From Somewhere to Nowhere: The End of the American Dream?

September 15, 2012 - 7:00 PM

Slainte (21+)
304 Bowery

lower-east-side-denizensMark Twain said, “I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.”  Will voters elect our next President or has the Supreme Court done it again, with the “Citizens United” decision granting corporate personhood?  Join The Lower East Side Denizens: renowned poets, fine artists, photographers, performers and historians of our contemporary culture who’ve returned to stir the conscience of the 99% with spoken word and heartfelt warnings!

Jack Boulware is a co-founder of San Francisco’s Litquake Literary Festival, and has written or co-authored three books, most recently Gimme Something Better: The Profound, Progressive and Occasionally Pointless History of Bay Area Punk. He was founding editor of the satirical investigative Nose magazine, and his journalism has appeared in national and international publications.

Jim Feast (Ph.D., English, NYU) co-edited the Unbearables anthologies: Help Yourself, Crimes of the Beats, The Worst Book I Ever Read, and The Big Book of Sex! He also co-wrote AIDS: A Second Opinion; Germs, Biological Warfare and Vaccinations: What You Need to Know (with Gary Null); and the murder mystery Neo Phobe (with Ron Kolm). Feast writes book reviews for Rain Taxi, American Book Review, The Brooklyn Rail and Evergreen Revue.

Ron Kolm  is a founding member and editor of the Unbearables’  five anthologies, including Crimes of the Beats, The Worst Book I Ever Read, and The Big Book of Sex! He wrote Welcome to the Barbecue, The Plastic Factory, and co-authored the novel Neo Phobe with Jim Feast. Kolm’s papers were purchased by the New York University library, where they’ve been catalogued as part of the Downtown Writers Group.

Thaddeus Rutkowski wrote the novels Haywire, Tetched, and Roughhouse and teaches at Medgar Evers College and the Writer’s Voice of the West Side YMCA. He was awarded a 2012 fellowship in fiction writing from the New York Foundation for the Arts and his work has appeared in The Outlaw Bible of America Poetry and The New York Times.

Susan Scutti’s poems and short stories have been published in New York Quarterly, Short (Fiction) Collective, Aloud Voices from Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Christian Science Monitor, parva sed apta, Philadelphia Poets, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, Tamarind, Paterson Literary Revue, The Renaissance Began with a Muted Shade of Green (Linear Arts Press), and The Commute (Paper Kite Press); her novel is The Deceptive Smiles of Bredmeyer Deed (Ravenrock Press). 

Jody Weiner wrote the novel Prisoners of Truth (Council Oak Books), contributed to Kinship With Animals, co-edited Resistance: A Radical Social and Political History of the Lower East Side, and his new novel Raise Your Other Right Hand is on the way.

Chavisa Woods is Brooklyn-based; her second novel The Albino Album will be released Spring 2013 (Seven Stories Press).  Her short story collection Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind (2nd Ed. Unbearable Books/Autonomedia, 2012) was a Lambda Literary Award Nominee, and she received the 2009 Jerome Foundation Award for emerging writers. Woods appeared in the Chorus of Poets performance series at The Whitney Museum; she’s been featured at the “New York Vision” and “New York-Hot!”  Festivals, and her fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in the New York Quarterly, The Evergreen Review, Union Station, and others.

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