There is order in disorder, if you allow it; the respected American poet, Wallace Stevens (1955 Pulitzer Prize for poetry), was also an insurance company lawyer who Hemingway once punched out in Key West. Still, the avant-garde, while forever outside the pale, remains hopeful, like the UNBEARABLES who’ve collectively published hundreds of books, articles and poems garnering nearly as many awards. They are historians of contemporary culture. They are infamous and insightful, funny and profane provocateurs who will resort to fist-fighting if required. They are: Max Blagg, Jim Feast, Susan Scutti, Ron Kolm, Jack Boulware, Chavisa Woods, steve dalachinsky and Clayton Patterson. Hosted by Jody Weiner.
Max Blagg was born in England and has lived in NYC since 1971. The author of four poetry collections, his most recent The Little Dress Book (Shallow Books, NYC 2010) in “About Poetry’s” Top 20, 2010. With Glenn O’Brien, Blagg co-edited the legendary art/lit/tit magazine, Bald Ego; contributing editor to Oyster, BG and 10 Magazine, visiting professor at the New School and faculty of School of Visual Arts. His book of stories, Ticket Out, and new collection of poems, Slow Dazzle, are forthcoming.
Jack Boulware is co-founder of San Francisco’s Litquake Literary Festival, and has written or co-written three books, most recently Gimme Something Better: The Profound, Progressive, and Occasionally Pointless History of Bay Area Punk From Dead Kennedys to Green Day. He was founding editor of the satirical investigative Nose magazine, and his journalism has appeared in many national and international publications.
Jim Feast (Ph.D, NYU, English, 1991) has co-edited The UNBEARABLES’ anthologies: Help Yourself, Crimes of the Beats, The Worst Book I Ever Read, and Big Book of Sex. He has also co-written AIDS: A Second Opinion, and Germs, Biological Warfare and Vaccinations: What You Need to Know, and with Ron Kolm wrote the murder mystery Neo Phobe; Feast writes book reviews for Rain Taxi, American Book Review, The Brooklyn Rail, and Evergreen Review online. email@example.com
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 Revie; Linear Arts Press: The Renaissance Began with a Muted Shade of Green, and Paper Kite Press: The Commute.
Ron Kolm has edited the UNBEARABLES’ five anthologies, including The Worst Book I Ever Read and The Unbearables Big Book Of Sex. He wrote Welcome to the Barbecue and The Plastic Factory. He is co-author of 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Chavisa Woods is Brooklyn based; her short story collection, Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind (Fly By Night Press, 2009) was a Lambda Literary Award Nominee, and she received the 2009 Jerome Foundation Award for emerging writers. She appeared in the Chorus of Poets performance series at The Whitney Museum; she’s been featured at the “New York Vision” and the “New York Hot!” Festivals, and her poetry, short stories and essays have appeared in the New York Quarterly, The Evergreen Review, Union Station, and others.
steve dalachinsky was born in Brooklyn, NY; his poetry often appears in national journals and anthologies; he is a PEN Oakland National Book Award winning author, has written many chapbooks and has read throughout the US, Japan and Europe; he is contributing writer to The Brooklyn Rail.
Jody Weiner wrote the novel Prisoners of Truth, contributed to Kinship With Animals, co-edited Resistance: A Radical Social and Political History of the Lower East Side; Heck No, a comedy film in development is based on his screenplay, and his new novel Raise Your Other Right Hand is on the way.
Clayton Patterson, Canadian-born artist, activist, archivist, editor, and photographer, with degrees in education and fine arts, has been documenting life on The Lower East Side for over thirty years; Patterson’s photographs are exhibited in NY galleries, he has published and edited: Captured: A Film & Video History of the Lower East Side, Resistance: A Radical Political History of the Lower East Side, and Wildstyle: The History of a New Idea. He is also the subject of the documentary film, “Captured.”