Poetry Time: Tonight in Queens @ 8PM!

Poetry Time, a “reading series held at Space Space in Ridgewood, Queens,” will be holding an event tonight featuring readings by Jon Leon, Eileen Myles, and Nathaniel Otting along with video by Brandon Downing.

Beer and Flowers.

390 Seneca Ave / Entry on Stanhope

L train to Dekalb

Check out the Poetry Time Archive here and the video by Brandon Downing below:

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Belladonna* & Dusie Present: The Summer Reading

Kate Zambreno (whom I’m trying to get nicknamed “KaZam!”—do pass it on) asked me to draw your kind attention to this upcoming event:

Belladonna* & Dusie present:

The Summer Reading

Please join us in celebrating these authors and their new books:

Date and Time: Thursday, 12 August 2010, 8:00 pm

Place: BookThugNation (100 N. 3rd St., between Berry St. & Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

Over Forty Writers Over Forty to Watch

Writing the title of this post actually felt very silly; it seems such an arbitrary way of gathering a list of writers to look out for. What could be sillier than singling out writers in this way, according to their age? Surely, there are more worthy criteria. Well, there is an answer to what could be sillier than singling out over forty writers over forty to watch, namely, singling twenty writers under forty to watch, especially largely mainstream writers writing, for the most part, conventional and redundant fiction. And the New Yorker has done just that. But this isn’t surprising. Theirs is an idea once again institutionalizing, reinforcing our decayed culture’s obsession with youth, not to mention its eyes wide shut wallowing in mediocrity. So, not only have they missed, for the most part, who are the best fiction writers under forty to watch, but, with their unapologetic valorization of youth, they missed entirely. The following writers (and I include poets, essayists, and theorists among them) are writers who have consistently written great work. I anticipate great things from each of them in the years and years to come. With full awareness of how a corrective sometimes ironically and paradoxically legitimizes what it seeks to correct, here, in the order in which I thought of them, are over forty writers over forty whose work I will be busy watching.

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