nov. 10, 2011

Hello Everyone,

See below for next week's events and visit our Program Calendar to see what the future holds.

Only four days left until our Public Access Poetry Kickstarter campaign expires. The heat is on, but we only have $451 left to go until we hit $3,800 and are FUNDED. Of course, if we don't reach our funding goal by then, we will lose all funds raised so far. The Public Access Poetry Kickstarter campaign was created to help raise money to fund the preservation and digitization of 15 remaining open-reel Public Access Poetry tapes. So far, 31 of the 46 donated tapes have been digitized and made accessible for streaming via The Poetry Project's website and PennSound. Please consider making a contribution of any amount (every dollar counts, especially now) to help make the remaining 15 episodes available. See down below for more info on the project and how you can help contribute to it. All generous givers so far, we'd like to thank you for your warm support!

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Coming Up @ The Poetry Project

Amaranth Borsuk & Kate Durbin

Amaranth Borsuk is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at MIT. She is the 2011 recipient of the Gulf Coast Poetry Prize for “A New Vessel,” selected by Ilya Kaminski. Together with Gabriela Jauregui she has translated the work of Oulipo poet Paul Braffort, selections of which have recently appeared in Western Humanities Review, Aufgabe, and Caketrain. She is the author of a chapbook, Tonal Saw (The Song Cave, 2010), and, with Kate Durbin, Excess Exhibit (forthcoming, ZG Press).

Kate Durbin is a Los Angeles-based writer and artist. She is author of The Ravenous Audience (Akashic Books, 2009), and, with Amaranth Borsuk, Excess Exhibit (Zg Press, forthcoming), as well as the conceptual fashion magazine The Fashion Issue (Zg Press, forthcoming), and four chapbooks: Fragments Found in a 1937 Aviator’s Boot (Dancing Girl Press, 2009), FASHIONWHORE (Legacy Pictures, 2010), The Polished You, as part of Vanessa Place’s Factory Series (oodpress, 2010), and Kept Women (Insert Press, forthcoming). Her projects have been featured in Spex, Huffington Post, The New Yorker, Specs,, AOL, Poets and Writers, VLAK, Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and Opinion, Black Warrior Review, Joyland, SUPERMACHINE, Drunken Boat, NPR, and The American Scholar, among others. She is founding editor of Gaga Stigmata, an online arts and criticism journal about Lady Gaga, which will be published as a book from Zg Press in 2012. She co-curated a forum on women writers and fashion for Delirious Hem, SEAM RIPPER. Her performance Prices Upon Request was performed at Yuki Sharoni Salon in Beverly Hills, and her piece Pardonmywhoremoans was performed in BELLYFLOP swimming pool gallery in Los Angeles. She writes about celeb style for

Hoa Nguyen & Jesse Seldess

Hoa Nguyen was born in the Mekong Delta, raised in the DC area, and studied poetics in San Francisco. She is the author of eight books and chapbooks including Chinaberry (Fact Simile, 2010) and Hecate Lochia (Hot Whiskey, 2009). A new transplant to Toronto, ON, Nguyen curates a reading series, teaches creative writing, and reads tarot for poets. Wave Books will be publishing her third full-length collection in Fall 2012.

Jesse Seldess is the author of two books, Who Opens (Kenning Editions, 2006) and Left Having (Kenning Editions, 2011), as well as chapbooks on Hand Held Editions, Instance Press, Answer Tag Press, and the Chicago Poetry Project Press. His work has recently appeared in the journals The Recluse, EOAGH, Jacket, Little Red Leaves, and out of nothing. Since 2001, he has edited and published Antennae (, a journal of experimental writing and language-based performance and music scores.

This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Poets' Potluck

The Thanksgiving Poets’ Potluck is an opportunity for New York City’s poetry community(ies) to come together for an evening of readings, performances, and delicious food.  An array of writers, both new and seasoned veterans to the Poetry Project, will read/perform their work.  Admission is free if you come with a dish.  Any one interested in bringing a dish for the potluck will contribute to an amazing Thanksgiving feast.  If you’re interested in bringing food, please email Brett Price at


In 2009, forty-six fragile open-reel videotapes of Public Access Poetry were donated to The Poetry Project by Greg Masters. A grant and subsequent anonymous donations supported the preservation and digitization of 31 of the original tapes through The Standby Program at MercerMedia, with consulting support from Anthology Film Archives.

Dedicated to making the Public Access Poetry archive available to the public, as envisioned by its producers more than thirty years ago, The Poetry Project has been collaborating with PennSound to accomplish this. Currently, all 31 of the digitized episodes are being hosted on PennSound and are viewable via The Poetry Project's website.

The Poetry Project is currently seeking $3,500 in funding to have the remaining 15 open-reel tapes (approx. $250/tape) of Public Access Poetry preserved and digitized through The Standby Program at MercerMedia. The digital transfer of the 15 remaining tapes will not only complete this project, but will make the entirety of this valuable archive available and accessible to the public for the first time.


The Poetry Project’s programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Poetry Project’s programs and publications are made possible, in part, with public funds from The National Endowment for the Arts.

The Poetry Project's programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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