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Upcoming Readings & Events

September 6: Slice Literary Writers' Conference • St. Francis College • Brooklyn, NY

For complete information, see the Bloof Books events calendar or my news page. 

Selected Past Readings


January 10: Panoply Books Poetry Series • Lambertville, NJ


February 28: Bloof Books & Saturnalia Books at AWP • Jewelbox Theater at Rendezvous • Seattle, WA 

March 1: Alice Blue, Bloof Books & Coconut Poetry at AWP • The Pine Box • Seattle, WA

April 3: Publishing panel hosted by Poets & Writers Magazine, CUNY NYC Chapbook Festival • New York, NY

April 5 & 6: Buffalo Small Press Bookfair • Karpeles Manuscript Library • Buffalo, NY

April 6: 7 @ 7 @ 7 at the Buffalo Small Press Bookfair with Jen Tynes, Michael Sikkema, Amanda Montei, Christopher Fritton, Aaron Lowinger  •  Sweetness 7 Cafe • Buffalo, NY

April 10: Faculty & Alumni Book Party • The New School •  New York, NY

April 13: Jubilant Thicket Series • Philadelphia, PA

April 26: Six Evening Talks with Andrew Fitch & Ugly Duckling Presse • The Kitchen • New York, NY

May 18: In Your Ear Series with Anselm Berrigan & Maureen Thorson • Washington, DC

July 26–27: New York City Poetry Festival bookfair • Governors Island, NYC

July 27: New York City Poetry Festival reading for Bloof Books • Governors Island, NYC

September 6: Slice Literary Conference, panel discussion • Brooklyn, NY

September 25–27: Philalalia Small Press & Art Fair • Philadelphia, PA

September 26: Philalalia: Chapbook-Making Workshop, Tyler School of Art | Temple University • Philadelphia, PA

September 26: Bloof + Coconut offsite reading for Philalalia at Snockey's • Philadelphia, PA

December 1: KGB Poetry Series with Patricia Spears Jones • New York, NY


March 8: AWP Party with Bloof Books, Coconut Books & Switchback Books at Beacon Tavern in Boston, MA

April 7: Buffalo Small Press Bookfair 7 @ 7 @ 7 with mIEKAL aND, Robin Brox, David Hadbawnik & Christopher Fritton at Sweetness_7 in Buffalo, NY

April 27: Chapbook release party for Becca Klaver & Marisa Crawford at Greenpoint Heights in Brooklyn, NY

May 2: with Sabrina Orah Mark at Athica gallery in Athens, GA

May 3: with Michael Tod Edgerton at Emory University Bookstore in Atlanta, GA

June 1: HOWL Festival, Marathon Reading for the Poetry Project at St. Marks Church in New York, NY 

September 28: Conversations & Connections Conference in Philadelphia, PA

October 23: Bloof Books at Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop in Brooklyn, NY

November 13: with Nick Twemlow at Columbia College in Chicago, IL

November 14: with Peter Davis at Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, IL

November 16: with David Trinidad, Srikanth Reddy, and Sarah Meltzer Allen at the Dollhouse Series in Chicago, IL

December 6: with Harmony Holiday at the Center for Book Arts, New York, NY


March 1: Court Green launch reading at AWP, Columbia College in Chicago, IL

March 1: Alice Blue, Coconut Books, Bloof Books AWP off-site at Delicious in Chicago, IL 

November 16: Stain of Poetry with Todd Colby, Brenda Coultas, Jennifer L. Knox, Sandra Simonds at Goodbye Blue Monday in Brooklyn, NY 

November 17: Dolorous Bubbles Delirium: Celebrating Joyce Mansour at Two Moon Art House & Cafe in Brooklyn


March 5: Segue Series with Marc Nasdor at the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC 

February 2-5: Bloof Books at AWP in Washington, DC

March 5: Shanna Compton & Marc Nasdor for the Segue Series, Bowery Poetry Club, NYC 

October 20: Bridge Street Books with Susana Gardner & Maureen Thorson in Washington, DC

October 30: Bloof Books Halloween Poetry Parade at the Four-Faced Liar, NYC

November 5-13: Bloof Books 2011 Tour with Sandra Simonds, Peter Davis, Maureen Thorson, Anne Boyer & Patricia Lockwood: General Idea Series in Philadelphia, PA; Birmingham, AL; Tuscaloosa, AL; Tallahassee, FL; What's New in Poetry Series at Emory University in Atlanta, GA; Water Valley/Oxford, MS; Improved Lighting Series at Nightbird Books in Fayetteville, AR; A Common Sense Reading Series in Kansas City, MO 


April 7-9 @ various events in conjuction with AWP 2010 in Denver, CO: Pussipo/Dusie/Stonecoast Femiganza at Packing House Center for the Arts •  Small Press Party with Bloof, Noemi, Cooper Dillon at Green Spaces Colorado • Black Warrior Review & Blue Hour Press reading at Mario's Double Daughter Solatto • Meadowlark Poetry Marathon at Meadoloark Bar • 

July 22 @ La Familia Pop-Up Gallery & Event Space: Reading with the Flarf Collective in Brooklyn, NY

August 4 @ The Four Faced Liar, with Chole Cooper Jones & James Yeh for the Frequency Series, in New York, NY

September 13-26: Bloof Books 2010 Book Tour with Jennifer L. Knox, Peter Davis, Sandra Simonds: Muncie, IN; Nashville, TN; Atlanta, GA; Tallahassee, FL; Washington, DC; Philadelphia, PA; Ewing, NJ; New York, NY


September 13 @ Boog City Festival at Unnameable Books in Brooklyn, NY 

October 3 @ New York Public Library Grand Central Branch with Nada Gordon & Amy King in New York, NY

November 12 @ The Center for Books Arts, a talk on DIY publishing, New York, NY


February 1 @ Stain Bar, AWP 2008, in Brooklyn, NY: with Bruce Covey, Reb Livingston, Jill Alexander Essbaum, Sueyenn Juliette Lee, Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Shafer Hall, Ravi Shankar, Danielle Pafunda, Jennifer L. Knox, & PF Potvin  

February 24 @ Robin's Books in Philadelphia, PA: with Teresa Leon & Elizabeth Scanlon 

February 25 @ KGB Bar with Jennifer L. Knox, in New York, NY

April 2 @ University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in Milwaukee, WI

April 3 @ the Fixx Reading Series in Chicago, IL: with Danielle Pafunda & Jennifer L. Knox

April 5 @ Tongue & Ink, Illinois Wesleyan Writing Conference in Bloomington, IL: with Danielle Pafunda & Jennifer L. Knox

April 5 @ An Actual Kansas Series in Lawrence, KS: with Jennifer L. Knox & Danielle Pafunda

April 6 @ Murphy's Pub in Champaign, IL: with Jennifer L. Knox & Danielle Pafunda 

April 7 @ MT Cup, Ball State University in Muncie, IN: with Jennifer L. Knox

April 9 @ Atomic Coffee, Minnesota State University Moorehead in Fargo, ND: with Jennifer L. Knox

April 17 @ The Belmar, No Prize Reading Series at Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY: with Jennifer L. Knox

April 26 @ Bowery Poetry Club for Flarf Festival 2008, with the Flarf Collective, New York, NY

May 18 @ DC Arts with Jennifer L. Knox & Wade Fletcher for In Your Ear, Washington, DC

November 13-14 in the Bloof Books 2008 Tour of the South with Jennifer L. Knox and Sandra Simonds: Atlanta, GA; Durham, NC


Saturday, February 10 @ the Lily Pad Series in Cambridge, MA: So and So Series with Katie Degentesh, Jen Tynes, & Sampson Starkweather 

Sunday, March 18 @ Fergie's Pub in Philadelphia, PA: benefit with the Friends of Frank Sherlock

Monday, June 25 @ Bar Rouge in Washington, DC: Gilda & Lolita's Burlesque Series with William Allegrezza & Gwendolyn Mintz

Saturday, June 30 @ Suffolk Street Community Garden in NYC: BOOG City & Olive Juice Music Garden Party with Corinne Fitzpatrick, Yoko Kikuchi & Phoebe Kreutz

Thursday, October 25 @ Rust Belt Books in Buffalo, NY: Just Buffalo Small Press Series with Aaron Belz & Jennifer L. Knox

Friday, October 26 @ the Lucky Cat in Brooklyn, NYC: Earshot Series with Jennifer L. Knox

2006 (reverse chron.)

Sunday, December 3 @ Symposia Bookstore in Hoboken, NJ: DeBaun Auditorium Series

Saturday, November 11 @ State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca, NY: Soon Productions Series with Ryan Murphy

Monday, October 23 @ KGB in NYC: KGB Reading Series with David Lehman

Saturday, October 14, 2006 @ Bowery Poetry Club in NYC: Segue Series with Michael Magee

Saturday, October 7, 2006 @ Clayton & Co. Fine Books in Baltimore, MD: i.e. Series, with CAConrad & Buck Downs

Tuesday, September 19, 2006 @ Anchor Bar, New Haven, CT: Ordinary Evening Series with Ada Limón & Jennifer L. Knox

Tuesday, August 8, 2006 @ Cornelia Street Cafe: Finally with Women series tribute to Barbara Guest

Saturday, June 17, 2006 @ Bowery Poetry Club, NYC: Launch party for CAConrad's Deviant Propulsion with CAConrad & Jen Benka

Tuesday, April 25, 2006 @ Bowery Poetry Club, NYC: Boog City Classic Albums Series: The Pretenders' Learning to Crawl with Sharon Mesmer & Jenny Smith, plus music by Casey Holford, Phoebe Kreutz, the Sewing Circle, the Leader & Erika Simonian

Sunday, April 9, 2006 @ Robin's Bookstore, Philadelphia, PA: with CAConrad

Tuesday, March 14, 2006 @ Harvard University, Adams House, Cambridge, MA: Grolier Poetry Series with Jennifer L. Knox & James Cummins

Friday, March 10, 2006 @ Club DeVille: Austin, TX: LIT, Kitchen Press & Redivider party at AWP with Elisa Gabbert, Matthew Henriksen, Reb Livingston, Randall Mann, Sharon McGill, Danielle Pafunda, Zachary Schomburg, Laurel Snyder, Sam Starkweather, Jerome Stuart, Christopher Tonelli, Paul Toutonghi & Joshua Weber

Friday, February 24, 2006 @ the Lucky Cat, NYC: Earshot Series' all-Texans reading with Shafer Hall, Susanne Reece & Steve Roberts.

Wednesday, February 1, 2006 @ the Poetry Project, NYC: with Rachel Blau du Plessis

Sunday, January 1, 2006 @ the Poetry Project, NYC: The New Year's Day Marathon 


Sunday, December 4, 2005 @ Lucky 13 Bar, NYC: The Atomic Series with CAConrad

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 @ the Bowery Poetry Club, NYC: Women's Studio Reading Series with Elise Miller

Saturday, November 12, 2005 @ the Four-Faced Liar, NYC: Frequency Series with Jennifer L. Knox*

Sunday, November 6, 2005 @ Pegasus Books, Berkeley, CA: with Jennifer L. Knox*

Saturday, November 5, 2005 @ Louden Nelson Community Center, Santa Cruz, CA: New Cadence Series with Jennifer L. Knox*

Monday, October 24, 2005 @ Illinois State University, Normal, IL: with Jennifer L. Knox*

Sunday, October 23, 2005 @ the Green Mill, Chicago, IL: with Jennifer L. Knox*

Saturday, October 22, 2005 @ Cafe Lulu, Milwaukee, WI: with Jennifer L. Knox*

Saturday, October 22, 2005 @ Broad Vocabulary, Milwaukee, WI: with Jennifer L. Knox*

Thursday, October 20, 2005 @ MT Cup, Ball State University, Muncie, IN: with Jennifer L. Knox*

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 @ Shaman Drum Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI: with Jennifer L. Knox*

Monday, October 17, 2005 @ Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC: New York Quarterly Series with David Lehman & Michael Montlack

Saturday, October 15, 2005 @ the Ear Inn, NYC: with Danielle Pafunda* & Steve Roberts

Tuesday, October 11, 2005 @ Chapters Bookstore, Washington, DC: with Jennifer L. Knox*

Monday, October 10, 2005 @ Watkins College of Art & Design, Nashville, TN: with Jennifer L. Knox*

Sunday, October 9, 2005 @ the Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN: with Jennifer L. Knox*

Wednesday-Thursday, October 5-6, 2005 @ Davidson College, Davidson, NC: with Jennifer L. Knox*

Tuesday, October 4, 2005 @ Vox Series, Athens, GA: with Jennifer L. Knox & Danielle Pafunda*

Monday, October 3, 2005 @ Emory University, Atlanta, GA: with Jennifer L. Knox & Danielle Pafunda*

Sunday, October 2, 2005 @ Java Monkey, Decatur, GA: with Jennifer L. Knox*

Saturday, July 16, 2005 @ Gist Street Series, Pittsburgh, PA: with Shafer Hall & Jennifer L. Knox 

*Part of the Down Spooky/A Gringo Like Me/Pretty Young Thing book tour


Monday, November 23, 2004 @ Kili Lounge, NYC: Battle Hill Series with Chris Martin

Saturday, October 16, 2004 @ the Ear Inn, NYC: with Matthew Freedman, Jacqueline Lyons, & Erin Lee Mock 

Monday, September 27, 2004 @ Pete's Candy Store; Pete's Big Salmon Series with Marie Ponsot

Friday, July 30, 2004 @ Wordsworth Books, Cambridge, MA: Boston Poetry Massacre with a buncha other poets

Monday, June 7, 2004 @ 11th Street Bar, NYC: Readings Between A & B Series with Mark Bibbins, Meghan Cleary & Mary Donnelly

Monday, May 17, 2004 @ the Poetry Project, NYC: with Joan Larkin

Friday, May 14, 2004 @ Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC: Pink Pony West Series, Big Confetti release party reading with Shafer Hall

Sunday, March 21, 2004 @ the Four-Faced Liar: Frequency Series with Ada Calhoun • New York, NY

Saturday, January 31, 2004 @ Wordsworth Books with Gina Myers • Boston, MA 


December 2003 @ Soft Skull Shortwave with Daniel Nester • Brooklyn, NY: Frequency Series season wrap-up

May 2003 @ Soft Skull Shortwave with Daniel Nester • Brooklyn, NY: Frequency Series season wrap-up 


December 2002 @ Soft Skull Shortwave, NYC: Frequency Series season wrap-up

May 2002 @ New School University, NYC: MFA Thesis Reading