Thursday, July 18, 2013

23rd Annual Subterranean Poetry Festival

A poetry reading in the Widow Jane Mine...

Sunday, August 25, 2013 from 1pm - 4pm 

The Widow Jane Mine
at Century House Historical Society
668 Route 213
Rosendale, NY  12472-0150

A $5 donation is suggested. For directions please visit

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Cara Benson is the author of the books (made) and the forthcoming Funny. Considering how heated it was.  Her poems have or will appear in the New York Times, Boston Review, Best American Poetry, and Fence. She has received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and is the current Chair of the PEN Prison Writing Committee.
Brenda Iijima’s latest book is Going Blooming Falling Blooming (Delete Press). She has a body if work forthcoming from 1913 Press called Untimely Death is Driven Beyond the Horizon. From Brooklyn she runs Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs.

Nada Gordon consists of a head, neck, torso, two arms and two legs. Since reaching adulthood, her body has consisted of close to 100 trillion cells, the basic unit of life. These cells are organised biologically to form her whole body. She is the author of Folly, V. Imp, Are Not Our Lowing Heifers Sleeker than Night-Swollen Mushrooms?, foriegnn bodie, Swoon, Scented Rushes, and Vile Lilt. She blogs at, the initiatory sentence of which reads: “The impulse to decorate is, as always, very strong.”

Robert Kelly was born in Brooklyn (Marine Park, Sheepshead Bay, Old Mill, City Line, Crown Heights), studied at CCNY and Columbia (1951-1958); worked with and learned from the wonderful poets of the Lower East Side scene — Paul Blackburn, Jerome Rothenberg, David Antin, George Economou, Diane Wakoski, Jackson MacLow, Armand Schwerner — helping develop the Blue Yak bookshop on 10th Street, Trobar magazine, and Trobar Books.  1960-61:  taught at Wagner College on Staten Island.  Soon after the inauguration of John Kennedy, migrated to the Hudson Valley and has lived there ever since, in Annandale, teaching at Bard College.  Among his  many books of poetry (starting with Armed Descent, 1961), are Finding the Measure, Flesh Dream Book, A Common Shore, The Loom, The Convections, A Strange Market, Lapis, May Day, Sainte Terre, Fire Exit, and Uncertainties.  His fiction includes the novels The Scorpions, Cities, and The Book from the Sky, and five collections of short fiction.  Forthcoming are a collection of poems, The Secret Name of Now; five recent plays, Oedipus after Colonus and Other Plays; a cycle of poems on archeo-linguistics, Opening the Seals;  and the long poem The Hexagon.  Pierre Joris and Peter Cockelbergh are editing a two-volume collection of essays by and about RK.   Currently teaches in the Written Arts Program of Bard College, where from 1980 to 1992, he was a founding member of  the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts (1980-1992).  He lives in Annandale with his wife, the translator Charlotte Mandell. 

Mark Nowak, a 2010 Guggenheim fellow, is the author of Coal Mountain Elementary (Coffee House Press, 2009) and Shut Up Shut Down (Coffee House Press, 2004) — a New York Times Editor’s Choice.  A native of Buffalo, New York, Nowak currently directs the MFA program at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY.  

Kristin Prevallet is a consulting hypnotist certified through the National Guild of Hypnotists and an Integral Life Coach certified through the International Association of Counselors and Therapists. She received a M.A. in Humanities through the University of Buffalo and has received residencies and awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, PEN America, the Poetry Society of America, Naropa University, and Spalding University. She currently directs the Center for Mindbody Studies where she leads workshops and works with private clients. Her writings on poetics and consciousness have appeared in a variety of publications including Spoon River Review, The Chicago Review, Fourth Genre, and Reality Sandwich as well as the books You, Resourceful: Tap Your Inner Resources to Restore Your Mind and Body and Trance Poetics: Your Writing Mind. She is the author of four books of poetry including I, Afterlife: Essay in Mourning Time (Essay Press) and most recently, Everywhere Here and in Brooklyn: A Four Quartets (Belladonna).

George Quasha, artist/poet/sound artist, explores a principle axiality/liminality/configuration) in language, sculpture, drawing, video, sound, installation, & performance. He has performed “axial music” frequently both Upstate and in NYC.  Most recent of his 17 books are Axial Stones: An Art of Precarious Balance (2006, foreword Carter Ratcliff); An Art of Limina: Gary Hill’s Works and Writings (2009, with Charles Stein; foreword Lynne Cooke); and Verbal Paradise (preverbs) (2011, Zasterle Press). A 2006 Guggenheim Fellow in video art, his art is: Speaking Portraits recording over 1000 artists/poets/composers in 11 countries, appears online at

Charles Stein's work comprises a complexly integrated field of poems, prose reflections, translations, drawings, photographs, lectures, conversations, and performances. Born in 1944 in New York City, he is the author of thirteen books of poetry including From Mimir's Head (Station Hill Press), a verse translation of The Odyssey (North Atlantic Books), and The Hat Rack Tree (Station Hill Press). His prose writings include a vision of the Eleusinian Mysteries, Persephone Unveiled (North Atlantic Books), a critical study of poet Charles Olson’s use of the writing of C.G. Jung, The Secret of the Black Chrysanthemum (Station Hill Press), and a collaborative study with George Quasha of the work of Gary Hill, An Art of Limina: Gary Hill's Works & Writings, Ediciones Poligrafa. He holds a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Connecticut at Storrs and lives with guitarist, choral director, and research historian, Megan Hastie in Barrytown New York. His work can be explored at


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