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The Los Angeles Visionaries Association (LAVA) will host a POEM NOIR reading at the historic Bradbury Building on Sunday, November 24, 2013.  Poem Noir performers include: Carl WeintraubBrendan Constantine and Suzanne Lummis (pictured above). The reading is part of a FREE walking tour called “Flaneur & the City: Broadway on My Mind.”

WHAT: Flaneur & the City…Broadway on my Mind walking tour

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Los Angeles. Details here.

Listen to a September 2013 interview with Suzanne Lummis on NPR’s “All Things Considered” at this link.

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If you are a fan of T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” you might like to compare a six-minute reading by actor Anthony Hopkins (find it here) versus T.S. Eliot‘s eight-minute performance (find it here). Which do you prefer? We would appreciate any comments.

Photo: Poets.org

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Thanks to Silver Birch Press Bukowski Anthology contributors Harry Calhoun (who suggested the idea) and S.A. Griffin (who found a way to make it happen), and Jessica Wilson (who is making it happen), the Silver Birch Press Bukowski Anthology launch party at Skylight Books in Los Angeles will be available for radio listeners at this link:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-poet-s-soapbox

Tune in at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22 (Pacific Daylight Time) or tune in later and access the recording.

We are honored that the launch party at Skylight Books will feature readings from the collection by S.A. Griffin, Joan Jobe Smith, and Fred Voss.  For mini bios of our esteemed performers, visit Skylight Books.

WHAT: Silver Birch Press BUKOWSKI ANTHOLOGY launch party and readings from the collection

WHO: S.A. Griffin, Joan Jobe Smith, and Fred Voss

WHERE: Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90027, 323-660-1175

WHEN: Sunday, September 22, 2013, 5 p.m.

If you live in the area, we hope to see you there! If you live outside the area, we hope you’ll tune in here.

Cover art by Mark Erickson and Katy Zartl

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Thanks to Silver Birch Press Bukowski Anthology contributors Harry Calhoun (who suggested the idea) and S.A. Griffin (who found a way to make it happen), and Jessica Wilson (who is making it happen), the Silver Birch Press Bukowski Anthology launch party at Skylight Books in Los Angeles will be available for radio listeners at this link:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-poet-s-soapbox

Tune in at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22 (Pacific Daylight Time) or tune in later and access the recording.

We are honored that the launch party at Skylight Books will feature readings from the collection by S.A. Griffin, Joan Jobe Smith, and Fred Voss.  For mini bios of our esteemed performers, visit Skylight Books.

WHAT: Silver Birch Press BUKOWSKI ANTHOLOGY launch party and readings from the collection

WHO: S.A. Griffin, Joan Jobe Smith, and Fred Voss

WHERE: Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90027, 323-660-1175

WHEN: Sunday, September 22, 2013, 5 p.m.

If you live in the area, we hope to see you there! If you live outside the area, we hope you’ll tune in.

Cover art by Mark Erickson and Katy Zartl

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THE NIGHT BUKOWSKI READ HIS POEMS
 by Marjorie Gilbert

His reputation preceded him
Campus police guarded the doors
The written word can be dangerous you know
Bukowski was going to read his poems
The only request from Charles
Bring plenty of beer
Everything would flow
What a show!
From the stairwell he stood
Never looking up
Beer can in one hand, poem in the other
The pockmarked face
Showed the ravages of the life he had known
And the seeds he had sown
He read matter-of-factly
Laughter permeated the air
He didn’t care!
He sipped his beer between sentences
As he finished the page he tossed it on the floor
Several pages were scattered about
The words lay in repose
He was loaded and so were we
But in a different way
Raunchy verse from a man who had lived in flop houses
With winos, prostitutes, drug addicts, and other unsavory souls
Images of a life we would never know
This nether world revealed to us by a man who lived his prose.

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“The Night Bukowski Read His Poems” was originally published in an article by Richard Verrier in the Los Angeles Times (Feb. 14, 2013) and appears in the Silver Birch Press Bukowski Anthology, available at Amazon.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Marjorie Gilbert was born in Racine, Wisconsin, in 1922 and in July 2013 celebrated her ninety-first birthday. During WWII, she served in the WAVES (the women’s branch of the U.S. Navy) until her husband was released from the U.S. Army. A mother of two, Marjorie went to work as a secretary in the History Department at California State University, Los Angeles, where she worked for over twenty years. During her retirement years, Marjorie has traveled throughout the world. An art lover, she volunteered for sixteen years at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California—a city where she currently resides.

NOTES FROM AUTHOR MARJORIE GILBERT: It is a hobby of mine to write about highlights in my life, and seeing and hearing Bukowski was one of those highlights. Regarding my attendance at Charles Bukowski’s reading at Cal State, Los Angeles, during the 1970s [as quoted in a 2/14/13 article by Richard Verrier in the  Los Angeles Times]:  “It was quite an evening. I didn’t even know who Bukowski was, so I sat there not knowing what to expect. Here he was with a beer can in one hand and he’s got these pages in the other hand and he’s reading to us like he couldn’t care less. He’d sip his beer than throw his page on the floor. He sounded very honest, like he was telling it like it is. I knew he lived a life I would never know, so I was intrigued.”

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Author Paul Fericano, whose poetry appeared in the Silver Birch Press Summer Anthology and will be featured in the upcoming Silver Birch Press Bukowski Anthology, will read and perform his work at Bird & Beckett Books and Records in San Francisco on Sunday, September 8th, with a program starting at 2 p.m.

Entitled “Italian-American Writers Read Their Work,” the event — in addition to Fericano — will feature readings by Giovanna Capone, Jennifer Lagier Fellguth, George Guida, Tommi Avicolli Mecca, and James Tracy, and will be hosted by Laura Roberto, co-chair of the Berkeley City College of Arts and Culture.

According to the Bird & Beckett website, “These writers share an Italian-American background that has had a hand in shaping their work. Several have devoted their attention largely to poetry, plays, and fiction, while Avicolli, Mecca, Tracy, and Fericano have long track records as activists as well…”

WHAT: Italian-American Writers Read Their Work

WHO: Giovanna Capone, Jennifer Lagier Fellguth, Paul Fericano, George Guida, Tommi Avicolli Mecca, and James Tracy

WHERE: Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., San Francisco, CA, 94131, 415-586-3733, birdbeckett.com.

WHEN: Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 2 p.m.

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Ellaraine Lockie — author of the Silver Birch Press release COFFEE HOUSE CONFESSIONS — continues her poetry reading tour of New York City as a Saturn Series featured author at the elegant Revival bar in Manhattan. The event also features renowned poet Juanita Torrence-Thompson along with an open mic session.

What: Saturn Series Poetry Reading

When: Monday, April 22, 2013, 8 p.m. start, with open mic at 10 p.m.

Where: Revival, 129 East 15th Street between 3rd Avenue and Irving Place

PHOTO: Composite of Ellaraine Lockie photo by Eugenia Hepworth Petty, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, and COFFEE HOUSE CONFESSIONS cover by Nick Warzin, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS…

ELLARAINE LOCKIE is a widely published and awarded poet, nonfiction book author and essayist.  Her recent work has been awarded the 2013 Poetry Prize from the Women’s National Book Association, Best Individual Collection from Purple Patch magazine in England for Stroking David’s Leg, the San Gabriel Poetry Festival Chapbook Contest Prize for Red for the Funeral and The Aurorean’s 2012 Chapbook Pick for Spring for Wild as in Familiar.  Ellaraine teaches poetry workshops and serves as Poetry Editor for the lifestyles magazine, Lilipoh.  At Revival, she’ll read from her newly released tenth chapbook, Coffee House Confessions (Silver Birch Press, 2013).

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JUANITA TORRENCE-THOMPSON is a poet, speaker, columnist, instructor, actress, and Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of award-winning, international MOBIUS The Poetry Magazine and a Pushcart Prize nominee for poems in Breath-Life (Scopcraeft Press). New York and African Tapestries (Fly By Night Press) is Many Mountains Moving Poetry Award finalist and a Small Press Review “best pick.” Her award-winning poetry, short and children’s fiction, and feature articles have been published in Canada, Europe, Australia, U.S., online, and in her newspaper poetry columns. Recent anthologies include Forgotten Borough, The Cento & Brevitas. Visit her online at poetrytown.com.

 

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Ellaraine Lockie, author of the Silver Birch Press poetry release COFFEE HOUSE CONFESSIONS (February 2013), continues her reading tour of New York City with an appearance at The Mom Egg Spring Reading & Launch Party celebrating the release of Volume 11 of THE MOM EGG literary journal.

EVENT: The Mom Egg Spring Reading & Launch Party

DATE: April 21, 2013

TIME: 6-8:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Le Poisson Rouge in Le Gallery

ADDRESS: 158 Bleeker Street, New York City 10012

ADMISSION: Free

To learn more about The Mom Egg, please visit themomegg.com.

Photo: Shawn Lockie

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DINNER AT THE WHO’S WHO
by Laure-Anne Bosselaar

amidst swirling wine
and flickers of silver guests quote
Dante, Brecht, Kant and each other.
 
I wait in the hall after not
powdering my nose, trying to re-
compose that woman who’ll
 
graciously take her place
at the table and won’t tell her hosts:
I looked into your bedroom
 
and closets, smelled your
“Obsession” and “Brut,” sat
on your bed, imagined you
 
in those spotless sheets, looked
long into the sad eyes of your son
staring at your walls from his frame.
 
I tried to smile at myself
in your mirrors, wondering if you
smile that way too: those resilient
 
little smiles one smiles
at one’s self before facing the day,
or another long night ahead —
 
guests coming for dinner.
So I wait in this hall because
there are nights it’s hard
 
not to blurt out Stop! Stop
our babble: Pulitzer, Wall Street, sex,
Dante, politics, wars, have some Chianti…
 
let’s stop and talk. Of our thirsts
and obsessions, our bedrooms
and closets, the brutes in our mirrors,
 
the eyes of our sons.
There is time yet — let’s talk.
I am starving.

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Ellaraine Lockie, author of the Silver Birch Press poetry release COFFEE HOUSE CONFESSIONS, performed at the Two Moon Art House and Cafe in Brooklyn on April 7th — and in the audience was Nick Warzin, the Toronto-based photographer who shot the photograph that appears on the cover of her book (included below). Lockie received an email from Warzin in the afternoon and learned that he was also in NYC. She invited him to the gig and they met at last — and commemorated the meeting with the photo you see here. For more about Nick Warzin, visit his website at nickwarzin.com.

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