FAREWELL PARTY @ BIG NIGHT
March 27, 2012
Poetry by Joel Lewis!
More Poetry by Ryan Eckes!
Music by The Mordaunt Sisters!
Food by Geoffrey Gatza!
After 14 years at Just Buffalo Literary Center, Associate & Artistic Director, Michael Kelleher has accepted a new position at Yale University where he will become Program Director of the Windham-Campbell Literature Prizes.
Joel Lewis, declared by Ron Silliman to be “the quintessential New Jersey poet of our time, as much so as Walt Whitman, William Carlos Williams, Amiri Baraka, David Shapiro or Joel Ceravolo were for theirs.”, is the author of the forthcoming Surrender When Leaving Coach, Learning From New Jersey (2007), Vertical’s Currency (1999) and House Rent Boogie (1992), and was the winner of the second (and last) Ted Berrigan Memorial Award. He edited Bluestones and Salt Hay, an anthology of contemporary NJ poets, as well as editing Reality Prime, the selected poems of Walter Lowenfels and On The Level Everyday, the selected talks of Ted Berrigan. A social worker by day, he has taught creative writing at the Poetry Project, The Writer’s Voice and Rutgers University. And, for better or worse, he initiated the ill-fated New Jersey Poet Laureate position that was such a headache for Amiri Baraka. With his wife, Rutgers Univerisity cinema professor Sandy Flitterman-Lewis, he resides in Hoboken.
Ryan Eckes was born in Philadelphia in 1979 . He’s the author of Old News (Furniture Press) and when i come here (Plan B Press). More of his poetry can be found on his blog and in various magazines.
The Mordaunt Sisters are a Buffalo five-piece rock group that creates sculpted song structures with piano and steel guitar signatures that feature the muted but powerful vocals of the sisters. More information and a 3-song demo can be found on the group’s Facebook and Bandcamp sites.
Geoffrey Gatza, a Gulf War veteran, is a poet and the publisher of Blazevox Books. A former sous-chef at the Mansion on Delaware Ave., he has a degree from the Culinary Institute of America (C.I.A.)