Adam Fitzgerald, Andrew Durbin, Anselm Berrigan, Alex Dimitrov, Alice James, Amanda Davidson, Andrew Boston, Anne Tardos, Anne Waldman, Ariel Goldberg, Arlo Quint, Arthur’s Landing, Basil King, Becca Klaver, Beth Gill, Betsy Fagin, Bill Kushner, Bob Hershon, Bob Holman, Bob Rosenthal, Brenda Coultas, Brendan Lorber, Brett Price, Bruce Andrews & Sally Silvers, CAConrad, Camille Rankine, Carley Moore, Carol Mirakove, Carolee Scheemann, Cecilia Corrigan, Christina Strong, Christine Elmo, Christine Kanownik, Christine Shan Shan Hou, Clarinda Mac Low, Claudia La Rocco, Cole Heinowitz, Corina Copp, David Vogen, Dell Lemmon, Dia Felix, Don Yorty, Douglas Dunn, Douglas Rothschild, Dynasty Handbag, Ed Friedman, Edgar Oliver, Edmund Berrigan, Edwin Torres, Eileen Myles, Elinor Nauen, Elliott Sharp, Emily Skillings, Erica Kaufman, Erica Hunt, Evie Shockley, Ernie Brooks & Peter Zummo, Fast Speaking Music Band, Felix Bernstein, Filip Marinovich, Foamola, Frank Sherlock, Guillermo Filice Castro, Guy Picciotto, Jane Le Croy, Jason Hwang, Jason Nazary, Jen Benka, Jennifer Bartlett, Jennifer Miller with Jennifer Monson & Chris Cochrane, Jess Fiorini, Jim Behrle, Joanna Kotze, Johanna Furhman, John Coletti, John Giorno, John Godfrey, John Kruth, Jonas Mekas, Joseph Keckler, Justin Vivian Bond, Kimberly Lyons, Krystal Languell, Laura Henriksen, Lee Ann Brown, Lenny Kaye, Leopoldine Core, Lewis Warsh, Lonely Christopher, Lucy Ives & Ben Gocker, Lynne Tillman, Maggie Dubris, Marcella Durand, Margarita Shalina, Marissa Perel, Martha King, Marty Ehrlich, Matt Longabucco, Mel Elberg, Michael Portnoy, Michelle Boulé, Mitch Highfill, Montana Ray, Nada Gordon, Nathaniel Otting, Nathaniel Siegel, Nick Hallett, Nicole Peyrafitte, Nicole Wallace, Nurit Tilles, Patricia Spears Jones, Patrick Rosal, Patti Smith, Peter Bogart Johnson, Philip Glass, Phyllis Wat, Pierre Joris, R. Erica Doyle, Rachel Trachtenburg, Rangi McNeil, Ray Brown, Rebecca Moore, Ricardo Maldonado, Sarah Schulman, Sophia Le Fraga, Stephanie Gray, Stephen Boyer, Steve Earle, Steven Taylor, Tammy Faye Starlite with Steve Earle, Ted Dodson, Thurston Moore, Todd Colby, Tom Savage, Tommy Pico, Tony Towle, Tracey McTague, Tracie Morris, Vyt Bakaitis, Will Edmiston, Yoshiko Chuma, Yvonne Meier, Yvonne Rainer and more TBA!
It’s the 40th anniversary of the New Year’s Day Poetry Marathon!
We have a lot of bonuses in the works to commemorate the occasion: Sean Cole, independent producer for public radio, will emcee the 7-10pm hours of the event; there will be a raffle for desirable items from The Poetry Project’s collection; PLUS we’ll reveal a series of 3 special edition Project tote bags made by 3 different design students at Parsons. They did great work for this!
By popular demand, we are selling tickets in advance via Brown Paper Ticket! Stand in the cold no longer (or may be just not as long), show your support of the event, and pre-purchase your ticket to the best place to be in NYC on New Year’s Day!
To celebrate our foray into to the world of online ticketing: from now until December 6, at 11:59pm all online tickets for the Marathon will be available for a discounted price of $15. Enter 40NYDMR for your discount.
“The Poetry Project has helped me feel like I belong somewhere, and I don’t have to scramble to find a place in NYC to be a poet.”
Friends of The Poetry Project,
Each year, The Poetry Project offers a large and diverse group of poets with the opportunity to bring their work to a national stage. This year we had the pleasure of offering fellowships to several emerging poets as part of a new program, Emerge-Surface-Be. The above quote is what fellow Krystal Languell shared about her experience.
As we approach the end of the year, we hope you will support The Poetry Project’s mission to continue to foster the reading and writing of contemporary poetry by making a tax deductible contribution. Your gift makes it possible for us to bring over 160 poets to perform at the Project each year. A donation of $1,000 can cover basic expenses for the 6 poets we typically host in 1 week. A donation of $5,000 can help pay the gifted poets who lead our workshop program. Of course, a donation of any amount has an impact.
We believe that performing one’s poetry is vital to our culture, an action that has the power to transform both the performer and you, the audience. Creating time, space, and payment for poets to do this work is at the heart of The Poetry Project’s existence.
As a token of our thanks, we’ll send you a lovely letter-pressed card that juxtaposes a quote from Leslie Scalapino with a quote from Daito Kokushi. This special edition card was designed by Edwin Torres and printed by Rich O’Russa at Center for Book Arts. In addition, we have a special offer for current Project members: you can renew your annual membership now, and we won’t trouble you next year when your current membership expires; we’ll simply add your additional year at that time.
I hope that you will be able to join us for some of our upcoming events, and I wish you all the best in 2014.
Director of The Poetry Project
Traditionally, the last poem of The Poetry Project’s New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading is read by our Director, Stacy Szymaszek. For the second year in a row, Stacy has decided to share her good fortune. We are excited to announce the Project’s “Win the Director’s Lucky Reading Spot Contest”!
The rules: Send us your poem. If we believe it is short enough to be read in two minutes, it will be entered into the contest. The winner will be selected based on any number of yet-to-be-determined factors, but most likely it will involve a lot of passion, partisanship and bickering. Don’t you want to be a part of that? Enter now!!!
- Email submissions (only) to email@example.com by DECEMBER 9th. Write “Contest” in the subject line.
- The winner will be announced on our blog and via our e-blast before the event.
- Anyone may enter our contest, provided the winner be in New York City for New Year’s Day and can stay until it’s over.
Art by Jim Behrle, a dedicated Annual New Year's Day Marathon Volunteer
The Poetry Project’s Annual New Year’s Day Marathon will turn 40 this year and we’re going to need all the help we can get to celebrate its legacy and, most importantly, raise enough funds to support the 160+ readers and performers who present their work at our 80-90 events every season!
Typically, 80 or more volunteers are on deck throughout the day to help with set-up, reader/performer check-in, selling the hundreds of awesome, generously donated books, chaps, and mags at our impromptu bookstore, dishing up donated food and bevs from local purveyors of yum, and helping us clean it all up at the end. In exchange for a 2 hour shift, there’s free admission in it for all of our volunteers.
We’ve been grateful to have had the support of a really terrific bunch of neighborhood food and beverage donors, as well as book donors from across the country, throughout the years. For them we have extreme gratitude – and we’re always looking to expand with the generosity of new donors, too.
If you’re interested in donating food from your restaurant, cafe, bakery or publications put out by your small press, we would be honored. We thank our all of our New Year’s Day donors with generous, grateful public acknowledgement.
If you’re interested in volunteering or donating books, food, and/or other delectables, please contact Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Poetry Project will host a panel discussion, At Once Yet Separate: Poet-Artist Collaboration and the Work of Leslie Scalapino, on Wednesday, October 23rd at 8pm in the Parish Hall of St. Mark’s Church. The film WAY will be shown on Thursday, October 24th at 7pm and 9pm at Anthology Film Archive. Below is more information on the film!
(produced and directed by Konrad Steiner; text and voice by Leslie Scalapino)
“The project was to create in cinematic space, where images are braided with speech, a way for visual and verbal work to interact without subordinating one to the other.” –Konrad SteinerIn 1999 Konrad Steiner and Leslie Scalapino agreed to collaborate on a film. At LS’s home they recorded her reading the book-length poem, way (1988). Everything audible during their session was captured on tape, including the ambient household and neighborhood sounds. Using this recording as a soundtrack, over the next 12 years KS produced a suite of six films, corresponding to the sections of the poem. The complete film sets the language and vision of this kaleidoscopic poem in conversation with a panoptic montage that includes San Francisco street and bar life during the dot-com boom, leaked clips from the Iraq war, television, Hollywood imagery, and the very patterns underlying computer encoded video. While the individual sections have been shown on video occasionally over the years, this program is the premiere NY screening of the full film presented on 35mm film.
Here is Krystal Languell making her appearance in the Monday Night Reading Series (10/14/13) as part of her Emerge-Surface-Be Fellowship. Photo taken by fellow Fellow, Guillermo Filice Castro. So fellowy!
Anselm Hollo Tribute: Online supplement to The Poetry Project Newsletter (#236)featuring Jane Dalrymple-Hollo, Ed Sanders, Reed Bye, Simon Pettet & Anne Waldman
In the Company of Poets
First read at the Poetry Project on the occasion of the Anselm Hollo Tribute Reading, June 5, 2013
When Anselm and I began our relationship thirty years ago, he was 48 and I was 28. I had been fortunate not to have lost any close friends up until then, but the deaths of my two grandmothers, the only grandparents I remember well, were strangely synchronized, occurring within six weeks of one another. I was in college, and the one-two blow of that loss was so traumatic to my family that my parents and sisters and I all mourned separately, as if we were strangers. I had learned to guard my heartstrings carefully, so, when Anselm told me about the death of his dear friend, Ted Berrigan, just one month before we met, I realize now that I could barely comprehend the import of such a loss.
Dear Friend of The Poetry Project,
If you’re not a card-carrying member of The Poetry Project, now is the ideal time to join: First time members who join The Poetry Project this September as Individual-level Members ($50) will receive a free upgrade to a Supporting-level Membership ($95) – which translates to free admission to all general readings for one year! Returning members, check out our variety of membership levels and benefits here to chose the one that’s right for you.
Since 1966 we’ve worked hard to make The Poetry Project a site of artistic encouragement and opportunity for readers, writers, and listeners alike. Allen Ginsberg felt that attending readings at the Project “…was part of my education, part of my resources. Networking in that open community was intricately involved with private and public life.”
Whatever your motivation for returning to the Parish Hall time after time, when you support the Project, you support a vital space for the avant-garde spirit of poetry into the future.
Director of The Poetry Project
There are few contemporary poets who have influenced the reading, writing and teaching of poetry as deeply as Bernadette Mayer. “Song for Bernadette” is a benefit for her. All proceeds will be donated to “The Friends of Bernadette Mayer Fund” and will help her keep warm and focused on writing throughout the winter.
Featuring Douglas Dunn, Yoshiko Chuma, Sally Silvers, Anne Waldman, Arthur’s Landing, Ernie Brooks, Aziza and the Cure, Bill Berkson, Daniel Carter, Elodie Lauten, Nirosta Steel, Nada Gordon, Brenda Coultas, Stacy Szymaszek, Lee Ann Brown, Steven Taylor and more TBA. With DJ David Marine (Buddhist Army) and a video, a turn in air: an impossibility, by: Tooth, Sophia Wang, Jon Demiglio, and Bernadette Mayer and more TBA. Guest curated by Steven Hall.
Bernadette Mayer outside St.
(C) 2011 Lawrence Schwartzwald
If you want to help but can’t attend the event, you can send a check to:
Committee on Poetry
P.O. Box 582
Stuyvesant Station, New York, NY 10009-0582
All donations are tax-deductible. Checks should be written out to Committee on Poetry, with Friends of Bernadette Mayer Fund written on the memo.