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March 2007: Part II - The So and So, St. Patrick, and Oni Buchanan
August 22, 2007 02:39 PM PDT
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The So and So Series Reading No. 11
Held at the Lily Pad in Cambridge, MA on March 17, 2007
Featuring Jon Woodward, Oni Buchanan, and Benjamin Paloff

We've tried something new, and each reader for March 2007 is a single podcast. This podcast features Oni Buchanan.

Oni Buchanan is the author of What Animal, published in October 2003 as the winner of the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series competition. Her poems currently appear or are forthcoming in Conduit, Seneca Review, dragonfire, Forklift: Ohio, and elsewhere, including the anthologies The Best American Poetry 2004 and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century. She holds a B.A. in English and music from the University of Virginia, an M.F.A. in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a Master’s degree in piano performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. As a concert pianist, she has released three solo piano CD’s, and actively performs across the U.S. She is on the piano faculty at the New School of Music in Cambridge, maintains a private teaching studio, and serves as an online poetry mentor for the Anna Akhmatova Foundation.

March 2007: Part I - The So and So, St. Patrick, & Jon Woodward
August 22, 2007 02:35 PM PDT
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The So and So Series Reading No. 11
Held at the Lily Pad in Cambridge, MA on March 17, 2007
Featuring Jon Woodward, Oni Buchanan, and Benjamin Paloff

We've tried something new, and each reader for March 2007 is a single podcast. This podcast features Jon Woodward.

Jon Woodward currently lives in Brighton and works at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology. His second book, Rain, was published by Wave Books in 2006.

February 2007: Shanna Compton, Katie Degentesh, Sam Starkweather, & Jen Tynes
August 22, 2007 01:56 PM PDT
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The So and So Series Reading No. 10
Held at the Lily Pad in Cambridge, MA on Feb 10, 2007

Order of Events:
0:00 Intro by Reading Curator Chris Tonelli
02:18 Shanna Compton
25:00 Katie Degentesh
43:00 Sampson Starkweather
1:03:30 Jen Tynes

Shanna Compton is the author of Down Spooky (Winnow, 2005) and the editor of Gamers (Soft Skull, 2004). Other recent poems can be found (or are forthcoming) in Dusie, Ping-Pong, Pebble Lake Review, and Abraham Lincoln. She's currently working on a new book called For Girls, which she plans to publish DIY-style in 2007. Visit her online at http://www.shannacompton.com.

Katie Degentesh lives in New York City. Her poems and writings have appeared in Shiny, Fence, the Poetry Project Newsletter and numerous other venues. Her first book, The Anger Scale, was recently published by Combo Books. Each poem in the book is titled with a question from the MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) and constructed with the help of Internet search engines.

Sampson Starkweather was born in Pittsboro, North Carolina. He works as an editor of science textbooks. Some of his poems are recently published or forthcoming from: LIT; jubilat; Poetry Daily; Absent; New York Quarterly; Sink Review; Gargoyle; Redivider; Asheville Poetry Review; Lumina; and were nominated for a 2006 Pushcart Prize. He lives in the woods alone.

Jen Tynes edits Horse Less Press and is the author of The End of Rude Handles(Red Morning Press 2006), See Also Electric Light (Dancing Girl Press, forthcoming Feb 2007) and, with Erika Howsare, The Ohio System (Octopus Books 2007). Her writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Lit, Denver Quarterly, Typo, Melancholia's Tremulous Dreadlocks and The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel: Second Floor.

January 2007: Flim Forum Press
August 22, 2007 01:24 PM PDT
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The So and So Reading Series, No. 9
Featuring poets from Flim Forum Press.
For more information visit http://flimforum.com
Held at Porter Square Books in Cambridge MA held January 2007

Order of Events:
00:00 Introduction by Chris Tonelli
04:00 Adam Golaski
24:15 John Cotter
40:00 Jeff Paris

Unfortunately the final reader of that evening, Matthew Klane, was not recorded due to technical difficulties. Our sincere apologies.

Adam Golaski, co-editor at Flim Forum Press and Horror Fiction Editor of New Genre, is known to a small—but devoted—group of fans as the lead singer of Outlet (1991 – 96), a two-man punk outfit formed in Woodland, Maine. Their best known recording, Letter to Mars, was distributed exclusively fan-to-fan on cassette—the original 4-track recordings, made in an Amherst College basement, were stolen. Outlet stepped into the studio once more in 2000 and recorded the raw stuff for a new album, as-of-yet unreleased. Two tracks from those sessions, “Why Worry Rosary” and “I’m Bored Airports,” became minor hits for Golaski, as he performed them at Boston area clubs. The other half of Outlet, Jeremy Withers, still works with Golaski in the capacity of graphic designer. Aside from the beautiful Oh One Arrow, Withers is also responsible for the look of New Genre #4.

John Cotter has published work in 3rd Bed, Goodfoot, Hanging Loose, failbetter, Pebble Lake, Coconut Poetry, The Columbian Journal of American Studies, and others. He lives in Cambridge where he's working on a novel. In 2007 his work will appear in Volt, Unpleasant Event Schedule, word for/word, and Oh One Arrow.

Jeff Paris lives in New York City. It just kind of happened. Or keeps happening. His job is getting groups of small children to sing and dance. No, really—that's his job. Check out New Genre, the journal he co-edits. His chapbook of prose poems is called “The Mothskull Windchime."

September 2006: High School Teachers Gone Wild!
August 22, 2007 12:28 PM PDT
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The So and So Reading Series No. 5
Held at the Lily Pad, September 2006

The fifth installment of the series features Boston area high school teachers: Rob MacDonald, Michael Levine, and Chad Reynolds.

Order of Events:
00:00 Introduction by host and curator Chris Tonelli
2:04 Rob MacDonald
24:02 Michael Levine
44:27 Chad Reynolds

Although Rob MacDonald graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in Mathematics, he spent most of his time there writing poetry. In 1997, he was named Connecticut State Student Poet, which encouraged him to later pursue an MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College. He's been teaching high school math and English for the past nine years, and is currently the head of the math department at Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill.

Michael Levine has poems appearing and/or forthcoming in Natural Bridge, North American Review, Poet Lore, and 236. He currently teaches English at Gann Academy in Waltham, MA and holds an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University, where he taught creative writing and won an Academy of American Poets Prize, and an MFA in Writing from Washington University, where he taught composition and poetry writing. Among other odd jobs: writing thank you letters for Washington University's chancellor, selling women's & men's shoes, working in the Illinois Department of Transportation Motor Pool, bagging groceries, & detassling corn. For what it's worth.

Chad Reynolds's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Swink, RealPoetik, Redivider, Washington Square, Meridian, Puerto del Sol, and elsewhere. He teaches English at Gann Academy in Waltham and lives in Somerville with his wife.

June 2006: The staff of Ploughshares
August 08, 2007 03:06 PM PDT
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The So and So Reading Series No. 2
Held at the Lily Pad, June 2006

The second installment of the series features the staff of Ploughshares: David Daniel, Rob Arnold, Simeon Berry, and Elisa Gabbert.

Order of Events:
00:00 Introduction by host and curator Chris Tonelli
01:46 Rob Arnold (sorry, sound quality on this one is rather poor)
07:39 Elisa Gabbert
23:44 Simeon Berry
44:40 David Daniel

Rob Arnold is the Managing Editor of Ploughshares and Editor of the on-line literary journal Memorious.

Elisa Gabbert is also a Reader for Ploughshares and her NaPoWriMo poems can be found at The Steinach Operation.

Simeon Berry is a Reader for Ploughshares and his NaPoWriMo poems can be found at The Coriolis Question.

David Daniel is the Poetry Editor of Ploughshares and author of Seven-Star Bird (Graywolf Press).

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