Tuesday, June 24, 2008

FANZINE PhillySound edition 


hosted by Thom Donovan
co-edited by CAConrad

SPECIAL NOTE, best viewed on MAC, or through FIREFOX or SAFARI when on a PC. If you do not have FIREFOX or SAFARI on your PC please see the simple download instructions at the bottom of CAConrad's introductory notes, thank you, and ENJOY!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Tomorrow night 

Poetry reading at Robin's Books (108 S. 13th Street):

Cathleen Miller will be reading with Michele Belluomini Tuesday, June 24, 6pm as part of the Moonstone reading series. Follow this link for more details: http://www.robinsbookstore.com/events/062408.html

I hope to see you there!


Friday, June 20, 2008


Brandon Holmquest sent me this link (to an article & video) of a Memphis transsexual named Duanna Johnson being SEVERELY BEATEN AND MACED by a police officer while in custody at the station. It's OUTRAGEOUS! Click HERE

All over our country transsexuals are treated like this, even in Philadelphia where the MURDER of Erika Keels STILL TO THIS DAY remains on the record as an accident! Erika (let us NEVER EVER FORGET) had just celebrated her 21st birthday when she was forcefully ejected from the car on North Broad Street and run over four times. The medical examiner's report confirms witness statements that in fact she was run over four times, yet the police allowed her murderer Rolland Buttons to go free. Buttons is STILL free, and when many of us gathered to protest, the chief organizers of the protest were literally run out of town.

"What would kari edwards think?" I think when watching this video of Duanna Johnson's beating? kari's blog was a BLOODBATH of information just like this. No one culled the brutality against transsexuals in such a way, and in doing so kari let us see JUST HOW BLOOD THIRSTY the world is to harm this inimitable and invaluable part of our human community. Click HERE to see kari's blog. And on the sidebar are her other two blogs you'll want to check out as well.

I'm so SICK from watching this video. And it makes me think of kari, and how much I miss her. And makes me think of Poodles, Patches, Lily, and SO MANY OTHERS who died of AIDS, suicide, and murder since I moved to Philadelphia in 1986. My good friend Marie Fontini and I went to drag show memorials for drag queens who were shot and killed by skinheads at the corner of 12th & Spruce, and none of these murders were ever solved.

When I was a kid fresh on the scene here in Philly, it was the drag queens living in my building who took me under their wing, gave me advice, showed me how to have your eyes all around you when walking the streets. They were these older, wise goddesses, elegant, and like no one I had ever met, and most of them are now gone because they didn't see the bullets coming, or, or whatever else. But I feel a stronger, more beautiful person for having known them.

It's sad, and shakes me up when I realize how sanctioned such brutality appears to be!


Monday, June 16, 2008

Boog City Presents ixnay press : Coleman, Iijima, McCreary & more 

Boog City presents

d.a. levy lives: celebrating the renegade press

ixnay press

Tues. June 24, 6:00 p.m. sharp, free

ACA Galleries
529 W. 20th St., 5th Flr.

Event will be hosted by
ixnay press editors
Chris and Jenn McCreary

Featuring readings from

Jen Coleman
Brenda Iijima
Jenn McCreary

with music from

Brian Speaker

There will be wine, cheese, and crackers, too.

Curated and with an introduction by Boog City editor David Kirschenbaum


**ixnay press

For a decade, ixnay press has been a Philadelphia-based publisher of experimental writing, including chapbooks, a staple-bound journal, and the ixnay reader, a perfect-bound, semi-regular mini-anthology. Information about the press, including pdfs of past publications, can be found at the above website.

*Performer Bios*

**Jen Coleman

Jen Coleman is the author of numerous chapbooks, and has poems online at EOAGH and in volume two of the ixnay reader (see above) links), as well as in print journals such as Chain. Her blog, http://jencolemanreading.blogspot.com is chock full o’ goodness, but it still doesn’t match seeing her read live.

**Brenda Iijima

Brenda Iijima is the author of Animate, Inanimate Aims (Litmus Press) and Around Sea (O Books). If Not Metamorphic was runner up for the Sawtooth Prize and will be published by Ahsahta Press. She is the editor of Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs. Together with Evelyn Reilly she is editing a collection of essays by poets concerning poetry and ecological ethics titled, )((eco (lang)(uage(reader). She is the art editor for Boog City as well as a visual artist. She lives in Brooklyn, New York where she designs and constructs homeopathic gardens.

**Jenn McCreary

Jenn McCreary lives in Philadelphia where she co-edits ixnay press with Chris McCreary and works for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. She is the author of two chapbooks, errata stigmata (Potes & Poets Press) and four o'clock pocket chiming (BeautifulSwimmer Press), and of a doctrine of signatures (Singing Horse Press). Her new collection, :ab ovo:, is forthcoming from Dusie Press. A portion of the manuscript can be found online at How2 (see above link).

**Brian Speaker

Brian Speaker is a colorful singer/songwriter blending acoustic, Americana, pop rock and folk.


Directions: C/E to 23rd St., 1/9 to 18th St.
Venue is bet. 10th and 11th avenues

[ posted by Chris McC ]

Friday, June 13, 2008

review of (Soma)tic Midge 

REVIEW by Mr. Filreis!

(posted by CAConrad)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Getting the Word Out 

Gina Myers' Lame House Press is featured in this month's Venus Zine. Gina's published some of my favorite recent chapbooks, including Dustin Williamson's Cab Ass'n and Arlo Quint's Photogenic Memory. I heard Kate Greenstreet read from her upcoming This is Why I Hurt You and I can't wait to see it. It's now available for pre-order.
Check out Claire Donato's article here.
Independent, Female-Run Presses are Getting the Word Out
- Frank Sherlock

Aerogrammes from Japan 

For a good number of years I corresponded w/ Cid Corman. I'd mark the calendar exactly two weeks from the day I sent my letter off to Kyoto. An aerogramme would be in my mailbox to the day almost every time- three sides of type that are brilliant, sometimes crazy & always rich with poetic history and connection. Fran Ryan & I would call each other the day our letters came in & read them over the phone. It was Cid's belief in the poets that came after the days of ORIGIN that kept him going. It was through these letters that I was put in touch with Joseph Massey, John Taggart, Tsering Wangmo Dhompa and many others.

Because Cid felt I needed to be in touch with contemporary Irish poets, he put me in touch with Billy Mills. I just came across the piece Billy wrote for The Guardian a little ways back, where he talks about Corman, the global connectivity of writers & the changed nature of correspondence. Check out the link below.


- Frank Sherlock

Thursday 6/12/08 

Ryan Eckes (author of the amazing book WHEN I COME HERE) will be reading new work with Kristine Growe and Michele Belluomini

108 S. 13th, Philly
(posted CAConrad)

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

I have fighting in my flesh! --Dorothea Lasky 

TERRIFIC recordings by Dorothea Lasky and Thom Donovan from their collaborative poems "Deadpan," up on WEIRD DEER! Click HERE!

(posted by CAConrad)

Monday, June 02, 2008

Guerilla Poetry and Public Space 

Palm Press has just released Landscapes of Dissent: Guerilla Poetry and Public Space by Jules Boykoff and Kaia Sand.

Carol Mirakove says:

"Sand and Boykoff remind us that there is a long history and ripe presence of intersections between poetry and politics... In an age in which alienation is among our most prevalent health hazards, Landscapes of Dissent demonstrates that poetry may be newly, again, good for you."

Among the many examples of poetry as community extension, Jules & Kaia include a chapter on the 2004 Christmas Eve PACE action in Philadelphia.
- Frank Sherlock

Sunday, June 01, 2008

review of Ready-To-Eat Individual 

My review on GENTLY READ is HERE today! This is an amazing book that Frank and Brett wrote, let's celebrate it as much as possible!


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