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 * * * Stylistically, these beautifully designed and produced chapbooks bear their own distinctive signature.--Linda Lerner, SMALL PRESS REVIEW

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Linda Lerner Reviews "the woman who who wouldn't shake hands" by Chocolate Waters for BigCityLit

Some excerpts from Linda Lerner's review:

"This quirky collection of skinny looking poems, lacking punctuation, belittle the enormous territory they cover: it is nothing less than the human heart — that need for love and a corresponding need that guards against it."

"We hear what we read on the page, and what we hear will linger, like a melody, in our minds."

Linda examines the "unexpected turns [Waters'] poems take" and  the author's  "playing with a word as in a jazz riff" citing several examples from the book.

Read Linda Lerner's complete review  of  the woman who wouldn't shake hands by Chocolate Waters (Poets Wear Prada, 2011) online in the Fall 2011 edition of BigCityLit:

Ms. Lerner is the author of thirteen poetry collections.  Her latest collection, a full-length book titled Takes Guts & Years Sometimes, was published by New York Quarterly Books in June of 2011.  Her book reviews have appeared in Small Press Review, Home Planet News, and Chiron Review, among other places.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Fri 2/3 Elaine Shipman Dance Performance w/ Text by Austin Alexis 9PM John Ryan Theater B'klyn

CoolNY 2012 Dance Festival at DUMBO's John Ryan Theater
Real and Borrowed Personas
A Dance Performance by SITU, Inc.,
Elaine Shipman's dance & media company
(on a program with performances by several other dance companies)

  • choreographic direction: Elaine Shipman
  • text and performance: Austin Alexis

  • music and performance: Jackson Krall
  • dancers: Miai Ramnath, Marya Ursin, Elaine Shipman
Limited Engagement of 2 Performances:
Friday, February 3, 2012 at 9:00 p.m
Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.


John Ryan Theater
25 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY
(entrance around the corner on John Street)

F train to York Street
A or C train to High Street

Admission by donation, pay what you wish

Mon 2/6 Poets Michael T Young & Jack Cooper at Nightingale Lounge in NYC

EVENT: Saturn Reading Series Presents:
DATE: Monday, February 6, 2012        TIME: 7pm - 9pm.
LOCATION:  Nightingale Lounge, 213 2nd Ave.
(NW Corner E. 13th St & 2nd Ave), NY, NY 10003
OPEN MIC: Yes, signup at 6:45 pm      HOST: SU POLO
TICKETS: $10 Drink Minimum + $3 Suggested Donation is split between the bar and the two features.
RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/369306029750818/

The lovely singer/songwriter and poet Ms. Su Polo hosts this long-running every Monday evening mostly poetry reading series. Tonight the featured poets are Jack Cooper and Michael T. Young.

Open mic precedes and follows the features. Sign-up at 6:45 pm.

About the features:

JACK COOPER has read for Farrar, Straus and Giroux , served as research associate for the Modern Language Association, was an ESL teacher for ELESAIR Project, and is now Production Editor at Poets Wear Prada. His American English translation of poems by Jean-Pierre Lemesle, "Wax Women," with photos by Henry Jacobs was published November 1985 by International Art Office, Paris.

MICHAEL T. YOUNG's most recent collection, a chapbook titled "Living in the Counterpoint," is about to be released by Finishing Line Press. His previous books include the full-length "Transcriptions of Daylight" (Rattapallax Press, 2000), and the chapbook "Because the Wind Has Questions" (Somers Rocks Press, 1997). A full-length book, "The Beautiful Moment of Being Lost," will be published by Black Coffee Press in 2013. He has received both a Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and a William Stafford Award, and he has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work has appeared in numerous journals including The Adirondack Review, Barrow Street, Iodine Poetry Journal, The Potomac Review, The Louisville Review, and The Same. His work is also included in the anthologies "Chance of a Ghost" (Helicon Nine Editions, 2005) and "Phoenix Rising" (T&W, 2004). He currently lives with his wife and children in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Take any subway (4,5,6, R, N, Q) to Union Square at 14th St or the L to 3rd Avenue.
Closest NY PATH station: W 14th St. & 6th Ave.