Thursday, October 21, 2010
Currently, he has put out a call for an editor for an eZine produced by The Isles Poetry Group. According to information he has posted about this opportunity, “the position is unpaid, but with income potential.”
If you are interested in applying for the position, or would like more information about it, send an email to email@example.com .
Thanks to Astarte Immortal for sharing this call. Reprinted from the Examiner.com.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Nothing No On Nowhere will be published quarterly in print edition and will be edited by Amelia Hoff. Submissions will close on December 1st, 2010 or when the issue is full. These are the general guidelines:
- You may submit up to five pieces of poetry or short prose/flash fiction or up to the total of 5 pages.
- Short stories, fiction, plays, and interviews may be submitted with a length of up to 10 pages.
- Reviews maybe submitted with a length up to 2 pages per review.
- Public Forum/Polemics- This is a segment of the magazine dedicate to allowing the voice of public concern, thought or question to be expressed. Community to world wide, this space is open for your truth.
- Art maybe sent in .jpeg format. Do not send .zip or like format. You may send a minimum of 4 images and up to 10 images. The work you submit may not previously appear in any print or internet media.
If there is a format of writing you wish to submit not included above, you may contact and inquire.
WE DO NOT ACCEPT SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS.
YOU MAY SUBMIT PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED WORK, however, they must be older than one year from the publication date of the Nothing No One Nowhere issue you wish your work to appear in.
- Please include publishing history in your cover letter.
- Please indicate what type of writing you are submitting (i.e. fiction, short story, public forum, etc.)
- There may be up to a three month waiting period; please consider this when submitting.
- Submissions must be marked: Nothing No One Nowhere Submission or NNN-submission
- Please include your mailing address and a bio spit not to exceed three lines.
- All submissions should be sent by e-mail in the body of the draft to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
There is no payment for publication in Nothing No One Nowhere, though we are hoping to provide monetary compensation to our contributors in the future. However, any creator featured in Nothing No One Nowhere will receive one contributors copy.
We will reserve a limited amount of retail space for you to advertise your latest work or your business. All adds must be black and white or grayscale. Ads must be sent in .jpeg format or .gif format and must be print ready. We use laser printers so the detail of your ad will display. These are the ad rates:
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We will design your ad for $10.00 for 1/8 Size through Half Page Size ads and $20 for whole page ads.
Payment options may be discussed in correspondence.
Mark your email: NNN-ad
Ad inclusion ends December 1, 2010. No exceptions.
All correspondence for Nothing No One Nowhere must be sent to: email@example.com .
Friday, September 24, 2010
"Jason Schneiderman has a fabulous, distillate gift for seeing to the heart of inherited paradigms: the Greeks on violence and the gods; the Christian Middle Ages on violence and conquest; the all-too-transhistorical, multicultural Everywhere on violence toward children. Hence the ravishing paradox of Schneiderman's poems, which find their freshest purchase in twice-told tales: the myths of Hyacinth and Echo, the myth of the progressive totalitarian state, the skepticism of the Rabbis, the nostalgia of the skeptical philosophers. STRIKING SURFACE (six of them on the hand alone, says the latest Interrogation Manual) is both beautifully conceived and beautifully written: witty, trenchant, tender, acerbic, and always, immutably, wise"--Linda Gregerson.
(photo credit: Star Black)
Schneiderman practices, and sometimes excels at, the kind of art that seems, at first, artless: his sonnets, prose poems, and sparse free verse show a laconic figure whose grave reserve reveals itself in carefully stripped-down language, using only the most common American words. This second collect...
Friday, September 10, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010 4:48 PM
From: Lawrence Schimel
Am doing 2 new anthos via A Midsummer Night's Press.
Thanks for any help in spreading the word.
And shana Tova!
FLAMBOYANT: A Celebration of Jewish Gay Poetry
edited by Lawrence Schimel
- Title file with the initials of the anthology and author's last name: F-Surname.doc or MH-Surname.doc
- Include your name, your mailing address, your email address, and a bio WITHIN the .doc file with your essay, as submissions will be separated from emails to be read.
- Submit your work by email, as an attachment in .doc or .rtf format, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: November 30, 2010.
Payment will be three copies of the anthology per contributor.
About the Editors:
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Wisdom of Our Mothers (Familia Books, 2010) is an anthology of true stories and poetry based on the theme of lessons learned from the authors’ mothers. It is the brain-child of part-time philanthropist Eric Bowen.
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WISDOM OF OUR MOTHERS
From the mother who taught her daughter to wire a lamp
to the mother who recruited the President to save her daughter's life,
the memories of daughters and sons of the remarkable wisdom and dedication of their mothers come to vivid life in this anthology of true stories.
Opposing domestic violence: In honor of those mothers doing their work in the most difficult of circumstances, editor Eric Bowen has pledged to donate one-half of his profits from the sale of this book to shelters for women and their children who are escaping abusive relationships.
* * * FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE * * *
Aug 25, 2010
917 679 5002
EIGHTY-EIGHT STORIES CAMPAIGN AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Anthology aims to raise funds for abused mothers and children
Bellingham, Washington (July 1, 2010) Wisdom of Our Mothers (Familia Books, 2010) is an anthology of true stories and poetry based on the theme of lessons learned from the authors’ mothers. It is the brain-child of part-time philanthropist Eric Bowen.
Following the publication of Tim Russert’s popular Wisdom of Our Fathers, Bowen saw the need for a companion volume of maternal wisdom. Bowen solicited writers from around the world to contribute their stories of what they had learned from their mothers. Guided by his own mother’s teaching that “one does well by doing good,” Bowen has pledged half his profits from the book to raise funds for shelters for abused mothers and children.
Everyone has a mother, and readers will doubtlessly find stories in this anthology that relate to their own experiences. Yet Bowen’s presentation isn’t sentimental. The mothers profiled in the stories are human. Their virtues are balanced by their flaws, and in some cases, the lessons learned from those flaws form the basis of the story.
The anthology explores maternal wisdom in various categories: emotional, relationship, and practical skills; virtues, humor, and heritage. One chapter delves into “the dark side,” profiling some truly dysfunctional mothers. “From other lands” describes motherhood in cultures outside the American mainstream.
For more information about Wisdom of Our Mothers, please visit http://www.familiabooks.com/ or contact Eric Bowen at 360-384-1028.
About Eric Bowen:
Eric Bowen has worked as an occasional free-lance reporter. Of Welsh descent, he covered the Welsh nationalist movement of the 1990s, summarizing his work in his first book, An American View of Wales. In addition to his writing experience, Bowen brings to his new book a social conscience and multicultural perspective developed in his volunteer work with the United Farm Workers and Amnesty International. These perspectives, coupled with his personal trauma as both an observer and victim of domestic violence in his extended family, are evident in the yeasty, gritty, and multicultural facets of the anthology.
About Familia Books:
Familia Books is Eric Bowen’s publishing enterprise. In addition to Wisdom of Our Mothers, Bowen plans further anthologies including Wisdom of Our Children and Surviving Domestic Violence.
Monday, August 30, 2010
|LIGHTLY IN THE GOOD OF DAY|
by Bob Hart
(Bench Press, September 2010)
6x9, perfect bound, 84 pages, $15.00
For more details about Bench Press and Lightly in the Good of Day by Bob Hart please visit: http://www.benchpresspoetry.com/
poetry that exerts pressure at every point, and so achieves a momentary rest
Louise Bourgeois (1912-2010)
by Valery Oisteanu
Sculptures are almost melting, crying of loneliness
Aggressive ecstasy and malicious joy
Gigantic spiders stand still, in a frozen position
The spider-mother had passed into infinity
Mirrors reflecting other mirrors, as a portal
The old doors that were never opened
Her octagonal room a sequence of doors
Move slowly, almost invisible, closing opening
Two dark limbs are chopped off
And lay there on a slab of dark granite
The grand dame of Confessional art
With the dark latex phallus under her arm
Talks to Freud and Lacan, May 31, 2010
Something dark and uneasy about her
Her head appears like a surreal house
No eyes but windows, no face but steps
A garden of phalluses grows under her
She will harvest them on a full moon
Eccentric, sadistic, abstract-geometric
Totemic, Iconic, Ironic
All of that and much more
The Louise we knew, will not return.
The Spider is an ode to my mother. She was my best friend. Like a spider, my mother was a weaver. My family was in the business of tapestry restoration, and my mother was in charge of the workshop. Like spiders, my mother was very clever. Spiders are friendly presences that eat mosquitoes. We know that mosquitoes spread diseases and are therefore unwanted. So, spiders are helpful and protective, just like my mother.
– Louise Bourgeois
Louise Joséphine Bourgeois, French-American artist and sculptor, nicknamed the "Spiderwoman" for her spider structures or Maman, died of heart failure on 31 May 2010 at the age of 98. She is credited as the founder of "confessional" art, best known for her disturbing and symbolic sculptures exploring birth, sexuality and death from a woman's point of view.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
This program is held at:
Williams Center for the Performing Arts
One Williams Plaza
Rutherford, NJ 07070
Tel: (201) 939-6969
Fax: (201) 939-0843
Call the Rutherford Public Library at 201.939.8600 for more information.
Friday, August 20, 2010
3RD COLLECTION CELEBRATES THE AMERICAN POETIC VOICE
RUTHERFORD, August 20, 2010 — A remarkable collection of 42 poets connected with the
Published by the Red Wheelbarrow Poets, this third annual edition of the literary journal celebrates the epic in the local and poetic voices in the American grain that so inspired William Carlos Williams, Rutherford's hometown doctor and poet, whose liberation of the voice of the common man (and woman) in poetry was a true revolution in words during the last century.
"Dr. Williams was a one-man vortex who continues to inspire the many fine poets who live in
"All of the poets in The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow have a deep connection with the town," said Klein. "Either they have participated in the Red Wheelbarrow Poets' weekly poetry workshop, now in its fourth year, or the monthly readings at the
"We have scored another coup by publishing two rare and perhaps previously unpublished works by Williams," said managing editor Mark Fogarty. "Jane Fisher, director of the Rutherford Public Library, graciously allowed me to look through the library's Williams Collection, and we came up with a short typed memoir of
"Our featured poet this year, Kathy Kuenzle, is a Rutherford native now living in Providence, RI who has made a "return of the native" to Rutherford in the past couple of years," said managing editor Sondra Singer Beaulieu. "Her exciting work comes both from her Rutherford period and her later years in
Keeping up the Williams theme, the book also features four essays on the poet, adapted from presentations made at the monthly
The journal will be launched on Sept. 1 at 7 PM at the
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Poets Wear Prada is a poetry publishing house with excellent poets and affordable books with beautiful covers. Have you had your poetry today?-Meredith Sue Willis, Books for Readers
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010
HINT FICTION WRITING CONTEST
DEADLINE: October 11, 2010
Gotham Writers' Workshop invites you to enter our Hint Fiction 25-Word Story Writing Contest. Entry is free and easy.
What is Hint Fiction? Here's Swartwood's definition:
Hint Fiction (n): a story of 25 words or fewer that suggests a larger, more complex story.
Submit your unpublished 25-word story to our competition and you could win:
•10-week writing workshop ($420 value)
•One-year subscription to The Writer
•Publication of your winning entry in Gotham's Winter 2011 course catalog
ENTRY IS FREE & EASY
To enter, just complete the online entry form. Limit one entry per person.
What are you waiting for? Enter today!
Reprinted from Gotham Writers' Workshop's 08/10/2010 GothamGRAM.
Just in case you have difficulty opening the link for the online entry form here it is to cut and past:
Friday, August 6, 2010
Deadline: September 30
Call For Submissions: Thanksgiving Mystery Anthology
We are in the process of creating an anthology of short stories to be released on November 1st as a Thanksgiving release.
This anthology is designed to be a humorous mystery anthology. Only mysteries with a definite humor angle to them will be accepted or considered. What we’re looking for are stories geared around the most popular Thanksgiving dishes: turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie, etc.. As long as it’s a regularly-featured food at Thanksgiving, we’re open to how you work it in. Please note that it is unlikely we will publish multiple stories of the same food (i.e.: no two stories where pumpkin pie is featured).
As this is a short story anthology, submissions need to be between 3500-5000 words in length. We may be willing to accept longer works depending on the content. Previously published material is ok for submission providing that all electronic rights have reverted to the author. Stories that have been published previously need to be notated as such, along with the information as to where it first appeared.
The intention is to release each short story as its own release under our existing Fingerprints short story line, but there will also be an all-in-one edition at a lower price than purchasing the stories individually to encourage readers to pick up the entire anthology.
Editor-In-Chief Jay Hartman will serve as Editor for this anthology.
Deadline for submissions is September 30th, 2010. Email submissions ONLY, and they MUST be in DOC format, Times New Roman, 12pt. Submissions received that are not in this format will be deleted. Please include the word “Thanksgiving” in your subject line. All stories should be sent to submissions at untreedreads dot com. Submissions sent to other email addresses will not be recognized.
If an insufficient amount of usable entries are received, this anthology may be withdrawn, and such withdrawal will be announced no later than September 15th.
Please repost/cross-promote this Call with fellow authors/blogs/lists, etc..
Questions regarding this Call should be directed to Editor-In-Chief Jay Hartman at jhartman at untreedreads dot com.
Editor Jane Callan is looking for stories of 5,000 word length (you can go slightly over but you won’t be paid more) about the concept of the twin emotions of pain and pleasure. The submissions must be full (the story complete) and emailed to jane at gmail dot com by October 1, 2010 as an MS Word Attachment with the subject line: "Pain/Pleasure Anthology Submission."
The submission can be, generally, anything with a strong erotic content. There is no limitation on genre. I definitely want a lot of variety such as m/m, femdom, diversity in characters. The work can have been published on your website but it cannot have been sold in publication.
Payment is $500 for each contracted submission with .25% royalty in exchange for world digital, audio and print rights.
Jane Callan is a long time romance reader whose passion is, you guessed it, reading. She's currently loving contemporary authors like Sarah Mayberry and Kristan Higgins but her first love will always be the historical. Some of her old time favorites are Amanda Quick and Johanna Lindsey and some of the new favorites are Sherry Thomas, Joanna Bourne and Claudia Dain. You can reach Jane by emailing her: jane at dearauthor dot com. You can follow Jane on twitter: @jane_l.
Reposted from http://dearauthor.com/wordpress/2010/06/26/submission-guidelines-for-the-painpleasure-anthology/
Reposted from http://www.lambdaliterary.org/category/writers/subs/
Thursday, July 29, 2010
A Pint of Bloody Fiction Submission Guidelines
What do we want?
200 word stories exactly – excluding the title and byline, filled with suspense. These 200 words must be able to tell a story from beginning to end, they should not be snippets from anything or quotes/passages. They must have at least one character and at least one form of action should play out.
How do we want it?
Please paste your story into the body of an email. No indents. Single spaced and a hard return after paragraphs. You can send up to three stories in one email accompanied by a bio of around 100-200 words. We do accept simultaneous submissions but if your story is accepted elsewhere whilst sitting in our slushpile, then please inform the editor. We also accept reprints, but please make sure that you have the rights to sell your work onto us. Please send all submissions to Sam at email@example.com
We offer $3 for both stories and poetry and a copy of the book at a discounted rate with free shipping.
Open until filled. We will announce when we are almost there.
~S.E.COX – Editor in Chief, House of Horror
|Tales of a Woman Scorned|
Anthology Call: TALES OF A WOMAN SCORNED
This anthology will be a collection of all those stories of what women will do to get what they want. From bunny boilers, to black widows, we want to read your darkest stories about these psychotic women.
We are looking for stories of between 2000-5000 words. Reprints are welcome as long as you have permission to sell your story again.
All submissions should be pasted into the body of an email. We do this simply to keep out any computer viruses as the editor’s laptops and computers are most precious to us, and also it makes for an easy transfer from editor to editor without constantly having to download an attachment. Anyone who sends us an attachment will not be read and their submission will automatically be deleted without notification.
Please only send one submission at a time. This means no multiple submissions. By all means, if we reject a story, then send us another – this goes for the poets too –one submission only! Simultaneous submissions are OK as long as you let us know if it has been accepted elsewhere whilst sat in our queue.
Put “Tales of a woman scorned/title/wordcount” in the subject line and send all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org and please be aware that your submissions may be shipped around for second or third opinions.
Please note that anyone who is a friend of the editor or from another publication/eZine etc, their work will be stripped of identity and sent to another editor for reading. I do not want to be biased when reading for this anthology. Theoretically as Editor in Chief, I will have the final say, but I will take into consideration the comments and notes from the other editors before making my decision.
Please format your submission with the following:
12pt Times New Roman – no other font please. Single spaced with a 2cm paragraph indentation. No returns after paragraphs. Mark scene breaks with three stars with two spaces between each one e.g.
* * *
All em dashes – must be true hyphens – with no spaces between words. Sentences in Italics should be in italics, not underlined.
In the body of an email before your submission, please introduce yourself, maybe tell us a little about the story – we like to hear about writers that submit to us, not a lot of publications do, but we want to get to know our writers and also include an interesting bio of 100-200 words. Please make your bio’s interesting. We do not want a reel off of publications and websites, pick your favourite three and keep it at that.
Open to submissions now and closed when full. We’re looking for about 30 stories for this fun anthology so get yours in as soon as you can. Expect to be put on a short-list or a rejection. Acceptances will be given out when we have all chosen stories.
Expected Publication date:
Mid to late September 2010
We offer $5 per story and $3 per poem, Also we have a contributor's royalty scheme. Upon publication, each contributor will choose their own reference number. Any books bought quoting their unique reference number, said contributor will recieve a further $5 or $3 via paypal depending on whether they had a story or poem published. There is no limit to how many books you can sell quoting your reference number, the more books that you sell, the more money you make.
Have fun writing and I look forward to reading all of your stories!
~ S.E.COX – Editor in Chief, House of Horror
Dear Pulse Readers,
- Each poem may be up to two pages in length (but shorter is perfectly fine!);
- The subject matter should be related to illness experiences and/or healthcare;
- We welcome submissions from patients, family members, students and health professionals;
- We prefer poems depicting personal events; and
- Most of all, we want good poems that help us understand illness, health and everything in between.
When you're ready to submit a poem, please review and follow our Submission Guidelines carefully. This will allow us to consider your submission blindly--that is, without the reviewer knowing who the poet is--something we insist upon.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Artists are often known to “sing for their supper” – but next weekend, dozens of poets will read to help pay for someone else’s.
writes E. Assata Wright, Hudson Reporter staff writer. To read her entire article "Words Against Hunger: Area Poets to Raise Money for Needy" which appeared Sunday June 6th, click here: http://hudsonreporter.com/bookmark/7809040
It’s an opportunity to…hear some fine poets from various regions of the state. – David Messineo, PHANfest organizer and Editor of Sensations Magazine.
Readings will be held in the Panasonic Room. There is a suggested donation of $10 to benefit NJ Food Banks.
Confirmed Participants will each have display tables and two readers.
* Anhinga Books - Jack Kreuter
* Cherry Blossom Press - Anthony Buccino
* Cup & Chaucer Bookstore - Marina Kramer (used books related to poetry)
* The Idiom Magazine - Mark Baird
* Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction - Gordon VanGelder
* Marymark Press - Mark Sonnenfeld
* North Jersey Literary Series (Beyond The Rift Anthology) - Paul Nash & Denise la Neve
* North River Review ("Presses of the Past") -Melanie Pimont
* Poets Wear Prada Press (poetry chapbooks) - Roxanne Hoffman
* Sensations Magazine - David Messineo
* Snake Hill Press - David Messineo
* Thunderclap! Magazine and Thunderclap Press - Amanda Deo
* Watchung Booksellers - Marina Cramer (new poetry books)
For more details: http://centclub.webs.com/phanfest1.htm
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
feathered troubadoursoutside my windowsunrise serenade
by Patricia Carragon
Illustrated by William L. Hays
saddle-stitched chapbook, 52pp
Fierce Grace Press, Pooler, GA
"For anyone who knows Patricia Carragon, this newest collection of short, mixed media poems will surely delight–if not surprise. From the riotously humorous to the deeply poignant, Patricia covers the emotional terrain with her witty personality unfurled and a display of craft that, like a dancer, seems so effortless. If you love contemporary short verse, you'll certainly savor these confections by a poet who is a spirited observer of the world around her and within her."
–Brenda J. Gannam, Member, Haiku Society of America
tealeaves tumble downthe gypsy's porcelain cupDow Jones takes a fall
"Patricia Carragon hits the haiku right on the head–making it as much her form as the masters’ – Funny and deadly accurate–they stop you in your tracks. It’s no accident that she starts off with a Kerouac and Bashô haiku. She frees up the territory–Bashô’s frogs are replaced by bedbugs–Kerouac’s drugs are replaced by Viagra–very feminine with no holds barred–very astute and timely–a great read–guaranteed to free up your notions of what a haiku can’t or can do."
–Hal Sirowitz, author of Father Said
rude peopleunlike fine Bordeauxget worse with age
163 Court Street
Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone # (718) 875-3677
Take F or G to Bergen St., N or R to Court St.,
or 4 or 5 to Borough Hall
About the Author:
Patricia Carragon is a New York City writer and poet. Her publications include Poetz.com, Rogue Scholars, Poets Wear Prada, Best Poem, BigCityLit, CLWN WR, Chanterelle's Notebook, Clockwise Cat, Ditch, Poetry Magazine, MOBIUS: The Poetry Magazine, The Toronto Quarterly, Marymark Press, and more. She is the author of Journey to the Center of My Mind (Rogue Scholars Press). She is a member of Brevitas, a group dedicated to short poems. She hosts and curates the Brooklyn-based Brownstone Poets and is the editor of the annual anthology. For more information, please check out her websites: http://brownstone.poets.blogspot.com and http://patriciacarragon8.wordpress.com.
About the Illustrator:
William L. Hayes (Bill to his friends) is a native Texan of six generations, living in exile in Savannah, GA. Born under Aries, with Pisces rising. in 1949, he has always been compelled to walk his own creative path. He has worked in hair design and color, floral design, jewelry design, sculpture and weaving, in addition to painting. His passion is Oriental art, especially all things Japanese. Although he honors all the prophets of the world, as a devout hedonist, his special teacher remains the poet Omar Khayyam. "Come, fill the cup..."
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Remembrance by Valery Oisteanu
That was your face laughing wild
As if it could trick madness
At the entrance to the St. Marks Church
Peter is confessing about pills
Talking to Ira Cohen and me
Lithium and anti-depressant are mentioned
Andy Warhol & Peter’s “The Couch”
Allen Ginsberg’s trashed kitchen, cops called in
The existential gray ponytail is revealed
While the wind blows his hat off in the East Yard
Deep voice, drinking with your eyes shut
Lamenting his brother, his lover, his own mind
Insanity fallows him to Creedmoor mental ward
But at that fragile morning of last day of May
A sunflower blossomed and starts bleeding petals
Alone in death, alone and still, alone and naked
Folded arms, closed lips, heart full of unwritten poems
Swimming up the stream of eternity
Shivering up the glittering dream.
©2010 Valery Oisteanu
Peter Orlovsky was best known as Allen Ginsberg's lover and companion of almost three decades, from about the fifties to the seventies. What is less well known is that he was a wonderful poet in his own right. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and antholologies. Peter died May 30, 2010 at the age of 76. To read 4 of Orlovsky's poems from Clean Asshole Poems & Smiling Vegetable Songs, Pocket Poets Series #37, City Lights Books ©1978 by Peter Orlovsky online visit Brian Nation's blogspot Beat the Devil: http://boppin.com/orlovsky.html
Valery Oisteanu is the author of 11 books of poetry; his latest is Perks in Purgatory (Fly By Night Press, 2009). He is a columnist at New York Arts Magazine, and art critic for Brooklyn Rail and ArtNet.com. His website is http://zendadanyc.vpweb.com/
Monday, May 31, 2010
by Erik La Prade
Soon after we moved into the building and the first floor was operational, Andreas Brown began to decorate the place with photographs and Gorey prints. He wanted to create an aesthetic as he would say. So, the familiar faces of famous or once famous and now unread writers were hung on the walls of the new Gotham Book Mart. On the first floor, by the pillar next to the cash register, above Michelle’s desk was a large, high school photograph of John Updike and below him was a large photograph of Gertrude Stein by Carl Van Vechten. The photographs would go up as they were found, taken out of the boxes and chosen to be displayed in a prominent place.
The large poster-sized photographs have been hung on the wall above the stairway. As customers ascended to the second floor, they would find themselves standing next to a wall of large, wooden framed images. But in order to see them properly, they would have to step away from the wall about ten feet, and then they could get a clear view of who was hanging there.
The largest photo is the famous group shot taken in the back room of the old Gotham Book store in November 9, 1948. It was a party for Dame Edith and Sir Osbert Sitwell. The story according to Ms. Steloff’s version is “one day during the summer of 1948, Charles (Henri Ford), came in and announced that Edith Sitwell and her brother Osbert were coming to America for a series of readings. In the same breath he asked, “Why don’t you have a tea for her?”
“Oh,” I said, “she would have far more important engagements than coming here for tea.”
But Charles insisted. “She’d love it, and why don’t you invite her?” So, Ms. Steloff sent her a letter and the rest is history. Amusingly, Life magazine sent a photographer and “picked the people who were to be in its photographs, and some of those who were left out.” The ones left out were William Carlos Williams, William Saroyan and Alfred Kreymborg. I’ve also heard the story that John Berryman wasn’t speaking to Randall Jarrell at the time and ended up going to a bar instead of getting into the picture. Why isn’t Ms. Steloff in this photograph? Is it because she didn’t write poetry and didn’t feel she belonged in the picture? It was her bookstore. She should have been included in this group picture.
Andreas Brown liked to tell the story of how Ford tried to get Gore Vidal thrown out of the photograph by claiming Vidal wasn’t a poet. But Brown defends Vidal and says he had written poetry when he was about nineteen years old. I’ve never read any of Vidal poetry if it has ever been published but by the time this photograph was taken, Vidal would have written three published novels, and this achievement alone, by someone younger than Ford would have been enough to make Ford extremely envious.
In fact, I once showed a copy of this photograph to Ford and asked him about it. He immediately related the story of how he tried to get Vidal thrown out of the shot by saying to him, “You can’t be a poet, you have beautiful legs!”
Apparently, Vidal was insulted by this remark and wanted to punch Ford, but whether he did or not, I’ve never been able to find out. Obliviously, Ford’s comment didn’t work since Vidal is in the shot. But Ford’s comment to Vidal has a curious origin. It was originally said to Djuna Barnes by Gertrude Stein. In Phillip Herring biography of Barnes, the incident occurred in the early 1930s. Herring relates how when Barnes was visiting Stein, during the course of the visit, Stein said to her, “You can’t be a writer, you have beautiful legs.” Insulted, Barnes left and went home to her apartment she shared with Ford at the time and she related what Stein had said to her. Since Ford had the memory of elephant, it’s the kind of comment he would have cherished and used again and again. Certainly, the kind of thing he would have said to Vidal in an attempt to piss him off. So, here’s a footnote of how gossip becomes literary history; from Stein to Barnes to Ford to Vidal in the Gotham Book Mart in New York.
Customers enjoyed looking at and commenting upon this photograph. Generally, they would stand in front of it and try to identify who the writers were. Of course, I’d stand nearby, watching them. Sometimes I’d tell them how only one writer was still alive and if they could guess who it was, they’d get a free drink.
Surprisingly, some people would guess it was Vidal, while at other times they would pick Delmore Schwartz. Originally, when we moved into the new building, there were two writers in the photograph who were still living: Richard Eberhart and Vidal. But Eberhart died about a year after we moved in, so that leaves Vidal as the lone survivor.
After studying the group photograph, customers would then peruse the other large pictures showing scenes from famous GBM book signings. Strangely, these other photographs included Ms. Steloff standing with the writer, whether it’s Cocteau, 1948, or Anais Nin, 1968, or Dylan Thomas, 1952. In another version of the Thomas photograph, there is a glass of beer on the table and sitting next to Thomas is John Malcolm Brinnin. In the large poster photograph, Brinnin has been cropped out.
When business was slow, I would sometimes study the group photograph. I found it curious that Elizabeth Bishop has one glove on (her left hand) and one glove off, (her right hand), whereas, Marianne Moore is holding both of her gloves in her lap. Bishop looks away from the camera as does Marya Zaturenska, who sits on the opposite side of the room. What are they looking at? A book or a customer, or were they wishing it was over? Of course, Ford is smiling, happy as a pig in shit because he’s the center of attention, sitting at the feet of the Sitwells, whose poetry he didn’t much care for then. Who reads them now?
"MEDITATIONS ON A PHOTOGRAPH" is an excerpt from Erik La Prade's forthcoming memoir on working at Andreas Brown's Gotham Book Mart, published here by permission of the author.
BREAKING THROUGH, released earlier this year in March from MidMarch Arts Press, is engrossing history of Richard (Dick) Bellamy's Green Gallery conducted through interviews by La Prade with Alfred Leslie, Mark di Suvero, Philip Wofford, Mimi Gross, Claes Oldenburg, Tadaaki Kuwayama, Rakuko Naito, Pat Passlof, Richard Smith, Sally Hazelet Drummond, Lucas Samaras, Wolf Kahn, Emily Mason, Hanford Yang, James Rosenquist, Frank Stella, Charlotte Bellamy, Jeannie Blake, Sam Green, Virginia Dwan, Paula Cooper, Robert Morris and Richard Bellamy. It includes an introductory essay, limited illustrations, and a chronology of exhibitions at the Green Gallery.
FDC: How did you get started conducting these interviews?
ELP: I just liked writing about certain artists. The editor of a magazine said I could have a page in their magazine and write about anything. I wanted to. So, I did.
FDC: How did you get to meet the players?
ELP: I originally met Richard Bellamy because I went to interview him regarding an artist he showed in The Green Gallery in 1963. I was planning to write about Larry Poons at the time, 1998, so I met Bellamy in January 1998. Strangely, Bellamy died in March 1998.
FDC: Over what period did you conduct the interviews?
ELP: I conducted these interviews over a three-year period. Most of them were done by telephone. I only met about 8 artists in person.
FDC: Who was the most intriguing of all the people you interviewed for the book? Were there any suprises?
ELP: They were all intriguing. Emily Mason surprised me by being so candid about how hard or impossible it was for women to get shown during this period. Not only that, but since women artists wanted a career and money was tight, they generally opted to not have children or just had abortions. Many women artists were locked into a position that they found very frustrating.
Bellamy was elusive. He generally didn’t want to be in the spotlight at all. I suspect, if I had wanted to interview him personally, he would not have done so.
FDC: BREAKING THROUGH just came out this year, at the beginning of 2010, 45 years after The Green Gallery closed. Is it still relevant 45 years later?
ELP: The Green Gallery set a standard for exhibiting unknown artists who created new works. The example of the gallery is still relevant because it offers a model of a gallery focused on new and unknown artists; it’s just a matter of finding them.
FDC: How has the New York City gallery scene changed in 45 years? What is the current relationship between the artists and gallery owners. You mention in your introduction about Castelli introducing 50% commission on sales and the growing gallery expenses, also $ side of galleries and the competition between them for artists.
ELP: The emphasis seems to be more and more on money and names and creating a buzz. I can’t say what the current relationships between artists and gallery dealers are since it is so varied.
FDC: Is there a place for co-op galleries? Are there any "art saints" today?
ELP: Co-op galleries are good introductions to the commercial art world as Alfred Leslie talks about in his interview. I don’t know if there are any “art saints” around today.
FDC: What your next project? Is there anything special you are working on now that you would like to tell us about?
ELP: I am currently editing a memoir on working in Gotham Book Mart. Plus, a collection of poems.
Richard Bellamy and The Green Gallery, 1960-196523
Interviews by Erik La Prade
Soft Cover - Perfect Bound - 215pp.
MidMarch Arts Press
Release Date: March 2010
Now available at Ursus Books on Madison Avenue, Spoonbill & Sugartown Bookseller in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, and St. Marks Bookstore in the East Village, or online from Specific Object (http://www.specificobject.com/objects/info.cfm?inventory_id=14676).
Sunday, May 16, 2010
by Ben Mazer
"Ben Mazer is lyric poetry's true hero and has not compromised one iota, as his amazing works attest with their singular purity, beauty and heartbreak."
"Like fragments of old photographs happened on in a drawer, Ben Mazer's poems tap enigmatic bits of the past that suddenly come to life again. To read him is to follow him along a dreamlike corridor where everything is beautiful and nothing is as it seems."
"Ben Mazer is one of the few poets of his generation to understand that only mastery of craft will bring you to the natural breath, and that to sing memorably in verse, with the body, on the line, is the only way to sound the depths of the passing moment."
"I am a great admirer of Ben Mazer's poetry."About the author
Ben Mazer's poems appear frequently in international periodicals, including Fulcrum, Harvard Review, Salt, Verse, Jacket, Boston Review, Agenda, and The Wolf. His previous full-length collection is White Cities (Barbara Matteau Editions, 1995), and he is also the author of January 2008 (Dark Sky Books, 2010), which is published simultaneously with this volume. His chapbooks include Johanna Poems (Cy Gist Press, 2007) and The Foundations of Poetry Mathematics (Cannibal Books, 2008). He is the editor of Selected Poems of Frederick Goddard Tuckerman (Harvard University Press, 2010), Everything Preserved: Poems 1955-2005 by Landis Everson (Graywolf Press, 2006), and a forthcoming edition of the poetry and prose of John Crowe Ransom.
by Ben Mazer
“A surge of poems in the aftermath of a friend’s sudden death, recalling Emily Dickinson’s ‘After great sadness a formal feeling comes.’ And indeed the formality here is in the nature of a deliverance. Not so easy: the echoes rage and multiply, rhymes (better/ water/ patter) knock about and sometimes screech, big-time history pales or looks cheap compared to simpler intimacies — and sometimes a moon-like ‘she’ appears to cast much-needed receptivity every which way. The poems are all necessity, ‘a frozen crystal spectrum magnified,’ a procession.”
— Bill Berkson, author of Portrait and Dream
“Ben Mazer’s January 2008 reads like pages ripped from an ingenious madman’s most personal journal, like love letters never sent — in other words like unbridled passion penned in the flame of a moment and not meant for any eyes but the writer’s own. Here intense confessional lines seduce us into a universe of surreal grotesque, where satin monkeys keep company alongside Frankenstein and movie stars from the golden age of cinema appear nonchalantly alongside Dante’s Beatrice in Mazer’s testament to love, loss, and most importantly, to poetry.”
— Katy Henriksen, publisher of Cannibal Books