New York Poets : Put this on your carendar

Poets for Renewable Energy and Peace:
This October 23rd afternoon program (1-4pm) will feature poets from the war
region, including emerging Afghan-American writers Cihan Kaan, Sahar
Muradi, Zohra Saed, and Yusuf Misdaq. It will also include additional poets,
musicians, and speakers to be announced, and a special group performance of Allen
Ginsberg’s famous anti-nuclear power poem, “Plutonian Ode.” This event is
being produced by a recently created NYC-based group, Poets for Renewable
Energy and Peace (PREP), which hopes to inspire new and growing activism
against war and nuclear energy.

@Theater 80 St. Marks Place & First Avenue in the East Village/Lower East
Side. The admission is $10 that goes to HOWL’s medical fund for artists and
writers. PREP will be selling advance tickets for amounts above the $10, the
difference going to support the group in its beginning stages, All of these
monies are tax deductible. For PREP checks should be made out to the
Committee on Poetry and note PREP: Poets for Renewable Energy.

Reading this Sunday


See the flyer below for a reading this Sunday, August 7th at 3:00 at the Bowery Poetry Club. I am reading with David Henderson and there is a screening of a new film about Diane di Prima.

Photos up on New Flickr Site

I’ve set up a flickr site with photos from my pamphlets and also other photos.

  • My Flickr Page
  • Interview of B Henning & Book Party for LOOKING UP HARRYETTE MULLEN

    Dear Friends,

    An interview of me by Rafael Otto about my poetics is now on online at NOT ENOUGH NIGHT.

    Also for those of you in New York next week, the schedule of events for Harryette Mullen’s readings and our conversation (Book Party for LOOKING UP HARRYETTE MULLEN) is as follows:

    On Friday April 29th, at noon, Harryette will be reading her poetry at Long Island University in the Humanities Building 206 (as part of the rainbow series). Take the Q or R Train to Dekalb Avenue and the entrance near the Humanities Building is at the gate on Flatbush Avenue.

    Later that same day at 7 pm at the Poet’s House (10 River Terrace, dowtown), there is a book party for the book, as well a conversation between Harryette and me. We will be reading from the new book of interviews as well as looking at slides from her new Geneology project and talking about new work.

    On Saturday, Harryette will be reading with two other readers for Cave Canem at 3:00, at 20 Jay Street, Brooklyn, Suite 310A.

    Harryette doesn’t come to New York very often so I hope to see you.

    Thanks & Namaste,



    Two years ago I called my friend, Harryette Mullen, and asked her if she would talk to me about the way she wrote the poems for Sleeping in the Dictionary. I was teaching her book for an MFA course at Long Island University in Brooklyn. It was summer and I had subletted an apartment on Third Street (I was living in Tucson then). I remember sitting on the floor with my computer talking into skype for the interview, for hours at a time and over several weeks. Anyhow, that was the beginning of a very long exciting conversation/interview about Harryette’s book. Neither of us expected this conversation to end up becoming a book. At the time, it was just for my class. Then after I started transcribing, I thought, wow, this should be published. And so we edited and rewrote and re-thought the conversation.

    Then I broke it apart and sent it to various magazines and webzines for publication. Then it became clear that this was in fact a book length interview. So I thought — send it to Rachel Levitsky for Belladonna and see if she is interested. It is definitely political, poetic and feminist. Rachel was excited about the interview and the next thing I knew, I was invited to be part of the collaborative board of Belladonna and working with Martine Bellen to publish the book. Then it occurred to us that an earlier interview I had with Harryette in the 90’s about her earlier books could also work well with this. So the book grew. Rachel’s idea was to include some images to supplement the discussions. I went to LA and photographed Harryette and other places, artwork and related objects. Harryette and I rewrote the interviews again and expanded them. And the book grew some more. Juliana Spahr wrote a very thoughtful introduction. Martine worked diligently and creatively with me to develop, layout, proofread, get permissions, etc (everything). HR Hegnauer did the final layout and a beautiful cover. And now other women on the board and interns are working to get the book in the world.

    I’m a fan of Harryette’s writing (obviously) and I have taught her books for many years. I like the way politics, the ordinary everyday and far-out playfulness intermingle. The book of interviews will be of use to teachers, scholars and poets. And the good news is that you can now order this book by going to the Belladonna Series website. The books will be delivered to the Belladonna office in Brooklyn within a few days. On the website, you can also read more about the book. As you all may know, Belladonna is a non-profit collaborative feminist project, so it’s a great press and reading series to support. The collaborative board is an exciting energetic group of women. Look through the website at the other publishing projects (The Wide Road by Carla Harryman and Lyn Hejinian and many others).

    Here’s the website —

    Also, there will be a book party at the Poet’s House on Friday, April 29th at 7 pm, with a conversation between Harryette and me about the book and about her other projects in the works. Also Harryette will be reading on April 29th at noon at Long Island University, Humanities Building Room 206, at Dekalb and Flatbush (Brooklyn). And on Saturday, April 30th she will read (with Christian Campbell and Niki Herd) for Cave Canum at 20 Jay Street, Suite 310A (Brooklyn). I’ll be at all three of these events. If you are in town, I hope to see you, especially at the party at the Poet’s House (10 River Terrace, downtown, nyc).

    Reading in Seattle, Eugene Or, Portland Or, and Austin Tx

    Next week and the week after I’m reading at the following locations. Fliers are below.

    Seattle Reading

    with Paige Clifton-Steele and Maged Zaher
    Thursday March 24th at 7 pm at the Living Room
    1355 East Olive Way, Seattle, Washington 98122 206-708-6021

    Eugene, Oregan

    Reading with Endi Hartigan
    DIVA Gallery, Saturday March 26 at 7:00
    280 W. Broadway, Eugene Oregon

    Portland Oregan

    Reading with Will Owens
    Spare Room Series
    The Way Post @ 7:30 on March 27
    3120 N. Williams Ave.

    Reading with Kimberly Alidio
    for Skanky Possum / Hoa Nyugen/Dale Smith
    2208 Trailside Drive #A
    Austin, Tx 78704

    James Brown Stop Action by Michah Saperstein

    Here’s a stop action my son, Michah, made of my grandson Logan, jumping to James Brown. It’s funny and beautiful. Check out other photos by Michah at his flickr page:

    February Readings in San Francisco, Berkeley and Tucson

    I’m arriving in San Francisco on Monday the 21st of February and reading at the Poetry Center at San Francisco State on Thursday the 24th at 3:30 (Humanities Building H512) and then later that same day traveling with Steve Katz to Moe’s in Berkeley for a reading there at 7:30 pm (with Steve and Andrew Joron). See the fliers for more information. Then on Saturday the 26th, I’m reading in Tucson at the Drawing Studio with Tenney Nathanson and Charles Alexander.

    “The Dinner” in Talisman’s final issue

    The new issue of Talisman is available, #38/39/40 all together as the final print issue. Sometimes folks talk about how difficult it is to find Talisman but when it’s found (at SPD), it’s a beauty. I have been happy that that over the years Ed Foster has published my work in many of the issues. And I lament the end of the printed version. I’m a bit of a biblio lover, but I think the trees may be happier when the pages of Talisman are flickering over a screen.

    My most recent novella (28 pages and 18 chapters) is printed complete in the middle of this issue: “The Dinner”. You can order issues from Small Press Distribution for $20.00 and read work by John High, Ed Roberson, Laynie Browne, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Tony Iantosca, Joel Lewis, Kimberly Lyons, Vyt Bakaitis, Basil King, and many others.

    Because I loved the project of writing “The Dinner” (and at the end there is a description of the process), I want everyone to read it so I am posting a link to my website where there is a pdf.