This event celebrates Larissa Shmailo's new poetry collection #specialcharacters (Unlikely Books) with readings by Amy King, Philip Nikolayev, Steve Dalachinsky, Marc Vincenz, and emcees Ron Kolm and Jonathan Penton.
"This is a thrilling book of femininity and magic. When it comes to capturing the intimacy of pain, Larissa Shmailo is among the most daring poets of her generation. When speaking of human rights, she is a human flame. She is subtle and provocative, fresh and out of bounds. You will fall in love here, and you will be loved right back."
"I see this work as a continuum in a long tradition of radical writing practices from Futurism, to Dada, to Oulipo, to Pussy Riot. Read it when you wish to be empowered. Read it when you wish to be entertained. Read it to rid yourself of the precious and polite."
—Elaine Equi -
"This is a major work by a major poet."
About the Poets
Philip Nikolayev is a poet and coeditor‐in‐chief of Fulcrum. His collections include Monkey Time and Letters from Aldenderry. A collection of Osip Mandelshtam's poetry in his translation is forthcoming from Coeur.
Of her most recent book from LitmusPress, I Want to Make You Safe, John Ashbery described Amy King's poems as bringing “abstractions to brilliant, jagged life, emerging into rather than out of the busyness of living.” Safe was one of the Boston Globe’s Best Poetry Books of 2011. The Missing Museum is forthcoming in 2014 from Kore Press. King also teaches English & Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College and works with VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Check her latest blog efforts at Boston Review, Poetry Magazine and theRumpus.
Marc Vincenz is British-Swiss, was born in Hong Kong, and has published six collections of poetry: The Propaganda Factory, or Speaking of Trees; Gods of a Ransacked Century, Mao’s Mole, Behind the Wall at the Sugar Works (a verse novel), Additional Breathing Exercises and Beautiful Rush. He is also the translator of numerous German-language poets, including: Erika Burkart, Ernst Halter, Klaus Merz, Andreas Neeser, Markus Bundi and Alexander Xaver Gwerder. His translation of Alexander Xaver Gwerder’s selected poems, Casting a Spell in Spring, is to be released by Coeur Publishing in late 2014. He has received grants from the Swiss Arts Council, ProHelvetia, for his translations and a fellowship from the Literary Colloquium Berlin (LCB). His work has been translated into German, Russian, Romanian and French. Marc is the publisher and executive editor of MadHat Press, MadHat Annual (formerly Mad Hatters’ Review) and MadHat Lit. He is Coeditor-in-Chief of Fulcrum: An Anthology of Poetry and Aesthetics, and serves on the editorial board of Open Letters Monthly. He is also the founder of Evolution Arts, Inc, a non-profit organization that promotes independent presses and journals. He divides his tie between Reykjavik, Zurich and New York City.
steve dalachinsky was born after the last Big War & has managed to survive lots of little wars. His poems have appeared extensively in journals on & off line including, Big Bridge, Milk, Unlikely Stories, Xpressed, Evergreen Review, Long Shot, Alpha Beat Soup, Xtant, Blue Beat Jacket, Unbearable Assemblage Magazines, NY Arts Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazinee, 88, Lost and Found Times, plus such anthologies as Beat Indeed, The Haiku Moment and the esteemed Outlaw Bible of American poetry. He has written liner notes for the CDs of many artists including Anthony Braxton, James "Blood" Ulmer, Rashied Ali, Roy Campbell, Matthew Shipp, Roscoe Mitchell & many others. His 1999 CD, Incomplete Direction (Knitting Factory Records), a collection of his poetry read in collaboration with various musicians, such as William Parker, Matthew Shipp, Daniel Carter, Sabir Mateen, Susie Ibarra, Thurston Moore (SonicYouth), Vernon Reid (Living Colour) has garnered much praise. His most recent chapbooks include Trial and Error in Paris ( Loudmouth Collective - 2003), Lautreamont's Laments (Furniture Press - 2005), In Glorious Black and White (Ugly Duckling Presse - 2005), St. Lucie ( King of Mice Press - 2005 ) Are We Not MEN & Fake Book (2 books of collage - 8 Page Press - 2005). Dream Book (Avantcular Press - 2005). His books include A Superintendent's Eyes (Hozomeen Press, 2000) and The Final Nite (complete notes from a Charles Gayle Notebook - Ugly Duckling Presse - 2005). His latest CD is Phenomena of Interference, a collaboration with pianist Matthew Shipp (Hopscotch Records, 2005.)
Jonathan Penton is an administrator and manager of literary artists, thus has the lion-taming scene from 8 1/2 on continuous repeat on a screen above his desk. He is the founder and Executive Editor of Unlikely Stories and Unlikely Books, in operation since 1998. He currently serves as the Managing Editor for Fulcrum: an anthology of poetry and aesthetics and MadHat, Inc. (including MadHat Annual [formerly Mad Hatters’ Review] and MadHat Press).He has founded Cœur Publishing, a new translation imprint, and Acadiana Wordlab (with Clare L. Martin), a weekly literary drafting workshop in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he now lives. Previously, he has worked on Big Bridge, Ekleksographia, and Mexcla: writing and art from the Tumblewords Project. His own books are Last Chap (Vergin’ Press, 2004), Blood and Salsa and Painting Rust (Unlikely Books, 2006) and Prosthetic Gods (New Sins Press, 2008).
Ron Kolm is one of the founding members of the Unbearables literary collective, and an editor of several of their anthologies: Crimes of the Beats, The Worst Book I Ever Read and The Unbearables Big Book of Sex! Ron is a contributing editor of Sensitive Skin magazine and the editor of the Evergreen Review. He is the author of The Plastic Factory and the co-author, with Jim Feast, of the novel, Neo Phobe. A collection of his poems, Divine Comedy, has just been published by Fly By Night Press. He’s had work published in Live Mag!, Gathering of the Tribes, the Poetry Super Highway, Urban Graffiti, Mungbeing and the Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. Ron Kolm has worked in many of the signature independent bookstores of New York City over the years: The Strand, St. Mark’s Bookshop, Shakespeare & Co, and currently, Posman Books in Grand Central Terminal.Kolm’s papers were purchased by the New York University library, where they’ve been catalogued in the Fales Collection as part of the Downtown Writers Group.
Larissa Shmailo is the editor of the anthology Twenty-first Century Russian Poetry and founder of The Feminist Poets in Low-Cut Blouses. Larissa translated the zaum opera Victory over the Sun for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's landmark restaging of the work and has been a translator on the Bible in Russia for the American Bible Society. Her other books of poetry are In Paran (BlazeVOX [books]), the chapbook A Cure for Suicide (Cervena Barva Press), and the e-book Fib Sequence (Argotist Ebooks); her poetry CDs are The No-Net World and Exorcism (SongCrew), for which she received the New Century Best Spoken Word album award.
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