimely Death is Driven Beyond the Horizon will be published by 1913 Press in 2014. She is also the publisher of Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs and will publish the 50th book from the press this year.
Linda Russo (inhabitorypoetics.blogspot.com) is a creative-critical writer. Her published works include Mirth (Chax Press), The Enhanced Immediacy of the Everyday (forthcoming, Chax Press), picturing everything closer visible, a chapbook-length excerpt of a walk-in poem (Projective Industries), several essays, including an itinerant essay around a reading of Emily Dickinsonâ€™s The Gorgeous Nothings (https://jacket2.org/reviews/light), the preface to Joanne Kyger’s About Now: Collected Poems (National Poetry Foundation), and â€śThe Confluence,â€ť an experiment in counter-mapping a radical poetics of place (Curating the Cosmos). She lives in the Inland Northwest.
Laura Woltag lives with the Pacific. She is an active participant in the Bay Area Public School, a collaborative and free community learning project. Her work has appeared in Mrs. Maybe, Where Eagles Dare, in an installation along the Deer Creek Tribute Trail in Nevada City (currated by Unmanned Minerals), The Manifest Reading Series Anthology, and Try! Magazine. She is the author of the self-published Honey, or April and edits the tiny press, gavia immer.
Friday October 10th at 7PM: Sam Taylor
Sam Taylor â€˘ Book Release for NUDE DESCENDING AN EMPIRE
Sam Taylor’s newly released second book of poems, Nude Descending an Empire (Pitt Poetry Series, 2014), has been called a tour de force of politically engaged poetry for the 21st Century. The book develops the lyrical voice of a citizen-poet engaged with politics, history, and the urgency of our contemporary moment, especially its ecological urgency. The poet Chase Twichell said, “Once in a while a book appears that seems forged from the truth. This is one.” And Ilya Kaminsky added, “Sam Taylor is a poet to reckon with, a poet to live with, a poet to marvel at. This is a wonderful book.”
Sam is also the author of the collection Body of the World (Ausable/Copper Canyon), which explores the perennial themes of mysticismâ€”of world as selfâ€”and wrestles with the suffering and violence that a unitary vision of the divine must subsume. A graduate of the Michener Center for Writers at UT-Austin, he has received the Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship, the Dobie Paisano Fellowship, the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, and Residency Fellowships from Yaddo, Djerassi, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Studios at Key West. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing MFA Program at Wichita State University.
Spanning a gamut from hyper-modernity to primitive silence and from mystical politics to sensuous eroticism, this new book is also rooted in Taylor’s experience living for several years as a caretaker for a remote wilderness refuge in the San Juan Mountains of Northern New Mexico. The refuge was snowed-in and deserted for much of the winter, without phone, electricity, or internet access, providing a rare immersion in the world before the interpolation of human meaningâ€”an experience that helped produce the vision of this book. You can preview the book on The Best American Poetry Blog or on Sam’s website at
Saturday October 11th at 7PM: Barry Schwabsky
Barry Schwabsky is the art critic of The Nation. Schwabsky has been writing about art for the magazine since 2005, and his essays have appeared in many other publications, including Flash Art (Milan), Artforum, the London Review of Books and Art in America. His books include The Widening Circle: ConÂsequences of Modernism in Contemporary Art, Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting and several volumes of poetry, the most recent being Book Left Open in the Rain (Black Square Editions/The Brooklyn Rail). Schwabsky has contributed to books and catalogs on artists such as Henri Matisse, Alighiero Boetti, Jessica Stockholder and Gillian Wearing, and has taught at the School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute, New York University, Goldsmiths College (University of London) and Yale University.
Sunday October 12th at 7PM: Jack Kerouac School [Dis]embodied Poetics Conference: Writing Thinking Being Off-Site Reading
Off-site open mic for JKS alumni at Innisfree!