Sunday, December 27, 2009

Peter Carlaftes | Jane Ormerod | George Wallace | The JDs : 7:30 Wednesday @ BPC

Three Rooms Press presents
3 Books and a Band
a year end blowout celebration featuring hot new books and live readings by
Peter Carlaftes | George Wallace | Jane Ormerod
with musical guests The JDs featuring Bob Musial
plus special literary guest Jim Bob Dixie

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30, 7:30 pm
BOWERY POETRY CLUB

Three new books on Three Rooms Press and we're having a blowout party to help them explode into to stratosphere on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 7:30 p.m. at Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery, New York, NY (212) 614-0505).

“A Year On Facebook" by Peter Carlaftes (Three Rooms Press) is a hilarious journey through the hysterical daily Facebook status updates of the author, who became a viral Jonathan Swift through his irreverent social, political and just plain "out-there" observations. It's packed with side-splitting illustrations, and "interactive" pages that will leave readers howling with laughter. As one summed up, "I wonder if you know, Peter, how many times you make me laugh out loud with your status updates. Guess it doesn’t matter. Just keep me laughing, please. :)"

“Poppin' Johnny” by George Wallace (Three Rooms Press) is a stunning collection of muscular poetry. Beat musician David Amram declares, "Jack Kerouac would have loved him."And poet David St John observes, "[Wallace] is writing with the same conversational dictions that arose/arise from the work of William Carlos Williams, and yet he gives his poetry an absolutely contemporary flavor."

“Recreational Vehicles on Fire” by Jane Ormerod (Three Rooms Press) offers a cool vibe of concrete poetry, with 27 poems comprising her first full-length collection to date. Described by Metro/Silicon Valley as "A gritty and gutsy postmodern poet," Ormerod's work fascinates with its daring no-holds barred approach, where seemingly disparate images collide in unfathomable juxtapositions.

UPDATE: Just added: special guest performance by Jim Bob Dixie, reading from his new novel "The Big Sumbitch and Me" (Publish America).

With Bob Musial and the J.D.'s providing musical entertainment, plus rollicking host Kat Georges, it'll be a regular riot! Whew!

Doors open at 7:15. Show starts promptly at 7:30. Tickets $8 at the door. For details, including author interviews, review copies and media kits, email threeroomspress@mac.com.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Sneak Peak inside "A Year on Facebook" PLUS Shipping Discount

Wondering what "A Year On Facebook" by Peter Carlaftes (Three Rooms Press, 2010, ISBN 978-0984070039) is really all about? Take a sneak peek inside the covers on the just-updated fabulous website by clicking here. It's a cool new easy to use slide show with sample spreads of the hot new book. While you're on the site, feel free to check on the rest of the fun stuff there, like the scary-funny "Who Dies Next?" page which features predictions on this week's celebrity death. And check out the home page for fun interactive activities like seeing what happens when you kiss a frog!

It's a hilarious book, and has been getting a lot of great feedback already. From December 26-January 1 we're offering $2 off shipping when you order directly from ayearonfacebook.com, plus your copy will be personally signed by author Peter Carlaftes. Note: used copies of this book are selling for nearly double the cost of new ones because this book is a sure-fire collector's item. It's a hilarious romp from cover to cover, mingling side-splitting original humor with ROTFL running commentary on Pop Culture during one of the craziest years in a century. As Neo-Patra says, "Don't be an asp . . . read this book!" You will love it!

And if you're in the greater NYC area on December 30, 2009 be sure to come to our blowout pre-New Year's Eve celebration "3 Books and a Band" featuring live readings by poets "Recreational Vehicles on Fire" by Jane Ormerod (2009, Three Rooms Press), "Poppin' Johnny" by George Wallace (2009, Three Rooms Press), live music by downtown NYC legend Bob Musial and the JD's, special guest reading by Jim Bob Dixie ("The Big Sum' Bitch and Me") and a multimedia performance by "A Year On Facebook" author Peter Carlaftes. Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery Street (between Bleecker & Houston), 7:30 p.m., $8. For info & reservations, email info@threeroomspress.com

Monday, December 7, 2009

Peter Carlaftes | Jane Ormerod | George Wallace | The JDs on 12/30 at Bowery Poetry Club

Three Rooms Press presents
3 Books and a Band
a year end blowout celebration featuring hot new books and live readings by
Peter Carlaftes | George Wallace | Jane Ormerod
with musical guests The JDs featuring Bob Musial
plus special literary guest Jim Bob Dixie

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30, 7:30 pm

Three new books on Three Rooms Press and we're having a blowout party to help them explode into to stratosphere on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 7:30 p.m. at Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery, New York, NY (212) 614-0505).

“A Year On Facebook" by Peter Carlaftes (Three Rooms Press) is a hilarious journey through the hysterical daily Facebook status updates of the author, who became a viral Jonathan Swift through his irreverent social, political and just plain "out-there" observations. It's packed with side-splitting illustrations, and "interactive" pages that will leave readers howling with laughter. As one summed up, "I wonder if you know, Peter, how many times you make me laugh out loud with your status updates. Guess it doesn’t matter. Just keep me laughing, please. :)"

“Poppin' Johnny” by George Wallace (Three Rooms Press) is a stunning collection of muscular poetry. Beat musician David Amram declares, "Jack Kerouac would have loved him."And poet David St John observes, "[Wallace] is writing with the same conversational dictions that arose/arise from the work of William Carlos Williams, and yet he gives his poetry an absolutely contemporary flavor."

“Recreational Vehicles on Fire” by Jane Ormerod (Three Rooms Press) offers a cool vibe of concrete poetry, with 27 poems comprising her first full-length collection to date. Described by Metro/Silicon Valley as "A gritty and gutsy postmodern poet," Ormerod's work fascinates with its daring no-holds barred approach, where seemingly disparate images collide in unfathomable juxtapositions.

UPDATE: Just added: special guest performance by Jim Bob Dixie, reading from his new novel "The Big Sumbitch and Me" (Publish America).

With Bob Musial and the J.D.'s providing musical entertainment, plus rollicking host Kat Georges, it'll be a regular riot! Whew!

Doors open at 7:15. Show starts promptly at 7:30. Tickets $8 at the door. For details, including author interviews, review copies and media kits, email threeroomspress@mac.com.

Poet Jacqueline León AND Neruda Tribute Dec. 18 at Cornelia Street


Jacqueline León is from Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico. Since kindergarden, even before she knew how to read, she would memorize poems and recite. In elementary school and secondary school, she was chosen for to read in poetry contests, and won a few awards. She was also selected to recite poetry at numerous festivals. She moved to Cancun in her 20s and started writing her own poems. In 2002, she moved to New York, and within a few years, began reading her work at numerous local venues. "I like to write about my experiences on life, try to laugh at the bad, and analyze and investigate things, from love and passion to injustice."

Chilean-born poet Pablo Neruda is considered one of the greatest and most influential poets of the 20th century. He always wrote in green ink because it was the color of Esperanza (hope). Celebrate hope for the new year at the final Son of a Pony reading of 2009 by sharing your favorite Neruda poem in English or Spanish or both. Everyone who reads a Neruda poem will receive a green pen.

The featured reading by León follows the Neruda session and the fabulous Son of a Pony open reading at the cafe. Poet-concierge Kat Georges hosts. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.; the open reading begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $7, which includes a free drink.

Cornelia Street Cafe is at 29 Cornelia Street, between W. 4th Street & Bleecker, just around the corner from the W. 4th Street subway station. Phone: 212-989-9319. www.corneliastreetcafe.com

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2009
6 PM | CORNELIA STREET CAFE
SON OF A PONY
Featured reader: Jacqueline León
AND
Tribute to Pablo Neruda
PLUS
NYC's Best Open POETRY Mike
Host: Kat Georges

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Poet Maria Gregorio rocks the Pony This Friday at Cornelia Street


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2009
6 PM | CORNELIA STREET CAFE
SON OF A PONY
Featured reader: Maria Gregorio
PLUS
NYC's Best Open POETRY Mike
Host: Kat Georges

Maria Gregorio writes in a subtly sensual tone, covering the themes of loss, love, family, relationships, violence in the home and in the world. She also brings issues of politics, race and immigration into a vivid palate which pushes us to consider the point of view of the poem, whether one agrees with it or not. Gregorio published three poems in Voices of Brooklyn: Writings from the Women of Color Writers’ Workshop, published by Face2Face press in September 2000. In November 2000, she was awarded honorarium by the New School University Writing Program and was a featured poet for the publication. She works as a social worker and has performed her poetry to a wide range of audiences in London and New York City. She has recently recorded a CD of her work.

The featured reading by Gregorio follows an the fabulous Son of a Pony open reading at the cafe. Poet/convivial mistress of ceremonies Kat Georges hosts. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.; the open reading begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $7, which includes a free drink.

Cornelia Street Cafe is at 29 Cornelia Street, between W. 4th Street & Bleecker, just around the corner from the W. 4th Street subway station. Phone: 212-989-9319. www.corneliastreetcafe.com

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Hot Off the Press: Peter Carlaftes "A Year On Facebook"; Hilarious New Book that Will Have You ROTFL

Three Rooms Press proudly announces the realease of a hysterically funny new book by Peter Carlaftes, A Year On Facebook ($13.95, 184 pages, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9840700-3-9).

A Year On Facebook is a madcap journey through the hysterical daily Facebook status updates of author Peter Carlaftes, who became a viral Jonathan Swift through his irreverent social, political and just plain "out-there" observations.

An hilarious book to thumb through at random or read page-by-ROTFL-page, A Year On Facebook is a great gift item for anyone with a funny bone that needs tickling. It's packed with side-splitting illustrations, and "interactive" pages that will leave readers howling with laughter, as proven by the thousands of comments that have flooded Carlaftes' mailbox, many of which are included in this book. As one comment summed up, "I wonder if you know, Peter, how many times you make me laugh out loud with your status updates. Guess it doesn’t matter. Just keep me laughing, please. :)"

Available right now via email order threeroomspress@mac.com.

Poet Alfred Celentano plus Lorca Tribute Friday at Cornelia Street Cafe

Poet Alfred Celentano has lived in and around New York all his life, and works in New York City. He has been writing poetry for over 25 years. He also plays guitar and started writing poetry as lyrics for songs. His work has been published in several periodicals, including the Bay Area Poets Coalition in San Francisco and Philadelphia Poets.

Frederico García Lorca, the most important Spanish poet and dramatist of the 20th century, came to New York in 1929, writing many great poems during his one-year stay here. Celebrate the 80th anniversary of Lorca's New York days by bringing your favorite Lorca poem to read in either English or Spanish or both.

The featured readings will follow an open reading at the cafe. Poet/raconteur Kat Georges hosts. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.; the open reading begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $7, which includes a free drink.

Cornelia Street Cafe is at 29 Cornelia Street, between W. 4th Street & Bleecker, just around the corner from the W. 4th Street subway station. Phone: 212-989-9319. www.corneliastreetcafe.com

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20 | 6 PM
CORNELIA STREET CAFE
SON OF A PONY
Featured reader: Alfred Celentano
PLUS
Special tribute to the poetry of Federico García Lorca
Host: Kat Georges
$7 includes free drink

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Poet Alan Harawitz features at Cornelia Street Friday, November 6, with Scott Wannberg & David Smith plus open reading

Widely-published New York poet Alan Harawitz will be the featured poet, reading new and selected works, at the terrific Son of a Pony poetry series on Friday, November 6th, 6 p.m., at Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village.
Harawitz' poems have appeared in about 70 publications including Rattle; Poet Lore; Fugue; Pivot; Open Spaces; Pearl; Roanoke Review; California Quarterly; Red Wheelbarrow; and Main Street Rag among others.
Two mini-featured readings will be given by visiting troubadours David Smith and Scott Wannberg. Smith's most recent book "White Time" is on Off Beat Pulp Press. Wannberg's book "Strange Movie Full of Death" (on Viggo Mortenson's Perceval Press) has received rave reviews in the blogosphere.
The featured readings will follow an open reading at the cafe. Poet/racanteour Kat Georges hosts. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.; the open reading begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $7, which includes a free drink.
Cornelia Street Cafe is at 29 Cornelia Street, between W. 4th Street & Bleecker, just around the corner from the W. 4th Street subway station. Phone: 212-989-9319. www.corneliastreetcafe.com

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dueling Karaoke New York--Oct 31 Theater for the New City


Join Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges this Halloween as they as they rip the light fantastic and remix the auras of the icons of the pop music industry. From Bing to Sting, Abba to Avril, The Bee Gees to Beyonce--the Dynamic Duelette creates the ultimate hyperlinks in the biz, in this extraordinarily fast-paced, funny-as-all-get-out, musical extravaganza. Carlaftes and Georges portray crazy Vegas lounge stars in a rollicking excerpt from the wildly funny Dueling Karaoke show. Theater for the New City--this Friday--8 sharp--in the upstairs cabaret room.

Plus there's tons of other free acts in one of New York's funnest Halloween shindigs at the wonderful Theater for the New City (http://www.theaterforthenewcity.net/). Wear a costume, come on by and enjoy CREATIVITY CENTRAL this Halloween. Free Theater! Music! Dancing! Art! Comedy! And it's all totally Free! Wow!

Dueling Karaoke is 8 p.m. sharp in the upstairs cabaret! But plan to stick around for all the fun stuff in 6 different performance areas under one roof!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

TRP Heads to SF for LitQuake Reading: Sat., Oct. 17, 6 pm, ArtZone 461 Gallery (461 Valencia, in the Mission)



Three Rooms Press will be well-represented in San Francisco as a posse of poets head to the City by the Bay to participate in LitQuake, the annual Bay Area festival of contemporary literature. We'll be reading at ArtZone 461 Gallery (461 Valencia, between 15th and 16th) at 6 pm on Saturday, October 17, as part of the festival's LitCrawal event.

Three Rooms Press poets include:
  • Peter Carlaftes (Progressive Shots (2009), and The Bar Essentials, Nightclub Confidential, Sheer Bardom, Drive By Brooding and The I Can't-O Cantos, all in their fifth printing). With the new poem just for SF "Ban All Art" to be unveiled Saturday.
  • Joie Cook (When Night Salutes the Dawn, 2009). San Franciscan founder of the legendary Cafe Babar series, with a brand new book of red-hot poetry.
  • Kat Georges (Three Rooms Press founder and editor; author of Punk Rock Journal and Slow Dance at 120 Beats a Minute, both 2007). Never a dull moment.
  • Karen Hildebrand (Take a Shot at Love, 2009 and One Foot Out the Door, 2005). She's got an x-ray mind and see right into the heart of poetry--and YOU!
  • Jane Ormerod (Recreational Vehicles on Fire, 2009). TRP just released her amazing first full-length collection of poetry. "A gritty and gutsy postmodern poet" (Metro Silicon Valley)
  • Susan Scutti (We Are Related, 2009, 2nd printing). Founding member of the New York literary collective The Unbearables, ready to shred it up in her first ever SF appearance.
All the poets will rock the house on Saturday night at the official reading, and will gather on Sunday, October 18, at an undisclosed parking garage in North Beach to tear it up at a no-holds-barred Unofficial reading. For details about either event, please email Kat at threeroomspress@mac.com.

New poetry books by George Wallace and Jane Ormerod Just Released by Three Rooms Press

Three Rooms Press is pleased to announce the release of new poetry collections by New York poets: Poppin' Johnny by George Wallace (2009, 104 pages, $15.00, Three Rooms Press (TRP-002)) and Recreational Vehicles on Fire by Jane Ormerod (2009, 102 pages, $15.00, Three Rooms Press (TRP-003)).

Wallace's book is a stunning collection of muscular poetry. Beat musician David Amram declares, "Jack Kerouac would have loved him." An upcoming review in Big City Lit notes, "Influenced by a number of aesthetics, the poetry of George Wallace constitutes a departure from conventional academic poetry of the late 20th century; following paths suggested by French Surrealism and American Beat Prosody. " The review, by poet Angelo Verga (author of "Praise for What Remains" (limited edition imprint, 2008, 30 pages, $12.00, Three Rooms Press), reveals, "I don’t know precisely where George wants to take himself (and us) next, not to mention his inner rottweiler, and that woman with big hair on television reporting the news, but wherever it is, I’m packed and ready to go." And poet David St John observes, "[Wallace] is writing with the same conversational dictions that arose/arise from the work of William Carlos Williams, and yet he gives his poetry an absolutely contemporary flavor."
Thematically, Wallace mixes political with personal, and the result is nothing short of incredible. For instance in "I Love You, You are Like America," his writing is a flow of consciousness that is inclusive and upbeat, yet somehow hauntingly sad and beautiful and sweet--all at the same time.

I love you, you are like america

and when you talk from one side
of your mouth you are huck finn
on a raft you are a playground
swing in dampening wind you are
a hobo on a sad shining road a
mayfly a mustard stain a hot dog
stand a sweet crazy grace note
a spring flower on a hot day
a city with a pulse a goldmine
that just won't quit and when you
talk from the other side of your
mouth you are like america too
a herd of buffalo in sleet a mallard
duck in a small muddy creek a tomboy
with a twisted braid a slide trombone
that has lost its way you are a ball
game at night bases loaded nobody
out you are goldenrod and i am sure
i love you from both sides of my heart
...

Jane Ormerod's new collection, Recreational Vehicles on Fire, offers an entirely different vibe, showing more of a concrete poet's aesthetic that is linked to Wallace in that they both share a deep love of English language. With 27 poems, this book is her first full-length collection to date. Described by Metro/Silicon Valley as "A gritty and gutsy postmodern poet," Ormerod's work fascinates with its daring no-holds barred approach, where seemingly disparate images collide in unfathomable juxtapositions, as seen in her poem "Mind Apologies."

There is language, the girl says
which may be predicted like weather
The hearty hellos, solicitous enquiries, a dockside farewell.
Other language is constructed like lasagne
or mixed into poultry stuffing
It may spill like potatoes tumbling from market speeding trucks
Think of boiling living lobsters
Miso ramen
Blowfish
Batter

Both books are available on Amazon. For interviews, booking info and questions, please contact Kat Georges at threeroomspress@mac.com

Poet John Amen on the Pedestal at Cornelia Street Cafe Friday, Oct. 16

John Amen, a well-known poet and notable editor of award-winning bimonthly literary journal, The Pedestal Magazine, will read from his new collection At the Threshold of Alchemy on October 16th, 6 p.m., at Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village.

Amen is the author of three collections of poetry: Christening the Dancer (Uccelli Press 2003), More of Me Disappears (Cross-Cultural Communications 2005), and At the Threshold of Alchemy (Presa 2009), and has released two folk/folk rock CDs, All I’ll Never Need and Ridiculous Empire (Cool Midget 2004, 2008). His poetry has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including, most recently, Rattle, The New York Quarterly, The International Poetry Review, Gargoyle, and Blood to Remember. He is also an artist, working primarily with acrylics on canvas. Amen travels widely giving readings, doing musical performances, and conducting workshops. Amen is also well known as the founder and editor of the award-winning literary bimonthly, The Pedestal Magazine (www.thepedestalmagazine.com).

His reading will follow an open reading at the cafe. Poet/racanteour Kat Georges hosts. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.; the open reading begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $7, which includes a free drink.

Cornelia Street Cafe is at 29 Cornelia Street, between W. 4th Street & Bleecker, just around the corner from the W. 4th Street subway station. Phone: 212-989-9319. www.corneliastreetcafe.com

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Edwin Torres kicks off poetry tour at Cornelia Street Friday Sept 18

Cornelia Street Café and Three Rooms Press present

SON OF A PONY POETRY SERIES

Friday, September 18, 2009, 6 p.m.

Featured Reader: Edwin Torres

Host: Kat Georges

at Cornelia Street Café

29 Cornelia Street (btwn W. 4th St. & Bleecker)

212-989-9319

http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com


This is Edwin Torres' first reading of the fall season and it's sure to be a winner. This remarkable poet and performer has long been a favorite feature at the Pony series and we're really excited that he's coming back!


Beginning in 1989, poet Edwin Torres created a movement which he called "Interactive Eclectrcism", which combines movement, audience participation, music and songs. The Nuyorican Poets Cafe not only opened its door for his creation but it also opened the doors to a new world of reading poetry. Torres also created the "Poets Neurotica", where dancers and musicians performed alongside two to four poets. He was a member of "Real Live Poetry" from 1993 - 99, performing and conducting workshops across the US and overseas.


Torres has represented New York in the 1992 National Poetry Slam, celebrated in Boston, and he has won the Nuyorican Poets Cafe First Annual Prize for Poetry with his poem "Po-Mo Griot." He has also appeared on MTV's Spoken Word Unplugged and the Charlie Rose Show and been featured on Newsweek, in Rolling Stone Magazine and in New York Magazine. His poem, "I Saw Your Empire State Building" was included in the book, Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam in the chapter which dealt with the poetry slam community's response to 9/11, and his work has appeared in numerous anthologies such as Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Short Fuse: The Global Anthology of New Fusion Poetry, and Heights of the Marvelous: A New Tork Anthology, among many others.


The Son of a Pony Poetry Series at Cornelia Street is one of NYC's favorite open poetry readings. Arrive early to sign up for the open. Doors open at 5:45 pm, poetry starts at 6 pm. Admission of $7 includes a free drink plus all the poetry we can pack in--what a deal!



Saturday, August 29, 2009

"Memo from Allen Ginsberg" - new play by Larry Myers - Sat. Sept 5 - Saval Auditorium, NYC

Three Rooms Press & RWM Playwrights Lab in conjunction with the New York Howl Festival present
WOMEN OF THE BEAT GENERATION: An Evening of Beatnik Theater & Poetry featuring a staged reading of “MEMO FROM ALLEN GINSBERG”
a play by Larry Myers directed by Kat Georges

Saturday, September 5, 2009, 7 p.m. at Saval Auditorium
101 Murray Street between Greenwich and West
NEW YORK—“Memo from Allen Ginsburg,” a new play by award-winning off Broadway playwright Larry Myers, makes its Manhattan debut in a staged reading directed by Kat Georges at Saval Auditorium in Tribeca on Saturday, September 5 at 7 p.m. The play highlights an evening of Beatnik Theater & Poetry and is a featured event of the New York Howl Festival. Admission is free.
The focus of the evening will be on Women of the Beat Generation, who, Myers contends, “were not just an echo of Ginsberg’s Howl, not just the ‘muses’ they’ve been labeled but original, dynamic voices that are only now receiving notice for their large body of creative work.” Discussions by Beat scholars and poetry will follow the play.
Myers’ “Memo from Allen Ginsberg” features characters representing some of the leading Beat figures including Ginsberg, Carl Solomon, Harold Norse and Neal Cassady. But these “boys” meet their match in the form of a bevy of unheralded Beat women. The play focuses on mental illness as a real social issue & the belief that women were the bedrock of the All Boys Beat Club: inspired & inventive yet denied full expression during that timeframe.
Featured actors in the play include Janice Bishop, Peter Carlaftes, John Derrick, Leo Dority, Ken Eckert, Tom Fenaughty, Kat Georges, Matthew Hupert, Ronnie Norpel, Lillian Rodriguez, Richard Wilt. Poets include Beat scholar George Wallace and Thomas Fucaloro.
Dr. Myers—an award-winning Off-Broadway playwright and Associate Professor at St. John’s University—continues his efforts to bring New York theater professionals and established literary figures to the Manhattan St. John’s campus to provide a forum in which students can interact with working pros. Myers directs The Jack Kerouac Literary Group. His various Kerouac plays have been produced in New York, New Jersey & in Lowell (Kerouac’s hometown). The critically acclaimed “Jack Kerouac: Catholic” was directed by Kat Georges at Saval last season.
Saval Auditorium is at 101 Murray St. (between Greenwich and West St. in Manhattan) inside St. John’s University. Doors open at 6:45, the show begins at 7. Take the #1 train to Chambers Street, walk down two blocks, over two. Email threeroomspress@mac.com for info and reservations.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

TRP presents poet Thomas Fucaloro this Friday at Cornelia St. Cafe

FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2009, 6 pm
SON OF A PONY POETRY SERIES
at Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street (btwn W. 4th & Bleecker)
212-989-9319
Featured Poet: Thomas Fucaloro
Host: Kat Georges

Thomas Fucaloro is fast becoming one of our favorite poets in New York. His work comes from the heart, aims for the gut, and takes no prisoners. Catch him at his first ever Son of a Pony Feature, with host Kat Georges

Open reading before the feature. Arrive early to sign up. $7 admission includes free drink.

Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St. (btwn W. 4th & Bleecker)
212-989-9319
Info: threeroomspress@mac.com
Friday, August 21, 6 pm

Friday, August 14, 2009

Yiddish Yoga by Lisa Grunberger: New Video Excerpts!

TRP friend Lisa Grunberger has just released a bunch of new videos of her performing excerpts from her forthcoming book "Yiddish Yoga." Find out more on her website: http://www.yiddishyoga.com.

And watch for her New York book launch coming this fall!



Monday, August 3, 2009

Poet Matthew Hupert Ignites Cornelia Street Cafe This Friday

Getting into the last month of summer and what better way to celebrate than by going to a poetry reading at the wonderful Cornelia Street Cafe in olde' Greenwich Village.


Matthew Hupert is a multi-media artist, a writer, and that rarest of birds - the native new-yorker. He is the Founder of the Neuronautic Institute, Chairman of The NALF (New Amsterdam Liberation Front, which is dedicated to returning new york city back to the dutch) and president of the Norman Bates School of Motel Management. He believes the primary role of the Artist is to be the stick that your Zen master smacks you in the head with. His poetry has been published in "The Formalist", the dadaist journal "Maintenant3", and the Anthology "150 contemporary sonnets." He has self published 4 chapbooks, and has a major book publication coming.

Son of a Pony is NYC's most beloved Poetry Reading Series. Open mike before the feature, hosted by the inimitable Kat Georges--arrive early to sign up. Everyone is welcome to participate: from novices to poet laureates. Cornelia Street Cafe is known as a launching pad for superstars so you never know who might show up to revisit their roots or try out new material. Poets and artists spotted at Cornelia Street include Mark Strand, Paul Violi, Ira Cohen, David Amram, Judith Molina, Suzanne Vega, Eve Ensler and the list goes on and on.

Admission just $7, and that includes free drink.

Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street (btwn W. 4th & Bleecker)
212-989-9319
Info: threeroomspress@mac.com

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Mike Watt & Richard Hell join forces this Sat at Bowery Poetry Club

Three Rooms Press is gearing up for history in the making as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of the Minutemen's classic album "Double Nickels on the Dime" at Bowery Poetry Club Sat. July 25th at 7:30.

The event will commemorate the album with spoken word and musical versions of most of the 40+ songs on the double record. TRP's own Kat Georges will host the event, which will be a benefit for Doctors without Borders. The lineup includes Minutemen bassist Mike Watt, Richard Hell (godfather of punk), Michael T. Fournier (author of Double Nickels on the Dime (33-1/3 press), New Jersey experimental indie rock band Tweede Kamer, Minutemen tribute band Pillowman (from Worcester, MA), Maybe Partying Will Help (from Bethlehem, PA), mystery punkster The Bass Player from Hand Job, electro-poetic mistress Jackie Sheeler, Jazz piano cabaret duo Not King Cole & Kayo, and punkster poet Kat Georges (author of Punk Rock Journal).

Bookmark this page, spread it around, and tell your buddies to get there early: this will sell out.

The event will be webcast live in case you can't be there live--but hey--you'll have a lot more fun if you're there.

Saturday, July 25th, 7:30 pm
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery (btwn Bleecker & Houston)
NYC 212-614-0505
Tix ONLY $10 at the door

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Harold Norse Memorial Reading: Monday, July 20, Cornelia St. Cafe

A memorial reading and poets’ tribute will celebrate the life of writer Harold Norse (who died June 8, 2009), at 6 p.m., Monday, July 20 at Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village.

The reading is co-curated by poet and Beat scholars Valery Oisteanu and Kat Georges. The line up of scheduled readers is made up of Norse’s friends, colleagues and fans including: Ira Cohen, Max Blagg, Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, Steve Dalachinsky, Shelley Miller, Angelo Verga, Tom Walker, George Wallace and others.

Born 1916, in New York City, Norse earned degrees at Brooklyn College and NYU, before becoming--at age 22 in 1939--a member of W. H. Auden's inner circle. William Carlos Williams called him “the best poet of your generation.” Norse lived in the “Beat Hotel” in Paris, 1960-63, with William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso. There he wrote his experimental cut-up novel, Beat Hotel, now in its 30th printing. In 1974, City Lights published Norse’s Hotel Nirvana: Selected Poems, establishing him among the leading Beat poets.

He was nominated for the 1974 National Book Award. He was also recognized for his work "Memoirs of a Bastard Angel," which documents his relationships with W. H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood, e.e. cummings, Tennessee Williams, William Carlos Williams, James Baldwin, Dylan Thomas, Burroughs, Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti, Bukowski, Robert Graves, Anais Nin, Paul and Jane Bowles and many more. He continued to write until his death this month in San Francisco.

Cornelia Street Café is at 29 Cornelia St. (between W. 4th St. & Bleecker), near the W. 4th Street A-B-C-D-E-F-V. Admission is $7, which includes a free drink. For reservations and additional information, call 212-731-0574 or email threeroomspress@mac.com.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

CHICK POETS INVADE CENTRAL PARK! SAT, JUNE 27, 6-9 PM

Check out the GRRLS! in Central Park this Saturday, with a super strong line up of super strong chick poets. It's at the Naumberg Bandshell, near 72nd street, outdoors, with a PA that'll blow the roof off of NYC.

Three Rooms Press Founder Kat Georges will be rockin' the mic along with belly dancer/poet Evie Ivy (http://poetswearprada.home.att.net/EvieIvy.html), Christine Timm (whose poems include Sleeping with Gregory Corso, Sleeping with Charles Bukowski and Sleeping with Whitman, http://www.myspace.com/christine_timm), and Cynthia Toronto, a forerunner of cutting-edge Spoken Word Performance, award-winning poet with eight books of poetry, well known for her video documentaries on Los Angeles poets.

Plus host Angela Peluso, incredible poet and former Playboy Model, who's been organizing and producing the Naumberg Bandshell reading series for years.

Arrive early--stay late and enjoy the end of the overly long rainy season. Bring your own work for the open air open mike.

Central Park
Naumberg Bandshell (72nd Street)
FREE FREE FREE

Monday, June 15, 2009

TRP presents 3 Fun Events in NYC This Week!!

This is a great week for poetry in NYC. Three Rooms Press is proud to be hosting three events, including:

THURSDAY, JUNE 18
8 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Kiva Cafe Open Reading Series
Featured Readers: Jewel Allison & Peter Carlaftes
Host: Kat Georges

Join us for a brand new reading series, held the first, third and fifth Thursday of every month at Kiva Cafe in Tribeca: the little cafe with the big heartJewel Allison is a spoken word artist and author of the poetry collection "Stealing Peace." She was a finalist in the 2002 Def Jam poetry contest, and has been a featured performer nationwide. Her jazz-driven poetic style reflects her lifelong passion for music. Poet Peter Carlaftes is the author of 7 books, including his just-completed series of Bar Poems. His work is part Bukowski, part Baudelaire, and all Beautiful. Open reading before & after the feature; arrive early to sign up and get a seat. . No cover charge; discounts on coffee, beer and wine all night.

KIVA CAFE 139 Reade Street, between Hudson and Greenwich (near Chambers St. 1 train station): 212-587-1198
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FRIDAY, JUNE 19
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Son of a Pony at Cornelia Street Cafe
Featured Reader: Graham Buchan
Host: Kat Georges

Graham Buchan graduated as a Chemical Engineer but has spent his working life in the film, video and television industries, including a substantial spell at ABC News' London bureau. His first poetry pamphlet, Airport Reading, was published in 2004 and his first full collection, There is Violence in these Vapours in 2007, both from the tall lighthouse (www.tall-lighthouse.co.uk). He was joint winner of Piccadilly Poets in 2001 and the Cellar Slam Champion in 2006. His poetry has appeared in two dozen magazines, one national newspaper and three anthologies, and he has also published travel writing, short stories, and poetry, film and art appreciation. He has read in New York, Vancouver and Austin.Open reading before & after the feature; arrive early to sign up and get a seat.

Open reading before the feature; arrive early to sign up. Cover: $7, includes free drink

CORNELIA STREET CAFE 29 Cornelia Street, btwn W. 4th & Bleecker (near W. 4th Street A-B-C-D-E-F-V train station) 212-989-9319

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SATURDAY, JUNE 20
4 p.m. – 5:30 pm.
Bowery Poetry Club
Book Launch for
Ryan Buynak's "Yo Quiero Mas Sangre"
featuring
Bloodthirsty Poetry, Decadent Theater and Delinquent Rock-n-Roll

Celebrate the end of spring on Saturday, June 20th at Bowery Poetry with red-hot performances by NYC's downtown scribes and musicians. Poet Ryan Buynak reads from his piercing new collection Yo Quiero Mas Sangre (Three Rooms Press); performers Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges explore decadence in modern life with the biting new satire,"Sarah's Choice" and longtime downtown singer/songwriter Bob Musial performs with his band of beloved music mavens, Bob's Bios.

Doors open 3:45 p.m.. Show begins at 4 p.m. Tickets: $8.

BOWERY POETRY CLUB 308 Bowery (between Bleecker & Houston) 212-614-0505
Info/reservations: threeroomspress@mac.com.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

TRP Heads to Sea for Figment Festival on Governor's Island

Join over 300 artworks, performances, and projects will be brought to Governors Island… and we expect well over 10,000 New Yorkers to join us to engage in FIGMENT. We invite participants to bring art, costumes, toys, games, and other activities… but all you really need is your willingness to participate (and maybe a picnic lunch and water!).

It's all FREE--INCLUDING THE FERRY TO THE ISLAND!

You can take full advantage of FIGMENT by just wandering around, or you can view a schedule and map in advance on our website at http://figmentnyc.org. Catch the ferry every hour on the hour at 10 South Street in Manhattan.

TRP's own Kat Georges & Peter Carlaftes will perform their charming and wild "Greenagers in Love" musical act on the Performance Stage (PD54) each day of the festival at 3:45 p.m. See you there!

If you're out of the area, deathly ill, or just can't make it for some strange reason, please check out our recent performances on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/3RoomsPress

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Poet Ronnie Norpel Set to Rock Cornelia Street Cafe Friday, June 5

Three Rooms Press and Cornelia Street Cafe present the weekly Son of a Pony Poetry Reading Series, named New York's best poetry series by countless people in the know.

This week we present the incredible performance poet, actor, photographer and jock Ronnie Norpel! with host Kat Georges. Doors open 5:45. Arrive early to sign up for the fantastic open reading before the feature.

Here's the deets on the wild Ronnie N:
Ronnie Norpel is a performance poet, actor, photographer and jock with a deep passion for the Phillies, where she spent seven seasons as a ballgirl and fan accommodation manager. In New York, “Ronnie G” was the muse and collaborator of Warhol Factory superstar Gerard Malanga, whose phot of Ronnie, “Marble of Light,” was included for the exhibition and catalogue, Artists of the Warhol Circle Then & Now. She studied acting in Hollywood and worked at the Zero One Gallery. Today, Ronnie reads monthly in NYC with the Upper Left Side Writers and Poets. Other readings include the Lower East Side Festival, the SynonymUS collective at Nuyorican Poets Café, and the Wild Angels at St. John the Divine.

Cornelia Street Cafe
Son of a Pony Poetry Reading Serie
Featured poet: Ronnie Norpel
Host: Kat Georges
29 Cornelia Street (between W. 4th & Bleecker), New York, NY
info: 212-989-9319 threeroomspress@mac.com
Doors open: 5:45 p.m.
Reading starts: 6 p.m
Admission $7 includes a free drink

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

TRP Shines at LES Arts Festival at Theater for the New City

Three Rooms Press personnel were hot and heavy with their participation in last weekend's Lower East Side Arts Festival at Theater for the New City.

Friday night, TRP premiered an excerpt of a new play by Peter Carlaftes "Sarah's Choice," which featured Kat Georges and Peter Carlaftes portraying the TWIN foetuses carried by the surrogate mother employed by Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick. The play unveiled the decadence of modern American society with biting, twisted satire that had the TNC's Cabaret Theater audience howling. A special guest star, Parisian actor Christophe Touraud, made the play truly unforgettable to the packed house. Video can be viewed on this site or on YouTube by clicking here.


Saturday afternoon, the same duo--Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges--hit the outdoor stage on E. 10th Street to perform their mini-musical "Greenagers in Love." Crowd favorites included the title song, as well as "The Rotten Junkie Mommy" (sung to the tune of "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider") and "Smells Like Green Spirit" a hilarious take on Nirvana's big hit. The host of the event was the fantastic Richard West, who can be seen in this video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qio8pLOqrLM

And Sunday, TRP poets Karen Hildebrand, Ryan Buynak, Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges read at the smashingly successful Poetry Jam in the upstairs Cabaret Theater at TNC, hosted by the marvelous Lissa Moira. She masterfully navigated through a room full of NY's best poets, allowing over 30 to share their work.

All in all, a wonderful weekend at Theater for the New City, and all due to the visionary leadership of Crystal Fields, who developed the venue, and insists that the annual Lower East Side Arts Festival, with over 200 theatrical events, remain free. video

Monday, May 11, 2009

Philly Poet Lisa Grunberger Lights Up Cornelia St. Cafe Fri., May 15


This Friday, May 16th, Three Rooms Press and Cornelia St. Cafe proudly present poet extraordinaire Lisa Grunberger at the weekly Son of a Pony Poetry Reading, 6 p.m. at Cornelia Street Cafe.

Grunberger's poems come at you from all angles, then seem to zero in on that part of you that most desires to be fulfilled. Sex and food--the eroticism and spirituality of daily life--are her themes. Her poems are accessible, witty, tender and full of love, addressing the human drama from adoption to grief, from making pickles to baking bread. She has published widely in journals including The Paterson LIterary Review, Mudfish, Nimrod and The Drunken Boat.

Host is TRP's own Kat Georges. Open reading before the feature. Sign up at 5:45 to make the list.

Son of a Pony Poetry Reading Series
Friday, May 1, 2009, 6 pm
Feature: Lisa Grunberger
Host: Kat Georges
Open reading before the feature
Cornelia St. Cafe
29 Cornelia Street (btwn W. 4th & Bleecker)
NYC
http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com
212-989-9319

Thursday, May 7, 2009

HOOK-UPS: 5 Intense Plays by L.A.'s Jan Michael Alejandro Friday May 8 at Dramatist Guild

Four intense short plays and one mini-musical by award-winning Los Angeles playwright Jan Michael Alejandro will be staged in a showcase event at the Dramatist Guild’s Frederick Lowe Room (1501 Broadway, Suite 701) on Friday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Alejandro, a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, ANMT and a BMI composer, has had several of his works produced in L.A. to critical acclaim. In a Critic’s Pick review, Backstage West commends Alejandro’s “fine writing and compelling interwoven setups . . . that capture love, anger, biting humor, and support."

For the NYC showcase, award-winning Off-Broadway director Adam Fitzgerald directs “Mountain Road” (with Dina Ann Comolli and Craig Lenti) and “Bad Dad” the offbeat mini-musical comedy (with Rich Fromm, Michelle Carano, Richard Ugino, Joseph Mazzella & Gil Brady; musical director Michael Harren). Fitzgerald is currently Robert Moss Directing Resident at Playwrights Horizons.

PLUS TRP's own Kat Georges directs “Leticia” (with Lourdes Natalie Rose and Peter Carlaftes) and “Chin Up" (with Yoshiko Fujii, Peter Carlaftes and Jessica DiSalvo). Georges served as artistic director of San Francisco’s Marilyn Monroe Memorial Theater for 10 years, and has been directing and performing in New York since 2003. Jan Alejandro directs “Bautismo“ (with J.W. Cortes, Angel Ramirez & Cyre' Rodriguez).

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is strictly on a first-come first-served basis For more info and reservations, please email threeroomspress@mac.com.

The Dramatist Guild
Frederick Loewe Room
1501 Broadway, Suite 701
New York

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Larry Myers' "Jack Kerouac: Catholic" set for NYC premiere this Sat., May 2

Award-winning Off-Broadway playwright Larry Myers stages a special spring showcase of his new play, “Jack Kerouac: Catholic” on Saturday, May 2, 7 p.m., Saval Auditorium at 101 Murray Street. The play—part of Dr. Myers’ Theater Project at
St. John’s University, and will be directed by Kat Georges—exposes a unique and rarely-discussed side of the multifaceted originator of the beat movement. The event will also feature presentations by Kerouac experts and poets including George Wallace, Peter Carlaftes, Ryan Buynak and Claire Ultimo.

The play stars a cast of 12 astounding actors, including David DeCuir, Robert Grant, Michael Kostas, Brandon McCluskey, Mickey Pizzo, Jordan Spoon, Manny Liyes, Harry May-Kline, Joshua Dudley, Jeremy Patrick Hamilton, Janice Bishop and Ivan Perez.

Myers, Associate Professor, continues his effort to bring New York Theater professionals and established literary figures to the Manhattan St. John's campus. This allows the students to interact with those in the professional field. Myers hopes to institute an International Playwriting Center at St. John’s in the middle of Manhattan. Ms. Georges, was founder and artistic director of San Francisco’s Marilyn Monroe Memorial Theater for 10 years and has been directing in New York for five years.

Called by the New York Daily News “one of Off-Broadway’s wittiest & more prolific playwrights,” Dr. Myers has written many plays about Vincentian concerns: the homeless, physically challenged, environmental issues. His “Finding God's Face” (about St Vincent de Paul) premiered at the main campus starring Peter Facinelli as Young Vincent. Facinelli is currently starring in the film blockbuster "Twilight." Myers’ “Limericks from Undisclosed Locations” was a response to his post-Katrina volunteerism. He set up drama workshops in both Manhattan (Long Island City, Chinatown & Roosevelt Island) & San Francisco working with the homeless & seniors. At Roosevelt Island’s Coler Hospital he did drama therapy with the severely disabled. Several of his plays concern notable Catholics, including Mary Anderson, the great 19th-century stage star & Tennessee Williams.

The Saval Theater is at 101 Murray St. (between Greenwich & West). Take the #1 train to Chambers Street, walk down two blocks, over two. This project is an open classroom project. Email threeroomspress@mac.com for reservations.


Poet Elizabeth Harrington at Cornelia St. Cafe This Fri., May 1

Elizabeth Harrington’s poems have appeared in The Hudson Review, Field, Nimrod, The Sun, Rattapallax, and other journals, and in an anthology about divorce. She was a winner of the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and second place winner in The Ledge Poetry Contest. Her chapbook “Earth’s Milk” was first runner-up in the Main Street Rag Chapbook Poetry contest. She has a Ph.D. in Psychology and works at a market research company in New York.

Join us for a great night of poetry, including the infamous Son of a Pony Open Poetry Reading before the feature. Arrive early to sign up on the list. Host for this wondrous event will be TRP's own Kat Georges, who is proud to be a part of what many folks call "The best poetry reading in New York City!" See you there!

Friday, May 1, 6 p.m.
Son of a Pony Poetry Reading series
Feature: Elizabeth Harrington
Host: Kat Georges
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St (between W. 4th & Bleecker)
212-989-9319

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Incredible Poet Peter Carlaftes launches new collection this Friday at Cornelia St. Cafe

Peter Carlaftes is one of the most unique minds on the poetry scene. His work is often humorous, always insightful, and hell-bent on being drop dead original, though it resonates with overtones of Bukowski, Baudelaire and Bogart.

This Friday Three Rooms Press and Cornelia St. Cafe present Son of a Pony, featuring Peter Carlaftes and the launch of his new poetry collection. "Progressive Shots" is the final book in his Bar Poems trilogy--all on Three Rooms Press. The book is a rare riot, and the reading is sure to be a blast, too. The $7 admission includes a free drink.

Plus there's an open reading before the feature--hosted by TRP's Kat Georges! Prepare for loads of fun! Arrive early to sign up.


Son of a Pony Reading
Friday, April 17, 6 p.m.
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St. (between W. 4th and Bleecker)
New York City
212-989-9319
Doors open 5:45
212-731-0574

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Phenomenal Paris-based Sephardic Singer Makes NYC Debut April 12

Phenomenal Sephardic singer Annie Darmon, whose five-octave range has ignited rave reviews in France, Germany, Brazil and Britain, makes her New York debut with two performances on Sunday, April 12, including an 11 a.m. opening slot for the Klezmer Brunch at City Winery and a 6 p.m. solo show at Cornelia Street Café.

Darmon (vocals/guitar) fills the room with her incredible unamplified voice, singing songs of joy, grief and hope, in a program of poetic music sung in Ladino, French, English and Yiddish. Her voice expresses violence and softness, joy and despair, with a deep, heartfelt intensity. Her way is heavy with history, powdery with the dust of the roads of exile. Her work can be
heard online at http://www.myspace.com/anniedarmon

Critics have long raved about Darmon’s performances. Jacques Julliard of Le Nouvel Observateur reports, “A stunning voice with an unprecedented intensity, with a singular dramatic force that raises even higher [Darmon’s] authentic qualities as an artist…” Madame Figaro notes, “An exceptional voice, that grabs you all at once: body and soul ...” Present’s Hervé Pennven writes, “At times, her voice surrounds you from every part and you no longer are able to tell where it comes from.”

Darmon will perform an opening set Sunday, April 12 at 11 a.m. as part of the Klezmer Brunch at City Winery, 155 Varick St. (between Spring and
Vandam), 212-608-0555. Admission $10.

A solo concert takes place at 6 p.m. April 12 at Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia Street, between W. 4th Street & Bleecker), 212-989-9319. Easily accessible from A, B, C, D, E, F, V trains, exit at W. 4th Street station.
Admission is $12 and includes a free drink.

Email threeroomspress@mac.com for reservations and further information.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Poet Ben Mazer slated for Cornelia St. Cafe reading April 3

This Friday at Cornelia St. Cafe, Three Rooms Press and Son of a Pony proudly present featured poet Ben Mazer, who's work has been lauded by MTV poet laureate John Ashberry: "To read [Mazer] is to follow him along a dreamlike corridor where everything is beautiful and nothing is as it seems." Kat Georges hosts the event.

Ben Mazer's poems have appeared in Fulcrum, Harvard Review, Stand, Jacket, Verse and many other international periodicals. He is the author of The Foundations of Poetry Mathematics (Cannibal Books). He is the editor of Landis Everson's Everything Preserved: Poems 1955-2005 (Graywolf Press), which won the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Foundation, and a contributing editor to Fulcrum: An Annual of Poetry and Aesthetics.

Details:

Son of a Pony Poetry Reading Series
Friday, April 3, 2009, 6 pm
Feature: Ben Mazer
Host: Kat Georges
Open reading before the feature
Admission: $7 (includes free drink)

Arrive early to sign up for the open reading before the feature!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

March 21: Kat Georges to direct Larry Myers' new play "Twitter Theater" World Premiere


Award-winning Off-Broadway playwright Larry Myers’ new play, “Twitter Theater,” about the networking phenomenon Twitter, will preview in a special March 21 performance at 7 p.m., Saval Auditorium at 101 Murray Street. The play is part of Dr. Myers’ Theater Project at St. John’s University, and will be directed by Kat Georges.

Myers, Associate Professor, has recently sent the “Twitter Theater” script into cyberspace & already garnered advance reviews on blog sites of The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Retriever Weekly, CNET and more. His goal is to have an International Playwriting Center at the SJU Manhattan campus (across the street from the World Trade Center). This project is part of the strategy to involve St. John’s theater students in the production of professional theater in Manhattan giving them the chance to work with cutting edge professional directors, actors and theater technicians. Ms. Georges, now based in New York, was founder and artistic director of San Francisco’s Marilyn Monroe Memorial Theater for 10 years.

Called by the New York Daily News “one of Off-Broadway’s wittiest & more prolific playwrights,” Myers’ works have been seen in Rome, Italy at Teatro Olimpico & Scotland’s Edinburg Festival, as well Anchorage, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Louisville, & two summer long reps in San Francisco & Los Angeles. His work “Stephen Crane & Dangerous Women” was staged at the Crane Museum in Asbury Park, NJ & his “Past Life=Kerouac” was part of Lowell, Massachusetts’ Kerouac Festival. Myers’ plays have had two decades of New York productions both Downtown and Uptown.

The Saval Theater is at 101 Murray St. (between Greenwich & West). Take the #1 train to Chambers Street, walk down two blocks, over two. This project is an open classroom project & there is no admission fee. Email threeroomspress@mac.com.

March 20: Dada Poetry Salon at Cornelia Street Cafe



It's back! And better than ever. The second annual edition of the very special one-night-only Dada Poetry Salon, with Dada hostess Kat Georges! Wear your favorite Dada fashion, bring your Dada-inspired poetry for the open reading (sign up at 5:45, limited spaces available!).

Featured guest poets will include DaDa superstars including boxer/poet Arthur Cravan and dada manifesto creator Tristan Tzara, brought back to life for this special event. Plus the unveiling of a Dada performance play by some of your favorite Son of a Pony poets. Plus: the return of the controversial City Scum Shot duo.

The first 50 people will receive a free copy of the inaugural and only issue of Maintenant Trois (inspired by Arthur Cravan's 1915 Maintenant magazine, which was the first ’zine ever). Prepare for irreverant art and an evening that will challenge your ideas about the nature and necessity of creation in a world suffering the ongoing effects of an “economic Pearl Harbor.”

Doors open 5:45. Admission $7 includes free drink. Cornelia St. Cafe is at 29 Cornelia St. between W. 4th St. & Bleecker. Close to many trains at W. 4th St. station: A-B-C-D-E-F-V. So, Yes We Can get there. Do so...

March 17: Philly Poetry Party with Karen Hildebrand, Peter Carlaftes & Kat Georges


Three Rooms Press poets Kat Georges (Punk Rock Journal), Peter Carlaftes (Bar Room Essentials) and Karen Hildebrand (One Foot Out the Door) hit the road for a one-night stand in Philadelpha, PA. It’s bound to be total chaos, with poetry screaming from the gut in a swirl of magic dust that makes your heart sing.

If you’re within 100 miles of Philadelphia, drive, train or hitchhike to what’s destined to be one of those shows people talk about for years to come. St. Patrick’s Day Poetry Blow-out at The Green Line Cafe in Philadephia, PA: Tuesday, March 17, 7pm at the fabulous Greenline Cafe, 4426 Locust Street (at 45th), 215-2220799. And that's in West Philly.

TRANSIT: Green Line Locust is within two blocks of two bus lines. Take either the #21 or #42 bus, signal for your stop at 45th Street. From the #21 bus, walk south to Locust Street and you’re there! From the #42 bus, walk north 1 block to Locust and you’re there!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Learn How to Get Your Poetry Published this Thursday, March 12


Ever wondered what it takes to find a publisher for your poetry or novel? Thinking about self-publishing but not sure how to get started? Wondering how to publicize your book or get it sold on Amazon? Come to Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia St., between W. 4th & Bleecker) this Thursday, March 12 at 6 p.m., where members of independent publishing group GNYIPA (Greater New York Independent Publishers Association) will be showcasing its creative work—including fiction, playwriting, poetry and photography--and offering tips on independent publishing Tickets $12.

Featured performers include actor/playwright Norman Beim (New Concept Press), novelist/poet Perry Brass (Belhue Press), playwright/poet Kat Georges (Three Rooms Press), essayist/editor Anne Heckman (StepSister Press), photographer Heidi Russell (Viaduct Publishing), and actress/fiction writer Kay Williams (Calliope Press). In addition, actors Fred Milani and Jeanne Pearson will dramatize the story “So Let It Be Angels,” recently published on author/poet Francine L. Treven’s TnT Classic Books.

Following the reading, the publishers will be available for one-on-one discussions to share tips on publishing and self-publishing, and offer information about the GNYIPA organization. For more than 10 years, GNYIPA has served as an important resource for the city’s independent publishers, providing pointers on everything from book design and printing, to distribution and promotion, to digital book creation and licensing.

New York State of Mind
Literary Reading PLUS Tips on Publishing Poetry and Prose
Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 6 p.m., $12 admission includes free drink.
Cornelia St. Cafe
29 Cornelia Street (btwn Bleecker & W. 4th St.)
New York, NY 10014
212-989-9319
reservations: threeroomspress@mac.com

Sunday, March 1, 2009

NYC Poet Peter Carlaftes in Las Vegas, LA Poets Corrie Greathouse & Doug Knott in NYC!!


No matter which side of the country you're on, Wednesday, March 4 will be a poetical day to remember.

Wed., March 4, 7 pm
NY Poet Peter Carlaftes hits Las Vegas
Sunrise Coffee Shop

New York poet Peter Carlaftes hits the Las Vegas strip (mall) for a one-night stand with a pocketfull of poetry laced with dark humor about the struggle to survive modern love, aged liquor and urban nightmares without losing your mind! Carlaftes is the author of 5 books of poetry, including Nightclub Confidential, The Bar Essentials and The I Can't-o Cantos.

His live appearances are sheer magic--like being hit by a ton of bricks then caressed until dawn with love. If you're anywhere near the Las Vegas area, be sure you make it down to the marvelous Sunrise Coffee Shop, 3130 E. Sunset Rd., Suite A, Law Vegas, NV, 7 pm. (702) 433-3304 for details.


Wed., March 4, 6 pm
LA Poets Corrie Greathouse & Doug Knott
meet NY Poets Mary Reilly & Marty O'Connell
at New York's Bowery Poetry Club


Corrie Greathouse is a fascinating poet whose intimate works achieve a smoky cool tension unlike anything I've ever witnessed. With DJ Graffiti's trance beats accompanying her, this show is a don't miss.

But wait--there's even MORE reason to get in the door at the FFF Bowery Poetry Club. Joining Corrie will be the great L.A. hip-trip-beat poet Doug Knott, a long-standing member of the legendary Carma Bums!

Oh, and--yep!--even more reasons to go! Two New York Superstar poets Mary Reilly and Marty McConnell are kicking it with the L.A. crew. What better way to start Wednesday eve and the groove into the weekend? The whole-schmole kicks off at 6 pm at the beloved Bowery Poetry Club. Only $6 admission. Oh, and one more thing--the man himself, none other than Mister Gary Glazner is hosting the event.

Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery (btwn Bleecker and Houston), 212-614-0505, http://www.bowerypoetry.com

Saturday, February 21, 2009

"Greenager a-glow-go" at St. John's Lower Manhattan Feb. 28 Noon

New York’s contemporary cutting-edge poets and playwrights join forces with St. John’s University student playwrights at “GREENAGER A-GLOW-GO!” The event runs Saturday, Feb. 28 at noon at St. John’s University downtown Manhattan campus’ Saval Auditorium. It kicks off Dr. Larry Myers international playwriting project.
The program will be hosted by “Greenagers” Kat Georges and Peter Carlaftes, co-founders of San Francisco’s Marilyn Monroe Memorial Theater. Their comic musical numbers will highlight the fun side of “going green.”

Also on the bill are as follows: Jackie Sheeler, creator of the blog “Get Angry With Me” who explores her personal green efforts; Angelo Verga, author of Praise for What Remains, examines the green side of finance; and Karen Hildebrand, author of One Foot Out the Door, who probes the green of envy. Undercover punk rock celebupoet Bass Player from ? offers musical interludes & excerpts from his book, Splitting Hairs. Performance poetry artists Madeline Artenberg, Ronnie Norpel, & Susan Scutti read their green-hued work. Also--JUST ADDED--Direct from Los Angeles!--the awesome performance poet Corrie Greathouse.

This event also puts St. John’s practicing playwrights in the center of New York’s poetry and playwriting scene. SJU playwrights include: Olivia Hartle, Kristopher Kaye, Caitlyn Mason, Taylor Pedane, Matthew Gray, Ben Less, James Losada, Maria Ruales, Mallory Soto, Feraz Khan and Anna Ilyadzhanova.

PLUS Lindsay Blodgett, Whitney Kimball Long, Brandon Medina, Lourdes Natalie Rose and Richard Wilt will perform a new work by award-winning Off-Broadway playwright Myers, exploring the personal face of today’s environmental movement.

All the jam-packed fun takes place on Saturday, February 28 at NOON in St. John’s University Saval Auditorium at 101 Murray Street (between Greenwich and West streets). Admission is pay-what-you can donation--no one turned away for lack of funds!

Go green with us--help expand the meaning of the word!

For more information, and to RSVP, email threeroomspress@mac.com.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Primiere Poet Angelo Verga at Cornelia Street Friday, Feb. 20

Angelo Verga's new poetry book, "Praise for What Remains" (Three Rooms Press) is a real gem, one of those books you start and can't put down. It's unlike anything I've seen and I've been read it now about 10 times.

Catch this one-time only complete reading of an amazing artist at New York's fabulous Cornelia Street Cafe Friday Feb. 20, 6 p.m.

Angelo Verga has been very widely published in the Americas & Europe. His six collections of poems include 33 NYC Poems (Booklyn, 2005), and A Hurricane Is (Jane Street, 2003). Verga promotes poetry in public spaces, notably The Cornelia Street Cafe where he curates over 300 literary events per year. He lives & writes in a highrise above the western edge of Manhattan with the Statue of Liberty as his night light.

In the amazing "Praise for What Remains," Verga takes on the capitalistic greed that multiplied exponentially in the last decade, and the resultant financial mecca that is now in the process of imploding. His takes are alternately tender and merciless, tearing down every sacred cow with poetry that explodes off the page in its confident stance.

Open reading before the feature. Sign up at 5:45 to be sure you make the list. Only $7 and that includes a free drink.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Call for Submissions: Maintenant 3 DaDa Poetry Journal

Be a part of the 2nd annual New York DaDa Poetry Salon Magazine, by submitting your DaDa-inspired poetry and/or art to Maintenant 3, inspired by DaDa instigator and Three Rooms Press spiritual advisor Arthur Cravan. We're looking for short DaDa-inspired poetry for this crazy 'zine or black and white art. The 'zine will only be distributed at the DaDa Poetry Salon on March 20th, 2009 at Cornelia Street Cafe (6-8 p.m.), and via mail to contributors. No online distribution!! 

Hurray for print and things you hold in your hand! 

Interested? Please send an email to threeroomspressms@mac.com for details. We look forward to hearing from you. Picture is the cover of last year's Maintenant 2. Arthur Cravan is credited with creating the first 'zine in the world with his publication Maintenant. We're proud to carry on the tradition.

Friday, January 23, 2009

MONDAY, JAN. 26: The Green Scene Cabaret at Theater for the New City

A crazy event to support getting a green roof for Theater for the New City.

In the spirit of ecological responsibility, THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY has recently launched a campaign to turn its flat roof into a Green Roof with a Solar element, with the ultimate goal of supplementing our energy and greatly reducing its bills while sweetening the neighborhood air. The first of these events is The Green Scene Cabaret, hosted by playwrights Lissa Moira and Richard West (their musical, Who Murdered Love? opens at TNC in March).

Three Rooms Press' own PETER CARLAFTES and KAT GEORGES will be lending their talent to the cause in the debut of their new performance piece, "GreenAgers In Love." Very fun! Very funny! Two kids on a mission to save the world from itself. Hope to see you there.

Other performers with all Green-themed pieces include: Green Comedians: Stan Baker and Stan Rifken plus Green Musicians soft rock group Break And Run, Glorious chanteuse about town Louisa Bradshaw, Song stylist David Vernon, Satirist and composer Richard West. Plus Green Earth Performers (Theater): The Drama Bums, Lissa Moira (performing her own piece, The Seduction of Time, opposite the brilliant Zen Mansley), Zen Mansley, Playwright Larry Myers contributes a new monologue AND Greensleeved Poets: Ronnie Norpel, and Sally Davidson

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
155 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003
Tel: (212) 254-1109
www.theaterforthenewcity.net
Monday, January 26th, 8:00 – 10:00pm
Tickets $7.50 or 2 for $12.00