Lee Ranaldo is a member of Sonic Youth, a visual artist, writer, producer, etc. Ranaldo has been extremely active in the New York music scene for the past 30 years, recording and collaborating with numerous acts, producing discs, and publishing several books of poetry and journal entries. His most recent books are Against Refusing (Waterrow Press 2010) and How Not To Get Played On The Radio (SoundBarn 2011).
Ranaldo on Reading:
Images and video by Ted Roeder.
John Godfrey first read at the Poetry Project in 1969. In ’74-’75 and ’82-’83 he led workshops there. Of a dozen collections from ’71 on, five have been published in the new century: Push the Mule, Private Lemonade, City of Corners, Singles & Fives, and Tiny Gold Dress. In 1994 he took a B.S. in Nursing from Columbia University, School of Nursing. Specializing in HIV/AIDS during a 17-year career, he worked from ’94-’03 as a visiting nurse in pediatric/maternal HIV/AIDS with a caseload referred by a number of hospitals throughout the City, the patients living in North Brooklyn. From ’03 until his retirement in ’11 he was Head (and only) Nurse in a clinic at Kings County Hospital Center that treated the dwindling neonatally infected population, adolescents, young adults, and infected pregnant women. He has lived for 40 years in what once was known as ”the poets’ building” on 12th St.
John Godfrey on Writing:
John Godfrey reads new poems:
Images and videos by Ted Roeder.
We’re living in a time of legends, and what better way to examine our modern-day sagas than through The Poetry Project’s Spring Benefit – Epic Now: Epic Poetry for Epic Times. On Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11, 2013 The Poetry Project invites poets and performers to present their own translations and/or re-interpretations of an epic poem – modern or classic. From gallant to gritty, elevated to exaggerated, these epic remixes by some of your favorite artists strive to touch our shared humanity. For a full schedule visit our calendar page.
We’ve named 3 New York City-based poets Fellows for our inaugural 2013 Emerge-Surface-Be Fellowship Program. The Fellows are: Guillermo Filice Castro, Krystal Languell, and Rangi McNeil. Finalists are: Judah Rubin, Ted Dodson, Christine Shan Shan Hou, Morgan Parker, Sarah V. Schweig, and Purvi Shah. Castro will be working with Patricia Spears Jones, Languell will be working with Anselm Berrigan, and McNeil will be working with Edwin Torres. We were thrilled with the response to our new program. Thanks to all who applied. We’re so excited to work with these three extraordinary poets. Stay tuned to our blog to learn more about their work. For now, pictures and bios!
Guillermo Filice Castro is the author of the chapbooks Cry Me a Lorca and Toy Storm. His poems are forthcoming or appear in Assaracus, Barrow Street, The Brooklyn Rail, Court Green, The Bellevue Literary Review, Ducts, LaFovea, Quarterly West, and many more; as well as the anthologies Bunny Ears, Flicker & Spark, Divining Divas, My Diva, Saints of Hysteria, and others. His translations of Olga Orozco, in collaboration with Ron Drummond, appear in Guernica, Terra Incognita, U.S. Latino Review, and Visions. In 2012 his work was a finalist for the Andrés Montoya prize. Castro lives in Astoria, Queens.
Krystal Languell is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative and edits the journal Bone Bouquet. Her work has appeared in esque, La Fovea, DIAGRAM and elsewhere, and her first book, Call the Catastrophists, was published by BlazeVox in 2011. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute.
Rangi McNeil was born in Laurinburg, NC & educated at Rice University & Columbia University School of the Arts. He conducts a poetry writing workshop at ACES Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, CT & lives in Brooklyn. His first book, The Missing, was published in 2003.
Check out the latest in Ted Roeder’s Portraits of Poets series featuring Tonya Foster!
Tonya Foster‘s poetry, fiction, and essays have been published in a variety of journals from Callaloo to The Hat to Western Humanities Review. She is the author of A Swarm of Bees in High Court (forthcoming this year from Belladonna*) and co-editor of Third Mind: Creative Writing Through Visual Art. A recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship, a Magnet Fellowship, and a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, she is currently a Ph.D. student in the Graduate Center’s English Department at The City University of New York.
Tonya reads “New Orleans Bibliography”:
Images and video by Ted Roeder.
Photographer Ted Roeder has gorgeously and gloriously shot our New Year’s Day Marathon Reading for the past two years. We’re happy to announce that we have found a way to keep working with him throughout the year. Through a series of short videos of poets reading their work and portrait series, Ted will be documenting some of the people engaged in the Poetry Project community. Our first featured poet is Rangi McNeil!
Rangi McNeil was born in Laurinburg, NC. He’s the author of The Missing, & lives in Brooklyn.
Rangi reads two poems:
Images and video by Ted Roeder.
Thank you to Ted Roeder for taking these terrific photos on 1/1/13!
Application Deadline – February 18, 2013
Emerge – Surface – Be is a natural extension of The Poetry Project’s program offerings. It formalizes the distinct yet unspoken pedagogical aspect of The Poetry Project’s programs while providing a unique opportunity to support, develop and present emerging NYC-based poets of promise. Three emerging poets will be selected by and paired with poet mentors Anselm Berrigan, Patricia Spears Jones and Edwin Torres, and over the course of nine months be given the opportunity to develop their craft and complete a project. Ideal Fellows will have a project they are working on or want to embark upon, and feel that they would benefit from guidance. Each Fellow will receive an award of $2,500.
In addition to working one-on-one with their mentors, Fellows will have access to all Poetry Project events (free workshops, free readings, free publications) and be included in the Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading. Fellows will also read within The Poetry Project’s high profile Monday Night Reading Series as a culminating event with introductions made by their mentors. Fellows will be invited to blog about their experiences as well as post photos and videos on The Poetry Project website and attend Fellows only gatherings so they may get to know and appreciate one another and their work.
Applicants that have achieved some measure of local, regional or national professional recognition will be judged favorably, as will applicants who have been published or had work presented in recognized publications and venues providing they have published no more than one full length perfect bound book and no more than three chap books (not including self-published work in chap book form). The most important criterion is that an applicant’s work shows potential. Therefore, demonstration of a high level of skill and unique stylistic vision will be considered in the decision making process.
The Poetry Project embraces diversity in the broadest sense of the word. This principle is reflected in the choice of mentor poets and will be reflected in the selection of Fellows.
Emerge – Surface – Be is supported with funds from the Jerome Foundation.
Please review eligibility requirements before beginning your application. Direct all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Fellows will be announced in late March 2013.
Downloadable PDF Guidelines and Application: Emerge—Surface—Be_Application* To submit your application and all other required materials, please share them via Dropbox with email@example.com. All materials must be submitted as PDFs in a single folder, labeled with your first and last name. In addition, the Application PDF (above) and Contact Information PDF are different; please submit them as instructed in the guidelines. If you have a question about either, email firstname.lastname@example.org. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL OR HAND-DELIVER MATERIALS.
*If the PDF opens in a viewer and says you cannot save information, go to “file,” “save page as” and select PDF and it will save to your desktop.
Here it is Dear Friends; Ted Roeder’s photo gallery of the 39th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading. There are 799 shots of readers, audience, volunteers from all angles and all hours. We think Ted’s work is amazing and really captures the epic nature of the event. All photos (C) Ted Roeder 2013