Jan 16: Love Among the Ruins

Daniel Lin has a chapbook, TINDER, from Nightboat Books, and he's published poems in Waccamaw, Unsplendid, Realpoetik, Agni, Chelsea and Notre Dame Review. He edits Love Among the Ruins, which recently published books by Ernest Hilbert, Heather Green, and Laura Jaramillo.

Heather Green’s poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Octopus, Tarpaulin Sky, and other journals. Her translations of Tristan Tzara recently appeared in Open Letters Monthly. Early in 2009, Dancing Girl Press published her chapbook, The Match Array.

Laura Jaramillo is a poet from Queens. She is the author of The Reactionary Poems (Olywa Press) and The Civilian Nest (Love Among the Ruins Press).


Dec 12: Bloch, Foster, Gallagher

Kristen Gallagher is from Philadelphia and now lives in New York where she teaches at LaGuardia Community College. Her book Reading a Map will come out in Spring 2010.

Julia Bloch's poems have appeared recently in Cue, The Sidebrow Anthology, and Cricket Online Review; she has reviewed poetry recently for How2, New Review of Literature, and Sentence. Her chapbook The Selfist is forthcoming from Katalanché Press; the title poem of that manuscript was set to music and performed at the Kimmel Center by the Network for New Music (sung by a baritone).

Tonya Foster is the author of A Swarm of Bees in High Court, a Belladonna chapbook, and is currently completing A Mathematics of Chaos, a cross-genre, multi-media piece on New Orleans, and Monkey Talk, an inter-genre piece about race, paranoia, and surveillance, and A History of the Bitch, a collection of poems. A native of New Orleans, she resides and writes in Harlem.


Nov 21: Betts, Meora, Siegell

Tara Betts is the author of Arc and Hue. She is a Cave Canem fellow. Her work appears in numerous publications such as Ninth Letter, Callaloo, Hanging Loose, andGathering Ground. She currently teaches at Rutgers University and leads community-based workshops. For more information, visit her website.

Adam Meora is the director of poetic arts performance project, a multi-venue, non profit that runs poetic events, including the only ongoing symposium series for poets in Philly. He has been featured at the Tin Angel, The Rotunda, the Philadelphia Free Library and many other venues. He has been a member of the poeticpolitical group Arsenic Pizza as well the poetic performance group the Unfuckwittables. He has been published but does not enjoy sitting still long enough to decipher which poems will be neatly packaged, even for his avant garde fantasy mags...so instead he has decided to let them collect in his email inbox. If you want to see him after this reading...look on you tube...his ninth grade students made fun of him for a week about one of his readings.

Paul Siegell is the author of 2009's jambandbootleg and 2008's Poemergency Room. He is a copywriter at The Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News, a staff editor at Painted Bride Quarterly, and has contributed to The American Poetry Review, Coconut, Rattle and many other fine journals. For more information, visit Paul's website.


Nov 7: McCreary, Higdon, Fugate

Jenn McCreary is the author of :ab ovo:, published by Dusie Press (2009). She is also the author of two chapbooks: errata stigmata (Potes & Poets Press), and four o'clock pocket chiming (Beautiful Swimmer Press); the e-chapbook :Maps & Legends: (Scantily Clad Press) and a doctrine of signatures (Singing Horse Press). Her poetry has been published in magazines including Combo, Lungfull!, Tool: A Magazine, POM2, So To Speak, Sous Rature, Tangent, & How2. She lives with her family in Philadelphia where she co-edits ixnay press with Chris McCreary, works for the Mural Arts Program, and serves on the board of the Philly Spells Writing Center.

Ethan Fugate lives, writes, and bikes in New York City with his partner Allison, Elvis, the daschund, Coltrane, the beagle, and Noodle, the alleycat. They all get along famously for the most part. His work has appeared most recently in The Brooklyn Rail, The Boog City Reader, Shampoo Poetry, and Puppyflowers. He is co-editor of the journal Pom2, which has been in a state suspended animation for a couple of years now. Ethan has been obsessively documenting his cycling commute with photographs for the past year and is currently working on an ekphrastic translation of those photos.

Hailey Higdon is the author of The Palinode Project. She is originally from Nashville, Tennessee and has lived and worked in many places, including Boston, Madison WI, and parts of South Africa. She now lives in Philadelphia, where she teaches pre-kindergarten. Recently she started what to us (press) and released the chapbook The Third Word, by Lewis Freedman, in February 2009.


Oct 24: Osman, Gizzi, Watson

Jena Osman's books of poetry include The Character, An Essay in Asterisks, and the forthcoming The Network (winner of the 2009 National Poetry Series). An excerpt from "Public Figures," her continuing project on statuary in Philadelphia, can be found in the online journal HOW2 (vol. 3, issue 1). She co-edits the ChainLinks book series with Juliana Spahr and teaches in the Creative Writing program at Temple University.

Craig Watson has been a theater manager, corporate executive, technical writer, volunteer fire fighter, strategic consultant and college instructor, among other vocations. Currently, he serves as an associate artistic director for a professional theater in Rhode Island. His eleven books of poetry began with Drawing A Blank (Singing Horse Press, 1980) and most recently include True News (Instance, 2002) and Secret Histories (Burning Deck, 2007). He lives on an island at the mouth of Narragansett Bay.

Michael Gizzi studied poetry at Brown University, and worked as an arborist in Southern New England in the 1970’s. In the early 1980’s he migrated to the Berkshire Hills, where he began teaching. For the next twenty years he coordinated poetry readings and edited lingo magazine and Hard Press, which published, among others, Bernadette Mayer and Jim Brodey. Back in Rhode Island, he continued publishing, with Craig Watson, the imprint Qua Books. His most recent collections are My Terza Rima (The Figures, 2001) and New Depths of Deadpan (Burning Deck, 2009).


Oct 10: Arrieu-King, Giffin, Hosea

Cynthia Arrieu-King is an assistant professor of creative writing at Stockton College. Her chapbook The Small Anything City won the Dream Horse Press National Chapbook Prize in 2006 and her poems are forthcoming this year in Witness, Boston Review, Fou Magazine, Harp and Altar, and Forklift, Ohio.

Lawrence Giffin is the author of the chapbook Get the fuck back into that burning plane, from Ugly Duckling Presse, and a member of the loose publishing collective Lil' Norton, where he edits the Physical Poets Home Library.

Chris Hosea's poems appear in LIT, Swerve, VOLT, Denver Quarterly, Harvard Review, Iowa Review, Article and The Literary Review. With Cecily Iddings, he is co-editor of The Blue Letter, a free direct-mail poetry newsletter. He lives in Brooklyn.


Sept 26: Carr, Lowinger, Dolph

Angela Carr is a poet and translator based in Montréal. She is the author of The Rose Concordance (Bookthug 2009), A Short Excerpt from the Complete History of the Beautiful Risk (Beautiful Outlaw Press 2009), Ropewalk (2006), and contributed to Translating Translating Montréal.

Aaron Lowinger grew up in a religious household in America, with family dinners and sports. As a young adult, a series of relationships and travels began to write its own poetry. As a member of House Press, a feeling of deep connection to anything and everything was wildly encouraged and spurred on by self-publication. He lives with his family in his hometown of Buffalo, NY where he co-curates a monthly poetry event and stalks the cracks along the Niagara River.

Steve Dolph is a translator from the Spanish. His translation of Juan José Saer's Glosa will be published in 2010 by Open Letter. He's currently at work on translations of work by the scatological/eschatological Argentine poet Osvaldo Lamborghini with his friend, poet Brandon Holmquest.


Sept 12: Heinowitz, Laynor, Davisson

Cole Heinowitz is the author of two books of poetry, Daily Chimera (Incommunicado Press, 1995) and The Rubicon (The Rest Press, 2008), and the chapbook, Stunning in Muscle Hospital (Detour Press, 2002). Her poems have appeared in journals including Fence, The Poker, The Brooklyn Rail, HOW2, Canwehaveourballback, 6X6, Factorial!, Highway Robbery, and Mirage 4 Period(ical). Her book-length study, Spanish America and British Romanticism, 1777-1826: Rewriting Conquest will appear from Edinburgh University Press in December 2009. Cole is Assistant Professor of Literature at Bard College.

Ian Davisson is a Masters student at Temple University. His work has appeared both online and in print in places like Fence, word for/word, The Denver Quarterly, and Lamination Colony. He lives in Rittenhouse with all the lawyers and investment bankers, and cleans up after their children at the Lombard Swim Club.

Gregory Laynor is an academic poet, currently at Temple University. His reading of Gertrude Stein's The Making of Americans appears on UbuWeb.


Aug 29: Lucy & Olsen

Geoffrey Olsen is the author of End Notebook (Petrichord Books). He lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and works at the Cooper Union.

Patrick Lucy is a member of the New Philadelphia Poets, a group committed to advancing poetry, space and community in Philadelphia. His work has appeared recently in the Corduroy Mtn and Ink Node (featured). His chapbook, WILLIAM, is forthcoming from Con/Crescent Press. Patrick's disembodied press & blog, _Catch/Confetti, produces poetry ephemera and comment. He lives in Fishtown and runs a web development company called Nimblelight.


The New Season

Chapter and Verse will kick up again on August 29th, 2009 at 8pm, and there will be a reading every other Saturday throughout the Fall. More details soon.


May 23: Pettet & Sherlock

The season finale of Chapter & Verse will be part of a poetry double-header which begins at 5pm at Fergie's Pub with Brenda Iijima and Yedda Morrison, hosted by New Philadelphia Poets. Then we'll go a few blocks down to the Chapterhouse to hear Frank Sherlock and Simon Pettet.

Frank Sherlock is a native Philadelphian, author of Over Here and Ready-To-Eat Individual, a collaboration written with Brett Evans about New Orleans in the Year 1 A.K. (After Katrina). You can listen to his work at PennSound.

Simon Pettet is a poet from New York. HEARTH, a book that collects three decades' worth of poetry, came out this year from Talisman House. An essay about HEARTH can be read here. You can listen to an interview with Pettet here and read an interview in Brooklyn Rail here. Pettet is also the author of several collaborative volumes (including Talking Pictures, and Conversations About Everything, with Rudy Burckhardt), and is currently co-editing, with James Meetze, Other Flowers: The UnCollected Poems of James Schuyler.


May 9: Baus, Klein, Saterstrom

Ish Klein is a self-taught film and puppet maker who also writes poems. She is an alumna of Columbia University and the Iowa Writer's Workshop for Poetry. In 2005, she was awarded the National Endowment of the Arts Digital Filmmaker Residency. Her poems have been published in Bridge,The Canary, Gare du Nord, and more recently in Hat magazine, X-connect, Big Bridge, Spork and Gut Cult. Her new book, UNION!, is just out from Canarium Press. Watch Ish Klein read her poem "I'm amazing, I'm a fireman."

Selah Saterstrom is the author of The Pink Institution and The Meat and Spirit Plan. A Mississippi native, she is currently on the faculty of The University of Denver's Creative Writing Program.

Eric Baus was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1975. His publications include Tuned Droves (Octopus Books, 2009), The To Sound (Verse Press, 2004; Winner of the 2002 Verse Press, selected by Forrest Gander), and the chapbooks The Space Between Magnets (Diaeresis), A Swarm In The Aperture (Margin to Margin), and Something Else The Music Was (Braincase Press). He edits Minus House chapbooks, and currently lives in Denver. More information about Eric Baus can be found at To the Sound.


April 25: Lee, Fletcher, Goldblatt

Eli Goldblatt’s poems have appeared in journals such as Cincinnati Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Hambone, Hubbub, 6ix, and 88. His book-length volumes include Herakles: A Verse Play (Tamarisk, 1981), Sessions 1-62 (Chax, 1991), Speech Acts (Chax, 1999), and Without a Trace (Singing Horse, 2001). In addition, Goldblatt has published two children's books, Leo Loves Round and Lissa and the Moon's Sheep. He is currently working on a literacy autobiography called Writing Home as well as a poetry manuscript entitled A Slender Singer: Early and Recent Poems. Goldblatt has published books and articles in composition/rhetoric as well; his new book is Because We Live Here: Sponsoring Literacy beyond the College Curriculum. He is a professor of English at Temple University.

Sueyeun Juliette Lee is a poet who lives in Philadelphia. She is the author of that gorgeous feeling (Coconut, 2009) and Mental Commitment Robots (Yo-Yo Labs, 2007). She also runs Corollary Press. For links to some of her poems, click here.

sasha fletcher has a BFA in ceramics from Tyler School of Art. He lives in South Philadelphia. He guts and sells fish. In the fall he will be an MFA candidate in poetry at Columbia University up there in New York City. For links to his work, visit his blog, an ice cold coca cola.


April 11: Dinh, Mir, Yearous-Algozin

Joey Yearous-Algozin lives in Philadelphia, where he is a graduate student in Poetry at Temple University. His work is forthcoming or has appeared in For(a)ge and The Robert Walser Society of Western Massachussets. His current project, TOWARDS DAYS, is accessible from his blog, LEAN-TO.

Stan Mir is the author of the forthcoming chapbook Flight Patterns (JR Van Sant) and the recipient of the 2008 Transcontinental Poetry Award from Pavement Saw Press for his manuscript The Lacustrine Suite, which will be published in March 2010. His work can be read in Fascicle, Octopus, word for/word, the ixnay reader, and elsewhere. He lives in the Germantown section of Philadelphia where he listens to people talk.

Linh Dinh is the author of two collections of stories, Fake House and Blood and Soap, four books of poems, All Around What Empties Out, American Tatts, Borderless Bodies and Jam Alerts, and a novel, Love Like Hate. He is also the editor of two anthologies of Vietnamese writers and poets. He maintains a blog, Detainees.


March 28: Gery, Sullivan, Taransky

Michelle Taransky's first book, Barn Burned, Then, was selected by Marjorie Welish for the 2008 Omnidawn Poetry Prize and will be published in September 2009. Taransky works at Kelly Writers House and, with Emily Pettit, coordinates the Whenever We Feel Like It Reading Series.

John Gery is a poet and critic of modern and contemporary poetry. His books include Charlemagne: A Song of Gestures, The Enemies of Leisure, American Ghost: Selected Poems (English-Serbian, translated by Biljana Obradovic), Davenport’s Version, A Gallery of Ghosts, and Nuclear Annihilation and Contemporary American Poetry: Ways of Nothingness. His poetry, criticism, and reviews have appeared throughout the U.S. and Europe, including in Callaloo, New Orleans Review, Paideuma, Paris Review, and West Branch. He has done collaborative translations of works from Serbian, Armenian, Chinese, and French, and his own work has been translated into Serbian, Italian, Chinese, Romanian, Bengali, and Farsi. A Research Professor of English at the University of New Orleans, he also directs the Ezra Pound Center for Literature, Brunnenburg, Italy. He lives in New Orleans with his wife, poet Biljana Obradovic, and their son Petar.

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan is from Harlem, New York. Her fiction has appeared and/or is forthcoming in the anthologies, Baby Remember My Name and X-24 Unclassified, as well as in the literary journals Crab Orchard Review, BLOOM, Philadelphia Stories online, Lumina, Amistad, Baobab South African Journal and others. She has received honors and awards from The Boston Fiction Festival, New World Theater, the NAACP, and other organizations. She received the 2008 Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award for her short story, “A Strange People,” and her full-length play, “Two Rings” was a finalist for the 2009 Downtown Urban Theatre Festival in New York City. She is currently working on a Ph.D. in English at the University of Pennsylvania.


March 14: Featherston, Russell, Van Winckel

Dan Featherston is a scholar of modern and contemporary American literature and a poet whose books include The Clock Maker’s Memoir (Cuneiform Press, 2007), United States (Factory School, 2005), Into the Earth (Quarry Press, 2005) and The Radiant World (BlazeVox), which will be published later this year. He is currently a visiting assistant professor in the First-Year Writing Program at Temple University. He lives in Philadelphia with Rachel McCrystal and their dog Fredo. You can read some of Dan Featherston's work in Milk Magazine and on his blog.

Jacob Russell lives in South Philly. He loves dogs, playing chess & barroom pool. He wrote his first poem in second grade and spent the next 40 years thinking about it--it was a traumatic experience. At age 48, he quit procrastinating and got to work. He has written 47 volumes, 5,675 pages of journal entries; published short stories and poetry in various lit mags while collecting 1,594 rejection slips; took 8 years to write his first novel; second one is still W.I.P. He keeps a lit blog, Jacob Russell's Barking Dog, and has not given up hope that someone will publish his novels before he dies.

Nance Van Winckel's fifth collection of poems, No Starling, is recently out from U. of Washington Press. She is the recipient of two NEA Poetry Fellowships and awards from the Poetry Society of America, Poetry, and Prairie Schooner. New poems appear in The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, Poetry Northwest, Crazyhorse, Field, and Gettysburg Review. She is also the author of three collections of short fiction, most recently Curtain Creek Farm from Persea Books/Norton. She teaches in the MFA Programs at Eastern Washington University and Vermont College and is currently the Stadler Poet in Residence at Bucknell.


Feb 28: Klassnik, Hess, Conrad

Rauan Klassnik's first book, Holy Land, was published in 2008 by Black Ocean. His poems have appeared (or are forthcoming) in The Mississippi Review, The North American Review, Sleepingfish, MiPoesias, No Tell Motel, Sentence, Forklift, and elsewhere. He blogs regularly (if not intelligently) at rauanklassnik.blogspot.com.

Mickey Hess is the author of Big Wheel at the Cracker Factory, Is Hip Hop Dead? and Icons of Hip Hop. He is an English professor at Rider University.

CAConrad is the son of white trash asphyxiation whose childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. He escaped to Philadelphia where he lives and writes with the PhillySound poets. He is the author of Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006), (Soma)tic Midge (FAUX Press, 2008), The Book of Frank (Chax Press, 2008), advanced ELVIS course (Soft Skull Press, 2009), and a collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock titled THE CITY REAL & IMAGINED: Philadelphia Poems (Factory School Press, 2009).


Feb 14: Release of Calque #5

Come listen to readings by Jennifer Hayashida, Sandra Newman, and Brandon Holmquest as we celebrate the release of the final issue of Calque, a journal of literature in translation.

Jennifer Hayashida
is a poet and translator. She was born in Oakland, California, and grew up in the suburbs of Stockholm and San Francisco. She has translated Fredrik Nyberg's A Different Practice (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2007) and Eva Sjödin's Inner China (Litmus Press, 2005). She is Director of the Asian American Studies Program at Hunter College in New York. This year, she is a Writer-in-Residence through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program, where she is working on an experimental prose piece centering on the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.

Sandra Newman is the author of the novels The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done and Cake. Her memoir, Folk Tales of the Rich, is due to be published by Random House in 2010.

Brandon Holmquest is co-editor of Calque. His essays can be read online in English and in Spanish.


Jan 31: Jones, Regan, Skaja

Quincy Scott Jones earned a Bachelor's degree from Brown University, a Master's degree from Temple University, and $100 once working as supermarket clown. He is an Adjunct Professor at Arcadia University where this semester he is teaching writing, performance poetry, and something called "Politics & Poetics (or What Hip-Hop Was Suppose to Be)". March 28th he will be (co)hosting this year's Light of Unity Festival, an afternoon of artistic expression celebrating cultural, political, and aesthetic diversity.

Emily Skaja is obsessed with shades of plum and surrealism. She dislikes artichokes.

Duncan Regan is from St. Augustine, Florida. He can wear several pairs of pants at once, and there are poets who can attest to this. He spent time in Boone, North Carolina, where he got a degree from Appalachian State University. Now he lives in Philadelphia with a banana plant, but if he puts it in a bigger pot . . .