4/28/10

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.

4/19/10

Apr 24: Holmquest & Warsh

Lewis Warsh is the author of numerous books of poetry, fiction and autobiography, including A Place in the Sun, Inseparable: Poems 1995-2005, Touch of the Whip, Avenue of Escape and Ted's Favorite Skirt. He is coeditor of The Angel Hair Anthology, editor and publisher of United Artists Books, and director of the MFA program in creative writing at Long Island University in Brooklyn.

Brandon Holmquest was born 1979, in Indiana. Teenage years up to early twenties Missouri. Three trips along the length of the Mississippi. Then three years in Chicago, two in Philadelphia, two and a half in New York. Currently in Philadelphia again. His books are Stereo Daguerreotype, The Sorrows of Young Worthless, and a translation of Manuel Maples Arce's City: Bolshevik Superpoem in 5 Cantos.

4/14/10

April 17: Audia, Berrigan, Weiser

Justin Audia lives in Philadelphia, where he co-curates the Moles Not Molar series and works in adult education from 9 o'clock in the morning until 5 o'clock in the afternoon. His writing has appeared somewhat recently in places like sidebrow and Pocket Myths. He still hopes to publish his first book before turning 12.

Anselm Berrigan's most recent book of poems is Free Cell, published by City Lights last fall. Other books include Zero Star Hotel and Some Notes on My Programming. Recent unpublished poems include Primitive State and Notes from Irrelevance, the titles of which indicate work moving further away from the saleable light. He is the poetry editor for The Brooklyn Rail, and a member of the subpress publishing collective, through which he published Selected Poems of Steve Carey last year.

Karen Weiser lives in New York City where she is studying for her doctorate in English. Her chapbooks include Placefullness and Eight Positive Trees, she has published in 6X6, Lungfull! Magazine and Cypress Magazine, and her new book, To Light Out, was just released by Ugly Duckling Press.