Wednesday, March 31 “artifact” series

Kevin Hanley will present a first in Los Angeles one time screening of film and video works by Cosima von Bonin. Cosima von Bonin is one of the most important contemporary artists to come out of the notorious and vital "Cologne scene". She is known for her memorable works that combine film, video, sculpture, painting, music, installation and performance. Born in 1962, Mombasa, Kenia, Cosima Lives and works in Cologne, Germany. She exhibits with Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne and Friedrich Petzel Gallery New York.

Sunday, April 4 “I’m a stranger here myself” series

Pierre Joris & Nicole Peyrafitte. Poet, translator & essayist Pierre Joris left Luxembourg at age 19 and has since lived in the U.S., Great Britain, North Africa and France. Just out from Wesleyan University Press is his collection of essays, A Nomad Poetics. His most recent translations include 4x1: Work by Tristan Tzara, Rainer Maria Rilke, Jean-Pierre Duprey & Habib Tengour, as well as Abdelwahab Meddeb's The Malady of Islam. With Jerome Rothenberg he edited the award-winning anthology Poems for the Millennium. In spring 2004 Green Integer will reissue three volumes of his translations of Paul Celan, Breathturn, Threadsuns and Lightduress. During the fall of 2003 he was Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. Born in France, Nicole Peyrafitte settled in the U.S. in 1987 and works as a visual multi-media performance artist. She performs throughout the USA and Europe and has had a number of group and solo exhibitions of her art work on both continents. Her performances are a combination of her visuals, poetry, sounds, voice and sometimes include cooking. Most recently she has toured “SumericaBachbones” in collaboration with Pierre Joris.

Sunday, April 11 “I’m a stranger here myself” series

Lawrence Weschler. For over twenty years, from 1981-2002, until his recent retirement, Weschler was a staff writer at The New Yorker, where his work shuttled between political tragedies and cultural comedies. He has taught, variously, at Princeton, Columbia, UCSC, Bard, Vassar, and Sarah Lawrence. Weschler is currently director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, where he has been a fellow since 1991.

Monday, April 26 “I’m a stranger here myself” series

Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston will read from her new novel The Legend of Fire Horse Woman, which has its beginning in Hiroshima in 1902, and continues in 1942, at the Manzanar internment camp in California’s Eastern Sierra. Some thirty years ago, Houston co-authored Farewell to Manzanar, based on the story of her family’s experiences during and after their World War II internment. It has gone through numerous printing and editions and is now a standard work in schools and colleges throughout the country. Her essays and stories, first collected in Beyond Manzanar: Views of Asian American Womanhood, have been widely anthologized. She lives in Santa Cruz.

Wednesday, May 5 “I’m a stranger here myself” series

Robert Crosson’s The Day Sam Goldwyn Stepped Off the Train. A publication party for the posthumous volume of selected poems by Robert Crosson, one of Los Angeles’ most important and best kept secrets. Crosson, an actor, housepainter and carpenter, who died in 2001, was one of the most original and provocative poets of the eighties and nineties, and this book marks the first major selection and reevaluation of his work. Faculty from Otis College’s Graduate Writing Program will read his work.

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First, it is important the journal have an ISBN number, and you or the university have the formula for subsequent ones. Does it have one?

Second, you have to call all of the local bookstores, and see which ones consign. Generally the split is 60 / 40, so you might want to sell copies on consignment at $5, to make sure costs are recouped when you receive 60% of the sales price.

Third, you might consider marketing – scheduling readings at local bookstores, etc. when the journal is issued, so that you can sell copies there and then to the audience.

Unless or until you have a journal distributor (as well as an ISBN and a signed agreement), you can’t distribute in the chain bookstores, unfortunately.

I just got back from AWP, where many local and writing department journals were running booths, their editors were serving on panels, etc. Local ones include Eclipse at Glendale CC.

Painted Bride Quarterly found that online availability of the text didn’t affect sales of their print annual (which was surprising to me), but that they never had had decent library or individual subscriptions.

Is this the type of information you wanted to know?

All best,
Catherine Daly


My name is Peter Balaskas and I am a graduate student at Loyola Marymount University, earning my Master's in English: Creative Writing and Literature. Recently, the Graduate Program provided me with some funding to publish a literary journal, which contains fiction produced by students within the LMU Creative Writing Workshop environment. The journal is called Ex Machina. The Creative Writing Program at LMU is "the machine" that this journal represents.

Presently, copies are being sold at the LMU bookstore for $3.00. All proceeds are being donated to the LMU English Department. The journal received an excellent review in the 3/10/04 edition of the university paper, The Loyolan, which is also on display at the LMU bookstore. The overall feedback of this book has been excellent to say the least.

Unfortunately, book sales at the university have been slim: I only sold 10 out of the 100 copies at the LMU bookstores. However, I have been successful in selling 150 copies off-campus (co-workers and friends). I still have 120 left and I would very much like to try any venue to sell this journal. I asked Paul Harris for his advice and he referred me to you. He told me you have done some poetry readings at various bookstores. Do you have any suggestions on how to promote this book at other venues? Again, all proceeds are being donated to the LMU English Department, so it is for a good cause.

Peter A. Balaskas
I linked to my site in class & blog, but, I?m afraid, you?d have more luck contacting other teachers of lit & the motion picture, those at different colleges than the jc where I adjunct, to get more sales. That said, do you know, as a reviewer myself, how many unsolicited books, queries, etc. I receive?

Also I do receive (and give) info about distribution. I have a former student on 1stbooks. He?s pretty happy with it, but definitely working the process of submitting to presses with his next book. My first book of reviews is probably going to be sent to a pod press, too. [WordTech!]

You might consider harvesting some e-mail addresses from the Loyolas, who run lots of courses on ethics, and the like. I sent out easily a thousand! e-mails about DaDaDa, but I haven?t begun to contact teachers directly, and as I type this, I realize it is the next step. I do send reading series info. out.

I?ll be in town until Thurs. The reading was swell. Two young poets; Stan, another friend, and I are starting a chapbook collective. Frankie is a good friend who runs a few reading series herself.

More soon,

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From: Steven C. Scheer

I was soon reading your blog with a great deal of fascination, especially your comments about DaDaDa and your teaching philosophy.

I have just ordered Marguerite Porete's "Mirror for Simple Souls." Hmm, it seems that nothing is too good for my preparation of the review. About your teaching philosophy: it's similar to mine - in many ways. I don't know what else (if anything) you may have read or just seen on my Web site, but there are three sections there devoted to the art of thinking and reading and writing. Like you, I have always taught literature as, among other things, a critical thinking enterprise. And, like you, I have always included reading in writing courses (in my case these were comp courses) and writing in lit courses. In fact, for the last 10 years or so of my teaching career I started each of my courses (whether comp or lit) with a special lecture (talk, really). I wrote this lecture up after my early retirement directly for my Web site. It's a summary of what I used to say, more or less, in class, and it's called "The Art of Reading."

Like you, I have only used essays and papers, too. In fact, I dropped the essays a fairly long time ago and replaced them with what I then called "paper-like take-home exams." There are some samples of these on my Web site as well, like "The Fictitious Term Paper" (which made me "famous" for a while at least in the State of Indiana) and A Blueprint for Melville's "Bartleby." Other of my assignments were less elaborate, but I have always striven for what I thought would most unleash my students' creativity.

Perhaps you might - if you think it deserves it - put in a good word here and there for my "Hollywood Values." Do check out the blurb and the table of contents. It's meant to be a simple book, but also a book that - albeit indirectly - "teaches" its readers about the art of reading. You can see what the book is all about right here:



HyperText: Explorations in Electronic Literature featured readings in the fall 2003 by Christian Bök, Erik Loyer, M.D. Coverley, and Jody Zellen.

- Feb. Deena Larsen (http://www.deenalarsen.net ) and Geniwate (http://www.idaspoetics.com.au ) will be presenting their work in our upcoming reading on February 27.

- March 19: Talan Memmott and Noah Wardrip-Fruin

- April 23: Student Reading in conjunction with Narr@tive: Digital Storytelling Graduate Conference

- May 21: Ingrid Ankerson and Natalie Bookchin

Ingrid is co-editor of POEMS THAT GO.

planted some ranunculus -- latin name asiaticus, aka double flowering