Category Archives: Books That Come My Way

Basil King reads from Disparate Beasts

… Basil King focuses on the details that sparkle and create the most important events in an artist’s life. His new book, Disparate Beasts, is the history of a thousand pages condensed through poetry into one. Although he began as a painter—and still is—Basil King […]

Tess Taylor reads from Last West: Roadsongs for Dorothea Lange

… On a Thursday I went to see Dorothea Lange’s “Words and Pictures” at MoMa, and on the following Monday, as luck would have it, I heard Tess Taylor read at KGB from her new book that the museum had commissioned her to write to […]

Val Vinokur reads from Isaac Babel, The Essential Fictions

… When I heard Val Vinokur read from Isaac Babel, The Essential Fictions it was an epiphany. I’d heard of Isaac Babel, but I’d never read him, and always associated him with Sholem Aleicham on Broadway in Fiddler on the Roof. Listening to Val Vinokur […]

Susana H. Case reads from Dead Shark on the N Train

… Years ago a friend, Lynn McGee, said that she wanted me to meet a friend of hers, Susana Case, whom she thought was a wonderful poet, and not only that, but a favorite of hers. “You have to read her,” she insisted. When I […]

Collaborations with Greg Masters

… Something important arrived in the mail last week: an advanced copy of Collaborations, which is edited by Greg Masters, and will be released by the end of May. I came to New York City in 1979 around the time these collaborations were happening. They […]

Lonely Christopher reads from In a January Would

… Right before the coronavirus drove us all indoors without jobs or places to attend poetry readings, Lonely Christopher had a launch for his new book, In a January Would, at Torn Page in Chelsea. None of us knew that this would be the last […]

Trace Peterson Reads at Zinc Bar

… … I started to know Trace Peterson about two years ago when she was finishing up her PhD, but she was so busy that we hardly talked or were able to correspond or get anything done. What I wanted to do was to record […]

Greg Masters reads new work

… In a world that is getting crazier, the writer Greg Masters is important because he continues to make sense. On a ship that is sinking, he is one of those life savers who gives directions. I recorded him reading last month on a day […]

Linda Quinlan reads from Chelsea Creek

… At the Bureau of General Services Queer Division in November in New York City, Linda Quinlan read from her most recent book of poems, Chelsea Creek. I had gone to hear Vittoria Repetto read, so Linda Quinlan was an unexpected treat. I felt close […]

I DON’T WRITE ABOUT RACE: June Gehringer reads at Zinc Bar

… A few Saturdays ago was a miserable snowy afternoon, more wet than snow, and I wanted to get to a poetry reading crosstown so I checked online for the M8 bus schedule (not many on a Saturday) and caught the next one. I’d planned […]

Bob Holman at Howl reads from Life Poem and The Unspoken

… Friday, December 6 was a jam packed night. Life was as full as it can get. I had been teaching English all day midtown and then made it down to the Bowery for some fun at Howl for the Bob Holman Book Launch. “For […]

Rae Armantrout reads 19 Unpublished Poems

… I went to hear Fanny Howe read at Zinc Bar last year on a Sunday in December and had the added pleasure of hearing the Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Rae Armantrout, read unpublished poems that will soon appear in a new book called Conjure. […]