Housework at Chapterhouse: a new reading series

Chapter & Verse wrapped up its 9-year run back in May, but poetry continues at the Chapterhouse Cafe--check out Housework at Chapterhouse, which started this Fall!


May 16: Alexander, Browne, Turner

Will Alexander is the author of over 20 books in multiple genres. Aborginal Salt: Early Divinations, a compendium of early work is due out from White Print Inc in Detroit, as well as a 2nd edition of Towards The Primeval Lightning Field to be published by Litmus Press. Winner of a 2013 American Book Award for his book of essays Singing In Magnetic Hoofbeat, he continues to draw in pencil while typing his second book of plays. He is also the author of Asia & Haiti (Sun & Moon, 1995), The Sri Lankan Loxodrome (New Directions, 2009), and Compression & Purity (City Lights Spotlight Series, 2011).

Laynie Browne is the author of twelve collections of poetry and two novels. Her most recent collections of poems include P R A C T I C E (SplitLevel 2015), Scorpyn Odes (Kore Press 2015) and Lost Parkour Ps(alms), in two editions, one in English, and another in French, from Presses universitaires de Rouen et du Havré (2014). She is a 2014 Pew Fellow. Forthcoming books include an electronic chapbook, Deciduous Letters to Invisible Beloveds (Essay Press) and Amulet Sonnets (LRL Textile Series).

Matt Turner (b. 1974, Omaha, NE) is a poet and educator who divides his time between New York City and Beijing. He works at the China Institute, where he lectures on Chinese aesthetics and philosophy. He holds degrees in creative writing, Classical Chinese, and philosophy. His work can be found, recently, in Revolution John, Cha, on Dennis Cooper’s blog, and in the anthology Ancient Party: Collaborations in Baltimore, 2000-2010.


April 24: Yau, Hyland, Neuman

John Yau has published books of poetry, fiction, and art criticism. Recent publications include Further Adventures in Monochrome (Copper Canyon, 2012), A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns (D.A.P/Distributed Arts Publishers, 2008) and Exhibits (Letter Machine Editions, 2010). In 1999, he started Black Square Editions, a small press devoted to poetry, fiction, translation, and criticism. He was the Arts Editor for the Brooklyn Rail (2007-2011) before he began writing regularly for Hyperallergic Weekend.

Laura Neuman is a poet and teacher living in Philadelphia. Her poetry book, Stop the Ocean, was published by Stockport Flats in 2014. Ze is also the author of a chapbook, The Busy Life (Gazing Grain Press). Poems have appeared in Troubling the Line, Fact-Similie, La Norda Specialo, XPoetics, Jupiter 88, The Brooklyn Rail, and Small Portions. This winter, she forayed into GRIT, an experimental process-based exchange with Philadelphia-based dancer and choreographer Greg Holt. 

John Hyland recently relocated to the Philadelphia area from Buffalo where he completed a PhD in English and performed with the Buffalo Poets Theater. He currently teaches at Haverford College. Habenicht Press recently published his chapbook, The Novice.


April 4: Sherlock, Soto-Román, Longmire

Carlos Soto-Román is a poet and translator. A former resident of Philadelphia, PA, he now hails from Santiago, Chile. He has published in Chile: La Marcha de los Quiltros (1999), Haikú Minero (2007), Cambio y Fuera (2009), and in the US: Philadelphia’s Notebooks (Otoliths, 2011), Chile Project: [Re-classified] (Gauss-PDF, 2013), Alternative Set of Procedures (Corollary Press, 2014) and The Exit Strategy (Belladonna, 2014). As a translator he published an expanded Spanish edition of Do or DIY (Das Kapital, 2013), a collective essay written by Craig Dworkin, Simon Morris, and Nick Thurston. He is also the curator of the cooperative anthology of contemporary US poetry Elective Affinities

Warren Longmire is a web programmer, game developer, performance poet and part-time philosopher. He's been published in Apiary Magazine, Painted Bride Quarterly, Metropolary, Eleven Eleven and two chapbooks: Ripped Winters and Do.Until.True, but what he really wants to do is direct. He currently resides in a nameless part of Philly across from a former mausoleum with one roommate, one bluetooth karaoke machine and a pet python named Fugee. You can find his writings, essays, videos and sounds at dountiltrue.tumblr.com and soundcloud.com/wclongmire.

Frank Sherlock is the 2014-15 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. He approaches the work of poet as conduit, and the writing process as collaborations of encounter. He is a founder of PACE (Poet Activist Community Extension), which enacts roving guerilla readings/performances in public space. Poems beyond the page have found their forms in installations/performances/exhibitions, including Refuse/Reuse: Language for the Common Landfill, Kensington Riots Project, Neighbor Ballads, and B. Franklin Basement Tapes. He's the author of Space Between These Lines Not Dedicated (ixnay press 2014) and other books. He is a 2013 Pew Fellow in the Arts for Literature.


March 7: Walters, Abendroth, Sogumi

Wendy S. Walters is the author of the forthcoming book of essays, Multiply/Divide (Sarabande, 2015); two collections of poems, Troy, Michigan (Futurepoem, 2014) and Longer I Wait, More You Love Me (Palm Press, 2009); and a chapbook. In June of 2013 she directed “Out of Regiment, A Project in Personal Mapping,” a community installation in an abandoned house on Governor’s Island in New York Harbor, as part of Writing on It All. Walters was a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Poetry, and her work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Bookforum, FENCE, and Harper’s Magazine. She is Associate Professor of creative writing and literature at Eugene Lang College of The New School University in the city of New York.

Emily Abendroth is a poet, teacher and anti-prison activist. Much of her creative work attempts to investigate state regimes of force and power, as well as individual and collective resistance strategies to the same. Her poetry book, ]Exclosures[, was released from Ahsahta Press in May 2014. Her writings are often published in limited edition, handcrafted chapbooks by small and micropresses such as Belladonna (New York), Horse Less Press (Denver), Little Red Leaves (Texas), Albion Press (Philadelphia), and Zumbar Press (San Francisco). Recent work can be found in Aufgabe, Conveyor, XPoetics, Thermos, Women's Studies Quarterly, OmniVerse, Jacket2, EcoPoetics, and Encyclopedia.

Oki Sogumi was born in Seoul, lives in Philadelphia (recently transplanted from Oakland), and writes poetry, speculative fiction, and into little boxes on the internet. Recent work can be read in Drunken Boat and Tripwire. She dreams commune dreams.


Feb 28: Your Language--My Ear: Russian & American Poets at Close Quarters

PLEASE NOTE: This event has an earlier start time than all of our other Chapterhouse events. We will begin at 6:30PM and end around 8:30PM.

Your Language—My Ear: Russian and American Poets at Close Quarters

A bilingual reading in Russian and English of poetry, by five leading Russian poets from points across the geography of the Russian-Speaking world. This reading presents (some of) the fruits of an intense workshop on poetic translation that is taking place at the University of Pennsylvania from February 26-28, with support of that University’s Kelly Writers House, Slavic Department, Program in Comparative Literature and a Cross-Cultural Conference Grant sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The five featured Russian language poets include:

Shamshad Abdullaev (Fergana, Uzbekistan) was born November 1, 1957 in Fergana, Uzbekistan. He graduated from the Fergana Pedagogical Institute in 1979 with a degree in Russian literature. The founder of the “Fergana School” of Russophone poetry, he is the author of four books of poetry, including most recently Approach of Borderlands (2013) and two books of essays. 

Polina Barskova (Massachusetts, USA) was born in Petersburg, Russia in 1976. She arrived to the United States in 1998 to enter Graduate School in Russian Literature at UC Berkeley. She has published eight books of poetry in Russian and three in English translation — This Lamentable City (Tupelo Press, 2010), The Zoo in Winter (Melville Press, 2011), and Relocations (Zephyr Press, 2013). Her recent book of prose Tableaux Vivants (2014), published in Petersburg, explores the possibility of a dialogue with historical trauma im/possible today for a Russian/American subject and agent of memory. 

Keti Chukhrov (Moscow) – ScD in philosophy, an associate professor at the Department of Art Theory and Cultural Studies at the Russian State University for the Humanities and a head of the Theory Department at the National Center for Contemporary Art. Her full-length books include: To Be – To Perform. ‘Theatre’ in Philosophical Criticism of Art (2011); Pound &£ (1999), and two volumes of dramatic poetry: Just Humans (2010) and War of Quantities (2004). 

Alexandra Petrova (Rome) was born in Saint Petersburg when it still was called Leningrad, she studied in Tartu, and in 1993 she immigrated to Jerusalem. Since 1998 she has lived in Rome. Her three volumes of poetry are Liniia otryva (in English “Point of Detachment” or “Edge of the Precipice,” 1994), Vid na zhitel’stvo (“License to Live,” “Residence Permit” or “A View on Existence” with introduction by Alexandr Goldshtejn, 1999), Tol’ko derevia (“Only the trees,” introduction by Stephanie Sandler, 2008). She has also published in 2001 a philosophical operetta entitled Pastukhi Dolly (“The Shepherd of Dolly), a play in ten acts that recounts a tale of cloning in pastoral terms.

Alexander Skidan (St. Petersburg) was born in Leningrad in 1965. Skidan attended The Free University (1989–1992), while working as a stoker in the boiler house (1985–2002). His poetry collections include Delirium (1993), In the Re-Reading (1998), Red Shifting (2005) and most recently Dissolution (2010). He is also the author of three books of essays, Critical Mass (1995), The Resistance to/of Poetry (2001), Sum of Poetics (2013) and Theses Toward Politicization of Art (2014). He has translated contemporary American poetry and fiction into Russiаn, as well as theoretical works of Paul de Man, J. Hillis Miller, Jean-Luc Nancy, Paolo Virno, Gerald Raunig. 

For information about the entire program: https://kevinmfplatt.wordpress.com/


Nov 22: Myers & Spagnoli

Gina Myers is the author of A Model Year (Coconut Books, 2009) and Hold It Down (Coconut Books, 2013), as well as numerous chapbooks. Originally from Saginaw, MI, she lives in Philadelphia where she edits Lame House Press, serves as Senior Editor at Coconut Magazine, and works in media communications.

Laura Spagnoli is the author of the chapbook My Dazzledent Days (ixnay press). Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Bedfellows, Trinity Review, and The Literary Review. She lives in Philadelphia and teaches French at Temple University.


Oct 25: Baus, Svalina, Ruocco, Steinberg

Eric Baus is the author of The Tranquilized Tongue (City Lights), Scared Text (Colorado State U. Press), Tuned Droves (Octopus Books), and The To Sound (Wave Books). He teaches at Regis University and lives in Denver, CO.

Mathias Svalina is the author of four books, most recently Wastoid from Big Lucks Books. He is an editor for Octopus Books & teaches writing in Denver.

Joanna Ruocco is the author of several books, including Dan (Dorothy Projects), A Compendium of Domestic Incidents (Noemi Press), and Another Governess / The Least Blacksmith: A Diptych (FC2). With Brian Conn, Ruocco co-edits the fiction journal Birkensnake.

Nicole Steinberg is the author of Getting Lucky (Spooky Girlfriend Press, 2013) and two chapbooks available in 2014: Undressing from dancing girl press and Clever Little Gang, winner of the Furniture Press 4X4 Chapbook Award. Her other publications include Forgotten Borough: Writers Come to Terms with Queens (SUNY Press, 2011) and Birds of Tokyo (dancing girl press, 2011). She's the founder of the EARSHOT reading series, based in Brooklyn, NY, and she lives in Philadelphia.


Sept 20: Waters, Bloch, Sadicario

Jacqueline Waters is the author of One Sleeps the Other Doesn't (Ugly Duckling Presse) and A Minute without Danger (Adventures in Poetry). Recent poems have appeared in The American Reader, Fanzine and Everyday Genius. She edits The Physiocrats, a pamphlet press.

Julia Bloch grew up in Northern California and Sydney, Australia. She is the author of Letters to Kelly Clarkson, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and Allison Corporation, forthcoming in April 2015 from Sidebrow. Other work has appeared recently in Fact-Simile, The Offending Adam and The Volta. She works as associate director of the Kelly Writers House, teaches literature and creative writing at Penn, and coedits Jacket2.

Jaclyn Sadicario is from New York but let's face it, she's a Philadelphia poet now. She is the co-editor of bedfellows, a small, Philadelphia based literary magazine focused on intimacy & relationships, which she co-edits alongside Alina Pleskova--the second issue of bedfellows was released in print June 2014 and will be hosted at bedfellowsmagazine.com starting September 21st in anticipation of Philalalia. Her work can be found in a recent pizza poem anthology entitled 'By the Slice' released in August 2014 from Spooky Girlfriend Press, trinity review, & mad house, among other places. If you want to see more of her work, offer to publish her manuscript or talk to her. She can't keep making Nicole Steinberg edit her weird poems.


May 31: Wallace, Osman, Devaney

Mark Wallace is the author and editor of more than fifteen books and chapbooks of poetry, fiction, and essays. Most recently he has published a book-length prose poem, Notes from the Center on Public Policy, and a novel, The Quarry and The Lot. He lives in San Diego, California, and teaches at California State University San Marcos.

Jena Osman's latest book is Corporate Relations, put out by Burning Deck Press last month. Burning Deck also published her first ever chapbook, Twelve Parts of Her, 25 years ago. Parts of Corporate Relations have been set to music by the composer Ted Hearne, and you can hear the piece performed by The Crossing on June 15 at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. Osman's other recent books include Public Figures and The Network. She teaches in the English Department at Temple, where she's currently the director of the MFA Creative Writing Program.

Thomas Devaney is the author of Calamity Jane (Furniture Press Books, 2014) and The Picture That Remains (The Print Center, 2014). He is the editor of ONandOnScreen and teaches at Haverford College.