Phoenix Reading Series at Left Bank Books NY, Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Left Bank Books NY

Phoenix Reading Series


Left Bank Books, New York


on Sunday

January 4th, 2015

at 6:30pm



17 8th Avenue — Near West 12th Street

(a few blocks below 14th Street)

New York, NY 10014





Carl Watson

Jill Rapaport

Eve Packer


with host


Michael Graves


(open reading included)


$5 contribution

Carl Watson is a writer living in NYC. He has published some books including Beneath the Empire of the Birds (short stories) by Apathy Press, and The Hotel of Irrevocable Acts (a novel) by Autonomedia. These books have also been published in France by Vagabonde Press and Gallimard respectively. Recently Vagabonde has published Une Vie Psychosomatique. Watson also writes regular opinionated essays (under several names) for The Williamsburg Observer, an anarchist publication that originated at the Right Bank Cafe in Brooklyn. Currently he is working on a book about Henry Darger’s autobiography which he hopes will dispel the myth of literature and romantic genius and condemn all writers to the category of biological machines engaged in redundant self-constitution no different than the growth of crystals, the birth of stars, or the splitting of amoebas. His novel, Backwards the Drowned Go Dreaming, was published by Sensitive Skin Books in 2012.

Jill Rapaport is a writer of fiction and nonfiction prose, plays, essays, poems and songs. Her work has been published in a number of literary magazines and anthologies including Found Object, Global City Review, Resister, Lungfull!, the St. Marks Poetry Project Newsletter, Red Shift, National Poetry Magazine of the Lower East Side, Milk, IKON, Red Tape, Sensitive Skin, New Observations, and others. She has read her work and had it performed in many venues. She is also the writer of the self-published Do-Doh and the publisher and editor in chief of the I.H.I.Y.W. Newsletter, which specializes in analysis of contemporary developments. Jill Rapaport’s new collection, Duchamp et Moi, was published in New York by Fly by Night Press in 2014.

Eve Packer is a Bronx-born, poet/actress/performer with three books from Fly By Night Press, the most recent, New Nails, and 5 poetry/jazz cd’s. Most recently, she appeared as May in Beckett’s Footfalls at Medicine Show theatre.

HOST: Michael Graves is the author of Adam and Cain (Black Buzzard, 2006), In Fragility (Black Buzzard, 2011) and two chapbooks, Illegal Border Crosser (Cervana Barva, 2008) and Outside St. Jude’s (R. E. M. Press, 1990). His poem “Apollo to Daphne” appears in an anthology from Oxford University Press, Gods and Mortals (2,001) In two thousand four (2004), he received a grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. Thirteen (13) of his poems appear in the James Joyce Quarterly. He has published scholarly-critical work on James Wright and organized a conference on Mr. Wright at Poets House in 2004.

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