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things to look out for:

[this is obviously an incomplete listing, and represents only those upcomings that we have been told about]

Ongoing:

Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry
- Call for Submissions:
editors: Professor Robert Sheppard (shepparr@edgehill.ac.uk Edge Hill University) & Dr. Scott Thurston (S.Thurston@salford.ac.uk University of Salford)
Reviews editor: Piers Hugill (phugill@soton.ac.uk University of Southampton)
"We are currently looking for both academic articles and reviews for our first issue and beyond.
The journal is focused upon the poetic writings that have been written in Britain and Ireland since the late 1950s that appear under various names. Peter Middleton, writing on ‘Poetry Since 1970’ for the Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century English Literature, writes, ‘These poets … have difficulty naming themselves. Are they “avant-garde” (an adjective not much liked by anyone), or “underground” (even more disliked), “linguistically innovative” or “second-wave Modernist”?’ he asks. Other names have included: non-mainstream, the British Poetry Revival, the parallel tradition, formally innovative, Neo-modernist or experimental poetry. Particular areas of the field have been known as the Cambridge School, the London School, concrete poetry, and performance writing.
While the equivalent North American work is well-represented in academic work, researchers on this British and Irish poetry have no dedicated referred journal, although a number of important books have been published lately.
The Journal aims to answer a lack in the academic market, by proposing to provide a home for critical articles on the history, context, close reading and poetics of this work, generally of 5,000-8,000 but with a maximum 10,000 words, and to carry short reviews (up to 2,000 words) of the stream of monographs and edited volumes in the area. It is intended to appear twice a year, starting in September 2009.
Because one of the growing academic contexts for the development of debate about this contemporary writing is within creative writing teaching, learning and research, the Journal is proposing to carry critical writing that derives from practice-led research and poetics. It is also proposing to occasionally consider questions of the pedagogy of teaching both the reading and writing of innovative poetry.
Please contact either or both of the editors for further information.
Submissions may be submitted electronically through the website."

March/April 2009
Francis CrotOCTAVE PUKE: 3 CHAPTERS FROM THE TRAGEDY OF BEYONCE KNOWLES
(Veer Books - Burner 001) - see the Veer Books site.

March/April 2009
Maggie O'SullivanALTO - London Poems 1975-1984
(Veer Books 017) - see the Veer Books site.

March 3rd 2009
Shearsman Reading Series
Robert Sheppard, and philip kuhn
Venue: Swedenborg Hall, Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, WC1A 2TH. 7:30pm. no admission fee.

March 4th 2009
Klinker South (Nunhead)
Mike Weller, Bert Shaft Orchestra, Sir Gideon Vein, & Will Connor (elec) Steve Beresford (piano) & John Edwards (d bass).
Venue: Ivy House 40 Stuart Road Nunhead SE14. 8 - 11pm. £5/£3 conc.
http://iotacism.com/klinkerizer/

March 5th 2009
XING THE LINE: POST-CARCERAL PAUL PARTY (with a cast of millions)
Benefit for Paul Sutton.
Words from Tim Atkins, Sean Bonney, Harry Gilonis, Jeff Hilson, Frances Kruk, Mendoza, Ben Watson, Steve Willey, Michael J Weller, Johan de Wit and others Sean might have asked but forgotten about. Anyone who fancies doing a 5 minute slot on the night bring something to read. Dominic Lash (double bass) and David Stent (guitar) will make other kinds of sounds.
There’ll also be a bookstall the proceeds of which will go to Paul. Please bring anything you want to sell!
See you there. "Please bring a friend."
Venue: THE LEATHER EXCHANGE 15 Leathermarket Street, London Bridge, SE1 3HN. 7:30pm. £5 / £3.

March 6th 2009
Language Club, Plymouth
Frances Presley, & Tilla Brading
contact Tim Allen (tallen@aol.com) for more details.

March 7th 2009
English Research Symposium: Interaction, Symbiosis, Overlap: Little Magazines and Small Presses
Speakers will include John Lucas, Gregory Woods, Peter Barry, Andrew Thacker, Allen Fisher, Richard Price, Keith Jebb, Jeff Hilson, Tim Atkins and Stephen Rogers.
George Eliot Room 219, Clifton Campus, Nottingham Trent University. 11.00 am - 5.00 pm
For further details contact: David Miller (david.miller@ntu.ac.uk)

March 10th 2009
Klinker (Tottenham Chances)Sean Bonney, Pyramid Pyramid, Takeko kunishima (keys) Max Hallett (drums) & Clive Bell (shakahuchi), & Portia Winters
Venue: 399 High Road, N17 6QN, ø Tott Hale/7 Sisters. 9-11pm. £5/£3 conc.
http://iotacism.com/klinkerizer/

March 11th 2009 & then March 12th 2009 to March 21st 2009
Artiface & Candour: An exhibition of visual texts by John Hall
Viewpoint Gallery, Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place, Plymouth PL4 8AT; 01752 203 434
Opening event: 5.00 pm Wednesday 11th March (featuring brief readings with Lee Harwood and Peter Hughes of collaborative work in the exhibition)
Open to the public: Thursday 12 to Saturday 21st March 2009 (Mon-Thurs 9 am - 9 pm; Fri 9 am to 5.30 pm; Sat 10 am - 12 pm (CHECK by telephone).
Artist's talk: 4.00 pm, Thursday 12th March, Studio Theatre.

March 14th 2009
Writers Forum Workshop
Venue: The Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3BL
[meet at 3.30 pm for 4 pm] - free
http://www.myspace.com/writersforum & WFInfo-subscribe@topica.com

March 15th 2009
Café Oto
Paul Taylor’s Trombone Poetry
+ Uru-Ana  + Mike Weller
Third Sunday of the month, 3-5 pm, Café Oto, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL  £4 entry.

March 17th 2009
The Blue Bus
Will Rowe
, and Carol Watts
The Lamb, 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1, in the upstairs room.  7:30pm. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions).

March 18th 2009
TALKTALKTALK
Mandy Bloomfield - ‘The word. The image’: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s filmic archaeologies in DICTEE
7:30, Room 102, Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck Colleg - All Welcome
see http://www.bbk.ac.uk/cprc/news/talkmandybloomfield

March 18th 2009
Landfill Press Launch
with a reading by Jeff Hilson, Chris McCabe, and Simon Smith
venue: Harold Pinter Drama Studio, Queen Mary, University of London, Arts Building, Mile End Road, E1 4NS - 7:30 pm

March 18th 2009
Instal09: Brave New Music
Steve McCaffery & Karen Mac Cormack: Reading - see http://www.arika.org.uk/instal/2009/extras/view/3
19:30-21:30  @ CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD, Scotland
FREE - just turn up! - see http://www.arika.org.uk/instal/2009/home

March 18th to 21st 2009
Runnymede International Literary Festival
of particular interest are the events on Sat 21st March:
Poetry Workshop with Kristen Kreider (10.30-12.00)
Poetry Reading: Robert Sheppard and Ulli Freer (2.00-3.00)
Poetry Reading: Kristen Kreider and John Sparrow (3.15-4.15)
Poetry Reading: Ken Edwards and Jeff Hilson (4.30-5.30)
All events take place at Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey. All events are free.
For further details see English Department on the Royal Holloway website. http://www.rhul.ac.uk/english/Conferences/Runnymede-Festival/index.html

March 19th 2009
Dartington Campus Reading Series
Redell Olsen
, and Drew Milne
Venue: Studio 3, School of Art & Performance Dartington Campus, (University College Falmouth incorporating Dartington College of Arts), Totnes TQ9 6EJ. 7:30pm to 9:00pm.

March 21st 2009
Instal09: Brave New Music (20th, 21st & 22nd March)
Steve McCaffery performs Carnival - see http://www.arika.org.uk/instal/2009/artists/view/7, plus much more over the 3 days.
18:40-19:15 @ The Arches, 253 Argyle St, Glasgow G2 8DLG, Scotland
£10 day pass / £25 festival pass - see http://www.arika.org.uk/instal/2009/home

March 25th 2009
Openned
Amy De'Ath
, Sean Bonney, Redell Olsen, Jim Goar, Alex Davies, Lucy Harvest Clarke, John Sparrow, Keston Sutherland
Venue: The Foundry, 84-86 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3JL. 7:15-10:00. free.
http://openned.com/

March 31st 2009
Shearsman Reading Series
Lisa Samuels, and Erín Moure
Venue: Swedenborg Hall, Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, WC1A 2TH. 7:30pm. no admission fee.

April 2009
Tom WhiteOld Sense
(Veer Books - Burner 002) - see the Veer Books site.

April 2009
Out To LunchSwift Blab Residue
(Veer Books - Burner 003) - see the Veer Books site.

April 1st 2009
The Other Room
Tim Atkins, Phil Davenport,
& Lisa Samuels
Venue: Old Abbey Inn, 61 Pencroft Way, on Manchester Science Park, M15 6AY, UK. 7.00pm. Admission is free.
http://otherroom.org/

April 2nd 2009
XING THE LINE: The Canting Academy Reading:
Readers confirmed: Vahni Capildeo, Giles Goodland, Gavin Selerie, Geraldine Monk, Christine Kennedy, Frances Presley, Alan Halsey, Tilla Brading & David Annwn
Venue: THE LEATHER EXCHANGE 15 Leathermarket Street, London Bridge, SE1 3HN. 7:30pm. £5 / £3.

April 4th 2009
Writers Forum Workshop
Venue: The Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3BL
[meet at 3.30 pm for 4 pm] - free.
http://www.myspace.com/writersforum & WFInfo-subscribe@topica.com

April 16th 2009
Shearsman Reading Series
Martin Anderson, and Claire Crowther
Venue: Swedenborg Hall, Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, WC1A 2TH. 7:30pm. no admission fee.

April 19th 2009
Café Oto
Abi Oborne
+ Holly Pester  + James Wilkes
Third Sunday of the month, 3-5 pm, Café Oto, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL  £4 entry.

April 21st 2009
The Blue Bus
M J Weller
and Jow Lindsay
The Lamb, 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1, in the upstairs room. 7:30pm. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions).

April 23rd 2009
Dartington Campus Reading Series
John Hall
, and Keston Sutherland
Venue: Studio 3, School of Art & Performance Dartington Campus, (University College Falmouth incorporating Dartington College of Arts), Totnes TQ9 6EJ. 7:30pm to 9:00pm.

April 25th 2009
Writers Forum Workshop
Venue: The Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3BL
[meet at 3.30 pm for 4 pm] - free.
http://www.myspace.com/writersforum & WFInfo-subscribe@topica.com

April 30th onwards
Bury Text Festival
Text Festival Programme Announced: two major American poets perform at the Festival: headlining Ron Silliman’s first ever reading in the UK plus renowned visual poet Geof Huth
New works by Hester Reeve (the.HRH), Carolyn Thompson, Tony Lopez, Phil Davenport, Nick Thurston, Liz Collini, Carol Watts and many more…
Commissioned Bury poems by leading UK writers Phil Davenport, Carol Watts, Tony Lopez.
http://www.textfestival.com/when/

May 3rd 2009
Symposium 
as part of the Bury Text Festival (jointly organised with the CPRC Birkbeck) - more details to follow.

May 5th 2009
Shearsman Reading Series
Anne Blonstein, and others tbc
Venue: Swedenborg Hall, Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, WC1A 2TH. 7:30pm. no admission fee.

May 7th 2009
Voiceworks 2009 Concert
Postgraduate composition students from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and postgraduate English students from Birkbeck College have been working collaboratively to create exciting new works for voice. Highlights of these new pieces will be  performed at this pre-concert event.
Venue: Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP.
6:00pm - Free (ticket required - contact the Wigmore Hall boxoffice on 020 7935 2141 or boxoffice@wigmore-hall.org.uk) 

May 7th 2009
Klinker North (Cross Kings)
Mike Weller, & others
Venue: 126 York Way, London N1 0AX. 8-11pm. £5/£3 conc.
http://iotacism.com/klinkerizer/

May 12th 2009
Reality Street launch
New books by Wendy Mulford (The Land Between) and Peter Jaeger (Rapid Eye Movement) will be launched at 7pm at the Calder Bookshop, 51 The Cut, London SE1 8LF. Come and listen to the poets read over a glass of wine. Inquiries to Ken Edwards, 01424 431271.

May 16th 2009
Writers Forum Workshop
Venue: The Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3BL
[meet at 3.30 pm for 4 pm] - free.
http://www.myspace.com/writersforum & WFInfo-subscribe@topica.com

May 17th 2009
Café Oto
Bleeding Heat Narrative
+ tba
Third Sunday of the month, 3-5 pm, Café Oto, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL  £4 entry.

May 19th 2009
The Blue Bus
Gavin Selerie
, and Barry Schwabsky
The Lamb, 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1, in the upstairs room.  7:30pm. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions).

May 23rd 2009
textmusictextmusic conference
Venue: Birkbeck College, with performances later in the evening at The Horse Hospital - more details to follow

June 2nd 2009
Shearsman Reading Series
Kenny Knight, and others tbc
Venue: Swedenborg Hall, Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, WC1A 2TH. 7:30pm. no admission fee.

June 6th 2009
Writers Forum Workshop
Venue: The Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3BL
[meet at 3.30 pm for 4 pm] - free.
http://www.myspace.com/writersforum & WFInfo-subscribe@topica.com

June 6th - 28th 2009
ECOPOETICS: Language & L=a=n=d=s=c=a=p=e=s
- Call for Submissions: "We are looking for papers and new writing exploring the creative and critical edges between writing and ecology (as Jonathan Skinner set out to do with the journal "ecopoetics"). We invite papers which aim to move the discourse of ecopoetics on to a consideration of today's writer in today's landscape.  We would therefore like our contributors to consider how ecopoetics today can relate to urban and digital landscapes, as well as to the natural world, as ideas of connectivity and the role of the artist change in the face of globalization and the reach of the internet.
What poetic and linguistic strategies can evolve from "reading the poem as a site/sight of encounters between material and conceptual geographies" (Tonya Foster), when materiality ranges from field to page, from gallery wall to outside landscape; from hypertext to digital projection?  Which poets are currently engaging with these issues? What, in our digital age, do we mean by ecopoetics?
To further this investigation, CCANW are hosting an exhibition and range of activities presenting contemporary text-based responses to a changing environment, including site-specific work, performance, found poetry, digital writing and critical discussion.  We ask for creative submissions for the exhibition, and for critical papers to be presented at an Ecopoetics Forum.
Deadline for submissions is March 20, 2009.
Guidelines for submissions available on request, and will shortly be available online.
Contact: Elizabeth-Jane Burnett (ejlburnett@yahoo.co.uk), Curator, and Becky Fensome (beckyfensome@yahoo.co.uk), Project Administrator.
http://www.mediaalive.co.uk/ecopoetics

June 21st 2009
Café Oto
Jeff Hilson
+ Ian McLachlan + Johan de Wit
Third Sunday of the month, 3-5 pm, Café Oto, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL  £4 entry.

June 23rd 2009
The Blue Bus
Elizabeth James
, John Phillips and Jim Goar
The Lamb, 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1, in the upstairs room.  7:30pm. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions).

June 27th 2009
Writers Forum Workshop
Venue: The Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3BL
[meet at 3.30 pm for 4 pm] - free.
http://www.myspace.com/writersforum & WFInfo-subscribe@topica.com

July 18th 2009
Writers Forum Workshop
Venue: The Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3BL
[meet at 3.30 pm for 4 pm] - free.
http://www.myspace.com/writersforum & WFInfo-subscribe@topica.com

July 21st 2009
The Blue Bus
Alan Halsey
, and David Annwn
The Lamb, 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1, in the upstairs room.  7:30pm. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions).

 

recently published:

Susan Bee, & Marjorie Perloff's Emma Bee Bernstein, Belladonna (NY) - see: http://www.belladonnaseries.org/books.html

Magdalena Chocano's otro desenlace, Veer Publication 016 [ISBN: 978-0-9558763-6-3]
[co-edition with Ediciones Insólitas - this publication is a Spanish language title]
5.3x8.3” size. 128 pages. January 2009. £7.50 - see the Veer Books site.

Caroline Bergval's Cropper, Torque Press (Southampton) - contact Piers Hugill (phugill@mac.com)

Caroline Bergval's Alyson Singes, Belladonna (NY) - see: http://www.belladonnaseries.org/books.html

Gilbert Adair's The American Epic Novel in the Late Twentieth Century: The Super-Genre of the Imperial State, 308pp, Hardback, from The Edwin Mellen Press, £ 74.95 / $119.95. http://www.mellenpress.com/
ISBN13:  978-0-7734-5213-8
It has been awarded the 'Adele Mellen Prize for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship' - we will be reviewing this book in Issue 5 of Readings

Alan Halsey's Lives of the Poets, 192pp, cloth/dw, from Five Seasons Press, £25 + £2 postage, www.fiveseasonspress.com.

Robert Sheppard's WARRANT ERROR is published March 2009. Paperback, 118pp, £8.95 / $15
ISBN 9781848610187
"This work—four sets of 24 sonnet forms plus four poems, making 100—is highly allusive to the language of the 'war on terror' waged after September 11, 2001."

Axolotl Magazine Issue 2, Grasp Press - see http://www.grasp-press.co.uk/

Luke Roberts' Ripcord Worship, Josh Stanley's RAD GLUCOSE IN YR MEMBRANE BABY DOLL!, & Timothy Thornton's PESTREGIMENT - all from Grasp Press - see: http://www.grasp-press.co.uk/

cesar vallejo's POEMAS (trans. william rowe), & Daniel F Bradley's dum cumpster salad, yt communication - see: http://ytcommunication.blogspot.com/

Jeff Hilson's Bird bird, Chris McCabe's The Borrowed Notebook, & Simon Smith's Browning Variations from Landfill Press - All pamphlets are now available to buy @ £3 each (+ 50p postage) or 3 for £8 (+ £1 postage)

 

coming soon:

Maggie O'Sullivan's WATERFALLS (Buckfastleigh, Devon: etruscan books).

Salt Companion to Maggie O'Sullivan - containing essays by international poets and scholars (Salt Publishing).

Mike Wallace-Hadrill's FIRE FRIENDLY MOUTH TRANSITION , yt communication - see: http://ytcommunication.blogspot.com/

"Begun in July 2007, Jerusalem Press will publish and promote the work of thinkers and artists in limited editions of the highest quality. Some are young and previously unpublished but come equipped with a surprising force and vision. Others are from past eras and are still little known. Jerusalem will not simply reprint, but seek to tie together genres, image and text in surprising new alignements.
Both the old and the new, we believe, will be deserving of your full attention.
The first title is due in the Spring of 2009. It is a classic of Edwardian mysticism realised in a surprising new setting.
Forthcoming titles in production include:

Sidney SimeFrom The Depths
A landmark Ted Hughes study
The Game of DestinyFrederick Carter
Låt Min Skugga Försvinna i Din ('Let My Shadow Disappear into Yours') by Swedish poet Pär Lagerkvist, Illustrated by Anushka Tay
Teen Knitter Magazine, Issue 5
New Images Series – A Suite of Photographic Prints

Jerusalem will also, from time to time, select a small number of subscribers at random who will receive copies of specially issued items at no cost and which will never be available publicly.
In order to sign-up to the mailing list and be updated on news and announcements, please visit www.jerusalempress.co.uk"

 

and finally:

on the general principle that fascism should not be allowed to hide itself away from public view, see the following:

Dishonour roll
http://www.californiansagainsthate.com/dishonorRoll.html

"We present the Californians Against Hate Dishonor Roll. We want the country to know who gave the $36 million to the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign that ended same-sex marriage in California. We have posted all major donors on our web site who gave $5000.00 and more, many much more! We've taken public information from the California Secretary of State’s Office and added telephone numbers and web sites when available.
We also included commentary on some of the more interesting and controversial donors. Individuals and businesses gave a vast amount of money to take away our equality, and we want you to know who they are."

"A couple of weeks ago, you heard about all of those financial supporters of the measure that banned gay marriage in California who had filed a lawsuit to keep their campaign finance records hidden away from public view. The poor souls claimed they were the victim of harassment.
Bless their hearts... I'm sure that none of us would have any clue on how it feels to be harassed or threatened for having such strong and compelling beliefs about the way one should live their life.
They had further said that businesses employing people who contributed to the Prop. 8 campaign were threatened with boycotts. Hmmm. That sounds hauntingly familiar -- on top of the fact that gay marriage foes had most definitely used campaign finance records during the height of the debate to threaten gay rights supporters.
Last week, a federal judge denied the request to keep their finance books (and the names of donors) locked away. U.S. District Judge Morrison England Jr. concluded that the California Political Reform Act of 1974 must stay intact as it is.
Now, the full list of donors who supported Prop. 8 has been posted to the California Secretary of State's official website. You could spend hours clicking around the site looking at the data of those who donated a staggering $36 million that ended same-sex marriage rights in the state."
[http://hottopics.gay.com/2009/02/prop-8-donors-list-exposed.html#more]

 

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