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Dec 15 2017

Poetry Reading: Lisa Marie Basile, Monica Lewis & Catherine Kyle

Join us for a poetry reading at Berl's! 
About the readers:
Lisa Marie Basile is an editor, writer and poet living in NYC. She is the founding editor-in-chief of Luna Luna Magazine and the author of APOCRYPHAL (Noctuary Press, 2014), as well as a few chapbooks. Her book NYMPHOLEPSY (co-authored with poet Alyssa Morhardt-Goldstein), was a finalist in the 2017 Tarpaulin Sky Book Awards and will be published by Inside the Castle. She is working on her first novella, to be released by Clash Books/Clash Media. Work can be found in Spork, Atlas Review, Grimoire, Queen Mobs Teahouse, and more. She is very much the embodiment of the Scorpio.
Monica Lewis lives in Brooklyn, New York and holds an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts. Both her fiction and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in SmokeLong Quarterly, Apogee Journal's Perigee, and The Margins, and her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Rust + Moth, The Boiler Journal, PUBLIC POOL, Yes, Poetry, FLAPPERHOUSE, (b)OINK, among others. She is a VONA/Voices alumna and 2017 "Best of the Net" poetry nominee. Her full collection of poetry, Sexting the Dead, will be published January 2018 by Unknown Press.
Catherine Kyle is the author of the poetry collection Parallel (Another New Calligraphy, 2017), the poetry chapbooks Gamer: A Role-Playing Poem (dancing girl press, 2015) and Flotsam (Etched Press, 2015), and the hybrid-genre collection Feral Domesticity (Robocup Press, 2014). She also writes the monthly creative nonfiction column "Save Point" for the online journal Cartridge Lit. Her writing has been honored by the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the Alexa Rose Foundation, and other organizations, and she recently served as a writer-in-residence at the Boise Library at Bown Crossing. She teaches literature and creative writing at the College of Western Idaho, as well as through The Cabin, a literary nonprofit.
Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop
141 Front St
11201 Brooklyn, New York
Dec 15 2017

Barbara Browning & Malik Gaines

Barbara Browning teaches in the Department of Performance Studies at NYU. In addition to her scholarly publications, she is the author of the novels The Correspondence Artist (winner of a Lambda Literary Award), I'm Trying to Reach You (short-listed for The Believer Book Award), and, most recently, The Gift (or, Techniques of the Body). She also makes poems, dances, videos, and ukulele cover tunes.
Malik Gaines is an artist and writer based in New York. His essays have appeared in Art Journal, Women & Performance, and in numerous exhibition catalogues and arts publications. His book, Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left (NYU Press, 2017), traces a circulation of political ideas in performances of the 1960s and beyond. Since 2000, Gaines has performed and exhibited extensively with the group My Barbarian, whose work has been included in the Whitney Biennial, two Performa Biennials, the Montreal Biennial and the Baltic Triennial, among others. Gaines also makes performance and video work solo, and in other collaborations. He is assistant professor of Performance Studies in New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
General Admission: $8
Students/Seniors: $7
Members: $5 or free; no one turned away for inability to pay
Admission fee: $8.00
St Mark's Church
131 E 10th Street
Dec 17 2017

Carrie Mae Weems' The Shape of Things

Armory artist-in-residence Carrie Mae Weems curates "The Shape of Things," a day-long convening that critiques the history of violence and questions the shape of things to come in the context of our current political state on Sunday, December 17, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Thompson Arts Center at Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, New York, NY.
In "The Shape of Things," Weems continues to grapple with the history of violence in our country—personally and within her body of work. Audiences are invited to join participants in interrogating this complex topic through a series of readings, performances, conversations, and other artistic responses held throughout the day in the Armory’s first and second floor historic rooms.
Notable participants include: choreographer and dancer Kyle Abraham; poet Elizabeth Alexander; performance and installation artist Tania Bruguera; urban revitalization strategist Majora Carter; architect Elizabeth Diller; The Met’s Kimberly Drew; photographer John Edmonds; juvenile justice reformer Adam Foss; writer and performance artist Malik Gaines; social practice artist Theaster Gates; filmmaker Tony Gerber; FLEXN dance pioneer Reggie (Regg Roc) Gray; trombonist Craig Harris; vocalist Nona Hendryx; playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins; cinematographer Arthur Jafa; gaming pioneers Navid and Vassiliki Khonsari; NYU Professor and musician Jason King; Wooster Group founing member and director Liz LeCompte; philosopher Gregg Lambert; composer and Bang on the Can co-founder David Lang; Harvard Professor Sarah Lewis; filmmaker John Lucas; poet Aja Monet; jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran; visual artist Shirin Neshat; playwright Lynn Nottage; professor of contemporary rhetorical theory Kendall Phillips; poet Claudia Rankine; poet Carl Hancock Rux; guitarist and composer Marvin Sewell; trumpeter Jawwaad Taylor; performance artist Carmelita Tropicana; conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas; puppeteer Basil Twist; theater director Roberta Uno; vocalist and composer Imani Uzuri; and Wooster Group founding member and actress Kate Valk, among others.
Admission fee: $45.00
Thompson Arts Center, Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue
Dec 17 2017

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: A Reading by Nicole Cooley and Roger Sedarat

Join Nicole Cooley and Roger Sedarat as they read from their work at The Creativity Caravan, 28 South Fullerton Avenue, in Montclair, NJ, on Sunday, December 17, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Nicole Cooley is a poet and non-fiction writer and the author of eight books: five books of poems, a chapbook, a novel, and an artist’s book. Her newest collection Girl after Girl after Girl was just published by LSU Press in 2017, and her book Of Marriage comes out with Alice James Books in 2018. Essay Press published her digital chapbook Frozen Charlottes, A Sequence last year. Her poetry and non-fiction has appeared most recently in The Atlantic, The Rumpus, Narrative, and Drunken Boat. She is a professor of English and the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College - City University of New York. 
Roger Sedarat, an Iranian-American poet and translator, is the author of four poetry collections: Dear Regime: Letters to the Islamic Republic, which won Ohio UP’s 2007 Hollis’ Summers’ Prize, Ghazal Games (Ohio UP, 2011), Foot Faults: Tennis Poems (David Robert Books, 2016), and Haji as Puppet: an Orientalist Burlesque, which won the 2016 Word Works’ Tenth Gate Prize for a Mid-Career Poet. He is a recipient of the Willis Barnstone Prize in Literary Translation, and his renderings of classical and modern Persian verse have appeared in such journals as Poetry, World Literature Today, and Brooklyn Rail. The co-author and translator of Nature and Nostalgia in the Poetry of Nader Naderpour (Cambria, 2017), he teaches poetry and translation in the MFA Program at Queens College - City University of New York.
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The Creativity Caravan
28 South Fullerton Ave
07042 Montclair, New Jersey
Dec 18 2017

Christina Olivares & Mina Zohal

Christina Olivares is the author of No Map of the Earth Includes Stars (2015), winner of the 2014 Marsh Hawk Press Book Prize, and of the chaplet Interrupt (2015), published by Belladonna* Collaborative. Her chapbook DSM/Partial Manual, winner of the 2014 Vinyl 45s Chapbook Contest, is forthcoming. She is the recipient of two Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grants (2014 and 2010), and she has participated in the CantoMundo (fellow), VONA, Frost Place (fellow), and Bread Loaf Writers Conferences. She is the recipient of a 2015-2016 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Residency. She is a 2016, 2017, and 2018 AWP panelist. She was a visiting faculty member in the Rutgers-Newark poetry MFA program. Olivares is a queer Cubanx-American poet and educator from the Bronx in New York City. She earned an MFA from CUNY Brooklyn College in Poetry. She moves with Black Lives Matter and works towards poverty abolition.  
Mina Zohal is currently living and writing in the United States.
General Admission: $8
Students/Seniors: $7
Members: $5 or free; no one turned away for inability to pay
Admission fee: $8.00
St Mark's Church
131 E 10th Street




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Turns out things aren’t going that well.
Turns out you wake up and you’re thirty,
and the clothes you are wearing aren’t ironic
anymore. They are the clothes you wear.

One day you wake up, and look in your closet
and realize it is every terrible thing your mother
ever said to you, all

No one says it 
anymore, my darling, 
not to the green leaves 
in March, not to the stars 
backing up each night, certainly 
not in the nest
of rapture, who 
in the beginning was 
an owl, rustling 
just after silence, whose 
very presence drew 
a mob of birds--flickers, 
finches, chickadees, five