READINGS

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25.6/2017 Lara Stapleton, Bruce Edward SherfieldAna Seferović & Kirsty Allison will be reading @ Tennessee – Paris 12, rue André Mazet 75006 Paris (France)

Two Poets Poeting  4/26/17

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When: Avril 26 2017
Where: L’OpenBach 6-8 rue Jean Sebastien Bach, 75013 Paris, France
BIOS:

Kate Noakes

I am a poet, short fiction writer, novelist and elected member of the Welsh Academy.
My published poetry is as follows: Ocean to Interior, Mighty Erudite, 2007.  The Wall MendersTwo Rivers Press, 2009. Cape Town, Eyewear Publishing, 2012.   I-spy and Shanty,corrupt press, 2014.  Tattoo on Crow Street, Parthian, 2015. Paris, Stage Left,  Eyewear Publishing, 2017.

My work has also been widely published in magazines such as The North, Poetry Wales, Mslexia, Planet, Poetry Ireland Review, Iota, Envoi, The SHOp, Magma, The Wolf and Poetry Salzburg Review, and in the UK national press. I have performed at venues as diverse as The Troubadour, Glastonbury Festival, the Poetry Society, Nottingham Poetry Festival and Henley Literature Festival.

I was founding President of Paris Lit Up, a not for profit literature organisation in the City of Lights in 2012.

I have degrees in Geography, and English Literature and a MPhil in Creative Writing and have taught creative writing for Oxford University and the Poetry School. My current practice is focused on contemporary culture and environmental matters.

Carrie Chappell is from Birmingham, Alabama. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Alabama and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of New Orleans’ Creative Writing Workshop. She has taught English Composition at Delgado Community College and served as Writer-in-Residence for Big Class. Each April, she facilitates the Verse of April project, a community catalogue of voices celebrating poetry. Currently, she lives in Paris as an English Language teacher and French Studies student and serves as Poetry Editor for Sundog Lit.

for more information: http://www.carriechappell.com/

Two Poets  3/25/17

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When: Mars 25, 2017
Where: L’OpenBach 6-8 rue Jean Sebastien Bach, 75013 Paris, France

Bios:

jacklyn janeksela is a wolf and a raven, a cluster of stars, & a direct descent of the divine feminine. she can be found @ Barrelhouse, Thought Catalog, LunaLuna Magazine, Talking Book Three Point Press, DumDum Magazine, Visceral Brooklyn, Anti-Heroin Chic, Public Pool, Reality Hands, Velvet-Tail, Requited Journal, The Feminist Wire, Word For/Word, Literary Orphans, Pank, Split Lip, Landfill, Yes Poetry, feelings, Heavy Feather, The Opiate, Potluck, Vending Machine Press; Civil Coping Mechanism anthology A Shadow Map & Outpost 19 Rooted anthology; & elsewhere. she is in a post-punk band called the velblouds. her baby @femalefilet. her chapbook fitting a witch//hexing the stitch forthcoming (The Operating System, 2017). she is an energy. find her @ hermetic hare for herbal astrology readings.
Rethabile Masilo blogs at Poéfrika and co-edits Canopic Jar. He is a Mosotho poet from Lesotho and has lived in Paris, France, since 1987. His work has been published in various anthologies as well as hard and soft-copy magazines, including Canopic Jar, The Bastille, With Our Eyes Wide Open, Seeing the Unseen, Tears In The Fence, New Coin, New Contrast, Botsotso, Badilisha Poetry, and others. In 2014 his poem ‘Swimming’, published in New Coin Poetry, Vol 49, N°1, won the Dalro First Prize. The same poem won the Thomas Pringle Award for Poetry in Periodicals in 2015. He has also edited two anthologies published by The Onslaught Press: For the Children of Gaza, and To Kingdom Come (voices against political violence). Rethabile was born in 1961 in Lesotho and left his country with his parents and siblings to enter exile in 1981, following an attack on his family that killed his 3-year-old nephew, Motlatsi. They moved through the Republic of South Africa, where they experienced Apartheid, then Kenya and the United States of America, before he finally settled in France. In 2012 his first book of poems, Things That Are Silent, was published by Pindrop Press. The second book, Waslap, was published in 2015 by The Onslaught Press (it won the 2016 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry), and the third, Letter to Country, was published by Canopic Publishing in 2016.

Two Poets 1/25/2017

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Where: Berkeley Books of Paris, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris
Métro: Odéon

Athol Williams & Khalil Anthony

 

Khalil Anthony is a poly-math. A multi-disciplinary artist working within varying mediums and media. His work investigates the relationships between the spirit and space, the black body, sexuality, and society, and the urban experience. Weaving together these artistic intentions through writing, dance and movement, acting, painting, arts-admin, education, and song; his work speaks to a diverse audience and varying communities.

Originally from Chicago, IL., he considers himself a writer primarily, and sees his writings as a vehicle to exercise his performance abilities and diverse organizational skills. Anthony recently published his first novel, Frederic Leon, simultaneously creating a publishing company, Urban Folk Books, which published Frederic Leon last year. He is currently producing a stage production of the themes in his novel, as well as finishing the script for the film, Frederic (2015).

As a musician, Anthony’s music is featured in an Emmy award winning broadband series entitled, Satacracy 88. His latest music project is entitled, train, UrbanFolk Music Project (ASCAP). As a singer songwriter, Khalil has penned two cds (urbanfolkmusic 2007, train 2013), and produced 2 tracks off of his lastest music project, train. His highly anticipated remixes with Scott thatmanmonkz will be released in 2014 under Shadeleaf Music in UK.

His writing can also be seen in Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s highly acclaimed hip-hop theater production, Word Becomes Flesh. Khalil Anthony has toured for the last three years with the Living Word Project, and Word Becomes Flesh. Anthony also serves as the Educational Director for the tour.

As a self-proclaimed galactic-artist, Khalil Anthony shares his talents throughout the world, making art honestly.

 

ATHOL WILLIAMS:  I enjoy experimenting, trying things, trying ideas. This is how I learn.  I love creating.  And so my writing is experimental creations of poetry and social philosophy.  My poetry leads my pursuit of understanding just as imagination leads my efforts in social development. My scholarly and creative work explores structural processes and social institutions that may put humanity on a path to greater harmony and I delve deeply into the prospects of a new (or renewed) human consciousness that might make us all evolve to live larger, fuller lives. I focus on the actions that may lead us to greater socioeconomic justice in South Africa and elsewhere – this work includes business ethics and corporate governance.

I am currently a graduate student in political philosophy at Oxford University.  My graduate work explores the plurality of agents of justice and the background conditions under which economic institutions have a responsibility to act as more-than-secondary agents.  My professional background is in business, mostly in corporate strategy and finance.  My academic background is varied – political theory (LSE), public administration (Harvard), corporate finance (LBS), business (MIT Sloan) and engineering (Wits).  I draw heavily on this background in my academic work.  I am a member of the Scholars and Practitioners Network for the CSR Initiative at Harvard.
I have published 3 collections of poems and 2 children’s books (see BOOKS)   I have a passion for reading and education personally, and I recognise the vital role education plays in the pursuit of freedom and human development, hence my involvement in social change through education.  I co-founded Read to Rise, an NGO that promotes youth literacy.
I grew up in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town, and I’ve lived in Johannesburg, Boston and London.  I currently split my time between Oxford and Cape Town.
More information in PUSHING BOULDERS, my autobiography and on Wikipedia

Three Poets November 8, 2016

 

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When: November 8, 2016
Where: Berkeley Books of Paris, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris
Métro: Odéon

Bios:

Jamika Ajalon A disciple of the creative, I am inter-disciplinary artist who works with different mediums independently, but also in multiple fusions- incorporating written and spoken text, sound/music, and visuals. A nomad, I grew up in america but have lived for years in europe, including England, and France. During travels (including countries in Africa) I have met and collaborated with other artists, academics, who who challenge ‘frontiers’ (external borders as well as internalised) and are planting seeds. A science fiction nerd, I have always looked at ‘space’ as a place to realise and talk about possible futures. My publications and performances have been diverse. They include a series of audio-visual anti-lectures which explore memory, and nomadic subjectivity through a “afro-
futurist” lens. As I roam I have had the good fortune to perform, record, tour , publish and exhibit/ screen my work inVienna, London, Berlin, South Africa, Senegal, Kampala, Paris…

Paul Stubbs is the author of three poetry collections published in Great-Britain – The Theological Museum (Flambard, 2005), The Icon Maker (Arc, 2008), and The End of the Trial of Man (Arc, 2015) – and of two long poems, Ex Nihilo and Flesh (Black Herald Press, 2010 & 2013). His poems have appeared in a variety of magazines, including The Bitter Oleander, The High Window, Poetry Review, The Shop, and the French literary magazines Les Carnets d’Eucharis and Nunc. In the past, he was invited to read his poems at Oxford University, at the Seamus Heaney Centre in Belfast, and in New York. He is also the author of a book of essays on Arthur Rimbaud, The Carbonized Earth; another book of poetical essays, The Return to Silence, will be released in December 2016. His forthcoming collection, The Lost Songs of Gravity, is partly based on the religious writings of Simone Weil.

http://paulstubbspoet.wordpress.com

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Michael Lee Rattigan has lived and taught in Mexico and Spain, and translated the complete collection of Fernando Pessoa’s Alberto Caeiro poems (Rufus Books, 2007). More translations have appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Asymptote Magazine, The Black Herald, The Fiend Journal, and in Selected Writings of César Vallejo (edited by Joseph Mulligan, Wesleyan University Press, 2015). His first poetry collection, Liminal, was published in 2012 (Rufus Books). His latest collection, Hiraeth, was published alongside its French translation in 2016 (Black Herald Press).

Amy Hollowell and Rufo Quintavalle

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When: October 18, 2016
Where: Berkeley Books of Paris, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris
Métro: Odéon

Bios:

Amy Hollowell is a French-American poet who has long been a part of the Anglophone poetry scene in Paris, where she has lived since 1982. Her most recent collections and chapbooks include Here We Are(PURH, 2015), Giacomettrics (corrupt press, 2013) and Peneloping (corrupt press, 2011) and her work has appeared in a variety of publications in Europe and the United States. She has worked as a journalist and translator and teaches Zen meditation in Paris at the Wild Flower Zen Center, which she founded and directs, and in Portugal. http://wildflowerzen.org/zenscribe/

Rufo Quintavalle was born in London in 1978, studied in England and the US and has lived in Paris since 2005.  He has taught creative writing at NYU Paris and was formerly on the editorial board for the literary journal, Upstairs at Duroc.  He is the author of eight books of poetry, including Weather Derivatives, anyone for anymore and Shelf 1-15, a bilingual chapbook written with the Oulipian writer, Ian Monk.  His book-length poem, hhereenow, will be published by corrupt press in October.   http://rufoquintavalle.blogspot.com/

Poets Live Returns! Norman Fischer & Christophe Lamiot

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When: September 6, 2016
Where: Berkeley Books of Paris, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris
Métro: Odéon

Bios:

Christophe Lamiot Enos, né le 18/12/62 à Beaumont-le-Roger, vit  son enfance et son adolescence à Pont-Audemer et habite aujourd’hui à Paris après quatorze années passées aux Etats-Unis d’Amérique à enseigner la littérature française.   Le 1er janvier 1981, il est victime d’un gravissime accident automobile qui lui impose aujourd’hui un statut de handicapé et une rigoureuse discipline d’écriture et de recherche en sciences humaines.  Deux essais parus en 1997 et 1999 (Eau sur eau, Rodopi, Amsterdam ;  Littérature et hôpital, Sciences en Situation, Paris) annoncent plusieurs récits en poèmes, dont en 2000, 2003, 2006, 2010 et 2016 Des pommes et des oranges, Sitôt Elke,Albany, 1985-1981et Viges (Flammarion, Paris), récits dans lesquels, déjà, l’anglais et le français se mêlent.  D’autres récits encore, chez Contre-Allées, Passage d’encres, Rehauts ou l’Amandier balisent aussi son parcours.  En 2013 paraît au Royaume-Uni un ouvrage tout en anglais, The Sun Brings (Corrupt Press).  L’écriture de Christophe Lamiot Enos a retenu l’attention des commentateurs pour, entre autres, son souci du détail, l’élaboration formelle, la musicalité et le travail sur la mémoire.  Père de deux enfants, il occupe un poste de maître de conférences à l’université de Rouen, pour laquelle il a créé et maintenant dirige une collection de poésie américaine contemporaine aux Presses Universitaires de Rouen et du Havre, intitulée « To ».  Il fait partie du laboratoire « ERIAC » en tant qu’écrivain et américaniste et collabore régulièrement à plusieurs revues.  Ses travaux paraissent dans des anthologies, tant en France qu’à l’étranger.

Norman Fischer is a poet, essayist, and Zen Buddhist priest. He served as abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center, the oldest and largest Buddhist institution in the West, and is the founding teacher of the Everyday Zen Foundation (www.everydayzen.org), a network of Zen groups and other projects. He has taught and lectured around the world. His latest poetry collections are Magnolias All At Once,  Escape This Crazy Life of Tears, and The Strugglers. His latest prose works are What Is Zen? Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind, and Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion.

THE ONSLAUGHT ANTHOLOGY READING ‘for the children of Gaza’ and ‘to kingdom come’

with Rethabile Masilo, Moe Seager, Chozo Tull, James Dunne, and Malik Ameer Crumpler

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When: June 14, 2016 at 19:30
Where: Berkeley Books of Paris, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris
Métro: Odéon

Poets Live will be hosting readings from Onslaught’s two political anthologies, ‘for the children of Gaza’ and ‘to kingdom come’, on 14 June at 19:30 in Berkeley Books, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris. Nearest Métro: Odéon.

 

POETRY, POETRY and POETRY — TRIPLE BOOK LAUNCH

with Sophie Herxheimer, Pansy Maurer-Alvarez and Carol Watts

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When: May 17, 2016 at 19:30
Where: Berkeley Books of Paris, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris
Métro: Odéon

Bios:
Primarily a visual artist, Sophie Herxheimer has held residencies for London International Festival of Theatre, Southbank Centre, The National Maritime Museum and Transport for London. Exhibitions include The Poetry Library and The National Portrait Gallery. Projects include a 300 metre tablecloth that ran the length of Southwark Bridge; a life-size concrete poem in the shape of Mrs Beeton; ongoing live story collecting in ink. Publications include Long Poem Magazine, Tears in the Fence, Poems In Which and The New Concrete.She recently won first prize in the Poetry Book fair competition. Recent books are The Listening Forest and VOYAGE. Sophie teaches and collaborates extensively. www.sophieherxheimer.com
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Pansy Maurer-Alvarez was born in Puerto Rico, did her literary studies at universities in the US, Switzerland and Spain and now lives and writes (fulltime) in France. Her work appears regularly in magazines and anthologies throughout Europe and the US. Her latest books of poetry are Oranges in January (KFS Press, 2016) and In a Form of Suspension (corrupt press, 2014) and she has 4 previous collections. She is a contributing editor to the British magazine, Tears in the Fence and is the outgoing curator of the Poets Livereading series in Paris.

Carol Watts lives in London, and runs the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre at Birkbeck College. Her recent poetry includes the collections many weathers wildly comes (Spiralbound/Susakpress 2015), Sundog (Veer Books, 2013) and Occasionals (Reality Street Editions, 2011). 56, a collection with George Szirtes, will be published by Arc later this year. She is currently working on a project for vinyl called T.R.E.E. with the sound artist Will Montgomery, made from creaking trees and rare earths.

The last event of the Poets Live reading season will be on June 14 at Berkeley Books.

 

MESSAGE FROM THE CURATOR

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Our next reading will be on May 17 and the last before the summer break will be on June 14. As usual the details will be announced here. The new reading season begins in September 2016, with a new curator and also a new website. To stay informed of news during the transition period, be sure to sign up to our mailing list here: http://eepurl.com/bu6-cD

 

Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr., Jennifer Grotz and Margo Berdeshevsky…

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read their poetry for Poets Live!

When: April 12, 2016 at 19:30
Where: Berkeley Books of Paris, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris
Métro: Odéon

Bios:
Elizabeth T. Gray Jr. is a poet, translator, and corporate consultant. She has published translations from classical and contemporary Persian, notably IRAN Poems of Dissent (2013) and the GREEN SEA of HEAVEN (1995) and her own poetry collection is SERIES/INDIA(2015). She is the founding member of two consulting firms that assist global corporations and governments form, manage, and repair complex inter-organizational alliances. She has a B.A. and J.D. from Harvard University and an M.F.A. from Warren Wilson College.www.elizabethtgrayjr.com

Jennifer Grotz is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Window Le Open, appearing from Graywolf in 2016. She is also the translator of Psalms of All My Days (Carnegie Mellon, 2014), from the French poet Patrice de La Tour du Pin, and the novelRochester Knockings, by Hubert Haddad (Open Letter, 2015). She teaches poetry and translation at the University of Rochester and also serves as director of the recently established Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference.
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/jennifer-grotz

Margo Berdeshevsky’s newest poetry manuscript was finalist for the National Poetry Series 2015. Her published collections are “Between Soul & Stone,” and “But a Passage in Wilderness,” (Sheep Meadow Press.) Her “Beautiful Soon Enough,” (University of Alabama Press), a book of illustrated stories, received Fiction Collective 2’s Innovative Fiction Award. Other honors include the Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her works are published in journals worldwide. For more, see:
http://margoberdeshevsky.blogspot.com

Next Poets Live event at Berkeley Books: May 17.

AN EVENING WITH JEROME ROTHENBERG

A bilingual reading with Jerome Rothenberg and his French translators:
Didier Pemerle and Anne Talvaz.

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When: March 8, 2016 at 19:30
Where: Berkeley Books of Paris, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris
Métro: Odéon

Bios:
Jerome Rothenberg is an internationally celebrated poet, translator and performer with over ninety books of poetry and twelve assemblages of traditional and avant-garde poetry such as Technicians of the Sacred and Poems for the Millennium, volumes 1-3. His most recent big books are Eye of Witness: A Jerome Rothenberg Reader and Barbaric Vast & Wild (Poems for the Millennium, volume 5), and recent books in French include Techniciens du Sacré (Jose Corti), Pologne/1931 and Khurbn (Caractères), Journal Seneca(Jose Corti), and Secouer la Citrouille (Presses Universitaires de Rouen et du Havre). A new book of poems, A Field on Mars: Poems 2000-2015 is scheduled for publication by Jusqu’à (To) Publishers (Rouen) in joint English and French editions.

Didier Pemerle
born 1943
1970: Assise devant un décor de tempête, Robert Laffont.
1970-2012: a number of translations including Jerome Rothenberg, Journal seneca, Librairie Corti, 2015.
1973: Un monument au mont Gerbier-de-Jonc, Robert Laffont. Novel.
1975: joins the review Change (Jean Pierre Faye, Mitsou Ronat, Jacques Roubaud, Philippe Boyer, Jean Paris, Jean-Claude Montel, Léon Robel).
1979 : leaves Change.
Il tombe, P.O.L./ Hachette-Littérature. Novel.
1985: À trois jours de moi, Robert Laffont. Novel.
1981: Jerome Rothenberg, Poèmes pour le jeu du silence, avec Jean Pierre Faye et Jacques Roubaud. Translation.

Anne Talvaz was born in Brussels in 1963 and currently lives in the Paris area with her family, aſter spending several years in China and Brazil. She is the author of three poetry collections, the latest of which is Confessions d’une Joconde (2010); she has also written a novel and a travel memoir. She works as a commercial as well as a literary translator and has translated collections by John Ashbery, Alice Notley and Jerome Rothenberg (among others) into French and a collection by Marie Etienne into English.

Next Poets Live event at Berkeley Books: April 12.

An evening with Alberto Rigettini featuring Dante Alighieri

 

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When: February 16, 2016 at 19:30
Where: Berkeley Books of Paris, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris
Métro: Odéon

From the series “Whadda Hell ?!?” or “Divine Comedy for Dummies”, a new episode starring Dante Alighieri & Beatrice Portinari, Francesco Petrarca & Laura De Noves, Heloise & Abelard, Sir Lancelot & Guinevere. The pimp of the Poetry Brothel explains why it’s safer to pay for a love poem than to undertake a love story with a poet. An history of courtly love and literary sins from the 12th Century to nowadays. May you all burn in the flames of Hell!

Warning: contains Italian vernacular lyrics.

Bio:
Alberto Rigettini, Italian, is a poet, playwright, screenwriter, poetry pimp and freak-show barker. He is host of “Spoken Word Paris”, the fight club “Writers Get Violent” and “The Poetry Brothel in Paris”. He has been awarded The Lorca in Translation Competition, the Troubadour International Poetry Prize and his writing is included in the anthology Strangers in Paris: New Writing Inspired by the City of Light. He is currently writing a poetry collection in 5 settings: London, Spain, Italy, U.S. and France.

Next Poets Live event at Berkeley Books: Jerome Rothenberg on March 8.

An evening with Edmund Hardy and Malik Ameer Crumpler

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When: January 12, 2016 at 19:30
Where: Berkeley Books of Paris, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris
Métro: Odéon

Bios:
Edmund Hardy is an essayist as well as a poet. He co-runs the magazines Capsule Editions & Intercapillary Space. His book, Complex Crosses (published 2014, Contraband Books), is an experimental critical history of poetry from Homer to the present, focusing on the figure of chiasmus. His oral history archive poems are collected in the quartet publication VierSomes OOO (Veer Books).
He recently published a ballad for children in Cambridge Literary Review, as well as an essay on the political philology of democracy in Radical Philosophy magazine. He is currently also working on a comic dialogue novel of ‘sides’ and a travel-meditation on architecture and letters in the medieval landscape of the present.

Malik Ameer Crumpler is a genre-less word artist™, poet, rapper and music producer originally from Oakland, California. He has released a multitude of albums, short films and five books of poems: Drapetomania, Amber Hymns, Little Everywhere, Locked Language and Inevitable Mutations. He also founded the arts reviews: Madmen’s Calling, Satori Ideas Media, Visceral Brooklyn and Those That This. He is currently working on a genre-less novel called Rappers Anonymous while completing his MFA at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York. He performs his work regularly in New York and Paris.

Save February 16 for the next Poets Live event at Berkeley Books of Paris and March 8 for an evening with Jerome Rothenberg.

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An evening of poetry with a touch of photography

with poets Jeff Hilson and Lars Palm
and photographer Petra Palm

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When: Tuesday, December 15 at 19:30
Where: Berkeley Books of Paris, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris
Métro: Odéon

Bios:
Jeff Hilson’s publications include stretchers (2006, Reality Street), The Reality Street Book of Sonnets (ed.) (2008, Reality Street), Bird bird (2009, Landfill) and In The Assarts (2010, Veer Books). At present he is working on two poem-sequences, sections of which have appeared in magazines including Fence, Open Letter, VLAK, Cambridge Literary Review, Zone, Molly Bloom, Litmus, and as a poster poem from award-winning Crater Press. He teaches Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton, London and runs the reading series Xing the Line.

lars palm does this & that. mostly related to poetry. most recently in all hat, no cattle (gradient books), & nobody in between (red ceilings press) & look who’s singing/ (moria) & some time, possibly next year, 4 long from KFS. he also translates, edits (swirl & swirl editions), proofreads, tries to run you know, books, a small mostly poetry bookshop & teaches. he lives with his lovely wife, currently in Malmö

Petra Palm, a.k.a SocialPhotographer, lives in Malmö, Sweden (at least at the moment) with her beloved husband Lars Palm. She works for the people in various creative areas: photo, radio, international animation film festival, IN.S.A.N.E.…. Some of her work has been exhibited and you can buy the exhibitions as books at Blurb, Orange and Möllanisterna- From words to action, Petra and Lars collaborate as PoFot. Follow her work at http://socialphotographer.wordpress.com

Next POETS LIVE reading will be January 12, 2016 at Berkeley Books.

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An evening of poetry with:

Jane Augustine, Megan Fernandes, Michael Heller and Nina Zivancevic

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When: Tuesday, November 3 at 19:30
Where: Berkeley Books of Paris, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris
Métro: Odéon

Bios:
Jane Augustine is a poet, critic, short story writer, visual/sound poetry performance artist, and scholar of women in modernity, with five poetry books, the latest Krazy: Visual Poems and Performance Scripts (2015). Editor of The Giſt by H.D.: The Complete Text andThe Mystery by H.D., she has held the H.D. Fellowship at Yale, has taught at N.Y.U. and Naropa University, Boulder, and is professor emerita Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. She lives in Manhattan.

Megan Fernandes is a South Asian American poet. Poetry editor of the anthology Strangers in Paris (Tightrope Books), she is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Organ Speech (Corrupt Press) and Some Citrus Makes Me Blue (Dancing Girl Press). She is the recipient of several grants and fellowships including the Dzanc Books Scholarship for North American Writers of Luso descent and the Writer’s Room of Boston “Emerging Writer Fellowship.” She has taught at Brown University and MIT, and currently at Concordia University in Montreal.

Michael Heller has published over twenty volumes of poetry, essays, memoir and fiction. His most recent book is This Constellation Is A Name: Collected Poems 1965-2010 (2012). A new collection, Diánoia, is forthcoming in 2016. A book of essays on his work, The Poetry and Poetics of Michael Heller: A Nomad Memory, has just appeared. His many awards and honors include the Di Castagnola Prize, NEH Poet/Scholar Award and The Fund for Poetry.

Poet, essayist, fiction writer, playwright, art critic, translator and contributing editor to NY ARTS magazine from Paris, Serbian-bornNina Zivancevic is the author of 12 books of poetry, three books of short stories, two novels and a book of essays on Crnjanski. The recipient of three literary awards, a former assistant and secretary to Allen Ginsberg, she has also edited and participated in numerous anthologies of contemporary world poetry. She has taught English language and literature at the University Paris V and the History of Avant-garde theatre at Paris 8 University in France and at numerous universities and colleges in Europe.

Next POETS LIVE reading will be December 15 at Berkeley Books.

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An evening of poetic collaboration with:

Kimberly Campanello and Christodoulos Makris

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When: Tuesday, October 6 at 19:30
Where: Berkeley Books of Paris, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris
Métro: Odéon

Bios:
Kimberly Campanello was born in Elkhart, Indiana, and is a dual American and Irish citizen. Her books include Spinning Cities (Wurm Press, 2011), Consent (Doire Press, 2013) and imagines (New Dublin Press, 2015). Strange Country, her book on the sheela-na-gig stone carvings will be published by The Dreadful Press in November 2015. MOTHERBABYHOME, a book of conceptual and visual poetry on the St Mary’s Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, Co. Galway, is forthcoming with zimZalla Avant Objects in 2016. Kimberly was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introduction Series in 2011 and has since performed internationally on a regular basis, including at Kaleidoscope (Dublin), Ó Bheal (Cork), the Palau Maricel (Spain), the National Concert Hall of Ireland, the Dublin Book Festival, Barrow River Arts Festival, Prague Microfestival, the Belfast Book Festival and London’s Camarade and Enemies poetry festivals and tours. She has been awarded residencies at the Fundación Valparaíso, the Heinrich Böll Cottage, Cill Rialaig and The Studios of Key West.

Christodoulos Makris is a poet, editor and independent curator based in Dublin. His most recent book is The Architecture of Chance(Wurm Press, 2015). He co-edited the bilingual exchange anthology Centrifugal: Contemporary Poetry of Guadalajara and Dublin (EBL-Cielo Abierto / CONACULTA, 2014), and his curatorial projects include the Arts Council of Ireland-funded tour Yes But Are We Enemies which focused on poetry in collaboration and involved more than 40 poets. He is poetry editor of gorse journal.@c_makris

Next POETS LIVE reading will be November 3 at Berkeley Books.

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POETS LIVE presents Deborah Bogen and Andrew Shields

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When: Tuesday, September 22 at 19:30
Where: Berkeley Books of Paris, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris
Métro: Odéon

Bios:
Deborah Bogen’s three books of poems are Let Me Open You a Swan, winner of the Elixir Press Antivenom Prize 2009, Landscape With Silos, National Poetry Series Finalist and XJ Kennedy Poetry Prize winner 2005, and Living by the Children’s Cemetery, ByLine Press Chapbook winner 2002. Her poems and reviews appear widely. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she teaches occasionally, writes a lot and plays ukulele in the Highland Park Mini Band. Currently she’s at work on a trio of novels set in the 13th century.

Andrew Shields, born in Detroit, has lived in Basel, Switzerland, since 1995. Cabinet d’Amateur (Darling), a bilingual pamphlet of poems with German translations by Ulrike Draesner, appeared in 2005; his debut full-length collection is Thomas Hardy Listens To Louis Armstrong (Eyewear, 2015). In addition, his band Human Shields released their debut CD, Somebody’s Hometown, in 2015. His translations from the German include works by Martin Heidegger, Hannah Arendt, Durs Grünbein, and two selections of the poetry of Dieter M. Gräf, Tousled Beauty and Tussi Research, both published by Green Integer. He has also translated many poems from the French, primarily by Jacques Réda.

Next POETS LIVE reading will be October 6 at Berkeley Books.

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Poets Live opens their reading season with:

Rae Armantrout and her French translator, Martin Richet

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When: Thursday (exceptionally), September 10, 2015 at 19:30
Where: Berkeley Books of Paris, 8, rue Casimir-Delavigne, 75006 Paris
Métro: Odéon

Rae Armantrout has published 12 books of poetry. Her most recent collection, Itself, was published in 2015. Her 2013 book, Just Saying, has just appeared in an Italian edition on stampato presso, Rome. Her poems have also been collected in a Spanish edition:Rae Armantrout: Poemas: (Spain, 2014). Versed (2009) received the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Partly, a volume of new and selected poems will appear in 2016. Her work has appeared in many anthologies such as: The Best of the Best American Poetry: 1988-2012 (2013), The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine (2012). Armantrout was a fellow at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy from June 26 to July 24 2014.

Martin Richet est l’auteur de L’Autobiographie de Gertrude Stein (Éric Pesty Éditeur, 2011) et traducteur de métier. Parmi ses nombreuses traductions figurent 100 Sentences / 100 Phrases de Robert Grenier (Éditions de l’Attente), Gesualdo de Lyn Hejinian (Jacataqua n°2, Éric Pesty Éditeur), Là, poèmes : 1968-1975 de Robert Creeley (Éditions Héros-Limite), L’Ouverture du champ de Robert Duncan (Éditions Corti), Les Sonnets de Ted Berrigan (Joca Seria, postface de Jacques Roubaud), Indiens en bleu de travail de Jaime de Angulo (Éditions Héros-Limite), Poèmes électriques d’Aram Saroyan (idem) et un choix de poèmes de Larry Eigner, De l’air porteur / articulation / un monde (Éditions Corti). Il prépare enfin une série de livres intitulée Comment vivre. Deux parties ont paru :Génération de l’animal (Série z 🙂 et Catégorie : Contexte (Les Cahiers de Benjy).

Next Poets Live reading: Tuesday, September 22 at Berkeley Books with Deborah Bogan and Andrew Shields. Full details follow.

Our Reading Season re-opens September 10, 2015 at 19:30

The first month of the new season will see 2 readings: the opening will be September 10 (exceptionally a Thursday), followed by a reading on September 22 (our regular Tuesday).

The dates of our readings until the end of 2015 are:
Tuesday, October 6
Tuesday, November 3
Tuesday, December 15

Check back each month for program details.

Have a nice summer!

An evening with Pierre Joris and Nicole Peyrafitte

Submitted by readings on 29 May, 2015 – 17:31

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When: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 19:30
Where: at our new venue
Berkeley Books of Paris, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris
(The shop will be closed in June but will open especially for this
Poets Live reading.)
Métro: Odéon

Bios:
Pierre Joris has moved between the US, Europe & North Africa for 45 years, publishing close to 50 books of poetry, essays and translations. In 2014 he published Barzakh: Poems 2000-2012 (Black Widow Press), Breathturn Into Timestead: The Collected Later Poetry of Paul Celan, translated & with commentary by PJ, (Farrar, Straus & Giroux); A Voice full of Cities: The Collected essays of Robert Kelly, co-edited with Peter Cockelbergh, (Contra Mundum Press); Bernat Manciet’s Ode to James Dean, co-translated from Occitan with Nicole Peyrafitte (mindmade books), as well as a new edition of Breccia: Selected poems 1972-1986 (Skylight Press). Other recent books include Meditations on the Stations of Mansur al-Hallaj (poems) from Chax Press in 2013 & in 2012 The University of California Book of North African Literature (vol. 4 in the Poems for the Millennium series), coedited with Habib Tengour as well asExile is My Trade: A Habib Tengour Reader edited, introduced & translated by Pierre Joris (Black Widow Press); in 2011 Pierre Joris:Cartographies of the In-between, a collection of essays on Joris’ work edited by Peter Cockelbergh came out from Litteraria Pragensia, Charles University, Prague.

Nicole Peyrafitte is a pluridisciplinary artist born and raised in the Gascony part of the Pyrenees & residing in Brooklyn, NY. Her texts, voice-work, paintings, videos, & cooking are displayed in a range of multi-lingual & multi-faceted performances. Her recent publications are: Bi-Valve: Vulvic Space /Vulvic Knowledge — 17 texts, 17 visuals, 1 recipe & a recoding just came out by éditions Plaine Page. Also out a limited édition of Carnet by Redfox press & Forthcoming: USSCO/APES —éditions Plaine Page 2016. Her visual work is currently on view at Gallery EdOUard Paradis in Marseille. In 2012 she co directed a 22 minute film-documentary Basil King Mirage w/ Miles Joris Peyrafitte.

Next POETS LIVE event will be Thursday, September 10, 2015 at Berkeley Books of Paris. Have a good summer, everyone!

An evening of poetry in English, French and Kurdish, including two book launches

with Seyhmus Dagtekin, Christine Herzer, Amy Hollowell and Rethabile Masilo

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When: Tuesday, May 26 at 19:30
Where: at our new venue
Berkeley Books of Paris, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris
Métro: Odéon

BIOS:
Seyhmus Dagtekin
 (born in 1964 in Harun village, Turkey) is a French writing Kurdish poet and writer. He has lived in Paris since 1987, where he has received several important prizes for his work including the Mallarmé Poetry Prize in 2007 and the Théophile Gautier Poetry Prize in 2008 for Juste un pont sans feu. He also writes in Turkish and Kurdish and is the author of 9 books of poetry, the most recent of which is Elégies pour ma mère, and a novel.
http://www.seyhmusdagtekin.fr/

Christine Herzer is a poet, visual artist, and teacher. “Autocorrect horrifies me. Yesterday, the system felt entitled to correct the name of a poet. Celan became clean. Is this a Browser Issue? Is this much larger? I hate it when beautification becomes erasure.” Christine is currently reading Ingeborg Bachmann’s ‘Sämtliche Gedichte’, Stephen Grosz ‘The Examined Life’ and ‘The Empathy Exams’ by Leslie Jamison. She keeps a tumblr at honeymoon in the fridge. For more information visit http://christineherzer.tumblr.com andhttp://poets.nyq.org/poet/christineherzer.

A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Amy Hollowell has long been a part of the Anglophone poetry scene in Paris and is the author of several poetry collections, including Here We Are (PURH, 2015), Giacomettrics (corrupt press, 2012) and Peneloping (corrupt press, 2011). In addition, she works as a journalist and translator and has been on the staff of the International Herald Tribune since 1983. She is also a Zen meditation teacher, leading the Wild Flower Zen group in France and Portugal.

Rethabile Masilo (born in 1961) is a Mosotho poet from Lesotho. He leſt his country to go into exile in 1981, moving through the Republic of South Africa (very short stay, on account of the weight of apartheid), Kenya and the United States, before settling in France in 1987. His first collection of poetry, Things That Are Silent, was published in 2012 by Pindrop Press, and his second Waslap, is just out from The Onslaught Press. He blogs at Poéfrika. and co-edits Canopic Jar.

The last POETS LIVE reading of the season will be on June 9 at Berkeley Books, with Pierre Joris and Nicole Peyrafitte.

Poets Live in April: Slam!

Paris Lit Up Slam Competitions – 1, 2, 3 Down for the count

Paris Lit Up is holding its first-ever Slam Competitions! In preparation for the Grand Slam 2015, we’re training at our open Slam Poetry Workshops, hosted by Slam Champion Megan Bullick every other week. Once you’re all buffed up, you’ll have the chance to take the gloves off in any of our 3 Slam Competitions!

When: April 7 at 19:30
Where: at our new venue
Berkeley Books of Paris, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris
Métro: Odéon

Poets Live will host the second slam competition organized by Paris Lit Up. A slam is a poetry competition in which a poet performs an original memorized piece. Slam poems tend to be political, personal, or both — their ultimate goal is to provoke. Each poet is graded on a scale of 0.0 – 10.0 by three judges chosen from the audience. The grades are based on the poet’s performance as much as the poem’s content and style.

The competition is open to all poets.
Poets can sign up the evening of the competition, 30 minutes in advance.
Poems must be original.
Props, costumes, and music are not permitted.
Poems must not exceed three minutes.

A final slam will be held in May at Culture Rapide to determine who continues onwards to the Coupe du Monde, held during the 12th Grand Slam National from June 1-7th.

What some more info on slam poetry?
http://www.powerpoetry.org/actions/5-tips-slam-poetry
http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/brief-guide-slam-poetry
http://www.ffdsp.com/

Next Poets Live reading will be May 26 at Berkeley Books.

Poets Live in March with Elizabeth Willis, Eugene Ostashevsky and Alberto Rigettini

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When: March 17, 2015 at 19:30
Where: at our new venue,
Berkeley Books of Paris, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris
Métro: Odéon

Bios:
Elizabeth Willis is the author of Alive: New and Selected Poems, forthcoming from New York Review Books in April 2015. Her other books of poetry include Address (Wesleyan, 2011); Meteoric Flowers (Wesleyan, 2006); Turneresque (Burning Deck, 2003); and The Human Abstract (Penguin, 1995), a National Poetry Series selection. Her critical work includes the editing of Radical Vernacular: Lorine Niedecker and the Poetics of Place (University of Iowa Press, 2008). Recipient of the PEN New England Prize and a recent Guggenheim fellow in poetry, she teaches at Wesleyan University and is in residence this week at Paris X Nanterre.

Eugene Ostashevsky is a Russian-American poet and translator currently teaching at New York University in Paris. He is the author of two books and ten chapbooks of poetry, most notably The Life and Opinions of DJ Spinoza, published by Ugly Duckling Presse. His writing (samples on lyrikline.org) is characterized by multilingual punning, humor puerile and set-theoretical, philosophical depth and narratological dysfunction. He might, or might not, read from his new manuscript The Pirate Who Does Not Know the Value of Pi. He has had his librettos for contemporary classical music performed in Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands.

Alberto Rigettini, Italian, is a poet, playwright, screenwriter, poetry pimp and freak-show barker. He is host of “Spoken Word Paris”, the fight club “Writers Get Violent” and “The Poetry Brothel in Paris”. He has been awarded The Lorca in Translation Competition, the Troubadour International Poetry Prize and his writing is included in the anthology Strangers in Paris: New Writing Inspired by the City of Light. He is currently writing a poetry collection in 5 settings: London, Spain, Italy, U.S. and France. In this special challenge for Poets Live, entitled “Whadda Hell? or The Divine Comedy for Dummies” he’ll invite you to enter the Inferno, 5 th Canto, 2 nd circle, also known as the circle of lust. May you all burn in the flames of Hell!

Next Poets Live event will be April 7, 2015. SLAM at Berkeley Books of Paris.

POETS LIVE PRESENTS: WHAT ACTING CAN BRING TO A TEXT

with G. Louise Cooper and Zorro Maplestone

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When: February 10, 2015, exceptionally at 20:00
Where: at our new venue,
Berkeley Books of Paris, 8, rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris
Métro: Odéon

An offering of monologues from different time periods and around the world, all of which engage with the natural poetics of language in innovative or confrontational ways so as to bridge the gap between poetry and theatre and see what each can learn from the other. The particular difference between drama and poetry that Lou and Zorro will explore is the idea of the moment of creation.

BIOS:
Raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, G.Louise Cooper began her work in the theatre in community productions at the age of thirteen. Continuing from there she attended Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan where she took a BA in Theatre. In her time at university Lou’s acting work varied from the locally-shot Oz: The Great and Powerful to students films to a four-year run of The Diary of Anne Frank at the regional JET theatre. Her training has also included a course in Meisner Technique at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. Simply out of a love for the city Lou has moved to Paris where she hopes to remain, exploring theatrical and artistic opportunities and eventually take a Masters in Drama Therapy.

A bilingual Franco-Australian from a multinational family of artists, Zorro Maplestone has grown up treading the boards, acting in his first theatre production at 6 years old and continuing throughout his education. While studying theatre from 2011-2013 at the Monash University Academy of Performing Arts and directing and starring in 4 major productions with the Monash Shakespeare Company and Monash Uni Student Theatre, Zorro founded interactive theatre company Moosehand Productions in 2012 with friends, producing and directing 3 successful seasons of performances around Melbourne during 2013. Since January 2014, Zorro has leſt Melbourne to go seek further artistic opportunities in Paris, most recently with Paris Lit Up, a multilingual artistic association promoting international voices in Paris.

Next POETS LIVE reading will be Tuesday, March 17 at Berkeley Books of Paris.

Poets Live in January: Create a poem with Malik Crumpler, New York poet, rapper, writer and producer

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When: January 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: at our new venue
Berkeley Books of Paris, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris
Métro: Odéon
Drinks served aſter the reading.

Malik Crumpler will conduct a collective spoken poem. To participate, bring along a poem (original or not) on any subject, in any style, any language, any accent, not more than 20 lines in length. The point here is to show how the energy of the word flows from person to person like an electric current, or music in a band or chamber orchestration to become something unique. The collective piece will end when everyone has said his or her piece. Of course you may just come along and listen to this spontaneous creation.

Bio: Malik Ameer Crumpler is an experimental improvisational poet, rapper, writer, and producer who explores alternative literature, film and music for esoteric enthusiasts. Having grown up in Oakland, California during the height of experimental underground Hip Hop, Malik remains inspired by the fundamental principles of that period: Weird originality. Obsessed with ancient mythology, folktales and all forms of indigenous spiritual expressions, Malik’s works are usually allegorical confessions of mythological and religious characters. He has released a multitude of albums, four books of poems and also curates the quarterly arts reviewwww.thosethatthis.com. He lives in Harlem, New York while currently attending Long Island University working on an MFA in creative writing.

Next Poets Live reading will be February 10.

An evening with Alice Notley

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When: December 2, 2014
Where: Carr’s Pub, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Métros: Tuileries or Concorde

Drinks at the bar from whenever you like, poetry starts downstairs at 19:30.

Excerpt from Alice Notley’s Author’s Statement in NEGATIVITY’S KISS (Presses universitaires de Rouen et du Havre, 2014)

Born November 8, 1945, Bisbee, Arizona. I grew up in Needles, California and have lived as an adult largely in New York, New York and Paris, France.

Education
Needles Public Schools; BA, Barnard College, 1967; MFA, The Writers Workshop, University of Iowa, 1970.

Professional Status and Brief Biography
I’m the author of more than thirty-five books of poetry and prose. I’ve been a full-time poet since 1970, supporting myself by poetry-connected activity: readings, publication, part-time teaching of creative writing, grants, awards, etc. I am associated by friendships and sometimes by style with the second-generation New York School poets. I have been married twice, to the American poet Ted Berrigan and to the British poet Douglas Oliver (I have been widowed twice), and I have two sons, Anselm and Edmund Berrigan, who are both poets. At this point I consider myself to be an internationalist and certainly of my own poetry school. I tend to write book-length or epic poems and am very prolific. As far as I’m concerned my books are the embodiment of everything I am and think, they are my accomplishment and identity. I am a poet and little else.

Her poetry collections, published over the last two decades, include:
Songs and Stories of the Ghouls
Culture of One
Reason and Other Women
In the Pines
Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems 1970-2005
Alma, or The Dead Women
Disobedience
Mysteries of Small Houses
The Descent of Alette

Next Poets Live reading will be January 13, 2015.

POETRY READING IN NOVEMBER

with Christodoulos Makris (Ireland) and Freke Räihä (Sweden)
joined by Carole Birkan and Will Cox (Paris)

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When: November 4, 2014
Where: Carr’s Pub, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Métros: Tuileries or Concorde
Drinks at the bar from whenever you like, poetry starts downstairs at 19:30.

Bios:
Christodoulos Makris grew up in Nicosia and has also lived in Manchester, London, and since 2001 in Dublin. His new book The Architecture of Chance is forthcoming from Wurm Press. Previous books include Spitting Out the Mother Tongue (Wurm Press, 2011) and the artist’s book Muses Walk (2012). He is co-editor of Centrifugal: Contemporary Poetry from Dublin and Guadalajara (EBL-Cielo Abierto / Conaculta, 2014) and co-curator of Yes But Are We Enemies (September 2014), a project & tour of Ireland focusing on poetry in collaboration. He was the representative of Cyprus at Poetry Parnassus – part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
http://yesbutisitpoetry.blogspot.com. Twitter: @c_makris

Freke Räihä: Born in Stockholm 1978, but lives in the rural outskirts of southern Sweden with partner and three children; the last years commuting to the University of Lund where he studies a masters in LIS, building on his Creative Writing and Publishing StudiesBA:s. He has published 8 books in Swedish and, in English, Standard Form for Language Resentment. He has worked in every aspect of the literary field – now focusing on his post-humanist publishing house and bread work: building form for more readable authors. His work uses a creative focus off the American current of non-creative writing, using conceptual frames for inductive poetry.

Carole Birkan was born in London and lives in France, teaching and researching language, poetry and translation at a Parisian University. Her work has appeared in Mima’amakim, The Forward (USA) and Tears in the Fence (UK) and is forthcoming from Upstairs at Duroc (FR) and Zone (UK).

Will Cox is from Portland, Oregon, USA and studied business management in Boston, MA. In 2013 he co-founded Belleville Park Pages, a literary publication focused on supporting the work of new and emerging writers around the world.

Next Poets Live reading will be December 2 with Alice Notley.

POETS LIVE IN OCTOBER

An evening of poetry and music, with a book launch and a CD launch

Patrick Williamson, Joe Horgan, Adrian Boyle

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When: October 14, 2014
Where: Carr’s Pub, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Métros: Tuileries or Concorde
Drinks at the bar from whenever you like. Poetry starts downstairs at 7:30 p.m.

Patrick Williamson is an English poet who currently lives near Paris. He has published a dozen books of translations and poetry, and recently branched out into music and filmpoems (Exile for FIFE 2014, as part of the Festival franco-anglaise de poèsie, and Aerwords, set to music by Mauro Coceano). His poetry is also published in French, Italian, Bulgarian and Georgian. He is the editor and translator of The Parley Tree, An Anthology of Poets from French-speaking Africa and the Arab World (Arc Publications, 2012). His most recent poetry collections: Nel Santuario (bilingual English-Italian, Samuele Editore, 2013) and Gied (Corrupt Press, 2014). Nel Santuario has just been awarded the Menzione speciale della Giuria in the XV Concorso Guido Gozzano.

Joseph Horgan was born in Birmingham, England of Irish immigrant parents. He is a poet, author, reviewer and journalist. Amongst other acknowledgements he is a past winner of The Patrick Kavanagh Prize and the recipient of an Arts Council Bursary. The author of three critically acclaimed poetry collections and a prose work that was chosen to be broadcast on Irish radio his current work, Men Without Names, is a collaborative work of poetry and traditional Irish music about the experience of Irish emigration. He has written all of the text for the CD.

Adrian Boyle is a traditional Irish musician from Bray in County Wicklow. Reared within the tradition itself he was taught to play music by his father. A respected session musician he is a multi-instrumentalist, playing flute, whistle and various percussion instruments. He also plays, on the CD, an accordion that was passed down to him by his father. He has either composed, arranged or co-arranged all of the music on the CD. Adrian and Joseph would also like to fully acknowledge that Men Without Names has included the work of a number of other musicians and performers.

Una Fitzgerald and Kitty Sisson will be performing at Carr’s with Joseph and Adrian.

Next Poets Live reading will be on November 4.
December preview: Alice Notley

Grand opening of the reading season

with Rod Mengham, Marc Atkins, Dylan Harris and Kate Noakes

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When: September 16, 2014
Where: Carr’s Pub, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Métros: Tuileries or Concorde
Drinks at the bar from whenever you like, poetry starts downstairs at 19:30

Rod Mengham teaches English Literature at Cambridge University and is Curator of Works of Art at Jesus College. He has published monographs and edited collections of essays on C19,C20 and C21 fiction and poetry; poetry anthologies Altered State: the New Polish Poetry [ed. Mengham, Pioro, Szymor] (2003), Vanishing Points: New Modernist Poems [ed. Kinsella, Mengham](2005); poetry, including Unsung: New and Selected Poems, (2001), Diving Tower (2006), Parleys and Skirmishes (2007), Bell Book (2012) and The Understory (2014). He has also curated numerous exhibitions, most recently ‘Sculpture in the Close 2013’ [Miroslaw Balka, Theaster Gates, Harland Miller, Damian Ortega, Doris Salcedo].

Marc Atkins, an English artist, has lived and worked and exhibited in London, Rome, New York, Warsaw and Paris. He has presented his work and ideas on the image at the Royal Academy, UEL School of Architecture, Royal College of Art, the New York University, Paris, The Photographers’ Gallery, Université de Liège and the University of Cambridge. His photography books include ‘The Teratologists’, ‘Liquid City’, ‘Faces of Mathematics’, ‘Thirteen’ and ‘Warzsawa’, and his prose poetry books are ‘The Logic of the Stairwell’ and ‘The Prism Walls’. http://marcatkins.com

Dylan Harris was born. In 1957 in the UK, just before the launch of sputnik and lived in Dublin. Where he co-founded & co-operated wurm im. Apfel in Paris he launched Poets Live and corrupt. Press in Luxembourg he hasn’t done much. Yet his books include antwerp and the liberation. of [placeholder] and ANTICIPATING THE METAVERSE see more. works at http://dylanharris.org/

Kate Noakes has degrees in Geography, and English Literature from Reading University and an MPhil in Creative Writing from the University of Glamorgan. She is an elected member of the Welsh Academy. She has taught creative writing for Oxford University. She blogs at http://boomslangpoetry.blogspot.com. Her most recent collections are Cape Town from Eyewear Publishing (2012) and I-spy and Shanty (2014) from corrupt press. Tattoo on Crow Street is forthcoming from Parthian in 2015. Her work has appeared in a number of magazines including Poetry Wales, Poetry Ireland Review, Envoi, Magma, Mslexia, Poetry News, Poetry Salzburg Review, The North, Tears in the Fence and The Wolf. It has been anthologised by Cinnamon Press, Leaf Books, the University of London (In Protest), Two Rivers Press (Reading Poetry) and Seren (Tokens for the Foundlings).

Next Poets Live reading: October 14. December preview: Alice Notley.

POETS LIVE is on summer break

We will be back in September 2014 with four poets: Marc Atkins, Dylan Harris, Rod Mengham and Kate Noakes.
Details will be posted on this site by the end of August.
Have a good summer!

June 16 POETS LIVE READING SEASON FINALE

Submitted by readings on 25 May, 2014 – 11:57

with Jennifer K. Dick, Sabine Huynh, Chris Tysh and Lesley Wheeler

When: Monday, June 16. Please note change of weekday for this event!
Where: Carr’s Pub, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75016 Paris
Métros: Tuileries or Concorde
Drinks upstairs from whenever you like, poetry starts downstairs at 19:30.

Jennifer K Dick is the author of CIRCUITS (Corrupt, 2013), ENCLOSURES (BlazeVox eBook, 2007), FLUORESCENCE (University of GAPress, 2004), and 4 chapbooks. She teaches at the Université of Haute Alsace in Mulhouse, France, co-curates the Ivy Writers reading series in Paris and the Ecrire l’Art mini-residency at La Kunsthalle Mulhouse. She is a poetry editor for Versal (Amsterdam), writes book reviews for Drunken Boat and a poetics column for Tears in the Fence (UK). She also co-edited two critical books on translation with Stephanie Schwerter. For more, see her blog at:
http://jenniferkdick.blogspot.fr

Sabine Huynh was born in Saigon, grew up in France and has lived in England, the U.S., and Canada. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has taught literature and languages. Today she lives in Tel Aviv, where she writes (in French and in English) and translates (from French, English, Hebrew and Italian — into French, English and Hebrew). Her most recent publications include: a novel, a collection of stories and two poetry collections, Les colibris à reculons and Tel Aviv / ville infirme / corps infini. Since 2000, her work in English has appeared in numerous publications. www.sabinehuynh.com

Poet and playwright, Chris Tysh is the author of several collections of poetry and drama. Her latest publications are Our Lady of the Flowers, Echoic (Les Figues, 2013); Molloy: The Flip Side (BlazeVox, 2012) and Night Scales: A Fable for Klara K (United Artists, 2010). She is on the creative writing faculty at Wayne State University. Her play, Night Scales, a Fable for Klara K was produced at the Studio Theatre in Detroit under the direction of Aku Kadogo in 2010. She holds fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and the Kresge Foundation.

Lesley Wheeler grew up in New York and New Jersey and now lives in Virginia, where she teaches poetry at Washington and Lee University. Her poetry collections include The Receptionist and Other Tales, a Tiptree Award Honor Book; Heterotopia, winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize; and Heathen. She also publishes criticism about place, sound, performance, and gender in English-language verse. In 2011 she held a Fulbright fellowship in New Zealand, and the following year won an Outstanding Faculty Award from the state of Virginia. She blogs about poetry at http://lesleywheeler.org.

Have a good summer!
Next Poets Live reading will be Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

May 13: Prose poetry, recitation and performance poetry

with Gerald Fleming, Kit Fryatt and Carole Glasser Langille

When: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Where: Carr’s Pub, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Métros: Tuileries or Concorde
Drinks at the bar from whenever you like, poetry starts downstairs at 19:30.

Gerald Fleming’s poetry and prose poems have appeared widely over the past thirty-five years. Between 1995 and 2000 he edited and published the literary magazine Barnabe Mountain Review, whose archives are at U.C. Berkeley’s Bancroſt Library. His book of poems Swimmer Climbing onto Shore came out in 2005, a book of prose poems, Night of Pure Breathing, appeared in 2011 and a book of longer prose poems, The Choreographer, in 2013. In 2013 he launched the limited-edition vitreous literary magazine One (More) Glass. Fleming taught in the San Francisco public schools for thirty-seven years, and has published three books for teachers. He lives part of the year in Paris, part in California.

Kit Fryatt was born in 1978 in Tehran, and grew up in Singapore, Turkey and England. She moved to Ireland in 1999. In 2008 she set up Wurm im apfel with Dylan Harris, and from 2010 organised Wurm events solo. In 2009 she won the Stinging Fly prize for the poem “Ghastlymake”, which was also the first poem to win the prize in its history. She has published three books of poetry: Rain Down Can(Shearsman, 2012), turn push | turn pull (corrupt press, 2012) and The Co Durham Miner’s Granddaughter’s Farewell to the Harlan County Miner’s Grandson (Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2013).

Carole Glasser Langille is the author of four books of poetry, including Church of the Exquisite Panic: The Ophelia Poems (Pedlar Press, 2012) and Late In A Slow Time (Mansfield Press, 2003) a collection of short stories and two children’s books. She has been nominated for The Governor General’s Award in poetry and The Atlantic Poetry Prize, and the ReLit award in fiction. In 2013 she was awarded The Established Artist Recognition Award in Nova Scotia. She has given readings and workshops in South Africa, India and Kauai, among other places. Originally from New York, she now lives in Nova Scotia and teaches Creative Writing: Poetry at Dalhousie University.

Next Poets Live reading: Monday, June 16 2014

APRIL 8: AN EVENING OF POETRY AND DANCE

with Marion McCready, Afric McGlinchey and Romual Kaboré

at Carr’s Pub, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Métros: Tuileries or Concorde

Drinks upstairs at the bar from whenever you like, poetry starts downstairs at 19:30.

Marion McCready lives in Argyll, Scotland. Her poetry pamphlet collection, Vintage Sea, was published by Calder Wood Press (2011). She won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2013 and won the Melita Hume Poetry Prize (2013). Her first full – length collection, Tree Language, will be published in the Spring 2014 by Eyewear Publishing. Her website can be found here –http://sorlil.wix.com/mmccready and she blogs here – http://sorlily.blogspot.co.uk

Afric McGlinchey’s début collection, The lucky star of hidden things, based partly on her upbringing in Zimbabwe, was published in 2012 by Salmon. Published translations of her work have appeared in Irish, Spanish and Italian. She has been invited to read and give talks at festivals in South Africa, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Italy as well as Ireland. A Pushcart nominee, Afric received the Hennessy Emerging Poetry Award for 2010 and the Northern Liberties Poetry Award for 2012 and was placed and commended in a number of other competitions. Afric lives in West Cork, Ireland. http://www.africmcglinchey.com

Romual Kaboré was born in Burkina Faso in 1989 and studied dance at CDC la Termitière in Ouagadougou. Since 2012 he has been a member of La Compagnie Herman Diephuis, performing in “Objet principal du voyage.” In 2013 be began a collaboration with Oliver Tarpaga and Bernice Lee, called “Let Me Be” and is working on “Encore et corps” with Boukson Séré and Sergio Argiolas. He was awarded a Ville de Paris/Institut Français international residency in 2014 and is presently working on the choreography of his first piece, “Romual sans D.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO_D1haLEd8
http://romualkabore.blogspot.fr/p/biographie.html

Next Poets Live reading: May 13. 2014

March 25: an evening of Arabic, Chinese, Italian and Russian poetry in English translation

with: Omar Berrada, Sarah Riggs, Fiona Sze-Lorrain, Jason Francis Mc Gimsey and Peter Daniels

at Carr’s Pub, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75016 Paris
Métros: Tuileries and Concorde

Drinks upstairs from whenever you like, poetry starts downstairs at 19:30.

Omar Berrada directs the library and translation center at Dar al-Ma’mûn in Marrakech. Previously, he hosted shows on French national radio and public programs at the Centre Pompidou, and curated Tangier’s International Book Salon. He translates American poetry and philosophy into French, and has recently edited, with Erik Bullot, Expanded Translation – A Treason Treatise (Sharjah Art Foundation, 2011) and, with Yto Barrada, Album – Cinémathèque de Tanger (Virreina/LDC, 2012).

Sarah Riggs is a member of the bilingual poetry collective Double Change (www.doublechange.org), and founder of the interart non-profit Tamaas (www.tamaas.org), She lives in Paris, where she is a professor at NYU-in-France. Author of Pomme & Granite(forthcoming with 1913 Press), Autobiography of Envelopes (Burning Deck), 60 Textos (Ugly Duckling Presse), Chain of Minuscule Decisions in the Form of a Feeling (Reality Street Editions) and Waterwork (Chax Press), Riggs has also made a film, Six Lives.

Fiona Sze-Lorrain writes and translates in English, Chinese, and French. She is the author of two books of poetry, My Funeral Gondola (Manoa Books/El Leon Literary Arts, 2013) and Water the Moon (Marick, 2010), as well as several volumes of translations of Chinese and French contemporary poets. Her translations of Chinese poets are published by Zephyr Press. She is recently the Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Hawai’i. Also a zheng harpist, she lives in France. (www.fionasze.com)

Jason Francis Mc Gimsey is a writer and translator currently living in Paris, France. He is a founding member of Paris Lit Up(parislitup.com), a collective that hosts weekly open mic readings, workshops and other literary activities. Among other things, he has translated Ghérasim Luca’s Héros-Limite (1953), José Saramago’s Os poemas possíveis (1966) and is currently translating a selection of Biagio Marin’s poetry from Venetian dialect. He wordsmiths at: tragicoptimist.com.

Peter Daniels lives in London. He published his first full collection Counting Eggs with Mulfran Press in 2012, following several pamphlets including Mr Luczinski Makes a Move (HappenStance, 2011). He has won first prize in a number of poetry competitions including the Ledbury (2002), Arvon (2008) and TLS (2010). His book of translations from the Russian of Vladislav Khodasevich (1886-1939), published by Angel Classics, was the Poetry Book Society’s recommended translation for Autumn 2013.

February 11: an evening of poetry and music with Zoë Skoulding and Victor

at Carr’s Pub, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Métros: Tuileries and Concorde

Drinks upstairs from whenever you like, poetry starts downstairs at 19:30

Zoë Skoulding is a poet, translator, editor and critic. She has published four collections of poetry, most recently The Museum of Disappearing Sounds (Seren, 2013) and Remains of a Future City (Seren, 2008), poems from which have been widely translated. Her own translations include a collection by the Luxembourgish poet Jean Portante, In Reality (Seren, 2013). From 2009 to 2011 she was, in partnership with Literature Across Frontiers, director of Metropoetica, a collaborative project on translation, gender and city space. Her critical work includes Contemporary Women’s Poetry and Urban Space: Experimental Cities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). She is a member of the collective Parking Non-Stop, whose CD Species Corridor, combining experimental soundscape with poetry and song, was released in 2008. She is Senior Lecturer in the School of English at Bangor University, and has been editor of the international quarterly Poetry Wales since 2008. She is currently living in Paris for a three-month residency at Les Récollets.

Currently finishing a PhD in art history that led him to live between Paris and Berlin, Victor is also a clandestine pop culture amateur. As a self-taught guitar player and former member of several jazz bands, Victor performs regularly in Paris’ English poetry scenes, covering calypso songs from the 1930s and constantly digging for musical diamonds in the recorded heritage of the 20th century. For Poets Live, Victor will perform excerpts from his Des Yoyos aux Yéyés: A Brief History of Postwar French Popular Music, which is a cultural studies lecture in verse. Framed as a poem in tight English alexandrines, it is punctuated with live French renditions of the referenced songs. The audience can expect a subjective, somewhat insolent and completely out-of-the-box analysis of the French musical tradition; a sweeping portrait from the underground scene in the cellars of Saint-Germain-des-Prés to the contemporary music industry. The poem is an homage to the vibrant, multi-faceted musical heritage known as la chanson française, a heritage intimately tied to the French language itself and covers a tight selection of songs from the linguistic gymnastics of Boris Vian to France’s Anglo-Saxon pop-star wannabes, by way of Dick Annegarn’s fantastical themes and the fully-rounded, delectable work of Serge Gainsbourg (whose legacy represents the backbone of the series). This night of academic sing-along is an entry ticket into the world of French pop-culture in all its double-edged glory.

Next Poets Live reading: March 25, 2014

POETS LIVE IN JANUARY

with Christine Herzer, Rethabile Masilo and Joe Ross

When: January 28, 2014
Where: Carr’s Pub, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Métros: Tuileries and Concorde
Drinks at the bar from whenever you like. Poetry starts downstairs at 7:30 p.m.

Christine Herzer is a poet, visual artist, and teacher living between India and Paris. She received her MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. In 2013 she performed her poetry at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in Mumbai and her artworks were on display at La Cité des Arts, Paris; Galerie Evi Gougenheim/Artplace, Paris; Galerie Ivana de Gavardie, Paris. Christine’s poetry appears in numerous international literary magazines, art reviews and online publications such as Fence, American Letters & Commentary, The New York Quarterly, The Volta, Drunken Boat, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Inertia, elimae, Blackbox Manifold, RealPoetik, Timber,EVERYDAY GENIUS, and Platform Magazine [India]. She keeps a tumblr at honeymoon in the fridge. For more information visithttp://christineherzer.tumblr.com/ and http://poets.nyq.org/poet/christineherzer

Rethabile Masilo is a Mosotho poet who lives in Paris, France, with his wife and two children. Rethabile is self-employed and works in language-teaching. He says he has been writing for a good while, learning through trial and error and picking up lots of sounds by reading and re-reading the poems that he likes. He is the author of Things That Are Silent (Pindrop Press, 2012). Rethabile was born in 1961 in Lesotho and leſt his country with his parents and siblings to go into exile in 1980. He moved through The Republic of South Africa (very short stay, on account of the weight of Apartheid), Kenya and The United States of America, before settling in France in 1987. He blogs at http://poefrika.blogspot.fr/ and co-edits with Phil Rice the literary magazine Canopic Jar.

Joe Ross is the author of over twelve books of poetry, most recently, 1000 Folds, due out from Chax Press in Feb., Wordlick, Green Integer Press (2011) and Strata, Dusie Press (2008). He has also published Fractured // Connections … , bilingual Italian/English, La Camera Verde Press and EQUATIONS = equals, Green Integer Press, 2004. Former Literary Editor of the arts bi-monthly The Washington Review from 1991-1997, and co-founder of both the In Your Ear reading series in Washington, D.C. and the Beyond the Page reading series in San Diego, CA, he received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Award for his poetry in 1997 and is the three time winner of the Gertrude Stein Poetry Award in 2003, 2005, and 2006. He presently resides in Paris.

Next Poets Live reading: February 11.

POETS LIVE IN DECEMBER

This month POETS LIVE celebrates Anglophone magazines published in Paris with the participation of: Belleville Park Pages, Paris Lit Up, The Bastille and Upstairs at Duroc. Contributors to the magazines will read and issues of the publications will be available at the book table.

When: Tuesday, December 17
Where: Carr’s Pub, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Métros: Tuileries or Concorde
Drinks upstairs at the bar. Poetry starts downstairs at 19:30.

The next Poets Live reading will be January 28, 2014

POETS LIVE IN NOVEMBER

with Rosarita Cuccoli, Bonny Finberg and George Vance

When: Tuesday, November 19
Where: Carr’s Pub, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Métros: Tuileries or Concorde
Drinks at the bar from whenever you like. Poetry starts downstairs at 19:30, sharp, please!

Rosarita Cuccoli was born in Bologna, Italy, in 1967 and has lived in Paris since 1999. She writes both poetry and fiction and publishes in English, Italian and French. Her first collection of poetry, L’Amore Più Profondo was published in 1998. Poems from this collection were showcased at an exhibition in the streets of Camogli, on Italy’s Ligurian coast. In 1999, two of her poems in Italian were nominated for the Italian literary prize, Premio Miramare. Her second poetry collection, The Love of a Woman, prefaced by poet/critic Andrew Parkin, was first presented in 2011 at the Cambridge Society of Paris. Her novel, La Logica della Solitudine was published in 2004. Rosarita is a graduate from the universities of Cambridge (Magdalene College), where she took an M.Phil in International Relations, and Bologna, where she graduated with honours in Political Science, specializing in Development Cooperation. She has worked for banks, international organizations and non-profit associations in different countries. She teaches in France and writes for various publications.

Bonny Finberg, a native New Yorker, has lived in Europe, India and Nepal. Her work has been translated into French, Japanese and Hungarian. Her poetry, fiction and reviews have appeared in numerous publications and e-zines, including Le Purple Journal, Upstairs at Duroc, Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, The Brooklyn Rail, Evergreen Review, Ping Pong, Neighborhood, Best American Erotica, most recently the Unbearable Big Book of Sex as well as Lost and Found: New York Stories from Mr. Beller’s. Her article on the Three Kings of Klezmer is included in Jews: A People’s History of the Lower East Side, vol.2. Her chapbook of short stories, How the Discovery of Sugar Produced the Romantic Era (2006) is featured in the video 5 Guys Read Finberg. Déjà Vu, a poetry and photocollage chapbook, appeared in 2011. Her photography has been exhibited as well as published in print and online art journals. Her novel, Kali’s Day, is forthcoming and she is working on her second novel.

Born in Ohio, George Vance dictated his first poem to his mother at 5. Following a long hiatus of prosaic teaching gigs sprinkled with bardly syncopations, he turned full-time to poetry aſter tiring of translating verses posted in Metro cars by the RATP in Paris, where he has lived off and on for the last 30 years. He has also resided in Vienna, Aachen, Brussels and the French overseas possession New Caledonia (Kanaky), and now lives in Reims. He has read at numerous Paris venues and his work has been published in Upstairs at Duroc, Pharos, the on-line magazines Ekleksopgraphia, Nth position and Retort, and is a regular contributor to the poetry blogRewords. His hybrid poetry volume A Short Circuit (including the poem series Bent Time) and a chapbook, Xmas Collage, were both published by corrupt press. Vance continues to work on text/image fusion and street art experiments.

Next Poets Live reading will be December 17.

POETS LIVE IN OCTOBER

with Joshua Edwards, Michelle Noteboom and Lynn Xu

When: October 15, 2013
Where: Carr’s Pub, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Métro: Tuileries or Concorde

Drinks upstairs at the bar from whenever you like. Poetry starts downstairs at 19:30, sharp, please!

Joshua Edwards was born in Galveston, Texas. He directs Canarium Books, is the author of Imperial Nostalgias (Ugly Duckling, 2013) and Campeche (Noemi, 2011), and translated Mexican poet María Baranda’s Ficticia (Shearsman, 2010). He currently lives in Stuttgart, Germany, where he’s a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude. His third collection, Architecture for Travelers, will be published in late 2014 by Edition Solitude and is part of a collaboration with Alan Worn, Lynn Xu, and others that will also involve the design and construction of a home, a series of photographs, and a 700-mile walk across Texas. More information can be found atwww.architecturefortravelers.org

A native of Michigan, Michelle Noteboom is the author of the newly released collection Roadkill (Corrupt Press, 2013), which will be launched at the Poets Live reading. Her other collections are: The Chia Letters (Dusie Kollektiv, 2009), Edging (Cracked Slab Books, 2006) which won the 2006 Heartland Poetry Prize, and Hors-cage in French translation by Frédéric Forte (Editions de l’Attente, 2010). She has lived in Paris since 1991, where she co-founded and helped curate the bilingual reading series Ivy Writers Paris for several years.

Lynn Xu is the author of Debts & Lessons (Omnidawn, 2013) and a chapbook, June (Corollary, 2006). Her poems have also appeared in Best American Poetry 2008, Boston Review, Critical Quarterly, Zoland Poetry, and elsewhere. She’s a co-editor of Canarium Books and a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. Born in Shanghai and raised in Chicago, she now lives in Stuttgart, Germany and will soon be moving to Marfa, Texas.

The next POETS LIVE reading will be November 19, 2013.

POETS LIVE opens their 2013/14 reading season

with poets: David Barnes, Bibi Jacob and Fiona Sze-Lorrain

When: Tuesday, September 17
Where: Carr’s Pub, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Métro: Tuileries or Concorde
Drinks upstairs at the bar from 7 p.m. Poetry downstairs at 7.30 sharp, please!

David Barnes is a British psychotherapist, teacher, poet and short-story writer who has lived in Paris since 2003. His prose explores relationships and his poetry ranges from love poetry to humour to polemic. He founded and hosts the hugely popular SpokenWord Paris open mic series – see spokenwordparis.org – and The Other Writers’ Group at Shakespeare and Co. He is the Editor of The Bastille magazine and was the Prose Editor of Strangers in Paris: New Writing Inspired by the City of Light. He won Shakespeare &Company’s short story competition Travel in Words in 2006. He has been published in Upstairs at Duroc, Spot Lit Magazine, 34th Parallel, Retort Magazine and elsewhere.

Bibi Jacob studied literature at King’s College, Cambridge and theatre at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris. Having worked as a diamond messenger, busker, storyteller, tutor and theatre performer, she is now settled in the City of Light as a voice actor. Her writing has appeared in issue.ZERO, The Bastille, Paragram, Belleville Park Pages and on the flashfiction.it website. She regularly performs her work and her Poets Live reading marks the launch of her chapbook, Glittery City.

Fiona Sze-Lorrain writes and translates in English, Chinese and French. Born in Singapore, she grew up in a hybrid of cultures and studied in the UK and the US before obtaining her PhD from Paris IV-Sorbonne. Her first collection of poetry, Water the Moon, appeared in 2010 and her latest collection, My Funeral Gondola, came out this spring. In addition to her four books of translation of contemporary Chinese poets and her prose translations of Hai Zi, she has translated Romanian-born French poet Ghérasim Luca and American poet Mark Strand. She is the co-editor of several anthologies and the co-founder of Cerise Press and a contributing editor to Mãnoa. With Gao Xingjian, she co-authored Silhouette/Shadow: The Cinematic Art of Gao Xingjian. She currently works as an editor at Vif Éditions, Paris. Also a zheng harpist, she has performed worldwide. Her CD, In One Take, was released in 2010.fionasze.com

Next POETS LIVE reading will be October 15, 2013.

June 18th: Sue Chenette, Dylan Harris and Andrew Parkin

Tuesday, June 18 starting at 7 p.m. POETS LIVE’s last reading before September, at Carr’s Pub,1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris, Métro: Tuileries or Concorde. Drinks upstairs at the bar at 7 p.m., Poetry downstairs at 7.30 sharp, please!

Come hear and celebrate the poetry of:

Sue Chenette, a classical pianist as well as a poet, grew up in northern Wisconsin, lives in Toronto, and spends time in Paris whenever she can. She is an editor for the Canadian poetry press Brick Books, and co-editor of the anthology Cry Uncle, from Aeolus Press. Her books include Slender Human Weight (Guernica Editions, 2009), long-listed for the ReLit award, and The Bones of his Being (Guernica Editions, 2012), as well as three chapbooks: Solitude in Cloud and Sun, A Transport of Grief, and The Time Between Us, which won the Canadian Poetry Association’s Shaunt Basmajian Award. Her poems have been widely anthologized and have appeared in literary journals in Canada and the U.S., and in the Paris journal Upstairs at Duroc.

Dylan Harris was born. In 1957 in the UK just before the launch of sputnik in Dublin. Where he co-founded & co-operated wurm? Im apfel in Paris he launched poets live and corrupt. Press in Luxembourg he hasn’t done much. Yet his books include antwerp and the liberation. of [placeholder] see more. Works at dylanharris.org.

Andrew Parkin has been an active poet since emigrating from England to Canada in 1970. His first collection, Dancers in a Web (Turnstone Press, 1987, reprinted 1991), a later one, Hong Kong Poems (Ronsdale,1997, reprinted 1999 ), and most recently Star with a Thousand Moons (Ekstasis) were all published in Canada. A distinguished Canadian critic, Jack Stewart, has published essays on Andrew’s poetry. Andrew has given readings in many different countries and has been asked to read in Vancouver in September this year for the Chinese Canadian Writers’ Association. He lives in Paris as well as Canada.

A review of this reading can be found here.

May 28th: Lars Palm, Carol Watts and Petra Palm

7pm, Tuesday May 28th, Carr’s, 1 rue Mont-Thabor, M Tuileries/Concorde.

Join us for an evening of poetry and image, with an English poet, a Swedish poet and a Swedish photographer — the reading, as always, will be in English. Come at 7 p.m. for a drink at the bar, the reading will begin at 7.30 (on the dot), downstairs in “le cave.”

POETS
lars palm lives with his lovely wife Petra, currently in Malmö. he’s the author of three books: road song for (corrupt press, 2011), chaos on/chaos off (obvious epiphanies press, 2012) & means (The Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, forthcoming) as well as many chapbooks in print & online, most recently mulhouse (greying ghost pamphlet #39, 2012). he has held a few odd jobs in a few places, including Stockholm, Dublin & Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, is trained as an actor/playwright, organic producer & assistant nurse &has a slow career as a model. he blogs at mischievoice.

Carol Watts lives in London. Her work includes Wrack (2007) and Occasionals (2011), both published by Reality Street, and a number of chapbooks including the When Blue Light Falls series with Oystercatcher Press, and Mother Blake (Equipage, 2012). Her work across media includes an ongoing collaboration with sound artist Will Montgomery, which began with Pitch in 2011. Carol’s collection Sundog is forthcoming with Veer Books in 2013. She directs the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre at Birkbeck, University of London.

PHOTOGRAPHER
Petra Palm, a.k.a SocialPhotographer, lives in Malmö, Sweden (at least at the moment) with her beloved husband Lars Palm. She works for the people in various creative areas: photo, radio, film, football songs, childrens books…. Some of her work has been exhibited and some published. Petra and Lars collaborate as PoFot. Follow her work here.

at Carr’s Pub, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris, Métro: Tuileries

April 16th: Christophe Lamiot Enos, William Walrond Strangmeyer and Anne Talvaz.

7pm, Tuesday April 16th, Carr’s, 1 rue Mont-Thabor, M Tuileries/Concorde.
POETS LIVE returns to usual weekday, hour and venue!

One American poet and two French poets – the reading will be in English.

Christophe Lamiot Enos was born in Beaumont-le-Roger, France and spent over fiſteen years in English-speaking countries. He now lives in Paris and is maître de conférences at the University of Rouen. He’s had two literary essays and seven verse narratives published in France and elsewhere, including four by Flammarion, Paris, in the “Poésie” collection directed by Yves di Manno. On April 16 he will be launching The Sun Brings, his first collection of poems in English, just out from corrupt press.

William Walrond Strangmeyer was born in Virginia, grew up in New York and New Jersey, where he went to Rutgers University. He has worked in many different fields of endeavor, including Palisades and other amusement parks as a caller, as well as banks, book stores, the cinema, the theater, door-to-door vacuum cleaner sales, restaurants, insurance sales, taxi driving, telephone sales, warehouses and as a tour guide — around the U.S. and in Copenhagen, Athens, Crete, London and Switzerland. Now a thirty-five-year resident of Paris, he continues to earn his living as an English language trainer and translator. His main influences are science fiction, doo-wop and psychedelic music along with the usual Eliot, Pound, Wallace Stevens, Poe, Catullus, Larkin, Elroy, Doctor Seuss, Forugh Farrokhzad, Baudelaire and also Emmylou Harris, Roy Jones Jr., Stoya, Leonard Cohen, Fedor Emilianenko, Bartok, Rodney Crowell, Nolan Strong, Leroy Griffin and Roy Orbison. Others come and go.

Anne Talvaz was born in Brussels in 1963, and studied literature and languages in France. She spent several years in China and Brazil, and currently lives near Paris. She writes in French and has published three poetry collections: Imagines, 2002, Panaches de mer, lithophytes et coquilles, 2006, and Pourquoi le Minotaure est triste, 2010. She is also the author of an essay/novel on Lina Heydrich, Ce que nous sommes (2008) and a travel book about her experiences in China. She has translated poetry for many years from English and Spanish into French, and from French into English, most of it published in magazines and anthologies. Books include John Ashbery’s Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, Nina Karacosta’s Previous Vertigos, and Pansy Maurer-Alvarez’s Ant-Small and Amorous. An English translation of Katana by Marie Etienne is due to be published by Ravenna Press this year.

POETS LIVE will read again on May 28 and June 18.

8:30pm, March 22nd, le BAL: Kerry Featherstone, Pansy Maurer-Alvarez, Rufo Quintavalle

Friday, March 22 at 8:30 pm. Aſter a short winter break Poets Live is back for the Printemps des Poètes with an evening of poetry and song, featuring guest Kerry Featherstone from the UK and the two Paris based poets, Pansy Maurer-Alvarez and Rufo Quintavalle. There will be a book/CD table as well as a drinks table.

le BAL (in the gallery space)
6, impasse de la Défence
75018 Paris
Métro: Place de Clichy

Please note change of weekday, hour and place for this event.

Kerry Featherstone is a poet, songwriter and Lecturer in Creative Writing at Loughborough University. His poems have been published in journals such as Cleaves, The Journal and Tears in the Fence. Kerry has lived and worked in France, and writes poetry and song-lyrics in French and English. Recent poems based on his translation of a novel by Ingrid Thobois appeared in the Parnassus edition of Modern Poetry in Translation. He is also working on a novel set in the Vendée. The CD ‘Concealed Exit’ by his band ‘The Orange’ is available on itunes and amazon. It features the double-bass playing of Chris Poole, and guest musicians on strings and flute. The Orange have played at a range of clubs, venues and festivals, including supporting Richard Shindell on his last UK tour. Kerry will be playing a solo set of songs from Concealed Exit plus some new ones.

Pansy Maurer-Alvarez was born in Puerto Rico, grew up in Pennsylvania and has lived in Europe since 1973. She did her literary studies at universities in the US, Spain and later in Switzerland, where she worked for a time as a teacher and translator. She began writing full time and publishing widely aſter moving to Paris, over 20 years ago. Her poetry has appeared in several anthologies and numerous magazines throughout Europe and the States and some of her poems have been translated into French, German and Spanish. She has read at venues in France, the UK and the US and has lead workshops in the UK. Her collections are: Dolores: The Alpine Years and When the Body Says It’s Leaving (both from Hanging Loose Press, Brooklyn); Lovers Eternally Nearing, a fine press collaboration with the Swiss artist Walter Ehrismann, with German translations by Rudolf Bähler (Editions Thomas Howeg, Zurich) and Ant-Small and Amorous, with French translations by Anne Talvaz (corrupt press, Paris).

Rufo Quintavalle was born in London in 1978, studied at Oxford and the University of Iowa and now lives in Paris. He is the author of Make Nothing Happen (Oystercatcher Press, 2009), Dog, cock, ape and viper (corrupt press, 2011) and Liquiddity (Oystercatcher Press, 2011). From 2009 until 2012 he was poetry editor for the award-winning webzine, Nthposition. His work has been widely published in print and online journals around the world and has been nominated for both the Michael Marks Award and the Pushcart Prize.

November 6th: Alice Notley, Amy Hollowell and Joe Ross

Tuesday November 6th, 19h00, at Le Bal Cafe, 6 Impasse de la Défense, 75018 Paris (métro Place de Clichy). NOTE THECHANGED LOCATION.

Alice Notley has earned a reputation as one of the most challenging and engaging poets at work today. Fiercely independent, she has never tried to be anything other than a poet, and all of her ancillary activities have been directed to that end. She is the author of over twenty books of poetry, and also the author of a book of essays on poets and poetry, Coming Aer.

Notley was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry. In the spring of 2001, she received an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award. She edited and wrote a new introduction to her late husband Ted Berrigan’s The Sonnets (Penguin, 2000). Recently, Notley edited The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan (UC, 2005) with her sons, the poets Anselm Berrigan and Edmund Berrigan.

On October 3, 2007, The Academy of American Poets announced its selection of Notley’s Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems 1970–2005 for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. In 1997, she was awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award.

Author of twelve books of poetry, Joe Ross was born in Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program at Temple University in Philadelphia. In 2004, he and his wife moved to Paris, where their two children were born, and where he continues to publish while working as an educator and translator. His most recent titles are: Strati (Bi-lingual Italian/English, La Camera Verde, 2007); FRACTURED // Conections … (Bi-lingual Italian/English, La Camera Verde, 2008); Strata (Dusie Press, 2008) and Wordlick(Green Integer, 2011).

Amy Hollowell, the author of Peneloping, will be launching her first collection, Giacommetrics (both corrupt press). She is an American-born Parisian poet, journalist and translator. She helped edit the Paris-based review Pharos, founded by Alice Notley and the late Douglas Oliver, and is a former student of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. In 2004, she founded the Wild Flower Zen group, which she continues to lead in France and Portugal.

Tuesday November 6th, 19h00, at Le Bal Cafe, 6 Impasse de la Défense, 75018 Paris (métro Place de Clichy). NOTE THEDIFFERENT LOCATION.

11th September: Kate Noakes, David Barnes and Gareth Storey

Poets Live is pleased to announce its first reading of the 2012/13 season this coming Tuesday, September 11th at Carr’s Pub (1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris). The evening will begin at 19h and will feature three poets, Kate Noakes, David Barnes and Gareth Storey.

Kate Noakes is an elected member of the Welsh Academi. Her most recent collection is Cape Town which will be published by Eyewear Publishing (London) on 1 October 2012. Her previous collections are The Wall Menders (Two Rivers Press, 2009) and Ocean to Interior (Mighty Erudite, 2007). Kate has a MPhil in Creative Writing and has taught for Oxford University. She has performed at venues as diverse as Glastonbury Festival and Henley Literature Festival. She has lived in Paris since 2011.

David Barnes was born in 1971 in Reading, England and studied American Studies at Manchester University. Since 2003 he has lived in Paris where he runs writing workshops and the very successful English poetry open mike he founded, SpokenWord Paris. He co-edited the anthology Strangers in Paris: New Writing Inspired by the City of Light (Tightrope Books, 2011) and self-publishes Issue.Zero Lit Journal featuring many poets from SpokenWord Paris. He won Shakespeare & Company’s short story competition in 2006. His poems have been published in Spot Lit Magazine, 39th Parallel, Upstairs At Duroc and elsewhere.

Gareth Eoin Storey has been scribbling in notebooks since adolescence throwing various influences into the stockpot of his head. As much inspired by ol’ dirty bastard as William Carlos Williams, and the usual: 1970s cinema, heavyweight boxing, Picasso, the black dog, misplaced meringues…His work has been published in horror sleaze trash, the smoking poet, alternative reel and various other rags and next year his first collection Hangover House will be released by black coffee press in Detroit. He loves Giulia and Fernet Branca.

June 11th: Six Oulipian poets at Le Bal Cafe (NEW LOCATION)

Monday June 11th, 19h00, at Le Bal Cafe, 6 Impasse de la Défense, 75018 Paris (métro Place de Clichy).

Poets Live is pleased to be presenting an evening of Oulipian poetry featuring Harry Mathews, Ian Monk, Doug Nufer, Wendy Walker, Tom La Farge and Daniel Levin Becker.

Wendy Walker is the author of My Man and Other Critical Fictions, Blue Fire, The Secret Service, and two volumes of tales. She is the editor of Proteotypes and co-leader of the Writhing Society in Brooklyn.

Tom La Farge has written two novels, Zuntig, and The Crimson Bears, and a book of “fablels,” Terror of Earth. He co-founded the Writhing Society, a weekly salon for constrained writing in Brooklyn, and has written the first three pamphlets of a manual, 13 Writhing Machines, that discusses various constraints. Administrative Assemblages came out in December, 2008, Homomorphic Converters in September, 2009, and Echo Alternators, in September, 2010. “Three Writhings” appeared in the &Now Awards 2009. His chapbook, Life and Conversation of Animals, a deformation of Gilbert White’s The Natural History of Selborne, appeared in August, 2010. He’s currently working on a series of three novels, The Broken House, Skin, and Gathering of Ghosts, in various stages of completion.

Daniel Levin Becker is reviews editor of The Believer and the youngest member of the Oulipo. His first book, Many Subtle Channels: in Praise of Potential Literature (Harvard) was just released.

Harry Mathews is an American novelist, poet, essayist, and memoirist. His most recent book is The New Tourism (poems, Sand Piper Press, Key West, Florida).

Ian Monk was born in London, but now lives in Lille, France. Aſter contributing to the Oulipo Compendium, he became a member of Oulipo in 1988. He has published books in English, such as Family Archeology and Writings for the Oulipo, in French (Plouk Town and La Jeunesse de Mek-Ouyes, and even in both (N/S, with Frederic Forte)). [Frederic needs accents Rufo’s e-mail can’t do.]

Doug Nufer is the author of seven novels, including the Oulipian novels Never Again, Negativeland, and By Kelman Out of Pessoa, and a poetry collection, We Were Werewolves. He lives in Seattle, where he sells wine.

AT : Le Bal Cafe, 6 Impasse de la Défense, 75018 Paris (métro Place de Clichy).

May 22nd: Eddie Linden, Gerald Mangan and Meghan McNealy.

7pm, Tuesday May 22nd, Carr’s, 1 rue Mont-Thabor, M Tuileries/Concorde

GERALD MANGAN. Born Glasgow 1951. Poet, playwright, journalist, painter and cartoonist. Collections include Waiting for the Storm(Bloodaxe; Scottish Arts Council Book Award 1991); stage-plays include Crying Wolf. Former writer-in-residence at Dundee College of Art and at Theatre Workshop in Edinburgh, where he also worked as an actor and designer. He has given readings of his work throughout the UK, Ireland and France as well as on radio and TV, usually accompanied by his own music. He spent most of the 1970s in Ireland and now lives in Paris, reviewing and illustrating for the Times Literary Supplement and other journals. ‘Mangan’s effort is to see matters clearly, which itself becomes an expression of affection.’ (Sean O’Brien, TLS) ‘Quite simply he is one of the best Scottish poets of his generation.’ (Douglas Dunn)

Eddie Linden (b.1935) Scots-Irish poet, editor since 1969 of the prestigious London-based literary magazine Aquarius. Born in Northern Ireland of Irish parents, he grew up in Scotland, where he worked in a steel-mill before emigrating to London. His first collection of poetry was City of Razors (1980), and his most recent is A Thorn in the Flesh (Hearing Eye, 2011). ‘There is no one like Eddie’ (Harold Pinter) ‘Eddie Linden is a human event.’(John Montague) ‘If Eddie didn’t exist, no one would have dared to invent him.’ (Brian Patten)

Monty Reid is a well-known Canadian poet. He lives in Ottawa, where he was, until recently, the Director of Exhibitions at the Canadian Museum of Nature. He now writes and gardens full time. He will launch his new corrupt press chapbook, Garden (dec unit).

MEGHAN MCNEALY is a ‘Pataphysician, poet, performer, playwright, printer, papermaker, and polyglot. She is a New England-born Acadian who earned her Bachellor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College. Her texts have appeared in Wheelhouse, BirdDog, Admit2, and Slightly West; she has illustrated Nothings Houses: Prefab Eulogies by David Wolach [BlazeVox, 2010] andCollobert Orbital by Johan Jönson [Displaced Press, 2009]; her original performances have been staged at the literary conference, Press: Activism & The Avant-Garde as well as the 2010 Olympia Film Festival, Théâtre de Verre in Paris, and The Art Factory in Buenos Aires. Limite Désir (corrupt press, 2012) is her first chapbook.

April 11th: Jean Portante, Zoë Skoulding, Lyndon Davies, Steven Hitchins, Rhys Trimble

Wednesday, April 11th, 19h00, Carr’s, 1 rue Mont Thabor, M Tuileries / Concorde / Pyramides

An evening of readings to celebrate the international quarterly Poetry Wales, with editor Zoë Skoulding and contributors to the magazine from Wales and Paris.

Jean Portante was born in Differdange (Luxembourg) in 1950. He is of Italian origin and lives in Paris. He has written widely-translated novels, stories, plays and poetry, published in Luxembourg, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Québec, Ireland, Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Germany, Slovakia, Argentina and Colombia. He has translated numerous poets into French, including Juan Gelman, Jerome Rothenberg, Pierre Joris, John Deane, Gonzalo Rojas and Maria Luisa Spaziani.

In 2003 his book L’Etrange langue was given the Mallarmé award in France, and in the same year he won the French Grand Prix d’Automne de la Société des Gens de Lettres for his life’s work. In 2011 he was awarded the Batty Weber Prize in Luxembourg and in 2012 the Fondane Prize in Paris. His selected poems, La Cendre des mots. is published by Editions le Castor Astral (2005) His latest books are Le Travail du poumon (Editions Le Castor Astral, 2006), Je veux dire, (Editions Estuaires, 2007); En réalité, (Editions Phi, 2008), and La réinvention de l’oubli (Editions le Castor Astral, June 2010). As a novelist, his works include Mrs Haroy ou la mémoire de la baleine, which is widely translated.

Since 2006, Jean Portante has been a member of the Académie Mallarmé. In 2008, he founded, in France, with poet Jacques Darras, the poetry magazine Inuits dans la jungle, while in Luxembourg he edits the literary magazine Transkrit.

Zoë Skoulding’s most recent collections of poems are Remains of a Future City (Seren, 2008), long-listed for Wales Book of the Year 2009, and The Mirror Trade (Seren, 2004). Her collaborative work includes Dark Wires with poet Ian Davidson (West House Books, 2007), From Here, with images by Simonetta Moro (Dusie, 2008) and You Will Live in Your Own Cathedral with sound by Alan Holmes (LAF-Seren, 2009). She is a member of the group Parking Non-Stop, whose album Species Corridor was released by Klangbad in 2008. She lectures at Bangor University and has been Editor of the international quarterly Poetry Wales since 2008.

Lyndon Davies is a poet, reviewer and essayist living in Powys. He has published two collections of poetry, Hyphasis (Parthian Press 2006) and Shield (Parthian Press 2010) . His poems and critical articles have appeared in various magazines, as well as in the anthologies Poetry Wales forty years (Seren 2005) and The Pterodactyl’s Wing (Parthian 2003). With poet Graham Hartill he runs the Glasfryn Seminars, a series of discussion groups on aspects of literature. He is also a co-organiser, with poet John Goodby of the yearly festival of innovative poetry The Hay Poetry Jamboree.

Steven Hitchins is a poet from the South Wales valleys: born in Abercynon, currently living in Pontypridd. He tries to map these urban-rural, industrial-pastoral borderzones through collage and walking. His poetry has appeared in Poetry Wales, Fire and Chimera. His article ‘Poetry: Music: Space’ is in Junction Box issue 2. He occasionally edits the small press/little magazine/blog, The Literary Pocket Book, from which his homemade pamphlets The Basin and Palisade Winters are available.

Rhys Trimble is a bilingual poet, improvisational performer and editor from Bethesda and Pontneddfechan. He is interested in heterglossic, psychogeographic, mythic and radical pastoral poetry. Rhys is published widely, including in Angel Exhaust, Poetry Wales, Skald, Tears in the Fence, Aesthetica, Seventh Quarry and elsewhere. He was a John Tripp finalist in 2009 and winner of the Cinnamon Press Collection Competition. Recent publications include Keinc (Cinnamon Press 2010) and Mynydd (Hafan 2012).

March 25th: Trevor Joyce, Fergal Gaynor, Vivienne Vermes, Jennifer Pinard

Sunday March 25th, 19h00, Carr’s, 1 rue Mont Thabor, M Tuileries / Concorde / Pyramides

Trevor Joyce’s books of poetry include with the first dream of fire they hunt the cold (NWP/Shearsman, 2001), What’s in Store (NWP/ The Gig, 2007), and Courts of Air and Earth (Shearsman, 2008). He has produced workings from classical Chinese poetry, from Hungarian, Finno-Ugric and Turkic folk-songs, and from anonymous materials out of the Irish folk tradition. His recent work explores possibilities of found text, computer-mediated composition, and writing under constraint. He has been a Fulbright Scholar and is a member of Aosdána, the Irish affiliation of artists. In 2009/10 he was Judith E. Wilson Visiting Fellow in Poetry to the University of Cambridge. He is a director of the annual SoundEye Festival, which he co-founded in Cork in 1997.

Fergal Gaynor, born in Cork (Ireland) in 1969, is a writer, independent scholar and art critic. He co-edits the art journal Enclave Review and is a member of the interventionist art-group Art/not art. His poetry has been published in journals in Ireland, Britain, Belgium and the US, and his first collection, VIII Stepping Poems and Other Pieces was published by Miami University Press in 2011.

Vivienne Vermes is a writer and actress who has lived in Paris for thirty years, aſter coming here for a long weekend in 1977. She has published three collections of poetry Sand WomanMetamorphoses and Passages (L’Harmattan), was winner of the Piccadilly Poets Competition, and has performed all over Europe – ar the Vilenica International Poetry Festival in Slovenia, as well as numerous venues in Italy and Austria. She has just completed her first novel, The Barefoot Road, set in Transylvania. She makes her living doing voice-overs – notably the “Mind the Gap” voice on the Paris metro.

California-born poet Jennifer Pinard is a longtime resident of Paris, France. A translator of screenplays and art publications including books on Lewis Hine and Jean-Bernard Métais, she is also a freelance journalist, line producer for digital media and television, and copywriter for Google Creative Lab EMEA. Poetry publications include Pharos and Van Gogh’s Ear, chapbooks Delectable Curse andDessous Dessus, and forthcoming books In This Invisible Resistance and Coming from Nothing.

SPECIAL EVENT: John Kliphan’s wake, The Highlander, 1pm, March 4th

Many of you will know that Poets Live was inspired by Live Poets, the reading series created by John Kliphan. Unfortunately, John died last month.

In accordance with his wishes, there will be a celebration of his life held in The Highlander, the old Live Poets pub, at 1pm on March 4th.

The Highlander, 8 rue de Nevers, M Pont-Neuf / Odéon.

The wake will feature readings from his posthumously published collection LOW LEVEL FLYING, to be launched at the event. Profits from the book will launch a memorial fund to support the publication of new young anglophone poets from Paris.

LOW LEVEL FLYING
John Kliphan
published by corrupt press
US Trade, 140 pages, €12
ISBN 979-10-90394-31-5

NOTE: the event was originally organised for later in the day, but was moved forward to avoid conflict with the rearranged Rugby international between France and Ireland.

February 21st: Pansy Maurer-Alvarez, Deborah Bogen and Kerrie O’Brien

Poets Live on Tuesday 21st February at 19h downstairs at Carr’s Pub, 1 rue de Mont-Thabor, 75001 Paris. Metro Tuileries. Admission free.

Deborah Bogen’s two prize-winning full-length collections are “Let Me Open You a Swan” and “Landscape with Silos.” Her poems and reviews appear wiidely in magazines like New Letters, Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review and Crazyhorse. She’s someone who started late, got lucky and intends to write to the end. She lives in Pittsburgh PA and just finished her first novel, a YA book called “The Wych of Lepyr Cove.”

Pansy Maurer-Alvarez was born in Puerto Rico, grew up in Pennsylvania and has lived in Europe since 1973. She started writing poetry in her teens. She did her literary studies at universities in the US, Spain and later in Switzerland, where she worked for a time as a teacher and translator. She began writing full time and publishing widely, aſter moving to Paris and studying with Alice Notley, some 20 years ago. Her poetry has appeared in several anthologies and numerous magazines throughout Europe and the States and some of her poems have been translated into French, German and Spanish. She has read at many venues in France, the UK and the US and has lead workshops in the UK. Her collections are: Dolores: The Alpine Years and When the Body Says It’s Leaving (both from Hanging Loose Press, Brooklyn); Lovers Eternally Nearing, a limited edition, fine press collaboration with the Swiss artist Walter Ehrismann, with German translations by Rudolf Bähler (Editions Thomas Howeg, Zurich) and just out from corrupt press, Paris, Ant-Small and Amorous, with French translations by Anne Talvaz. Pansy is a Contributing Editor for the British magazine Tears in the Fence; she lives in Paris mainly and Zurich sometimes and she makes one-of-a-kind bead jewelry (to sell).

Kerrie O’Brien has been published in various Irish and UK literary journals including Southword, Orbis, two issues of Crannóg, Revival, Icarus, The Cathach, College Green, Ropes, Daydreamer, Wordlegs, Minus 9 Squared, The First Cut, Boyne Berries, Stony Thursday, The Poetry Bus, Outburst and Burning Bush II and Raſt Magazine. She will also have poems appearing in the forthcoming edition of Five Poetry Journal. Her poem Blossoms has been chosen as the winning entry in the Emerging Talent category of the 2011 Yeats Poetry Competition. She has also been highly commended for the Over the Edge New Writer of The Year Competition 2011. She was recently featured poet in The First Cut. Her new poetry book Out of the Blueness is now available for purchase.

Announcing the corrupt christmas bash

Announcing the corrupt christmas bash!

Patrick Williamson will launch Bacon, Bits & Buriton & Rufo Quintavalle will launch Liquiddity – *and* there might just be some moreTBD shennagins. 🙂

November 22nd: Ian Monk, Megan Fernandes, Amy Hollowell

Poets Live on 22nd November at 19h downstairs at Carr’s Pub, 1 rue de Mont-Thabor, 75001 Paris. Metro Tuileries. Admission free.

Ian Monk was born near London, but now lives in Lille, France, where he works as a writer and translator (of, among others, Georges Perec, Daniel Pennac, Raymond Roussel and Marie Darrieussecq). Aſter contributing to the Oulipo Compendium (Atlas Press) he became a member of the Oulipo in 1988. He has published books in English such as Family Archaeology and Writings for the Oulipo (Make Now), in French (Plouk Town and La Jeunesse de Mek-Ouyes (Cambourakis)), and even both N/S (with Frédéric Forte (Editions de l’Attente).

Amy Hollowell is an American-born Parisian poet, journalist and translator. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of publications in Europe and the United States. She helped edit the Paris-based review Pharos, founded by Alice Notley and the late Douglas Oliver, and is a former student of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Her bilingual chapbook Ultrasound/Ultrason, with translations by Célin Vuraler, was published last year in Paris. As a journalist, she covered French politics and culture in the 1980s and has long been a staff editor at the International Herald Tribune. Her translations include works by Georges Bataille, Alberto Giacometti, Yves Bonnefoy, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Catherine Millot and Matthieu Ricard, as well as a 21st-century translation, with Joa Scetbon-Didi, of one of the fundamental texts of Buddhism, the Heart Sutra. In 2004, she founded the Wild Flower Zen group, which she continues to lead in France and Portugal and online at zenscribe.ovh.org.

Megan Fernandes is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the editor of Strangers in Paris (Tightrope Books, 2011) and has a forthcoming chapbook, Some Citrus Makes me Blue (Dancing Girl Press) to launch in Chicago in January 2012. Megan is the graduate coordinator for Literature and the Mind and directs the Poetry/Poetics Hub at UC Santa Barbara.

October 11th: Joint Reading with Ivy Writers: Lars Palm, Anna Arov, Megan Garr, Kate Foley, Sarah Ream, & Jane Lewty.

Oct 11th, 19h00 for 19h30, Le Next, 17 rue Tiquetonne (M Metro Etienne Marcel/ RER Les Halles).

For up-to-date information, browse the Ivy Writers blog.

Lars Palm lives in Malmö. He has been publishing poems for 20 years & chapbooks for 10 years in Sweden, the USA, Canada, England, Scotland, Italy, Australia & Japan. His first long book road song for was recently published by corrupt press. With his lovely wife Petra he had a photo & poetry exhibition & published two online chapbooks. He translates to & from Swedish, English & Spanish, sometimes as a part of the translators’ collective, & now small press, Kompassros. Poems of his have been translated into Spanish &Japanese. He might also say that he runs a small ungovernable press, works way too much for way too little pay, & enjoys cooking& travelling.

September 20th: Peter Hughes, Pearl Pirie and Bonny Finberg

19h00, Carr’s, 1 Rue du Mont-Thabor, M Tuileries

Peter Hughes is a poet, painter and the founding editor of Oystercatcher Press. He was based in Italy for many years and now lives on the Norfolk coast. He is the author of over a dozen books of poetry which include The Metro Poems, Paul Klee’s Diary, The Summer of Agios Dimitrios, Behoven and The Pistol Tree Poems. Nathan Thompson has described the latter as ‘flickering, intense, innovative and utterly mesmerising’.

Pearl Pirie grew up in the wilds of the Ottawa Valley, Canada. She mashes rural sensibility with urban ventriloquist frost. Her second trade collection, Thirsts, was recently published by Snare Books. It won the Robert Kroetsch Award for innovative Poetry. Her first full collection been shed bore came came out with Chaudiere Books in 2010. Her poetry has appeared in ditch, anthology 4 (canadian) (innovative poets) among other place. She has a micro press named phafours. She teaches workshops on poetry.

Pearl will launch her corrupt press chapbook, Mammals of Hoarfrost.

A native New Yorker, Bonny Finberg has traveled through Europe, India and Nepal. Her work has been translated into French, Japanese and Hungarian. Publisher’s Weekly said that her fiction in Best American Erotica “exudes a stunning sensual sensibility.” Her fiction, poetry and reviews have been published in numerous journals and anthologies and online zines. Her poetry is included in the Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (Thundersmouth) and her fiction in Evergreen Review, four Unbearables anthologies (Autonomedia) as well as Lost and Found: New York Stories from Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood. She is a regular writer for A Gathering of Tribes and Sensitive Skin. She has written music reviews for The Brooklyn Rail which also published an excerpt of her novel Kali’s Day. In Paris she has contributed to Le Purple Journal, Upstairs at Duroc, and Van Gogh’s Ear. Her chapbook of short stories, How the Discovery of Sugar Produced the Romantic Era is featured in the video 5 Guys Read Finberg. Her photography has been published in both print and online art journals and exhibits, including the group show “A Book About Death” at the Emily Harvey Gallery in NY; “Seeking Kali;” and A Gathering of Tribes Magazine. Her written work and visual art are archived in the “Downtown Writers” collection at the NYUFales library. She lives in Paris and New York, and is working on her second novel.

Bonny will launch her corrupt press chapbook, Déja Vu.

August 23rd: Sarah Riggs, Claire Trévien, & Dylan Harris

19h00, Tuesday August 23rd, Carr’s Pub, 1 rue Mont-Thabor, M Tuileries.

Sarah Riggs writes, teaches, translates and is currently making a film entitled “H” set on the Hudson river, Brest, and the Isle of Skye. Her books of poetry in English are Waterwork (Chax), Chain of Minuscule Decisions in the Form of a Feeling (Reality Street), 60 Textos(Ugly Duckling), 36 Blackberries (Juge Editions) and the forthcoming Autobiography of Envelopes ( Burning Deck). Her co-translation of Oscarine Bosquet’s Present Participle is forthcoming with La Presse. Riggs has been an active member of Double Change, the bilingual poetry association, for the last 8 years, and is the founder of Tamaas, the word for a point of contact in Arabic. Tamaas has headed seven years of READ translation workshops in Paris, as well as projects in Tangier and Marrakech in poetry, film, music, and visual art.

Claire Trévien was born in 1985 in Brittany and is a poet and PhD student. Her writing has been published in a variety of literary magazines including Under The Radar, Poetry Salzburg Review, Ink Sweat & Tears, The Warwick Review, Nth Position, and Fuselit. Her debut pamphlet Low-Tide Lottery was published this year by Salt Publishing. She is the editor of Sabotage Reviews.

Dylan Harris lives in Paris. His poetry books are europe and antwerp (wurm press), & his poetry / photography books are the smoke &the forthcoming the liberation of [placeholder] (The Knives, Forks and Spoons Press). His poetry has appeared in many magazines, including nthposition & Upstairs at Duroc. He recently started corrupt press.

 

July 12th: Cole Swensen, Lindsay Turner & Joe Ross

19h00, July 12th, Carr’s Pub, 1 rue Mont-Thabor, M Tuileries.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Cole Swensen is the author of 13 books of poetry. Her next volume, Gravesend, is due out from the University of California in 2012, and a collection of essays, Noise that Stays Noise, is coming out in the University of Michigan’s “Poets on Poetry” series in the fall. A recipient of the National Poetry Series, the SF State Poetry Center Book Award, thePEN USA Award for translation, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and two Creative Capital grants, she is the founding editor of the translation press “La Presse” and co-directs an annual translation seminar at Reid Hall with Sarah Riggs. She divides her time among Paris, Washington DC, and Iowa, where she teaches in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Lindsay Turner holds a Masters degree in film studies from Université Paris III and an MFA in poetry from New York University. Her poetry and criticism have appeared in WebConjunctions, The Boston Review, Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review online, and elsewhere. In the fall, she will begin a PhD at the University of Virginia.

Author of twelve books of poetry, Joe Ross was born in Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program at Temple University in Philadelphia. In 2004, he and his wife moved to Paris, where their two children were born, and where he continues to publish while working as an educator and translator. His most recent titles are: Strati (Bi-lingual Italian/English, La Camera Verde, 2007); FRACTURED // Conections … (Bi-lingual Italian/English, La Camera Verde, 2008); Strata (Dusie Press, 2008) and Wordlick (Green Integer, 2011).

June 28th: Rufo Quintavalle, Colin Herd & Suzanne Allen, with Meghan McNealy

19h15, 28th June at Carr’s Pub & Restaurant, 1 rue du Mont-Thabor, M Tuileries.

SPECIAL EVENT: The French launch of Rufo Quintavalle’s first collection, Dog, cock, ape and viper, the global launch of Suzanne Allen’s chapbook, Verisimilitudeand the French launch of Colin Herd’s first collection too ok. What a feast!

June 14th: Pierre Joris, Sylvia Mae Gorelick and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte

19h15, 14th June, Bar Long Island, 47 rue Washington, M George V. THIS IS OUR ALTERNATIVE VENUE.

Pierre Joris’ most recent publications are his translation of The Meridian: Final Version—Dras—Materials by Paul Celan. (StanfordU.P. 2011), Canto Diurno #4: The Tang Extending from the Blade (poems) as a 2010 Ahadada eBook, Justifying the Margins: Essays 1990-2006 and Aljibar I & II (poems). He is working with Habib Tengour on Diwan Irikya: An Anthology of North African Writings from Prehistory to Today, to be published in 2012 by University of California Press. Later this year Chax Press will bring out the completeMediations on the Stations of Mansur al-Hallaj (poems).

WINTER POEM
This tanker …
On Goethe’s Flyleaf

May 10th: Jennifer K Dick, Greg Santos and George Vance

19h15, 10th May at Carr’s Pub & Restaurant, 1 rue du Mont-Thabor, M Tuileries.

THIS EVENT IS SPECIAL! Jen will launch Betwixt, her new chapbook. George will launch A SHORT CIRCUIT, his first poetry collection. Both are published by the new Paris poetry publisher, corrupt press. Greg will bring along The Emperor’s Sofa, which he made earlier.

April 12th: Nicole Peyrafitte, William Strangmeyer, David Barnes

19h15, 12th April, Bar Long Island, 47 rue Washington, M George V. THIS IS A CHANGE OF VENUE. Some bugger booked Carr’s for a week!

Nicole Peyrafitte is a performance artist born and raised in the French Pyrenees. She considers herself a Gasco-Rican (1/2 Gascon, 1/2 American) & citizen of Brooklyn. Peyrafitte pursues related multi-cultural and multi-media investigations that integrate her voice, texts, visuals and also cooking. She has two CDs out: The Bi-Continental Chowder /La Garbure Transcontinentale 2006 & Whisk! Don’t Churn! 2009. Visit her website for blog/videos and more: www.nicolepeyrafitte.com.
Sample poems: January 2010 Golden EvasionJanuary 7th, 2010 — For & W/ Georgia O’Keeffe

William Walrond Strangmeyer was born in Roanoke, Virginia, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and Brofus, New Jersey, where he went to Rutgers University, starting out as a classics major, changing to musicology and finishing with an abnormal psychology, all of which he declined to follow up or to practice. He has worked in many different fields of endeavor, including amusement parks, banks, book stores, cinema, door-to-door sales, restaurants, retail sales, taxi driving, telephone sales, warehouses and as a tour guide and was also co-editor of Upstairs at Duroc, a literary review, blowing his chances at working-class hero status. A thirty-four-year resident of Paris, he now earns his living as an English language trainer and translator.
He is the author of several volumes of poetry (all slim), his other principal interests being various forms of boxing, bull fighting and old music. He is Archon of Paris for the Moorish Orthodox Church and a member of various other organizations embracing a few essential beliefs and having even fewer doctrines. He has two young daughters and is thus in touch with the needs, desires and tendencies of today’s teens and pre-teens.
He has read all over Paris over the years, including every year with the original incarnation of this series.
His main influences are science fiction, doo-wop music and a mis-spent youth, along with the usual Eliot, Pound, Wallace Stevens, Poe, Catullus, Larkin, Elroy, Doctor Seuss, Beaudelaire and also Emmylou Harris, Roy Jones Jr., Leonard Cohen, Fedor Emilianenko, Bartok and Roy Orbison.
His motto this year is, “All dust is gold,” but sometimes he forgets.
Sample poems: THE MUSICYOUNG IN THE MIND.

David Barnes grew up in the Thames Valley in England in the 70s and 80s. He escaped to Manchester University where he successfully ignored any desire to write for 6 years. He started writing poetry as an adult in the mid 90s and started writing short stories a few years before settling in Paris in 2003, where he created and runs The Other Writers’ Group at Shakespeare and Company and SpokenWord, a weekly open mic poetry series. He won Shakespeare & Company’s Travel in Words prize in 2006 with a short story and has published short stories in 34th Parallel Magazine and Spot Lit Magazine. He has a poem in the current issue of Upstairs at Duroc and edited Strangers in Paris: An Anthology of New Writing inspired by the City of Light, which will be out in the summer. He is also an editor with issue.ZERO magazine which brought out an issue this winter. He currently divides his time between a Masters in psychotherapy, writing short stories and poetry and a day job teaching English and creative writing so that he has enough money to feed himself and his cat and do everything else.
Sample poems: The 2 a.m. highSeptembersThe Corporate Goldfish.

Simon Smith, Kerry Featherstone & Helen Cusack O’Keeffe

19h30, 15th March at Carr’s Pub & Restaurant, 1 rue du Mont-Thabor, M Tuileries.

Simon Smith was born in 1961 and ran the Poetry Library in London from 2003-2007. He now lectures on poetry at The University of Kent. There are four full-length collections of poetry, the latest is London Bridge (Salt, 2010). In 2009 he was a Hawthornden Fellow, and has translated and published work by Pierre Reverdy, Apollinaire, Catulllus and Martial. He is presently completing a translation of Catullus for Carcanet Press. Here are some of Simon’s poems.

Kerry Featherstone was born in Lincolnshire, read English and European Literature at the University of Essex, and then completed a PhD on Bruce Chatwin at Nottingham Trent University. He now works as a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Loughborough University. He spent a year living in the Vendee and another living in Belfort, and has also spent time in the Limousin and in Paris. He writes in French and English (sometimes in the same poem) and also writes songs as part of The Orange (whose album ‘Concealed Exit’ is available on itunes, amazon, etc.). His influences are Ezra Pound, Carolyn Forche, Peire Vidal and Dar Williams. His book on Bruce Chatwin will be published in 2011 and he is currently translating Ingriod Thobois’ novel ‘Le Roi d’Afghanistan ne nous a pas mariés’. Here are some of Kerry’s poems.

Helen Cusack O’Keeffe says: “I am part of the Irish diaspora (ie subspecies), I was first drawn to the other end of Europe, studying Russian literature. I spent several months in Moscow, Siberia and Petersburg. Aſter some dithering and dabbling at the Refugee Council and similar organisations, I studied a social work MA, researching bereavement in sufferers of severe mental illness. Later, I pored over Mesoamerican archaeology for a year, and tried to learn an esoteric Mayan language. Since 2008 I’ve been based in Paris, where I write four days a week, and I regularly read at writers’ forums. On the other three days I work in a psychiatric team for homeless people in central London. Bittern’s Last Folly is a vast nineteenth century thing about the bizarre Bittern family and their various obsessions: chiefly exotic archaeology and the rituals of Victorian mourning. An adapted extract from it is being published this April in an anthology of Anglophone writers living in France (Tightrope Press, Canada). ”

Here’s the facebook event.

steve dalachinsky, Yuko Otomo, and Nina Karacosta

steve dalachinsky, Yuko Otomo, and Nina Karacosta
NEW VENUE NEW VENUE NEW VENUE
downstairs at Carr’s Pub, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, M Tuileries
7:30pm, 15th February 2011

There’s a facebook event for the facebook addicts.

steve dalachinsky is from Brooklyn, New York. His work has appeared extensively in journals on & off line, in many chapbooks, books, and CDs. Yuko Otomo is a bilingual (Japanese & English) poet & a visual artist (in pursuit of Pure Abstraction). Nina Karacosta is an actor and poet, who will launch her new chapbook at Poets Live.

7:30pm, 25th January 2011, Anne Ortiz Talvaz, Bonny Finberg, and introducing Julianne Sibiski

Anne Ortiz Talvaz, Bonny Finberg, and introducing Julianne Sibiski
CHANGE OF VENUE CHANGE OF VENUE CHANGE OF VENUE
to Le Next, 17 Rue Tiquetonne, 75002, M Etienne Marcel
7:30pm, 25th January 2011

Anne Ortiz Talvaz
Anne Talvaz was born in Brussels in 1963 and currently lives in the Paris area with her family. She works as a commercial translator and has lived in China and Brazil. She has published 3 books of poetry, a novel, and a travel book about China, and has translated the work of many poets from English and Spanish into French – in particular John Ashbery’s “Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror” – as well as French into English.

7pm, 16th November 2010, George Vance, Troy Yorke, Mademoiselle London

George Vance and Troy Yorke
The Highlander, 8 rue de Nevers, Metro Pont Neuf or Odéon
7pm, 16th November 2010

Ohio-born,long-time resident of Paris, George Vance is presently involved in experiments with word/image fusion, tags, & street art. His hybrid language & image video installation, “HEIGHTS”, was exhibited in Brussels in 2006, & he recently designed a ‘totem’ sculpture with a Kanak artist. Author of Bent Time, a chapbook, his poems have appeared in Paris in Pharos & Upstairs at Duroc.

7pm, 26th October 2010: Jerome Rothenberg with Kazim Ali

Jerome Rothenberg with Kazim Ali
The Highlander, 8 rue de Nevers, Metro Pont Neuf or Odéon
7pm, 26th October 2010

Jerome Rothenberg is an internationally known poet with over eighty books of poetry and several assemblages of traditional and avant-garde poetry such as Technicians of the Sacred, Shaking the Pumpkin, Revolution of the Word, and Poems for the Millennium, (volumes 1 and 2, with Pierre Joris). A Book of Witness, his twelſth book of poems from New Directions, appeared in 2003, and a thirteenth book, Triptych, appeared in 2007. His second collection of literary essays, Poetics & Polemics 1980-2005, appeared at the end of 2008, and new books of poems scheduled for 2009 and 2010 include Gematria Complete, Concealments & Caprichos, and Retrievals: Uncollected & New Poems 1955-2010.

 

7pm, 28th September 2010: Rufo Quintavalle, Vivienne Vermes, Dylan Harris

Rufo Quintavalle, Vivienne Vermes, Dylan Harris
The Highlander, 8 rue de Nevers, Metro Pont Neuf or Odéon
7pm, 28th September 2010

Rufo Quintavalle was born in London in 1978, studied at Oxford and the University of Iowa, and now lives in Paris where he is an active member of the Anglo literary scene. He is the author of the chapbook, Make Nothing Happen (Oystercatcher, 2009). His work was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and he is one of the invited poets for the 2011 Biennale Internationale de la Poésie en Val de Marne.

His poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Versal, Tears in the Fence, Great Works, Shadowtrain, The Wolf, The London Magazine, MiPOesias and elimae. He is on the editorial board for the literary magazine, Upstairs at Duroc and is currently acting poetry editor for the prize-winning webzine, Nthposition. About Rufo, poet Todd Swiſt writes: “There is no other contemporary English poet quite like Quintavalle: from his extraordinary name (perhaps the most inherently exciting since “Ezra Pound”) to his exotically-imagined, deeply-thoughtful, ruefully witty, and sometimes very brief, poems, to his slightly marginalised location across the Channel, he represents a different current – one that, should he continue to write as well over the next few years, will establish him, one hopes, as a key British poet of the 2010s.”

Check out Rufo’s blog at http://rufoquintavalle.blogspot.com or visit Rewords at http://rewords.blogspot.com/, an ongoing online collaborative writing project where he’s an active participant.

Vivienne Vermes is a British writer and actress who has lived in Paris for thirty years. She has published three collections of poetry: Sand Woman (Rebus), and, with French poet Anne Mounic, Metamorphoses and Passages (L’Harmattan). Her short story The Spaces in Houses was published in New Writing 9 (Vintage/British Council). She was winner of the Piccadilly Poets’ Award and The Mail on Sunday’s best opening of a novel competition. Her short stories and poems have appeared in numerous publications, including Paris-Atlantic, Pharos and The Times Literary Supplement. She has also recorded her poetry on a CD, When the World Stops Spinning. She has just completed her first novel, set in Transylvania,The Barefoot Road, which is currently with a London agent.

She has read her poetry throughout Europe – in Slovenia, Greece, London, Austria, Italy, and most importantly, in The Highlander in Paris!

Dylan Harris is … yeah, yeah, I’m running this place, I’m reading, sounds like an ego trip, doesn’t it? Well, you’re right; you want a reading, you sodding well set up your own series (actually, you want a reading, you got a book, you email me; no promises, obviously). I do this, I think it important I say where I am poetically. Anyway, the event that’s most likely to go wrong is the first, so I’m my own guinea pig.

And I’ve got my book, antwerp, to launch in France.
full of vivacious, energetic poetry that’s a shock to the ear and mind, a delight. And funny.” (Maurice Scully)
The sonics are so projected and balanced that the words effect their own realisation. I think.” (Peter Riley)
Dylan Harris is an investor a gate–opener an investigator.” (Richard Berengarten).
I heard Dylan Harris read some of his work at a small café in Cambridge and I suddenly had a life ra thrown my way, I realised it was all about not grasping but letting go, it was not about trying to tease out meaning but bringing my own meaning to it.” (Andrea Porter)

You want to know more about me and my poetry, go browse my website, http://dylanharris.org/.