July 17, 2012

Davidson Garrett, John Trause in NY 7/22

Dear Family and Friends,
Please join me and my friend, the poet and actor Davidson Garrett, for this wonderful event.  I will be presenting some work from my new book, Inside Out, Upside Down, and Round and Roundplus other surprises.
Love & Peace,
 Phoenix Reading Series @ Scali Caffe    Sunday, July 22, 2012,  4 pm
Scali Caffe    245 Bleecker Street, West of Carmine Street
New York, NY 10014    212.255.5353
Take the 1, 2, 3, to Christopher Street--Sheridan Square
A, C or E trains to West 4th Street
DAVIDSON GARRETT is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana. He trained for the theater at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and graduated from The City College of New York with an M.S. in Education. A member of Screen Actor’s Guild, AFTRA, and Actor’s Equity, he has worked in theater, film and television since 1973. His poetry, fiction and articles have been published in The New York Times, The Episcopal New Yorker, Xavier Review (New Orleans),Sensations Magazine, Third Wednesday, Marco Polo Arts Magazine, Big City Lit, and the websites of The Beat Museum in San Francisco and The 92nd Street Y in New York City. In 2000, his chapbook manuscript, Taxi Dreams, was a national finalist in the Gival Press Chapbook Competition. In 2006, he published his first collection of poetry and prose: King Lear of the Taxi, (Advent Purple Press). Two of the poems from his book were the subject of a short film,Taxi Driver, produced by Flashgun Films of Great Britain. The film was screened at the Portobello Film Festival in London in 2008. In 2011, Davidson was invited by the poet Molly Peacock to represent her seminar: “The Art of the Villanelle” at the Student Readings of the 92nd Street Y. Davidson was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his work in the anthology, Pears, Prose, and Poetry, published by Poets Wear Prada. As a performer, one of his favorite gigs was in Joel Allegretti’s tribute to Leonard Cohen: You Know Who I Am, at the Cornelia Street Cafe. Davidson has been a New York City taxi driver for over 30 years to help subsidize his art.
JOHN J. TRAUSE, the Director of Oradell Public Library, is the author most recently of Inside Out, Upside Down, andRound and Round, the chapbook Seriously Serial, and Latter-Day Litany, the latter staged Off-Off Broadway. His translations, poetry, and visual work appear internationally in many journals and anthologies, including the artists' periodical Crossings, the Dada journal Maintenant, and the journal Offerta Speciale and the Uphook Press anthologiesHell Strung and Crooked and –gape-seed-. He has shared the stage with Steven Van Zandt, Anne Waldman, Karen Finley, and Jerome Rothenberg and the page with Lita Hornick, William Carlos Williams, Woody Allen, Ted Kooser, and Pope John Paul II. He is a founder of the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative in Rutherford, N. J., and the host of its monthly reading series. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize (2009 – 2011)
HOST: Michael Graves is the author of two full-length collections of poems, Adam and Cain (Black Buzzard, 2006) andIn Fragility (Black Buzzard, 2011) and two chapbooks, Illegal Border Crosser (Cervana Barva, 2008) and Outside St. Jude’s (R. E. M. Press, 1990). In two thousand four (2004), he was the recipient of a grant of four thousand five hundred dollars ($4,500.00) from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. He is the publisher of the small magazine PHOENIX. Many years ago, he was a student of James Wright and organized a conference on James Wright at Poets House in 2004. And he became a member of P. E. N. a couple of years ago. In addition to leading a Finnegans Wake Reading Group, he has published thirteen (13) poems in the James Joyce Quarterly and read from them and others of his poems influenced by Joyce to a gathering of the Joyce Society at the Gotham Book Mart.

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