Monday, April 04, 2005

So Long La Tazza- We'll Be Seeing You 

April 9

1821- Charles Baudelaire born
1865- U.S. Civil War ends
2005- the final La Tazza reading

That's right. Say good bye to your favorite Center City poetry hotspot. They're closing the doors after five years of giving Philly the best in DIY entertainment. I encourage you to come wish Frank & Tammy well, & leave outrageous goodbye tips to Leslie. They've been very generous to independent artists like ourselves & great friends to Philadelphia poetry.

I would like to take this oppportunity to thank all of you for sharing your magic w/ me during the last five years. Those of you who have shared your poems, spirit & conversation have been, & will remain vital to my work & life. I am proud to be part of a community that sustained the longest running, top-notch, indy experimental poetry series in Philadelphia history. Be proud of yourselves as we continue on.

And of course- the reason y'all showed up, there's the poetry...

The Grand Finale-
La Tazza 108 Chestnut St. Philly
7pm cocktail hour
reading @ 8 sharp

Will Esposito presents Laura Solomon, Dorothea Lasky, Lauren Ireland & Yago Cura

Laura Solomon was born in 1976 in Alabama and spent her childhood in various small towns across that state and its neighbor Georgia. She is the author of Bivouac (Slope Editions, 2002) and a second manuscript Blue & Red Things, poems from which have appeared recently in journals such as Gulf Coast, 6X6, and Verse. A chapbook, Letters by which Sisters Will Know Brothers, is forthcoming from Catalanche Press. She lives in Northampton, MA, where she is completing an MFA in poetry at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Dorothea Lasky's poems have appeared in Lungfull!, 6x6, Blue Mesa Review, Skein, and Phoebe, among others, and are forthcoming in Crowd and The Boston Review. From St. Louis, she currently lives in Boston, where she teaches English at the New England Institute of Art.

Lauren Ireland's poems have appeared, or are forthcoming in, the Black Warrior Review, the Colorado Review, jubilat, LIT, and Spinning Jenny.

Yago Cura is a very special no one in particular. He teaches English Language Arts to 9th graders at Discovery HS in the Kingsbridge sections of the Bronx. His poems have appeared in Exquisite Corpse, U.S. Latino Review, LIT, Skanky Possum, COMBO, New Orleans Review, FIELD, and Lungfull! His translations have been published in Slope.org.

We'll open up the mike after the reading for any final toasts.

See you Saturday,


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