Like its flagship weekly literary review, Short, Fast, and Deadly, Deadly Chaps Press encourages a stringent form of micro-poetry and micro-prose respectively bound by the constraints of Twitter (140 Characters) and Facebook (420 Characters).
The stories and poems by Joseph A. W. Quintela, Jim Tolan, Neila Mezynski, Kenneth Pobo and Howie Good encompass a broad range of styles and themes but are united in their attention to brevity and an aesthetic best described as 'deadly'.
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"Harris Eisenstadt, a drummer and composer originally from Toronto, takes a fixer’s approach to music making, looking for ways to fit the pieces together. he works along jazz’s progressive fringe but doesn’t generally set out to make a ruckus. in his own music especially, he often seems intent on extracting consonance from dissonance or forging ungainliness into grace." --Nate Chinen, NY Times
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Anne Marie Macari's most recent book is She Heads Into the Wilderness (Autumn House Press, 2008). Her first book won The APR/Honickman First Book Prize in Poetry
Robert Viscusi, president of IAWA whose current project is an epic poem entitled Ellis Island, currently appearing in parts. A handmade limited edition of its first four books (there are fifty-two books in all) has been designed and produced by the poet Nora Almeida.
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Accelerator physicist and playwright Hasan Padamsee of Cornell will present a staged reading of the final scenes from his new play, Creation’s Birthday, directed by Ben Lasser, a freelance director recently transplanted from Chicago. Come see how Edwin Hubble gangs up with a moon-shine peddling janitor and a Jesuit priest to get Einstein to woefully admit his greatest blunder, and… figures out the birthday of our Universe.
But perhaps Einstein’s greatest blunder was not so far off after all. Elena Aprile at Columbia heads the world’s hunt for dark matter. The leading candidates for this mysterious part of the universe are relics of the Big Bang, the Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs). Elena and her coworkers (it’s a major international effort) look for these underground, of course, using a ton of ultra-pure liquid xenon. We’ll join the chase!
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"composer of eminent individuality... an extraordinary performing musician who is a soul and mind in search of ultimate truth in aesthetics" - Yusef Lateef
The White Swallow Reading Series featuring Saeed Jones, Michael Montlack, and Patricia Smith
A 2011 Pushcart Prize Nominee, Saeed Jones received his MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers University, Newark. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in publications like Hayden’s Ferry Review, StorySouth, Jubilat, West Branch, Weave, The Collagist & Line Break. His chapbook When the Only Light is Fire is available from Sibling Rivalry Press.
In addition to being the editor of the non-fiction anthology My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them and Diving Divas: 100 Gay Men on Their Muses, Michael Montlack is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Cover Charge (Winner of the 2007 Gertrude Chapbook Competition); Girls, Girls, Girls (Pudding House, 2008); and The Slip (Poets Wear Prada, 2009). His first full-length book of poems, Cool Limbo, was published in May 2011. He splits his time between San Francisco and New York City, where he acts as an Associate Editor for Mudfish and teaches for Berkeley College. He holds an MFA (New School), an MA (San Francisco State) and a BA (Hofstra University), all in Creative Writing.
Patricia Smith, who has been called “a testament to the power of words to change lives,” is the author of five books of poetry, including Blood Dazzler (2008), a chronicle of the human and environmental cost of Hurrican Katrina and nominated for a National Book Award, and Teahouse of the Almighty, a 2005 National Poetry Series selection published by Coffee House Press. Her poems have been published in The Paris Review and TriQuarterly, as well as many anthologies, including American Voices, The Spoken Word Revolution, and The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry. Smith also penned the critically acclaimed history Africans in America (1999) and the award-winning children’s book Janna and the Kings (2003). Her biography of Harriet Tubman, Fixed on a Furious Star, is forthcoming.
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Barbara Aliprantis embraces“universal themes” as she tells stories about her Greek-American immigrant childhood played out on the sidewalks and stoops of Brooklyn and The New Riverside Hotel on the Jersey Shore, bringing her full circle to her adult life in the bustling multi-ethnic NYC borough of Queens. A high-energy storyteller and special events producer, Barbara shares her stories with humor, insight and an open heart. www.barbaraaliprantis.com
Kelly Wallace-Barnhill hails from Cooper City, Florida, where at a young age she began performing her material (i.e. poop jokes) at parties for her parents and their friends. This year she and her comedy partner Lindsey wrote the two-woman play Kelly and Lindsey Do New York, a non-lesbian love story, which they performed at the Midtown International Theatre Festival and the People's Improv Theatre. kellyandlindsey.com
Mary Lee Kortes is a Michigan-born singer-songwriter who leads Mary Lee’s Corvette. They’ve recorded 5 albums, notably 2002's song-for-song live cover of Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks. The album attracted attention from Dylan himself, for whom MLC later opened. Mary Lee is deeply involved with "Feelthe Music", a non-profit music and healing organization. She runs songwriting workshops and leads seminars for this organization. Mary Lee’s latest project, “The Songs of Buelauh Rowley,” is a work in progress with five folk-rock songs based on a fictional character, a regionally known depression era singer/songwriter from the Midwest.
Thomas Pryor’s work was published in The New York Times, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Our Town, The Westside Spirit, PHC. His blog, “Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts,”is listed in The New York Times.Thomas appeared on public radio’s “This American Life,” & has columns in NearSay.com & AskaNewYorker.com. He was featured in Public TV Ch 13’s “Baseball: A New York Love Story.”
“Eachtime ElizabethRowe (http://www.storytellerowe.com/journal.html)steps center stage, she demonstrates how a master storyteller helps people grow whole as human beings. Whether sharing a traditional folk/fairy tale or a personal story. Audiences fall under her spell as they respond to her warmth and empathy for the human condition.
“Amanda Thorpe brings the concept of the chanteuse into the 21st century. Held together as much by Thorpe's versatile singing as by her love noir vision, she silkily moves through the crowd with a drink in one hand, the other, lightly brushing your shoulder as it passes by.” HIGH BIAS Michael Toland. "Thorpe...balanced brassiness and vulnerability with panache"--Variety.com. Amanda’s new album, “Promenade” is near.
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Melinda Thomsen’s poetry and book reviews have been published or are forthcoming in journals such as Poetry East, Big City Lit, New York Quarterly, Home Planet News, Elysian Fields Quarterly, Alimentum, Heliotrope, and The Same. Anthologies include Blues for Bill: A Tribute to William Matthews and Spring from Gatehouse Press Ltd., Great Britain. Finishing Line Press published her chapbook Naming Rights in June 2008 and her next collection from them Field Rations, was published in November 2011. She received her MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts in January 2011.
Lynn McGee's poems are forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, Hawai'i Review, 2 Bridges Review, and Bluestem, and her work is in current issues of Tilt-a-Whirl, Big City Lit, and The New Guard, where one poem was a finalist and one a semi-finalist in the Knightville Poetry Contest judged by former US Poet Laureate Donald Hall. She was also just announced a Finalist with Honorable Mention in the War Poetry Contest of the writer's resource site, Winning Writers dot com, and other of her poems have appeared in The Ontario Review, Phoebe, The Sun and many other journals. Lynn's poetry chapbook, Bonanza, won the Slapering Hol Press manuscript contest, and she earned an MFA at Columbia.
Douglas Goetsch is the author of 7 collections of poetry, most recently Nameless Boy, which is forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon University Press. His work has been published in Poetry, The New Yorker, The Gettysburg Review, Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and he has received fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He is the founding editor of Jane Street Press
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"Noah is a positively organic bass player, an incredible artist..." - David Wiegand, The San Francisco Chronicle
“The feel of [Reveille] is loose and flowing, with edgy guitaristic elements but also tightly composed and chamberlike thematic statements .” David R. Adler, Jazztimes, April 2011
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