Friday, October 12, 2007

Upcoming Readings

I have two readings coming up on October 16th and October 25th.

I’m reading at Think Coffee in the Village on Tuesday, October 16th. The reading starts at seven and here’s some of the bios:

Christine Hamm
is a PhD candidate in English Literature at Drew University. She recently won the MiPoesias First Annual Chapbook Competition with her manuscript, Children Having Trouble with Meat. Her poetry has been published in The Adirondack Review, Rattle, Exquisite Corpse and over 90 other journals. She has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, and she teaches English and poetry at Rutgers University. Christine has performed her poetry at venues including the Bowery Poetry Club, The Poetry Project and Ear Inn. The Transparent Dinner, her book of poems, was published by Mayapple Press in 2006. Christine was recently named a runner-up to the Poet Laureate of Queens. For more about her, go to

Erika Lutzner is professional chef, former violinist and writer. She feels more comfortable with a knife or a pen in her hand than eyeliner or nailpolish. Her parents would'nt let her into the kitchen until her 27th birthday, yet she somehow managed to become a professional chef. Words, whether inked out on flesh, paper, or some other art form are her means of communication. There's a cadence driving through her head constantly. She's been published in Wicked Alice, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, Food/Arts, and this summer attended Breadloaf's Writer's conference.

Kate Hall
is a former poetry editor of Stirring: A Literary Collection. Her poetry and stories have appeared in such journals as Antioch Review, In Posse, Mudlark, Big Bridge, Disquieting Muses, Poetry Magazine, The 2River View, Perihelion, Mississippi
Review, Zuzu's Petals Quarterly, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood and Rattle. She was awarded the Robert Frost Poetry Prize by Kenyon College, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She also holds a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Think Coffee is very nice coffee house with a delicious array of coffee drinks and ambivalent salespeople!

Directions: 248 Mercer Street, between 3rd and 4th streets -- You can take the abcdef to West 4th Street and than walk on West 4th towards Broadway until you find Mercer, or you can take the nwr to 8th Street and then walk down Broadway until you hit 4th, then walk a few blocks west.

On October 25th at 8PM, I’ll be reading in Astoria at Waltz Café as part of a benefit for Peace.


Eli Yamin--Jazz composer and keyboardist, Eli Yamin, has just returned from
touring Mali, India, and China with Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Rhythm Road
All-Stars. He has played and recorded with numerous bands through the years
(including Illinois Jacquet's big band, Solar, and The Eli Yamin Quartet),
and has produced and hosted jazz and blues programs for WBGO/Jazz 88,
Sirius Satellite Radio, and National Public Radio.

Stephan Said--Iraqi-American singer-songwriter and activist Stephan Said
(who has also recorded as Stephan Smith) has been praised by The Village
Voice as an "heir apparent to Woody Guthrie" and by Jam TV as "the clearest
voice of the protest movement rising up out of Seattle." His CDs include
Slash and Burn (Artemis Records), Now's the Time (Rounder/Universal), and
New World Worder (Universal Hobo).

Christine Hamm-- Poet Christine Hamm is the author of The Transparent
Dinner, published in 2006 by Mayapple Press. She has also published three
chapbooks: Children Having Trouble with Meat, The Animal Husband, and The
Salt Daughter. She teaches English and poetry writing at Rutgers.

Betty Smith--A long time peace and justice activist, Betty Smith is the
president of International Publishers and a member of Astorians for Peace
and Justice (AFPJ). Betty will talk about AFPJ's upcoming work.

Russell Branca and Eliot Katz
will be performing a bass/poetry
collaboration. Jazz bassist and composer Russell Branca is the leader of
The Russell Branca Quartet and recently organized a Jazz Means Peace series
at Bowery Poetry Club. Eliot Katz is the author of Unlocking the Exits and
When the Skyline Crumbles: Poems for the Bush Years.

Waltz-Astoria Cafe
23-14 Ditmars Blvd,
Astoria (N or W to Ditmars Blvd.) (718-95-MUSIC)

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