Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Hello Everyone!

We are very happy to bring Rod Smith and Mel Nichols to read to Lawrence & environs.  A

The time is 7pm on Friday 2/26.  It will be at the same location, essentially, as our other readings, something like 803 Massachusetts Street, Wonder Fair above/below the old Casbah (the above part is a minor variation).

Rod Smith is the author of Deed, Music or Honesty, Poèmes de l'araignée (France), The Good House, Protective Immediacy, and In Memory of My Theories. A CD of his readings, Fear the Sky, came out
from Narrow House Recordings in 2005.  Smith's work has appeared in a whole bunch of  magazines and anthologies including American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry, Anthology of New (American) Poets, TheBaffler, Critical Quarterly, The Gertrude Stein Awards, Java, New American Writing, Open City, Poésie, Poetics Journal, Shenandoah, and The Washington Review.

He is editor and publisher of Edge Books, which has established an international reputation for publishing the finest in innovative writing.

Smith is also editing, with Peter Baker and Kaplan Harris, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley, for the University of California Press. Smith is currently a Visiting Professor in Poetry at The Iowa Writers' Workshop.

I really like this article Joshua Clover wrote about Rod Smith in The Nation.

I am very much a fan, also, of these two works:  Ted's Head  and Moist Feelings.


 Mel Nichols wrote this poem for Poetry Magazine, I Google Myself. 

Mel’s most recent books are Catalytic Exteriorization Phenomenon (Edge Books, 2009) and Bicycle Day (Slack Buddha, 2008). She teaches at George Mason University.

You can listen to this poem:  "You Should be Nice to Call Center Workers." 

And you should join us!  Rod & Mel are awesome! It will be a good time!

your humble hosts,
Anne & Robert