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Listen, I’m Doing A Bunch of Things This Month

Posted in event, Lists, music, people to watch for, poetry, the universe will wreck you, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 11/08/2012 by alex c

November’s a big month for me as I have three events (plus the usual Mental Marginalia) coming up with some good people and I’d love to see you out at some or all of them…

First up:
Tuesday, 11/13, 7:30pm
@ Bear
12-14 31st Avenue, Long Island City
An admixture of poetry and fiction paired with liquors and foodstuffs. A salon in which poor taste will mingle with the delectable; ears and mouths stuffed and stumbling.

The Readers:
Beth Amodeo
Alex Crowley
Keara Driscoll
Robert Tumas

There will be $5 Dirty Martinis, bar snacks on a menu specially designed by Chef Natasha Pogrebinsky, and a happy hour following the evening’s proceedings.

Saturday, 11/17, 7pm (?)
@ Brooklyn Fire Proof
119 Ingraham Street (at Porter Ave.) Brooklyn (Morgan L)

Join curators Eric Nelson and Mike Lala at Brooklyn Fire Proof for Fireside Follies’ second event this season, featuring:

Dorothea Lasky (Thunderbird)
Macgregor Card (Duties of an English Foreign Secretary)
Courtney Maum (Big Things in Small Places)
Alex Crowley
Olivia Kate Cerrone

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Tuesday, 11/27, 8pm
@ The West Brooklyn
379 Union Ave., Brooklyn (L/G to Lorimer & Metropolitan)

Mark Gurarie & I host, these cats read:
Tom Oristaglio
Fred McKindra
Alex Norelli
+1 tba

and last, but not least:
Thursday, 11/29, 8pm
@ Legion Bar
790 Metropolitan Ave. Brooklyn (Graham L)

We’ve got a new bassist & we haven’t played since February. Per usual, come listen b/c who knows when we’ll play next!
We’re sharing this bill with some fantastic bands. Come out and enjoy the fantastic-ness.

Here’s the order of bands:
9:00, Big Plastic Finger,
9:45, Warmth,
10:30, Beasty,
11:15, Old Monk,

Thanks for reading all the way to the end!


No Snappy Headline: I’m Reading October 18th

Posted in event, poetry, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 10/12/2012 by alex c

Five bucks at the door gets you wine, beer, snacks and the company of charismatic creators. The Old Stone House In Park Slope is here. And here’s the line-up:

Alex Crowley is a co-curator of Brooklyn’s MENTAL MARGINALIA Reading Series. He received the first annual Paul Violi Poetry Prize from The New School and his work has appeared in or is forthcoming from DIAGRAM, Handsome, SHAMPOO, Short Fast & Deadly, and the Argos Books anthology Why I Am Not A Painter. He supports Newcastle United FC, follow him on twitter @a_p_crowley
Debbie Deane is a native Brooklynite who performs her soulful songs with Jim Whitney on bass and John Mettam on drums. Debbie’s latest CD, “Grove House,” is a musical smorgasbord of jazz, folk and funk, released on musician Ravi Coltane’s RKM label. Jazz Review praised her lush vocals and seductive hooks, and said “her languid, yet crisp and emotive delivery has soul to burn.” Learn more at
Margaret Young has two collections of poetry: Willow from the Willow (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2002) and Almond Town (Bright Hill Press, 2011).  She lives in Beverly, Massachusetts.
Michele Madigan Somerville is the author of Black Irish (2009, Plain View Press) and WISEGAL (2001, Ten Pell Books). Her verse has appeared in numerous journals including Downtown Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Review, Puerto del Sol, 6ix, Pagan Place, Mudfish, Eureka Street, Quarto, The Nervous Breakdown and Hanging Loose. A second edition of her book-length poem, WISEGAL and a Catholic Under Protest a collection of essays are forthcoming from Spuyten Duyvil Books in 2013. A native New Yorker, Somerville lives in Park Slope Brooklyn. She works as a tutor.
Pat Smith was born in La Rochelle, France, and raised in Middletown, Ohio. He received his MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His play Driving Around the House (1985) has been produced around the U.S. and is published by New Rivers Press. Recent poems have been published in Psychic Meatloaf, Haggard and Halloo, Apeiron, The Bakery and Eclectica. He curates poetry events for the Brooklyn Reading Works at Park Slope’s Old Stone House. His poetry blog is Not in the News Today and you can follow him on Twitter @thatpatsmith.
Frankly, I don’t know anything about the rest of the lineup, but I’ll probably be good, so there’s that.


Posted in event, math-rock, music, the universe will wreck you with tags , , , on 03/18/2012 by alex c

After nine months of no shows at all, my band [WARMTH] returns to play as a duo. We’ll be opening up for our friends/space-mates, ICONCHASM, on their debut show. This should be real rad, it’s cheap and at Death by Audio, which is always a great place to both see and play shows.

GET LIT – Madness @ AWP Chicago

Posted in event, people to watch for, poetry, the universe will wreck you with tags , , , , on 03/01/2012 by alex c

Onto chairs we are slightly taller because we are of average height.
We have cracked your porcelain in a hat.
We wear these truths to be shameless.
Onto chairs we sing out of key versions of our favorite songs because that is what we are
unknown for & we like it that way.
We are skipping solos.
Perhaps your growing illegitimate in your autumn is the only excuse for premature badass-ness.
It’s genetic.
Onto chairs we form the firm foundations of our furniture fortifications.
Get Lit


Posted in event, people to watch for, places to check out, poetry, the universe will wreck you with tags , , , on 07/20/2011 by alex c

Beginning next Wednesday (July 27), Mark Gurarie (of TaoLinIsGoingDown…) and I will be hosting a monthly reading series at the new-ish West Café in Williamsburg. This grand inauguration will double as a release party for Supposedly the Universe—a new chapbook Mark & I edited—and feature a solid lineup of the recent New School MFAs whose work populates said chapbook. Don’t expect some stuffy, staid poetry reading from these mongrels. Do, however, prepare to think and drink while the next wave of literary geniuses breaches your cognitive levee. Free copies of Supposedly the Universe will be available.

For more info on MENTAL MARGINALIA email mentalmarginaliapoetry [at] gmail [dot] com or follow us at