Monday, October 3, 2011
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
We'd be foolish not to include this great photo of our upcoming BIG NIGHT poet and January's BIG NIGHT poet, Linh Dinh.
Robin Brox's stellar preview for Saturday's events:
On Saturday (Feb. 27), Just Buffalo Literary Center presents an art-party designed to entertain: poet Hoa Nguyen, music by Gut Flora, and Buffalo Poets Theater doing Jack Spicer’s Troilus and Cressida.
“One of America’s best contemporary poets that you may not have heard of,” Hoa Nguyen, born in Saigon, grew up around Washington, D.C. and earned an MFA from New College of California. Describing her work, she says, “I don’t dispense with the wacky! I like humor in poems…I think about audience a lot and I want poems that I would want to read and one of those things is to risk saying something…even if that honesty is about how you and everything feels [messed] up.” (Her name is pronounced “Hwa Win;” she says it with an American accent.) Nguyen’s Hecate Lochia (Hot Whiskey)—from which she’ll read—and Kiss a Bomb Tattoo (Effing Press) came out last year; she lives in Austin and co-edits the small press/poetry journal Skanky Possum, from which Robert Creeley selected poems for The Best American Poetry 2002. An essay is forthcoming in Poets on Teaching (University of Iowa).
Buffalo Poets Theater is an amalgamation of city and academic talent that continues the tradition of poets working with drama begun in 1950s New York and still thriving in San Francisco. In 2009 BPT staged an excerpt from Eileen Myles’s Hell to honor her Big Night reading and hosted Kevin Killian at the Burchfield-Penney. Spicer’s Troilus takes a comical, contrarian stance to issues of resistance, change, understanding reality—Zeus says in the prologue, “The Trojan War has been going on for the last 3,000 years and it hasn’t stopped yet. All the stories you’ve heard about the destruction of Troy are just daydreams Ulysses invented to keep himself sane. You’ve probably dreamed like that yourselves, waiting for a war to come to an end. One thing, though—the people in the play don’t seem to know how long the war has lasted. They have the idea that it’s only been going on for nine years or so. I don’t know why. Human beings don’t have a very good time sense.”
Gut Flora makes music on spare parts, rusty tanks, weed-whacker line, bells, whistles, even toys. Members Gabriel Gutierrez and Patrick Cain say, “The aim of our music is to be music. We sound out into sound. We birth the possible from cans and strings, metal and wood.” Experimental but crafted, Gut Flora uses instrumentation to construct an improvisational ambiance that invites and challenges to one listens.
Geoffrey Gatza, a Gulf War veteran, poet and publisher of BlazeVOX [books] with a degree from the Culinary Institute of America (C.I.A.), concocts feasts of epic, edible beauty, connecting with featured artists in delightful, delicious fashion. Big Night’s buffet, cash bar, live music, theater, and poetry, begin at 8pm at the Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington Street at Mohawk. Only $5, free for Just Buffalo, WNYBAC, Big Orbit, and CEPA Gallery members.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
BIG NIGHT: FEATURING DAVID MELTZER, MICHAEL ROTHENBERG, TERRI CARRIÓN
Sponsored by: Just Buffalo, Talking Leaves Books, Western New York Book Arts Collaborative
Thursday, November 12, 2009 @ 8:00 PM
Big Night Presents David Meltzer, Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrión
Poetry by Meltzer, Rothenberg, Carrión
Food by Geoffrey Gatza
Jazz by Other Side
A leading poet of the Beat Movement, David Meltzer was raised in Brooklyn during the War years; performed on radio & early TV on the Horn & Hardart Children¹s Hour. Was exiled to L.A. at 16 & at 17 enrolled in an ongoing academy w/ artists Wallace Berman, George Herms, Robert Alexander, Cameron; migrated to San Francisco in l957 for higher education w/ peers & maestros like Jack Spicer, Robert Duncan, Joanne Kyger, Diane DiPrima, Michael McClure, Lew Welch, Philip Whalen, Jack Hirschman, a cast of thousands all living extraordinary ordinary lives. Beat Thing [La Alameda Press, 2004] won the Josephine Miles PEN Award, 2005. Was editor and interviewer for San Francisco Beat: Talking With The Poets [City Lights, 2001]. With Steve Dickison, co-edits Shuffle Boil, a magazine devoted to music in all its appearances & disappearances. 2005 saw the publication of David’s Copy: The Selected Poems of David Meltzer by Viking/Penguin, a collection spanning over forty years of work that paints a vivid portrait of Meltzer’s life as a poet through poems taken from thirty of his previous books of poetry. With a versatile style and playful tone, Meltzer offers his unique vision of civilization with a range of juxtapositions from Jewish mysticism and everyday life to jazz and pop culture.
Michael Rothenberg is a poet, songwriter, and editor and publisher of Big Bridge magazine online at www.bigbridge.org. He is a recent recipient of a grant from the Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund. His poetry books include Man/Woman, a collaboration with Joanne Kyger, The Paris Journals (Fish Drum Press), Monk Daddy (Blue Press), Unhurried Vision (La Alameda/University of New Mexico Press), and most recently CHOOSE, Selected Poems (Big Bridge Press). His poems have been published widely in small press publications including, 88: A Journal of Contemporary American Poetry, Berkeley Poetry Review, Exquisite Corpse, First Intensity, Fish Drum, Fulcrum, Golden Handcuffs Review, House Organ, Prague Literary Review, Tricycle, Van Gogh’s Ear, Vanitas, Zyzzyva, JACK, and Jacket. He is also author of the novel Punk Rockwell. Michael Rothenberg has edited the selected works of Philip Whalen, Joanne Kyger, David Meltzer and Ed Dorn (Penguin Books). He has recently completed the Collected Poems of Philip Whalen for Wesleyan University Press.
Terri Carrión was conceived in Venezuela and born in New York to a Galician mother and Cuban father. She grew up in Los Angeles where she spent her youth skateboarding and slam-dancing. Terri Carrión earned her MFA at Florida International University in Miami, where she taught Freshman English and Creative Writing, edited and designed the graduate literary magazine Gulfstream, taught poetry to High School docents at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami and started a reading series at the local Luna Star Café. In her final semester at FIU, she was Program Director for the Study Abroad Program, Creative Writing in Dublin, Ireland. Her poetry, fiction, non-fiction and photography has been published in many print magazines as well as online, including The Cream City Review, Hanging Loose, Pearl, Penumbra, Exquisite Corpse, Mangrove, Kick Ass Review, Exquisite Corpse, Jack, Mipoesia, Dead Drunk Dublin, and Physik Garden among others.
Geoffrey Gatza, a Gulf War veteran, is a poet and the publisher of Blazevox Books. A former sous-chef at the Mansion on Delaware Ave., he has a degree from the Culinary Institute of America (C.I.A.)
Other Side is a jazz trio with Kelly Bucheger on sax, John Werick on bass, and Albright-Knox curator Doug Dreishpoon on drums.