May 8: Conner, Maugeri, Ostashevsky

Eugene Ostashevsky is a Russian-born American poet from New York City. His poetry books include Iterature and The Life and Opinions of DJ Spinoza, which employs characters such as MC Squared, Peepeesaurus, the Begriffon and, of course, DJ Spinoza, to explore the shortcomings of axiomatic systems with the insouciance and energy of Saturday-morning cartoons. He has edited an English-language anthology of Russian absurdist writings of the 1930s by such authors as Alexander Vvedensky and Daniil Kharms. His PhD dissertation was on the history of zero. He teaches at New York University.

Carolina Maugeri: Transcription, auto-correction, revision, & improvisation, & the personal-to-cultural tensions & histrionics that arise from such activities, make up her main poetic preoccupations. In addition to writing, she likes to make music, surveys, sketches, &
explores sound & textures through vocal phonic utterances, typewriter taps, multi-instrumental manipulations within interrupted songscapes. She lives in Philadelphia, where she teaches writing & literature to visual artists at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Kyle Conner is a poet who works and lives in Philadelphia with his keeshond Sam. His chapbooks are: Songs for South St. Bridge (1996), The Pulverized Thing of Doubt (2002), Toward Belief (2005) and breaths for f l e s h (2008). He has been involved with the Philadelphia literary scene for over 15 years and has given numerous readings in various venues. He co-curated the Highwire Reading Series from 1998-2000 and is the nominal spokesman for the theory of “Oughtism” (because you Ought to know), which makes the obvious explicit: that art is never more or less than an extension of the way one chooses to live one’s life.