February 11, 2005

Time flies once again... Already a new year, spring almost here, cherry blossoms everywhere, mingling with pigeon shit to make a weirdly beautiful confection on the hood of my car.

I'm pleased to congratulate the New England Patriots, following up on the success of the Red Sox with another Super Bowl win. Even though I'm not a New Englander, I can't help rooting for these guys. As I wrote to a Boston pal of mine recently, this has sort of been the best five-year period for sports during our lifetimes -- assuming you're not a Yankees fan and you root for the good guys. Think about it. Since the year 2000, the Yankees have been denied another championship; the Sox have broken the Curse; the Patriots have established a dynasty; the Detroit Pistons ended the Lakers' dynasty; and the Red Wings closed out their run with one final championship (before the current lockout that's killing the game of hockey). Sports fans, it doesn't get much better than that, at least for this Midwestern boy. Things haven't been quite as rosy politically, but hey, you can't have it all, right?

So there's a new slate of readings to announce:

The Friday Night Reading Series returns, oddly enough, on Saturday, Feb. 26, with Geoffrey Dyer taking the mike to host three hot poets, Kathleen Miller, Ara Shirinyan, and Robert Paredez. Some of these poets will also be reading at Edinburgh Castle Pub on Thursday, Feb. 24.

Thursday, March 3rd: Habenicht Press visits New York City, as Aca Gallery hosts David Kirschenbaum's d.a. levy series. Sarah Peters (Detroit), Mytili Jagannathan (Philly), and David Hadbawnik (SF) will read, with the amazing Sxip (Brooklyn) providing musical interludes.

6pm Thursday, March 3rd
ACA Gallery
529 W.20th St., 5th Flr.

A second reading will take place with the same readers + Sxip at The Frequency Reading Series at 2.30pm, Saturday, March 5

Four-Faced Liar
165 W 4th St
New York City, New York 10014

Phone: 212-366-0608

Friday, March 11: The Friday Night Reading Series resumes with Stephen Vincent and Susanna Kittredge, two local poets I've long admired.

Sunday, March 20th: I'll be reading with Amy King in the New Brutalism Poetry Series at 21 Grand in Oakland. Then on Wednesday, March 23rd, I may or may not be performing my first song with Bonnie Hayes' songwriting class at Tongue & Groove in San Francisco. More on this as it gets closer.

Thursday, April 7th: Habenicht takes it to the house at the San Francisco Poetry Center, which hosts Dale Smith, Hoa Nguyen, and Stefan Hyner in what I'm assuming will be a lecture in the afternoon at the Poetry Center HQ at SF State, followed by a reading at the Unitarian Church that evening. This will also be a book release for Dale's Notes No Answer, published by Habenicht Press.

Saturday, April 9th: The Reading Series hosts Scott Pierce, editor of Austin's Effing Press, with Anna Eyre and Joe Massey.

There's more, but that's all for now. I promise to update all of this sometime before Opening Day 2005.

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