December 4: One Bleecker Series #8 – Sara Jane Stoner & Valerie Hsiung 7 pm
Sara Jane Stoner is a teacher, writer, and PhD candidate in English at CUNY Graduate Center, critically obsessed with the erotics of consciousness. Her first book, Experience in the Medium of Destruction (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs), was nominated for a Lambda Award.
Valerie Hsiung is the author of three full-length poetry collections, the latest of which is her e f g (Action Books). Individual poems can be found or are forthcoming in The Nation, American Letters & Commentary, Sonora Review, Denver Quarterly, FANZINE, No Dear, Prelude, and beyond. She has performed her work at Treefort Music Festival, Common Area Maintenance, Casa Libre en la Solana, Poetic Research Bureau, and Shapeshifter Lab. Born and raised in southern Ohio, Hsiung is nowadays based out of New York. http://flowersintheirmouths.com
ONE BLEECKER SERIES
Curated by Chris Hosea
november 6: john godfrey + jennifer soong 6:30 pm
One Bleecker Series #7: John Godfrey + Jennifer Soong
John Godfrey was born in Massena, New York. He earned a BA at Princeton and a BS in nursing at Columbia University. He is the author of more than a dozen collections of poetry, including 26 Poems (1971), The Music of the Curbs (1976), Push the Mule (2001), City of Corners (2008), Tiny Gold Dress (2012), and The City Keeps: Selected and New Poems 1966–2014 (2016). Godfrey’s honors include fellowships from the General Electric Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Z Foundation. He has lived in the East Village since the 1960s and taught at the Poetry Project in 1974–1975 and 1982–1983. In 2011, he retired from a 17-year career as a nurse clinician specializing in HIV/AIDS.
Jennifer Soong is a New Jersey and New York-based poet. Her first full-length book, Near At, is forthcoming from Futurepoem Books. She received her B.A. in English and Visual & Environmental Studies from Harvard College before working at The New School and joining the English doctoral program at Princeton University, where she is currently working on forgetting in Modernism. Her poetry has been published in DIAGRAM, Fanzine, Berfrois, H_NGM_N, and others, and has been translated into Spanish. She is the poetry editor at Nat. Brut and thinks writing poems is a bit like going around with a metal detector while looking for pearls.
Curated by Chris Hosea.
November 8: book launch for Jeremy Jams’ 26 Red Vases + a selection of new zines and artists’ publications. 7pm
Jeremy Jams’ 26 Red Vases is a selection of vase drawings including vases arm in arm, dinosaur-like vases, and highly decorated vases with symbols seemingly from another planet. Jeremy Jams is an artist based in Brooklyn and co-founder, with Dominic Fortunato, of Soft City Printing, a publishing platform collaborating with artists to make artists’ books and editions.
+ New additions to the zine section at Codex, featuring artists Akina Cox, Dominic Fortunato, j. frede, Kitti & Joy, Leslie Lasiter, Claire Falkenberg, Taehee Whang, Leanna Perry, Shaina Yang; and publishers Endless Editions, Open Projects Press, Hammann von Mier, Lyeberry Press, Protozoa Books, Soft City Printing.
+ Visuals by Paul John.
Organized by Philip Tomaru.
november 1: book launch for cristine brache’s POEMS 7:30 pm
POEMS is the debut poetry collection from artist and writer Cristine Brache, written between 2008-2018. Unapologetic and often placing the reader in the position of the voyeur, Brache’s poems ambiguously deal with identity, power dynamics, and templates of the female body and psyche.
CRISTINE BRACHE (b. 1984, Miami) is an artist of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent living and working in Toronto. She holds an MFA in Fine Art Medica from the Slade School of Fine Art (London, UK). Her poetry has been published in New York Tyrant, Fanzine, Publishing Genius, and Apogee, among others. Recent exhibitions include FIERMAN, New York; Team Gallery, New York; MOCA, Miami; Bow Arts, London; The Museum of the Moving Image, New York; Collectif Jeune Cinéma, Paris; and Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover. Writing about her work has appeared in the New Yorker and Cordite Poetry Review.
Host: Lora Nouk
Presented by CODETTE
october 30: barchi + cruse + hamilton + lo + lotterman + moschovakis 7 pm
alex cruse is a writer, artist, and curator based in Oakland. She is the author of CONTRAVERSE (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017).
Jo Barchi is a pushcart nominated writer and editor living in Chicago. They’re on the editorial board for Les Figues press, and their essays have appeared in or are forthcoming from The Shabby Dollhouse Review, Buzzfeed, Peach Mag, and Joyland Magazine.
Diana Hamilton is the author of three books: God Was Right (Ugly Duckling Presse), The Awful Truth (Golias Books), and Okay, Okay (Truck Books). She writes poetry, fiction, and criticism about style, crying, shitting, kissing, dreaming, and fainting.
Kevin Lo lives in Oakland and is from the antipodes. He’s also a composer, choreographer and one half of the mixed media duo, DROUGHT SPA, with alex cruse.
Wendy Lotterman’s chapbook Intense Holiday was published in 2016 by After Hours LTD. She’s writing a dissertation on possessive individualism and the lyric.
Anna Moschovakis is a poet, translator, editor, and the author most recently of the novel Eleanor, or, The Rejection of the Progress of Love.
presented by Poetry Time at the Chateau.
october 2: paul legault + stu watson 6:30 pm
One Bleecker Series #6
Paul Legault is the author of The Madeleine Poems (Omnida
wn Publishing), The Other Poems (Fence Books), The Emily Dickinson Reader (McSweeney’s Press), Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror 2 (Fence Books), and Lunch Poems 2 (Spork Press).
Stu Watson is a writer, artist, and teacher living in Brooklyn. He is founder and editor of Prelude, a journal of poetry and criticism. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming at Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Denver Quarterly, Flag + Void, Jacket 2, White Wall Review, and Pank. He is a Ph.D. candidate in English Literature at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and teaches at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. His first collection, Communicatingroups
, is forthcoming in 2019 from C&R Press.
Curated by Chris Hosea
september 24: lauren levin + oki sogumi + andrea abi-karam 7 pm
Lauren Levin is a genderqueer woman and/or art fag and the author of THE BRAID (Krupskaya, 2016) and JUSTICE PIECE//TRANSMISSION (Timeless, Infinite Light 2018). In summer 2018, Lauren was a columnist at SFMoma’s arts & culture platform Open Space and from 2011-2014, co-edited the Poetic Labor Project. Lauren is from New Orleans and lives in Richmond, CA.
Oki Sogumi was born in Seoul, South Korea as military dictatorship ended and currently lives in Philly. Her genre-promiscuous chapbook is from Skeleton Man Press (forthcoming Fall 2018), and she is perpetually working on a “sci-fi novel” which ferries itself between the living and dead.
Andrea Abi-Karam is an arab-american genderqueer punk poet cyborg, writing on the art of killing bros, the intricacies of cyborg bodies, trauma & delayed healing. They are the author of THE AFTERMATH (Commune Editions, 2016), their first full-length book, EXTRATRANSMISSION, is forthcoming from Kelsey Street Press Fall 2018 & Simone White selected their second collection Villainy for forthcoming publication with Les Figues. They toured with Sister Spit March 2018 & are hype to live in New York.
Presented by Poetry Time at the Chateau
september 20: timothy aubry + jon baskin: book launch for guilty aesthetic pleasures by timothy aubry 7:30 pm
Timothy Aubry is Professor of English at Baruch College, CUNY, and the author of Reading as Therapy: What Contemporary Fiction Does For Middle-Class Americans and Guilty Aesthetic Pleasures. His essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, The New Republic, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Point, n+1, and Best American Essays 2014. His latest book, Guilty Aesthetic Pleasures (Harvard University Press 2018), argues that even while academic critics have come to focus almost exclusively on literature’s political function, they have continued to cultivate certain formal and aesthetic pleasures in covert fashion.
Jon Baskin, who will be interviewing Timothy Aubry about his book, is co-founder and editor of The Point magazine in Chicago. He is also a graduate of the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought and the author of many essays and works of criticism for venues such as The Chronicle, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Nation, n+1, The New York Observer, BookForum, Salon, and The Point.
september 11 (RESCHEDULED): one bleecker series #5: sampson starkweather and carly dashiell 6:30 pm
Sampson Starkweather is the author of PAIN: The Board Game (Third Man Books, 2015) and The First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather (Birds, LLC, 2013). He is a founding editor of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry press. He is also the author of nine chapbooks, most recently Until the Joy of Death Hits, pop/love audio-visual GIF poems from Spork Press, and Flux Capacitor, a collaborative audio poetry album from Black Cake Records. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Carly Dashiell’s poems have been published or are forthcoming in Prelude, Haribo, and Gramma
. She is the author of the chapbook 5 4, published by Gauss PDF. She is an MFA candidate at Brooklyn College, and Managing Editor of Futurepoem.
Curated by Chris Hosea
july 24: diana arterian + adjua greaves + paul legault 7 pm
DIANA ARTERIAN is the author of the poetry collection Playing Monster :: Seiche (1913 Press, 2017), the chapbooks With Lightness & Darkness and Other Brief Pieces (Essay Press, 2017), Death Centos (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013), and co-editor of Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics (Ricochet, 2016).
AMY LAWLESS is the author of the poetry collections My Dead (2013) and Broadax (2017), both from Octopus Books. With Chris Cheney, she is the author of the hybrid book I Cry: The Desire to Be Rejected from Pioneer Works Press’ Groundworks Series (2016). Her chapbook, A Woman Alone, was published by Sixth Finch in 2017.
PAUL LEGAULT is the author of The Madeleine Poems (Omnidawn, 2010), The Other Poems (Fence, 2011), The Emily Dickinson Reader: An English-to-English Translation of the Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson (McSweeney’s, 2012), Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror 2 (Fence, 2016), and Lunch Poems 2 (Spork, 2018).
july 18: vi khi nao + susan daitch 7 pm
VI KHI NAO was born in Long Khánh, Vietnam. She is the author of Sheep Machine (Black Sun Lit, 2018), Umbilical Hospital (1913 Press, 2017), the story collection A Brief Alphabet of Torture, which won FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize in 2016, the novel Fish in Exile (Coffee House Press, 2016), and the poetry collection The Old Philosopher, which won the Nightboat Books Prize for Poetry in 2014. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Brown University, where she received the John Hawkes and Feldman Prizes in Fiction and the Kim Ann Arstark Memorial Award in Poetry.
SUSAN DAITCH is the author of The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir (City Lights, 2016), Storytown (Dalkey Archive Press, 1996), and The Colorist (Vintage Contemporaries, 1990), among others. She has been the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, two Vogelstein awards, and research grants from NYU and CUNY. Her short work has been published in Black Clock, Guernica, BOMB, Vestiges, and elsewhere.
Presented by Black Sun Lit.
june 25: kim calder + j. gordon faylor + monica mcclure
Kim Calder studies post-1945 American literature and theory at the University of California, Los Angeles and is co-director of Les Figues Press. Her work has appeared in The Believer, Jacket2, The Los Angeles Review of Books/LARB Quarterly, ASAP/Journal, and The Volta.
J. Gordon Faylor is the author of The Puppet Wedding (Smiling Mind Documents), Registration Caspar (Ugly Duckling Presse), and The Sycophant (TROLL THREAD), among other works. He edits Gauss PDF and is the managing editor of SFMOMA’s Open Space.
Monica McClure is a writer and curator based in NYC. Described by Craig Teicher for NPR as “the poster girl for a new generation of poets,” Monica’s writing has been featured in The Awl, Huffington Post, The Believer, The Stranger, and elsewhere. She has performed at the Museum of Modern Art, Silent Barn, Dixon Place Theatre, and the &Now conference at California Institute of the Arts. Publisher’s Weekly awarded her poetry collection, Tender Data, a starred review. Currently, Monica is a creative director for LAMM, a design collective that hosts a multidisciplinary, immersive poetry event at Artbook @ MoMA PS1 and creates shareable, experiential content for fashion, beauty, and other e-commerce brands.
Presented by Poetry Time at the Chateau