Thursday, June 20, 2013

Atrium, poems by Hala Alyan, wins 2013 Arab American Book Award for Poetry

Three Rooms Press is thrilled beyond belief to announce that the winner of the 2013 Arab American Book Award for poetry is Hala Alyan for her poetry collection Atrium (Three Rooms Press, 2012, ISBN 978-0-9835813-8-3).

 Established in 2006 by the Arab American National Museum, the Arab American Book Award honors significant literature by and about Arab Americans. It is the only literary competition of its type in the U.S. The Arab American Book Award was brought about by the Arab American National Museum and faculty members of the nearby University of Toledo. The winning titles are chosen by groups of selected readers including respected authors, university professors, artists and AANM staff.

The Awards are given during an invitation only event in the Fall of the award year. The AANM first gave these awards in 2007 for books published in 2006; for 2007, the number of submissions more than doubled from the inaugural year. Information about Hala and other award winners will be forthcoming on

About Atrium, Poems by Hala Alyan

(Three Rooms Press, 2012, ISBN 978-09835813-8-3, 102 Pages, Size: 6" x 9") 

 In Atrium, Alyan traces lines of global issues in personal spaces, with fervently original imagery, and a fierce passion and intense intimacy that echoes long after initial reading.

Alyan was recently tapped as a finalist in the Nazim Himet Poetry Competition, and has etched her mark on other award-winning poets who are universal in their praise:

 “Don't miss the dazzling Hala Alyan. Wow. When she says ‘the poetry like a spear,’ she isn't kidding.” —Naomi Shihab Nye;

“Hala Alyan’s poems startle us with their beautiful, enigmatic images and capture us with their passionate engagement with the world. A powerful debut.” —Chitra Divakaruni;

 “For all the stunning angularity in this vision, we do not doubt that what we are seeing and sensing here is a surprising, sharp-edged sense of the real, of a world that had been there all along, just waiting for this poet and these poems to reveal. Start to finish, these poems convey a singular vision and represent an important new voice in the international poetry arena.” —Fred Marchant

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

June 14-22: The Old In and Out at Stage Left Theater, NYC

What happens when young newlyweds in the era of "free love" realize that "happily ever after" is the last thing they're likely to get? "The Old In and Out," a new play by Madeline Artenberg and Karen Hildebrand, directed by Kat Georges, tells the stories of four free-spirited women who, while looking for love, discover their true independent selves. Not since "The Vagina Monologues" has live theater captured the voices of contemporary women with such honesty and compassion. Adult themes and language.
A portion of profits will be donated to V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.
The Old In and Out
A New Play
Written by Madeline Artenberg and Karen Hildebrand
Directed by Kat Georges
Starring: Holly Crane, Eloise Eonnet, Olivia Jampol and Rachel Ritacco
Opens June 14, 7:30 p.m.
Runs Friday and Saturdays thru June 22
Stage Left Studio Theater
214 West 30th Street, 6th Floor
(between 7th and 8th Avenues)
Tickets: $20, are available online at:
Tickets are going fast, so may not be available at the door. 

FYI: Doors open at 7 pm. Due to the nature of this show, no one will be allowed admission after 7:25 pm. Please plan to arrive by 7:15 to ensure seating.

June 29: ¡DaDa Land in LaLa Land! at Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA 4 pm

Three Rooms Press presents

¡DADA Land in LALA Land!

A Highly Eclectic, Disruptive Performance Event Hell-Bent on Blowing Mindsplus the official West Coast launch of Maintenant 7: Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and ArtSaturday, June 29, 2013  |  4 pm | Doors open 3:45 pm

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center 681 Venice Bl. Venice, CA 90291 Phone 1-310-822-3006

Get your DADA on as Three Rooms Press presents ¡DADA Land in LALA Land!, a wild ride of contemporary DaDa performance and poetry by leading maverick artists. The event includes the West Coast launch of the internationally-renowned Maintenant 7: Journal of Contemporary DaDa Writing and Art, which features more than 100 visual and literary works by artists and writers worldwide. The event takes place Saturday, June 29, 4-6 pm at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice. Costumes encouraged. 

Featured performers include famed playwright-poet Doug Knott (Last of the Knotts), Mike Mollett and LA DADA (Carma Bums), Joanie Fritz Zosike (DADAnewyork), and Jeff Boynton and Mona Jean Cedar (Circuitry + Poetry). Additional performers include poet Marie Lecrivain, Bibiana Padilla Maltos and Christian Georgescu. The event will be hosted by Three Rooms Press co-directors and New York-based performance artists Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges. And -- JUST ADDED! -- performance poet extraordinaire Linda J. Albertano! 

In addition, the event features the world premieres of Friends Scream for 2 Days (a mini DaDa Opera with music lyrics by Jan Michael Alejandro) and The Mirrored City (a DaDa ASL performance piece written by Jan Michael Alejandro, Jody Stevenson and Kalen Feeney, with ASL poetry by REZ). Both of these pieces will be performed by a cast of deaf actors, with ASL interpreters. 

General admission is $10; discounted admission for seniors, students and Beyond Baroque members is $5. Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center is at 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, phone: 310-822-3006. For additional information and reservations, email

Maintenant 7: A Journal of Contemporary DaDa Writing and Art (Three Rooms Press) is the most recent installment of an annual series published since 2005. The current issue features work by Jerome Rothenberg, S.A. Griffin, Scott Wannberg, Charles Plymell, Mike Watt, Gerard Malanga, AD Winans, Marc Olmsted, Claude Pelieu, Mary Beach, Brion Gysin, William Burroughs and many more. Copies will be available for purchase at the event, and are available online at