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The last Boston podcast. How sad and sad. October 2008 Part II: James Tate
February 09, 2009 05:46 PM PST
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The So and So Series Reading No. 30
The final reading to be held in Boston. At the Distillery in South Boston, MA on Saturday, October 11, 2008

This month's poets are Dorothea Lasky, Dara Weir, and James Tate!

Due to technical difficulties, only portions of the recordings were captured. Part Two features the words and poems of James Tate.

The final installment of the this series of broadsides is also here. This month's artist is Robert daVies. For more information on the Manila Broadsides and our collaboration with this small press, visit: http://rope-a-dope-press.blogspot.com/
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Look for our readings come 2009 in North Carolina.

About the Poets:
Dorothea Lasky was born in St. Louis in 1978. She is the author of the full-length collection of poems, AWE (Wave Books, 2007), as well as the chapbooks Alphabets and Portraits and The Hatmaker’s Wife. She has attended Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She currently lives in Philadelphia, where she co-edits the Katalanché Press chapbook series and is pursuing her doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dara Wier is the author of ten collections of poetry, most recently Remnants of Hannah and Reverse Rapture (Wave Books, 2006 and 2005, respectively). She has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA and The American Poetry Review. She directs the MFA program for poets and writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and co-directs the University of Massachusetts' Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts and Action.

James Tate is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose, most recently The Ghost Soldier (Ecco, 2008). His Selected Poems won the Pulitzer Prize and the William Carlos Williams Award in 1991. His other honors include a National Book Award and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

The Boston Blues, October 2008 Part I: Dorothea Lasky
February 09, 2009 05:08 PM PST
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The So and So Series Reading No. 30
Held at the Distillery in South Boston, MA on Saturday, October 11, 2008

This month's poets are Dorothea Lasky, Dara Weir, and James Tate!

Due to technical difficulties, only portions of the recordings were captured. Part one includes some of the works of Dorothy Lasky.

The final installment of the this series of broadsides is also here. For more information on the Manila Broadsides, visit: http://rope-a-dope-press.blogspot.com/
All rights reserved.

About the Poets:
Dorothea Lasky was born in St. Louis in 1978. She is the author of the full-length collection of poems, AWE (Wave Books, 2007), as well as the chapbooks Alphabets and Portraits and The Hatmaker’s Wife. She has attended Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She currently lives in Philadelphia, where she co-edits the Katalanché Press chapbook series and is pursuing her doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dara Wier is the author of ten collections of poetry, most recently Remnants of Hannah and Reverse Rapture (Wave Books, 2006 and 2005, respectively). She has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA and The American Poetry Review. She directs the MFA program for poets and writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and co-directs the University of Massachusetts' Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts and Action.

James Tate is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose, most recently The Ghost Soldier (Ecco, 2008). His Selected Poems won the Pulitzer Prize and the William Carlos Williams Award in 1991. His other honors include a National Book Award and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

September 2008: Rauan Klassnik, Justin Marks, and Lisa Olsetein for Reading #29!
October 11, 2008 02:32 PM PDT
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The So and So Series Reading No. 29
Held at the Distillery in South Boston, MA on Saturday, Septemeber 20, 2008

This month's poets are Rauan Klassnik, Justin Marks, and Lisa Olstein.

Tricia Gray was this months artist for our September Manila Broadside, the collaboration with Rope-a-Dope press that puts our poets on paper--awesomely. For more information on the Manila Broadsides, visit: http://rope-a-dope-press.blogspot.com/
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About the Poets:
Rauan Klassnik was born a long time ago. Rauan Klassnik is not dead, though he often sure-damned feels like it. Rauan's primary goal in life is to live forever. Perhaps this explains why he has such a bad attitude. Rauan Klassnik does, though, believe in singing. Like Emily Dickinson on the charnel steps. His poems have appeared many places and his first book, Holy Land, released April 1st (no joke) from Black Ocean.

Justin Marks is the author of A Million in Prizes (New Issues Press, forthcoming 2009). His latest chapbook is [Summer insular] (Horse Less Press, 2007). He is the founder and Editor of Kitchen Press Chapbooks and lives in New York City.

Lisa Olstein is the author of RADIO CRACKLING, RADIO GONE, winner of the 2005 Hayden Carruth Award, and LOST ALPHABET, forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Centrum Foundation. She is the Associate Director of the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at UMass Amherst.

August 2008: Mary and the Librarians!!!
October 09, 2008 06:05 PM PDT
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The So and So Series Reading No. 28
Held at the Distillery in South Boston, MA on Saturday, August 23, 2008

This month's poets are Sommmer Browning, Hazel McClure, and Aaron Tieger

Don't forget to oggle over this month's Manila Broadsides, our collaboration with Rope-a-Dope press that puts our poets on paper--awesomely. Especially since Mary Walker Graham of Rope-a-Dope had to pinch hit and host for Chris Tonelli who was busy with car trouble in NC.

For more information on the Manila Broadsides, a project that combines visual art and poetry, visit: http://manilabroadsides.blogspot.com Silkscreen by this month's featured artist, Carrie Siegel.
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About the Poets:
Sommer Browning lives in Brooklyn. Her chapbook, Vale Tudo, is out
with horse less press. She curates the poetry readings at Pete's Candy
Store, is almost a librarian, and draws vulgar comix. Visit her here: http://www.asthmachronicles.blogspot.com.

Hazel McClure wrote Nothing Moving, a chapbook from Lame House press. Her work has been published in Mirage #4/ Period(ical), the tiny, Coconut and Can We Have Our Ball Back. She lives and writes in Buffalo.

Aaron Tieger's most recent books are Anxiety Chant (Skysill Press) and The Collected Typos of Aaron Tieger (Editions Louis Wain). Formerly the editor of CARVE Poems, he now publishes Petrichord Books in Cambridge, MA.

July 2008: Take 27! with Elizabeth Bradfield, Kevin Gallagher, and Jon Thompson
October 08, 2008 05:17 PM PDT
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The So and So Series Reading No. 27
Held at the Distillery in South Boston, MA on Saturday, July 26, 2008

This month's poets are Elizabeth Bradfield, Kevin Gallagher, and Jon Thompson

Don't forget to ogle over this month's Manila Broadsides, our collaboration with Rope-a-Dope press that puts our poets on paper--awesomely. For more information on the Manila Broadsides, a project that combines visual art and poetry, visit: http://manilabroadsides.blogspot.com/
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About the Poets:
Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of Interpretive Work (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2008) and editor of Broadsided (www.broadsidedpress.org), a virtual, grassroots press that harnesses the tradition of the broadside to put words on the streets. Her poems have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, in anthologies, and are forthcoming in Ploughshares and Orion. Her second book, Ice-Blink, will be published in late 2009. A recent transplant from Alaska, she lives in North Truro. When not writing, she works as a naturalist.

Kevin Gallagher is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, Isolate Flecks (Cervena Barva), and Looking for Lake Texcoco (Cy Gist, forthcoming, August 2008). His poetry and reviews have appeared in such publications as The Boston Review, Emergency Almanac, Green Mountains Review, Harvard Review, Jacket, Peacework, the Partisan Review, and elsewhere. In 2004 he edited a feature on Kenneth Rexroth for Jacket, and a chapbook titled Nevertheless: Some Gloucester Writers and Artists. From 1992 to 2002 he was a publisher and editor of compost magazine. A retrospective anthology of compost, co-edited with Margaret Bezucha, is titled There’s No Place on Earth Like the World (Zephyr, 2006). He is now guest editing a feature on Denise Levertov for Jacket. He lives with his wife Kelly, and son Theo, in Newton, Massachusetts.

Jon Thompson teaches at North Carolina State University, where he edits Free Verse: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry & Poetics and Free Verse Editions, a new poetry series. His first volume of poems, The Book of the Floating World, was reissued in a new expanded edition in 2007. He recently finished a new collection of poems called Strange Country.

June 2008: Black Ocean and the So and So Series...Paige Ackerson-Kiely, Zachary Schomburg, and Janaka Stucky
October 08, 2008 03:20 PM PDT
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The So and So Series Reading No. 26
Held at the Distillery in South Boston, MA on June 7th, 2008

This month's poets are Paige Ackerson-Kiely, Zachary Schomburg, and Janaka Stucky

If you haven't seen the Manila Broadsides, our collaboration with Rope-a-Dope press that puts our poets on paper--awesomely, you're missing out. For more information on the Manila Broadsides, a project that combines visual art and poetry, visit: http://manilabroadsides.blogspot.com/
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About the Poets:
Paige Ackerson-Kiely is the author of a collection of poetry, In No One's Land, winner of the Sawtooth Prize and published by Ahsahta Press. She lives with her family in rural Vermont and works as a clerk.

Zachary Schomburg is the author of a book of poems, The Man Suit (Black Ocean 2007), the co-editor of an online poetry magazine, Octopus, and the co-editor of a small poetry press, Octopus Books. Poems from his new manuscript, Scary, No Scary, are in Denver Quarterly and Born, among others. His collaborations with Emily Kendal Frey are in Diode, Sir!, and Pilot. His translations of the Russian poet Andrei Sen-Senkov are forthcoming in Circumference and Mantis. He is a PhD student at the University of Nebraska.

Janaka Stucky is the founder and managing editor of Black Ocean, and publishes the magazine Handsome. Since receiving his BFA from Emerson and an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College in 2003, he remains rooted in Boston—spending his life traveling, writing, and caring for the dead. Some of his poems have appeared in: Denver Quarterly, No Tell Motel, North American Review, Redivider, and VOLT.

Rent a Car and Listen! So and So Reading #25 -- Jennifer Firestone and Sarah Rosenthal in May 2008
October 07, 2008 06:19 PM PDT
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The So and So Series Reading No. 25
Held at the Distillery in South Boston, MA on May 17, 2008

If you haven't seen the Manila Broadsides, our collaboration with Rope-a-Dope press that puts our poets on paper--awesomely, you're missing out. Scott Chasse's redunkulous broadside was like looking at an old school version of Britney, Paris, and Lindsay on it. Jealous much?
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For more information on the Manila Broadsides, a project that combines visual art and poetry, visit: http://manilabroadsides.blogspot.com/

This month's poets are Jennifer Firestone, and Sarah Rosenthal. Dorothea Lasky was unable to attend due to an allergic reaction.

About the Poets:
Jennifer Firestone is the co-editor of Letters To Poets: Conversations About Poetics, Politics, and Community, forthcoming in October from Saturnalia Books. She is the author of Holiday (published by Shearsman Books), Waves (published by Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), and From Flashes and snapshot (both published by Sona Books). Her work has appeared in HOW2, LUNGFULL!, Can We Have Our Ball Back, Fourteen Hills, MIPOesias Magazine, Dusie, 580 Split, Saint Elizabeth Street and others. She is the Poet in Residence at Eugene Lang College (The New School For Liberal Arts), and she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their infant twins.

Sarah Rosenthal is the author of How I Wrote This Story (Margin to Margin, 2001), sitings (a+bend, 2000), not-chicago (Melodeon, 1998), and Manhatten (Spuyten Duyvil, forthcoming). Her poetry, fiction, reviews, essays, and interviews have appeared in numerous journals including How(2), Bird Dog, Fence, Lungfull, Denver Quarterly, and Boston Review. Her poetry has been anthologized in Bay Poetics (Faux Press, 2006), The Other Side of the Postcard (City Lights, 2005), and hinge (Crack Press, 2002). Sarah has created a commissioned, multimedia installation based on her poetry for the San Francisco Exploratorium Museum. She is the recipient of the Leo Litwak Fiction Award, the Primavera Fiction Prize, and a grant-supported writing residency at the Vermont Studio Center. Her collection of interviews, A Community Writing Itself: Conversations with Avant-Garde Writers of the Bay Area, is currently being considered by several publishers. She writes curricula on writing and reading for the Developmental Studies Center, a nonprofit publishing house, and teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University.

We're TWO! with readings by Lily Brown, Betsy Wheeler, and Mark Yakich -- April 2008 So and So
October 07, 2008 06:05 PM PDT
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April 12 2008 05:49 PM PST

The So and So Series Celebrates its 2nd Birthday
Held at the Distillery in South Boston, MA on

The second series of Manila Broadsides has begun! This time around, they are going to be perforated triptychs. Sweet.

This month features the poets Lily Brown, Betsy Wheeler, and Mark Yakich, and the artist Mike Dacey. All rights reserved.

For more information on the Manila Broadsides, a project that combines visual art and poetry, visit: http://manilabroadsides.blogspot.com/

About the Poets:
Lily Brown was born and raised in Massachusetts and currently lives in San Francisco. She is the author of the chapbook The Renaissance Sheet, published by Octopus Books in 2007, and her second chapbook, Old with You, is forthcoming from Kitchen Press in 2008. Poems have appeared or will appear in Typo, Octopus, Handsome, Coconut, Fence, Pleiades and 26.

Originally from the Upper Mississippi River Valley, Betsy Wheeler studied poetry and the art of the book at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse where she was a Maple House Fellow for Sutton Hoo Press. She received her MFA in poetry from The Ohio State University in 2005, then lived, worked, and wrote as the Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University's Stadler Center for Poetry from 2005-2007. Her poems have recently appeared in The Journal, Bat City Review, MiPoesias, Pebble Lake Review, Forklift Ohio, Ping Pong, and Absent. Her chapbook, Start Here, is available from Small Anchor Press. Co-editor of Pilot and Pilot Books, she lives in Northampton, Massachusetts where she works for Wondertime magazine.

Mark Yakich's new poetry collection is The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine (Penguin 2008). He lives in New Orleans. His website is markyakich.com.

So and So South Pt. 4
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January 28, 2008 04:22 AM PST
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Part four from our reading field trip to AWP in Hotlanta.

On Friday March 2nd, 2007 we were at the Apache Cafe, 64 3rd St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308-1035.

Thanks to these journals and presses we had a totally kick-ass line-up:
Absent, Drunken Boat, Fringe, Kitchen Press, LIT, RealPoetik, Redivider, Rose Metal Press.

Thanks for these readers for sharing their skills with us that night:
Rusty Barnes, Dan Boehl, Chip Cheek, Julia Cohen, Leigh Anne Couch, Elisa Gabbert, Kate Greenstreet, Amy King, Sawako Nakayasu, Deborah Poe, Kathleen Rooney, Ravi Shankar, Mathias Svalina, Sampson Starkweather, Cam Terwilliger, Jen Tynes, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Kevin Wilson, Terri Witek, Allyssa Wolf, and Matvei Yankelevich.
Visit our podcast, "The So and So South, Pt 1" for writer bios.

So and So South Pt. 3
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January 28, 2008 04:19 AM PST
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Part Three from our reading field trip to AWP in Hotlanta.

On Friday March 2nd, 2007 we were at the Apache Cafe, 64 3rd St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308-1035.

Thanks to these journals and presses we had a totally kick-ass line-up:
Absent, Drunken Boat, Fringe, Kitchen Press, LIT, RealPoetik, Redivider, Rose Metal Press.

Thanks for these readers for sharing their skills with us that night:
Rusty Barnes, Dan Boehl, Chip Cheek, Julia Cohen, Leigh Anne Couch, Elisa Gabbert, Kate Greenstreet, Amy King, Sawako Nakayasu, Deborah Poe, Kathleen Rooney, Ravi Shankar, Mathias Svalina, Sampson Starkweather, Cam Terwilliger, Jen Tynes, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Kevin Wilson, Terri Witek, Allyssa Wolf, and Matvei Yankelevich.
Visit our podcast, "The So and So South, Pt 1" for writer bios.

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