nov. 29, 2012

Dear Friends of The Poetry Project,

If you are one of our many Newsletter subscribers, expect our latest issue - #233 Dec/Jan 2012-13 - to arrive in your mail boxes any day now. If you aren't a subscriber, or have been receiving The Poetry Project Newsletter on us for the past couple of years, it's never too late to subscribe or show your support with a donation. As for our upcoming events, please see below. For a complete listing of December and January 2012-13 events, check out our program calendar.

We're still in need of at least 25 volunteers to help set up for the 39th Annual New Year's Day Marathon Reading, work at the impromptu bookshop, serve up chili and other delicious donated foods and refreshments, check in readers and clean the whole thing up. If being apart of our team appeals to you (plus free admission to the event) please send a message to Nicole at for more details.

In other exciting news our videographer, Andrea Cruz, recently uploaded a slew of new videos of Poetry Project events, including -- Talk Series: Ariel Goldberg on The Estrangement Principle, John Koethe & John Godfrey and Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability -- to name a few.

See you soon,
The Poetry Project

Coming up at The Poetry Project

Shana Moulton + Charles Wolski

Shana Moulton earned her BA from University of California, Berkeley in Art and Anthropology an her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. She has been an artist-in-residence at the LMCC Workspace Program, The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Harvestworks, De Ateliers in Amsterdam and The Sommerakademie in Bern. Moulton has exhibited or performed at The New Museum, SF MOMA, MoMA P.S.1, Performa 2009, The Kitchen, Electronic Arts Intermix, Art in General, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Wexner Center for the Arts, Wiels Center for Contemporary Art in Brussels, The Migros Museum in Zurich, De Appel in Amsterdam, Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo, The Times Museum in Guangzhou and The 29th Ljubljana Biennial. Moulton’s work has been reviewed in the Village Voice, Artforum, The Brooklyn Rail, The New York Times, Artnet Magazine, Frieze Magazine, Artpress and Flash Art. Her work has been featured on Arte TV and Art21.

Charles Wolski writes fiction and poetry. His most recent work, Check Out My Lifestyle, a collaboration with Arlo Quint, is forthcoming from Well Greased Press. He lives in Brooklyn.

Open Reading

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Jess Mynes + Simon Schuchat

Jess Mynes’ poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in various journals and magazines including: Bright Pink Mosquito, Vlak, The Nation, and Lungfull. He is the author of several published works, including, How’s the Cows (Cannot Exist Press) and Sky Brightly Picked (Skysill Press) His One Anthem will be published by Pressed Wafer Press in 2011. He is the editor of Fewer & Further Press and he co-curates a reading series, All Small Caps, in Western, MA.

Simon Schuchat edited The 4 3 2 Review, Buffalo Stamps, and founded Caveman. Richard Hell published his first book, Svelte, in 1971.  Other books include Blue Skies, Light and Shadow, and At Baoshan. His poetry was anthologized by Michael Lally in None of the Above, and by Andrei Codrescu in Up Late. His works have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers.  So have his translations of poetry and prose from Chinese and Russian. He taught at Fudan University in Shanghai in the late 1970s, and was a State Department officer for over twenty years, serving in Beijing, Moscow, Tokyo, Hong Kong and other places.  This is his first reading in this century.

Dael Orlandersmith + Emily XYZ

Dael Orlandersmith won an OBIE Award for Beauty’s Daughter, which she wrote and starred in at American Place Theatre.  She toured extensively with the Nuyorican Poets Café (Real Live Poetry) throughout the US, Europe and Australia.  Her play, Monster, premiered at New York Theatre Workshop in November 1996.

Dael attended Sundance Theatre Festival Lab for four summers developing new plays.  The Gimmick, commissioned by the McCarter Theatre, premiered on their Second Stage on Stage and went on to great acclaim at the Long Wharf Theatre and New York Theatre Workshop.  Yellowman was commissioned by and premiered at the McCarter in a co-production with the Wilma and Long Wharf Theatres. Vintage Books and Dramatists Play Service published Yellowman and a collection of earlier work. She was a Pulitzer Prize Award finalist and Drama Desk Award Nominee as an actress in and for Yellowman which premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2002. She was a Susan Smith Blackburn Award Finalist with The Gimmick in ’99 and won for Yellowman.  She is the recipient of a NYFA Grant,The Helen Merrill Emerging Playwrights Award, a Guggenheim and The 2005 Pen/Laura Pels Foundation Award for a playwright in mid-career.

In 2006 Dael won a Lucille Lortel Playwrights Fellowship. In 2007 she completed a new commission for the Mark Taper Forum called Bones, which was done at the Mark Taper Forum in Summer of 2010. In 2008 she received the Whiting award, and Dael Performed a work- in progress piece called STOOP DREAMS at the Public theatre. She performed Stoop Stories 2009 at the STUDIO THEATRE.  In 2011 she won the William Inge award for her play Horsedreams. From 2008- 2011 she taught writing for Solo performance at Sarah Lawrence as an artist-in-residence.  In Spring 2009 she taught writing for solo performance at Princeton  as an artist-in- residence.  She is currently working on a play called Suicide Girlz for the Atlantic Theatre Company.

Emily XYZ is an American writer and performer best known for her spoken-word poetry for multiple voices. Born in upstate New York, she moved to New York City in 1982 and was active in the downtown Manhattan performance art and music scene for the next 20 years.  Her first spoken-word recording, Who Shot Sadat? (1983) was named one of two “indie singles of the year” by Robert Christgau in The Village Voice. Her early experiments included 1986’s Phil Spector, for 8 voices and 3 toy phonographs, before she settled on the two-voice format that has since become a stylistic hallmark.

In 1992, XYZ began working with actress Myers Bartlett; this year marks the 20th year of their collaboration. As part of the seminal spoken word companies Nuyorican Poets Cafe Live! and Real Live Poetry, and on their own, XYZ and Bartlett have performed in theatres, arts centers, galleries, colleges and nightclubs across the U.S. and in Australia, Germany and Canada.

XYZ is the author of The Emily XYZ Songbook: Poems for Two Voices (Rattapallax).  Her work has appeared in numerous venues, including the PBS Television series The United States of Poetry; anthologies such as Up Is Up But So Is Down: New York’s Downtown Literary Scene 1974–1992 (NYU Press) and Aloud: Voices From the Nuyorican Poets Cafe (Holt); in a 1998 Nike commercial; in the textbook Literature: Craft and Voice, Vol. 2 (McGraw-Hill); and as techno/dance music remixes.  In 2010, she was named Arts Queensland Poet in Residence and spent three months writing, conducting workshops, and performing with Myers Bartlett in Brisbane and Melbourne, Australia.  She currently lives in upstate NY.

In addition to her longtime collaboration with Emily XYZ on stage and in the recording studio, Myers Bartlett is an established voiceover artist with numerous credits to her name.  She received a BFA in theatre from Boston University and is currently represented by Innovative Artists, NYC.


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

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