All readings take place Sunday afternoons
The Zinc Bar
83 West 3rd Street
New York, NY
September 10 Joanna Fuhrman Jean-Paul Pecqueur
September 17 Vyt Bakaitis Joel Lewis
September 24 Camille Guthrie Annabel Lee
Joanna Fuhrman is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The Year of Yellow Butterflies (Hanging Loose Press 2015) and Pageant (Alice James Books 2009). She is a former poetry editor of Ping Pong and Boog City, and served as the Monday night coordinator for the poetry readings at the Poetry Project at Saint Mark’s Church from 2001-2003 and the Wednesday night coordinator from 2010-2011. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including New American Writing, The Believer, Volt, Fence, Lit, Quarterly West, Conduit, and American Letters and Commentary, and in anthologies published by Soft Skull Press, Bloomsbury, Brooklyn Arts Press, The Dia Foundation, HarperCollins, New York University, and Carnegie Mellon University. Her poem “Stagflation” won a 2011 Pushcart Prize, Joanna has been teaching for more than 20 years, and currently, teaches poetry writing at Rutgers University and Sarah Lawrence College’s Writers Village for teenagers.
Jean-Paul Pecqueur is an American poet, critic, and professor. He is author of The Case Against Happiness (Alice James Books, 2006), winner of a New England/New York Award. Publishers Weekly, in praising The Case Against Happiness, wrote “...a promising poet with a generosity of spirit and the knowledge that 'joy is not impossible,’” and Library Journal wrote, “Sardonic and humorous, cynical and complex, these metaphysical musings celebrate the nameless dread, the logic of the illogical. They address big ideas: life, death, heaven, shoe shopping. They twist and loop, follow to unexpected conclusions….” Pecqueur has had his poems and reviews published in literary journals and magazines including American Letters & Commentary, The Hat, ZYZYYVA, and Rain Taxi.
Vyt Bakaitis is an American translator, editor, and poet born in Lithuania and living in New York City. His first collection of poetry City Country (1991) was followed by Deliberate Proof (2010). He co-edited the magazine Thirst with Benjamin Sloan, and his translations of Lithuanian poetry are significant; particularly the 20th-century anthology Breathing Free (2001), which he also edited, and work by contemporary poets Jonas Mekas and Julius Keleras.
Joel Lewis is the author of Entropia (Gaede’s Pond Press), Palookas of the Ozone (E.G. Press), House Rent Boogie (Yellow Press) North Jersey Gutter Helmet (Oasis Press), and a selected poems, Nervous Fabric, (Talisman). He has edited an anthology of contemporary New Jersey poetry, a collection of Ted Berrigan’s talks, and a forthcoming selected poems of the modernist-communist poet Walter Lowenfels. He is “New Jersey’s unofficial poetry goodwill ambassador to the outside world”. He and his wife, film theorist Sandy Flitterman-Lewis, live in Hoboken – “The birthplace of baseball and Frank Sinatra,”, as the signs there say.
Camille Guthrie is the author of Articulated Lair: Poems for Louise Bourgeois (2013), In Captivity (2006), and The Master Thief (2000), all published by Subpress. She wrote two chapbooks, Defending Oneself (Beard of Bees) and People Feel with Their Hearts, included in the Another Instance chapbook series (2011). Her poems have appeared in such journals and on websites as the Academy of American Poet’s Poem-a-Day series, At Length, Conjunctions, The Iowa Review, The Volta, and have been included in anthologies such as Not for Mothers Only: Contemporary Poems on Child-Getting and Child-Rearing (Fence Books) and Art & Artists (Knopf). She has blogged and written poem guides for the Poetry Foundation. She lives in upstate New York with her two kids and is the Director of Undergraduate Writing Initiatives at Bennington College.
Annabel Lee’s poetry, prose, and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her books include Continental 34s, a collection of poems, and Score for Lazy Madge, a collaboration with Douglas Dunn. Portions from her book At The Heart of the World, translations from the French of Blaise Cendrars, were set to music by the composer Garrett List.