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Jul 23 2017

Read and Feed

Basilica Hudson and the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses‘s festival of literature and food returns with a new time, a new ticket price and a genre-spanning day of affordable food and literary activities.
 
Celebrate the life and work of a Hudson Valley poetry legend, as we commemorate John Ashbery’s 90th birthday.
 
Join a superstar collection of authors, food writers and chefs for mouthwatering demonstrations,  literary performances and novel conversations.
 
Browse a marketplace of some of America’s most intriguing small literary publishers and artisanal food makers.
 
 
Poetry
 
An all-star, twenty person marathon reading of John Ashbery’s Girls on the Run
 
A gathering of poetry luminaries – including Ann Lauterbach, Robert Polito, Joan Retallack, and Dara Wier – explaining How to Love Reading Ashbery
 
Whiting Award-winning poetry superstars Simone White and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs performing and talking poetry, food and music, while cooking up collard greens & salmon cakes
 
The Ashbery Bridge: a multimedia talk on poetry and public art by poet, Rain Taxi publisher and book festival director Eric Lorberer, formerly presented at The Walker Art Center and elsewhere
 
 
 
Food and Readings
 
Celebrated cookbook author and restaurateur Rozanne Gold, in conversation with literary chefs Rohan Kamicheril, Matt Lee, Susan Simon and Lukas Volger, who will talk food, memory and the senses
 
Cooking masterclasses from “Barb the Butcher” (Barbara Fisher), teaching attendees how to make sausages, and Rohan Kamicheril, making a tantalizing South Indian pounded rice delicacy
 
 
 
Special Installations
 
A private Weepy Booth in association with the much-loved Crybabies podcast, in which presenters Sarah Thyre and Susan Orlean and special guests regale listeners with the things that make us teary
 
 
 
Marketplace and Community Cafe:
 
Delicious and affordable South Indian cuisine created by Rohan Kamicheril of the popular Tiffin food blog in READ & FEED’S brand-new Community Café
 
A marketplace of local, independent literary publishers including Mosaic and Siglio, and artisanal food vendors, including Chaseholm Farm and State 11 Distillery
Admission fee: $15.00
12:00pm
Basilica Hudson
110 S Front St
12534 Hudson, New York
Jul 25 2017

u35: July (Mass Poetry Reading)

GennaRose Nethercott is a poet, performer, and folklorist from the woodlands of Vermont, currently living in Somerville, MA. Her recent work has appeared in The Offing, Rust + Moth, Cleaver, Hermeneutic Chaos, and Maudlin House, among others. She writes poems-to-order for passersby on a 1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter, a collection of which was released by Honeybee Press in 2015. 
 
Joey Gould has volunteered for the Massachusetts Poetry Festival since 2011. He is nominated for Bettering American Poetry 2016 & his work appears or is forthcoming at Drunk Monkeys, Golden Walkman, Five:2:One, & District Lit. In his spare time he builds decks & makes whistling noises, often at the same time. 
 
Kurt Klopmeier is a Boston writer and adjunct at UMass - Boston and Northeastern. He has been published in Apt, Amethyst Arsenic, Consequence Magazine, and Damfino.
7:00pm
Trident Booksellers & Cafe
338 Newbury St.
02115 Boston, Massachusetts
Jul 25 2017

Out From Calaboose: New Poems featuring Karen Corinne Herceg

Karen Corinne Herceg, poet, author, essayist and reviewer, reads from her new book OUT FROM CALABOOSE: NEW POEMS.  Open mic sign-up at 7:30 PM.

"Clutching her vision firmly in hand, Karen Corinne Herceg paints her inner world in such a vivid fashion that I was compelled to submerge myself in Out From Calaboose completely, and then not surface at all until I put down the last poem.” --Linda Gray Sexton, bestselling novelist and author of Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back To My Mother, Anne Sexton

8:00pm
Club Harmony at Wok and Roll Cafe
15 Mill Hill Road
12498 Woodstock, New York
Jul 30 2017

Meredith Trede at NYCPoFest on Governors Island

Meredith Trede will be joining two other Slapering Hol Press poets, Mervyn Taylor and Estha Weiner, at the NYCPoFest on Governors Island, Algonquin Stage on July 30, 2017 @ 12:00 noon.

12:00pm
Governors Island
New York Harbor
10004 New York, New York
Jul 30 2017

Poetry Flash with Christopher Howell and Joseph Millar

DIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland hosts another installment of Poetry Flash on Sunday, July 30th at 3pm. The featured guest poets will be Christopher Howell and Joseph Millar.
 
Poetry Flash readings are wheelchair accessible; ASL interpreters may be requested one week in advance from editor@poetryflash.org. Visit Poetryflash.org for more events and reviews!
3:00pm
DIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland
5433 College Avenue
94618 Oakland, California

poems

poem
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
poem
There is a singer everyone has heard,
Loud, a mid-summer and a mid-wood bird,
Who makes the solid tree trunks sound again.
He says that leaves are old and that for flowers
Mid-summer is to spring as one to ten.
He says the early petal-fall is past
When pear and cherry bloom went down in showers
On sunny days a
poem
The obvious is difficult
To prove. Many prefer
The hidden. I did, too.
I listened to the trees.

They had a secret
Which they were about to
Make known to me—
And then didn't.

Summer came. Each tree
On my street had its own
Scheherazade. My nights
Were a part of their wild

Storytelling. We were
Entering dark