Archive | July, 2010

July 30, Friday ~ Amy De’Ath, Octavio R. Gonzalez, Gordon Massman, Tracy O Connor, Joanna Ruocco, Kate Schapira & Dustin Williamson!

25 Jul

7 PM on July 30 @ Goodbye Blue Monday – Bushwick, Brooklyn


Amy De’Ath studied American Literature with Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and at Temple University in Philadelphia. Her poems have appeared in Onedit, QUID and others. Crater Press recently published her broadside, Andromeda, The World Works for Me. She has two short books forthcoming in 2010. Her first collection will be published by Salt, and a chapbook will be coming out from Oystercatcher later in the year. Her poetry blog can be found at “Amy De’Ath is the new fire for mortals. She peoples space. She plays tricks with the gods and with her readers. This is personal, and it’s hot shit.” — Marcus Slease


Octavio Gonzalez is a Dominican-American poet from Santo Domingo and Brooklyn, N.Y.  He teaches literature and composition at Rutgers University, where he is a doctoral student in English. Some of his work appears online and in print, in Puerto del Sol, OCHO, MiPoesias, and other journals. His first chapbook, The Book of Ours, has just been published by Momotombo Press.


Attempting with the scientist’s objectivity, Gordon Massman has numbered over twenty-one hundred slices of his psyche in order to discover his most basic urges, motives, fears, addictions, and desires. He aspires to be the literary human genome project, and in doing so, unearth as fearlessly as possible aspects not only of his own, but those of the universal male psychology. Tarpaulin Sky Press recently published his collection, The Essential Numbers. This summer Spork Press will release a chapbook of this work.


Traci O Connor’s first collection of fiction, Recipes For Endangered Species, was recently released by Tarpaulin Sky Press, and she has published fictions and poems in various journals and magazines, including Mid-American Review, Gargoyle, DIAGRAM, LIT Magazine, The Pinch, H_NGM_N, Fourteen Hills, Margie, Green Mountains Review, Sidebrow, Barrowstreet, CV2 and Poet Lore. Traci’s currently at work on a collection of flash-memoirs about her Mormon childhood called Shell-Shaped Pieces of Bone and a second collection of short stories. She teaches writing and literature at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina where she lives with her spouse—the writer, Jackson Connor—their four children, one labradoodle, and a ‘cat.’


Joanna Ruocco lives in Denver, Colorado. She is the author of a novel, The Mothering Coven, published by Ellipsis Press, and a short story collection, Man’s Companions, published by Tarpaulin Sky. She co-edits Birkensnake, a fiction journal, with Brian Conn.


Kate Schapira is the author of TOWN (Factory School, Heretical Texts, 2010) and several chapbooks from Flying Guillotine Press, Cy Gist Press, horse less press, Rope-A-Dope Press and Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs. She runs the Publicly Complex reading series in Providence, RI.


Dustin Williamson is the author of Obstructed View (Salacious Banter), Exhausted Grunts (Cannibal), and Gorilla Dust (Open 24 Hours). He publishes Rust Buckle Books, and is the current Monday night coordinator at the Poetry Project in NYC.


Goodbye Blue Monday

1087 Broadway
(corner of Dodworth St)
Brooklyn, NY 11221-3013
(718) 453-6343

J M Z trains to Myrtle Ave
or J train to Kosciusko St


Hosted by Amy King and Ana Božičević


Listeners will receive one-of-a-kind hand-painted, hand-made & signed copies of Syllabic Verse by Bill Knott. First to come, first to receive one of these rare books!


Popsickle Literary Festival, July 24 & 25 – and an announcement

12 Jul

Dear Stain-goers,

Before we tell you all about the next poetry extravaganza from Stain, we have an exciting announcement for you. As of 2011, Stain of Poetry will be directed by three brilliant new curators: the poets Steven Karl, Erika Moya, and Christie Ann Reynolds. The Stain of Poetry founder Amy King & her co-director Ana Božičević — ie, we — will bow out to focus on our new books and on editing the soon-to-launch e-journal ESQUE.

Our incoming trio of curators will introduce themselves to you at POPSICKLE: A Festival of Literary Arts on July 24 & 25, where they will host the Stain portion of the readings, as well as at regularly scheduled Stain readings throughout the summer and fall. Don’t worry, we (Amy and Ana) will be around till the close of year, so there will be plenty of opportunity to raise glasses of sake lemonade together. We are so excited to welcome Steven, Erika & Christie Ann to Stain of Poetry!

The next Stain reading will be part of POPSICKLE: A Festival of Literary Arts:

POPSICKLE 2010 unites Brooklyn’s literary curators for a two-day festival of readings, performances and screenings. The festival will take place on July 24th and 25th, from 3-8 PM on Saturday July 24th & 1-5 PM on Sunday July 25th.

POPSICKLE will take place at Bushwick’s beloved MARKET HOTEL at 1142 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn.

Readers for the Festival include:

Ben Fama, Brett Price & Dani Leventhal, Carter Edwards, Dan Magers, Eddie Hopely, Emily Pettit, Evan Burton, Gina Abelkop, James Copeland, Joshua Mehigan, Lauren, Russell, Leigh Stein, Marc Nasdor, Michael Barron, Natalie Lyalin, Nicole Trigg, Paige Taggart, Timothy Donnelly and more.

Curated by the series organizers of the following: Body Actualized Control, The Bushwick Reading Series, CROWD, POETRY Time at SPACE SPACE, STAIN, and SUPERMACHINE.

Show up on July 24th and 25 for Bushwick’s first monster literary festival, and visit for updates.