celebrating poetry and handmade objects...

Upcoming Events

  • July 24, 2014 Lisa Marie Basile reads with Bruce Covey and Sarah Gerard, 7 pm
  • July 25, 2014 Vanya & Panther host Gracie Leavitt & Adam Tobin, 7 pm
  • August 6, 2014 Reading with Jospeh Wood & Ali Power, 7 pm
  • August 8, 2014 Reading w Danniel Schoonebeck, 7 pm
  • August 9, 2014 Book Launch Reading for Mike Young's Sprezzatura, 7 pm
  • August 13, 2014 BOMB DAILY reading hosted by Sarah Gerard featuring Bethany Ball, Sasha Fletcher, Jenn Joy, Virginia McLure, and Michael Barron, 7 pm
  • August 21, 2014 Reading with Anthony McCann & Corina Copp, 7 pm
  • September 5, 2014 Two Heads: Mitch Highfill and Xtina Strong, 7 pm
  • September 6, 2014 Poets Respond to TV with Leah Umansky, 7 pm
  • September 7, 2014 Reading with Johannes Heldén (Argos Books), 7 pm

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

July 25 Gracie Leavitt & Adam Tobin

Join us for a toe-tapping, hand-clapping, star-mapping good time, with the poetry of GRACIE LEAVITT and ADAM TOBIN.

July 25
7 pm

ADAM TOBIN owns and operates Unnameable Books, a new and used bookstore in Brooklyn. Poems have been published in 6x6, Eoagh, Fence, The Weekly Weakling, etc. A pamphlet, Any Group Can Claim Responsibility, is available from Mondo Bummer.

GRACIE LEAVITT is the author of Monkeys, Minor Planet, Average Star (Nightboat Books) as well as the chapbook Gap Gardening (These Signals Press). Poems and translations have appeared in anthologies and journals such as 6x6, Conjunctions, Lana Turner, Poems by Sunday, and The Sensation Feelings Journal, with new work forthcoming in Critical Quarterly. Articles can be found in Flaunt and Intercourse magazines, and with Kolekt::f she debuted her original play PITCH at La Mama E.T.C.

Afterwards we could all drink some beer or get a pizza, or something.

Friday, July 11, 2014

July 24 Release of Apocryphal by Lisa Marie Basile

Join us for the release of APOCRYPHAL, Lisa Marie Basile's first collection of poetry! Her reading will be joined by Bruce Covey and Sarah Gerard.
July 24
7 pm
Bruce Covey's sixth book of poetry, Change Machine, was published by Noemi Press in 2014. He lives in Atlanta, GA, where he publishes and edits Coconut magazine and Coconut Books and curates the What's New in Poetry reading series.

Sarah Gerard’s novel Binary Star is forthcoming from Two Dollar Radio in January 2015. Her chapbook Things I Told My Mother was published by Von Zos in 2013. Short works have appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, the Paris Review Daily, BOMB, Bookforum, Joyland, Music & Literature, Slice Magazine, the LA Review of Books, and other journals. She holds an MFA from The New School and works at BOMB Magazine.

LMB is the author of two chapbooks and the forthcoming full-length APOCRYPHAL (Noctuary Press). She edits Luna Luna, curates poetry from The The Poetry, and co-hosts a musico-poetics salon, Diorama. She is the NY editor and a writing instructor or The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review. A graduate of The New School’s MFA program, she has worked at PEN American Center as a graduate assistant. Her work can be seen in The Boiler Journal, Huffington Post, The Nervous Breakdown, Coldfront, PANK, Prick of the Spindle and others. @lisamariebasile.

July 17 Roll the Red Carpet for Frank Sherlock and Jenn McCreary, 7 pm

Join us for a book release to celebrate Frank Sherlock's latest collection, Space Between These Lines Not Dedicated (ixnay press, 2014). Frank will be joined by ixnay press editor/publisher, poet Jenn McCreary.

July 17
7 pm

Frank Sherlock is the author of Space Between These Lines Not Dedicated, Over Here, The City Real & Imagined (w/ CAConrad), and a collaboration with Brett Evans entitled Ready-to-Eat Individual. Por Aquí, a Spanish-language collection of works translated by Carlos Soto-Román, will be published in Chile in fall 2014. Poems beyond the page have found their forms in installations/performances/exhibitions, including Refuse/Reuse: Language for the Common Landfill, Kensington Riots Project, Neighbor Ballads, and B.Franklin Basement Tapes. Sherlock is a recipient of the 2013 Pew Fellowship in the Arts for literature. He is currently Poet Laureate of Philadelphia.

Jenn McCreary is most recently the author of & now my feet are maps. Other works include The Dark Mouth of Living, :ab ovo:, a doctrine of signatures, & Odyssey & Oracle. worrywort, a collaboration with Pattie McCarthy, will be published by Little Red Leaves Textile Editions in 2014. She lives in Philadelphia where she co-edits ixnay press & was a recipient of the 2013 Pew Fellowship in the Arts for Literature.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

July 18 WRITE off Debt, 7 pm


Because we're all in debt & it gives us all anxiety. And because talking/reading/writing about it is the only way to take back control.
Admission is free, but we will be taking donations to benefit the debt-resistance group Strike Debt.

Strike Debt is a nationwide movent of debt resisters fighting for economic justice. The money they collect goes to an initiative called Rolling Jubilee, which buys back debt and abolishes it.


Ashleigh Lambert is the author of the chapbook Ambivalent Amphibians (Dancing Girl Press). Her poems and other writing can also be found in Ampersand Review, Anti-, Bone Bouquet, Coldfront, Elimae, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Sink Review, and other places. A native of the Midwest, she now lives in New York & online at ashleigh-lambert.tumblr.com.

Dustin Luke Nelson is the author of the chapbook "Abraham Lincoln" (Mondo Bummer, 2013). His 90-minute performance film "STRIKE TWO" debuted with Gauss PDF and his performance piece "Applause" will occur at the Walker Art Center's Open Field in June 2014. He is a founding editor of the literary magazine InDigest and has recently published work in the Greying Ghost Pamphlet Series, Fence Magazine, Paper Darts, Opium, METRO Twin Cities, 3:AM, and elsewhere. His digital self is housed at dustinlukenelson.com.

Allyson Paty's poems appear or are forthcoming in Tin House, Best New Poets 2012, Kenyon Review Online, jubilat, the PEN Poetry Series, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, The Further Away, was published by [sic] Press in 2012. She is from New York, where she is editor of Singing Saw Press.

Niina Pollari is the author of the poetry collection Dead Horse (Birds, LLC), as well as the chapbooks Fabulous Essential (Birds of Lace) and Book Four (Hyacinth Girl). She translated Tytti Heikkinen’s The Warmth of the Taxidermied Animal (Action Books). She is also the organizer of the POPSICKLE Festival, a day-long Brooklyn lit fest/reading held at a different, nontraditional space each year.

Christopher Salerno is the author of three poetry collections, most recently, ATM, selected by D.A. Powell for the 2013 Georgetown Review Poetry Prize. His second book, Minimum Heroic, was selected by Dara Wier for the Mississippi Review Poetry Prize in 2010. Other publishing honors include the 2013 Midwest/Laurel Review Prize for a chapbook of poems, Automatic Teller. His first book of poems,Whirligig, was published by Spuyten Duyvil Publishing House (NY, NY) in 2006. A 2014 New Jersey Council for the Arts fellow, Salerno’s poetry has been published in literary journals and magazines including Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Fence, jubilat, The Journal, American Letters and Commentary, Coconut, Octopus, and others. He teaches in the creative writing and MFA programs at William Paterson University.

Emily Toder is the author of Beachy Head and Science (from Coconut) and the chapbooks No Land (Brave Men), Brushes With (Tarpaulin Sky), and I Hear a Boat (Duets). She’s also a translator, archivist, letterpress printer, and bird lover.

July 9 Jane Gregory, Sara Nicholson, & Filip Marinovich, 7 pm

Hey! Leslie Flint is presenting twice this month! Visions overtime!

Come hear
Jane Gregory
Sara Nicholson
& Filip Marinovich

July 9th
7 pm

Jane Gregory is the author of My Enemies (Song Cave 2013). She lives in Berkeley.

Sara Nicholson is the author The Living Method (Song Cave 2014). She lives in Arkansas.

Filip Marinovich is the author of Zero Readership (Ugly Duckling 2008) and And If You Don't Go Crazy I'll Meet You Here Tomorrow (Ugly Duckling 2011). He lives in New York.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

July 2 The Tranquilized Tongue

The Tranquilized Tongue is here! Please come celebrate its release with author Eric Baus plus readings by Wendy S. Walters and Karen Weiser.
July 2, 7 pm

Wendy S. Walters is the author of Troy, Michigan (Futurepoem Books, 2014), Longer I Wait, More You Love Me (2009) and a chapbook, Birds of Los Angeles (2005), both published by Palm Press (Long Beach, CA). Forthcoming projects include a book of essays to be released by Sarabande Books in 2015. Walters was a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Poetry, and her work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Bookforum, FENCE, Harper’s Magazine, and elsewhere. She has won a Ford Foundation Fellowship, a research fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution, a scholarship from Bread Loaf, and multiple fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. She is a founder of The First Person Plural Reading Series in Harlem, a Contributing Editor at The Iowa Review, and Associate Professor of creative writing and literature at the Eugene Lang College of The New School University in the city of New York.


Eric Baus is the author of four books of poetry: The Tranquilized Tongue (City Lights, 2014) Scared Text, winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry (Center for Literary Publishing, 2011), Tuned Droves (Octopus Books, 2009), and The To Sound (Wave Books, 2004). He has recently written about poetry audio files in his Notes on PennSound commentary column in Jacket2. He lives and teaches in Denver.


Karen Weiser is a poet and scholar of early American literature. Her first book, To Light Out, was published in 2010 by Ugly Duckling Presse. In it, she explores the idea of communicating with the unknown as it relates to the experience of pregnancy, framed through the mysticism of Emmanuel Swedenborg and poetics of Jack Spicer. Her second book of poems, in conversation with Herman Melville's books, is due out in 2015, also from Ugly Duckling Presse. She was recently awarded, for 2014, a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation residency as well as a Process Space LMCC residency. She was an Assistant Professor of English at New Jersey City University this past year, where she taught poetry and American literature.

Friday, June 13, 2014

June 29 Popsickle Closing Reading

Presented together with Franklin Park Reading Series
Come to the final readings of the Popsickle Festival! 

June 29
Mark Leidner
Spencer MadsenWendy S. Walters
Molly C. Quinn
Gregory Crosby
Saeed Jones
Gillian Cummings
Brenda Iijima

With music from Barren Nieces (Phoenix, AZ)

June 20 Walt Whitman comes to Berl's, 7 pm

Come one come all

to the unveiling of

Lego Walt Whitman,

a bust 

built with building blocks

by Jeff Peterson

June 20

7 pm

With readings and talks by
Filip Marinovich
Ben Kopel
and more!

"It's like I can tell him anything"

"His poetry truly comes to life in his face"