Sunday, January 30, 2011

RoToR 5 en ligne! RoToR 5 is Up!

IT IS OUT! Yes, RoToR number 5, the issue I was so nicely asked to select work for! The idea behind RoToR is, one author (I invited Vannina Maestri to start) writes a poem and then an artist (in this case, I invited the collaborative collective trait d-union to make photos) makes 5 art images off that work which will accompany the 5 texts which will be made by 5 authors. On the writing side, that same first text is then usd by a second poet who sees the first poet's work and writes off that, and then a third poet only sees the second author's poem which they write off of, and so on to 5! I invited: Vanina Maestri, Frederic Forte, Virginie Poitrasson, Jacques Sivan, and Susana Sulic! The Combo gives us RoToR, where the writers and the artists discover how the work has come together!!!

Je suis heureuse de vous annoncer la mise en ligne du 5ème numéro de RoToR, une carte blanche à moi, Jennifer K. Dick, (grace à l'invitation d'Anne Kawala!). J'ai invité :
Vanina Maestri > Frédéric Forté > Virginie Poitrasson > Jacques Sivan > Susana Sulic
ainsi que le collectif
trait d-union pour la série de photo-montages, L'air autour.
Tout est en ligne ici :
Bonne lecture!

Monday, January 03, 2011

IVY Writers Paris video by Erin Stranyak for her AUP class

Michelle Noteboom and I were thrilled, touched and a bit embarrassed to be approached by Erin Stranyak --author of the blog AdHocTravel-- as she was preparing her AUP broadcasting course film for first semester Fall 2010. But more than anything Michelle and I were (and remain) so highly flattered that Erin would think of our reading series for her documentary project FILM.

So, as a sort of return "thanks" I wanted to share here the link to her video and also wanted to post this as a reminder to everyone as we enter a new year (and decade!) to support the small presses that keep poetry alive!-- To help with that, I have included links off names and book titles so that you can easily go to the websites, presses and specific books of the authors mentioned here, for books for yourself or a friend!

Here below are a few stills, and the full video (all 3 and some minutes!) Erin made about Ivy Writers Paris reading series (which will be 6 years old this January: Our next reading is the 18th of January 2011 with Guy Bennett & Philippe Beck!) The video by Erin has been posted up on YOUTUBE at (or just click IVY VIDEO)

This film was made around the IVY reading from 23 November 2010 (click date to see the original IVY blog invite with full bios on the two featured authors). French author Eric Cassar (seen here and reading in the video from his new book, just out in 2010: INSTANTS POETIQUES) read with American author Eleni Sikelianos, writer of both prose and poetry--most recently the author of BODY CLOCK (Coffee House Press), and previously of THE BOOK OF JON (City Lights Books) and THE CALIFORNIA POEM (Coffee House Press).

What is really fun are to see here are also the tiny tidbit interviews with friends, such as authors Lisa Pasold (from Canada, most recently writer of Rats of Las Vegas--a novel--and previously A bad Year For Journalism (poetry) Lisa was the first ever Ivy Writer reader, almost 6 years ago now!)

Or Bonny Finberg, (click her name to go read her blog!) writer of prose who has some recent work in the Paris journal Upstairs at Duroc--a new issue which will be out this January, 2011.

And Joe Ross, author of over 12 books, most recently STRATA from Dusie Press in Switzerland (see the Dusie Blog, too), and the writer of my personal favorite, Equations = equals (Green Integer Press) Joe read for Ivy when Strata came out, and we hope to hear him again when his next book(s) hit the stands!

Of course, Michelle and I do our best to babble and be ourselves. Interviewed between baby cries as Ansel headed into dreamland, we tried to answer Erin's questions as best we could. Hope everyone enjoys this.

Great job, Erin--thank you
for featuring our readers and reading series in your first film project!!!!