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  1. Conversation: A Manifesto on the Appropriation of Space
    Thursday, March 5 - 7 pm

    Please join us for a conversation with architectural studio APRDELESP, authors of A Manifesto on the Appropriation of Space: A Methodology for Making Architecture, published by GatoNegro Ediciones.

    - About the book -

    Buildings are not empty containers awaiting their inhabitants. They are composed of a large and ever-changing array of objects. During construction, prioritizing certain objects — like walls, floors, roofs, etc.—limits appropriation itself. In order to increase the opportunities of appropriation, objects that are traditionally dealt with by architects to encompass the possibility of object—such as a wall, sink, chair—would need to be augmented.

    - About APRDELESP -

    APRDELESP (Mexico City, 2012) is an architecture office: a practice-as-research on space and its appropriation processes. Some of their best-known case studies are Material Art Fair (2016-2020), MACOLEN (2016), Parque Experimental El Eco (2016), and CAFÉ ZENA (2012). They have participated in the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017: Make New History (2017), the digital archive for the Mexican Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia - 15th International Architecture Exhibition (2016), the museography for the Archivo / Italia exhibition in Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura (2015), and the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture in Shenzhen (2013). They won the “Pabellón Eco” competition for Museo Experimental El Eco (2016) and were finalists for the 3rd Open Call for the Architectural Intervention for the Feria de las Culturas Amigas in Mexico City (2018). They have published the books A Manifesto on the Appropriation of Space: a Methodology for Making Architecture (Gato Negro Ediciones, 2019) and Notes on Winnie-the-Pooh's house-tree (Ediciones Hungría, 2019). They were selected as one of the Seven Innovative Design Studios to Watch by Metropolis Magazine (2016), and their work has been published in PLAT, Harvard Design Magazine, Log, TANK MAGAZINE, and Scapegoat Journal. 

  2. Writing for Rights
    Presented by The Woolgatherers Theater Group
    Sunday, December 8th, 7PM

    The Woolgatherers Theater Group presents Writing for Rights, a series of short play readings to benefit New Sanctuary Coalition, an NYC-based organization working to stop the inhumane system of deportations and detentions in this country.

    Writing for Rights features 10-minute plays titled SaudadeSoured Milk, The Between, resurrection, Something About the Eyes, and It Was All in the Stars, Baby. Plays by Ashley Croce, Andre Ford, John Barrow, Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin, KJ Jarboe, and Lizzy May; direction by Nathan Luttrull, Ray DuBois, Ciana Proto, Nicholas Polonio, Ella Mora, and Grace Herman-Holland.


    Ticketing will be cash or Venmo at the door of each event. Pay what you can—no one will be turned away for lack of funds. 100% of proceeds will go directly to New Sanctuary Coalition.

    November 25, 7 pm @ 11th street cafe
    December 2, 5 pm @ Lucille’s Coffee & Cocktails
    December 6, 7 pm @ St. John's Lutheran Church, NYC
    December 8, 7 pm @ Wendy's Subway
    December 10, 7 pm @ Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center

  3. Cross-Pollination: Arsanios, Elhassan, & Tierra Narrative
    In collaboration with Litmus Press
    Thursday, November 21 7:30-9:30PM

    Organized by Litmus Press, Cross-Pollination is a reading series and communal dialogue that aims to strengthen bonds within New York's local literary landscape and inspire cross-cultural inquiry and action. Join us for our second event, featuring readings by Mirene Arsanios and Dalia Elhassan, and media presented by Kenia R. Guillen on behalf of Tierra Narrative, followed by conversation. Moderated and curated by Maryam Ivette Parhizkar, supported in part by the Brooklyn Arts Council

    - Readers -

    Mirene Arsanios is the author of the short story collection, The City Outside the Sentence (Ashkal Alwan, 2015). She has contributed essays and short stories to e-flux journal, Vida, The Brooklyn Rail, The Rumpus, and Guernica, among others. Arsanios co-founded the collective 98weeks Research Project in Beirut and is the founding editor of Makhzin, a bilingual English/Arabic magazine for innovative writing. Her next book, The Autobiography of a Language, is forthcoming with Futurepoem (2021). 

    Dalia Elhassan is a Sudanese-American poet and writer by way of Miami and lives in New York City. She is the author of In Half Light, a chapbook in the New-Generation African Poets Series (Sita) published in collaboration with Akashic Books and the African Poetry Book Fund. Her work has placed in several competitions in the past and is featured in a number of publications, including The Kenyon Review, The Oakland Arts Review, and Rattle #59. She is the recipient of the Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Prize for nonfiction and was shortlisted for the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. Dalia can be found online @daliaelhassan.


    Tierra Narrative (TN) is a production house creating spaces for transnational conversations and collaborations between the Central American diaspora and the homelands. 

  4. Chicago Art Book Fair 2019
    Hosted by Chicago Art Book Fair and Johalla Projects
    Friday, Nov 15th-Sunday, Nov 17th
    Chicago Athletic Association

    12 S Michigan Ave

    Friday, Nov 15th: 5-9pm
    Saturday, Nov 16th: 11-7pm
    Sunday, Nov 17th: 12-6pm

    Wendy's Subway is at the Chicago Art Book Fair this weekend! Featuring over 125 artists and small presses and three days of programs, the Chicago Art Book Fair is a showcase for emerging directions and diverse legacies within small press arts publishing. All events and programs are free and open to the public. Visit chicagoabf.com for details.

  5. Launch: octopus notes no. 9
    Friday, November 8 - 7pm

    Please join us for the launch of the ninth issue of octopus notes, biannual journal that publishes critical essays, academic writings, interviews, and artists' projects. octopus notes is directed by Alice Dusapin, Martin Laborde, Alice Pialoux, and Baptiste Pinteaux. 

    In this issue, Pati Hill, Greer Lankton, Lil Picard, and Bern Porter support their convictions and their specialities: baroque performances, collages, a lot of collages, dolls, a photocopier, etc. In different ways, they all include writing in their work whether it be poetry, novels, or criticism. From these encounters have emerged new connections, what we could call fraternal twins or new cousins. They have the same taste for metamorphoses, for a certain idea of the grotesque, and for reproduction. They share the idea that by pushing systems to their limits, things, even when they seem unable to be anything other than themselves, interfere with each other, create error, and open up hidden zones of potential, like a false-bottom suitcase. This issue also speaks of what we owe to others. Love stories and friendships have created, just as much as if not more than any reading, a happy vampirism. With contributions by Ana Baliza, Tenzing Barshee, Tomás Cunha Ferreira, Alice Dusapin, Alexandre Estrela, Wade Guyton, Pati Hill, Merlin James, Justin Jaeckle, JGL, Greer Lankton, Douna Lim, Mark Melnicove, Paul Monroe, Adrian Morris, Théo Pesso, Lil Picard, Carlo Pittore, Bern Porter, Seth Price, Théo Robine-Langlois, Zoe Stillpass, Anne Turyn, Camille Vivier, Erika Vogt, Kelley Walker and Martin Wong 

    …. and especially reunited for the event

    Anne Turyn, NY-based artist and editor of Top Stories, a prose periodical (1978-1991, chapbook series including Pati Hill, Constance DeJong, Cookie Mueller, Kathy Acker, Lynne Tillman, Laurie Anderson, Mary Kelly) will present rare magazine issues and ephemera.

    + Silvianna Goldsmith’s filmed interview with Lil Picard (Lil Picard, 198, 16 mm transferred to digital, color, sound, 27’50’’) will be screened. 

    + Poems by Pati Hill, Bern Porter, Marion Scemama and Martin Wong.

    More on octopus notes here.

  6. LINEAGE: Julia Guez, Kate Thorpe, Eila Weaver
    Friday, November 1 - 7pm 

    LINEAGE is a seasonal event honoring the relationships that sustain artists. Poets’ concerns, processes, and creations intersect, inform, support and challenge each other. In this reading series, one selected reader invites a mentor and a mentee to read alongside them, illuminating this sometimes subtle, sometimes urgent, golden thread of artistic lineage.

    The fourth LINEAGE reading features Julia Guez, Kate Thorpe, and Eila Weaver.

    LINEAGE is organized by Emily Brandt for Wendy's Subway.

    - Readers -

    Julia Guez's essays, interviews, fiction, poetry and translations have appeared in POETRYThe GuardianBoston ReviewPEN Poetry SeriesBOMBThe Seattle Review and Hyperallergic. Her debut collection, In an Invisible Glass Case Which Is Also a Frame, was published from Four Way Books in September 2019. Guez has been awarded the Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize, a Fulbright Fellowship, and The John Frederick Nims Memorial Prize in Translation from The Poetry Foundation. For the last decade, Guez has worked with Teach For America; she’s currently the senior managing director of program implementation. She teaches creative writing at Rutgers and writes poetry reviews for Publishers Weekly. Guez lives in Brooklyn and online at www.juliaguez.net

    Kate Thorpe is currently pursuing her PhD at Princeton with a focus on eighteenth-century poetry. She is also completing a poetic manuscript about the transformation of post-industrial architecture through art in the Ruhrgebiet, Germany based on research conducted on a Fulbright Fellowship. Kate studied at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a Teagle Fellow at Wesleyan University. Her poems have appeared in American Letters & CommentaryCourt GreenVolt, and WSQ, among other literary journals.

    Eila Weaver is a copy chief at news website Law360. She is at work on a poetry manuscript exploring the ways we map ourselves onto the world, a novel about marginalized identities and the Weekly World News character Bat Boy, and a memoir about her fiancée's leukemia and one of the worst nuclear accidents in US history. Ella has been a chair's fellow at Columbia University's Writing Program and a National Merit scholar at the University of Florida.

    - Organizer - 

    Emily Brandt is the author of the forthcoming collection, Falsehood, and three chapbooks. She's a co-founding editor of No, Dear and an Instructional Coach at a NYC public school. 

    - Image Credit - 

    Ulla Puggaard and Erica Jewell

  7. Book Launch: Beige Pursuit by Sara Magenheimer
    Saturday, October 26, 6:30pm

    Offsite: Bureau Gallery
    178 Norfolk Street, New York, NY 10002

    Please join us to celebrate the release of Beige Pursuit by Sara Magenheimer, published by Wendy's Subway. 

    Sara will be joined by Constance DeJong, Rindon Johnson, Shiv Kotecha, and Jordan Strafer, to read from the book. 

    Writes Anselm Berrigan: "You can change your rhythm in order not to panic I learned from Beige Pursuit, a marvel of a book that fuses and transforms various overlapping wildernesses—that of the body subject to transformation, that of the anxiety of our current shared predicaments & the ways that anxiety is fueled to deaden response, & that of the imagination, prone to serious irreverent examination, having to constantly move within its own unfolding in words. X, pregnant, and our guide, is told by talking peonies describing the intimacy gradient that she can’t enter her own home, & so it goes—it being the ordinary blasted bureaucratic temperament of the present. A present Sara Magenheimer illuminates by amplifying and grounding its absurdities in the daily chaotic filters of refusal and admission."

    Beige Pursuit is the second title in the Document Series, an interdisciplinary publishing initiative that highlights work by time-based artists in printed form.

    More on Beige Pursuit here.

  8. Reading: Half a Truth Ago
    Harper Quinn, Christine Shan Shan Hou, Angela Veronica Wong
    Saturday, October 19th, 5:30 - 7pm

    Join us for readings by Harper Quinn, Christine Shan Shan Hou, and Angela Veronica Wong. 

    - Readers -

    Harper Quinn is the author of Coolth (Big Lucks Books, 2018), as well as two chapbooks, Thrownness (2019) and Unnaysayer (Flying Object 2013). She received her MFA from Cornell University in 2014, and her work has been supported by Literary Arts and the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Poems can be found in Gramma Daily, Gulf Coast, The Volta and Sixth Finch. She lives in Portland, OR where she works as the Program Director at the Independent Publishing Resource Center.

    Christine Shan Shan Hou
     is a poet and visual artist living in Brooklyn, NY. Publications include Community Garden for Lonely Girls (Gramma Poetry 2017), “I'm Sunlight” (The Song Cave 2016),  C O N C R E T E  S O U N D (2011) a collaborative artists’ book with artist Audra Wolowiec, and Accumulations (Publication Studio 2010). Additional poems and/or artwork recently appear in Foundry JournalNo, Dear MagazinePowder Keg Magazine, and Poetry Society of America, amongst others. She has received awards from The Key West Literary Seminar, The Flow Chart Foundation/The Academy for American Poets, and Naropa University. Christine teaches yoga in Brooklyn and poetry at Columbia University.

    Angela Veronica Wong is a writer, artist, and educator living in New York City. She is the author of two full-length books of poetry including ELSA: AN UNAUTHORIZED AUTOBIOGRAPHY (Black Radish). She has published several chapbooks, most recently ANIMAL SUICIDES (Sixth Finch). Her performance work has been featured in independent galleries in Buffalo, Toronto, and New York City. She is on the internet at http://www.angelaveronicawong.com and on Twitter at @avwusesherwords.

  9. Launch: KY by C. Klockner, with readings by Maya Martinez and Rin Kim
    Thursday, September 12, 7-9pm

    Join us for the launch of KY, a speculative archive that recounts a truly lubricated free market that occurred in the early 21st century. Klockner wrote this text in 2018. This is the first in the "all worlds series", a collection of queer sci-fi and speculatice fiction by C. Klockner and GenderFail.


    C. Klockner (b. 1991, Cleveland, OH) is an artist and writer currently working in Brooklyn, New York. They founded the critical platform Post-Office Arts Journal, co-directed Bb project space (Baltimore, MD), and currently direct the online project GHOST. Recent exhibitions include 891 n. main, Providence, RI; The Luminary, St. Louis, MO; Interstate Projects, Brooklyn, NY; and Towson University Gallery, Towson, MD.

    Maya Martinez fell to earth in 1995. Has since been accumulating debts and can be seen enjoying the spot light.

    Rin Kim born in 1997 in Watertown, New York; is a mutli-diciplinary chimera, demi, hydra, mutt, graphic designer, filmmaker, alchemist, performance artist, writer, and yong working around non-binary mythologies, ritual storytelling, and fantasy.  Their work is a hyperfocused movements of a particular upheaval, an ongoing irruption that re-arranges every assumption of the equivalence of subjectivity and identity. Call them: they / him / Rin / or nothing"ng the spot light.

    GenderFail is a publishing and programming initiative that seeks to encourage projects that foster an intersectional queer subjectivity. Their projects look at various forms of failure - from personal, public, and political perspectives - as a boundless form of creative potential. GenderFail is fueled by the messiness of collaboration, education, and community to continue to push our goals of failing forward. GenderFail has been apart of exhibitions, programs and events at MoMA PS1, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Williams College Museum of Art, The International Center of Photography, Wendy's Subway, Ulises Books, among others. GenderFail publications can be found in the library collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Center for Book Arts and many others.
  10. Launch of Dropout: Camilo Roldán with alex cuff and Ted Dodson
    Friday, July 12 - 7pm 

    Please join us for the launch of Camilo Roldán's Dropout (Ornithopter Press, 2019), featuring readings by Camilo, alex cuff, and Ted Dodson.
    - About Dropout -
    In 1971, Lee Lozano wrote, “IDENTITY CHANGES CONTINUOUSLY AS MULTIPLIED BY TIME. (IDENTITY IS A VECTOR.)” Dropout, Camilo Roldán's debut collection, challenges identity and authorship in poems that foreground intertextual relationships as a kind of interlingual liminality. A preoccupation with translation as authorship, and conversely, authorship as translation, wends its way through mistranslations, ekphrasis, mixtures of English and Spanish, collage poems, citations, glosses, and the ephemeral tracings of a reader's identity vector.
    - Readers -
    alex cuff is a writer and educator living in Brooklyn, NY. She’s a a co-founding editor of No, Dear magazine, a 2016 Poets House fellow, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and a graduate of the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College. Her chapbook FAMILYA NATURAL WONDER was published by Reality Beach in 2018.
    Ted Dodson is the author of At the National Monument / Always Today (Pioneer Works, 2016) and Pop! in Spring (Diez, 2013). He edits for BOMB and Futurepoem and is a former editor of The Poetry Project Newsletter.
    Camilo Roldán is a Colombian-American poet and translator born in Milwaukee, WI and currently living in Bogotá, Colombia. His poems and translations have appeared in various print and digital magazines in the US and Colombia. He is the translator of the chapbook Amilkar U., Nadaísta in Translation (These Signals Press, 2011), co-author of the chapbook ∆ [delta] with Douglas Piccinnini and Cynthia Gray (TPR Press, 2013), and author of the chapbook La Torre (Well Greased Press, 2015). His translation of Amílcar Osorio's Vana Stanza is forthcoming from Elis Press. Dropout is his first full-length book of poems.
  11. Launch: The Neckless Spokesperson of the Garden of Earthly Delights
    Thursday, July 11, 7pm 

    Join us for the launch of John DeWitt's The Neckless Spokesperson of the Garden of Earthly Delights, a book about how words become things and vice versa. With readings by John DeWitt, Corina Copp, and Jackie Wang.

    - Readers - 

    John DeWitt is author of Ends (Tipped Press, 2012), Visceral Apocrypha (Shit Valley, 2013) and The Neckless Spokesperson of the Garden of Earthly Delights (Face Press, 2019). He is doing doctoral research on the dark side of language at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris.

    Corina Copp is the translator of Chantal Akerman's My Mother Laughs (The Song Cave, 2019), and Night Lobby (e-flux, forthcoming); and the author of The Green Ray (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015) and the ongoing play, The Whole Tragedy of the Inability to Love (Artists Space, Home Alone 2, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC PRELUDE Festival, Dixon Place), among other performance-scripts and chapbooks. Her adaptation of Ivorian writer Werewere Liking’s ‘chant-roman’ (song-novel), It Shall Be of Jasper and Coral, appeared at Sector 2337 (Chicago) in 2017, directed by Josh Hoglund. Recent work can be found soon or now, unstaged, in Frieze, Millennium Film Journal, Film Comment, Film Quarterly, BOMBHyperallergic, and the anthology America: Films From Elsewhere (forthcoming, Shoestring Press, 2019). She is often living in Los Angeles, pursuing a doctorate at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.

    Jackie Wang is s a student of the dream state, black studies scholar, prison abolitionist, poet, filmmaker, multimedia artist, trauma monster, and PhD candidate at Harvard University in African and African American Studies. She is the author of Carceral Capitalism (Semiotext(e)), The Twitter Hive Mind is Dreaming (Robocup Press), a number of punk zines including On Being Hard Femme, and a collection of dream poems titled Tiny Spelunker of the Oneiro-Womb (Capricious). 

  12. Launch: this body/that lightning show 
    Monday, June 10 - 7pm 

    Please join us for the New York City launch of Elizabeth Gross's this body/that lightning show (The Word Works, 2019), featuring readings by Gross, Sophia Starmack, and Marina Blitshteyn. 

    - About this body/that lightning show -

    this body/that lightning show tracks a fragmentary narrative of displacement and return, beginning with the devastation of New Orleans in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. Punctuated by irresponsible translations of fragments of Sappho, the displacement that begins with the storm is echoed by other kinds of displacement and loss in the speaker's body and in her relationships to other people and places. 

    - Readers - 

    Elizabeth Gross is a poet/translator/teacher/artist in New Orleans. this body/that lightning show, her first poetry collection, was selected by Jericho Brown for the Hilary Tham Capital Collection of The Word Works Press and came out this spring. DEAR ESCAPE ARTIST, a chapbook in collaboration with artist Sara White, came out from Antenna in 2016.  She co-translated and produced a new adaptation of Euripides’ Bakkhai at the Marigny Opera House in 2015. She currently teaches interdisciplinary humanities at Tulane University and co-organizes The Waves Reading Series, showcasing the work of LGBTQIA+ writers since 2014. More about these projects, and links to online publications, at grosselectricworks.com

    Marina Blitshteyn is the author of Two Hunters, her first full-length collection, published by Argos Books this year with a CLMP Face-Out grant. Prior chapbooks include Russian for LoversNothing Personal$kill$ (read 'skills'), and most recently Sheet Music. She lives and works in NYC.

    Sophia Starmack's poetry and essays have appeared in Barrow StreetBest New PoetsThe Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. She is the author of the chapbook The Wild Rabbit.


    S. Erin Batiste, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, t'ai freedom ford
    Friday, June 7, 7-9pm 

    LINEAGE is a seasonal event honoring the relationships that sustain artists. Poets’ concerns, processes, and creations intersect, inform, support and challenge each other. In this reading series, one selected reader invites a mentor and a mentee to read alongside them, illuminating this sometimes subtle, sometimes urgent, golden thread of artistic lineage.

    The third LINEAGE reading features S. Erin Batiste, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, and t'ai freedom ford. 

    LINEAGE is organized by Emily Brandt for Wendy's Subway.


    - Readers - 

    S. Erin Batiste is the author of Glory to All Fleeting Things, winner of the inaugural Backbone Press Chapbook Competition. She is the 2019 Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Scholar in Poetry and her honors include fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Callaloo, Vermont Studio Center, SPACE on Ryder Farm, The Mastheads, Brooklyn Poets, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. In 2018 she was named a finalist for the Furious Flower Poetry Prize and The New Guard Knightville Poetry Contest, a semi-finalist for the 92Y Discovery Contest, and made the long lists for the Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize and Peach Mag Gold in Poetry. She is a reader for The Rumpus and her poems appear in wildness, Cosmonauts Avenue, Paper Darts, Peach Mag, and Puerto del Sol among decorated others.

    Cheryl Boyce-Taylor is a poet curator and workshop facilitator. A finalist for the 2018 Paterson Poetry Prize, and the judge for The Maureen Egan 2018 Poetry Prize. Cheryl is the author of four collections of poetry: Raw Air, Night When Moon Follows, Convincing the Body and Arrival. A VONA Fellow, her work has been published in: PoetryPrairie SchoonerPluckThe Mom Egg ReviewAdrienne, and Killens Review of Arts & Letters. Cheryl earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Stonecoast; The University of Southern Maine. She curates the Calypso Muse Reading Series.

    t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher and Cave Canem Fellow. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in The African American ReviewApogeeBomb MagazineCalyxDrunken BoatElectric LiteratureGulf CoastKweliTin HouseObsidianPoetry and others. Her work has also been featured in several anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color. Winner of the 2015 To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize, her first poetry collection, how to get over is available from Red Hen Press. Her second poetry collection, & more black, is from Augury Books. t’ai lives and loves in Brooklyn where she is an editor at No, Dear Magazine. 


    - Organizer - 

    Emily Brandt is the author of three chapbooks: Sleeptalk Or Not At AllManWorld, and Behind Teeth. Among other places, her poems have recently appeared in LitHubThe RecluseThe Wall Street JournalWashington Square Review, and the anthology Inheriting the War. She’s been in residence at Saltonstall Arts Colony and was a 2016 Emerging Poets Fellow at Poets House. Emily is a co-founding editor of No, Dear, Web Acquisitions Editor for VIDA, and an Instructional Coach at a NYC public school.


    This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

  14. Love Life Launch: Patty Gone, Jess Barbagallo, Sacha Yanow
    Wednesday, May 29, 7-9pm

    Please join us for the launch of Patty Gone's Love Life, published by Mount Analogue in 2019, featuring readings by Gone, Jess Barbagallo, and Sacha Yanow. 

    - About Love Life - 

    Love Life is a book-length essay about romance novels. An empathetic and comedic queering of genre literature, the book reveals important patterns and beliefs about love and gender via a correspondence with Danielle Steel, the best-selling American novelist of all time. 
    Buy Love Life here.

    - Readers - 

    Patty Gone makes art about popular things. They are the author of Love Life (Mount Analogue) and The Impersonators (Factory Hollow Press), and director of the ongoing video serial, Painted Dreams. They curate the art column "Off Brand Video" for The Believer. More at pattygone.com

    Jess Barbagallo is an actor, writer and teacher. He graduated from Cato-Meridian High School in 2001. During his tenure at Cato-Meridian he had the honor of playing roles including: Old Jewish Woman #4 in Funny Girl, Bonnie in Anything Goes and Mother in The Empress's New Clothes, a feminist take on the old classic. These days, he resides in Bushwick with his dog Bluet, who bears a strange resemblance to Dame Maggie Smith in certain light. His writing can be found at Artforum.com and on his computer.

    Sacha Yanow is a NYC-based performance artist and actor. Her work has been presented by venues including Danspace Project, Joe's Pub, and the New Museum in NYC; PICA’s TBA Festival/Cooley Gallery at Reed College in Portland, OR; Pieter in Los Angeles; The Lab in San Francisco; and Festival Theaterformen in Hanover, Germany. She has received residency support from Baryshnikov Arts Center, Center for Performance Research, Denniston Hill, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, SOMA Mexico City, and Yaddo. She is a member of the Dyke Division of Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf, and a graduate of the William Esper Studio Actor Training Program. www.sachayanow.com

  15. Introvert Think-In: A Long Table for Shy Radicals
    Wednesday, May 8 - 7pm 

    How do you navigate New York City as an introvert? What spaces in the city offer sanctuary for the quiet and awkward? How would you change the city and its representations in culture, film, and fiction to overturn extrovert-supremacy?

    Hamja Ahsan, author of Shy Radicals: Antisystemic Politics of the Militant Introvert invites you to participate in a Long Table discussion. The Long Table format, modeled on Lois Weaver's Public address systems, takes the format of an open evening dinner party where participants can join in, draw, sit back, and listen. Ahsan is joined by artist Tammy Nguyen and filmmaker Noa Ryan to give introductory and opening remarks. Discussion will follow. 


    Hamja Ahsan is an artist, writer, activist and curator based in London. He is the author of the book Shy Radicals: Antisystemic Politics of the Militant Introvert, and the founder and co-curator of the DIY Cultures festival of creative activism, zines and independent publishing since 2013. He was shortlisted for the Liberty Human Rights Award for Free Talha Ahsan campaign on extradition and detention without trial under the War on Terror. His recent writing was anthologized in No Colour Bar: Black Art in Action 1960-1990. He has presented art projects at New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1; Tate Modern; Gwangju Biennale; Shaanakht Festival, Pakistan; Shilpa Academy, Bangladesh; and Brown University. He is currently working on a project on the role of zines in the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, Britain’s largest police cover-up. He is a guest lecturer in art practice across universities in the UK and Continental Europe. His forthcoming exhibition will be in Slavs and Tartar's curated Ljubljana Biennial 2019.  

    Tammy Nguyen is a multimedia artist whose work spans painting, drawing, silkscreen and book making. Intersecting geopolitical realities with fiction, her practice addresses lesser-known histories through a blend of myth and visual narrative. She is the founder of Passenger Pigeon Press, an independent press that joins the work of scientists, journalists, creative writers, and artists to create politically nuanced and cross-disciplinary projects. Born in San Francisco, Nguyen received a BFA from Cooper Union in 2007. The year following, she received a Fulbright scholarship to study lacquer painting in Vietnam, where she remained and worked with a ceramics company for three years thereafter. Nguyen received an MFA from Yale in 2013 and was awarded the Van Lier Fellowship at Wave Hill in 2014. She has exhibited at the Rubin Museum, The Fine Arts Museum of Ho Chi Minh City and the Bronx Museum, among others. Her work is included in the collections of Yale University, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, MIT Library, the Walker Art Center Library, and the Museum of Modern Art Library.

    Noa Ryan is an emerging filmmaker, zine maker, and animator based in New York. She is collaborating with Hamja Ahsan on a special New York City edition zine of Shy Radicals, exploring introvert navigations of the city. She works at a film archive and collaborates on projects as a freelance filmmaker and writer.

  16. Launch: New Lyrics / Exchange Variation 
    Thursday, May 2 - 7pm 

    Please join us for the launch of two recent artists' books published by Wendy's Subway: New Lyrics by Alec Mapes-Frances and Exchange Variation by Adriana Ramić and Elizaveta Shneyderman. 

    New Lyrics is a collection of YouTube video stills. User-generated, software-based textual notation transcribes nonverbal, preverbal, or post-verbal intervals. "The lyric I”: pop lyric or lyric poem scripted by impersonal repetition (4x). Sighs, defaults, refrains, sound checks, customizable transitions. Emulation of desire.

    Exchange Variation is held in a wire rack inside an animal mascot convenience store. Bobby Fischer plays chess in Yugoslavia before and during its collapse. A missing encoded image of Josip Broz Tito was last seen in a furniture factory. 2,400 Belarusian Rubles can buy a reproduction of the 50-year old Крокодил Гена. “For the most long time your playmates could eggs from the other broken pigs from the puddle.” Here is an alphabet. Control of the e-file, and its corresponding outposts supported by the d-pawns (e5 for White, e4 for Black) is paramount. Anyhow, is there a name for this opening and how should Black continue? 

    Alec Mapes-Frances lives in New York and works as a writer, researcher, and independent graphic designer. His writing has appeared in BOMB Magazine, Journal of Art Criticism, Organism for Poetic Research, and elsewhere. 

    Adriana Ramić is an artist based in New York. She has had one and two person exhibitions at Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-HudsonKimberly-Klark, New York, and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdamand exhibited at Kunsthalle Wien, ViennaModerna Museet, StockholmNew Galerie, ParisLUMA, Westbau, Zürich,Kunstpalais, Erlangen, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroitamong others. Her work has been covered in publications such as Artforum, Flash Art, the New York Times, Rhizome, SFMOMA Open Space, and Wired, and she has spoken at Signal Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö; American Medium, New York, home school, Portland, Yale School of Art, New Haven, and University of the Arts, Helsinki.

    Elizaveta Shneyderman is a writer and curator based in New York. Her writing has appeared in ArtforumBOMB MagazineThe Brooklyn Rail, and Rhizome, among others. She has curated exhibitions at White Columns Online, CCS Bard, Hunter East Harlem Gallery, Fastnet, and Mana Contemporary as part of Rail Curatorial Projects. She is Co-Founder and Editor of Natasha, a magazine of new nonfiction writing. 

  17. The starting point of infinity is always at the center
    A group reading of Etel Adnan's poetry
    Sunday, April 7 - 5:30-7pm

    Join a group of translators, writers, and close readers of Etel Adnan's work for a reading a selected writing by Adnan, a profound, sensitive and socially-conscious poet, philosopher, painter, essayist, and mystic of our time. This reading concludes a two-day closed salon and intimate discussion of Etel Adnan's work and legacy, organized by Alisha Mascarenhas in partnership with Litmus Press, home to The Post-Apollo Press and publisher of many of Etel Adnan’s books. 

    Reception to follow. 

    This event is organized as part of Cross-Pollination: An Interdisciplinary Reading Series sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

    Image: Sam Gary

  18. Ghostbot Launch
    Friday, April 5 - 7pm

    Join us for the launch of Ghostbot by Anjali Khosla, published by Nor By Press and Wendy's Subway. Khosla is joined with readings by PeterBD and Emily Toder.

    Ghostbot’'s lovelorn haikus examine the tenderness of human loss and isolation through the familiar, aloof voice of omniscient, omnipresent automation. At times hilarious, but by and large devastating, this small collection wonderfully warps the sense of sensation itself, rendering grief through the chilly lens of a machine whose obedient and astute observation rings too true, inadvertently becoming the ultimate salute to the most profound of human feelings. Ghostbot is a remarkable and able study of the phenomenon of human pain and thought, as rendered by the chilly voice of a creation made to simulate its maker, while utterly defying its likeness. —Emily Toder

    Purchase Ghostbot here.

    Visit the Bot online here.

    - Bios - 

    Anjali Khosla is a Brooklyn-based journalist whose poetry and fiction has been published in Tarpaulin SkyJukedGlitterPony, and other publications. Broadsides of her poems have been printed by Broadsided Press and the Massachusetts Center For Renaissance Studies. Now she is working on a novel.

    PeterBD is a writer on the internet and author of the book milk & henny.

    Emily Toder is a poet, translator, archivist, cross-stitcher, and letterpress printer. Her latest poetry collection, Waste, will be released shortly from BlazeVOX Books. Past publications include Beachy Head and Science(Coconut Books) and the chapbooks It's Not Over Yet (If a Leaf Falls Press), No Land (Brave Men Press), I Hear a Boat (Duets Books), and Brushes With (Tarpaulin Sky Press). She lives here in Brooklyn and works at the Transit Museum.

    Andriniki Mattis, Sara Jane Stoner, Wayne Koestenbaum
    Thursday, April 4 - 7pm 

    LINEAGE is a seasonal event honoring the relationships that sustain artists. Poets’ concerns, processes, and creations intersect, inform, support and challenge each other. In this reading series, one selected reader invites a mentor and a mentee to read alongside them, illuminating this sometimes subtle, sometimes urgent, golden thread of artistic lineage.
    The second LINEAGE reading features Wayne Koestenbaum, Sara Jane Stoner, and Andriniki Mattis.
    LINEAGE is organized by Emily Brandt for Wendy's Subway.

    - Readers -

    Andriniki Mattis is a non-binary poet, who has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Poets House and The Poetry Project. They earned an M.A in Creative Writing and Education, from Goldsmiths University of London, and a B.A in Political and Poetic Resistance, from Brooklyn College. Their work has appeared in NepantlaCortland ReviewPaperbag JournalPariah's AnthologyTypo Mag, THEM journal, and elsewhere. Andriniki is from and currently living in Brooklyn. Their updates can be found at andriniki.com.

    Sara Jane Stoner is the author of Experience in the Medium of Destruction (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2015), nominated for a Lambda Award in poetry, and the chapbook Grief Hour (Black Warrior Review, 43.2, Spring/Summer 2017); other writing can be found in VIDA ("Failing at Subjects"), the RecluseLa Vague, and Fence, but more often at live readings. She holds an MFA from Indiana University, and is a PhD candidate in English at CUNY Graduate Center. She has taught workshops at Poet's House and Wendy's Subway, as well as classes at Cooper Union, Pratt Institute, the CUNYs, Bard Microcollege Holyoke, and the New England Literature Program through the University of Michigan. From 2014-2017, she served as the Reviews Editor for the Poetry Project Newsletter.

    Wayne Koestenbaum—poet, critic, artist, performer—has published nineteen books, including Notes on GlazeThe Pink Trance Notebooks, My 1980s & Other EssaysHotel TheoryBest-Selling Jewish Porn FilmsAndy WarholHumiliationJackie Under My Skin, and The Queen’s Throat (a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist). His newest book of poetry, Camp Marmalade, was published in 2018. He has exhibited his paintings in solo shows at White Columns (New York), 356 Mission (L.A.), and the University of Kentucky Art Museum. His first piano/vocal record, Lounge Act, was released by Ugly Duckling Presse Records in 2017; he has given musical performances at The Kitchen, REDCAT, Centre Pompidou, The Walker Art Center, The Artist’s Institute, and the Renaissance Society. He is a Distinguished Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and French at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.

    - Organizer -

    Emily Brandt is the author of three chapbooks: Sleeptalk Or Not At AllManWorld, and Behind Teeth. Among other places, her poems have recently appeared in LitHubThe RecluseThe Wall Street JournalWashington Square Review, and the anthology Inheriting the War. She’s been in residence at Saltonstall Arts Colony and was a 2016 Emerging Poets Fellow at Poets House. Emily is a co-founding editor of No, Dear, Web Acquisitions Editor for VIDA, and an Instructional Coach at a NYC public school.

    This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
    Erica Hunt, r. erica doyle, Elisabet Velasquez
    Saturday, March 9 - 7pm

    LINEAGE is a seasonal event honoring the relationships that sustain artists. Poets’ concerns, processes, and creations intersect, inform, support and challenge each other. In this reading series, one selected reader invites a mentor and a mentee to read alongside them, illuminating this sometimes subtle, sometimes urgent, golden thread of artistic lineage. 

    The inaugural LINEAGE reading features Erica Hunt, r. erica doyle, Elisabet Velasquez. 

    LINEAGE is organized by Emily Brandt for Wendy's Subway.


    Erica Hunt is a poet, essayist, and author of V SuiteLocal History and ArcadePiece Logic, Time Flies Right Before the Eyes and A Day and Its Approximates. Her poems and non-fiction have appeared in BOMB, Boundary 2Brooklyn Rail, ConjunctionsThe Los Angeles Review of BooksPoetics JournalTripwireFENCEHamboneIn the American Tree and Conjunctions. Essays on poetics, feminism, and politics have been collected in Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women and The Politics of Poetic FormThe World, and other anthologies. With poet and scholar Dawn Lundy Martin, Hunt is co-editor of the 2018 anthology Letters to the Future, Black Women/Radical Writing from Kore Press. Hunt has received awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, the Fund for Poetry, and the Djerassi Foundation and is a past fellow of Duke University/University of Capetown Program in Public Policy. Currently, Hunt is the Parsons Family Professor of Creative Writing at Long Island University in downtown Brooklyn.

    r. erica doyle was born in Brooklyn to Trinidadian immigrant parents. Her debut collection, proxy (Belladonna* Books, 2013), won the 2014 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America and was a Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Poetry. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry,  Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, and Voices Rising: Celebrating 20 Years of Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Writing. Her poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and reviews appear in various journals, including PloughsharesCallaloo, Apogee and Sinister Wisdom. She has received grants and awards from the Hurston/Wright Foundation, the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund, and she was a New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow. Erica is also a fellow of Cave Canem: A Workshop and Retreat for Black Writers. In addition, she has read her work at the Kennedy Center, the National Black Arts Festival, Joe’s Pub, the Nuyorican, the Calabash International Literary Festival in Jamaica, WI and various colleges and universities. Erica received her MFA in Poetry from The New School, and lives in New York City, where she is an administrator in the NYC public schools, teaches creative writing to adults, has been a Poets House and St Marks Poetry Project mentor.

    Elisabet Velasquez is a Boricua writer from Bushwick, Brooklyn. Her work has been published by NBC, WeAreMiTu, AJ+. She is the 2017 Button Poetry Video Prize Winner. She is a VONA Alum, and a 2017 Poets House Fellow. She is the author of the chapbook PTSD. 


    This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

  21. Erizo 2: A Journal of the Arts Launch
    Friday, February 15 - 7pm

    Please join us for a reading celebrating the publication of the second issue of Erizo, a bilingual journal of poetry and visual art based between New York and Mexico City. Erizo 2 contributors Antonio Ochoa and Peter Gizzi will read their work in the original language. 

    In addition, Ochoa will read from Javier Taboada's Spanish translations of Gizzi's work, and Siobhan Landry will read from Kit Schluter's English translations of Ochoa's work. Visual art from the issue will accompany the reading.

    Antonio Ochoa was born in Mexico City. He has published the poetry collections pulsos (Librtos del Umbral) and El toro de Hiroshima (Mangos de Hacha).

    Peter Gizzi is the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently, Archeophonics (finalist for the 2016 National Book Award), In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems 1987-2011, and Threshold Songs. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award, a Howard Foundation Grant, and the Judith E. Wilson Visiting Fellowship in Poetry at Cambridge University. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

    Erizo is edited by siblings Nika and Aron Chilewich. 


    Únase a nosotrxs para una lectura que celebra la publicación del segundo número de Erizo, una revista bilingüe de poesía y arte visual basada entre Nueva York y la Ciudad de México. Los colaboradores de Erizo 2, Antonio Ochoa y Peter Gizzi, leerán su trabajo en su idioma original.

    Además, Ochoa leerá las traducciones en español de Javier Taboada y de la obra de Gizzi, y Siobhan Landry leerá las traducciones en inglés de la obra de Ochoa hechas por Kit Schluter. Arte visual del número acompañará la lectura.

    Antonio Ochoa nació en la Ciudad de México. Ha publicado los libros de poemas pulsos (Libros del Umbral) y El toro de Hiroshima (Mangos de Hacha).

    Peter Gizzi es el autor de siete colecciones de poesía, más recientemente, Archeophonics (finalista del National Book Award 2016), In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems 1987-2011 y Threshold Songs. Sus condecoraciones incluyen un Guggenheim Fellowship, un premio de la Fundación para las Artes Contemporáneas, una Howard Foundation Grant y la Judith E. Wilson Visiting Fellowship in Poetry en la Universidad de Cambridge. Él enseña en la Universidad de Massachusetts, Amherst.

    Erizo es editado por los hermanos Nika y Aron Chilewich.

  22. QuickBooks
    Fortune Tellers by Emily King
    Thursday, January 31 - 7pm (Reading at 7:30pm)

    Please join us for a reading of Fortune Tellers by Emily King, published by QuickBooks. The piece follows two women who see the future in an alternate reality. Emily's story will be available for all event attendees for free, as a 1 color, 11 x 17 inch, double-sided and folded Risograph print.

    QuickBooks is an independent publishing project that brings light to short pieces of writing. Works are created quarterly by different authors and printed quickly with minimal to no publishing cost. More at http://quick-books.biz/

    Emily King is a writer and archivist who lives in Brooklyn, New York.

  23. Heart of the Matter Reading
    Friday, January 18 - 7pm 

    Please join us for a reading featuring participants in this past fall’s workshop The Heart of the Matter: A Workshop for Writings in Progress, facilitated by Jackie Clark. Readers include Ivanna Baranova, Natalie Casagran Lopez, Kristen Chiucarello, Jackie Clark, Alex Crowley, Phillip Griffith, Emily Martin, Ali Power.


    Ivanna Baranova is a Brooklyn-based poet. Her work has appeared in Blue Mesa Review, SAD Mag, Montreal Review of Books, glitterMOB, Poetry Is Dead, Prism international, Peach Mag, and elsewhere. Her debut poetry collection confirmation bias is forthcoming from Metatron Press in 2019.  

    Natalie Casagran Lopez is a Queens-based artist and writer. She has performed nationally as a member of the performance group, wetwinkie, and is currently working on her first collection of poetry. Her writing has been featured in Fanzine and Silo. Find her online at nataliecasagranlopez.com.

    Kristen Chiucarello is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, NY. She creates things for Ace Hotel and oversees small details for Susie Magazine. Rough edits of her prose can always be found sporadically tossed up on ayearinreverse.com.

    Jackie Clark is the author of Aphoria (Brooklyn Arts Press) and the chapbooks Office Work (Greying Ghost), I Live Here Now (Lame House Press), Sympathetic Nervous System (Bloof Books), and most recently Depression Parts (dancing girl press). Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in FenceThe Brooklyn RailThe Tiny, and the anthology Ritual and Capital co-published by Wendy’s Subway and Bard Graduate Center. She can be found online at nohelpforthat.com.

    Alex Crowley is a writer, editor, and community organizer based in Queens. He has received a Vermont Studio Center fellowship and was awarded the inaugural Paul Violi Memorial Prize from the New School. The author of the chapbook Improper Maps (The Operating System), his poems and reviews have appeared in No DearPhantomForklift OhioDIAGRAMHandsomeTLR, and elsewhere. 

    Phillip Griffith is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor. His poems and art writing have appeared in The Equalizer, Third SeriesHyperallergicThe Brooklyn RailPreludeFlag+Void, and elsewhere. More on his work can be found online at phillipgriffith.net.

    Emily Martin is a writer and a teacher from Brooklyn. Her work has been included in DataBleedOmniVerseThe ReclusePreludeThe Denver QuarterlyTarpaulin Sky, and The Iowa Review. She performs sometimes with Derek Baron and their band is called Permanent Six Flags.

    Ali Power is a poet and psychotherapist. She is the author of A Poem for Record Keepers (Argos Books, 2016) and the chapbook The Lawn is a Social Construction (Sixth Finch Books, 2018). 

    Image: Ellie Ga, Remainder, 2010. Courtesy the artist and Bureau, New York.

  24. Let’s Start Over
    Sunday, January 13 - 3pm 

    Fel Santos & Listening Center
    Bank of Forever
    ray ferreira
    Howard Huang
    Emmy Catedral

    Maybe the Sweet Honey Pours is a collaboration borne of Paolo Javier and Listening Center (David Mason’s) love of the tape loop. It also marks their debut recording as the band Fel Santos, named in honor of the Pilipinx American sound poet who’s been their muse throughout much of their collaborative work the past decade. Wendy’s Subway will host the NYC launch for both the chapbook (Nion Editions) and cassette (Temporary Tapes) of Maybe the Sweet Honey Pours on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at 3 pm.

    “‘Beginning An Expedition’ & ‘Timestream’ are essentially early Listening Center tracks transferred from a wavering four track cassette recorder; ‘From An Unknown Source’ is just that, it was found on a tape one day—I have no recollection of making it or where it originated.” —Listening Center on the B-Side tracks of Maybe the Sweet Honey Pours

    “The poem/libretto is made up of discrete short poems sequenced to resemble parts of a long poem composed during a single train ride from NYC to Toronto one midwinter day. I was moved to write it in early 2016, after hearing an unforgettable Listening Center tape loop that resonated with me emotionally, and the form of the poem/libretto evolved in-studio and during live performances over the next year and half.” —Paolo Javier

    Fel Santos/Listening Center will be joined by Bank of Forever, the instrumental, electronic project of Collin Ruffino who has recently released Music for Navigating with Temporary Tapes, and friends, the musician Howard Huang, and artists ray ferreira and Emmy Catedral.

    Temporary Tapes is a limited edition electronic music cassette label and home for all things analogue, doubtful and ferric.

    Founded in 2016 by Jane Gregory, Lyn Hejinian, and Claire Marie Stancek, Nion Editions publishes three titles per year, with special interest in chapbooks and uncategorizable forms.

    Image: Super 8 film still courtesy David Mason

  25. Reading: Hayden Bennett, Claire Donato, hannah_g, Eugene Lim
    Friday, December 14 - 7pm 

    Please join us for a reading with Claire Donato, hannah_g, and Eugene Lim.

    Hayden Bennett is the Deputy Editor of The Believer. His work and criticism have appeared in BOMB, The San Francisco Chronicle, The LA Review of Books, Art in America, and elsewhere. He lives in New York City.

    Claire Donato is the author of two books: Burial (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2013), a not-novel, and The Second Body (Poor Claudia, 2016; Tarpaulin Sky, forthcoming 2019), a collection of poems. Recent writing has appeared or is forthcoming in TerritoryDIAGRAMBennington Review, BOMB, Fanzine, and The Elephants. She teaches poetics and advises theses in the Writing Program at Pratt Institute, and serves as a Mentor for the PEN Prison Writing Project. 

    hannah_g is a writer, artist, and community radio producer. Her work is informed by queer echo-locating, contemporary art, and recollection. She is currently working on an experimental art writing project called Critical Fictions which is generously funded by Canada Council for the Arts. She has exhibited, performed, and given readings in Canada, Vienna, Romania, England, & Belgium. Her projects can be seen at hannah-g.com and @MonkeySparrow on Instagram.

    hannah is taking a sabbatical from being the Director of the Artist-Run Centre, aceartinc. and the editor of the gallery's in-house annual publication, PaperWait. Here she co-founded Flux Gallery, The Cartae Open School, and the gallery's first Indigenous Curatorial Residency. hannah_g lives and works in Winnipeg, Treaty One Territory, Canada.

    Eugene Lim is the author of the novels Fog & Car (Ellipsis Press, 2008), The Strangers (Black Square Editions, 2013) and Dear Cyborgs (FSG, 2017). He works as a high school librarian, runs Ellipsis Press, and lives in Queens, NY.

  26. Tender Table: Alina Gregorian, Precious Okoyomon, Stacey Tran
    Saturday, December 1 - 6pm 

    RSVP here.

    Tender Table seeks out stories about traditions with food, the restaurant industry, food’s impact on the body and body image, and everything in between our sweet, savory, sour, bitter relationships to food.

    Tender Table is a storytelling platform for women of color (queer, trans, cis) and gender-nonbinary black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) to share narratives about food and its connections to identity, memory, and community. Through food, we connect with our culture, and at times it is through food that we share our culture with others.

    Join us for the first Tender Table event in Brooklyn, NY with stories and food by:

    Alina Gregorian
    Precious Okoyomon
    Stacey Tran

    At Tender Table, all are welcome — expect to be immersed in stories, and sample delicious food prepared by the speakers.

    $5-10 suggested donation at the door on the day of the event. Tender Table provides compensation to all presenters and contributors we work with for their time and labor — thank you in advance for your donations. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

    More on Tender Table here.

  27. Launch: Mariana Valencia, ALBUM, with Emma Hedditch and Jordan Lord
    Sunday, November 18 - 5pm

    Please join us to celebrate the release of Mariana Valencia's ALBUM, the first title in Wendy's Subway's Document Series, which highlights the work of performance- and dance-makers in printed form. Valencia is joined by Emma Hedditch and Jordan Lord for readings and performances.
    Mariana Valencia’s solo performance ALBUM assembles song, text, and dance into a multifaceted album that draws from choreographic methodology, personal narrative, herstorical and intergenerational kinship, and popular culture. ALBUM expands on Valencia’s performance to include her spoken script in its entirety alongside choreographic descriptions and new annotations, original song lyrics, diagrams, drawings, and visual representation. Navigating childhood memory, mourning, framily, and vampires through factual, humorous, and grave observations, Valencia archives and performs a self herstory as an album in image and song.
    Emma Hedditch (b.1972, U.K) is an artist living in New York. Emma has published texts in AfterallMute Magazine and Art Monthly, and contributed to the books Rereading Appropriation and Anarchic sexual desires of plain unmarried schoolteachers. Emma's self-published work includes A Political Feeling, I Hope SoComing To Have A Public Life, Is It Worth It? and an ebook of performance scripts I Don't Want You To Work As Me, I Want You To Work For Me. Emma has been part of collective work with Cinenova, a feminist film and video distributor (1999–present), The Copenhagen Free University (2001–2008), No Total, a site for performance (2012–present) and Coop Fund, an experimental funding platform (2018). Emma has participated in exhibitions including Finesse, curated by Leah Pires at The Wallach Art Gallery, New York (2017), Claim a hand in the field that makes this form foam (2014), at Outpost Gallery, Norwich, U.K and Other Romances, curated by Em Rooney at Rachel Uffner, New York (2017).
    Jordan Lord is a filmmaker, writer, and artist, working primarily in video, text, and performance. Their work is concerned with the relationship between framing and support, historical and emotional debts, documentary and description. They have been in study with Emma Hedditch and Mariana Valencia since 2012, as part of the group No Total. Jordan is currently working on an MFA in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College.
    Mariana Valencia is a dance artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been presented at Danspace Project, Roulette, the Center for Performance Research, The New Museum, The Women and Performance Journal, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and AUNTS. Internationally, her work has been presented in Serbia and Macedonia. As a performer, Valencia has worked with Lydia Okrent, Jules Gimbrone, Elizabeth Orr, Kate Brandt, AK Burns, Em Rooney, robbinschilds, Kim Brandt, Fia Backstrom and MPA. Valencia is a Bessie Award recipient for Outstanding Breakthrough Choreographer (2018), a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award to Artists grant recipient (2018), a Jerome Travel and Study Grant fellow (2014-15), a Yellow House Fund of the Tides Foundation grant recipient (2010-13) and a Movement Research GPS/Global Practice Sharing artist (2016/17). She is a founding member of the No Total reading group (2012-2015) and she has been the co-editor of Movement Research’s Critical Correspondence (2016-17). Valencia has held residencies at Chez Bushwick (2013), New York Live Arts Studio Series (2013-14), ISSUE Project Room (2015), Brooklyn Arts Exchange (2016-18) and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (2018). Valencia holds a BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA (2006) with a concentration in dance and ethnography.
    Image description: A two-page spread from a book. Dancer Mariana Valencia appears on both pages; her figure is printed directly onto the pink background of the pages. She has short hair and wears sunglasses, a white shirt, and jeans. On one side, she raises one foot behind her as well as her opposite hand, while her other foot is planted and her hand flares out. On the other side, she faces down and holds one arm in front of her chest with the other behind her. One of her legs is bent like she's about to move forward. Photographs of Mariana Valencia by Alex Escalante.
  28. Homecoming: Lambda Literary Reunion Reading
    Miriam Bazeed, Catherine Chen, Ludmila Leiva, Michael Shayan, Ry Szelong
    Sunday, September 30 - 7pm

    The Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices was established in 2007 and is the first of its kind ever offered to LGBTQ writers: it provides a one-week intensive immersion in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, genre fiction and playwriting. Please join us for readings by five New York-based writers of color and recent Retreat participants, who bring their electic mix of work and energy to Wendy’s Subway: Mariam Bazeed, Catherine Chen, Ludmila Leiva, Michael Shayan, and Ry Szelong.
    Mariam Bazeed is an Egyptian immigrant living in a rent-stabilized apartment in Brooklyn. They have an MFA in Fiction from Hunter College. In addition to being an alliteration-leaning writer of prose, poetry, plays, and personal essays, Mariam is a performance artist and singer. They are a current fellow at the Center for Fiction, and were awarded fellowships from the Asian American Writers Workshop, the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU, and Lambda Literary. Mariam's first play, Peace Camp Org, a queer anti-Zionist musical comedy about summer camp, was staged at La Mama Theater, NYC (2017); the Arcola Theatre, London (2018); and the Wild Project, NYC (2018); and will be published in an anthology by Oberon Books, UK, in 2019. Mariam has been awarded artist residencies at Hedgebrook, the Marble House Project, and the Millay colony. When not writing, Mariam runs a monthly world-music salon, and is a slow student of Arabic music.

    Catherine Chen is the author of the chapbook Manifesto, or: Hysteria (Big Lucks), forthcoming June 2019. Their work has appeared in SlateHobart, Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Mask Magazine, among others. A cast member of the Poetry Brothel, they are currently at work on their first full-length collection of poems.

    Ludmila Leiva is a queer, mixed Latinx writer and illustrator based in Brooklyn. Through her writing and art, she explores diasporic identity as it intersects with gender, trauma, and sexuality. Her written and visual works have previously appeared in WiredLit HubSlateBroadly, and more. She is currently working on her first book.

    Michael Shayan is an Iranian-American Jewish playwright based in New York. His work has recently been presented & developed at La MaMa (dir. John Michael DiResta), The Lark (dir. Lisa Rothe), Dixon Place’s queer HOT! Festival (dir. Ellie Heyman), and Lambda Literary as part of the 2017 Playwriting Fellowship. He studied playwriting at Harvard, where he worked with mentors Sam Marks, Liz Duffy Adams and Robert Scanlan. He was the youngest elected Board Member at the queer New Conservatory Theater Center in San Francisco, and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.

    Ry Szelong is a playwright/performer/director originally from the Bay Area, CA. He’s a 2018 Fellow with University Settlement’s Performance Project and a SPACE @ Ryder Farm Greenhouse Residency Finalist. His own work has been presented at Nuyoricans Poets Cafe, INTAR’s Steep Salons, Triskelion Arts, Ars Nova ANT Fest, Dixon Place HOT Festival, and on Governor’s Island as a 2017 Public Works Department Resident Artist. BFA from NYU Tisch: Playwrights Horizons Theater School, where he is an alumni TA and mentor.

    Lambda Literary nurtures and advocates for LGBTQ writers, elevating the impact of their words to create community, preserve our legacies, and affirm the value of our stories and our lives.


  29. SHY RADICALS: Reading and Discussion with Hamja Ahsan and Aviva Stahl
    Tuesday, September 25 - 7pm

    Please join us for an evening with Hamja Ahsan, author of Shy Radicals: The Antisystemic Politics of the Militant Introvert (Book Works, 2017). A reading from the book will be followed by a conversation with journalist Aviva Stahl.

    Drawing together communiqués, covert interviews, oral and underground history of introvert struggles (Introfada), Shy Radicals presents, for the first time, detailed documentation of the political demands of shy people.

    Hamja Ahsan is an artist, activist, curator and writer based in London. His practice encompasses conceptual writing, archives, performance, video, sound and zines. He has presented art projects at Tate Modern, Gwangju Biennale, Guild Gallery New York, Shanakht Festival Pakistan and Shlipakala Academy, Bangladesh. He is a campaigner for prisoners, human rights and civil liberties, and was shortlisted for a Liberty Human Rights Award. He co-founded DIY Cultures Festival, the UK's largest festival of zines and activism, which began as an annual event in 2013. His debut book is titled Shy Radicals: The Antisystemic Politics of the Militant Introvert. His recent writing features in the catalogue of 'No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960–1990’, and he is currently working on a project about the role of fanzines in the Hillsborough Justice Campaign. He has been invited to speak in The Classroom program of the 2018 New York Art Book Fair, at MoMA PS1.

    Aviva Stahl is a Brooklyn-based investigative reporter who writes about prisons, immigration detention and national security, with a particular focus on how these issues intersect with transphobia and Islamophobia. She's been published in a wide range of outlets including the Guardian, Harper's, the Intercept, the Nation, the Village Voice and many others. You can follow her work @stahlidarity.

  30. Launch for SUE IN BERLIN by Carla Harryman
    With Marcella Durand
    Saturday, September 22 - 7pm 

    Please join us for a reading to launch Carla Harryman's new book, SUE IN BERLIN (Presses Universitaires de Rouen, 2017), featuring Harryman and Marcella Durand.

    SUE IN BERLIN is a collection of six genre blending pieces of poetry and performance that are informed in varying degree by musical, verbal, and physical improvisation. Composed between 2001 and 2015, each of the works are written for both the page and for live performance and are, what Harryman calls "recalcitrant texts," meant to perform their own object status "as both linked to and separate from the live performance of its language." Deeply collaborative, the pieces in SUE IN BERLIN are born from Harryman's improvisational work with both performers and musicians, while they touch on topics that span from childhood and gender, to race and the social construction of space, to Detroit Techno and noise music. Works in the collection have been performed nationally and internationally: in San Francisco, Detroit, New York, Chicago, Austria, Germany, France, and the Czech Republic. Never settling between poetry and theater, Sue In Berlin resists genre to create a material sense of constant motion and morphing identities, heightening our attentions and sensitivities as readers to that of listeners: to the chorus that emerges — ruptures, rather — as text, as process, as narrative insistently folding back into itself. 

    Marcella Durand's recent publications include Rays of the Shadow (Tent Editions, 2017) and Le Jardin de M. (The Garden of M.), with French translations by Olivier Brossard (joca seria, 2016). Other books include a collaboration with Tina Darragh, Deep Eco Pré (Little Red Leaves); AREA (Belladonna); and Traffic & Weather (Futurepoem), written during a residency at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She lives in New York City, where she is working on two long pieces: Mirror Lines, a piece for two mostly opposed yet sometimes resonant voices, and The Prospect, which wonders what our prospect(s) for continuing inhabitance might be. She has also recently completed her many-years-in-the-making translation of Michèle Métail's book-length poem, Earth's Horizons/Les Horizons du sol, excerpts of which have appeared/will be appearing in SeedingsThe River Rail and Asymptote.

    Carla Harryman is a poet, prose writer, playwright and performance writer. Recently published works include a collection of genre blending works of poetry and performance Sue in Berlin and Sue á Berlin (PURH, 2018), a poets theater play L'impromptu de Hannah/Hannah Cut In (joca seria, 2018), and Artifact of Hope (Ordinance Series, Kenning Editions, 2018), an epistolary essay combined with the documentary remains of a post-Occupy project. Her works for performance have been presented nationally and internationally. Open Box, a CD of text and music experiments done in collaboration with Jon Raskin was released on the Tzadik label in 2012. In addition to twenty volumes of single authored work, she has two edited volumes: Non/Narrative, a special issue of Journal of Narrative Theory and Lust for Life: The Writings of Kathy Acker, co-edited with Avital Ronell and Amy Scholder. She is a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Eastern Michigan University and serves on the MFA faculty of Bard College.

  31. Launch Take Shape no. 2: Commute! 
    Friday, August 31 - 7pm

    At a time when most cities’ public transportation systems are barely scraping by, billionaires are whimsically proposing hyperloops and space travel. The second issue of Take Shape examines that disconnect, and the ways in which transportation can be improved outside of the model of entrepreneurial investment, through community-driven planning and increased state funding.

    To celebrate the release, Take Shape contributors Luiza Dale and Kyle Chayka will be joined in conversation by artist Nora Rodriguez and transit activist Charles Komanoff to talk about how design affects movement through the landscape, especially in New York City. We will also have a curated library of books on the intersection of movement and power available for perusal, courtesy of Wendy’s Subway Publications Fellow Corinne Butta. The event will begin with a panel discussion and audience Q&A, followed by refreshments and the opportunity to purchase the issue and browse the library.

    About the panelists:

    Luiza Dale is an independent graphic designer based in Brooklyn. She works with clients to create websites and publications, and she designs the magazine CLOG. 

    Kyle Chayka is a writer living in Brooklyn. His book on minimalism is forthcoming from Bloomsbury Publishing.

    Nora Rodriguez is a media educator and artist. She currently works on interpretive media at the Jewish Museum in New York. Nora is excited by media education because of its particular potential to draw a direct line between active, creative learning and active, creative citizenship.

    Charles Komanoff is an environmental activist and policy analyst who has been a force in sustainable energy and transport for over 40 years. His books include Power Plant Cost EscalationKilled By Automobile, and The Bicycle Blueprint. Charles is a co-founder of the pedestrian rights group Right of Way, which uses artistic direct action to highlight and rectify the usurpation of our streets by automobiles and to assert the public right of way and turn the streets into vibrant public space for all.

    About the magazine:

    Take Shape is a matte ship charting the waters of architectural, legal, and political thinking, lifted by those spaces and ideas where distinctions blur. We are its crew, a group of editors circumnavigating the margins, seeking to define questions more than to provide answers. From this vantage point, we aim to imagine and fortify change without relying on a fleeting news cycle or the whims of advertisers. 

  32. Launch and Reading with 3 Hole Press: Will Arbery and Daaimah Mubashshir
    Sunday, July 1 - 3-5pm 

    Please join us to celebrate the publication of Wheelchair by Will Arbery and The Immeasurable Want of Light by Daaimah Mubashshir. Short dramatic readings to be followed by refreshments. 

    About Wheelchair

    Wheelchair is a beautiful play—surprising at every turn—balancing gentle humor, downright hysteria and genuine pathos.
    —David Greenspan

    Riddled with anxiety and self-doubt, the people—and even objects—in Wheelchair battle their grim circumstances with whatever tools they can muster. However, their words are imbued with such humor, strangeness, and life that we are left invigorated rather than depressed by each encounter. Arbery is one of the most exciting young playwrights of his generation.
    —Young Jean Lee

    Will Arbery is a playwright performer filmmaker from Texas Wyoming. His play PLANO premiered at Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks in June 2018. He’s currently under commission from Playwrights Horizons. His plays have been developed at Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons, Ojai Playwrights Conference, New Neighborhood, The New Group, EST/Youngblood, The Bushwick Starr, Alliance/Kendeda, White Heron, 100W Corsicana, Two Headed Rep, and Tofte Lake Center. He’s a member of SPACE on Ryder Farm’s Working Farm, EST’s Youngblood, Calliope Theatre, and a former member of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers Group. His dance work (with Kora Radella & Matty Davis) has been seen at Pioneer Works, The Watermill Center, and MCA Chicago. MFA: Northwestern University. BA: Kenyon College. He grew up the only boy among seven sisters. willarbery.com

    About The Immeasurable Want of Light

    When you see the quote “she’s ahead of her time” it means that everyone else needs catching up. Do yourself a favor, catch up; be here now, and you will need not look back. Here lies Black.
    — Raja Feather Kelly 

    As a photographer, I am drawn to Mubashshir’s ability to create images with her words. Images that cling to you, so vivid and visceral that you will want to read slowly and savor every word.
    — Kelli Connell

    Daaimah Mubashshir is a playwright working in New York City. She is currently a member of the Soho Rep. Writer/Director Lab, Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers Group and is an artistic affiliate of New Georges. Other plays include Rum for Sale, There is Something About a Clock Face, Not In This Room and Astro—Minstrelsy or The Chronicles of Cardigan and Khente. Awards include a 2018 Audrey Residency with New Georges, a 2017 Stanford Calderwood Fellowship at The MacDowell Colony, and a Foundation of Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant. https://www.daaimahmubashshir.com/ 

    About 3 Hole Press

    3 Hole Press is a small press for performance works in printed formats. 3holepress.org

  33. Super Apple / Un Sentiment Exquisite by Anabela Zigova
    Featuring a performance by Zavé Martohardjono
    June 17th, 6-8pm 

    Super Apple / Un Sentiment Exquisite is an experimental, ongoing series of events conceived by the Slovakian artist Anabela Zigova, that aim to deconstruct the mechanics of radicalization and violent extremism within society. Zigova’s drawings in pure gold, willfully use irrational, emotional, and subjective elements as a mode of political resistance. 

    The project serves as a platform for artistic collaboration, and features a performative intervention by New York-based artist Zavé Martohardjono. 

    This event is presented with the support of Consulate Generale of Slovakia in New York.


    Born in 1974 in Slovakia, Anabela Zigova now lives in New York and Prague. Her first feature length film documentary Salto Mortale deals with legacy of silence around communist past of Czechoslovakia. Anabela also co-founded a critical thinking and film platform at Contemporary Arts Centre DOX in Prague. Her films have been previously shown at Tribeca Film Festival in New York (official exhibition), Nuit Blanche in Paris, Berlinale Talent Campus in Germany, Museum Quarter21 in Vienna, Lausanne Underground Film Festival in Switzerland, Anthology Film Archives in New York. Anabela's art work has been previously shown at numerous shows including the Exit Art gallery in New York, Pulse Contemporary Art Fair NYC (Gallery Space), Dresden Kunsthalle in Germany, the gallery of Cite des Arts in Paris where she was also an artist-in residence, O’artoteca in Milan where she was an artist in residency, gallery MXM in Prague, the Slovak National Gallery, Gallery Hit in Bratislava, and elsewhere. Anabela Zigova has participated on "Local Operations" at the Serpentine Gallery in London and “ETC Series” at Andrew Krepps Gallery in New York. She has also participated at BRIC Arts / Rotunda Gallery Video Residency in Brooklyn. Awarded a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris and an M.A. from the Academy of Music and Drama in Bratislava, Anabela has also studied Film and Video at the School of Visual Arts in New York with the support of a Luis Vuitton Moet Hennesy Study Grant. Anabela Zigova was a visiting scholar at the Sociology Department of John Jay College of Criminal Justice-City University of New York, in 2007-2008, and recently worked for Harvard Online.

    Zavé Martohardjono is an interdisciplinary artist interested in geopolitics, social justice, queer glam, and embodied healing. Their work often draws from their mixed-race Southeast Asian-American, queer, and transgender experience. They’re videos and installations have exhibited at Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Asian Arts Initiative, Bronx River Art Center Gallery, Center for Art + Thought, Center for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, Gallery 102 at George Washington University, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, SOMArts Gallery, Winslow Garage, and xart splitta in Berlin. They’ve performed at BAAD!, Boston Center for the Arts, Center for Performance Research, Gibney Dance, Issue Project Room, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Recess, Storm King Art Center, the Wild Project, and elsewhere. Zavé is in LMCC's 2017-2018 Workspace Residency program and has had residencies at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Gibney Dance Work Up 3.0, Shandaken: Storm King, La MaMa, and Chez Bushwick. They organize with artists of color and work at the ACLU to end mass incarceration. They received their B.A. from Brown University and their M.F.A. in Media Arts Production from the City College of New York. zavemartohardjono.com

  34. Launch: My Ida (Simone Kearney) and The Lawn Is a Social Construction (Ali Power)
    Saturday, June 2- 7pm

    Please join us to celebrate the chapbooks MY IDA (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2017) by Simone Kearney and THE LAWN IS A SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION (Sixth Finch Books, 2018) by Ali Power. 

    Simone Kearney is a Brooklyn-based writer and artist. She is the author of the chapbook MY IDA (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2017). Other writings have been featured in The Brooklyn Rail, Boston Review, Lit Hub, Literati Quarterly, Ohio Edit, Maggy, and PEN Poetry Series, among others. She teaches writing and studio art at Parsons School of Art and Design and Rutgers University. 

    Ali Power is a poet and psychotherapist. She is the author of A Poem for Record Keepers (Argos Books, 2016) and the chapbook The Lawn is a Social Construction (Sixth Finch Books, 2018). Her work has appeared in Boston Review, the Brooklyn Rail, jubilat, PEN Poetry Series, Stonecutter, and elsewhere. She curates the reading series SOLO at Wendy's Subway in Brooklyn.

  35. Launch Celebration: The Dream of Reason by Jenny George
    With Matt Longabucco and Ricardo Maldonado
    Saturday, May 26 - 7pm 

    Please join us for a reading and celebration of Jenny George's newly-published The Dream of Reason from Copper Canyon Press, featuring Jenny George, Matt Longabucco, and Ricardo Maldonado. 

    Jenny George is the author of The Dream of Reason, published by Copper Canyon Press. She is also a winner of the “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize and a recipient of fellowships from The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Lannan Foundation, the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, NarrativeIowa ReviewFIELDGulf CoastCopper Nickel and elsewhere. Jenny lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she works in social justice philanthropy. 

    Matt Longabucco is the author of the chapbooks Athens Notebook (Imp, 2017), The Sober Day (DoubleCross Press, 2016), and Everybody Suffers: The Selected Poems of Juan García Madero (O’Clock Press, 2014). Other work has appeared recently in FolderBlack Box, and The Poetry Project Newsletter. He teaches at New York University and Bard College, and lives in Brooklyn.

    Ricardo Alberto Maldonado was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He is the translator of Dinapiera Di Donato’s Collateral (National Poetry Series/Akashic Books) and the recipient of poetry fellowships from Queer/Arts/Mentorship and the New York Foundation for the Arts. His poems and translations have appeared in PoetryBoston ReviewOversoundGuernicaDenver Quarterly and elsewhere. He is managing director at the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center and co-hosts the EMPIRE reading series with Hafizah Geter.

  36. Reading: Jackie Clark, Amy Lawless, Bridget Talone, and Emily Toder
    Friday, May 18 - 7pm

    Please join us to celebrate the release of Bridget Talone's new letterpress-printed broadside, from Soft Palate with readings by Talone, Jackie Clark, Amy Lawless, and Emily Toder. 

    Talone's broadside was selected as a result of our first mini-manuscript open reading period in June 2016. 

    Jackie Clark is a poet living in Jersey City. She is the author of Aphoria (Brooklyn Arts Press) and most recently Sympathetic Nervous System (Bloof Books). A new chapbook, Depression Parts, is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press in the fall. Some of her writing has recently appeared in Gramma and The Elephants. She works at The New School and teaches writing in New Jersey.

    Amy Lawless is the author of the poetry collections My Dead and Broadax, 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). A chapbook A Woman Alone was published by Sixth Finch in 2017. Poems have been anthologized in Best American Poetry (a collaboration with Angela Veronica Wong), Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day: 365 Poems for Every Occasion, and the Brooklyn Poets Anthology. She received a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2011, and has recently taught poetry workshops at Pioneer Works, Bowery Poetry Club, Poets House, and Wendy's Subway.

    Bridget Talone is the author of The Soft Life, just out with Wonder, as well as the chapbooks Sous Les Yeux (Catenary Press), and In the Valley Made Personal (Small Anchor). Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Believer, Easy Paradise, and The Bennington Review. Bridget is a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

    Emily Toder is the author of the poetry collections Science and Beachy Head, published by Coconut Books in 2012 and 2014, and the absurdist compendium Aging, published by Gauss PDF in 2016. Recent work has appeared in the Real ReviewPast Simple, and Forklift, Ohio. She translates literature, cross-stitches, and runs letterpress workshops at Wendy's Subway when not working in the archives of the Transit Museum in Brooklyn.

    More information on Bridget Talone's broadside here.

  37. Small Orange April Reading and Book Launch
    Friday, April 13 - 7:30pm 

    Please join us for a poetry reading and book launch for Anna Rose Welch's debut poetry collection, We, The Almighty Fires, featuring readings by Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, Erin Lynn, and Anna Rose Welch.

    Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello is the author of Hour of the Ox (Finishing Line Press, 2013). She serves as co-founding editor for Print-Oriented Bastards, producer for The Working Poet Radio Show, and a program coordinator for Miami Book Fair. Cancio-Bello is the recipient of a Kundiman Asian American Poetry Fellowship, a John S. and James L. Knight Fellowship, and two Academy of American Poets Prizes. She holds degrees from Florida International University (MFA, Creative Writing) and Carnegie Mellon University (BA, English and Creative Writing). Her work has appeared in Best New Poets, Best Small FictionsThe Georgia Review, The New York Timesand more.

    Erin Lynn is pursuing her PhD in Poetry at the University of Connecticut, where she is a recipient of the Wallace Stevens Poetry Prize and teaches English. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University, and an MA in Irish Writing from Queen’s University, Belfast. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and she was a finalist for the Alexander Posey Contest. She co-curates Poor Mouth Poetry Reading Series in the Bronx.

    Anna Rose Welch holds an MFA from Bowling Green State University. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets 2014, Kenyon Review Online, Guernica, Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, Crab Orchard ReviewBarrow Street, The Paris-American, Tupelo Quarterly, The Adroit Journal, and other publicationsShe lives in Erie, PA where she is the chief editor of a pharmaceutical publication and a violinist in the Erie Chamber Orchestra.

  38. "Her" Chroma Noise: Feminist Performance Tapes from the Franklin Furnace Archive
    A collaboration between Wendy’s Subway and Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc. 
    Curated by Megan Toye

    Screening: April 10, 7pm
    Capacity: 30
    Free with RSVP

    Wendy’s Subway and Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc. are pleased to present “Her” Chroma Noise: Feminist Performance Tapes from the Franklin Furnace Archives. The program on April 10th features a screening of works by Carnival Knowledge, Susan Britton, Halona Hilbertz, Guerrilla Girls, Tracie Morris, Iris Rose, Anna Mosby Coleman, Johanna Went and Cassils. 

    A selection of relevant books and periodicals from the Franklin Furnace Archive and Wendy’s Subway library will be on view from April 5th to April 15th. Readers are encouraged to visit the library during open hours to consult the titles at their leisure.


    “The affective density of the works … may be understood as one way of working with noise, in which case affect appears as an interference, as a rupture in which the viewer is thrown back onto, into a disorientated self. That noise feels like the other side of art.” 
    —Jennifer Doyle, Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art

    “Thinking of noise in terms of affect provides a framework that allows for noise’s capacity to diminish and destroy, as well as the enhance and create.” 
    —Marie Thompson, “Productive Parasites: Thinking of Noise as Affect”

    Within the language of moving image preservation and assessment chroma noise is defined broadly as the fluctuation of color and luminance in the playback image. Considered a visual and technical anomaly, the presence of chroma noise indicates that the image has deviated from the “normal” or original way in which it was intended to appear.  In “Her” Chroma Noise: Feminist Performance Tapes from the Franklin Furnace Archives, chroma noise appears literally as a visual anomaly in the video footage, but it also functions as a metaphor for the cultural impact of the tapes considered: here, feminist, queer and trans artists produce aesthetic noise to disrupt the dominant value-system of the art world and challenge patriarchal definition of gender. Chroma noise can be seen as the affective rupture that interferes and interrupts standards of aesthetic value and structures of normalcy; it is that which transforms the socially constructed image of “woman” and renders definitions of gender blurry and problematic. Most importantly, though, chroma noise is evident in the tapes at the Franklin Furnace Archive through the way in which each work transforms what is regarded as art by inserting and rendering visible the anomalous bodies that differently define and constitute it. Here, noise works to unsettle and destabilize patriarchal definitions of taste, creating through that moment of disorder a collection of counter-cultural artifacts that establish an alternative value system within the art historical canon.


    Franklin Furnace's mission is to present, preserve, interpret, proselytize and advocate on behalf of avant-garde art, especially forms that may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect, cultural bias, their ephemeral nature, or politically unpopular content. Franklin Furnace is dedicated to serving artists by providing both physical and virtual venues for the presentation of time-based art, including but not limited to artists' books and periodicals, installation art, performance art, and unforeseen contemporary avant-garde art forms; and to undertake other activities related to these purposes. Franklin Furnace is committed to serving emerging artists; to assuming an aggressive pedagogical stance with regard to the value of avant-garde art to life; and to fostering artists' zeal to broadcast ideas.

    Megan Toye is a PhD candidate in Art History and Visual Culture at York University in Toronto, Canada. Megan specializes in the history of feminist conceptual art, and is currently writing on the Downtown New York scene in the late 70s. She has been published in Drain Magazine, the Journal of Curatorial Studies and Studies in Visual Arts and Communication: An International Journal. She has curated numerous exhibitions over the past 5 years in the Toronto area and has presented her research at multiple international conferences, including the Canadian Philosophical Association, the International Communication Association and the 10th annual Media Art Histories conference. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, Max Stern Art History Award, Media@McGill Grant and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship.

    Image: Halona Hilbertz, Pseudo Studio Walk (1999), video (still). Courtesy of Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.

  39. Chapbook Celebration: Felix, Greaves, Karim, Moore
    Sunday, February 22 - 3pm

    Please join us to celebrate the publication of new and recent chapbooks by Dia Felix, Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves, Rami Karim, and Carley Moore.

    Carley Moore is a poet, essayist, and novelist. Her debut collection of essays, 16 Pills, is forthcoming from Tinderbox Editions this spring. Portal Poem is her first poetry chapbook (Dancing Girl Press, 2017).

    Dia Felix is the author of the poetry book YOU YOU YOU (Projective Industries, 2017) and the Lambda-nominated Nochita (City Lights/Sister Spit, 2014). She curates the reading series GUTS at Dixon Place, works at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art as a video shooter/editor, and lives in East Harlem.

    Rami Karim is a writer and artist living in Brooklyn. He is a 2017 Margins Fellow at the Asian American Writers Workshop, and his chapbook is Smile & Nod (Wendy's Subway, 2018).

    Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves (NYC, 1980) is an artist concerned with postcolonial ethnobotany and the mediums of scholarship, archival gesture, and language. She is a cocktail waitress, curator of the Monday Reading Series at the Poetry Project, board member and Site Director of Wendy's Subway Library in Bushwick, and Young Mother of The Florxal Review.

    Thursday, February 22 - Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm

    A night of sound featuring free-ambient trio EXISTERS (from Winnipeg, Canada) and exploratory multi-instrumentalist EVE ESSEX. 

    Eve Essex is a Brooklyn-based musician who performs with alto saxophone, piccolo, voice and electronics. Her first solo album, Here Appear, will be released by Soap Library (cassette) in February, and by Sky Walking (LP) in Spring 2018.

    Existers are an improvising trio based in Winnipeg, Canada. 

  41. Mammother: A Reading
    Featuring Zachary Schomburg, Sarah Gerard, and Patrick Bella Gone
    Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 7pm

    Please join us for a celebration of Zachary Schomburg's Mammother (Featherproof Books, 2017), featuring readings by Schomburg, Sarah Gerard, and Patrick Bella Gone.

    In Mammother, the people of Pie Time are suffering from God’s Finger, a mysterious plague that leaves some thing inside a death hole in each victim's chest. Mano Medium, a grief-stricken young cigarette-factory worker in love, quits the factory to work double-time as Pie Time’s replacement barber and butcher, and holds the things found in the holes of the newly dead. However, as more people die, the bigger Mano becomes. With a large cast of characters, each struggling with their own tangled relationships to death, money, and love, Mammother is a fabulist tale of holding on and letting go in a rapidly growing world.

    Zachary Schomburg is the author of four books of poetry, and is the publisher of Octopus Books. He lives in Portland, OR. Mammother (Featherproof Books 2017) is his first novel.

    Sarah Gerard is the author of the essay collection Sunshine State, a New York Times critics’ choice, and the novel Binary Star, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times first fiction prize. Her short stories, essays, interviews, and criticism have appeared in The New York TimesGrantaThe BafflerViceBOMB Magazine, and other journals, as well as anthologies. She teaches writing in New York City.

    Patrick Bella Gone is a performance artist & writer. They are the author of The Impersonators (Factory Hollow Press, 2017). Recent performance work has appeared at the Queens Museum & LUMEN8. Writing & interviews have appeared in HyperallergicThe BelieverHowlround, & others. They are a 2017 MassMOCA Assets for Artists Fellow & director of the video serial, Painted Dreams. patrickbellagone.com

  42. SOLO: Christine Kanownik
    Saturday, February 3 - 7pm

    SOLO is a quarterly reading series at Wendy’s Subway, curated by Ali Power. SOLO features one poet or writer and was founded with the intention to provide communal space in which ideas, information, & support can be exchanged.

    Christine Kanownik is the author of KING OF PAIN (Monk Books, 2016). Her poetry is can be found at FENCEDiagramCosmonaut Avenuejubilat, among others. Her chapbook We Are Now Beginning to Act Wildly was published in 2012 by Diez Press. She lives and works in Chicago.

  43. Screening: Sound of Desires by Maiko Jinushi
    Friday, December 15 – 7:30PM

    Please join us for a screening of Maiko Junishi’s new film, Sound of Desires (2017, 69 min), followed by a talk and Q&A with Jinushi and Matt Jay (Director of End of Summer).

    Sound of Desires originated as a recording of a collaborative public performance with percussionist, John Brennan. The Director, Jinushi talks with the percussionist about desires, and films how his performance changes throughout the conversation. The result becomes a kind of documentary recording of the process of musical collaboration and of emerging desire.

    Sound of Desires was performed at Western Front, Vancouver, Canada and commissioned by LIVE Biennale in 2017.

    Introduction to Maiko Jinushi’s Sound of Desires
    Written by Matt Jay (Director of End of Summer), December 2017

    In the relatively short amount of time since completing her studies at Tama Art University in 2010, Tokyo-based artist Maiko Jinushi has developed a unique praxis for her work which draws upon documentary filmmaking, performance, and installation to produce what Jinushi describes as “a new type of literature.” Her affinity for poetry and novels has influenced Jinushi to try to expand the possibilities of how the essential human act of storytelling can be conducted in surprising new ways.

    2017 has been a fertile and reflective year for the artist, having relocated to New York as a participant of Residency Unlimited and a recipient of The Pola Art Foundation Fellowship. This distance from her home country has created the opportunity for Jinushi to explore the elements of language and communication inherent in her work outside of her native Japanese. It has also enabled Jinushi to critically consider social and cultural matters back home through a new lens.

    A 2013 article in The Guardian detailed what the Japanese media diagnosed as sekkusu shinai shokogun (“celibacy syndrome”), giving a name to the conditions which have lead to the country possessing one of the world’s lowest birthrates. In July 2017, The Independent published new research on the subject, which stated that one third of the population in Japan is entering their 30’s without having had any sexual experience, choosing to remain single and unmarried indefinitely or longer in life. This widespread abstinence from sex and romantic relationships is particular to Jinushi’s generation, reacting to shifting societal norms, high cost of living, and a looming atmosphere of futility in the post disaster, earthquake-prone country. As Jinushi reflected on these reports from New York, she became compelled to explore the nature of desire through a new work created for the LIVE International Performance Art Biennale in Vancouver, Canada.

    Sound of Desires began as a collaborative performance with percussionist John Brennan. Jinushi and Brennan faced each other on a stage before a live audience, Brennan sitting at his drum set and Jinushi behind her video camera. The performance and resulting video utilizes the working method Jinushi has developed and employed in her previous works A New Experience of Love (2016) and The Sound of a Horse Approaching (2014), in which the artist and her collaborator engage in a kind of live-documentary interview recording.

    As Jinushi shares anecdotes and poses questions to Brennan on the subject of desire, Brennan responds twice- initially verbally, and then through improvisation on the drums. Thus, each inquiry has a concrete and abstract response, highlighting the communicational limits and strengths of both. As an interview subject, Brennan is candid in discussing personal struggles between desire and ethics, the heightened awareness of participating in an artwork seemingly drawing two strangers into a more revealing dialogue than would naturally occur. Despite her role as the “director” in this exchange, Jinushi subtly reveals aspects of her own personal stake in the matter as well, through the direction of her questioning and particularly in a final request to conclude with a “happy” performance from Brennan. Through Jinushi’s blend of performance and documentary video, Sound of Desires addresses questions of how desire can be engaged or repressed, swell or subside, shift or change focus.

    In addition to the screening of Sound of Desires at Wendy’s Subway, Maiko Jinushi will open a solo exhibition at 池の底 (Ike no Soko), a newly established project space in Washington Heights on December 17th. The exhibition will present her work A New Experience of Love in the form of a newly conceived room installation.

    Maiko Jinushi is an artist from Kanagawa, Japan. Her work has evolved from drawings and novels on the theme of personal tales to the creation of a “new type of literature” that comprehensively combines elements including video, installations and performance. http://maikojinushi.com
    Matt Jay is the Founder and Director of End of Summer, a cross-cultural art program dedicated to exploring and supporting contemporary art from Japan. He also co-organizes the project space 池の底 (Ike no Soko). http://www.end-of-summer.org



  44. Parameters of Nonhuman Charisma
    Saturday, October 7 - 6pm

    Wendy’s Subway presents a program of ecology-minded readings and performances with Justin Allen, Emily Jones, Eric Laska, and Amalia Wilson. Organized by Stephen Lichty.

    Justin Allen is a writer and performer from Northern Virginia. He has written for Mosaic Literary Magazine, Lambda Literary, ARTS.BLACK, and the Leslie-Lohman Museum's journal The Archive, among others. He has read at the Whitney, The Poetry Project, and Artists Space, and recently completed a residency at the Center for Afrofuturist Studies in Iowa City, IA. In 2016 he presented at the International James Baldwin Conference at the American University of Paris. He lives in New York City. justnalln.com

    Emily Jones is an artist living in London. Can you build a bridge with gumdrops and toothpicks? Why does Penelope Cruz have four gold needles pierced through her ears? How would you organise collective life without representatives? I understand, the ice groans, shrieks, and thunders, life-to-earth magnetism. (decarbonise prosperity) Recent exhibitions include Half Earth, VEDA, Florence (2017); News From Nowhere, Cordova, Vienna, (2016); Echolocation, Almanac Inn, Turin (2016) and We Are The People We Have Been Waiting For, Arcadia Missa, London (2015). emilyjones.info 

    Eric Laska is an artist currently based in Philadelphia. His work has been featured in such venues as Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, New York; Machine Project, Los Angeles; Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia; Ausland, Berlin; MACO, Oaxaca; and online at Gauss PDF. He is founding editor of the website Lateral Addition. ericlaska.com

    Amalia Wilson is a multimedia artist living and working in Philadelphia. She has performed original works in twenty-four spaces across the United States and Canada. amaliawilson.com

    Special thanks to Lisa Radon, Alan Longino and VEDA for their advice and assistance.

  45. Contemporary? Manifestos! by Gato Negro ft. Caloca and Concheiro
    Sunday, September 24 - 8pm 

    Join us for a presentation of the collection Contemporary? Manifestos! by Mexico City-based publisher, Gato Negro Ediciones.

    The evening will feature copal burning, manifesto reading, and conversation with Juan Caloca, Luciano Concheiro, and publisher León Muñoz Santini.

    About Contemporary? Manifestos!

    Just read any manifesto to realize the anachronism of the genre. In our time—in which we have stopped believing in the future, and acceleration prevents us from generating coherent narratives—its arrogant and brooding tone generates mistrust. Its grand and safe assertions sounds unlikely. Its “we” seems somewhat outdated. However, it’s in its untimely nature that its value or, rather, its contemporaneity lies. As is pointed in the opening tittle of this series: Under the current circumstances, simply writing a manifesto is a subversive act. The temporal logic that must be employed in constructing one is in itself a direct affront to the status quo: the very fact of thinking toward the future in a presentist era already threatens the hegemonic temporal structure—and therefore, too, the economic, political, social, and aesthetic models that sustain it. Giorgio Agamben put it plainly: «The original task of a genuine revolution, therefore, is never merely to ‹change the world› but also—and above all—to ‹change time» Writing a manifesto means beginning to think and experience another time. That’s what this series is about.

    More on Gato Negro Edicione here: https://www.gatonegro.ninja/


    Juan Caloca is an artist living in Mexico City and a founding member of Cooperativa Cráter Invertido and the collective Grupo (de). His work often concerns Mexican history and the ways in which it is remembered. His work has been exhibited at Parque Galería, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo (MUAC), Bikini Wax, and Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City; the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, California; and Ivan Gallery, Alberta College of Art + Design, Canada. 

    Luciano Concheiro is a Mexican theorist. His most recent books include Against Time. Practical Philosophy of the Instant —which was First Finalist of the Anagrama Essay Prize 2016— and Invent the Possible. Mexican Contemporary Manifestos —a collection of sixty manifestos written by Mexican young writers, artists, chefs, academics, and activists—. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times and Nexos. He has an MPhil in Sociology from Cambridge University, and a BA in History from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Currently, he is visiting fellow at the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University.

  46. ND/SA presents Joshua Escobar, Marwa Helal & guests
    Friday, September 22 - 7pm

    Join ND/SA in celebrating the launch of 
    >Joshua Escobar's Califorkya Voltage and
    >Marwa Helal's I Am Made To Leave I Am Made To Return

    The first two chapbooks in ND/SA's 2017-2018 TRANSFORMIGRATION series

    Readings by:

    Tavonne Carson
    Mel Elberg
    Joshua Escobar
    Marwa Helal
    Leila Ortiz
    Sahar Romani


    tavonne s. carson is a lover and a writer living in Harlem, New York. She is a VONA/Voices alum, a graduate of the New School's Creative Writing MFA program and a serious, serious auntie. Her writing has been published in Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, The Daily Beast, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts and Apogee. You can find her almost regularly at iammybestthing.wordpress.com.

    Mel Elberg is a cyclical homosexual garden variety poet at large.

    In the summer of 2016, DJ Ashtrae (Joshua Escobar) graduated from the Master of Fine Art program at Bard College where he was the Dean’s Fellow in Writing, as well as the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a Merit Fellow. He is a CantoMundo fellow. He lives in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn with dj lil piñata. IG: djashtrae17.

    Marwa Helal is a poet and journalist. Her work appears in ApogeeHyperallergic, the OffingPoets & Writers, the RecluseWinter Tangerine and elsewhere. Her work is forthcoming in the anthologies Bettering American Poetry 2016 and Best American Experimental Writing 2018. She is the author of I AM MADE TO LEAVE I AM MADE TO RETURN (No, Dear/Small Anchor Press, 2017) and Invasive species (Nightboat Books, 2019). Helal is the winner of BOMB Magazine’s Biennial 2016 Poetry Contest and has been awarded fellowships from Poets House, Brooklyn Poets, and Cave Canem. Born in Al Mansurah, Egypt, Helal currently lives and teaches in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA in creative nonfiction from The New School and her BA in journalism and international studies from Ohio Wesleyan University.

    Leila Ortiz was born on the Lower East Side and raised in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She is of Irish, Puerto Rican, and Cuban descent and is a social worker in NYC public schools. Leila is the author of Girl Life (Recreation League, 2016) and A Mouth is Not a Place (dancing girl press, 2017). 

    Sahar Romani was born and raised in Seattle and lives in Jackson Heights, Queens. Her poems appear in the Offing, Asian American Writers’ Workshop and 92Y’s Podium. She is an MFA candidate at New York University and a recipient of the 2017 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellowship.

  47. Screening and Q&A: Tarek Lakhrissi, diaspora/situations (2017)
    Thursday, September 21 -  7pm

    Please join us for a screening of Tarek Lakhrissi's "diaspora/situations" (2017), followed by a q&a moderated by Rami Karim.
    Length: 48 min
    Languages: English and French
    Shot between Montreal, Paris, Brussels, Nantes and London, diaspora/situations is a documentary on queer diasporic life, based on interviews with queer and trans artists and activists of color as they reflect on their relationships to their affects and bodies.

    Learn more about the film here.
    Watch the trailer here.

    Tarek Lakhrissi (b. 1992) is a poet and visual artist based in Paris. He directed a video project diaspora/situations (2016, Prix Spécial du Jury - Documentaire, Festival Transposition) about people of color reflecting on the impact of being diasporic on their bodies and affects. He writes poetry and develops visual content aiming to challenge language and reflect upon identity. He also works as a bookseller at Les Mots à la Bouche in Paris.

    Rami Karim is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn. Their work has appeared in Apogee, The Brooklyn Review, The Invisible Bear, and Peregrine. They teach writing at the City University of New York and are a 2017 Margins Fellow at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.
  48. Reading: erica lewis, with Dorothea Lasky and Christopher Soto
    Friday, September 15 - 7:30pm

    A night of readings at Wendy's Subway featuring poets erica lewis, Dorothea Lasky, and Christopher Soto with special guest emcee Sampson Starkweather. 

    erica lewis lives in San Francisco where she is a fine arts publicist. In addition to mary wants to be a superwoman, the second book in her box set trilogy, just out from Third Man Books, her books include daryl hall is my boyfriend (book one), the precipice of jupiter, camera obscura (both collaborations with Bay Area artist Mark Stephen Finein), murmur in the inventory. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

    Dorothea Lasky is the author of four books of poetry, most recently ROME (W.W. Norton/Liveright, 2014), as well as Thunderbird, Black Life, AWE, all out from Wave Books. She is the co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney’s, 2013) and several chapbooks, including Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, co-directs Columbia Artist/Teachers, and lives in New York City.

    Poet and activist Christopher Soto, who also uses the name Loma, is the son of El Salvadoran immigrants. He was educated at New York University. A founding editor of the literary journal Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color in collaboration with the Lambda Literary Foundation, Soto also helped found the Undocupoets Campaign, which has successfully lobbied numerous poetry publishers to remove a proof of citizenship requirement from first-book contests, allowing undocumented poets to participate. Soto lives in Brooklyn and has written the chapbook "Sad Girl Poems (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2016).

  49. Book Launch: Nabil Kashyap, The Obvious Earth
    Featuring Molly Prentiss

    Hosted by Carville Annex Press
    Thursday, September 14 - 7pm

    Join us for a celebration of Nabil Kashyap's new book of essays, The Obvious Earth, published by Carville Annex Press. Nabil will read from his book, and Molly Prentiss will also read good good words. There will be snacks and drinks and books for sale.

    Nabil Kashyap wrote The Obvious Earth (Carville Annex Press) and has had work appear places like Actually People Quarterly, Colorado Review, DIAGRAM, Seneca Review and Versal. He is a librarian based in Philadelphia.

    Molly Prentiss was born in Santa Cruz, California in 1984. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the California College of the Arts. Tuesday Nights in 1980, her first novel was longlisted for The Center For Fiction First Novel Prize and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, as well as the Gran Prix de Litterature Americane in France. She currently lives, writes and walks around in Brooklyn, New York.

    More information on the book here: http://www.carvilleannexpress.com/

  50. Sixth Finch Reading: Anne Cecelia Holmes and Leila Ortiz 
    Saturday, September 9 - 7pm

    Join Sixth Finch in celebrating Anne Cecelia Holmes, author of DEAD YEAR (Sixth Finch books, 2016), and Leila Ortiz, author of A MOUTH IS NOT A PLACE (dancing girl press, 2017) and recent issue contributor. Say goodbye to summer and charge up the start of autumn with these two important poets! There will be snacks on hand and drinks to purchase.

    Anne Cecelia Holmes is the author of The Jitters (horse less press, 2015) and three chapbooks: Dead Year (Sixth Finch, 2016), Junk Parade (dancing girl press, 2012), and I Am A Natural Wonder (with Lily Ladewig; Blue Hour Press, 2011). Her poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, jubilatConduitDenver Quarterly, and The Atlas Review, among other places. She is an editor at Jellyfish Magazine and lives in Washington, DC.

    Leila Ortiz is from Brooklyn and is the author of Girl Life (Recreation League, 2016) and A Mouth is Not a Place (dancing girl press, 2017). 

  51. Sixth Finch Reading: Cate Peebles and Chase Berggrun

    Saturday, August 19 - 7pm

    Join Sixth Finch in celebration of Cate Peebles' chapbook THE WOODLANDS (Sixth Finch, 2016). Cate is accompanied by featured contributor Chase Berggrun, whose first full-length poetry collection emerges with Birds, LLC later this year.   

    Chase Berggrun is a trans poet. They are the author of R E D, forthcoming from Birds, LLC in 2017, and the chapbook Discontent and Its Civilizations: Poems of Erasure, published by jubilat in 2012. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in Pinwheel, the PEN Poetry SeriesSixth FinchDiagramThe OffingPreludeApogeeBeloit Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. They received their MFA from New York University. They are poetry editor at Big Lucks.

    Cate Peebles is the author of four chapbooks, including The Woodlands (Sixth Finch Books, 2016) and James (dancing girl press, 2014). Her first full length book, Thicket, was selected by Eric Baus and Andrea Rexilius for the 2016 Brigham Award from Lost Roads Press and will be published in 2018. Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, jubilant, and Tin House, among others, and she has new work forthcoming in Dream Pop Magazine. She co-edits the occasional online magazine, Fou, with David Sewell and Brad Soucy, and currently lives in New Haven, CT, where she works as an archivist at the Yale Center for British Art.

  52. The Impersonators Release Party
    Tuesday, August 1 - 7:30pm 

    Join Patrick Gaughan & guests in celebrating The Impersonators from Factory Hollow Press.

    A night of poetry, criticism, & impersonation

    Jennifer Krasinski
    Ariel Goldberg
    Jon Ruseski 

    Watch the book trailer


    Patrick Gaughan is a performance artist & writer. They are a 2017 MassMOCA Assets for Artists Fellow &.co-curator of the P L A T F O R M lecture series. 

    Jennifer Krasinski is an art columnist for The Village Voice, covers performance for artforum.com, and is on faculty in the MFA Art Writing program at The School of Visual Arts.

    Ariel Goldberg's publications include The Estrangement Principle (Nightboat Books, 2016) and The Photographer (Roof Books, 2015).

    Jon Ruseski is the author of the chapbook Neon Clouds. His debut full-length collection, Space Mountain, is forthcoming from Mount Analogue in 2018. He lives in Northampton, MA where he helps edit Factory Hollow Press & co-curates the P L A T F O R M lecture series.

  53. Chapbook Launch: Francesco Grisanzio, Swamp Frank
    Saturday, July 22 - 7pm 

    We’re celebrating the release of Francesco Grisanzio’s new chapbook, Swamp Frank. Join us for readings by Mark Gurarie, Ashleigh Allen, and Francesco Grisanzio.

    Francesco Grisanzio is the author of two chapbooks, Stories & Centauries and Swamp Frank, and is a founding editor of BORT Quarterly and Here Pilot. 

    Ashleigh Allen's poems have appeared or are forthcoming from Gramma, Contemporary Verse 2, Indolent Books, and Tethered by Letters. She teaches a variety of creative and critical writing courses at colleges and community centers in Toronto, Canada.

    Originally of Cleveland, OH, Mark Gurarie currently splits time between Brooklyn, NY and Northampton, MA. He is the author of one full-length poetry collection, Everybody's Automat (The Operating System, 2016), and his poems and prose have appeared in Pelt, Paper Darts, Sink Review, Public Pool, Everyday Genius, The Rumpus, The Literary Review, Coldfront, Publishers Weekly and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in Poetry from the New School, which, in 2012, published Pop :: Song, the 2011 winner of its Poetry Chapbook Competition. Alongside Alex Crowley, he founded and is curator-at-large for the Mental Marginalia Reading Series in New York. Gurarie also lends bass guitar and occasional vocals to psych-punk band, Galapagos Now!, is an editor-at-large at Boog City, and works as an adjunct instructor, book reviewer and free-lance writer.

  54. Blue for You: Readings from the School Formerly Known as Blue
    Monday, June 12 - 7pm
    $5 suggested donation (no one turned away)

    Join us for an evening of readings by students from The School Formerly Known as Blue, hosted by writer and teacher Molly Prentiss. 

    Readers include Nikkitha Bakshani, Carinn Jade, Brynn Komro, Vita Tuzio, and Dana Wilson.

    The School Formerly Known as Blue (aka Blue) is an intimate creative writing program held in non-traditional spaces throughout North Brooklyn. The program aims to stoke and sustain each individual's creative practice through conceptual programming that accesses the dynamic creative mood of each season. Through group workshops, spirited conversations, and invigorating exercises, students of Blue emerge with the energy and excitement to fuel their writing life and the tools to sustain it. In the process, Blue's parallel mission is naturally achieved: the creation of a supportive, accountable community for writers looking to elevate and expand their body of work. 

    Carinn Jade is a writer, finance lawyer and life-long New Yorker who thinks the ocean might be bluer on the other side of the country. Her work has been published in The New York Times, BrainChild Magazine and Daily Worth. She's on Instragram @carinnjade way too much but doesn't mind you knowing. 

    Brynn Komro is based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. By day, she is a freelance print, video, and post production producer. At Blue, she is currently working on a collection of poems that explores sexuality, climate vs culture, religion, hope and purpose. Her focus this next year is to continue to develop and explore her artistic voice through writing, acting and the visual arts. She finds inspiration from both pressure and freedom.

    Vita Tuzio is Italian and can speak four languages fluently. Her current writings are experimental essays about women from other countries living in New York. Beyond writing, she is also an accordionist, a tailor, a daydreamer, a pirate’s daughter, and a tightrope walker. 

    Dana Wilson is a fiction writer living in Brooklyn. She writes short stories and is working on a novel that centers around the performing arts world in New York from the 1990s to the present. She gathers inspiration from old home videos, the families she babysits, small towns, and eavesdropping on the subway. She  plays the piano and has a cat named Masi. 

    Nikkitha Bakshani edits articles about brownies and salads and cultural appropriation by day at Food52. She once had a play she wrote be featured in a staged reading in Amsterdam, which she traveled to go see. The cast was polite but also bewildered; "it's not that big a deal you had to travel all the way..." She lives in Brooklyn but will use any excuse to travel. She finds inspiration in garbage, especially how it looks when covered in snow. She has a lot of scarves and jackets, perhaps making up for lost time (she lived in the tropics for 10 years).

    Learn more at theschoolformerlyknownasblue.com 

    Interested in becoming a student at Blue? The program can be accessed in various ways: Students can choose to take one six week course at a time, or they can join in for the whole year (any beyond, if they see fit). They can also elect an even more intimate approach with one-on-one writing coaching sessions with Molly. Email theblueschoolbrooklyn@gmail.com for more info.

  55. Wendy's Subway at the Blonde Art Books Fair
    June 3-4, 2017

    Knockdown Center
    52-19 Flushing Avenue, Queens, NY 11378

    Friday, June 2, 7–9PM: by invitation only
    Saturday, June 3, 1–7PM: free & open to the public
    Sunday, June 4, 1–7PM: free & open to the public

    BABZ Fair (formerly known at the Bushwick Art Book & Zine Fair) is a weekend long event that features small press art and poetry publishers and individual artist projects alongside a program of performance, readings, and workshops.

    The 5th annual BABZ Fair, the first at Knockdown Center, will be taking place Friday, June 2 through Sunday, June 4, 2017. The fair is organized by Blonde Art Books, a Brooklyn based project dedicated to promoting independent publishing & self-published art books through exhibitions, book fairs, talks, and online exposure.

    Over the years the BABZ Fair has grown dramatically and this year the fair will feature art books and zines by over 100 publishers and artists from across the country.

    This year we are collaborating with artist Andrea Arrubla to produce the weekend programming. The full program schedule, including a new expanded program series, and workshop series, will be announced shortly.

    Food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the weekend.

  56. Metatron Book Launch: Grimm, Bowen, Faust
    Friday, June 2 - 7:30-10pm
    $5 suggested donation (no one turned away)

    Join Metatron (MTL) for the official NYC launch of their latest catalogue.

    Sarah Jean Grimm (Soft Focus) winner of the 2016 Metatron Prize
    Liz Bowen (Sugarblood)
    Georgia Faust (Too Big to Fail)

    *Hosted by Ashley Obscura*

    Sarah Jean Grimm is a writer and publicist based in New York City. She is a founding editor of the online quarterly, Powder Keg. 'Soft Focus' won the 2016 Metatron Prize and is Sarah's debut collection of poetry.

    Liz Bowen is a writer, scholar and editor living in New York City. She is a doctoral student in English and comparative literature at Columbia University, where she also teaches undergraduate writing. Her work focuses on 20th/21st-century American literature, disability studies, animal studies, post-humanism, and feminist and queer theory. Her poetry and essays have been published widely in literary magazines and anthologies. 'Sugarblood' is her debut poetry collection.

    Georgia Luna Smith Faust was born, raised, and currently lives in lower Manhattan where she presides over poetry and corporate bankruptcy administration. She is the author of the chapbook Too Faust Too Furious (Resolving Host, 2016) and the collaborative artist book, Pests of Public Importance (Purgatory Pie Press, 2016). She holds a BA in Literature and American Studies from Macalester College and an MFA in poetry from Brooklyn College. Too Big to Fail is Georgia's debut full-length collection of poetry.

  57. An Evening with Mohamed Rabie
    Sunday, May 21 - 7pm
    $5 suggested donation (no one turned away)

    It is the year of 2025: fourteen years after the failed revolution, Egypt is invaded once more. As traumatized Egyptians eke out a feral existence in Cairo's dusty downtown, former cop Ahmed Otared joins a group of fellow officers seeking Egypt's liberation through the barrel of a gun. Mohamed Rabie’s Otared is an Arabic bestseller that imagines a near dystopia to shed the light on a dark state of Egyptian police apparatus. The novelist will be joining us at Wendy’s Subway for a reading of his novel, which was recently translated into the English by Robin Moger. The Brooklyn-based Arabic poet Mona Kareem will read an excerpt in translation and host a discussion with the novelist on contemporary Arabic literature and dystopian fiction. Copies of the book will be available in Arabic and English for signing. 

    Born in Cairo in 1978, Mohammad Rabie is an architect and the author of three novels. His first novel, Amber Planet, came out in 2010 and won the First Prize in the Emerging Writers category of the Sawiris Cultural Award Competition in 2011. His second novel, Year of the Dragon, was released in 2012. Otared, his third novel, was published in early 2015 to much fanfare and was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2016  (popularly referred to as the Arabic Booker).

    Mona Kareem is a poet and translator based in Brooklyn. She is the author of three poetry collections in Arabic, most recently What I Sleep For Today (2016). She is a doctoral candidate in the Comparative Literature program at SUNY Binghamton. 

  58. Reading: David Larsen, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Ariana Reines
    Thursday, May 4 - 7pm
    $5 suggested donation (no one turned away)

    Wendy’s Subway is thrilled to help celebrate the launch of David Larsen’s NAMES OF THE LION and Julian Talamantez Brolaski’s OF MONGRELITUDE! Come join us for a reading by the authors, with guest reader Ariana Reines. 

    David Larsen is a Bay Area coterie poet who moved to the East Coast in 2008, Currently he is active as a translator of Classical Arabic poetry and prose, with recent work appearing in The Brooklyn Rail's InTranslation, the Cambridge Literary Review, the Poetry Project Newsletter, and Dear Kathleen: Essays on the Occasion of Kathleen Fraser's 80th Birthday (Nightboat). His essay "The Crucified Speaks," on the 9th-century prison poet Ali ibn al-Jahm, has just appeared in a Festschrift for Everett Rowson (Brill). An excerpt from his translation of Ibn Khalawayh's Names of the Lion will appear in the new edition of Jerome Rothenberg's Technicians of the Sacred (UC Press), and this May he is happy to celebrate the new edition of Names of the Lion from Wave Books.

    Julian Talamantez Brolaski is the author of Of Mongrelitude (Wave Books 2017), Advice for Lovers (City Lights 2012), gowanus atropolis (Ugly Duckling Presse 2011), and co-editor of NO GENDER: Reflections on the Life & Work of kari edwards (Litmus Press / Belladonna Books 2009). Julian is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist in the country bands Juan & the Pines and The Western Skyline. Currently in Queens, NY, Julian also sometimes lives in California.

    Ariana Reines is the author of Mercury (2011), Coeur de Lion (2007), & The Cow (Alberta Prize, 2006), all from Fence, the Obie-Winning play Telephone (2009), The Origin of the World (Semiotext(e) for the Whitney Biennial 2013) & the translator of Preliminary Notes for a Theory of the Young-Girl by Tiqqun (2013), The Little Black Book of Griselidis Real (2009) by Jean-Luc Hennig, from Semiotext(e), & My Heart Laid Bare by Charles Baudelaire (2009) from Mal-O-Mar. Her performances include Mortal Kombat (2014) at the Whitney, Lorna (2013) at the Martin E. Segal Theatre, & The Origin of the World (2013) at Modern Art, London. Pubic Space, a sculpture collaboration with Oscar Tuazon, showed at Modern Art in London (2016). Writings have appeared in Triple Canopy, The Boston Review, Harpers, Granta, Bomb, & many others. She was Roberta C. Holloway Lecturer in Poetry at UC Berkeley in 2009 & has since taught at Columbia, The New School, NYU, Yale, Tufts, etc. An essay collection from Semiotext(e) tentatively titled Gentle Men, Telephone: A Play & A Sand Book, new poems, are forthcoming this Spring and in 2018. She likes to astrologize via lazyeyehaver.com & mostly lives in Queens. 

  59. Book Launch: Alina Gregorian, Flags for Adjectives
    Friday, April 28 - 7pm
    $5 Suggested Donation (no one turned away)

    Join us for the launch of *Flags for Adjectives* a new chapbook by Alina Gregorian
    Listen to a poet's version of a play and dance a little. 

    Readings by Sahar Sepahdari, Julia Guez, Sally Tran, Alina Gregorian. 

    Sahar Sepahdari is a video and performance artist, curator, and educator. She recently performed with My Barbarian at The New Museum as part of their Post-Living Ante-Action Theatre residency. She has shown her work at Spectacle Theatre, The Film-Makers Coop and Pulsar. She recently taught video art workshops as a visiting artist at Colgate University, and curated a two gallery moving image and photography show around the Islamic diaspora and the digital body at Parsons The New School. She was born in Tehran, Iran and grew up in Portland, OR.

    Julia Guez’s poetry, prose, and translations have appeared in POETRY, The PEN Poetry Series, Vinyl, Circumference, BOMBLog, and The Brooklyn Rail. She is Brooklyn’s managing director of programs at Teach For America-New York and teaches Creative Writing at Rutgers. 

    Sally Tran is a former fashion-designer who loves bright colors, bold patterns, and intricate designs which is evident in her directing work. Arriving by way of Viet Nam and New Zealand, she began her career in New York with a music video for Fool’s Gold, with production company, Ghost Robot who represents her commercial work, she’s worked with clients like Smile Train, Asus, and networks like Sesame Street, Cartoon Network and NBC. Sally recently finished her first feature “Timeslow” as well as a TV show in Viet Nam called “Alooh Games”. Sally has recently joined FreeTheBid, an organisation who pledges to give female directors a voice in the advertising industry. She has also spoke on Vimeo, Share the Screen panel, Art Girl Army film edition panel, and more recently, Women Talk at the National Sawdust sharing her thoughts on being and woman and unapologetically so.

    Alina Gregorian is a poet, artist, and curator. She is the author of the chapbooks Flags for Adjectives (Diez) and Navigational Clouds (Monk Books). One of her recent projects includes making a GIF for each letter of the Armenian alphabet. She curates Triptych Readings, hosts a video poetry series on the Huffington Post, and once conducted a workshop for the Poetry Society of America at the New York Botanical Gardens. From 2011-2016, she taught writing at Rutgers University. Find her online here: alinagregorian.com

  60. Book Launch: Amy Lawless, A WOMAN ALONE
    Saturday, April 22 - Doors 7pm, Reading 7:30pm
    $5 Suggested Donation (no one turned away)

    Please join us for the launch of Amy Lawless' new chapbook A WOMAN ALONE, published by Sixth Finch (2017). The evening is hosted by Dara Cerv, and features readings by Lawless, Becca Klaver, Asiya Wadud, and Cindy Arrieu-King. 

    Becca Klaver
     is the author of the poetry collections Empire Wasted (Bloof Books, 2016) and LA Liminal (Kore Press, 2010) as well as several chapbooks. She was a founding editor of Switchback Books and is currently coediting the anthology Electric Gurlesque. The BGSU Distinguished Visiting Writer for Spring 2017, she lives in Bowling Green, Ohio, where she survives massacres.

    Amy Lawless is the author of two books of poems including My Dead (Octopus Books). Her third poetry collection Broadax is forthcoming from Octopus Books summer of 2017. A chapbook A Woman Alone is just out from Sixth Finch. 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 poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in jubilat, Reality Beach, The Volta, Washington Square Review, Best American Poetry 2013, and the Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day: 365 Poems for Every Occasion, and the Brooklyn Poets Anthology (Brooklyn Arts Press). She received a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2011. She lives in Brooklyn.

    Asiya Wadud's recently completed collection, crosslight for youngbird (forthcoming from Nightboat Books, 2018) largely contains pieces about the refugee crisis sweeping Europe. In the daytime Asiya teaches second grade at Saint Ann's School and in the night time she teaches English to recently arrived immigrants. She is also a current Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space resident. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

    Cynthia Arrieu-King is an associate professor of creative writing at Stockton University and a former Kundiman fellow. Her books include People are Tiny in Paintings of China (Octopus Books 2010), Manifest (Switchback Books 2013) and her collaborative book of poems written with the late Hillary Gravendyk (1913 Press 2016). She lives in Philadelphia. cynthiaarrieuking.blogspot.com.

  61. On Art Book Circulation: A.R.T and Buró-Buró in Conversation
    Friday, April 14, 7-9pm

    $5 suggestion donation (no one turned away)

    Please join us on Friday, April 14th for presentations and discussions by Jorge Munguía of Buró-Buró and CC Catálago (Mexico City) and Alejandro Cesarco of Art Resources Transfer (New York). Dedicated to publishing and distributing art publications to broader audiences, Munguía and Cesarco will present brief introductions to their organizations, followed by a discussion of specific projects led by each speaker and thoughts on art book circulation, alternative library networks, and pedagogical tools for art literacy.

    Alejandro Cesarco is a Uruguayan born artist currently living and working in New York. Some of his recent solo exhibitions include: Tanya Leighton, Berlin (2016); Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (2015); Murray Guy, New York (2015); Frac Île-de-France/Le Plateau, Paris (2013); MuMOK, Vienna (2012); Uruguayan Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennial (2011); Present Memory, Tate Modern, London (2010). Group exhibitions include: Walker Art Center, MN (2016); Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014); 30th Bienal de São Paulo (2012), Museum of Modern Art (2010). These exhibitions addressed, through different formats and strategies, his recurrent interests in repetition, narrative, and the practices of reading and translating. Cesarco is also director of the non-profit arts organization, Art Resources Transfer.

    Art Resources Transfer (A.R.T.) is a nonprofit organization committed to documenting and disseminating artists' voices and work to the broadest possible public. A.R.T.'s two programs, A.R.T. Press and the D.U.C. Library Program, activate the key components of the printed book—publication, distribution, and spaces of reading—to create more egalitarian access to the arts and literacy. 

    Jorge Munguía is a cultural producer based in Mexico City. Through his office Buró-Buró, is devoted to generating cultural projects and strategies designed to engage audiences in critical discourse on contemporary culture as an agent of change. Collaborating with independent organizations, museums, foundations, and public institutions, or of its own accord, Buró–Buró develops projects including publications, online platforms, pavilions, participatory campaigns, and workshops. He previously worked as Curator of Education at Museo Tamayo (Mexico City), participated in the Education Project of Documenta XI (Kassel) and co-curated exhibitions at the New Museum (New York).

    CC Catálogo contemporáneo is a nonprofit project dedicated to promote art literacy and interest through art publications. The project creates a network of mobile micro-libraries in different cities which offer free access to reading lists of contemporary art publications commissioned to artists and curators. Online, it offers a continuously growing archive of publishers, publications, people, places where to find art publications. 

  62. Elective Affinities: A Library
    Curated by Jocelyn Spaar and Sarah Watson
    February 18-April 9, 2017
    Opening Reception: February 21, 6:30-8:30pm


    205 Hudson Gallery
    Hunter College Art Galleries
    205 Hudson Street
    New York, NY 10013
    Hours: Wed-Sun 1-6pm

    With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one—but no one at all—can tell you what to read and when and how. ­­­
    —Doris Lessing

    For the spring season, the Hunter College Art Galleries will transform 205 Hudson Gallery into a library and reading room made up of works centering on the notion of family and community in a very broad, inclusive sense, whether that pertains to one’s biological or chosen family, artistic or literary lineage, intellectual community, virtual network, or neighborhood. The library will function as a gathering space to host readings, screenings, performances, meetings, and workshops.

    In addition to the library, El­ective Affinities will present several film and video works related to this expansive interpretation of family including installations by Joey Carducci, Kevin Everson, Barbara Hammer, Shigeko Kubota, Sondra Perry, and Bryan Zanisnik. 

    Committed to cultivating conversations by a multiplicity of voices to create an open and inclusive space for dialogue and engagement with art, the gallery has invited artists, small presses, libraries, and organizations to collaborate in the creation of this exhibition to interrogate the concept of family across various selections of printed matter.

    The library will include selections from Archipelago, ARTBOOK|DAP, Blonde Art Books, Ediciones Popolet, Melville House, Miniature Garden, New Directions, Primary Information, Purgatory Pie, Roof Books, Seven Stories Press, Small Editions, Song Cave, Stonecutter, Ugly Duckling Presse, Verso, Wendy's Subway, Word Up Books, and others.  Throughout the duration of the exhibition, there will be opportunities to learn more about these presses and organizations and to purchase books and other ephemera.

  63. The School of Making Thinking Presents: Pedagogy in Practice
    Friday, April 7 - 7-11pm
    $10-20 sliding scale admission at the door

    The School of Making Thinking (SMT) presents an evening of brief forays into experimental pedagogical practices.  SMT Teachers from the past 5 years will offer 10-minute presentations that exemplify our emerging field of “Making Thinking”.  Expect: performances, lectures, movement workshops, dialogical games, choreographed scores, mathematical treatises, textual embodiment, architectural demos, radio pieces and pataphysical experiments.  

    Panel 1: Medium/Material as Knowledge

    Christine Garvey – A Drawing Research Lab
    A presentation on Drawing as a language of research.

    David Bench – Untitled
    A talk about David's work in Zambia at a community school made of handmade brick

    Rachel Lyon – Creative Writing for Dummies: Quick and Easy Ways To Make a Bad Story Better!
    A (tongue-in-cheek) overview of how-tos, to-dos, and other simple rules to improve your creative prose, plus one very serious disclaimer.

    Panel 2: Alternate Knowings

    Mollie McKinley – Salt Body: Feminist Alchemy
    Salt, sulfur, and mercury are the interconnected trinity of hidden wisdom within Hermetic alchemy. Salt is the component of the physical, the body, the embodied ritual in real time. A short intro to alchemical salt will pave the way for an incantation of the writings of Camile Paglia, and perhaps even a small ritual with salt as well.

    Rachel James – On Knowledge
    An alluvial fan

    Sophie Traub – Really Look, Really See
    Sophie Traub will engage the vulnerability of being observed and observing as a site for learning, proposing the relational field as a rich pedagogical tool.

    Panel 3: Narrativity?

    Cory Tamler – Bottle msgs
    A piece of performative epistolary nonfiction, built out of the presenter's month at sea, that looks at the way travel still troubles the speed and frequency at which we can communicate with one another.

    Sharon Mashihi – Adult Child
    A performative lecture on having parents.

    Nisse Greenberg – An Alternative History of the Calculator
    In attempting to look back at the mathematical and technological advances of societies pre-colonization, this talk will attempt to look at what the calculator would have looked like if Western European Christian ideology hadn't genocided other ideologies.

    Panel 4: Boundaries of Words

    Aaron Finbloom – Conversation Scores
    The uncharted realms of playing with structural dialogical constraints to expand philosophical conversation

    Alex Tatarsky – MIME TALK
    Lecoq mime pedagogy and Russian futurist zaum poetry as twin practices of embodied resistance to totalitarianism

    Sam Corbin – “The art of undoing: A brief practicum on Nonsense”
    Openness to the unknown is the sole prerequisite for this introduction to “Nonsense” and its many practical applications.

    The School of Making Thinking (SMT)
     is an artist-thinker residency program, experimental college, and nomadic investigation into collaborative practice.  Founded in 2011 and a federal non-for-profit, SMT creates innovative environments where participants are able to develop a creative practice that challenges disciplinary conventions of art-making, thinking, and living. Our program asks: How does art deepen thought and provoke questioning? How is thinking enacted through creative mediums? And how can an environment be structured or resist structuring in such a way that these questions can not only be asked, but be lived as well?


  64. Calling All Collectives: A Community Action Forum
    Hosted by the Visual Resistance 
    in conjunction with the exhibition Elective Affinities: A Library

    Wednesday, April 6, 2017 - 6-9pm 


    205 Hudson Gallery
    Hunter College Art Galleries
    205 Hudson Street
    New York, NY 10013
    Hours: Wed-Sun 1-6pm

    The Visual Resistance (TVR) is a superforce of creative activists united to resist oppression and imagine a liberated future. We are excited to be working in a rapidly expanding field with many contributors, collectives, and individuals working with similar determination.  As such, we are inviting all the Resistance family, especially those using visuals/media/images/film/etc. to April’s forum, so we can learn about each other's work and get a better sense of our intersections, discovering ways to join forces, share resources, and grow stronger together.

    This will be the third forum and the theme is Calling All Collectives. The forum will include brief presentations by several collectives including, BRIC, The Creative Resistance, the Diverse Filmmakers Alliance, Hunter Community Action Coalition, Love City Arts Collective, Occupy Museums, TVR-Imagine Liberation team, TVR-News, Wendy's Subway, Word Up Books, along with many others. There will also be breakout discussions and the evening will close with a few short readings.

    To get an idea of the March forum at Aperture, check out the program from the event and this Hyperallergic post.

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  65. Reversible Launch Party
    Saturday, April 1 - 7:30pm

    Come celebrate the release of Marisa Crawford's second book of poems, REVERSIBLE, from Switchback Books! 

    Readings by:
    Naomi Extra
    M. Henry Milks
    Molly Prentiss 
    More readers TBA! 


    The dream of the '90s is alive in REVERSIBLE, where the coping mechanisms for surviving the complexities of teenage girl existence are bound up in episodes of My So-Called Life, Cranberries lyrics, and the intimacy of friendship. REVERSIBLE is also a temporal study--saturated in the past and confronting anxiety about future and its possibilities. Relics from adolescence accumulate throughout the collection and transcend their original purposes, creating a narrative about life before the internet, feminist identity, and the persistent messiness of selfhood.


    "I mourn for the girlhood of this book." -- Morgan Parker

    "Crawford's poems know, better than any I’ve ever read, that fashion is imagery; ditto for friendships and stickers and backyard pools and the things girls do to their bodies in their bedrooms late at night." -- Becca Klaver

    "Reversible is the glossy mixed-tape of girl in becoming." -- Jennifer Tamayo

    Find more about REVERSIBLE here: http://switchbackbooks.com/reversible.html

  66. Mixtape: A Reading
    With David Bersell, Jess Feldman, Amy Sauber, and Erin Somers 
    Sunday, March 26 - 7pm 
    Suggested donation: $5 (no one turned away)

    Join us for a pop-up reading at Wendy’s Subway, March 26, 2017, 7pm. You won’t want to miss this mixtape of poetry, fiction, and essays.


    Erin Somers is a 2016 Center for Fiction Emerging Writer Fellow. Her fiction has appeared in American Short FictionThe Cincinnati ReviewTin House online, and elsewhere.

    Jess Feldman's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in DiodeSixth FinchReality Beach, and Paperbag. Her manuscript 'Call It a Premonition' was chosen by Zachary Schomburg as winner of the 2015 BOAAT Winter Chapbook Competition. Jess currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. 

    David Bersell is the author of the essay collection The Way I've Seen Her Ever Since and Nashville Notebook, a forthcoming chapbook of flash nonfiction. He lives in Brooklyn. 

    Amy Sauber lives in New Hampshire where she is working on a collection of short stories. She is the recipient of the 2017 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers and her works appears at The Rumpus

  67. Book Launch: Georg by Sigfried Kracauer 
    Published by Publication Studio Hudson (Troy, NY)

    With Carl Skoggard and Ian Dreiblatt 
    Sunday, March 5 - 7pm 

    Please join us for the launch of Sigfried Kracauer’s Georg, newly-translated by Carl Skoggard and published by Publication Studio Hudson. A reading by Skoggard will be following by a discussion with poet and translator Ian Dreiblatt. 

    The dismaying national rupture we are experiencing comes as a shock. Suddenly, our future is deeply uncertain. What we thought was American bedrock seems to be giving way; cherished values are being trampled and little is done to defend them. Siegfried Kracauer’s Georg, appearing here in English for the first time, confronts the signal failure of liberalism in Weimar Germany in the years that preceded the coming of Hitler. At one point Kracauer asks: " Things of the past—where had they gone? And what had readied itself in the meantime, inaudible in the stillness, and was now drawing near? " 

    Best remembered today for his brilliant study of early German cinema, From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological Study of the German Film, and for his involvement with the Frankfurt School (he mentored Theodor Adorno), Siegfried Kracauer (1889–1966) was the editor for cultural affairs at Germany’s leading liberal newspaper, the Frankfurter Zeitung, during the Weimar Republic until its disastrous end. His novel Georg is a panorama of those years, as seen through the eyes of a rookie reporter working for the fictional Morgenbote (Morning Herald). In a defeated nation seething with extremism right and left, young Georg is looking for something to believe in. For him, the past has become unusable; for nearly everyone he meets, paradise seems just around the corner. But which paradise? Kracauer’s grimly funny novel takes on a confused and dangerous time which may remind us of our own.

    Carl Skoggard enjoys reading German literature and for many years was an editor for the Repértoire International de la Littérature Musicale, with responsibility for German materials. His translation of Ein Jahr in Arkadien, an 1805 gay fiction by the eccentric Duke August of Saxe-Gotha and Altenburg, appeared as Year in Arcadia (Atropen Verlag) in 1999. Skoggard has also produced translations and commentaries for Walter Benjamin's Berliner Kindheit um 1900 (Berlin Childhood circa 1900); Berliner Chronik (The 'Berlin Chronicle' Notices); and all of Benjamin's little known 73 "Heinle sonnets," along with the original German and line-by-line commentary. Previously he served as staff writer for Nest: A Quarterly of Interiors.

    Ian Dreiblatt is a poet whose work has appeared in BOMBThe Agriculture ReaderElderly, Sink Review, Pallaksch, Vestiges, Web Conjunctions, and elsewhere. His essays have appeared in Entropy, The Quarterly ConversationDrunken BoatAsymptote, and other places. His translations have run in n+1Jacobin, Music & Literature, and in books from e-flux classics, Melville House, Ugly Duckling Presse, and Verso. He lives with Anna in Brooklyn and outer space, and he really likes your shirt.

    Buy a copy of Georg here: https://tinyurl.com/jqn5t2f

  68. SOLO: Emily Brandt
    Curated by Ali Power
    Saturday, February 25 - 7pm

    SOLO is a quarterly reading series at Wendy’s Subway. SOLO features one poet or writer and was founded with the intention to provide communal space in which ideas, information, & support can be exchanged. SOLO is curated by Ali Power. 

    Emily Brandt is a poet, editor, & high school teacher in Brooklyn. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Sleeptalk Or Not At All (Horse Less Press, 2015), ManWorld (dancing girl press, 2014), & Behind Teeth (Recreation League, 2014). Brandt is co-founding editor of No, Dear, and Web Acquisitions Editor for VIDA. Her poems have recently appeared in LitHubThe RecluseWashington Square Review, & other journals. More at emilybrandt.com.

    Ali Power is a poet, editor, & psychotherapist. She is the author of the book-length poem A Poem for Record Keepers (Argos, 2016) and co-editor of the volume New York School Painters & Poets: Neon in Daylight (Rizzoli, 2014). More at ali-e-power.com

    Image courtesy Dara Cerv. "sunset," 2015. Originally published in NightBlock (edition 7). 

  69. Big Words, Etc. Reading
    Sunday, September 25 - 6pm 

    Hosted by Stacey Kahn and Jess Martinez, Big Words Etc. is a monthly reading series that embraces democracy by letting each audience vote for the following month’s theme. Started in 2012 to give under-the-radar and emerging/aspiring writers a platform, we’ve developed into a community that lets everyone – from the professional writer to the lawyer or hair stylist with a poetic bent, to the audience member who’s not into writing but likes participating by voting on the theme – get involved. September's theme is "Now What?"


    Aimee Herman (Big Words, Etc. Writer-in-Residence)
    Timothy Gomez
    Melanie Griffith
    Cynthia Ann Schemmer
    Sonia Jaffe Robbins
    Cooper Wilhelm
    Rina Deshpande
    M.K. Rainey
    Danielle Gregori


    Aimee Herman is a teacher, poet, performance artist, and uke player in the band Hydrogen Junkbox. Aimee's been published in an array of journals and anthologies and has two books of poems, including the most recent "meant to wake up feeling." Thank you Big Words for existing and encouraging writers to write and read!

    Timothy Gomez holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. His work has appeared in Connotation Press, No Tokens, Epiphany, and others. He currently lives in Whittier, CA and teaches at Aspire Ollin University Prep Academy in Huntington Park. He also co-hosts a podcast about friendship and feelings entitled Fairweather and writes at his website timfinite.me.

    Melanie Griffith is a Long Island native whose writing has appeared in PANK, Beecher's, and others. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College's MFA program, she now lives in Providence, RI with a nautical archaeologist. When she's not at work at a K-8 charter school in Central Falls, RI, you might find her thinking seriously about writing an essay while cooking or streaming a critically acclaimed TV drama.

    Cynthia Ann Schemmer is a writer and musician living in Philadelphia. She is the Managing Editor of She Shreds Magazine, the only print publication dedicated to highlighting women guitarists and bassists. She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and has been published in Philadelphia City Paper, Impose, Underwater New York, The Media, Broken Pencil, and others. She has co-authored a chapter in Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind, a collection of tips and narratives on ways non-parents can support parents and children. She also writes Secret Bully, a creative nonfiction zine of personal essays, and her cat is her creative muse.

    Sonia Jaffe Robbins is an editor, writer, and activist. She has written in many genres: journalism, criticism, memoir, and fiction. She has a chapter in an anthology titled "Red Diapers: Growing Up on the Communist Left," and co-moderates a workshop on gender and the transition from socialism to what comes next.

    Cooper Wilhelm writes poems on postcards and mails them to strangers he looks up in phone books at PoetryAndStrangers.com and hosts Into the Dark, a talk show about witchcraft and the occult, for Radio Free Brooklyn. His chapbook about necromancy and breakups, Klaatu Verata Nikto, is available from Ghost City Press.

    Rina Deshpande writes and illustrates mindful, short poetry and likes to research and teach about yoga and mindful practice, too. She used to be a public school teacher and hopes to publish a children's book someday soon. She lives in NYC and loves Halloween the most.

    M.K. Rainey received her MFA in fiction writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She currently teaches writing to the youth of America through Community-Word Project, Wingspan Arts and The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cider Press Review, Litro Online, Equinox, KGB Lit Journal, The Grief Diaries and more. She co-hosts the Dead Rabbits Reading Series and lives in Harlem with her dog. Sometimes she writes things the dog likes.

    Danielle Gregori is a librarian working both at a membership library on the upper east side, and a private school on the upper west side.  There's a fantastic joke in there somewhere, but she hasn't figured it out yet.  When she's not joyfully throwing books at children to test their reflexes, Danielle spends her free time writing young adult fiction and library-themed haikus.  She's published one book of poetry titled Lines Between the Stacks and dreams of one day sharing her apartment with a cat that doesn't vindictively barf in her shoes.

  70. SHELTER Speaker Series 
    Mariana Valencia, Jesse Myerson, Philip Markle
    Thursday, January 5- Doors 7pm, Talks 7:30pm  

    SHELTER is a speaker series bringing different ideas together under one roof, first Thursdays of every month.

    MARIANA VALENCIA makes dances art. Valencia has had residencies at New York Live Arts, Chez Bushwick, Pieter Pasd, Showbox LA, Issue Project room and BAX. Valencia has worked with Vanessa Anspaugh, Lauren Bakst, Kim Brandt, Kate Brandt, Elsa Brown, AK Burns, Tess Dworman, Daria Fain, Shoshana Funk, Jules Gimbrone, Juliana May, MPA, Lydia Okrent, Elizabeth Orr, Katy Pyle, Marya Wethers, No Total and Geo Wyeth. She holds a BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. www.marianavalencia.work 

    JESSE MYERSON is a writer and organizer from New York City. His writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, the Washington Post, the Village VoiceThe Nation, and elsewhere.

    PHILIP MARKLE moved to NYC in 2013 to launch the theatre and training center of The Annoyance Theater NY, where he acted as its Executive Director until Fall 2016. Philip graduated Northwestern University and produced, performed and trained in Chicago at comedy theaters such as The Annoyance, iO, and Second City. He has taught and performed internationally, from Berlin to Bali, and currently teaches writing and improv classes at The Annoyance NY, as well as independent classes of his own. He regularly performs and writes comedy in NYC, primarily at The Annoyance and the PIT. Philip is a member of Baby Wants Candy and the creator of the musical improv show Happy Karaoke Fun Time, which ran for 6+ years in Chicago and Off-Broadway in NY. In Wilmette, IL, Philip launched and taught at The Actors Training Center, an acting studio where he also acted as Associate Director. He is a proud member of the children’s education theatre companies The Story Pirates and Barrel of Monkeys. He executive produced, wrote, and acted in the digital shorts series The Annoyance Presents on IFC's Comedy Crib. Philip has written two one-man shows - his first solo show, Sparkle Hour, was featured in the 2013 International NY Fringe Festival. He is represented commercially by Stewart Talent NY.

  71. Against Erasure: Radios Book Launch
    Readings by Danny Snelson, Shiv Kotecha, and Buffy Cain.
    Hosted by Joseph Mosconi
    Monday, December 5th - 7pm

    Please join us for the launch of Danny Snelson’s new book, Radios, published by Make Now Books. 

    The evening, hosted by Joseph Mosconi (Poetic Research Bureau/Make Now Books, Los Angeles) will feature readings by Snelson, Shiv Kotecha, and Buffy Cain.

    Designed after the iconic Hanuman Books imprint of the 1970s and 80s, Radios uses every word and punctuation mark in Ronald Johnson’s Radi Os (1977) in the endeavor to recompose John Milton’s Paradise Lost (1674). Wherever Johnson composed the holes, Snelson filled them in. ‘Nothing is erased, everything is lost.’

    More on Radios here.


    Danny Snelson is a writer, editor, and archivist. He is the author of several books, including Radios (Make Now Press, 2016), EXE TXT (Gauss PDF, 2015), Epic Lyric Poem (Troll Thread, 2015), and Inventory Arousal with James Hoff (Bedford Press/Architectural Association, 2011). His editorial work can be found online at UbuWeb, PennSound, Eclipse, and Jacket2. With Mashinka Firunts and Avi Alpert, he is one-third of the academic performance group Research Service. See also: http://dss-edit.com 

    Shiv Kotecha is the author of the Unlovable (Troll Thread, 2016) and EXTRIGUE (Make Now, 2015). Other stuff @ shivkotecha.com

    Buffy Cain writes and codes. She wrote the code that wrote the book (n+1)+1, and has recently had essays or poetry in Codette, Arachne, Code and Concept, and Manila Institute.



  72. Priscilla Becker, Ryan Murphy, and Kenji Herbert 
    Thursday, November 10 - 7pm 

    Please join us for readings by Priscilla Becker and Ryan Murphy, with musical accompaniment by Kenji Herbert. 

    Priscilla Becker’s first book of poems, Internal West, won The Paris Review book prize. Her second collection, Stories That Listen, was released from Four Way Books. Her poems have appeared in the following literary journals, among several others: FenceOpen CityBoston ReviewThe Paris ReviewAmerican Poetry Review, The Brooklyn RailVerseDossierAufgabe, and The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets; she recently won the Folio poetry prize; her fiction was materialized in The Literary Review, winner of The Charles Angoff prize. Her collection of essays: Morbid Dyslexia was selected as the finalist in the GrayWolf Press nonfiction contest, then published in The Literary Review; her music reviews have been published in The Nation and Filter magazine; her essays in Cabinet magazine and Open City. Her non-fiction has been anthologized by Soft Skull Press, Anchor Books, and Sarabande. She has completed her third book, Pure Brown, and a chapbook, Death Certificate, which will be published by Ugly Duckling Presse.

    Guitarist Kenji Herbert, born to an Austrian father and Japanese mother, has distilled his unique background and diverse influences into a guitar sound characteristically his own. An alumnus of Berklee College of Music (summa cum laude, 2011), he was an inaugural member of its honor program, Berklee Global Jazz Institute, under the artistic direction of Danilo Perez. He is in demand internationally and has toured in the U.S., Europe and Asia performing at such venues as the Blue Note (NYC), New Museum (NYC), Bregenzer Festspiel Haus (Austria) and Super Deluxe (Tokyo) a.o. His debut album “The Way the Light Falls” was released October 2016 on the Inner Circle Music Label. 

    Ryan Murphy is the author of Millbrook, The Redcoats, and Down with the Ship. He has received grants and awards from the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Chelsea Magazine, The Fund For Poetry, and The New York State Foundation for the Arts. He is an associate director of Four Way Books.

  73. SHELTER Speaker Series 
    Jonah Rosenberg, Eileen Markey, Josie Duffy Rice
    Thursday, November 3 - Doors 7pm, Talks 7:30pm 

    SHELTER is a speaker series bringing different ideas together under one roof, first Thursdays of every month.

    JONAH ROSENBERG is a pianist, composer, sound-designer, and video artist residing in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Jonah is striving to create intuitive music whether for chamber ensembles, dance, theater or noise deluge.  His hairdresser Lauren insists he visits far too infrequently. www.jonahrosenberg.com

    EILEEN MARKEY is an investigative journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Wall Street Journal, National Catholic Reporter, America, Commonweal, and Killing the Buddha. She has worked as a producer for WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show and is a contributing editor for Housing and Homelessness at City Limits. Markey is a graduate of Fordham University’s urban studies program and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her book, A Radical Faith, is coming out later this month from Nation Books.

    JOSIE DUFFY RICE is a staff writer at Daily Kos, where she covers prosecutorial misconduct and other criminal justice reform issues. She's also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Seven Scribes. Her writing on race, gender, culture, and politics has been featured in Gawker, Ebony, Rewire, Interactive One, and Spook Mag, among others. She has also been featured in The Nation, New York Magazine, and Scalawag. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Josie previously worked as a voting rights and criminal justice attorney.


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  74. Book Launch & Poetry reading: Firas Sulaiman and Mona Kareem
    Tuesday, November 1 - 7pm

    Join us at this reading by Arabic poets Firas Sulaiman and Mona Kareem, celebrating the release of their new publications. Poems will be read in Arabic, and then in English translation. 

    ندعوكم إلى هذه القراءة الشعرية بمناسبة صدور ديوان “نهايات معطلة” للشاعر فراس سليمان و”ما أنام من أجله اليوم” للشاعرة منى كريم.  ستُقرأ القصائد بالعربية ثم بترجمات إنجليزية

    Firas Sulaiman is a Syrian poet with multiple publications in Arabic including six volumes of poetry and two newly released collections in English translation. He has also published a collection of short stories, experimental fiction, a book of aphorisms and numerous articles, in addition to appearing in several anthologies. His work has appeared in English in Banipal, The Wolf, The Manhattan Review, 22 Magazine and Washington Square, as well as being translated into French, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish and Croatian. He currently lives with his wife in New York City.

    Mona Kareem is a poet, translator, and journalist based in New York. She is the author of three poetry collections, some of which were translated into French, English, Spanish, Dutch, German, Farsi, Italian and Kurdish. Mona is a doctoral candidate in the Comparative Literature program at Binghamton University. Her dissertation explores issues of subalternity in the Arab feminist novel. She teaches literature while freelancing for a number of Arabic publications. 

  75. How to Live Together: Acephalic Discontents IV
    Saturday, October 29 - 2-4pm

    BAM Fisher, Sharp Lower Lobby
    321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn NY 11217

    a/cephalic discontents / a discussion series organized by DAS UNBEHAGEN

    session IV/ curated by WENDY’S SUBWAY/ texts: Roland Barthes, “How to Live Together”


    “...the name given to the imaginary was the fantasy of idiorrhythmy.”

    Acephalic discontents is a series of text-based discussions on the question of community and group structure organized in collaboration with various writerly, artistic and intellectual groups. Sessions reflect on the possibilities and limits of alternative organization within the constraints of today’s capitalism while also functioning as nodes of intersection  for various acephalic thinkers, groups and projects between New York City and Philadelphia. Each discussion session is relatively autonomous; together they build a discursive commons in preparation for a “case conference” and a handful of other events in 2017 treating specific historical and contemporary acephalic formations or “elective communities” as “cases” — singular, producing new possibilities but also new and old pathologies.

    The next session of acephalic discontents focuses on the notes and transcriptions of Roland Barthes’ 1977 lecture series, “How to Live Together: Some Novelistic Simulations of Everyday Life.” These lectures reflect on sources of imagination for group life and its rhythms in novelistic, religious, political and aesthetic texts. Through a series of discontinuous “traits” — digressive and alphabetically organized keywords — Barthes explores the possibility of “idiorrhythmy”: singular distributions of time, space and the fabric of sense that are generated by group dynamics and practices, and separated from the more automatic interactions of the world at large. Experiments in Barthes’s acephalic method and discussion of the lecture course’s material will be guided by participants from Wendy’s Subway, a library and writing space oriented towards collaborative practice, publication and education.


    To register and for pdfs contact: Patricia Gherovici at pgherovici@aol.com 
    Transportation will be facilitated between NYC and Philadelphia, and some hosted accommodations are
    available visit http://acephalicdiscontents.tumble.com for more information

  76. Book Launch: Kendra DeColo, My Dinner with Ron Jeremy
    DeColo, Lawless, Božičević, Taggart, Tekten
    Saturday, October 15 - 7pm

    Join us for the NYC Book Release for Kendra DeColo's new poetry collection from Third Man Books, My Dinner with Ron Jeremy.  With readings from Kendra DeColo, Amy Lawless, Ana Božičević, Paige Taggart, and Öykü Tekten.

    Kendra DeColo is the author of two poetry collections, My Dinner With Ron Jeremy (Third Man Books, 2016) and Thieves in the Afterlife (Saturnalia, 2014), selected by Yusef Komunyakaa for the 2013 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, Indiana ReviewCopper NickelVerse Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and awards from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, the Millay Colony, and the Tennessee Arts Commission. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Amy Lawless is the author of two books of poems including My Dead (Octopus Books). Her third poetry collection Broadax is forthcoming from Octopus Books later this year. She is also co-author of I Cry: The Desire to Be Rejecteda collaborative, hybrid book (Pioneer Works Press, Groundworks Series) with Chris Cheney. An audio chapbook from BROADAX is available on Black Cake Records. She was a 2011 NYFA fellow.  She lives in Brooklyn.  

    Ana Božičević is the author of three books of poetry, STARS OF THE NIGHT COMMUTE and RISE IN THE FALL, winner of the 2014 Lambda Literary Award, and JOY OF MISSING OUT, forthcoming from Birds LLC this Fall.

    Paige Taggart is the author of two full-length collections, Or Replica (Brooklyn Arts Press) and Want for Lion (Trembling Pillow Press), and 5 chapbooks, including I am Writing To You From Another Country; Translations of Henri Michaux (Greying Ghost Press). She runs her own small jewelry business as Mactaggart Jewelry

    Öykü Tekten is a poet, translator, and editor living in New York. She is one of the founding members of KAF Collective and pursues a PhD degree in English at the Graduate Center, CUNY. 

  77. Big Words, Etc. Reading
    Tuesday, January 24 - 7pm

    Hosted by Stacey Kahn and Jess Martinez, Big Words Etc. is a monthly reading series that embraces democracy by letting each audience vote for the following month’s theme. Started in 2012 to give under-the-radar and emerging/aspiring writers a platform, we’ve developed into a community that lets everyone – from the professional writer to the lawyer or hair stylist with a poetic bent, to the audience member who’s not into writing but likes participating by voting on the theme – get involved. January's theme is "A Meaner Way to Say It."

    Featuring Stacie Evans, Athena Pappas, Starr Davis, Aimee Herman, and Jess Martinez. 


    Stacie Evans lives in Brooklyn, in a real “neighborhood neighborhood” where people ring the bell to borrow sugar or eggs and then leave fresh-baked cookies or a bottle of wine or fancy olive oil as a thank you. She is a four-time alum of VONA Voices, the only multi-genre workshop for writers of color. Stacie writes essays, stories, and poems, and is writing and drawing a comic called Adventures in Racism. She wishes she did all of that for a living, but instead she has – and has been mocked for having – a “jobby-job.” She is notorious for being unfailingly nice. Well, that may change after tonight.

    Athena Pappas is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and she currently lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with a mildly deranged cat. She received her MFA in poetry from Chatham University in Pittsburgh. Her work has been published by Go Places, Coal Hill Review, and Falling Star Magazine. Inspired by strong, female voices such as Kim Addonizio and Jan Beatty, her poems want. They want to tell a story without being obtuse or purposefully cryptic. They want to be gritty and real, obsessively exploring the imagery of loss, desire, and another night on a bar stool.

    Starr Davis is a poet, blogger, and freelance writer living in New York City. She attended the University of Akron and received her BA in Journalism and currently attends City College of New York pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing. Her work has been featured in Kaylani: Literary Magazine For Women of Color, The Promethean, and Black Bride Magazine. For more updates, follow her @metaphorqueen__ on Twitter.

    Aimee Herman is a performance artist, poet, and writing/literature teacher at Bronx Community College with two full-length books of poetry. Aimee also is a singer/ukelele player in the poetry-band collective, "Hydrogen Jukebox, runs a creative writing workshop at Brooklyn Public Library and hosts/curates a monthly series called Queer Art Organics, featuring LGBTQ writers and performers. She is Big Words' writer-in-residence.  

    Greg Kirkorian is a dive bar socialite and jack-off-all-trade. He cut his teeth performing poetry in Dublin and has since shifted his focus toward making prurient comic books and Art Fag paraphernalia.

    Bin Jung is an urban planner. She loves the Northeast and the Northwest, amongst other things.
    Christine Stoddard is a Salvadoran-Scottish-American writer and artist who lives in Brooklyn. In addition to being the founding editor of Quail Bell Magazine, she is the author of Hispanic & Latino Heritage in Virginia (The History Press), Ova (Dancing Girl Press, 2017), and two miniature books from the Poems-For-All series. Her work has appeared in anthologies by Candlewick Press, Civil Coping Mechanisms, ELJ Publications, and other publishers.

    Co-host Jess Martinez will also be sharing a piece on the theme.

  78. Polish Impact: Ha!wangarda 2016 in New York City
    September 22-October 2, 2016

    Ha!wangarda is an international festival-lab organized every fall in Kraków since 2010 by Korporacja Ha!art, an art foundation and collective of writers, artists, curators, and editors. This hybrid type of event links a festival, a creative laboratory, a traveling seminar, a literary café, creating space where participants generate knowledge about and a lexicon for discussing unconventional literature. The festival has presented over 100 works from Central and Eastern Europe as well as the UK, and the USA.

    The festival is organized in collaboration with Central Booking in Manhattan; Greenpoint Library, and Charlotte Patisserie in Brooklyn. Ha!wangarda 2016 in New York City is supported by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. 

    For the full festival lineup, see the Festlab website. See the Facebook page here.

    Friday, September 23

    5pm: Liberature: poetry bound to the book, a talk and poetry presentation by Katarzyna Bazarnik

    Liberature is a genre embracing literary works in which the writer deliberately fuses text and material features of the book in order to create an integral piece of literary art. Proposed in 1999 by Polish poet Zenon Fajfer and theoretically developed by Katarzyna Bazarnik, the concept grew out of the couple's triple-codex-book Oka-leczenie [Mute-Eye-Late], the work that stimulated a distinct trend in contemporary Polish literature. But such an approach to creative writing can be traced back to practices of the avant-garde, Mallarme's symbolist revolution, Sterne's playful treatment of publishing conventions, and visual poetry. The talk will point to these connections, but focus on how the poetic word can inhabit spaces of the book, and will include reading from a few liberatic poems by Zenon Fajfer. 

    6pm: Demoscene Poetry presented by Piotr Marecki 

    The aim of the presentation is to introduce and put in context the phenomenon of scene poetry, which stems from demoscene activities. The demoscene was an almost exclusively European phenomenon, which developed in the 80’s and 90’s among the first generation of teenage geeks growing up using PCs. This exceptional type of creative activity was based on collaborative work in the field of digital media and computational art. The most important genre of the scene were demos, i.e. programs whose only purpose was to impress the expert audience and demonstrate possibilities of a computer. The demoscene has survived as a unique subculture of highly skilled computer artists, but is little known outside the “uninitiated.” Demos are created in real time during demoparties, as their effects are generated by a processor processing input data according to an algorithm. The audience of demo parties consists of other participants, who are deeply involved in the scene and can appreciate the beauty of algorithms. Many demos are a kind of video clips, hence the demoscene was usually contextualized as digital media and audiovisual art. But there are several demos whose integral part is constituted by text and poetry. Among the sceners this type of work is called scene poetry. The presentation will include examples of such demos, collected during research of the scene environment and meetings with demosceners. 

    Saturday, September 24

    4pm: Kaja Puto, presentation of a Facebook game "Keleti blok blokki" 

    Keleti blok blokki (Hungarian for 'the apartment blocks of the Eastern Block') is a social game played on Facebook in which players try to guess the geographical location of apartment blocks featured on screens from Google Street View submitted by one of the participants. The photos can be censored for obvious clues (like signs or registration plates). The game counters the popular belief that apartment blocks looked all alike, from Eastern Germany all the way to Vladivostok. In the wider context, the game challenges the perception of Eastern Bloc countries as one monolith, described by the Western rulers as "the East". 

    Keleti blok blokki constitutes a research subject at the intersection of visual anthropology (exploring semiotics of urban space mediated by the Google Street View camera), sociology (with its focus on stereotypes about the Eastern Bloc countries successfully employed by participants of the game), and digital literature (the explanations the participants write for their guesses often have the form of short, witty, literary descriptions.) The presentation will focus on this last aspect, and proposes to consider these short forms as literary flash non-fiction.

    5pm: Matrix, Ha!art's experimental animations presented by Piotr Marecki 

    Matrix is a reconstruction of an old Slavonic myth of creation. To tell the myth recovered from an abyss of the past Tomasz Bochniak invented a special, experimental technology, which involves using a glass matrix and stop motion animation. Slawek Shuty, a writer, performer and intermedial artist prepared a storyline that matches the ingenuity of the new technology. The effect is dazzling! The show will feature Trip, another experimental animation by the same artist. Suffering from writer’s block, the Author decides to induce inspiration chemically. A biscuit he consumes transports him, like the fairytale Alice, into a land of hallucinogenic visions. The revelation results in an increase of creative potential. However, the depths of imagination are inhabited by demons that must be confronted. Trip is a metaphorical account of an internal voyage, an animated penetration to the Buddhist bardo, a black comedy tale about the transformation of a creative impasse into fulfillment. The show will end will a bonus: another surprise animation recently finalized by the same creative duo. 


    Katarzyna Bazarnik, translator, writer, curator of Liberature Reading Room and editor of Liberatura series in Ha!art Publishing House, assistant professor in the Institute of English Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.

    Zenon Fajfer, Polish poet, playwright, creator and theoretician of liberature (a new literary genre fusing text with unconventional shapes of the book), inventor of new literary forms.

    Piotr Marecki, assistant professor at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków and lecturer at the Film School in Łódź. Since 1999 he has been editor-in-chief of Ha!art Magazine and Ha!art Publishing House, which he co-founded. 

    Kaja Puto, journalist, editor, publisher, refugee activist, vice-president of Korporacja Ha!art Foundation. 

  79. Alumnos47 and Ediciones Transversales present exhibitions to go! selected Mexican art publications
    Talk and discussion led by Eva Posas and Alfonso Santiago 

    Sunday, September 18 - 8pm

    Eva Posas and Alfonso Santiago present the selection of Mexican art publications that constitute exhibition to go!, a collection of contemporary publications from 2006 to today on view at Wendy’s Subway from Thursday, September 15th to Friday, September 23rd and at the New York Art Book Fair, from Friday, September 16th to Sunday, September 18th.

    These publications were generated as a result of an exhibit or are projects that use an editorial support as a medium of art display. From a variety of formats, supports, and strategies that go beyond the catalog of an exhibition, each of these publications respond to a distribution logic and subjective mode of circulation. The agents behind these publications are artists, state museums, commercial galleries, independent spaces, and publishers. More than just generate an overview of the production of catalogs and art books in Mexico, each one of these portable exhibitions raises questions that exceed the margins of the exhibition format.

    Eva Posas is the Editorial director of Alumnos 47, and Alfonso Santiago is the director of Ediciones Transversales, an independent publishing project, both in Mexico City.

    Alumnos 47 is non-profit organization that stimulates the creation and exchange of knowledge in order to explore current issues through contemporary art. Its programs are held in its cultural space and in a mobile device, as well as in collaboration with other organizations. The cultural offer of the Foundation is developed through its educational, curatorial, editorial, and sponsorship programs based on research processes. Its venue, located in the San Miguel Chapultepec neighborhood in Mexico City, is a Resource Center or Research and Learning (CRAI) that houses a library and archive, specialized in contemporary art and artists' books. In line with their mission is to bring awareness of Mexican artists and their work through editorial practices to a broader audience in the US and beyond.

  80. Double Book Release Celebration!
    THE INSTEADa conversation between Emily Abendroth & Miranda Mellis, published by Carville Annex Press AND Black Box: A Record of The Catastrophe, the first volume of this publication from the Black Box Collective
    Wednesday, June 29 - 7:30pm

    Featuring Miranda Mellis, Emily Abendroth, Eirik Steinhoff, and Special Black Box Guests 

    Miranda Mellis is the author of Demystifications (forthcoming, Solid Objects, 2017), The Quarry, The Spokes, None of This Is RealMaterialisms, and The Revisionist

    Emily Abendroth is the author of ]Exclosures[ from Ahsahta Press, as well as chapbooks from Albion, Belladonna, Horseless Press, Little Red Leaves, and Zumbar Press.

    Eirik Steinhoff is a co-editor of BLACK BOXA Fiery Flying Roule, his pamphlet series from 2011-12, is forthcoming as a book from Station Hill. He teaches at The Evergreen State College. 


    Carville Annex Press on The Instead

    Like all the things we make, this book helps us breathe, which is why we want to share it with you. Katie Aymar made an index for the book, and this part of "H" describes The Instead's range and depth:

    Holbrook, Robert Saleem, 182
    holistic storytelling, 108-109, 125-126, 144-146, 148-153, 188-189
    holograph of facts, 83
    homogenizing forces, 95, 113; see loss
    Hopelessness of Changing Anything, 75
    how to: balance a sense of peace with the chaos of others, 103, 109; escape from Eastern State Penitentiary, 94; renew the present, 111; sound out a question, 163; surpass gravity and death, 180; telepathically foment solidarity, 189; see swimming, see also toxicity
    human rights monitoring, 150-153
    human transgenerational response, 64, 78

    This book reminds us that we are all in this together, asking questions, trying to find a way through. You can buy it here now. 



    PM Press on Black Box: A Record of Our Catastrophe:

    As the serial disasters of capitalism’s current crisis—economic, political, environmental—continue to batter the world, Black Box: A Record of the Catastrophe is a device for recording, analyzing, and transmitting events as they happen. But it offers neither dire predictions nor false hopes. Instead, it embraces the mystery of what might transpire. The word “catastrophe” has not always signified “disaster”; during the sixteenth century, especially in theater, it came to mean “a reversal of what is expected.” Black Box is ultimately a documentary project, a record of the catastrophe, but it’s an open question where the inquiry will take us. It may be a record of the disastrous end. Or it may be a record of the turning.

    The first volume contains an eclectic but accessible collection of reportage, interviews, letters, fragments, and theoretical responses from some of the brightest minds in critical theory. Its authors have sent dispatches from American prison yards, the shipping graveyards of India, fatal overseas drone strikes, roads crisscrossing the Mississippi Delta, childhoods in revolutionary Zimbabwe, and kitchens where undocumented workers wash dishes.

    Contributors to Black Box include scholars (Nina Power, Silvia Federici, Sami Khatib, Chris O’Kane, Tanya Erzen), cultural critics (Richard Dyer, Charles Mudede), authors (Ursula K. Le Guin, Miranda Mellis), poets (Emily Abendroth, Cathy Wagner, Alli Warren), and many others.


  81. Reading and Book Signing with Linda Scott
    Sunday, June 12, 3-5pm

    Please join us for a reading and book signing with local author, Linda Scott. 

    Scott is a native New Yorker and still resides there til this day. She is a divorced mother of five adult children and have worked in the Non-Profit sector for over 35 years before going back to college and earning a degree in Computer Network Technology. After earning her degree, she found her love for writing and has since written 3 published novels, Storm 1 & 2, and Obsession

  82. SHELTER Speaker Series 
    Angela Serratore, Lina Khan, Elijah Hutchinson
    Thursday, June 2 - Doors 7pm, Talks 7:30pm 

    SHELTER is a speaker series bringing different ideas together under one roof, first Thursdays of every month.

    ANGELA SERRATORE e is the Web Editor at Lapham's Quarterly. Her writing on cities and spaces has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review Daily, and on the Awl, which will soon be home to her monthly column exploring New York's potential landmarks.

    LINA KHAN researches and writes about concentrated economic power. She is especially interested in the connection between market structures and democracy and the evolution of antirust law. Her writing has appeared in the American Prospect, New Republic, Quartz, Washington Monthly, and the Washington Post, among other publications. She is a fellow with the Open Markets Program at New America and a student at Yale Law School. She previously served as policy director for Zephyr Teachout's 2014 gubernatorial campaign in New York and as a policy analyst at New America.

    ELIJAH HUTCHINSON currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Resiliency within the Development department at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). He facilitates for NYCEDC the study and implementation of large-scale coastal infrastructure, planning and development projects. Current key projects include testing the feasibility of tidal barriers and wetlands to mitigate flooding from Coney Island Creek into southern Brooklyn, and also programming coastal flood mitigation interventions for Lower Manhattan. Hutchinson is a native of Brooklyn, New York.


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  83. 2MF with Kerry Downey 
    Saturday, May 28 - 7pm 

    Artist Kerry Downey has invited curator Amy Zion to co-facilitate a conversation on mimicry: how do physical gestures, affects, feelings, and behaviors move through bodies? How do influence and copy each other? We will begin the discussion by watching Downey’s recent video which engages with histories of mimicry through queer, feminist, pedagogical, painterly, and performative practices. Based on a fishing trip Downey took with mentor Angela Dufresne, Downey narrates a story of their conversation, using several strategies to copy Dufresne’s gestures, words, and ideas. How do these different physical strategies relate to ways certain bodies and legacies become visible, coherent, or legible?

    Downey will lead the group through a brief version of “telephone,” where we will attempt to copy and relay a message through the person before us in a chain of translations. Downey and Zion will also reference two texts that deal with affect contagion, memory and the perceptual apparatus of the mind-body, or mind-surface.

    Pre-Meeting Readings:

    Anna Gibbs, "After Affect: Sympathy, Synchrony, and Mimetic Communication" (2010) 
    Sigmund Freud, "A Note upon the 'Mystic Writing Pad'" (1925)

    About the Artists:
    Kerry Downey is an interdisciplinary artist and teacher whose work explores the political and sensorial ways we come in contact with each other. Downey's videos, prints, and performances reimagine the possibilities and limitations of gender, intimacy, and support in late capitalist America. Downey is a recent recipient of the Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist Grant and their work has recently been exhibited at LACE (Los Angeles, CA), The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (Annandale, NY), The Drawing Center (New York, NY), Taylor Macklin (Zurich), and REVERSE (Brooklyn, NY). Downey holds a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Hunter College. www.kerrydowney.com

    Amy Zion is a writer, curator, and editor. From 2007-15 she was an editor at Fillip, a contemporary art magazine published out of Vancouver, Canada. Recent curatorial projects include Mother Tongue, a solo presentation by Danh Vo for the Danish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and A.U.T.O.E.N.U.C.L.E.A.T.I.O.N., a solo presentation by Rasmus Røhling at Sismografo, an artist-run space in Porto, Portugal. She also provided curatorial assistance on the group exhibition Slip of the Tongue at Punta della dogana, Venice.

    About 2MF:
    2MF is a series of monthly community meetings – open and participatory experiences – organized by artists Sonya Derman and Maria Stabio. Collaborating each month with selected New York City thinkers, 2MF aims to encourage pro-emotive and ante-academic conversation among artists in New York City. All meetings are free and open to the public. Post-meeting discussion is aired and archived at Clocktower Radio. Meeting information is available at www.2manyfeelings.com.


  84. On George Maciunas’ Laughter
    A Presentation by Weronika Trojańska with Jeffrey Perkins 
    Friday, May 27 - 7pm 

    “Fluxus was a joke!” 
    -George Maciunas 

    Please join us for an evening of presentations and recollections of Fluxus artist George Maciunas’s laughter, presented by the Polish artist Weronika Trojańska and filmmaker Jeffrey Perkins. 

    Weronika Trojańska will present her recent work, which has traced Maciunas back to Vilnius, where she conducted research to learn about the artist’s peculiar laughter. Part of her ongoing Polyphonic Autobiography, this project will take the form of a forthcoming publication. It has also been included in Jeffrey Perkins’ forthcoming feature-length documentary on Maciunas, George

    A screening of excerpts from George and a conversation will follow. 

    Jeffrey Perkins is an artist and filmmaker living in New York City.  In 1963, while stationed by the US Air Force in Japan, he struck up a chance friendship with Yoko Ono, which led to an association over the ensuing decades with John Lennon, George Maciunas, Nam June Paik, and the Fluxus Art Movement. After moving to Los Angeles in the late 1960s, Perkins worked for the Fox Venice Theater, managed Cinematheque 16, and co-founded the psychedelic light show group Single Wing Turquoise Bird, which performed with the Velvet Underground, Yardbirds, Cream, Sly and the Family Stone, and others.  It was in Los Angeles that he developed a creative relationship with abstract expressionist painter Sam Francis. Making film and audio recordings that date from 1968 to 1977, Perkins created an expansive collection of footage of the artist, both at work in the studio and in intimate conversation. In 1981, Perkins returned to New York, where for the next twenty years he drove a taxi to support his artistic endeavors.  After the death of Francis in 1994, and with support of Jonas Mekas, Perkins revisited that remarkable footage to create his first feature documentary, 'The Painter Sam Francis'. Since its completion in 2008, Perkins has traveled worldwide to present his visual, audio, and conceptual works. In the last two years Perkins has been traveling around Europe and America to film interviews with friends, family, scholars and professional associates of George Maciunas and Fluxus. More information on George here: http://www.georgemaciunas.info/ 

    Weronika Trojańska is an artist and art writer. A graduate of Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan and Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam, she investigates notions of auto/biography and the self as fictional constructs by inhabiting particles of other person(s) and thus constructing a Polyphonic Autobiography. Weronika has ‘collected’ in her body and mind inter alia a handwriting of Dutch sculptress and ballet dancer – Margot Zanstra, as well as voice of American artist – Elaine Sturtevant. Her most recent endeavor is based on the embodiment of George Maciunas’ laughter, as a way to evoke personality. She has presented her work in Amsterdam (Rongwrong and San Serriffe), Singapore (ICAS) and Los Angeles (MuzeuMM) among others. As an art writer she has been published in Polish- and English-speaking media, currently she writes regularly for an art magazine Metropolis M and Arterritory.com.

    This event is supported by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Poland.

  85. Piles of Books: Art as Publishing in the 20th and 21st Centuries
    A Talk by David Senior
    Presented with Motto Distribution

    Thursday, May 26 - 7pm

    David Senior, Bibliographer at the Museum of Modern Art Library in New York, will discuss a history of artists' publications in the 20th and 21st centuries. Senior presents examples of how artists and designers have used little publications as experimental containers for new ideas, creating lively and accessible spaces to communicate work and archive art actions. Most examples will come from the collection of books that he works with at the MoMA Library and several recent library exhibitions he has organized of artists' books and ephemera.

    This event is presented by Wendy’s Subway and Motto Books, Berlin, on the occasion of the Motto Books temporary bookstore, open weekends from 12pm to 6pm, May 1st through May 29th. 

    David Senior is the bibliographer at the Museum of Modern Art Library, where he manages collection development, including the library’s artists’ books collection. Senior lectures often on the history of artists' publications and contemporary art and design publishing. He also curates exhibitions of MoMA Library materials including: THE ELECTRO-LIBRARY (2016), Ray Johnson Designs (2014), Please Come to the Show (2013), Millennium Magazines (2012), Access to Tools: Publications from the Whole Earth Catalog, 1968–74 (2011). Please Come to the Show, a book documenting his exhibition of artists' invitations and show flyers from the MoMA Library, was published by Occasional Papers in 2014. His writing has appeared in Frieze, Dot Dot Dot, Bulletins of the Serving Library, ART PAPERS, and C Magazine. He organizes a regular program of events for Printed Matter's New York Art Book Fair and the LA Art Book Fair called the Classroom. Senior edited an artist's book series through Printed Matter and the NYABF from 2008-2014, which included publications with Dexter Sinister, David Horvitz, Emily Roysdon, Aaron Flint Jamison, James Hoff and Eve Fowler. He serves on the board of directors of Primary Information and Yale Union.

  86. Book Launch: A POEM FOR RECORD KEEPERS by Ali Power
    Saturday, May 21 - 7pm

    Please join us on Saturday, May 21 at 7pm to celebrate the launch of A Poem for Record Keepers by Ali Power published by Argos Books.

    The event will include a short reading by Ali Power and special guests.

    Ali Power’s A Poem for Record Keepers is a long poem made of short poems that comes on like a deadpan phalanx system unlearning itself while crashing resignation into the boards and pulling the rug out from under certainty line by line. But certainty is not simply replaced by uncertainty; an angular, witty openness accumulates across Power’s poem, making it excellent company. That openness also lends itself to the poem’s capacity to build the kind of necessarily enigmatic space love requires to fend off the grinding mob-vacuum that is contemporary American life these days.

    –Anselm Berrigan

    Ali Power is the author of the book-length poem A Poem for Record Keepers (Argos Books, 2016) and the co-editor of the volume New York School Painters & Poets: Neon in Daylight (Rizzoli, 2014). From 2007 to 2015, Power was an editor at Rizzoli Publications in New York. Currently, she is pursuing her master’s degree in social work at New York University and co-curates the KGB Monday Night Poetry Reading Series.

  87. Shelter Press: Outside and After
    Presented with Motto Distribution

    Saturday, May 14th - 7pm 

    Please join us Saturday, May 14th for a reading and discussion with the French publisher, Shelter Press. The evening will address the many lives of published material across a number of formats and platforms (performances, exhibitions, workshops) and consider the potential activations of printed matter and records.    

    A reading by Shelter Press author and publisher, Félicia Atkinson, will be followed by a conversation with Atkinson and Bartolomé Sanson (Shelter Press), moderated by Kristen Mueller and Rachel Valinsky.

    This event is presented by Wendy’s Subway and Motto Books, Berlin, on the occasion of the Motto Distribution temporary bookstore, open weekends from 12pm to 6pm, May 1st through May 29th. 


    Shelter Press is a French publishing / curatorial platform founded in 2011 by publisher Bartolomé Sanson and artist Félicia Atkinson. Shelter Press works as a nomadic artist-run organization building up dialogues between contemporary art, poetry and experimental music through publications, pedagogical experiences, and exhibitions. Argument is a nomadic research center lead by Bartolomé Sanson and Felicia Atkinson (Shelter Press) and hosted by institutions and art centers –

    Félicia Atkinson (born 1981 in Paris) graduated with Honors from l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris and has also studied anthropology and contemporary dance (at BOCAL project with Boris Charmatz in 2003). She is a visual artist, an experimental musician and the co-publisher of the independent imprint Shelter Press/curatorial platform Argument with Bartolomé Sanson. She has exhibited her work worldwide, including at Komplot (Brussels), Bozar (Brussels), MUCA ROMA (Mexico D.F), Overgaden (Copenhagen), Lieu Commun/ Printemps de Septembre (Toulouse), Rinomina (Paris), Land and sea (Oakland), Chert Gallery (Berlin), and Joseph Tang Gallery (Paris), among others. In Spring and Summer 2016, she will present work at Last Resort Gallery and Kunsthalle Charlottenborg in Copenhagen; Et Al. etc in San Francisco; Bonelli Gallery in Milano; and Hectoliter in Brussels. As musician and sound artist, she has performed at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Cinema Tonala in Mexico D.F, Maison de France in Rio de Janeiro, Wiels in Brussels, MOCA in Los Angeles, Rewire Festival in Den Hague, and Borderline Festival in Athens, among others. She has published more than 15 records on various labels (including Shelter Press, Aguirre, Umor-rex, NNA Tapes, and Peak Oi) and a series of books with her own imprint, Shelter Press.

    Bartolomé Sanson was born in France in 1984. He started Shelter Press in 2012 with his partner Félicia Atkinson as an independent imprint dedicated to experimental books and records with an actual catalogue of 70 titles and began to develop its nomadic curatorial plateform: Argument. They have exhibited these projects worldwide including Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, Muca Roma Mexico D.F, and Oslo 10 in Basel. From 2005 to 2011, Bartolomé Sanson ran the imprint Kaugummi Books, publishing 122 artist zines by artists like Aidan Koch, Jaako Pallasvuo, Geoff McFetridge, Erik Van der Weijde, Sumi Ink Club, David Horvitz, Nicholas Gottlund, among others…

  88. Book Launch: FRAGILE CITY by Tülay Atak, David Bergé, Elke Krasny
    ülay Atak and David Bergé in conversation with David Smiley 
    Wednesday, May 4 - 7pm 

    Please join us on Wednesday May 4 at 7 pm to celebrate the U.S. launch of Fragile City by Tülay Atak, David Bergé, Elke Krasny, published by MER. Paper Kunsthalle. 

    The event will include short presentations by David Bergé and Tülay Atak followed by a conversation with David Smiley. 

    Fragile City looks at the contemporary condition of 5 cities today through the historic model of The Voyage d'Orient undertaken in 1911 by August Klipstein and Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier). It brings together unpublished photographs from the 1911 journey with Bergé’s photographs from 2011, as well as critical and curatorial essays by Tülay Atak and Elke Krasny on travel, photography and urbanism. Fragile City is a visual, critical and historical reflection on contemporary urbanization.

    The event is supported in part by Platform 0090. 


    Tülay Atak is an architect and an architectural historian whose work focuses on questions of urbanism in a global context. She received her Bachelor’s degree in architecture at METU in Ankara, Turkey and pursued her PhD at the University of California, Los Angeles with the dissertation, “Byzantine Modern: Displacements of Modernism in Istanbul,” which considers the agency of Istanbul’s urban and architectural culture in modern architecture. Her writing has appeared in journals and edited volumes such as Future Anterior, Invention d’un Architecte: Le Voyage en Orient de Le Corbusier, and Byzantium / Modernism: The Byzantine as Method in Modernity. She has curated exhibitions at Cornell University and the Boston Society of Architects and taught at SCI-Arc, Cornell, and the Rhode Island School of Design. Currently, she teaches at the Cooper Union and Pratt Institute.

    David Bergé practices photography in a non-recording and almost immaterial way. His work is concerned with the physicality of urban space, built environment and changing territories. Accordingly, his practice brings forward a variety of non-object oriented formats such as silent Walk Pieces, durational photo installations and lectures. www.davidberge.be

    Trained as an architect and as an architectural historian, David Smiley's research and teaching focus on the intersections of architectural and urban theory, design and modernization. His book, Pedestrian Modern: Architecture and Shopping, 1925-1956 (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), is a study of the ways architects interpreted shopping centers as Modernist architectural and urban projects rather than, or alongside, their role as sites of consumption. Smiley has written about architecture, cities and suburbs in Perspecta and Lotus magazines, the Urban Design Review, and the Journal of Architectural Education, among others. From 1999 until 2004, he was research director of Design+Urbanism, an urban design firm that completed studies and plans for neighborhoods internationally as well as for New York City. In 2002, he edited a study for the re-use of "dead malls," Redressing the Mall: Sprawl and Public Space in Suburbia, for the National Endowment for the Arts. Professor Smiley has taught at Barnard and Columbia Colleges, Yale University's School of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Washington University in St. Louis, and Texas A & M University. He is a licensed architect in New York State. 
    Smiley is currently the Assistant Director of the Urban Design Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.  https://www.arch.columbia.edu/faculty/334-david-smiley

  89. Poetry and Prose reading for the working class and other laborers
    Sunday, May 1 - 7pm 

    Please join us to celebrate an Asexual international working day on May 1.  

    With contributions by Nora Schultz, Kayla Guthrie, Nicholas Sewitz, Clarice Lispector, Juliana Huxtable and Keren Cytter. 

    The event is hosted by Jack Gross. Organized in collaboration with Motto Books, Berlin. 

    **Free Vodka**

    May Day for Workers and Communists -  "A decidedly non-pagan, asexual May Day celebration is that of International Workers' Day, a holiday created by socialists and labor organizers in commemoration of the Haymarket Riot of May 4th, 1886 (also called the Haymarket Massacre or, more cautiously, the Haymarket Affair). 

    In post-Civil War America, the Industrial Revolution was in full blaze and workers were suffering. Machines were replacing skilled laborers, hours were increasing, conditions were worsening, and the wages were inadequate. The revolutionary ideas of socialism and Marxism caught on with many of these disenfranchised and antagonized laborers, and the movement for an eight-hour day had gained powerful momentum. With all of this brewing, disputes and riots ignited again and again. Then at a large protest in Chicago's Haymarket Square someone threw a dynamite bomb at the cops, which triggered a battle that left at least twelve dead and many more wounded. The riot was followed by a hugely publicized trial and the eventual hanging of four anarchists, the "Haymarket Martyrs.” This violent clash in Chicago became a powerful symbol for radical labor groups. A few years later, the Second International officially initiated the tradition of May Day labor demonstrations that continue still.

    Poetry - "Literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm; poems collectively or as a genre of literature.”

    Prose - "written or spoken language in its ordinary form, without metrical structure.”

    Vodka - "an alcoholic spirit of Russian origin made by distillation of rye, wheat, or potatoes.

    This event is presented by Wendy’s Subway and Motto Books, on the occasion of the Motto temporary bookstore, open weekends from 12pm to 6pm, May 1st through May 29th. 


  90. 2MF with Ioana Manolache
    Saturday, April 16, 6-8pm

    Ioana Manolache will explore the daily overlap between the sacred and the mundane by recounting a childhood experience involving an unusual burial service. Having grown up in a remote Romanian village, the artist will present a personal account of mythic habits and communal rituals.  Rich with symbolism and significant objects, these rituals of memorial remembrance map spiritual time and keep cadence of quotidian life in an isolated town. 

    The discussion will focus on improvised modes of representation.  Additional topics such as mythological origins of representational art and the connection to the body will also be addressed. The meeting will begin with a brief video screening and will continue with an interactive session where the audience will share personal references of a ritual revolving around an object in their daily routine.

    Pre-meeting reading:
    Bruno Latour, "What is Iconoclash? or Is there a world beyond the image wars?" (2002)
    Josephine Halvorson, "Shame: The One That Got Away" (2013)"

    About the Artist:
    Ioana Manolache is a painter and video artist investigating the potential of materiality and illusion within a flat plane through an observation of found detritus. Ioana was born and raised in Romania; she completed her BFA at Cooper Union (2011) and MFA at Columbia University (2015). She was a Rema Hort Mann Artist Grant nominee (2011, 2012) and was awarded a residency at the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside (2014). Ioana’s curatorial projects include Stirring Still (2015) at the LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University and Walls (2011) at the Cooper Union. Her work was selected as Editor’s Choice in the New American Paintings MFA publication (2015) and was recently included in “Surface Tension” (2015), a group show of notable graduates organized by Saatchi Art. She has also presented her work in New York City at Judith Charles Gallery (2015), the Fisher Landau Center for Art (2015), the Wallach Gallery at Columbia University (2013), the Bruce High Quality Foundation’s “Last Brucennial” (2014) and Milavec Hakimi Gallery (2011) among others. Ioana is a gallery assistant at James Fuentes Gallery and she lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. http://www.ioanam.com/

    About 2MF:
    2MF is a series of monthly community meetings – open and participatory experiences – organized by artists Sonya Derman and Maria Stabio. Collaborating each month with selected New York City thinkers, 2MF aims to encourage pro-emotive and ante-academic conversation among artists in New York City. All meetings are free and open to the public. Post-meeting discussion is aired and archived at Clocktower Radio. Meeting information is available at 2manyfeelings.com.

  91. SHELTER Speaker Series 
    Adam Geringer-Dunn, Lizzy Crawford, Julia Stroud
    Thursday, April 7 - Doors 7pm, Talks 7:30pm 

    SHELTER is a speaker series bringing different ideas together under one roof, first Thursdays of every month.

    ADAM GERINGER-DUNN is the co-owner and founder of Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co., a sustainable seafood market and raw bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

    LIZZY CRAWFORD is from New York City. Her work has appeared on Bomb magazine’s website, Stonecutter Journal, Entropy Mag, Cluster Mag, Elderly Mag, Bearings Journal: Volume 1, and Big Big Wednesday. She is currently working towards an MFA in Creative Writing at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. 

    JULIA STROUD is the community coordinator at Gowanus's St. Lydia's Church and the program minister at Park Slope's All Saints' Church.

  92. New Herring Press, DoubleCross Press, Litmus Press, Projective Industries, Elis Press
    AWP Offsite Reading
    Thursday, March 31 - 7pm

    At the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive 
    2245 E Washington Blvd 
    Los Angeles, CA 90021

    Wendy's Subway and the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive are pleased to announce an AWP Offsite reading.

    New Herring Press
    DoubleCross Press
    Projective Industries 
    Litmus Press
    Elis Press

    With readings by:
    Lisa Ciccarello
    Aja Couchois Duncan
    Leora Fridman
    Katie Fuller
    E. Tracy Grinnell 
    Angela Hume
    Matt Longabucco
    Jamie Townsend
    Maya Weeks

    and readings by Friends of New Herring: Amanda Davison, Amy Scholder, Lanka Tatersall, Dylan Mira, Harry Dodge, and more! 

    Lisa Ciccarello is the author of At Night (Black Ocean), as well as several chapbooks, including the recent I only thought of the farm (DoubleCross Press), & “Chief!” (InkPress). Her poems have appeared in Tin HouseThe Academy of American PoetsDenver Quarterly, the PEN Poetry SeriesHandsomeBig LucksCorduroy Mtn. & The Volta, among others.

    Aja Couchois Duncan is a Bay Area writer of Ojibwe, French and Scottish descent. Her writing has been anthologized in Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative (Coach House Press), Bay Poetics (Faux Press), and Love Shook My Heart 2 (Alyson Press). A fictional writer of non-fiction, she has published essays in the North American Review and Chain. In 2005, she was a recipient of the Marin Arts Council Award Grant for Literary Arts, and, in 2013, she received a James D. Phelan Literary Award.

    Leora Fridman is the author of My Fault, forthcoming from Cleveland State University Press and winner of the 2015 CSU First Book Poetry Competition. She is also the author of the chapbooks Precious Coast (H_ngm_n Books), Obvious Metals (Projective Industries), On the Architecture andEssential Nature (The New Megaphone), and Eduardo Milán: Poems, a chapbook of translations from Toad Press. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a recipient of multiple grants and honors including a 2015 Vermont Studio Center fellowship, grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation, and a Dorot Fellowship.

    Katie Fuller lives in Boise, Idaho.  Originally from Maine, she works at The Cabin: A Center for Readers & Writers in Boise, and is an MFA candidate at Boise State University. Another chapbook is forthcoming from dancing girl press. 

    E. Tracy Grinnell is the author of Hell Figures, portrait of a lesser subject,Music or Forgetting, and Some Clear Souvenir. She currently teaches in the MFA Writing Program at Pratt Institute and lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is the founding editor and director of Litmus Press.

    Angela Hume lives in Oakland. She is the author of the poetry chapbooks Melos (Projective Industries, 2015), The Middle (Omnidawn, 2013) and Second Story of Your Body (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2011). Her first full-length book of poetry is Middle Time (Omnidawn, 2016). Her poems appear in Macaroni Necklace, Dusie, Armed Cell, Little Red Leaves, and RealPoetik, among others. She has essays published or forthcoming in Contemporary Literature, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, and Evental Aesthetics. You can learn more about Angela here: http://angelamhume.tumblr.com/ 

    Matt Longabucco is the author of the chapbooks The Sober Day (DoubleCross Press, 2016) and Everybody Suffers (O’Clock Press, 2014).  Other work has appeared recently in PreludeHaunt, and The Brooklyn Rail.  He is a co-founder of Wendy’s Subway, an independent library and meeting space for writers, artists, and readers.  He teaches at New York University and Bard College, and lives in Brooklyn.

    Jamie Townsend is half-responsible for Elderly, a hub of ebullience and disgust. He is author of several chapbooks, including Propositions (Mondo Bummer), Strap / Halo (PP@YYL), and Matryoshka (LRL Textile Series). His first full-length, SHADE was released by Elis Press in 2015. Jamie also serves as the creative director for Apollo, a new media space dedicated to personal curation and discovery.

    We are committed to creating a safe, feminist, anti-racist, anti-exclusionary, accessible space for all.

    Access information: LACA is wheelchair accessible through the main entrance to the building complex. Bathrooms are located on the main level, and the men's restroom is wheelchair accessible. A parking lot is located directly outside the building. 

    Los Angeles Contemporary Archive: http://lacarchive.com/

  93. Andrew Durbin, Jason R. Jimenez, Wendy Lotterman
    Wednesday, March 30 - 7pm

    Wendy's Subway is pleased to present a reading featuring Andrew Durbin, Jason R. Jimenez, and Wendy Lotterman. 

    Andrew Durbin is the author of Mature Themes (Nightboat 2014) and the chapbook MacArthur Park (Kenning Editions 2015). His work has appeared in BOMB, Boston Review, Flash Art, Poetry London, Text Zur Kunst, and elsewhere. A contributing editor of Mousse, he co-edits the press Wonder and lives in New York. His first novel, Blonde Summer, is forthcoming from Nightboat in 2017.

    Jason R. Jimenez lives and writes in California. He is the author of a novel, The Wolves (Publication Studio), and he tweets often @jimenezwrites. "A tour de force of pleasure and pain that will make you blush down to your core." Dodie Bellamy on The Wolves. 

    Wendy Lotterman is a PhD student in comparative literature at NYU. Her writing has been published in The Claudius App, The Third Rail, BOMB, Conjunctions and elsewhere. Her first chapbook, Intense Holiday, was published by After Hours Ltd in 2016. 

  94. SHELTER Speaker Series 
    Anna Wiener, Christien Tompkins, Stéphane Benoist
    Thursday, March 3 - Doors 7pm, Talks 7:30pm 

    SHELTER is a speaker series bringing different ideas together under one roof the first Thursday of every month. 

    Anna Wiener lives in San Francisco and works for a website. 

    Christien Tompkins is a doctoral student in anthropology at the University of Chicago. He grew up in San Francisco and lives in Fort Greene.

    Stéphane Benoist is a math PhD candidate at Columbia. His former life had him learn a bit of physics while spending time shining green lasers on carbon nano-structures in an experimental lab.

  95. Motto Books Pop-Up Shop
    February 19-28, 12pm-7pm

    Launch and Talk
    Sunday, February 21, 7-10pm

    Talk with Where's Lucy Hunter and R. Lyon at 8pm
    Artwork by Kayla Guthrie on view in the window

    Wendy’s Subway is pleased to present a pop-up bookstore by Motto Books, the Berlin-based bookshop, publisher, and distributor. This pop-up is the first in a series of curated libraries, shops, and collections displayed in the storefront of our new space.
    Where is a think tank and publishing platform headquartered in a shipping container in Brooklyn, NY. It is co-produced by historian Lucy Hunter and artist R.Lyon, who use the think tank as an opportunity to research information theory through experiments with the exhibition format. They publish their findings in book-length on-demand publications. For their talk at Wendy's Subway, Hunter and Lyon will discuss, among other things: libraries, completeness, empire, and the past. Refreshments will be on hand to lighten the load. The talk will begin promptly at 8pm.
    Artist and writer Kayla Guthrie will display a page from her most recent artist book, Sunsets Working (in collaboration with Nathan Antolik, calligraphy, and published by Bodega, New York) in the window. Kayla Guthrie is an artist working in writing, sound, and visual mediums. Her EP Blue was released in 2015 by Mixed Media Recordings. She has performed at Greene Naftali, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Massimo de Carlo (London), and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is the curator of Intra Phenom, a New York-based performance series presenting the work of female artists in live and durational genres.
    The shop will be open everyday between February 19 and 28, from 10am to 7pm.
    More on Motto.
    More on Where.
    More on Kayla Guthrie.
  96. Double Entendre
    Katy Bohinc, Rachael M. Wilson, Jamieson Webster
    Sunday, December 13 - 7:30-9:30 (doors at 7pm)

    Performances & discussion of Bohinc’s “psycho-sexual thriller” Dear Alain (Tender Buttons, 2014), a critique of western philosophy in the form of poetic love epistles mostly addressed to Alain Badiou; Webster’s The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis (Karnarc Books, 2011), which addresses Badiou’s theory of love and asks how it may be conceived from the psychoanalyst’s discourse; and Wilson’s “Fifteen Theses,” on her artist’s book created from Badiou’s Being and Event  to investigate the rhythms of reading, pleasure in distraction, and the book as a "cover." 

    Badiou will attend performatively, as an audience member.


    Alain Badiou is a philosopher, activist and playwright.

    Katy Bohinc is a poet, activist and publisher.  Her psycho-sexual thriller Dear Alain, is a critique of western philosophy in the form of poetic love epistles mostly addressed to Alain Badiou. Also a metaphor for the relationship between poetry & philosophy and a representation of Badiou's philosophy.  She collaborates as Star Arkestress on Tender Buttons Press with Lee Ann Brown.  www.KatyBohinc.com.

    Jamieson Webster is a psychoanalyst in New York City. She teaches at Eugene Lang College at The New School and supervises doctoral students at The City University of New York. She is the author of The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis (Karnac, 2011) and co-author, with Simon Critchley, of Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine (Random House, 2012). She has written for The New York TimesThe GuardianThe London Review of BooksApology MagazineCabinet, and Playboy. She has published clinical and theoretical papers in many psychoanalytic journals. 

    Rachael M. Wilson is a writer and doctoral candidate in English at New York University, where she studies postwar poetry, poetics, and the collaborative works of writers and visual artists. She is an editor and co-founder of the Organism for Poetic Research, and she also co-authors an occasional arts blog, Most Perfect World. Her writing has appeared most recently in Jacket2The VoltaFree Spirit News, the Reanimation Library's Word Processor series and Brooklyn Rail. She has recently collaborated on projects with Aeromoto and Wendy’s Subway for the A+WS Reading Room at NADA New York and with choreographer Rebecca Davis on the publication Bloowst windku.    

    Tender Buttons Press publishes experimental poetry in the tradition of Gertrude Stein. Founded by Lee Ann Brown in 1989, a third of its poets have been honored with Guggenheims and a dominant majority of its texts have been formative for American Experimental poetry.  All Tender Buttons authors happen to be women.

  97. Argos Books Launch
    Khadijah Queen, Athena Farrokhzad, Jennifer Hayashida

    Sunday, December 6 - 7pm

    On December 6th, Argos Books is proud to release two new poetry collections: Fearful Beloved by Khadijah Queen and White Blight by Athena Farrokhzad, translated by Jennifer Hayashida. Please join us for readings by the authors and translator and refreshments.

    The evening is supported by the Consulate General of Sweden in New York.


    Khadijah Queen's Fearful Beloved is an audacious gaze at the public and private spaces where we often fear, in our words and acts, to address the body of fear itself. Queen gives her fear inestimable flesh and her poetry insists, as readers and bodies, that we must not look away from our own spines and mirrors. She writes, "if you listen - not you, fear,/but us, as you - deciding how to exist". Her vision of bodies, intricately complex as her astonishing syntax, gleams with the tension of power, desire, mortality, and violence. Burning, and nuanced, Queen dares us to name our deepest bones, "O/let godliness and beastliness crash/together until compliance/O/love them all/O say every one of their names."  Here you will discover a language of marrow, brilliant and potent as bloodroot. Here, in Fearful Beloved, you will witness the velocity of Queen's distinct voice, intense and profound in its survival. 

    — Rachel Eliza Griffiths 

    This vital book exposes the dense tectonics churning beneath migrant dreams. Accusatory, loving, full of grief and sage truths, Athena Farrokhzad’s White Blight speaks eloquently to the troubled inheritance of diasporic survival. Through a litany of terse voices, Jennifer Hayashida’s sensitive translation describes the nexus of filial obligations and projections under the narrator sinks from view. The intense beauty of devastation and the poignancy of betrayal emerge with startling frankness: “Your family will never be resurrected like roses after a fire.” “I have spent a fortune for your piano lessons / But at my funeral you will refuse to play.” These white lines make me ask, what has been bleached out in all of our stories? I read this book, and I remembered my humanity.

    — Sueyeun Juliette Lee


    Khadijah Queen is the author of four books and four chapbooks, including Black Peculiar, winner of the Noemi book award and published by Noemi Press in 2011. In 2014, she won the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers and The Relationship theater company staged her verse play, Non-Sequitur, in NYC in December 2015, with publication by Litmus Press. Individual poems appear in Fence, Tin House, jubilat, Best American Nonrequired Reading and widely elsewhere. She is core faculty for the new low residency Mile-High MFA program at Regis University in Denver. Visit her website: khadijahqueen.com.

    Athena Farrokhzad was born in 1983 and lives in Stockholm. She is a poet, literary critic, translator, playwright and teacher of creative writing. After several years of collaborative poetry projects and international literary work she published her first volume of poetry Vitsvit (White Blight) in 2013, at Albert Bonniers förlag. The book circles around the topic of revolution, war, migration and racism, and how these experiences condition the lives of different family members. Vitsvit received several literary awards and was/is being translated to different languages (Danish, Norwegian, Romanian, Spanish, Arabic, etc) and performed as a play at the Swedish Radio theatre and at Unga Klara theatre. Farrokhzad teaches creative writing at Biskops-Arnös författarskola, and has translated writers such as Adrienne Rich, Marguerite Duras, Monique Wittig and Nicole Brossard into Swedish. In 2015, her second volume of poetry, Trado, written together with the Romanian poet Svetlana Carstean, will be published.

    Poet, translator and visual artist Jennifer Hayashida was born in Oakland, CA, and grew up in the suburbs of Stockholm and San Francisco. She received her B.A. in American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and completed her M.F.A. in poetry from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. She is the recipient of awards from, among others, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the New York Foundation for the Arts, PEN, the Witter Bynner Poetry Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. Recent translation projects include Ida Börjel’s Miximum Ca’Canny The Sabotage Manuals youcutta da pay, we cutta da shob (Commune Editions, 2014) and Karl Larsson’s Form/Force (Black Square Editions, 2015); previous work includes Fredrik Nyberg’s A Different Practice (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2007), and Eva Sjödin’s Inner China (Litmus Press, 2005). Her poetry and translations have been published in journals such as The Asian American Literary ReviewSalt Hill, Chicago Review, and Circumference, while her art projects have been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad, including the Centre Pompidou, the Flaherty Film Seminar, the New Museum, and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. She is Director of the Asian American Studies Program at Hunter College, The City University of New York. 
  98. SHELTER Speaker Series 
    Ursula Eagly, Greg Farrell, Hannah Coolidge
    Thursday, December 3 - 7pm 

    SHELTER is a speaker series bringing different ideas together under one roof the first Thursday of every month. 

    has been making dances in New York City for 15 years. She is a 2015 Movement Research Artist in Residence, and her current project will premiere in Yokohama in Fall 2016, in New York City in Spring 2017 (at The Chocolate Factory), and in Mexico City in Fall 2017.

    GREG FARRELL is an reward winning cartoonist (found a lost dog once, $50). His book "On The Books" is like, really cool. He teaches comics to ten year olds and doesn't see his mom enough, even though his family lives real close. He believes that if not for "quirky" author bios, the publishing industry would have lost all credibility by the early 2000s. Thankfully, he was able to amass his fortune in time. Support his Patreon, or at least offer him some gum.

    HANNAH COOLIDGE is on a US Forest Service hotshot crew out of New Mexico. I've been fighting fire for three seasons now (2 seasons on my current crew and one on an engine out of eastern Wyoming) and before that I worked all kinds of odd jobs. In the off-season I travel, read, and write short stories and essays.

    ***Take Shelter***

  99. Argos Books Five Year Anniversary Celebration
    Friday, November 20 - 7pm

    Argos Books is celebrating five years of publishing innovative books, chapbooks and ephemera. Please join Argos editors and authors for an evening of short-but-sweet readings, followed by DJ sets and dancing.

    Readings by: 

    Safiya Sinclair
    Marina Blitshteyn
    Paige Ackerson-Kiely
    Amber Atiya
    Jennifer Hayashida

    Visit Argos Books here.

  100. International Festival of Text-Sound Poetry
    November 7-10, 2015 

    ISSUE Project Room, Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, Goethe-Institut New York, and Wendy’s Subway present a four-evening series of lectures, listening sessions, and performances exploring contemporary practices and historical approaches relating to text-sound poetry, a genre of spoken word poetry emphasizing the sound of speech over textual meanings, often combined with use of new media. The series features performances by an array of international artists including Anton Bruhin (CH), Anne-James Chaton (FR), Ian Hatcher, Swantje Lichtenstein (DE), Marc Matter (DE), Stine Motland (NO), and Antje Vowinckel (DE), as well as presentations by Charles Bernstein, Edwin Torres, Steve McCaffery, and Erin Morrill. 

    The history of spoken poetry incorporating technology, from microphone and recording-technique to sound-effects and digital-sound-processing, is around 100 years old. The French poet Guillaume Apollinaire encouraged poets to make use of the gramophone to manipulate recorded language, Russian filmmaker Dziga Vertov did artistic research on spoken words, voice, and machine-noises, and the German composer Ernst Toch performed his “gramophone-music” while manipulating recordings of voice and speech. After the second World War, a vivid scene of sound-poets evolved with the rise of Concrete Poetry, many of them experimenting with media-machines, as did most authors of “Neues Hörspiel” and “Ars Acustica” in the 1970s and 1980s.

    Tracing these 100 years of history, this series attempts to identify the unique voice of contemporary experimental sound poetry, asking to what extent contemporary artists working in this field today are inspired by its history, and whether the tradition itself has developed, or something completely new has evolved from it.

    Saturday, November 7 - 5pm (Free, RSVP)
    at Goethe-Institut: 30 Irving Pl, NYC, 10003


    Introduction: Lawrence Kumpf, Marc Matter, Rachel Valinsky, Macgregor Card

    Charles Bernstein: PennSound@11: Close Listening to Poetry Recordings
    5:30-6:45pm, 75 minutes

    An introduction and discussion of organization and history of PennSound, the largest archive of digital poetry recordings on the web. We'll do some close listening to PennSound's sound poetry, audio works, and "deformance" sections, with a focus on what it means to listen to a sound recording of a poem rather than read it or see it a video or experience the work at at "live" events. Before you come, browse the site (writing.upenn.edu/pennsound) and prepare a few questions to ask.  

    Erin Morrill: Through the Dadaist Ear
    7-8pm, 60 minutes

    Through the consideration of the work of Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven as localizing parameter this talk will explore de-automatization of listening practices via a Dadaist mindset of urban (dis)orientation.

    Followed by reception from 8-9pm.

    Sunday, November 8 - 3pm (Free / Suggested Donation $10)

    at Wendy’s Subway: 722 Metropolitan Ave., 2nd Fl., Brooklyn 11211


    Steve McCaffery: Language, Rematerialization, and Expenditure: the 20th Century Sound Poem
    3-4pm, 60 minutes

    McCaffery will play, perform and discuss various 20th century sound texts. Topics to be discussed are notation, simultaneity, non-representation, and sono-poetic movements.

    Edwin Torres: POETRY IS POW: The Body Politic as Sound
    4:30-5:45pm, 75 minutes

    The body's orientation within sound and language is where the landing points for a sort of territorial poetry can begin — the hearing points that define what we own and the borders that invent our identities. From electro-processed faith to kinetically fuzzed organisms that para-sail vocal ingenuity with pulsified rhythmetics, this session will revolve around the astounding capacity for human invention as a place where poetry can start to pow!

    Marc Matter and Swantje Lichtenstein: Conceptual Sound Writing and Sample Poetry
    6-7:30pm, 90 minutes

    This listening session focuses on works of (pre-)conceptual poetry / literature that deal with sound as a crucial element in relation to a European tradition of text-sound-compositions, poésie sonore and experimental Hörspiel, as well as contemporary examples of conceptual sound writing’ and ‘sample poetry'. The discussion will range from our theoretical and practical experiences of sound writing to broader issues related to sound as literature/poetry especially in conceptual writing.

    Monday, November 9 - 8pm ($15-12 for ISSUE members)
    at Wendy’s Subway: 722 Metropolitan Ave., 2nd Fl., Brooklyn 11211


    Antje Vowinckel (DE)
    Marc Matter (DE)
    Swantje Lichtenstein (DE)

    Tuesday, November 10 - 8pm ($15-12 for ISSUE members)
    at Wendy’s Subway: 722 Metropolitan Ave., 2nd Fl., Brooklyn 11211


    Anne-James Chaton (FR)
    Stine Motland (NO)
    Ian Hatcher (US)

    The Wendy’s Subway library will be open for browsing before and during the festival, featuring books, documents and related listening.


    Saturday, October 31, 12-5pm
    Sunday, November 1, 12-5pm
    Saturday, November 7, 12-3pm
    Sunday, November 8, 12-3pm

    Charles Bernstein
     is author of Recalculating and Attack of the Difficult Poems: Essays and Inventions. He is Donald T. Regan Professor of English and Comparative Literature at University of Pennsylvania. With Al Filreis, he co-directs PennSound.

    French sound artist Anne-James Chaton (b. 1970) has developed a multipolar body of work, based on a close study of the textual materials which make up everyday life in contemporary society. Chaton co-runs the "Sonorités" festival in Montpellier with Carole Rieussec, Enna Chaton, Didier Aschour, Jean-Christophe Camps, Yann Granjon, Mireille Nell, Christian Déric and Isabelle Deltour.

    Ian Hatcher is a performance poet and programmer whose work explores cognition in context of digital systems. He is the author of Prosthesis (Poor Claudia 2016) andThe All-New (Anomalous 2015). With Amaranth Borsuk and Kate Durbin, he is co-creator of Abra, a conjoined analog (artist's book) and digital (iOS app) poetry instrument/spellbook.

    Swantje Lichtenstein is a poet and transdisciplinary artist working in the fields of textures, language, voice, poetronics and sound. Her conceptual writing, improvisations and compositions utilize electroacoustic elements to write poetry and sound works. She is a professor of literature and aesthetic practice in Duesseldorf, Germany.

    Marc Matter (b. 1974) works as a media artist, musician and freelance curator. He is a founding member of the group of artists known as Institut fuer Feinmotorik, with whom since 1997 he has published numerous sound recordings, an experimental film, a book and all manner of other trifles, as well as dozens of live performances. 2005 saw the publication of the anthology Feinmotorik Kompendium, an artist's book in the form of a lexicon. His work Radio-Imitat, produced exclusively for Radio Arthur, was released on CD at the end of 2009. For Die 50 Skulpturen des Institut fuer Feinmotorik [The 50 Sculptures of the Institut fuer Feinmotorik], he received the Karl-Sczuka Prize for Works of Radio Art in 2011. He devotes intense research to artist publications (artist books, artist records etc.), acoustic art, Poesie Sonore and Visual Poetry. Together with Marcus Maeder and Bernd Schurer (domizil, Zurich), he has interpreted a dadaistic novel by Hugo Ball in the shape of an experimental radio play for Radio DRS2. In 2012 he was a research fellow at the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht (NL). In 2013 he was the Edith and Richard French Fellow at the Beinecke Rare Books & Manuscripts Library at Yale University (USA), doing research on the sound-poet and publisher Henri Chopin and his publication OU. Since 2010, he has been lecturing in the major Music and Text at the IMM.

    Steve McCaffery was a founding member of the legendary Four Horsemen sound ensemble. He has participated in Fluxus performances and performed his sound text around the world. He is the author of over 45 volumes of poetry and fiction and the author or co-author of 5 critical volumes. He lives in Buffalo where he is the David Gray Chair of Poetry and Letters at the University of Buffalo.

    Stine Janvin Motland (b.1985) is a performer and composer based in Stavanger, Oslo and Berlin. With an instrumental and physical approach, she explores and pushes the limits of the natural acoustics of the voice, and what a singer can, and cannot be. Her work involves elements of conceptual and spontaneous composition, structured improvisation, performance, and sound poetry. Ongoing projects are the solo piece In Labour, Native Instrument with Felicity Mangan, and brigitte & paula band with Maria Ramvi and Camilla Vislie. In 2014 Stine released two solo albums; Ok, wow (+3db) and In Labour (Pica Disk). Alongside her own work, Stine is a performer of contemporary music, and works with composition, movement and voice in a number of interdisciplinary projects, such as the solo performance Prelude (Janvin Motland/Sickle/Leguay). She is currently performing in the baby opera Korall Koral (Dieserud/Lindgren & Maja Ratkje) and in the live band of Meshes of Voice (Susanna and Jenny Hval).

    Edwin Torres is a New York City native and self-proclaimed lingualisualist, rooted in the languages of sight and sound. He’s the author of 8 poetry books, including,Ameriscopia (University of Arizona Press), Yes Thing No Thing (Roof Books), andThe PoPedology Of An Ambient Language (Atelos Books). He’s toured overseas solo and as a member of the poetry collective "Nuyorican Poets Café Live" and continues to create multi-disciplinary performances. His poetry CD, “Holy Kid” (Kill Rock Stars) was part of the Whitney Museum’s exhibition, The Last American Century, Part 2. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Foundation for Contemporary Performing Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the DIA Arts Foundation. Anthologies include: American Poets In The 21 Century, The New Poetics Vol. 2 (Wesleyan University Press), Postmodern American Poetry Vol. 2 (Norton), Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin@ Writing (Counterpath), and Aloud: Voices From The Nuyorican Poets Cafe (Holt). His process-oriented workshop, “Brainlingo: Writing The Voice of The Body,” combining sensory exercises with games of permeable awareness, has been presented nationwide. In April 2016, Edwin will be performing a one-person show, “Mi Voca Su Voca” at The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA.

    Antje Vowinckel is a Berlin-based sound and radio artist who studied literature and music. She has been commissioned to do radio plays and shows for a variety of public radio stations such as (WDR, SWR, BR) as well as for foreign stations and festivals (ZKM Karlsruhe, TESLA Berlin, Biennale Bonn, Prix Italia, Festival for Contemporary Music Alicante/Spain, Hammer Museum Los Angeles, British Council, Berlin, Humboldt-Lab). Her works have been broadcasted and presented in Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Czechia, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Croatia, Portugal, Poland, Australia. In recent years, she has created also live performances (organ and objects), installations and video compositions. Her focus is on the musicality of the spoken word, for example in compositions with dialect melodies or in pieces based on automatic speaking.


    International Festival of Text-Sound Poetry is presented by ISSUE Project Room, Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, Goethe-Institut New York and Wendy’s Subway. Curated by Lawrence Kumpf, ISSUE Project Room Artistic Director, Marc Matter, Rachel Valinsky, and Macgregor Card.

    Made possible by support from the Goethe-Institut New York, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and with the support of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

  101. Henri Chopin’s Concrete- and Sound Poetry Magazine
    Cinquième Saison / OU (1958 -1974): a Talk by Marc Matter
    Monday, November 2 - 6:30pm 

    Marc Matter will present Henri Chopin’s editorial project Revue OU / Cinquième Saison. This periodical was, in Chopin’s words, "inclassable" (non-classifiable) and disbanded the conventional two-dimensionality of a magazine format. Loose sheets of paper, various-sized posters, leaflets, three-dimensional poems, handcrafted objects, as well as vinyl-records conjured new forms of concrete- and poetry and connected international artists working in the fields of concrete and sound poetry, fine arts, experimental and conceptual writing as well as artistic amateurs and family members of Chopin, who also contributed. OU was more than a magazine – it was an artistic wonderbag full of surprises: original artists contributions, texts, essays, political statements, caricature, polemics, a board-game and a wearable sound-sculpure (sic!). 

    Marc Matter (b. 1974) works as a media artist, musician and freelance curator. He is a founding member of the group of artists known as Institut fuer Feinmotorik, with whom since 1997 he has published numerous sound recordings, an experimental film, a book and all manner of other trifles, as well as dozens of live performances. 2005 saw the publication of the anthology Feinmotorik Kompendium, an artist's book in the form of a lexicon. His work Radio-Imitat, produced exclusively for Radio Arthur, was released on CD at the end of 2009. For Die 50 Skulpturen des Institut fuer Feinmotorik [The 50 Sculptures of the Institut fuer Feinmotorik], he received the Karl-Sczuka Prize for Works of Radio Art in 2011. He devotes intense research to artist publications (artist books, artist records etc.), acoustic art, Poesie Sonore and Visual Poetry. Together with Marcus Maeder and Bernd Schurer (domizil, Zurich), he has interpreted a dadaistic novel by Hugo Ball in the shape of an experimental radio play for Radio DRS2. In 2012 he was a research fellow at the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht (NL). In 2013 he was the Edith and Richard French Fellow at the Beinecke Rare Books & Manuscripts Library at Yale University (USA), doing research on the sound-poet and publisher Henri Chopin and his publication OU. Since 2010, he has been lecturing in the major Music and Text at the IMM. 

    Image: Henri Chopin / William S. Burroughs poster from OU 38/39 (1971). Designed by Henri Chopin using text-excerpts from William S. Burroughs’ Electronic Revolution (silkscreen)

    This event is organized in conjunction with the International Festival of Text-Sound Poetry, a four-evening series of lectures, listening sessions, and performances exploring contemporary practices and historical approaches relating to text-sound poetry, a genre of spoken word poetry emphasizing the sound of speech over textual meanings, often combined with use of new media. Presented by Issue Project Room, Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, Goethe-Institut New York, and Wendy's Subway, from November 7-10. More information here.


  102. The Song Cave Launches Christian Schlegel's Honest James
    Saturday, October 24 - 7pm

    Please join us and The Song Cave for the launch of Christian Schlegel's new book, Honest James. 

    With readings by Daniel Poppick and Christian Schlegel. 

    DANIEL POPPICK is the author of The Police (forthcoming from Omnidawn) and a chapbook, Vox Squad (Petri Press, 2014). He lives in Brooklyn and co-publishes the Catenary Press with Rob Schlegel and Rawaan Alkhatib.  

    Born and raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, CHRISTIAN SCHLEGEL lives in Somerville, MA, and is an English PhD student at Harvard. His first collection of poetry, Honest James, is published by The Song Cave.
  103. Choose Your Own Adventure: Street Life
    Friday, October 23 - 7pm

    Please join us for William Statler's choose-your-own-adventure-style audio-based game spanning 30 cassettes wherein players can explore a fully interactive world and engage in a variety of tasks (including: eating, sleeping, walking, using the restroom, shopping, swimming, dreaming, etc.).

    Essentially creating endless alterations in gameplay (and storyline) in addition to a world wherein outcomes were impacted by the choices of both current players and those who played previously.

    For more information on this project visit his webpage

  104. Broken Dimanche Press Launches John Holten's Oslo, Norway
    Tuesday, September 29 - 9 pm

    Please join us for the launch of John Holten's new novel, Oslo, Norway, published by Broken Dimanche Press (Berlin). 

    With readings by John Holten, Robert Fitterman, and Sophia Le Fraga. 

    John Holten is a writer and artist as well as a publisher. Born in 1984 in Ireland, he studied at University College Dublin and the Sorbonne-Paris IV before obtaining an MPhil from Trinity College Dublin. In 2011 John published his first novel The Readymades to great acclaim, and the art group he created in the novel, The LGB Group, enjoyed exhibitions in many cities as well as being included in The Armory Show, New York in 2012.  Having co-founded Broken Dimanche Press as an international art press in 2009, John has overseen as Editor-In-Chief more than thirty publications and attendant exhibitions, projects and public events. Most recently he travelled to the Congo with artist Richard Mosse for whom he edited A Supplement to The Enclave as part of Mosse’s Deutsche Boerse Photography Prize winning exhibition in London. You Are Here, the first book published by Broken Dimanche Press, won at the Charlemagne European Youth Prize in 2010. As well as this editorial work, John has also written for many artists such as Natalie Czech, Mahony, Darri Lorenzen and Jani Ruscica, often working closely with them to produce immersive or participatory texts. His work has appeared in many international contemporary art settings such as Malmö konsthall, The White Building London, David Zwirner Gallery New York (with Aengus Woods), NGBK and Agora, Berlin and Villa Romana, Florence amongst others. His video commercials for Oslo, Norway have been exhibited in Plan B Gallery and Team Titanic, Berlin, Extrapool, Nijmegen and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna. In 2011 he received a Literature Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland.

    Robert Fitterman is the author of 14 books of poetry including No Wait, Yep. Definitely Still Hate Myself (Ugly Duckling Press, 2014), Rob’s Word Shop (Ugly Duckling Press, forthcoming, 2015), Holocaust Museum (Counterpath, 2013, and Veer [London] 2012), now we are friends (Truck Books, 2010), Rob the Plagiarist (Roof Books, 2009), war, the musical (Subpress, 2006), and Notes On Conceptualisms, co-authored with Vanessa Place (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009. He is the founding member of the international artists and writers collective, Collective Task. He teaches writing and poetry at New York University and at the Bard College, Milton Avery School of Graduate Studies. Excerpts of his writing can be found at his website: www.robertfitterman.com

    Sophia Le Fraga is a poet and visual artist. She is the author of literallydead (2015); I RL, YOU RL (2013) and I DON'T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE INTERNET (2012), as well as the anti-plays W8ING 4 and TH3 B4LD 50PR4N0 (2014). Some recent shows include "Eugen Gomringer &(Bielefelder Kunstverein; Bielefeld, Germany), "Other Titles" (Solo show - Büro Broken Dimanche; Berlin, Germany), "Itself Not So" (Lisa Cooley; New York) and "The Printed Room" (SALTS; Basel, Switzerland). She is the poetry editor at Imperial Matters, a curator for the experimental reading series, Segue, and teaches poetry at BHQFU, New York's freest art school. http://sophialefraga.com.

  105. Golden West Service/Wander and Wonder Record Release
    Saturday, September 19 - 8pm

    Come launch this split 7" into outer space!

    Featuring music and readings by: 
    DJ Ben Robey (of Ninjasonik)
    Golden West Service
    Emily Brandt
    Chris Cheney
    Wanda and Wonder
    Emily Toder

    Record available for sale here.

  106. Readings from Proyecto Líquidoorganized with Fundación Alumnos47
    Printed Matter New York Art Book Fair
    KNOW-WAVE Radio Broadcast
    Saturday, September 19 - 12pm 

    Wendy's Subway and Fundación Alumnos47 (Mexico City) are pleased to announce a reading to launch a special English-language publication gathering texts by Mexico-based writers, critics, poets, and artists on the performances of the 2012 Proyecto Líquido, in anticipation of the festival's 2016 edition. Readers have chosen one text in the book, which they will read from alongside their own work. 

    Ted Dodson reading Gabriela Jauregui 
    Úrsula Fuentesberain reading Luis Felipe Fabre
    Ada Smailbegović reading Rocío Cerón

    Proyecto Líquido is a curatorial project whose first iteration focused on the causes, uses, consequences, dynamics, expressions, and thinking in relation to the emotional state of fear. The festival, which took place in 2012, brought together over 20 artists working in performance art, film, painting, installation, writing, and music, in a hybrid program dealing with issues such as social control, urban subcultures, memory and perception, alongside their aesthetic and political consequences.  

    Ted Dodson is the author of “At the National Monument / Always Today” (Pioneer Works, 2015) and “Pop! in Spring” (Diez, 2013). He works for BOMB Magazine, is the books editor for Futurepoem, and is an editor emeritus of The Poetry Project Newsletter. Select publication can be found in The Brooklyn Rail, Maggy, The Atlas Review, LIT, Elderly, and Sensation Feelings Journal.

    Úrsula Fuentesberain was born and raised in Mexico where she was a journalist for ten years. In 2013, she moved to New York on a Fulbright grant for an MFA in Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Her stories have been included in eight fiction anthologies in Spanish, the most recent being Emergencies: Mexican Short Stories By Young Talents. Her first short story collection, Esa membrana finísima (That Very Thin Membrane) was published in Mexico last summer.

    Ada Smailbegović is an Assistant Professor of English at Brown University. Her writing explores relations between poetics, non-human forms of materiality, and histories of description. She is a co- founder of The Organism for Poetic Research. Critical and poetic work includes Avowal of What Is Here (JackPine Press 2009), Of the Dense and Rare (Triple Canopy 2013), “Cloud Writing” (Art in the Anthropocene 2015), an article on animal architecture and the affective ethology of Monk Parakeets (Angelaki 2015), and a forthcoming piece on seashell description for the Reanimation Library. 

    Fundación Alumnos47 is a nonprofit organization that stimulates the creation and exchange of knowledge in order to explore current issues through contemporary art. Its programs are held in its cultural space and in a mobile device, as well as in collaboration with other organizations. The cultural offer of the Foundation is developed through its education, curatorial, editorial and sponsorship programs based on research processes. Its venue, located in the San Miguel Chapultepec neighborhood in Mexico City, is a Resource Center for Research and Learning (CRAI in Spanish) that houses a library and archive specialized in contemporary art and artists' books. More on Fundación Alumnos47 here

  107. Book Launch and Talk: Places of a Present Past
    Presented by Publication Studio Hudson
    Friday, September 18 - 7:30pm 

    In conjunction with the launch of the new publication Places of a Present Past from Publication Studio Hudson, curator Noah Simblist and artist Aissa Deebi will discuss the ways that contemporary artists address the traces of trauma left on particular sites; paying close attention to the scars left by the wounds of war. Simblist, the editor of the publication, will talk about the structure of the book, which touches on Japanese-Korean relations, post-Holocaust Germany, and Israel-Palestine. Deebi, one of the artists included in the publication, will talk about his work on the history of Palestinian Marxism. Books will be available for purchase.

    About Places of a Past Present

    Places of a Present Past brings together three exhibitions presented at the Pollock Gallery at SMU, Meadows School of the Arts in 2014. These exhibitions addressed the traces trauma left on particular sites; with specific focus on the colonial relationship between Japan and Korea in the first half of the twentieth century, the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and the legacy of the Holocaust in Germany and beyond. The artworks in this book are bound together by a historiographical impulse. The artists included here are less interested in the truth than the way that we feel through the legacies of past traumas. They reveal the oblique ways that we repress historical trauma, burying it in the very sites of their origin. Places of a Present Past is filled with an archaeological ethic, metaphorically digging down, both spatially and psychologically into the depths of transnational grief.

    Noah Simblist is Chair and Associate Professor of Art at SMU Meadows School of the Arts. He works as an artist, curator and writer with a focus on art and politics in Israel-Palestine and has contributed to Art JournalModern PaintersArt PapersArt Lies, Art21 and other publications. Curatorial projects include Yuri’s Office by Eve Sussman and the Rufus Corporation at Ft Worth Contemporary Arts, Out of Place at Lora Reynolds Gallery, Tamy Ben Tor at Testsite, and Queer State(s) at the Visual Arts Center in Austin. He was also on the curatorial team for the 2013 Texas Biennial. Writing projects include interviews with Kader Attia, Khaled Hourani, AL Steiner and AK Burns, Omer Fast, Jill Magid, Walead Beshty, Yoshua Okon, and Nicholas Schaffhausen. 

    Aissa Deebi is a visual artist and scholar based in New York and Genève. His early work investigated the complexity of daily practices in post 1948 Palestine. Later Deebi’s work tackled the theme of immigration and alienation, which culminated into his PhD research, providing critical analysis of Arab Diaspora as a creative space. Most recently in 2013 Deebi’s work The Trial was exhibited at the Venice Biennale. Deebi has held several positions teaching art and design at a number of institutions including the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, in the United Kingdom, Centre de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Design, Mexico and Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok Thailand and the American University of Cairo’s Arts Department as a Professor of Art and Design. Additionally Deebi was the Director of the Sharjah Art Gallery at the American University of Cairo. Currently Deebi is the Chair of the Department of Art and Design at Montclair State University, New Jersey. Deebi was a founding member of ArteEast in New York City, where he served as the first Director of the Visual Arts and Director of the Board. He is also a consultant on education for the Birzet University’s Museum in Palestine, and the curator of Mizna, the Arab American Art and Literature Magazine in Minneapolis, USA. His work was exhibited across the globe from the 55th International Venice Biennale, and the Queens Museum of Art in New York to the Haus am Lutzowplatz in Berlin, in addition to the Asia-Pacific Triennial, Taipei in Taiwan, VCU Art Gallery in Doha, Elga Wimmer Gallery in New York, and Art in Dubai.


  108. Book Launch
    Isaac Pool, Light Stain
    Friday, August 7 - 7pm

    Join us for the launch of Isaac Pool's Light Stain, published by What Pipeline, Detroit. 

    With readings by Ariel Goldberg, David Geer, and Isaac Pool. 

    Isaac Pool's work with images, objects and text engage with a perverse sense of realism, straddling fictional narrative and material investment. Light Stain is a selection of recent poems and three decades of snapshots, including images captured by the artist's mother, Deb Pool. 

    Light Stain is Pool's first book in print. Alien She, an ebook dedicated to Mark Aguhar and featuring David Geer and Colin Self, was released by Klaus eBooks in 2013. Brian Droitcour, the book's editor, noted Pool's writing for its "uneven syntax, with figures and events pivoting mid-line and slipping out of definition. Subjects don't stay still; "it" becomes "she" and vice versa as the uncertainty and instability of a body's presence in space acquires a bodily presence of its own." 

    Ariel Goldberg's first book of poetry The Photographer was recently published by Roof books. To track other happenings, visit arielgoldberg.com

    David Geer is a feminist living in Brooklyn. He hangs out on ourbodies.biz and tweets @feminist_utopia.

    Light Stain is limited to 150 numbered copies and is the first in What Pipeline's Detroit Artist Book series, funded in part by The Knight Foundation.

    Purchase a copy here: http://whatpipeline.com/publications/light_stain.html

  109. White Columns Summer Party
    Thursday, July 23 - 8pm
    320 W. 13th Street (enter on Horatio)

    With readings and performances by Felix Bernstein, Giovanna Olmos, Ali Power, Jocelyn Spaar, and Morgan Vo

    Wendy's Subway at White Columns is a temporary reading room to coincide with current exhibitions by Anthony Ballard, Sam Gordon, and Kate Manheim (+Jack Smith in a film by Dan Ochiva). The library includes a selection of zines, art publications, contemporary poetry books, audio, and ephemera which will be available to consult on-site during White Columns' open hours. Visitors are encouraged to spend time, read at their own leisure, and consult with Wendy's Subway librarians if questions arise. A catalogue of materials presented in the reading room will be freely available for the duration of the installation, and subsequently made available digitally on our website. 

    The Reading Room will be open from Thursday, July 23 to Saturday, July 25, from noon to 6pm. 

    Felix Bernstein is the author of Notes on Post-Conceptual Poetry (Insert Blanc Press) and Burn Book (Nightboat, forthcoming) and has written for Bombthe Believer, and Hyperallergic. His show Bieber Bathos Elegy will debut at the Whitney in the Fall.

    Giovanna Olmos is a quadrilingual artist and poet practicing the textual-visual performance of em(bot)iment. Her work focuses on how the production and consumption of text and images are rendered within digitally and architecturally interconnected media. Giovanna (NYU '15) is based in NYC. She curates multimedia poetry performance events globally through the Internet and 3D prints bubbles. 

    Ali Power is the author of the full-length book of poetry A Poem for Record Keepers (forthcoming from Argos Books, spring 2016) and is the editor of New York School Painters & Poets: Neon in Daylight (Rizzoli, October 2014). Her poems have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, LIT, Painted Bride QuarterlyThe Pen Poetry Series, Washington Square Review, and elsewhere. Power was an editor at Rizzoli Publications in New York City from 2007–2015 and founder of Maggy Poetry Magazine. She will attend NYU's Silver School of Social Work in September to pursue the MSW. 

    Jocelyn Spaar's poems, translations, and drawings have appeared in the Paris Review Daily, Gigantic, The Paper Nautilus, Bridge, Stonecutter, Vice, and Storychord.  She has translated work for New Directions and Archipelago and, with Kit Schluter, translated Amandine André's Circle of Dogs (Solar Luxuriance, 2015) which she also illustrated. 

    Morgan Vo lives in Brooklyn, NY. Recent poems went into The Brooklyn Rail, OPR's Pelt, and the local No, Dear Magazine. From 2014-2015, he was a fellow with the St. Mark's Poetry Project. He wants vitality, thrashiness, and details of the infinite.

    For more information click here.

  110. A+WS Reading Room, In Three Parts
    Saturday, June 27th at 6pm

    Thank you for visiting the Aeromoto and Wendy's Subway A+WS Reading Room at NADA New York.

    We're thrilled to announce a public program with Aeromoto at Wendy's Subway.

    PART I: 6pm 

    Book exchange and tunes 

    PART II: 7pm

    Discussion with Maru Calva (Mexico-City based Aeromoto co-founder)

    Talk by Zanna Gilbert

    PART III: to follow 

    Readings and performances by Ian Erickson-Kery, Juan Francisco Maldonado, Masha Tupitsyn, Josephine Shokrian and more... 


    The A+WS Reading Room is a collaboratively-curated library and reading room designed by Tyler Polich and Hannah Wilentz, with a specific focus on artist books, periodicals, and exhibition catalogues by Latin American publishers. Artists, writers, publishers, curators, and readers based in Mexico City, New York, and elsewhere were invited to contribute interventions and responses to the library collection. 

    More information here.

  111. A+WS
    Presented by Aeromoto and Wendy's Subway

    NADA New York, Special Projects

    Pier 36 | Basketball City
    299 South Street, New York

    Open hours: 

    Thursday, May 14: 6-8pm (preview: 3-6pm by invitation) 
    Friday, May 15: 11am-7pm
    Saturday, May 16: 11am-7pm
    Sunday, May 17: 11am-5pm

    Public Program
    Sunday, May 17th at 1pm

    Join us for an hour of readings, talks, screenings, and performances by invited artists, writers, publishers, organizers, and readers:

    Poems by Alice Saint'Anna and Carly Dashiell.

    A reading from Weaving Language by Francesca Capone. 

    A talk by Ian Dreiblatt exploring the library as a place of community and labor. Who, and what, meets there? What are the possibilities that the library opens? Forecloses?

    A screening of Drawing with Removed Subject, and introduction by Rick Myers to his activities during 2011, which involved replicating a prominent Russian eye tracking study in a research lab, as the basis for a figure skating sequence. 

    A talk by Chris Sharp on The Lulennial: A Slight Gestuary, a three-part biennial co-curated with Fabiola Iza at Lulu. The exhibition, which examines the radical modesty of small gestures, and humble works, also includes a performance program curated by Sophie Goltz, an online historical archive and a catalog, and brings together over 30 artists. 

    A performance of concrete poems from Brazil's Noigandres group by Nathaniel Wolfson (curated by Charles Eppley with AVANT.org)


    Francesca Capone is an artist working at the confluence of visual art and experimental literature. Her last solo exhibition, Oblique Archive took place at Peninsula Art Space in Brooklyn in 204 and was reviewed by The Brooklyn Rail and The Wild Magazine. Capone recently co-curated Interrupt 3, a conference that highlights intersections of art, literature and digital media at Brown University, as well as an exhibition that occurred in tandem entitled From Line To Constellation, in Brown University's Cohen Gallery. Recent work has been published by Gauss PDF, Petrella's Imports, and HQHQ Objective. Her work will be included in the forthcoming anthology The New Concrete, Hayward, 2015. 

    Ian Dreiblatt is a poet whose recent work includes two chapbooks, sonnets (from Metambesen) and barishonah(from DoubleCross Press), and a translator whose recent publications include Comradely Greetings, the prison correspondence of Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Slavoj Žižek (from Verso) and contributions toAvant-garde Museology (e-flux).  He lives in Sunset Park.

    Rick Myers, originally from Manchester, England; lives and works in Easthampton, MA. Solo exhibitions include: The Saison Poetry Library & Courtauld Institute Library, London (upcoming 2015); Printed Matter, New York (2011); White Columns, New York (2009); Corner College, Zurich (2009); No. 12 Gallery, Tokyo (2007). Group exhibitions include: ‘Itself Not So’ curated by Rachel Valinsky, Lisa Cooley, New York (2014); ‘Visual Dialogues 2013’ Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens; ‘Memoirs of a Shy Pornographer’ curated by James Hoff and Børre Sæthre, Tidens Krav, Oslo (2012). Performances include; ‘A Bullet for Buñuel’, MoMA Library, New York (2013) and ‘Mirror Feedback Section’, NY Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1, New York (2009). Myers was awarded the ‘Printed Matter Award for Artists’ in 2011.

    Chris Sharp is a writer and independent curator based in Mexico City, where he co-directs the 9 square meter project space Lulu with the artist Martin Soto Climent. 

    Nathaniel Wolfson is a Canadian writer working on a PhD at Princeton University. His research explores the tradition of Brazilian concrete art of the 1950s and 1960s, especially poetry, and the many aesthetic and philosophical conceptions of "the concrete" with which it dialogued.AVANT.org is an online publication for critical thought with practical connection across time, scale, system, and discipline. 

    These and over 40 other interventions and responses to the library, take the form of printed matter and ephemera, additions to the catalogue, limited edition art, poetry, and criticism publications, instructions for modes of reading, and performances or micro-lectures. These will be exhibited in the reading room, whose open hours coincide with NADA New York’s public hours. 

    is a collaboratively curated library and reading room​ designed by Tyler Polich and Hannah Wilentz​, with a specific focus on artist books, periodicals, and exhibition catalogues by Latin American publishers. Click here for a full list of participants

    Aeromoto is a public lending library in Mexico City, that people can visit to read and explore books and printed material focused on visual art and contemporary culture. Aeromoto is a space-archive that hosts independent editions with a focus on Mexico and Latin America. Aeromoto dreams of a universal and infinite source of book circulation; a time of shared uses against life privatization. 

  112. Twitter & Typewriters Workshop Reading
    Friday, April 10th - 8pm
    Join us in celebrating six weeks of writing, discussion, and new ideas in the culmination of the Twitter & Typewriters course at Wendy's Subway.
    We are now living in a postdigital world, where the question of whether to adapt to or disregard new technology is no longer relevant. Instead, we are faced with a different predicament: what is our role in this world as writers? In this course, we have considered the relationship between writing and the internet, from its impact on language to self-identity. Literature is shaped by culture, and our work reflects and responds to this.

    With readings by:

    Ruby Brunton
    Deirdre Coyle
    William Lessard
    Melissa McDaniel
    Jacob Smith
    Catherine Tyc
  113. Well Greased Press Book Launch
    Tuesday, March 31 - 7pm 

    A reading to celebrate the release of Camilo Roldán's La Torre and Kristen Gallagher's Florida from Well Greased Press. 

    Kristen Gallagher is Professor of English at City University of New York LaGuardia Community College. Published works include: Operator (Buffalo Gal 2004), No Goal (Rubba Ducky 2005), Our National Catastrophe (2006) with Chris Alexander, We Are Here (Truck Books 2010), Florida (Well Greased 2014), and Dossier on the Site of A Shooting (GaussPDF 2015). She lives in Queens.
    Camilo Roldán is a poet and translator living in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. From 2011 to 2013, he co-curated the Triptych Reading Series. He is currently editor-in-chief for Diez, a chapbook press. He is the author and co-author respectively of the chapbooks Amilkar U., Nadaísta in Translation (These Signals Press 2011) and ∆ [delta] (TPR Press 2013). His work has most recently appeared in Lungfull!, Mandorla, The Poetry Project Newsletter, West Wind Review, Quaderna and Aufgabe.
  114. R. H. Lossin, Filip Marinovich, Kristen Mueller
    Monday, March 9 - 8pm 

    Join us for the first in a series of readings and micro-talks at Wendy's Subway. 

    R.H. Lossin will give a short talk that considers the current conditions of intellectual production as it relates to digitization and networks. 

    Filip Marinovich will read from his much anticipated new book Wolfman Librarian (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015) and discuss its relationship to libraries. 

    Kristen Mueller will read from Language to Cover a Page, co-published by & So and Motto Books. (http://andsobooks.com/index.php/language-to-cover-a-page/)


    R.H. Lossin has written for The Nation and The Huffington Post and is a regular contributor to The Brooklyn Rail. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Communications at Columbia University where she is studying the politics of machine-breaking. 

    Filip Marinovich is the author of Wolfman Librarian (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), And If You Don't Go Crazy I'll Meet You Here Tomorrow (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011), and Zero Readership: An Epic (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008). He leads the workshop, "Reading Poets by the Sun Sign" at Wendy's Subway. 

    Kristen Mueller is an artist and publisher (& So) whose works often intervene with existing texts, pages and books. Recent publications include 3b (ongoing); Partially Removing the Remove of Literature (Feb 2014); and Language to Cover a Page (Jan 2014). She is currently co-editing, with Annette Gilbert, a volume on publishing as artistic practice to be released in fall 2015. Her work has been exhibited in shows at Artists Space (New York), LUMA Foundation (Zurich) and Motto (Berlin).

  115. Dismantling the Simulation: Visual Activism & New Media
    Online Exhibition, Discussion, Performance, and Live Stream
    February 12 - 6:30pm 

    I believe there are many professional politicians who are actually representations, because they do not really make politics. They do everything that surrounds and accompanies changing the world without actually doing it and I think we have become somewhat used to that type of politician-bureaucrat or politician-celebrity or politician who does not believe in politics any more, but just in being elected. We have become used to the representation of things.”

    -Tania Bruguera

    After a year of Venezulean student protests, guarimbas, and blackouts, our movement The goal is to dismantle the simulation has also had a year of remixing, memeing creating visual content, confronting and debating political and cultural crisis in Venezuela. Join us for a very special event, online exhibition, and panel discussion #DismantlingTheSimulation, simultaneously occuring in #nyc #ccs #paris. Three cities one goal! 

    Helena Acosta
    Miyö Van Stenis
    Violette Bule

    Gala Garrido, Photographer
    Nicolas Gerardi, Curator
    Jesus Torrivilla, Journalist
    Elizabeth Marin, Art Historian
    Daniel Esparza, Philosopher
    Rafael De Armas, Political Scientist

    Deborah Castillo
    Augusto Gerardi
    Andrea Ludovic
    Jimmy Flamante
    Ciudadana Cero
    Maggy Almao
    Antoine Marroncles

    Caracas: Organización Nelson Garrido
    New York: Wendy's Subway
    Paris: Van Stenis Studio



    Saturday, January 24 - 8pm

    THRUST Four is a very special edition of Thrust celebrating the series' 6 month anniverday and 
    Ruby Brunton's birthday.

    THRUST is an event that explores the relationship between poetry, performance and sound. The pieces focus on gesture, form, borderlessness and the question of what it means to be a body in the 21st Century.

    Birthday Edition will feature performances by:
    Tommy Pico
    Kaitlyn Greenidge
    Clara Lou
    Cynthia Chang
    Max Steele
    Julie Alsop
    Per Form
    Kayla Morse

    Plus a fire DJ set by Mutaurwa Mapondera (NO REQUESTS)

    Wednesday, December 17 
    $5 for entry

    Doors at 8:30pm
    Performances begin at 9:00pm

    Join us Wednesday night to celebrate one year of existence! 

    With performances by
    Kate Bush Dance Troupe 

    and DJ Sets by James Hoff and Mu/Fore
  118. Lighght Reading with Kristen Kosmas, Holly Melgard, Ramsey Scott
    Hosted by Ugly Duckling Presse
    Saturday, December 6 - 8pm

    Lighght Reading is a bi-monthly reading and performance series curated and hosted by Ugly Duckling Presse editors and authors. The series features emerging poets and performers and underexposed writing in translation, often pairing a writer or translator associated with UDP with readers and performers from other communities. All events are free and open to the public. Limited-edition broadsides, letterpressed at the UDP studio, accompany each reading.


    KRISTEN KOSMAS is an American writer and performer. Her plays and solo performances have been presented throughout the U.S. at numerous venues including the Chocolate Factory, the Prelude festival, and Performance Space 122. Her play Hello Failure was published by Ugly Duckling Presse; This From Cloudland appears in the latest issue of “PLAY A Journal of Plays”; ANTHEM and The Mayor of Baltimore and There There were published by 53rd State Press. 

    HOLLY MELGARD is the author of the Poems for Baby trilogy (2011), The Making of The Americans (2012), Black Friday (2012), and Reimbursement (2013). She co-edits Troll Thread Press, co-curates for the Segue Reading Series, and is dissertating in the Buffalo Poetics Program.


    RAMSEY SCOTT teaches at Brooklyn College, CUNY. His essays, poems, and fiction have appeared in various print and online publications, including the Southwest Review, the Seneca Review, The Massachusetts Review, Shampoo,Tarpaulin Sky, Confrontation, and Mirage #4/Period(ical). His first book, The Narco-Imaginary (Essays Under the Influence), is forthcoming in 2015 from UD

  119. INVISIBLE REVEILLE Release Party
    Wednesday, December 3 - 8pm 

    with performances by: 
    Clara Lipfert
    Niina Pollari
    Carina Finn

    hosted by Amy Lawless

    And a selection from This Is A Play By Jane Austen by I Am A Boy's Choir, featuring Kate D'arcus Atwell, Chris DeVita, and Adam Rigg

    Order Carina Finn's Invisible Reveille out from Coconut Books here.

    Monday, December 1 - 8pm 

    Join us for the 12th COPULA ever, featuring Fred Moten, Rodrigo Toscano, and Laura Henriksen.


    Laura Henriksen's work has recently been featured in Poor Claudia's Crush series, and Fewer and Further Press's Asterisk series. She lives in Brooklyn.

    Fred Moten is author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition, Hughson’s Tavern, B. Jenkins, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (with Stefano Harney), The Feel Trio and The Little Edges. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the University of California, Riverside.

    Rodrigo Toscano’s newest book of poetry is Deck of Deeds (Counterpath Press 2012). His previous collection, Collapsible Poetics Theater, was a 2007 National Poetry Series Selection. Forthcoming from Fence Books in 2016 is Explosion Rocks Springfield. He was the recipient of a 2005 New York State Fellowship in Poetry. His poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Against Expression, Diasporic Avant Gardes, and Poetic Voices Without Borders, Angels of the Americlypse, and Best American Poetry. His poetics plays have been performed at the Disney Redcat Theater and Ontological-Hysteric Poet’s Theater Festival. His radio pieces have aired on WPIX FM, KAOS Public Radio, WNYU, and PS.1 Radio. His poetry has been translated into French, Dutch, Italian, German, Portuguese, Norwegian and Catalan. Toscano works for the Labor Institute in conjunction with the United Steelworkers and the National Institute for Environmental Health Science. He works out of a laptop, tethered to a Droid, residing in airports, occupying poetics in midflight.

  121. Weird Sister Launch
    Saturday, November 22 - 8pm

    Celebrate the launch of the new feminist literary & pop culture blog WEIRD SISTER

    Featuring readings by:
    Emily Brandt
    Cathy de la Cruz
    Naomi Extra
    Caolan Madden
    Morgan Parker
    + other readers TBD

    Followed by the sweet soundings of Cathy "DJ OMG" de la Cruz!

    Hosted by Marisa Crawford & Becca Klaver

    ♥ ♥ ♥ weird-sister.com

  122. Thrust Three: An Evening of Not Standing Still
    Friday, November 21 - 8pm

    THRUST is an event that explores the relationship between poetry, performance and sound. The pieces focus on gesture, form, borderlessness and the question of what it means to be a body in the 21st Century.

    Featured Performers:

    Sebastián De Gré Cardenas is a visual artist and performer based in New York City. They work out conflations between childhood and sexuality, analysis of the gyrating child and other perversions.

    Joseph Henry studies art history at the CUNY Graduate Center and is a curatorial fellow at Artists Space. He does text-based performances.

    Clara Lipfert is one half of the post post feminist curatorial performance project HAG, which curates salons, hosts dinner parties, & publishes zines. Her play, What Has Been Given Cannot Be Stomached, will be presented at Dixon Place in January.

    Max Steele is an artist and writer. He makes performances for theaters, galleries and rock clubs, and writes fiction and criticism. He's made the psychedelic porno poetry zine Scorcher since 2006, and plays in the band gay goth rap band B0DYH1GH. He's currently working on an album/cabaret show called "The Good Daughter" and a new writing project called "Door Girls". His usual writing is at fagcity.blospot.com.

    boiled wool: Sad girl makes moody music, sings mean and inappropriate things she probably wouldn't say to your face. Check out her Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/boiledwool

    Julia Alsop is a poet working in radio who throws-up with the passing of the tides.

    Ruby Brunton is a New Zealand-raised, NYC-based poet, writer and performer. A man once described her work as “quietly feminist” so she's been shouting ever since. Find her on tumblr and twitter under her Government Name. 

  123. COPULA XI
    Monday, November 17 - 8pm 

    Join us on Nov. 17th at Wendy's Subway for the 11th COPULA ever, featuring Hoa Nguyen, Karen Weiser, and Alan Gilbert. 

    WHEEL OF FORTUNE BONUS: A Jungian-trained reader of the Tarot with an international following of loyal clients, Hoa will be available at Wendy's at 6:30 (about 2hrs before the reading starts) offering 13-minute Tarot readings for $20. First come/first serve. This is a unique opportunity-- don't miss out! 


    Born in the Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Hoa Nguyen studied Poetics at New College of California in San Francisco. With the poet Dale Smith, Nguyen founded Skanky Possum, a poetry journal and book imprint in Austin, TX, their home of 14 years. She is the author of nine books and chapbooks including As Long As Trees Last (Wave, 2012) and Red Juice: Poems 1998 – 2008 (Wave, 2014). She lives in Toronto where she curates a reading series, reads tarot, and teaches poetics in a private workshop.

    Karen Weiser is the author of To Light Out (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010) and the soon to be released Or, The Ambiguities (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), a collection of long poems in correspondence with various books by Herman Melville. She is currently writing a libretto for an opera based on the life and historical moment of Kassia, the first great western composer, a 9th century Byzantine nun, which you can learn more about here:http://petergilbert.net/heavensincline/.

    Alan Gilbert is the author of two books of poetry, The Treatment of Monuments and Late in the Antenna Fields, as well as a collection of essays, articles, and reviews entitled Another Future: Poetry and Art in a Postmodern Twilight. His poems have appeared in The Believer, Boston Review, Chicago Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, jubilat, and The Nation, among other places. His writings on poetry and art have appeared in a variety of publications, including Artforum, BOMB, Bookforum, Cabinet, Modern Painters, Parkett, and The Village Voice. He is the recipient of a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and a 2006 Creative Capital Foundation Award for Innovative Literature. He lives in Brooklyn.

  124. Lazy Suzie launch - with Suzanne Doppelt, Cole Swensen, and E. Tracy Grinnell
    Friday November 14, 8pm

    Suzanne DOPPELT is joining us from Paris!
    Cole SWENSEN from Providence!
    E. Tracy GRINNELL from here!
    to read and celebrate the launch of


    Poetry & Photographs 
    by Suzanne Doppelt

    Translated from the French 
    by Cole Swensen

    Just out from Litmus Press

    Lazy Suzie furthers the project, developed in Suzanne Doppelt’s previous three books, of reframing and thus reinterpreting the received knowledge of scientific inquiry. Constructed around the principle of multiple perspectives, Lazy Suzie implicitly questions what distinguishes the scientific from other forms of inquiry through her textual and photographic engagement with the superstitious to the supernatural to the simply fraudulent. Turbulent, dizzying, even violent, Doppelt’s prismatic, off-kilter vision—reflected in her syntax, phraseology, and imagery—creates a dynamic of conviction and doubt, with the problematics of perception at the center.

    “Lazy Suzie (beautifully translated by Cole Swensen) celebrates the eye, that “super-rotary lazy susan,” as well as optical devices from camera obscura to the telescope. It celebrates seeing as active rather than just receptive as it gathers in the thousand things of earth and cosmos. Moreover, sight changes matter, probes below the surface. It “presumes a slight fissure,” and “starting to paint [or photograph] means piercing a hole” through which to watch. Fittingly, Doppelt’s text is punctuated—punctured?—by her paired photographs. Some are of words, switching roles with this text about seeing. None are illustrative, all, like the text, intriguing and beautiful.” --Rosmarie WALDROP

    Suzanne DOPPELT is a writer and photographer, and her many publications merge the two fields. Her most recent books include Quelque chose cloche (P.O.L 2004,), Le pré est vénéneux (P.O.L 2007) Lazy Suzie (P.O.L 2009) and La plus grand aberration (P.O.L 2012). Three of her books have been translated into English, Ring Rang Wrong (Burning Deck, 2006), The Field is Lethal (Counterpath Press, 2011) and Lazy Suzie (Litmus Press, 2014). Doppelt’s photographs have been shown in a variety of venues, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, l’Institut français in Naples, New York University, and now at Brown. She edits the “Rayon des curiosités” series for the publisher Bayard and is on the editorial board of the arts review Vacarme.

    Cole SWENSEN is the author of thirteen volumes of poetry, most recently Greensward (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010) and Ours (U. of California Press, 2008), and a volume of essays, Noise That Stays Noise (U. of Michigan Press, 2011). She is the co-editor of the 2009 Norton anthology American Hybrid, the founding editor of La Presse Books, which specializes in contemporary French writing translated by English-language poets, and a translator of contemporary French poetry, prose, and art criticism. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN USA Award for Literary Translation, the Iowa Poetry Prize, and the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award, among others. She teaches in Brown University’s Literary Arts Program, where she is currently Department Chair.

    E. Tracy GRINNELL is the author of Helen: A Fugue (Belladonna Elder Series #1, 2008), Some Clear Souvenir (O Books, 2006), and Music or Forgetting (O Books, 2001), as well as the limited edition chapbooks Mirrorly, A Window (flynpyntar press, 2009), Leukadia (Trafficker Press, 2008), Hell and Lower Evil (Lyre Lyre Pants on Fire, 2008), Humoresque (Blood Pudding/Dusie #3, 2008), Quadriga, a collaboration with Paul Foster Johnson (gong chapbooks, 2006), Of the Frame (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2004), and Harmonics (Melodeon Poetry Systems, 2000). Grinnell’s poetry has been translated into French, Serbian, and Portuguese. She has taught creative writing at Pratt Institute, Brown University, and in the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is the founding editor and director of Litmus Press.

    This event is FREE 
    and open to the public.

    Wendy's Subway
    722 Metropolitan Ave, 2nd floor

    L to Graham
    G to Metropolitan/Lorimer 
    B24 to Leonard

  125. Center for the Study of the Drone 
    Saturday, November 8 - 8pm

    The Center for the Study of the Drone will be celebrating its second year and the launch of The Drone Primer: A Compendium of the Key Issues. The event will feature a multimedia aerial installation by the DIY drone-flying duo Tushev Aerials. There will be drinks and drones (don't worry--neither will be flying).

    The Center for the Study of the Drone is an interdisciplinary research, art, and education project based at Bard College. Founded in 2012, the Center creates and leverage inquiry-driven content, builds curricula and educational programs, and sponsors original research, with the goal of better educating the public about the history, present, and future of unmanned and autonomous systems.

    This event is free and open to the public. Copies of The Drone Primer will be available--also for free.


    Release Party with Jennifer Tamayo, Jenny Zhang and Morgan Parker
    Saturday, October 25 - 7pm

    Quinceañera (pronounced: [kin.se.aˈɲe.ɾa]; feminine form of "fifteen-year-old"), also called fiesta de quince años, fiesta de quinceañera, quince años or simply quince, is the celebration of a girl's fifteenth birthday in parts of Latin America and elsewhere in communities of people from Latin America. This birthday is celebrated differently from any other as it marks the transition from childhood to young womanhood.[1] The celebration, however, varies significantly across countries, with celebrations in some countries taking on, for example, more religious overtones than in others.

    Celebrate the release of Coconut Book's YOU DA ONE with an endurance performance of DADDYSGIRL by:


    w/ disobedient readings by: 




    ///////////// YOU DA ONE////////////////

    Jennifer Tamayo’s corrosive, excrementally beautiful new book takes place around two key phrases from Rihanna – “you da one” and “what’s my name” – that could represent the very stabilizing dynamics of the symbolic order: the “one” tells the narrator who she is. But in a violently mediated, liquified world (shot through with internet ads for drugs and sex), the identity of “da one” is catastrophically ambiguous (Lover or father? Dead or alive?) and the question “what’s my name” has multiple valences: Is it a threat or a seduction? Hysterical or beligerent? Halfway through the book, Tamayo asks “Have you had enough yet?” I have not. I keep going even if it damages me, especially if it damages me. It damages me. Tamayo has written a violent, desperate and absorbing book. Don’t hate her for her jouissance.
    --Johannes Goransson 

    Jennifer Tamayo’s YOU DA ONE is playfully and dangerously seized, or ‘skum’ as her speaker puts it, from magazines, blogs, [her] favorite books, emails from lovers, fathers, spam, and text messages, as Tamayo writes, “for the parts in which I can see myself and clutch me like a shard.” In this poet’s clutch, You Da One DADA held in Tamayo’s SHIMMERWOUND pocketbook, or shot through her four-on-the-floor gearshifts, a colloquial and conceptual mash-up of celebrity, family, and self-reflection that queries and cites: “Did you see me on the internet/ There’s no we here, there’s barely an I.” The “I” in this stunningly original collection, is stripped of its singular subjectivity, screen shot into a “contiguous state” of her fluid worlds that compellingly, and luckily, Tamayo shares with us in ours. 
    --Ronaldo V. Wilson 


  127. COPULA X
    Saturday, October 11 - 8pm

    Shiv Kotecha
    Lanny Jordan Jackson
    Erin Morrill

    Shiv Kotecha has published with Troll Thread Press, GaussPDF, The Claudius App, and elsewhere. Some work is compiled at little-richards.tumblr.com and lookingforrichard.tumblr.com. His book, EXTRIGUE, is forthcoming from Make Now Press. He co-curates orworse.net and orworsepress.net with Nicolas Mugavero and Chris Sylvester. He also co-curates the Segue Reading Series and is a PhD Candidate at NYU. 

    Lanny Jordan Jackson is a poet and artist concerned with performance, recitation, writing, and filmmaking. His recent video Scorpio vs. Glass Door Restaurant can be viewed online at The Claudius App.

    Erin Morrill grew up on the Watauga River in Appalachian Tennessee. She co-founded and is editor of Trafficker Press. She resides in Brooklyn and is currently studying sciences at Hunter College. She is a Sagittarius with a Scorpio moon and Cancer rising. Recent publications include the chapbooks On Occasion (Diez Press 2013), MaraudEra (Well Greased Press 2014) the e-chap withinstance (the new heave ho 2014), and an essay,"After I Wasn’t Dead: much obliged notes on unmotherhood, the anti-memorial, the mother of dragons, muita obrigada A Copa" on entropy mag.

  128. Hero Systems Round Two
    Saturday, October 4 - 7pm

    Hero Systems kicks off its new season, featuring readings and performances by: 

    Ana Božičević
    Sophia Le Fraga
    Ben Fama
    Lyric Hunter
    Victoria Reis

  129. Pelt v. 3: Sci-pulp Poetrics Launch Party
    Friday, September 26 - 8pm

    With readings and performances by: 
    The Organism for Poetic Research
    Anna Gurton-Wachter
    Tiziana LaMelia
    & Morgan Vo
    Film Screenings by Amie Robinson (Nykur) and Sonia Levy (Pôle)
    & more

    The movie begins in this flat, journalistic style. A universe with a long natural history, spotted with strange and alluring artifacts of various 'forerunner’ species. Plaster slides from the walls in the house it rains inside of; he feels for the tissue of sci-fi without the story. So, we invite the dystopian poetics of paranoia and ESP-powered feline-hybrids. “It is as if a cleavage, time, had opened in the floor.”

  130. Big Big Wednesday's East Coast Release 
    Satuday, September 20 - 8pm

    Big Big Wednesday is a Portland-based arts journal that features fiction, non-fiction, poetry and visual arts. Come celebrate the East Coast release of Big Big Wednesday's second issue, themed FAILING.

    The event will consist of readings by contributors:

    Brian Platzer
    Dorothy Albertini
    Avram Kline



  131. COPULA IX
    Saturday, September 13 - 8pm

    COPULA is a reading and performance series that presents innovative poetry and new media work while seeking to provide a venue for artists from New York City, throughout the country, and abroad.

    Join us for the first Copula of the Fall Season. Featuring:

    Joyelle McSweeney
    Cyrus Console
    Christine Kelly

    Saturday, September 6 - 7pm

    Created in 2011 by artist and curator Systaime a.k.a Michaël Borras Super Modern Art Museum (SPAMM) emerges as a viewing and collection platform of global artists linked to new technologies such as new media art, video art, net. art, and game art.

    In an era where immediacy rules, visual arts migrate to the virtual field in a space that unites us. These digital artists generate new concepts and relationships that challenge the art world with intangible proposals made by programming and codes, reaching a techno-social sphere where the format allows the work to be consumed in open, public and infinite Internet domains.

    SPAMM claims that "contemporary art" exists only as a continuous period of "modern art" stemming out of the nineteenth century, with an understanding culled out of the establishment of a Super Modern Art born just 10 years ago whose platform is the Internet and technology their tools.

    By creating the Super Modern Art Museum (SPAMM), Michaël Borras A.K.A Systaime want to offset the indifference of cultural authorities to the need for society to understand the art and museum in a different way. At present, the museum is facing new questions about the place of art, questioning the way to see it, display it and buy it. The Super Art Modern Museum is an experiment to answer all these questions.

    SPAMM@Webtics // NEW YORK is a digital art group exhibition curated by Systaime a.k.a Michaël Borras, Helena Acosta and Alan Schaffer it features works by 34 artists from more than 10 countries around the world.

    SPAMM / http://www.spamm.fr/ / ( Bruxelles, Caracas, Berlin, New-York... )

    Artists participating include:

    Yaneth Rivas Z A.K.A Cartel de Caracas  http://carteldecaracas.blogspot.com | Rozita Fogelman  www.rozita.com | Anthony Antonnelis & Carlos Saez  www.anthonyantonnelis.com | Lorna Mills  www.digitalmediatree.com/sallymckay/LornaMillsImageDump/ | Rolando Peña  www.makeoilgreen.org.ve | Claudia Maté  www.claudiamate.com | Stephanie Andreou - www.stephanieandreou.com | Yucef Merhi  www.cibernetic.com/ | Alfredo Salazar-Caro  www.salazarcaro.com | Katherine Sultan  http://k4thset.blogspot.com | Miyö Van Stenis  http://miyovanstenis.com | Violette Bule  http://violettebule.com | David Kagan  www.davidkagan.net | Agente Doble  www.agentedoble.net | Kamilia Kard  http://kamiliakard.tumblr.com | Laura Hyunjhee Kim  www.lauraonsale.com | Laurus Edelbacher  www.laurusedelbacher.at | Jean Guillaume Le Roux  https://www.facebook.com/Jeanguillaumeleroux.artiste | Alix Desaubliaux and Katia Lecomte  http://katialecomte.tumblr.com http://alixdesaubliaux.tumblr.com | Kiari Bastardo  http://www.youtube.com/user/kiaribastardo | Beatriz Rodriguez | Beatriz Sanchez  www.beatrizsanchez.net | Iza Koczanowska  andasetuju.tumblr.com | Ynfab  http://fannybruno.net | Piero Chiariello  www.pierochiariello.com | Jabal Murbach  http://jbl-dgtl.tumblr.com | Estefanía Valero Merkt  http://ikusachirompe.tumblr.com/ | Debbie Davies & Julius Schön  http://www.theiloveyouproject.net/index.htm | Maggy Almao  http://www.maggyalmao.com | G.M. PostMA  https://www.postma.es | Antoinn Marroncles  https://soundcloud.com/da-fake-panda | Kévin Bray  www.kevinbray.biz | Jaime Vous Trentaysiete  https://www.JAIMEVOUS37.TK | Fernando Orellana  http://fernandoorellana.com | Juan Lere Lere  a4ismos.tk | Systaime  www.systaime.com | Helena Acosta  www.produccionaleaoria.com | Alan Schaffer  www.alanschaffer.com | André Santos  www.ivoiv.com | Mariana Capriles  http://mpeach.bandcamp.com

  133. Elderly #5 Launch
    Saturday, August 30th - 8pm

    Elderly, a creative hub of ebullience and disgust, is turning five issues old! Come celebrate with readings, drinking and dancing. Copies of issue #5 will be on hand as will an ensemble of brilliant performers including:

    Krystal Languell
    Katy Bohinc
    Kit Schluter
    Mali Scott
    Mel Bentley
    Emily Skillings
  134. Bartone/Klug
    Wednesday, July 2 - 7pm

    NATE KLUG is the author of RUDE WOODS (Song Cave, 2013), a translation of passages from Vergil's Eclogues. He has a chapbook called CONSENT out with Pressed Wafer, and has also published poems in several journals.

    DAVID BARTONE is the winner of the 2013 Sawtooth Poetry Prize and author of PRACTICE ON MOUNTAINS (Ahsahta Press, 2014) and the chapbook SPRING LOGIC (H_NGM_N, 2010).

  135. Two Would Be Sufficient: An Evening of Duets
    Saturday, June 28 - 9:30pm 
    $5 tickets: RSVP by emailing thebunkernyc@gmail.com

    Please join The Bunker at Wendy's Subway for an evening of dance and conversation. Two Would Be Sufficient features work by four NYC choreographers concentrating on the possibilities of the duet form. We invite you to stay after the performance for a round-table discussion with the choreographers, dancers, and show curators. 

  136. Blonde Art Books 
    Bushwick Art Book & Zine Fair
    Please note location: Signal Gallery, 260 Johnson Ave

    Friday June 20, 7-10pm
    Saturday June 21, 2-7pm
    Sunday June 22, 2-7pm

    Please join us for the second annual BABZ FAIR taking place during the weekend of June 20 – 22, 2014. Wendy's Subway will present a selection of books by members, and a limited edition publication produced for the occasion. 

    A special reading by Wendy's Subway members will take place on Saturday, June 21st from 4-5pm.

    About BABZ FAIR

    Blonde Art Books has invited artists, writers, independent publishers, and designers to present recent work in the form of artist and poetry books, periodicals, zines, and limited edition prints.

    This year the fair will be hosted by SIGNAL. The entire ground floor of the gallery as well as the backyard are open to the public for the duration of the fair. Book launches, readings, and other diverse programming will take place throughout the weekend. A complete schedule will be available shortly.

    BBQ by Miles Away & Beer provided by PBR

    More information here.

  137. Imperial Matters Launch
    Saturday, June 7 - 7 to 11pm 

    Imperial Matters is pleased to invite you to the physical launch of its online platform. Meet the team and contributors, and join for a celebratory evening of music, art, and poetry. 

    READINGS by Victoria Le Fraga (NYC), Harry Burke (UK), Alejandro Crawford (NYC)
    MUSIC by Arjun / Ducky / MATES / Annika Zee

    Imperial Matters is a creative structure seeking to reorganize the existing framework of the artistic market. The first realization of this endeavor is through the creation of a website that features new perspectives on art, music and poetry while providing an e-commerce platform to own this new perspective. We are a growing hub, anchored on a simple web platform meant to exchange ideas and imagery between artists, musicians and poets working in all medias. In our next upcoming phase, we are hoping to provide the means for artists to conceptualize and realize their projects whether digital or analog.

    More information on Imperial Matters here

  138. Copula VII
    Wednesday, May 28 - 8pm

    Join us for the last Copula VII of the season. Featuring: 

    Cecilia Corrigan
    Macgregor Card
    Charles Bernstein

  139. In a Word, Faust
    Written and directed by Ish Klein
    Presented by the Connecticut River Valley Poets' Theatre
    Saturday, May 17 - 9pm 
    $5 at the door

    Lurching from word to word, these magicians, spirits, dukes, workers and beauties maintain a status quo until one man says “Okay!” 

    In a Word, Faust is a fast-paced theatre gadget to watch before going out on the town or going home to make love. Beer will be sold. Chapbook copies of the play for sale ($5). 

    Starring: Stella Corso, David Feinstein, Patrick Gaughan, Andrew McAlpine, Sarah Beth McAlpine, Greg Purcell, Jon Sieracki, Jonathan Volk and Wilson Yerxa. 

  140. Fragments of a Vessel: An Evening of Poetry in Translation
    Maria Goldverg, Camilo Roldán, Kit Schluter, Sho Sugita, Ken L. Walker
    Saturday, May 10 - 8pm

    Please join us in recognizing the fragments of a greater language at Wendy's Subway. Translations from French, German, Spanish, Russian, and Japanese.

    Maria Goldverg studied poetry at Bard, and she has gone on to edit nonfiction for a book publisher in Manhattan by day, sometimes translate by night, and hardly ever write poems anymore. She hails from Moscow.

    Camilo Roldán is a poet and translator who lives in Brooklyn, NY. From 2011 through 2013 he co-curated the Triptych Reading Series and is currently editor-in-chief for DIEZ. Among other journals, his work has most recently appeared in Mandorla, West Wind Review, Lungfull!, and Sun's Skeleton. A new chapbook, La Torre, is forthcoming from Well Greased Press.

    Kit Schluter is translator of Marcel Schwob's Book of Monelle (Wakefield), Jaime Saenz' The Cold (Circumference), Clamenç Llansana's Occitan Goliard Songs (Anomalous), and with Jocelyn Spaar, Amandine André's Circle of Dogs (Paper Nautilus). With Andrew Dieck and Francesca Capone, he edits O’clock Press. His recent writings can be found in Boston ReviewElective AffinitiesInpatientBOMB, and The Disinhibitor. Kit lives in Providence, Rhode Island, where he curates the monthly reading series Wild Combination, much to his delight.

    Sho Sugita is working on compiling and translating the Collected Works of Hirato Renkichi. His poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in 6x6AsymptoteChicago ReviewLana TurnerPaperbagPoems by SundayVOLTWashington Square, as well as a booklet from DIEZ. He is leaving Brooklyn to find the hot springs of the Japanese Alps.

    Ken L. Walker lives in Brooklyn but carries a Kentucky driver's license in his wallet. He is the author of the chapbook Twenty Glasses of Water (DIEZ Press) and more of his work can be found in Bright Pink MosquitoSink Review, The Seattle ReviewWashington SquareThe Poetry Project NewsletterLumberyard, the anthology Oil & Water (Typecast) and Boston Review. He was the features editor for Coldfront magazine from 2008 to 2012 and now curates the conversation project, Cosmot.

  141. Copula VI
    Jess Grover, Paul Killebrew, Jessica Laser
    Wednesday, April 23 - 8pm

    Paul Killebrew was born and raised in Tennessee. He is the author of two full-length collections, Ethical Consciousness (2013) and Flowers (2010), both published by Canarium Books. His chapbook, Forget Rita (2003), was published by the Poetry Society of America, and Ugly Duckling Presse published another, Inspector vs. Evader (2007). From 2008 to 2012 he served as a staff attorney at Innocence Project New Orleans, and he currently resides in Maryland with his wife and son.

    Jessica Laser's poems have recently appeared in Boston Review, Lana Turner, Materials, Mipoesias, and RealPoetik, and are forthcoming in the The Iowa Review and Jubilat. She received an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2012 and teaches creative writing at Manhattanville College.

    Jess Grover lives in the Rockaways in New York City. Recent work has appeared, or is forthcoming in, SCUD, iO, Spoke too Soon, Jacket 2 and the Poetry and Cruelty Hotline.

  142. Brooklyn Poetry Summit
    Saturday, April 19 - 10pm

    Culling from a number of aesthetic schools, hometowns and poetics, the Brooklyn Poetry Summit brings together 25 poets to read, perform and speak, the weekend of April 17-20th. This is the summit's final reading, featuring: Anna Vitale, David Abel, Dana Ward and Suzanne Stein.

    For the full Brooklyn Poetry Summit schedule, click here.

  143. BOMB Wendy's Subway Benefit
    Saturday, April 12 - 7:00pm
    Suggested $10 donation at the door

    BOMB invites you to a benefit event to support Wendy's Subway.

    Readings by: 
    Lisa Robertson
    Kate Zambreno
    Rob Fitterman
    Alan Felsenthal
    Simon Van Booy

    Performance by Raha Raissnia + Panagiotis Mavridis: "Vioi" 
    Raha Raissnia: composite projection of 16mm film
    Panagiotis Mavridis: homemade instruments

    Participatory performance by Chloë Bass

    As a journal that has celebrated conversations and collaborations between artists for 33 years, BOMB feels strongly that the mission of Wendy's Subway is in line with our own, and we want to help foster the growth of the organization into a haven for art-making and intellectual exchange.

    Generously sponsored by Sixpoint Brewery

  144. Launch Party for Kitsch Encyclopedia by Sara Cwynar
    Please note location: Printed Matter Inc, 195 Tenth Avenue
    Friday, April 11th - 6 to 8pm

    Kitsch Encyclopedia is a book project by Sara Cwynar of original and appropriated images and text, published with Blonde Art Books.

    Kitsch Encyclopedia is a book project that brings together writings by Milan Kundera, Roland Barthes and Jean Baudrillard, as well as my own writing to formulate a relationship of kitsch to images. Kundera considers kitsch to be a categorizing phenomenon: a means through which complex human experience is distilled to simple, sentimental motifs. All three writers discuss a similar circumstance of the contemporary image world: the way that our culture of images, especially in the age of the internet, provides an Idealized, kitsch-based image world that exists on top of the real world and in many ways has subsumed it. - Sara Cwynar 

    Kitsch Encyclopedia, 2014, is full-color hardcover, 189 pages, and printed in an edition of 1000.

    Sara Cwynar (b. 1985, Vancouver) lives and works in New York, NY. Cwynar currently has a solo exhibition at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia and her first solo exhibition with Foxy Productions, New York, opens on April 4, 2014. Other recent solo exhibitions include The Foam Photography Museum, Amsterdam, and Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto. Her work has been exhibited at Higher Pictures, New York; The Camera Club of New York, New York; Ed Varie, New York; The New York Art Book Fair at PS1 MoMA; and Printed Matter, New York. 

  145. COPULA V
    Hannah Brooks-Motl, Joe Luna, Will Rahilly, Connie Scozarro
    Wednesday, March 26th - 8pm

    Join us for the fifth COPULA ever, specially relocated to Wendy's Subway.

    Hannah Brooks-Motl was born and raised in Wisconsin. Her poems and criticism have appeared in journals such as Bookforum, FENCE, jubilat, The Kenyon Review Online, and Typo, among others. A chapbook, The Montaigne Result, was published by the Song Cave. She lives in Chicago, where she is a PhD student at the University of Chicago. The New Years, her first book, is forthcoming from Rescue Press.

    Joe Luna lives in Brighton, UK, where he runs the Hi Zero reading series and edits Hi Zero magazine. He is the author of Astroturf and other poems

    Will Rahilly is a video, digital imaging, sound, and performance artist based in Brooklyn, NY. His tingly work ranges from finger puppets to non-digitally aided photography to video and interactive performance. Inspired by ballet, skin disease, and slapping machines, he mixes these elements with his dark background in Computer Science to create bright and exciting paintings of the Golden Gate Bridge. He creates his original work at his unoriginal Brooklyn studio. He is 6’4”, a Pisces, and single. 

    Connie Scozzaro has published poetry in Hi Zero Magazine, Friends Magazine, and last year's Summer Stock Journal. Her chapbook, Contrapposto Action Queen came out from Bad Press in 2013. Connie currently lives in Brighton, England, but is moving to the USA this coming September.

  146. O'clock Press Release Party 
    Friday, March 14th - 8:00pm

    Join O'clock Press to celebrate the release of: 

    + Jean Day's Early Bird
    + Matt Longabucco's Everybody Suffers: the Selected Poems of Juan García Madero
    + Dawn Lundy Martin's The Main Cause of the Exodus
    CLOCK 4: featuring fresh wares from Ian Hatcher, Laura Henriksen, Mary Hickman, Justin Katko, Evan Kennedy, Joe Luna, Erin Morrill, Jeff Nagy, Nathanaël, John Paetsch, Carlos Soto Román, Ryoko Sekiguchi (translated by Lindsay Turner)


    *Jean Day* (skype)
    *Matt Longabucco*
    *Dawn Lundy Martin*

    Clock 4
    *Ian Hatcher*
    *Laura Henriksen*
    *Evan Kennedy*
    *Erin Morrill*
    *Jeff Nagy*

    More information on O'clock Press here.

  147. Tonight Will Be the End of Meaning: A Screening and Benefit
    Presented by Brooklyn Poetry Summit and Wendy's Subway
    Friday, January 17th - 10:00pm

    A video compilation of movie scenes handpicked by Corina Copp & Lanny Jordan Jackson

    Come for the screening at 10:00, stay for the dance party
    Help fund the Brooklyn Poetry Summit, and Wendy's Subway

    Five dollars gets you in with a drink to match.
    Other thimblefuls will also be on sale, for your head is nothing but a clothes-hanger.

    If you can't make it, consider contributing to Brooklyn Poetry Summit's Eve of Easter: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/brooklyn-poetry-summit--2

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