Monday, May 28, 2007
- Frank Sherlock
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Recently I attended a meeting to build a coalition of different activist organizations in Philadelphia to organize a protest in front of city hall, as well as build official appeals to city hall for opening an investigation into Erika's death, and to set up guidelines to prevent police from ever again ruling such murders as accidents.
Please read the following petition and consider signing it! We must all work together at ending this form of discrimination in Philadelphia! A very large number of transgender people have been murdered in this city over the years with no police investigation and no criminal charges brought against the murderers.
This is the sort of hidden genocide most people will look back on from the future with shock, and some of those people will find a way to rationalize what went wrong. That's fine, let the future rationalize things, but today we have to stop this madness! Please, let's do this together!
Here's the petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/ErikaK
A VERY BIG THANK YOU to Savannah Hornback for working so hard at bringing us together to bring justice in the name of Erika Keels.
The protest will be in June, and I'll let you know time, date, and other info,
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
- Frank Sherlock
Monday, May 21, 2007
Also playing is EL TOPO. I'm also looking forward to seeing this other Jodorwsky flick, but if THE HOLY MOUNTAIN wasn't also showing I doubt I'd make the trip to the theater. Anyone wanting to see THE HOLY MOUNTAIN should get their asses to Philadelphia's International House on Saturday, May 26th, 7pm. It's going to be a long double feature, but BE PREPARED TO BE CHANGED! Am I being dramatic? Go see it and tell me after that you are not!
Saturday, May 19, 2007
108 S. 13th Street, Philadelphia
Tim Peterson is the recipient of the Gil Ott Book Award for SINCE I MOVED IN (Chax Press)
The late Gil Ott touched many lives, and helped change the Philadelphia arts scene for generations to come. We will be gathering to honor Gil's legacy with a reading from the first book award, and to hear readings of Gil's work by his friends, family, and admirers. Readers will include:
Eli Goldblatt, Alicia Askenase, Joshua Schuster, CAConrad, Jenn McCreary, Ron Silliman, Chris McCreary, Linh Dinh, Ryan Eckes, Bob Perelman, Tim Peterson, Frank Sherlock, Kristen Gallagher, Julia Blumenreich
Gil Ott ONLINE LINKS:
for THE FORM OF OUR UNCERTAINTY
for INTERVIEW in BANJO
for 2 audio clips
for VIDEO clip
for WIKIPEDIA (the Wikipedia folks misspelled Gil's middle name, which should be Frederic with no "k," how do we get them to change that?)
Friday, May 18, 2007
Some of my favorite chapbooks have been put out on this press, two of my absolute favorites being Christina Stong's ANTI-ERATO, and John Coletti's PHYSICAL KIND. And I HAVE TO SAY how happy I am that Brenda has provided an "INFO" button for each title where you can read an excerpt, and find links to reviews, or blogs, etc. It always AMAZES me when small presses have these websites with no excerpts! Don't you ALWAYS want an excerpt!? Because I know I ALWAYS want an excerpt! Check out this website because I guarantee you that there are books here you will want to read, no doubt about it!
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
(posted by CAConrad)
Saturday, May 12, 2007
STACY SZYMASZEK is the new Artistic Director of the Poetry Project @ St. Mark's in New York! HEY STACY CONGRATUATIONS!
Stacy also co-edited EOAGH #3: Queering Language
Stacy is interviewed in KICKING WIND and CHICAGO POSTMODERN POETRY
(posted by CAConrad)
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
There's going to be an organizing meeting this Friday. Anyone who can be there, please BE THERE! It's time we say we've HAD ENOUGH! Below is the e-mail, report, and contact for Savannah, hope to see you there, CAConrad
CALL OUT FOR SUPPORT TO DEMAND JUSTICE FOR ERICA KEEL
THIS FRIDAY, MAY 11TH, 4pm, at 12O1 LOCUST ST
OPEN PLANNING MEETING
On March 22nd of this year, Erica Keel, a 20-yr-old African American trans woman, was fatally run over at Broad and Thompson streets in North Philadelphia. According to witness accounts, the driver in question intentionally ran over Erica four times after ejecting her from his car. A medical examiner's report supports these accounts. However, the police have ruled Erica's death an accident and have refused to conduct an investigation. The driver, Roland Button, fled the scene but was later apprehended by police. He has yet to face criminal charges, including "hit and run." When friends of Erica, who are themselves trans, questioned police officials about the classification of Erica's death as an "accident," they were asked to disclose their "birth" names and were told they were "trying to make something out of nothing."
As community members and allies, we are asking for your support in challenging police injustice by demanding a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding Erica's death. Our efforts to demand justice for Erica are part of building a larger strategy to address state violence against trans youth of color in Philadelphia.
Please join us THIS FRIDAY at 4pm at the Washington West Project, 1201 Locust St, to help plan a demonstration.
For more information contact Savannah: 267-879-1339
Or e-mail at: email@example.com
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
ONE OF THE BEST PIECES OF NEWS lately was from my friend Magdalena that her manuscript THE BRUISE was JUST selected as the winner of the RONALD SUKENICK INNOVATIVE FICTION PRIZE, and will be published, finally! HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH!
Here's the website for the prize: http://www.fc2.org/Sukenick%20prize.htm
For years now I've been privileged to read this stunning novel as it came to life! Draft after draft! And it's a poem to me, really. But it's a novel, and I'll say it's a novel because Magdalena wants to say it's a novel.
If you have never read a single page from this book I envy you, as I would LOVE to remember none of it and be consumed for the first time all over again!
And if you ever get the chance to hear her read from it PLEASE don't be foolish enough to pass on that opportunity! She gets fucking PUNK ROCK! This is one novel that can really use a back-up band, YES I'M SERIOUS!
Here's a sample page recently published in EOAGH: Queering Language
KUDOS MAGGIE Z! Let's CELEBRATE ALL NIGHT! DRUMS AND GUITARS!
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
FROM ASHRAF OSMAN
It has just come to the attention of the administrators of the petition to prevent Arab LBTG from being shut down that we have been the subject of a malicious ploy. It has emerged, after concerns about the authenticity of the person representing Facebook have been raised, that the person in question is an impostor and does not represent Facebook. Facebook stated that they have not been contacted by any governments about the group, and that they will not be shutting it down. (The full statement can now be found on the petition page.) I apologize on behalf of the petition administrators for propagating this without being more questioning in the first place. And while this certainly is a huge relief, and the reaction to the matter was highly validating of the genuine concern for civil liberties and free speech in this country and the cyber-society as a whole, it remains that many of the issues brought forth by this unfortunate debacle are true, including the lack of rights for persons of alternative sexualities in Arab and Islamic countries, and the censorship of governments around the world of cyber-content.
Thank you for your understanding,