17 March 2013

A Furniture Press Affair : Ruthless Grip, Washington, D.C.

Toby Altman * Martine Bellen * Alyse Knorr * Magus Magnus * Chris Mason * Alicia Puglionesi * Iris Cushing

This event was part of the Ruthless Grip series, curated by the incomparable Mel Nichols and hosted by Dan Gutstein and Meg Ronan.
Introductions (Christophe Casamassima)
...is a member of three bands: The Tinklers, Coocoo Rockin Time, and Old Songs, which translates Archaic Greek poetry and puts it to music. Books of poems: Hum Who Hiccup (Narrow House, Baltimore, 2011), Where To From Out (Furniture Press Books, Baltimore, forthcoming in 2013), Click Poems (shabby editions, London, 1982), Poems of a Doggy (pod books, Baltimore, 1977). Prose: The Elements, by the Tinklers, (Shattered Wig, Baltimore, 2009).

Toby Altman
...lives in Chicago where he co-curates the Absinthe and Zygote series with Anne Shaw. His poems have (or will) appear in Gigantic Sequins, Rhino, The Berkeley Poetry Review, and other journals. He is cofounder of Damask Press and a member of the Next-Objectivists. His chapbook Asides was published by Furniture Press Books in 2012.


Alyse Knorr
...is the author of Annotated Glass (Furniture Press Books 2013). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in RHINO, Sentence, Puerto Del Sol, Gargoyle, The Minnesota Review, and The Southern Poetry Anthology (Texas Review Press). She received her MFA from George Mason University.

Martine Bellen
...is the author of eight collections of poetry, including GHOSTS! (Spuyten Duyvil), THE VULNERABILITY OF ORDER (Copper Canyon Press), and TALES OF MURASAKI AND OTHER POEMS (Sun & Moon Press), which won the National Poetry Series Award. Her collection THE WABAC MACHINE is forthcoming in March/April of 2013, published by Furniture Press Books. A bilingual collection of her poetry has been published in Germany by Verlag im Waldgut (translator, Hans J├╝rgen Balmes). She has written the libretto for OVIDIANA, an opera based on Ovid’s METAMORPHOSES (composer, Matthew Greenbaum) and AH! OPERA NO-OPERA, which she collaborated on with David Rosenboom.

Magus Magnus
...has two books out with Furniture Press: Heraclitean Pride (2010) and The Re-echoes (2012). He is also the author of Verb Sap (Narrow House 2008) and Idylls for a Bare Stage (2011). Magnus blogs about the theory and technique of the Idyll (a poetry performance form originated by the Greek poet Theocritus) at http://sharedimagining.blogspot.com/.
...was born in Tarzana, California. She is the author of Wyoming (winner of the 2013 Furniture Press Poetry Prize) forthcoming this fall. In 2011, she was a writer-in-residence at Grand Canyon National Park. Her poems have appeared in the Boston Review, Paperbag, No, Dear and other places. Iris lives in Brooklyn and edits Argos Books. She is also currently at work on a couple of collaborations with visual artists.

Alicia Puglionesi
...writes about the history of telepathy, psychic mediums, and nineteenth-century men of science in a scholarly capacity. Her current project is a dictionary of nonverbal communication. A collection of short stories related to Karl Krall, the German animal psychologist, is forthcoming with Cars Are Real press in the fall of 2013. She lives in Baltimore.

09 January 2013

Baltimore vs Brooklyn: An evening of poetry at the Windup in Charm City

From R. M. O'Brien

I met Mike Lala in March 2012. I was on a short, fragmented reading tour with mutual poet-friend Jeremy Hoevenaar. We three appear'd together on this invigorating nine-poet bill at This Must Be the Place (attach'd to Diner) in Brooklyn. Mike is tall and winter-complected. His poetry was lush and sort of soft-spoken.

A couple months ago, he pitched a cultural-exchange-type two-part reading to Jeremy and me: he and three other New York writers would read with about as many Baltimoreans down here in January. Then in February we'd repeat the line-up in Brooklyn.

In the current poetry climate that qualifies as ambitious. Hopefully after this kind of translocal group reading becomes more common, we'll realize it's obvious.

Big thank you to Russell at the Windup Space for betting on a lit-marathon.

The Brooklyn Side

Mike Lala lives in New York, where he co-curates Fireside Follies and is Assistant Poetry Editor at Washington Square. His work appears or is forthcoming in Fence, The Brooklyn Rail, RHINO 2013, DIAGRAM, Artifice, The Awl, and many others, including the chapbooks Under the Westward Night (Knickerbocker Circus, 2010) and [fire!] ([sic] Press, 2011). mikelala.com.

Allyson Paty is the author of The Further Away, a chapbook published by [sic] Press in 2012. Her poems can be found in Tin House, Gulf Coast, DIAGRAM, Denver Quarterly, Harpur Palate, Handsome and Best New Poets 2012. She is co-editor of Singing Saw Press, a fine arts and poetry publisher that will make its debut release this fall.

Eric Nelson is a writer originally from New Jersey. His essays,criticism and fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in The Billfold, HTMLGIANT, chimes/SIRENS, Volume 1 Brooklyn and Squawk Back, among others. His short story collection The Silk City Series was published by Knickerbocker Circus in 2010 and “The Walt Whitman House” will be published as a book by the Crumpled Press in January 2013. He lives in Queens, New York.

Matthew Zingg's poetry appears or is forthcoming in Cider Press Review, Blackbird, The Madison Review, and Opium Magazine. He received his MFA in poetry form Adelphi University and lives in Brooklyn.

The Baltimore Side

Jeremy Hoevenaar was born in New Jersey, lived in New York City for nine years, and now lives and attempts to photosynthesize poems in Baltimore. Some work can be found in the Brooklyn Rail, Tantalum Journal, The Recluse, Shifter Magazine, and Forklift, Ohio. He believes applause should be withheld until the end.

Bonnie Jones is a writer, improvising musician, and performer working primarily with electronic music and text. She creates improvised and composed text-sound performances that explore the fluidity and function of electronic noise (field recordings, circuit bending) and text (poetry, found, spoken, visual). http://bonniejones.wordpress.com/

R.M. O'Brien  put out a book called Ant Killer & Other Poems. He's working on a book called All This Was Instantaneous. He fears nothing.

Alicia Puglionesi (part 1)
Alicia Puglionesi (part 2) writes about the history of telepathy, psychic mediums, and nineteenth-century men of science in a scholarly capacity. Her current project, a dictionary of nonverbal communication, may be almost finished. She lives in Baltimore.

Adam Robinson runs Publishing Genius, a small press that publishes poetry and literary fiction and things between those genres. He is the author of two books, Adam Robison and Other Poems and Say Poem.

02 January 2013

Furniture Press Books at Penn Book Center, June 9, 2012 (with Chris McCreary, Magus Magnus, Joshua Ware, Ryan Eckes, Toby Altman and Deborah Poe)

Furniture Press Books enters its 10th year in 2013. To kick off the event, Ryan Eckes and David Hancock (of the Penn Book Center) graciously hosted an event with a selection of the crew.

In the fall of 2013 we are touring 14 cities in 7 states to spread the gospel of Furniture Press Books. Each event will include readings by our featured writers and local poets from the cities we visit. To learn more about the press, and to subscribe to our book sale bundles (which will function as a fund-raising project for the tour), please visit Furniture Press Books.