Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Joel Allegretti and John J. Trause Strike Up the Poets at Son of a Pony this Friday 10/19

Three Rooms Press & Cornelia Street Café  present Son of a Pony Poetry Reading Series

Friday, October 19, 2012: Featured Poets: JOEL ALLEGRETTI and JOHN J. TRAUSE; PLUS NYC's Most Lovely Open POETRY Mike; Hosted by Kat Georges

The infamous Son of a Pony Poetry Reading series at Cornelia Street Cafe continues its fall classic with an October 19 reading featuring two of the most unique voices on the East Coast: Joel Allegretti and John J. Trause are featured, plus you are invited to join the stupendous open reading.

JOHN J. TRAUSE, said to be the secret love child of Henri Langlois and Mary Meerson (or is it Marie Menken and Willard Maas?), is the author most recently of Inside Out, Upside Down, and Round and Round (Nirala Publications), as well as Seriously Serial (Poets Wear Prada), and Latter-Day Litany, the latter staged Off-Off Broadway.  He has shared the stage with Steven Van Zandt, Anne Waldman, Karen Finley, and Jerome Rothenberg and the page with William Carlos Williams, Richard Kostelanetz, Lita Hornick, Woody Allen, Ted Kooser, and Pope John Paul II.  Aside from his literary work, his artwork has been exhibited in The MoMA Staff Show and elsewhere, and is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Menstruation.  At various times in his life he has been mistaken for being a priest, a policeman, a pimp, and a pornographer.  One does not know what is more impressive, his book collection or his array of turtlenecks. 

Joel Allegretti is the author of four collections of poetry: Europa/ Nippon/ New York: Poems/ Not-Poems (Poets Wear Prada, 2012); Thrum (Poets Wear Prada, 2010); Father Silicon (The Poet’s Press, 2006), selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006, a list that included novels by Cormac McCarthy and Thomas Pynchon; and The Plague Psalms (The Poet’s Press, 2000). Allegretti’s poems have appeared in Smartish Pace, PANK, The New York Quarterly, Maintenant: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing & Art, MARGIE, Fulcrum and many other national journals, as well as in The Best American Poetry blog.

Plus--the exciting Son of a Pony open reading, hosted by the indefatigable Kat Georges. YOU are invited to read your poetry! Sign up at 5:45 p.m.;  open reading begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $8, which includes a free drink.  Cornelia Street Cafe is at 29 Cornelia Street, in the West Village of New York City (between W. 4th Street and Bleecker). 212-989-9319

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