BEST OF THE MICROPRESSES @ AWP
In some cases, these events overlap, or are too far apart to reasonably expect to attend consecutively without a teleporter. Two travel tips: 1) always expect it to take longer than it should, and 2) when in doubt, ask a local. Check the MTA site for a map of the subway system. That'll be the most economical and fastest (trust me) way to get around. Buy a $20 Metrocard to share with a pal or two (not an unlimited, which will only swipe once every 20 mins) for the best value. It'd be a shame to limit yourself to Manhattan only. Brooklyn rocks!
AND I've heard at least a dozen micropressers and DIYers say they'll be carrying books/chaps/swag with them in bookbags, since not everybody can get into the conference itself. So keep your eyes peeled & ask 'em to show you their stuff! (I'll be a walking bookstore myself--hawking copies of Bloof's Drunk by Noon, A Gringo Like Me, For Girls (& Others) from my tote--special event price $10 each!--& bestowing limited advance copies of My Zorba on potential reviewers. Danielle Pafunda will also have copies of My Zorba in her bag to show off/give to reviewers.)
WEDNESDAY, January 30
8:00 PM in the East Village (Manhattan)
The Poetry Project at St. Marks Church
131 E. 10th St.
Cost: All events are $8, $7 for students and seniors, $5 for members
DIY tip: These poets have books and chapbooks out from Ugly Duckling, Action Books, Dusie, and others, and Dan Machlin is the founding editor of Futurepoem Books. The Project hosts tons of NYC's best poetry readings and is must for historical reasons. Also, it's just down the street from St. Marks Books, a neighborhood favorite since the late '70s. St. Marks has impressive poetry and journal selections, as well as a couple of racks of DIY consignment stuff in the back.
8:00 PM in Park Slope (Brooklyn)
82 Fourth Avenue
(between St. Marks and Bergen Street)
4 Fab Poets: Susan Brennan, Aracelis Girmay (Curbstone Press),
Brent Hendricks, & Abraham Smith (Action Books)
DIY tip: Pacific Standard features a terrific selection of microbrews. List here.
THURSDAY, January 31
7:00 PM in Greenpoint (Brooklyn)
w/ C.D. Wright, Eleni Sikelianos, Graham Foust,
Joyelle McSweeney, Joshua Marie Wilkinson,
Julie Doxsee, Max Winter, Adam Clay,
Zachary Schomburg, Morgan Lucas Schuldt,
Lily Brown, Rauan Klassnik, Cindy Savett,
Jon Thompson, Melanie Hubbard
& music by Walter Baker
Doors 7 PM, $6
@ East Coast Aliens
216 Franklin Street
btwn. Green & Huron
DIY tip: Hosted by Black Ocean, Cannibal Books, Free Verse Editions, Kitchen Press, Octopus, Tarpaulin Sky Press & Typo! A guaranteed chance to come home with a bagful of chaps. Plus, there's a party after:
just blocks away from East Cost Aliens
11:30 pm –3:30 am
@ Red Star
37 Greenpoint Ave.
corner of Greenpoint & West
FRIDAY, February 1
7:00 PM in the East Village (Manhattan)
Switchback Books, Sarabande Books,
Red Morning Press, & Red Hen Press
Ivy Alvarez, Thomas Heise, Peggy Munson (via DVD!),
Liz Bradfield, Brandi Homan, Sean Norton, Jason Bredle,
Charles Hood, Eva Saulitis, Nickole Brown, Cate Marvin,
Mónica de la Torre, Simone Muench, & Caroline Noble Whitbeck
11th St Bar
510 E. 11st St.
(between Avenues A & B)
8:00 PM in Williamsburg (Brooklyn)
featuring Bloof Books, Coconut Books & No Tell Books
Who will be crowned Miss Micropress 2008? The audience decides.
Satin sashes, ridiculous talents, thought-provoking interviews.
And tiaras! Free book raffle! FREE admission!
Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Shanna Compton (judge), Bruce Covey (judge),
Jill Alexander Essbaum, Shafer Hall, Jennifer L. Knox,
Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Reb Livingston (host), Danielle Pafunda,
PF Potvin & Ravi Shankar (judge)
766 Grand Street
(L TRAIN to Grand Street, 1 block West)
Doors open at 7:30. Show starts at 8:00.
DIY tip: Williamsburg is one of the easiest Brooklyn neighborhoods to reach from Manhattan--just hop on any of the many trains headed for Union Square, then transfer to the Brooklyn-bound L train for a straight shot to Williamsburg. The Stain Bar is a very cool place, owned by novelist Krista Madsen. They've got great beers and wines, plus those big soft pretzels. As a bonus, Maureen Thorson of Big Game Books and Stan Apps of Insert Press are coming along and will probably bring some of their chaps as well. And hey, at least it's not a marathon reading.
8:00 PM in SoHo (Manhattan)
526 Canal Street
Daniel Borzutzky, Sandy Florian, Johannes Göransson,
Paul Foster Johnson, Kimberly Lyons, Robert Strong,
Amy Wright & Jake Adam York
DIY tip: A shindig by Apostrophe Books, Action Books, Elixir Press & Instance Press. This venue is new to me, but it's in a cool section of SoHo, a scenic formerly-artists-now-ritzy-retail neighborhood with many bars, restaurants, and art galleries.
SATURDAY, February 2
3:00 PM in Park Slope/Fort Greene (Brooklyn)
456 Bergen St.
2 or 3 to Bergen Street, or B, Q, D, M or R to Atlantic/Pacific
DIY tip: Unnameable is a super bookstore, run by Adam Tobin. A friendly place with a great selection of new and used books, it's also in a cool area of Brooklyn, on the border between Park Slope and Fort Greene. If you're sick of the bookfair, maybe hit the Brooklyn Museum or Prospect Park before/after, if the weather's decent, or take in a movie at BAM.
6:00 PM in the East Village (Manhattan)
Jimmy’s No. 43 Stage
43 East 7th Street
(between 2nd & 3rd Ave)
Phil Cordelli, Jeff Encke, Andrew Hughes, Melanie Hubbard,
Ben Mazer & Bronwen Tate
DIY tip: Matt & Katy Henriksen make Cannibal by hand, and it's always full of good stuff. Hot-off-the-presses copies of Ben Mazer's The Foundations of Poetry Mathematics and Melanie Hubbard's Gilbi Winco Swags will also available.
MICROPRESS HIGHLIGHTS FROM @ AWP BOOKFAIR
OK, so this is harder than I thought. I'm not finding many table # announcements, but a lot of general "come visit us at the bookfair" exhortations. So folks will definitely be in there, somewhere. Feel free to leave your info in the comment box below and I'll add it as I can.
DIY tip: As the bookfair goes on, usually a good number of the booths and tables are abandoned, and smaller presses often move in, squatter style. So by Saturday you may find many adhoc displays. It's one of the best things about the event, really. It's always a lot of fun to see people congregated at these impromptu tables, while some of the "more established" presses resort to giving away candy to draw attention. (Pics to come, for sure.)
Here are a few I know about:
Kitchen Press #21
Pilot Books/Small Fires Press/Factory Hollow Press # 91
Outside Voices/Flim Forum #??
The So and So Series/Rope-A-Dope Press #285
Red Morning Press #488
Barn Owl Review #406