Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Newfangled 5!!! And Out of Cupid's Mouth Reading at the Center

So there are loads of fun stuff that I'm either involved in or reading at later this month (February 2015). The first event is the next Newfangled, the fifth one I've curated and the first one of 2015. The reading series features three young queer male poets who are in the earlier stages of their writing careers, wherever that may be. Newfangled 5 is happening at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, 2/21, at the Bureau of General Services--Queer Division. Here is the Facebook invite with more info:

The readers for Newfangled 5 are as follows:

Wo Chan

WO CHAN is a queer Fujianese immigrant living in Brooklyn. Wo is the recipient of fellowships from the Asian American Writers Workshop, Poets House, Kundiman, and Lambda Literary. Their work has been published (and forthcoming) in cream city review, BARZAHK, the Lambda Literary Fellows Anthology, and VYM Magazine. Wo is also a member of the Brooklyn-based drag troupe, Switch n’ Play, and has performed at venues including Brooklyn Pride, Princeton, The Trevor Project, and the Architectural Digest Expo.

Jake Matkov

JAKE MATKOV received a scholarship to the first grade. He was cast in Annie Get Your Gun as the Gun and has had nightmares ever since. He is an MFA candidate in poetry at LIU Brooklyn, where he holds a teaching fellowship in the First Year Writing Program. He is one of the cofounding editors of visceral brooklyn, LIU Brooklyn’s online lit journal. His work has appeared in thosethatthis, Downtown Brooklyn, and Brooklyn Paramount; he has publications in Liquid forthcoming. You can find him @ooohjakie. He says hi.

Jayson Smith

JAYSON SMITH is a writer, choreographer, & curator hailing from the Bronx, NY. His work is published/forthcoming in various journals & anthologies, including Kinfolks Quarterly, boundary2: an international journal of literature and culture, and MUZZLE Magazine. A recent Pushcart Prize Nominee, Jayson is currently on staff for Union Station Magazine and a curator for Poets in Unexpected Places.

So there you go. These fellows are going to rock your world, so please do come by and enjoy this evening of poetry.

And then I'm taking part in a reading sponsored by the Rainbow Book Fair and The Center called Out of Cupid's Mouth. It's happening at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 24. Here's more information:

And here's a cool banner advertising this reading:

Oh, and here's a Brady Bunch-like box of photos of al of the readers for this Out of Cupid's Mouth reading:

I think this reading is going to be very eclectic. I hope you can make it. I hope they hire a beefy young guy to walk around dressed like Cupid and holding a bow and arrow. Hairy and a small belly a plus.

And then . . . on Friday, February 27, at 7:00 p.m., at a bar in Williamsburg called Over the Eight, I'll be one of the readers at Poets Who Love Poets #2 presented by No, Dear magazine. The fantastic poet Jeffery Berg is in the current issue of No, Dear, and he was asked by the editors organizing the reading what poet he would want to read with to be invited to read. He chose me, and I was so crazy honored to learn of this and immediately said yes to their invite. So other than Jeffery and myself, I don't know yet who else will be reading. Once I have more information I will post it. I think this one is going to kick royal ass. You must come!