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“MY” by Bruce Andrews

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Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 12.54.08 PMBruce Andrews is an experimental poet, performance artist, literary theorist & recently retired (after 38 years) left-wing professor of political science. As Musical Director for Sally Silvers & Dancers, he has created sound designs and, in performance, live mixes of music & text for over two decades of performances.

Most recent of a dozen or so big books is last year’s You Can’t Have Everything… Where Would You Put It!, followed by a chapbook, Yessified (Sally’s Edit) celebrating the Andrews Symposium and its expanded archive, online at, with links to interviews, performance texts, poetry, collaborations, and critical essays on his work. Another online archive (and interactive project) materialized on April 1, 2014 as a curated 25 hour ‘twitter sculpture’ [ @BruceAndrews25h], a 300 poem sequence.




“Yellow Fever” by Sally Wen Mao

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Sally Wen Mao - photoSally Wen Mao is the author of Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014), the winner of the 2012 Kinereth Gensler Award and a Publishers Weekly Top Ten Pick of Fall 2014. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2013 and is forthcoming or published in Black Warrior Review, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Mid-American Review,and Third Coast, among others. A Kundiman fellow, she holds a B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.F.A. from Cornell University, where she was a lecturer in creative writing and composition for three years. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and teaches in the Asian American Studies department at Hunter College.





“ASSANGE and DEAD YOUTH” by Joyelle McSweeney

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Joyelle McSweeney - photoJoyelle McSweeney is the author of eight books in multiple genres, most recently the verse play Dead Youth, or, the Leaks, a hacked carcinogenic farce which was selected to inaugurate the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Playwrights, as well as The Necropastoral: Poetry, Media, Occults, which reads together authors as diverse as Jack Smith, Wilfred Owen, Aime Cesaire and Kim Hyesoon. With Johannes Goransson, Joyelle edits the international press Action Books and teaches at the University of Notre Dame.






from “Just Call Me Al” by Benjamin Hollander

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Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 3.54.55 PMBenjamin Hollander was born in Haifa, Israel and as a boy immigrated to New York City. He presently lives on the west coast of North America. His books include: In the House Un-American (Clockroot Books/Interlink Publishing, Spring 2013); Memoir American (Punctum Books, Spring 2013); Vigilance (Beyond Baroque Books, 2005); Rituals of Truce and the Other Israeli (Parrhesia Press, 2004); The Book of Who Are Was (Sun & Moon Press, 1997); How to Read, Too (Leech Books, 1992); and, as editor, Translating Tradition: Paul Celan in France (ACTS, 1988).

Of his newest book, In The House Un-American, the poet David Shapiro says: “It is difficult to speak of Benjamin Hollander’s masterpiece, so America, so like an inner emigration, as if we had all changed names….A book of this order comes very rarely to our consciousness; we are so censorious of new genres….[T]his book exists as music barely heard in the air becomes music of our ground, grain.”

“They Heard Voices” by Fanny Howe

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Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 5.56.47 PMFanny Howe has written numerous books of fiction, essays and poetry and has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lenore Marshall Award and the Ruth Lilly Lifetime Achievement Award, among others. Her most recent collection of poetrySecond Childhood was published by Graywolf Press. She is currently a Visiting Writer at Brown University.









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IMG_1442.PNGJoey Yearous-Algozin is the author of Holly Melgard’s Friends and Family (Bon Aire Projects) and The Lazarus Project(TROLL THREAD), among others. He is a co-editor of TROLL THREAD. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.









“Fuol Jersey” by Lewis Freedman

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Lewis Freedman lives in Madison where he co-organizes the reading series Oscar Presents with Anna Vitale, Andy Gricevich, and Jordan Dunn, and also prints and disseminates poetry chapbooks with a press he calls Anarchive. His most recent books are Hold the Blue Orb, Baby (Well Greased Press, 2013) and Solitude: The Complete Games (Troll Thread, 2013). Forthcoming are non-symbolic non-symbolic non-symbolic (Same Text) and Residual Synonyms for the Name of God(Ugly Duckling Presse).





“WRITING” by Audra Wolowiec

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Audra Wolowiec - photoAudra Wolowiec is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Through sculpture, installation, text and performance, she makes conceptually driven work with an emphasis on sound and the material qualities of language. She received a BFA from the University of Michigan and MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been shown at Magnan-Metz, Reverse, Art in General, Socrates Sculpture Park, MOMA P.S.1 and the Center for Performance Research. She has been an artist in residence at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and the Physics Department at the University of Oregon. Her work has been featured in Time Out NY, The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, PennSound, andthresholds (MIT Dept of Architecture). She holds teaching positions at Parsons, The New School for Design, SUNY Purchase, and Dia:Beacon.




“I hold it towards you –” by Maryam Parhizkar

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Maryam Parhizkar - photo (credit_ Arthur Moeller)Maryam Parhizkar writes, researches and works via her musical training, and is completing her MA concentration in American Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the managing editor of Litmus Press and the author of Pull: a ballad(The Operating System, 2014). She will be joined by cellist Hamilton Berry for part of this reading/performance.







Get your New Year’s Day Marathon Tickets Now…

and wait in a shorter, quicker line! A GREAT WAY TO SUPPORT THE POETRY PROJECT is through purchasing an advance ticket to our annual 41st Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading. Tickets are $20 and on sale at Brown Paper Tickets. All money raised by this beloved event covers artist’s stipends and production costs for the 80+ readings we’ll present this season. We hope to see you soon, and wish you a very happy 2015!