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May 04 2015

Maxe Crandall & Matt Longabucco

Maxe Crandall is the author of Together Men Make Paradigms (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs chapbook, 2014) and Emoji for Cher Heart (belladonna* chaplet, 2014). Last year, Together Men Make Paradigms premiered at Dixon Place with an all-poet and -activist cast and was a finalist for the Leslie Scalapino Award. A 2014 Poetry Project Emerge-Surface-Be Fellow and a 2014 Poets House Fellow, Crandall codirects the pilot program “Readings in Gender and Sexuality” in the Undergraduate Writing Program at Columbia University.Matt Longabucco is the author of the chapbook Everybody Suffers: The Selected Poems of Juan García Madero (O’Clock Press 2014). Other work has appeared recently in Capricious, The Brooklyn Rail, and Parkett. He is a co-founder of Wendy’s Subway, a 24-hour library, workspace, and meeting space for writers, artists, and readers in Williamsburg.  He teaches at New York University and lives in Brooklyn. 

Admission fee: $8.00
8:00pm
The Poetry Project
131 East 10th Street
St. Mark's Church
10003 New York, New York
May 06 2015

A Bernadette Mayer Celebration

Join us for the launch of Eating The Colors Of A Lineup Of Words: The First Books of Bernadette Mayer (Station HIll Press, 2015). Readers include Anne Waldman, Lee Ann Brown, Laynie Brown, Sam Truitt, Michael Ruby, Phil Good, Lewis Warsh, Peter Gizzi, among others – and of course Mayer, herself. The event will include a showing of Memory and other vintage projections.

Admission fee: $8.00
8:00pm
The Poetry Project
131 East 10th Street
St. Mark's Church
10003 New York, New York
May 07 2015

THE NEW SALON: READINGS AND CONVERSATIONS: Yona Harvey and Afaa Weaver, with Charif Shanahan

Yona Harvey is a literary artist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the author of the poetry collection Hemming the Water (Four Way Books: New York), which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award from Claremont Graduate University. She is also the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant in literary nonfiction from The Pittsburgh Foundation. Her poems can be found in jubilat, Gulf Coast, Callaloo, West Branch, and various journals and anthologies, including A Poet's Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry (Ed. Annie Finch). She lives in Pennsylvania, where she is assistant professor in the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh.Afaa Michael Weaver is the author of fourteen collections of poetry, most recently City of Eternal Spring. His twelfth collection, The Government of Nature, won the 2014 Kingsley Tufts Award. His other honors include three Pushcart prizes in poetry, NEA and Pew fellowships, and a Fulbright appointment in 2002 to teach in Taiwan. Also a playwright, he received the PDI Award (1993), and his new play is GRIP. Weaver works in contemporary Chinese poetry as a translator and teaches at Simmons College and in the Drew University MFA program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation. His websites: plumflowertrilogy.org & afaaweaver.netCo-Sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program.

Admission is free.

7:00am
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, New York University
58 West 10th Street
10011 New York, New York
May 09 2015

Spring Thing: John Giorno, Dia Felix, Miguel Gutierrez, and David Grub

On Saturday, May 9 at 8 p.m., The Poetry Project will host its annual spring fundraiser, Spring Thing, featuring readings and performances by John Giorno, Dia Felix, Miguel Gutierrez, and David Grubbs. This event will be held in the Sanctuary of St. Mark’s Church, with a reception to follow the performances. Tickets are $12 in advance and will be available at the door for $15.Photo by Ted RoederJohn Giorno was born in New York and graduated from Columbia University in 1958. Four years later, he met Andy Warhol, who became an important influence for Giorno’s developments on poetry, performance and recordings. He was the “star” of Warhol’s film Sleep. He has collaborated with William Burroughs, John Ashbery, Ted Berrigan, Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Mapplethorpe, and the decade of the 2000s, with Rirkirt Tirvanija, Pierre Huyge, Elizabeth Peyton, and Ugo Rondinone, who is his partner. He is the author of ten books, including You Got to Burn to Shine, Cancer in my Left Ball, Grasping at Emptiness, Suicide Sutra, and has produced fifty-nine LPs, CDs, tapes cassettes, videopaks and DVDs for Giorno Poetry Systems. He founded the AIDS Treatment Project and has an important force in the development of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. Dia Felix is a writer and filmmaker who’s screened films at independent festivals (Frameline, Outfest, San Francisco Film Festival), and performed literary work a lot too (Segue Series, Radar, Dixon Place). She is the author of the novel Nochita(City Lights/Sister Spit, 2014).  photo by Eric McNatt Miguel Gutierrez, a 2010 Guggenheim Fellow in choreography, lives in Brooklyn and makes performances. Recent pieces include the Age & Beauty series, And lose the name of action, HEAVENS WHAT HAVE I DONE, and Last Meadow. His work has been presented by BAM’s Next Wave, AMERICAN REALNESS, ImPulsTanz, Festival D’Automne, Walker Art Center and many others. His work has been supported by NDP, MAP Fund, NPN, NEA, Jerome Foundation, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, USA Artists, Guggenheim Foundation and NYFA. He is the recipient of three Bessie awards. He has choreographed music videos for Diane Cluck, Holcombe Waller and Le Tigre. He has sung with Antony and the Johnsons, has released an EP as The Belleville, and has created the sound for several of his own works. His book WHEN YOU RISE UP is available from 53rd State Press and he maintains a blog at stargayze.com. He invented DEEP AEROBICS and is training to become a Feldenkrais Method practitioner. www.miguelgutierrez.org  photo by Gonçalo SantosDavid Grubbs has released twelve solo albums and appeared on more than 150 commercially released recordings. He is known for his cross-disciplinary collaborations with writers Susan Howe and Rick Moody, visual artists Anthony McCall, Angela Bulloch, and Stephen Prina, and choreographer Jonah Bokaer. He is the author of Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, the Sixties, and Sound Recording (Duke University Press). Grubbs was a member of the groups Gastr del Sol, Bastro, and Squirrel Bait, and he has performed with the Red Krayola, Will Oldham, Tony Conrad, Pauline Oliveros, and Loren Connors, among many others.    

Admission fee: $8.00
8:00pm
The Poetry Project
131 East 10th Street
10003 New York, New York
May 11 2015

Donato Mancini & Steven Zultanski

The interdisciplinary practice of Donato Mancini focuses mainly on poetry, bookworks, text-based visual art, and cultural criticism. He is the author of four acclaimed books of visual, procedural, and conceptual poetry: Ligatures (New Star 2005), Æthel (New Star 2007), Buffet World (2011), and Fact ‘n’ Value (2011). He is also the author of the much discussed critical work You Must Work Harder to Write Poetry of Excellence (2012), an extended discourse analysis poetry reviews. Mancini’s collaborative visual works have been exhibited in Canada, the United States, Scandinavia and Cuba. His current book, Loitersack (2014), is a book-length poetics essay in the form of poetry, poetics, theory, theory theatre, questions, and laugh particles.Steven Zultanski is the author of Bribery (Ugly Duckling Presse: 2014), Agony (BookThug: 2012), Cop Kisser (BookThug: 2010), and Pad (Make Now: 2010).

Admission fee: $8.00
8:00pm
The Poetry Project
131 East 10th Street
St. Mark's Church
10003 New York, New York

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poem
From behind the moon boys' graves
bleed endlessly; from photograph
to browning photograph they blacken
headlines, stranded outside of time
at the story's frigid edge.

Though they are long buried 
in French soil, we are still speaking
of trenches, of who rose, who fell,
who merely hung on. The morning drills
poem
We don't see the ocean, not ever, but in July and August 
when the worst heat seems to rise from the hard clay
of this valley, you could be walking through a fig orchard
when suddenly the wind cools and for a moment
you get a whiff of salt, and in that moment you can almost
believe something is waiting beyond
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There were four apples on the bough,
Half gold half red, that one might know
The blood was ripe inside the core;
The colour of the leaves was more
Like stems of yellow corn that grow
Through all the gold June meadow’s floor.

The warm smell of the fruit was good
To feed on, and the split green wood,
With all its