Monday, November 28, 2011

City Change #2

Krystal writes from Brooklyn: "The info booth at my subway stop was dismantled, and now there's a plywood structure in its place -- half painted blue half bare -- def. uglier than the empty booth was.

And I don't understand.

Historically, a person sat in the booth to help people. Now we all figure it out on our own."

Sunday, November 27, 2011

City Change #1

Jenny writes from Esopus: "Every day the tide goes in and out, changing our town in minute ways along its edges. It's a rhythm that I never quite internalize, so I am usually surprised by it. Things are delivered by it -- old tires, bottles, broken bits, contours in the sand."

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Other cities (the cities of others)

One thing I'm doing to promote How We Saved the City is giving people self-addressed, stamped postcards that ask them to tell me their name, where they live, and about a change in their city or town. I'll post what they tell me here, more or less as it comes in.

There will be an abundance of these postcards at the Arcades Project Showcase in Ithaca, NY on December 2nd, where Stockport Flats will give one to anyone who buys a copy of my book. Katie Yates's poem for the house will also be on offer. The first five copies to sell will also be accompanied by a very-limited-edition chapbook with a quilted cover (no picture; you have to go see) and purchasers will also have a chance to order one of the amulets I make -- more about those another time. Katie will also be offering hand-knit rescue scarves (proceeds to the Red Cross). I think there's a seesaw involved.

Look for the first city's change tomorrow morning.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

How We Saved the City at SPD!

How We Saved the City is for sale at SPD (where you can also buy The Bounty: Four Addresses and TOWN). I got my copies yesterday and have been making squirrel sounds ever since.

Cover art by Tom Bubul, Cybele Collins, Jo Dery, Jungil Hong, Xander Marro, James McShane and Mike Taylor. Cover and text design by the all-knowing, all-seeing Lori Anderson Moseman, editor and publisher of Stockport Flats. Beautiful blurbs by Brenda Iijima and CA Conrad. Thanks to all who helped this book into being!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Don't forget, remember!

Come to the reading tomorrow night: Elizabeth Howort, Christopher Stackhouse, Paolo Javier, 6:00 p.m., at Ada Books, 717 Westminster, Providence.

And if you have any ears left after that, come hear Krystal Languell, Peter Richards, Jonas Moody and me in the Cousins Reading Series on SUNDAY night, 6:30 p.m., at 186 Carpenter Street, Providence.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Publicly Complex presents Christopher Stackhouse, Paolo Javier and Elizabeth Howort!

Elizabeth Howort
Paolo Javier
Christopher Stackhouse

will read their excellent poetry

on Saturday, November 12th, at 6 pm
at Ada Books (717 Westminster St., Providence)

Refreshments served.