Boog City: Poetry, Music, and Theatre Festival, Aug. 1-5



What: Boog City: Poetry, Music, and Theatre Festival

When: August 1-5

Where: Unnameable Books, Prospect Heights & Sidewalk Cafe, East Village.


Below from the FB invite:



This Fri., Aug. 1 through Tues. Aug. 5, we’ll be celebrating Boog’s 23rd anniversary by putting on the eighth annual Welcome to Boog City poetry, music, and theater festival. It will feature 66 poets, 16 musical acts, 9 poets theater plays, 2 poets in conversation with one another, 1 political talk, 1 d.a. levy lives visiting press, and 1 panel over the five days.

You can view the web-only color pdf version of Boog City’s Welcome to Boog City program issue here:

replete with:

*the full schedule illustrated with performer pics

*music editor J.J. Hayes on festival performers Charles Mansfield and Yeti

*Small press co-editor Chris McCreary interviews Lori Anderson Moseman, editor of d.a. levy lives visiting press, Ithaca, N.Y.’s Stockport Flats

*Michael Basinski asks Ed Sanders 10 Questions

*our poetry editor Buck Downs brings us new work from fest performers Joanna Fuhrman, Brendan Lorber, Travis Macdonald, Laura Spagnoli, and Nicole Steinberg.

Thanks to Jessy Randall for the festival’s logo. The music for the festival was booked by J.J. Hayes; the poetry by Buck Downs, J. Hope Stein, Kevin Varrone, and myself; the poets theater by Magus Magnus; and the panel by Carol Mirakove. Thank ye all.

Among the festival highlights are:

—A performance by Ed Sanders, a large figure in the counter-culture of the sixties to today, member of The Fugs, and an award-winning poet.

—Boog’s d.a. levy lives series kicks off its 12th season devoting an afternoon to Stockport Flats;

—Our 47th Classic Album Live is PJ Harvey’s Rid of Me, performed live by 7 local musical acts;

—Digital Poetry: What Can It Mean?, a panel curated and moderated by Carol Mirakove

—our Fifth Poets’ Theater night, featuring 9 short plays.

—and our Poetry Talk Talk will feature poets Brenda Iijima and Niina Pollari reading and in conversation

The full schedule for the event is below this note, followed by performer bios and websites.

If you need any additional information you can reach me at 212-842-BOOG (2664) or den

as ever,

Project Soundscape: Waves

Listen to Waves, Cedar Beach, Long Island:


And on:

Space for Breath:


Policing Revolution

Originally posted on Moorbey'z Blog:

How the LAPD’s first use of SWAT—a massive, military-style operation against the Black Panthers—was almost its last

IT’S OVER: Black Panthers surrender after the SWAT siege of their headquarters.

It was early—way too early as far as he was concerned—on December 8, 1969, when Wayne Pharr was abruptly awakened in the gunroom of the Black Panthers’ Los Angeles headquarters at 41st and Central. The shotgun was still in his hand from when he had fallen asleep while cleaning it. He had spent most of the night exploring the sewers—mapping the nearby tunnels they would use as an escape route in case something went down.

“They’re out there,” fellow Panther Melvin “Cotton” Smith told him. “Get up.”

“Out where?” Pharr said in a daze. “It’s 5:30 in the f–king morning.”

Smith was borderline frantic, too busy grabbing weapons and ammo to argue. Pharr was skeptical but snatched…

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A True Account of Talking to Poets About Frank O’Hara on Fire Island

Originally posted on Gallerist:

O'Hara. (Courtesy

O’Hara. (Courtesy

A gaggle of writers collected on the gay enclave of Fire Island Pines last weekend to honor the midcentury poet and New York School progenitor Frank O’Hara. In no particular order, their pop culture doppelgangers might include: Carly Simon from a certain angle; a kempt, healthier Phil Spector; Lady Gaga; late-career Charles Durning; a pre-“Justified” Timothy Olyphant; and Sal Romano, formerly Mad Men’s closeted gay. O’Hara met an unceremonious end nearby. After a night of partying in 1966, he stepped in front of a beach taxi. Because he had the habit of dashing off poems during his lunch breaks as an associate curator at the Museum of Modern Art and stuffing them in drawers, his work had just begun to reach its readers. He’d inaugurated the post-war trend of mixing high and low cultural references, taking the piss out of the eternal with the seemingly ephemeral…

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Eyez Of The Rainbow – a documentary film with Assata Shakur

Originally posted on Moorbey'z Blog:

Logo of the Black Liberation Army

Logo of the Black Liberation Army (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Like most poor people in the United States, I have no voice. The Black press and the progressive media, as well as Black civil rights organizations, have historically played an essential role in the struggle for social justice. We should continue and expand that tradition. We should create media outlets that help to educate our people and our children, and not annihilate their minds. I am only one woman. I own no TV stations or radio stations or newspapers. But I believe that people need to be educated as to what is going on and to understand the connection between the news media and the instruments of repression in America. All I have are my voice, my spirit and the will to tell the truth. But I sincerely ask those of you in the Black media, t hose of you…

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Face Out: Space for Breath Reading @ Word Up Books


I will be giving a poetry reading along with friends this Thursday! Come out & support!


Face Out: Space for Breath Space for Breath is a community art project dedicated to personal reflection, creative expression, and healing practices. They are based in Northern Manhattan and wish to branch out and interact with the community. At this event, they are showcasing authors who have shared personal essays and reflections on their website (, to read aloud their work about growth and transformation in a community space.



Hannah Custis

Tabitha Silver

Gabrielle Kappes

Jessica Sue Burstein

Sissy Van Dyke



Word Up: Community Bookshop-Libreria Comunitaria 

2113 Amsterdam Avenue (at the corner of 165th Street)



Thursday, July 10, 7:00 – 9:00 pm


Events Page:

Project Soundscape: 6.21.14. Afro-Cuban Jazz at Riverside Park.

6.21.14 Summer Solstice. Arturo O’Farrill, Afro-Cuban Jazz in Riverside Park.


MiXtApE: Caetano Veloso

Caetano Veloso, “You Don’t Know Me.” Transa. 1972.



MiXtaPe: cAliFoRnIa DrEaMiN ~ eDdiE HaZeL

Eddie Hazel (of Parliament-Funkadelic), Game, Dames & Guitar Thangs. (1977)


{and read this from poet LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs}


MiXtApE Meet-up: Summer Solstice Edition

Revolutionaries convening in Morningside Park:   image-1