At the Ploughshares blog, Kimberly Ann Southwick reviews my Barrelhouse chapbook Philadelphia. Read the review.
Tonight I'll be reading with Mike Ingram and Bud Smith in The Hatchery Reading Series at the Monkey Bar in Kensington. Details on the Facebook event page - https://www.facebook.com/events/128420391119582/
Please join us for the first Accidental Player of 2017 at Tattooed Mom when we welcome Stacy Szymaszek, Davy Knittle, and p.e. garcia! Doors at 7, reading at 8.
Stacy Szymaszek is a poet, and arts administrator/organizer. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where in 1999 she started working for Woodland Pattern Book Center. She founded and edited seven issues of GAM, a free magazine featuring the work of poets living in the upper midwest. In 2005, she moved to NYC to work for The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, where she has been its director since 2007. Szymaszek is the author of the books Emptied of All Ships (2005), Hyperglossia (2009), hart island (2015), and Journal of Ugly Sites and Other Journals (2016), which won the Ottoline Prize from Fence Books. Her book A Year From Today is forthcoming in 2017 with Nightboat Books. She is the recipient of a 2014 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. She is a regular teacher for Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program, and mentor for Queer Art Mentorship.
Davy Knittle's poems and reviews have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Fence, Jacket2, Denver Quarterly and The Iowa Review. His second chapbook, "empathy for cars / force of july," was published by horse less press in 2016. He lives in Philadelphia where he curates the City Planning Poetics series at the Kelly Writers House.
p.e. garcia is a contributor for HTMLGiant and an editorial assistant at the Rumpus. They have a good dog.
The following press release is from Barrelhouse:
GINA MYERS’ "PHILADELPHIA" TO BE FIRST EVER BARRELHOUSE CHAPBOOK
We’re excited to announce that we’re getting into the chapbook game. To us, the chapbook may be the most perfect way to read poetry. It’s short enough that you can read it in one sitting, but long enough to really give you a feel for the poet’s mind and style. They're often only available in short runs and for a short period of time but they can stick with you forever.
Next year Barrelhouse will publish our first chapbook, “Philadelphia” by Gina Myers. This long poem is full of grit, hope, and pragmatic realism. What we love about Gina’s work is that it showcases a sharp, lyrical take on the world--from interactions at work to street harassment to the Black Lives Matter movement. The poem circles around the questions that lie at its center - What does it mean to navigate a new city? What does it mean to try to feel at home? When there are so many reasons to leave, why stay?
Gina is the author of A Model Year (2009) and Hold It Down (2013). Her essays and reviews have appeared in Fanzine, Frontier Psychiatrist, Coldfront Magazine, Philadelphia Review of Books, and other places. Originally from Saginaw, Michigan, Myers lives in Philadelphia. Selections from the poem “Philadelphia” appeared in The Brooklyn Rail and Bedfellows.
To make all this a reality, Tony Mancus will join poetry editor Dan Brady on Barrelhouse Chapbooks. Tony Mancus is the author of a handful of chapbooks himself, including Bye Land(Greying Ghost), Bye Sea (Tree Lights Books), and City Country (Seattle Review). In 2008, with Sommer Browning, he founded Flying Guillotine Press, which published nearly 20 chapbooks across its seven year run, including abu ghraib arias, by Philip Metres, which won the Arab American Book Award in 2012.
With our first chapbook release, we’ll also be opening submissions in February 2017.
I've been awful about updating my website, so here are a couple of recent reviews:
Athena Farrakhzad's White Blight (trans. by Jennifer Hayashida) at The Rumpus
Gabriel Ojeda-Sague's Oil and Candle at Hyperallergic
Mel Bentley's new chapbook Bucolic Eclogue is now available from Lame House Press. This is the 25th and final chapbook in the press's 11 year run. Thank you to everyone who has supported the press throughout the years, and especially a huge thanks to all of the amazing authors and artists I was able to work with. It's truly been an honor.
On Wednesday, Sept. 28, I am hosting four writers at Tattooed Mom. We'll be celebrating the release of Tommy Pico's IRL. Joining Tommy are Lauren Wilkinson, Ryan Eckes, and Mel Bentley. Details here on the Facebook event page.
I also have a few readings coming up this fall, which I've added to my event page.
I'm extremely honored to be included in Barrelhouse's epublication Dig If You Will the Picture: Writers Reflect On Prince, which is available for download here.
Over at the Lame House Press blog, I've announced the final two forthcoming titles: Laura Theobald's edna poems (March 2016) and Mel Bentley's Bucolic Eclogue (May 2016). They are now available for pre-order along with some special combo pack deals. Details here.
Thank you to everyone who has supported Lame House throughout the years. Especially thanks to all the writers, artists, and designers who have trusted the press with their work. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to help get these things into the world.
erica lewis' double chapbook songs for mary / rarities & b sides is now available from Lame House Press.
$10 + shipping
Available for order here.
And if you order it and are so inclined, consider sharing a photo of the book for the gallery at the Lame House Facebook page.
Since moving to Philadelphia this past August, I've been working on- and off-again on a long poem whose title keeps changing but seems recently to be called "Philadelphia (Freedom Song)." Recent excerpts are available online at The Brooklyn Rail and Bedfellows. Mike Ingram also recently wrote about it in an essay on loneliness, gratitude, and the movie While We're Young.