Zachary Schomburg Kicks Off Summer Tour

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We here at Black Ocean are all anticipating the release of Zachary Schomburg's latest The Book of Joshua, which will be available July 15 as a special hardcover with white foil stamping.

Zach kicks off his book tour Sunday, July 6 at The Pine Box in Seattle, and will be touring across the United States for readings in houses, bars, and bookstores, and will even be featured in his first art reception along the way.

This is also a great opportunity to hear another Black Ocean poet Joshua Marie Wilkinson, who joins Schomburg for many of the following events. You can view the whole below (event information linked when available), and sync up your calendar with our Events page. Also follow Zachary Schomburg's Tumblr page for an updated schedule and news.


7/6 @ 7pm | Seattle, WA | OPEN BOOKS & APRIL PRESENTS @The Pine Box w/ Lauren Ireland + Mathias Svalina

7/8 / 7pm  | Missoula, MT | Poetry Reading @Shakespeare & CO w/ Mathias Svalina

7/10 @ 7pm | Salt Lake City, UT | House Reading @434 East Third Avenue w/ Mathias Svalina

7/11 | Denver, CO | Poetry Reading @Counterpath w/ Julia Carr + Sarah Boyer + Mathias Svalina

7/12 @ 7pm | Lincoln, NE | Poetry Reading, Rock Show, and Backyard BBQ @3609 S 18th St. w/ Alisa Heinzman + Mathias Svalina + The Churls

7/13 @ 7pm | Council Bluffs, IA | Poetry Reading @Prairie Crossing Winery  w/ Natasha Kessler + Janey Gibiisco + Scott Schwalenberg.

7/14 | Iowa City, IA | Poetry Reading @Prairie Lights Bookstore w/ Eireann Lorsung. 

7/16 | Davenport, IA | Poetry Reading and Backyard BBQ @2224 Iowa Street

7/19 | Chicago, IL | A Night of Poetry and Music collaboration @Constellation w/ Joshua Marie Wilkinson + Kyle Vegter + Jeffrey Allen + more TBA

7/20 | Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, IL | Poetry on Stage @Pitchfork Music Festival w/ Joshua Marie Wilkinson

7/21 | Pittsburgh, PA |  Regent Square w/ Joshua Marie Wilkinson. TBA

7/23 @ 8 pm | Hadley, MA |  Poetry Reading @Flying Object w/ Joshua Marie Wilkinson + Jane Lewty

7/24 | Boston, MA | Poetry Reading @ Lorem Ipsum Books w/  Joshua Marie Wilkinson

7/25-26 | Newport, RI | Newport Folk Festival - Third Man Records w/ Janaka Stucky, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Paige Taggart, Kendra DeColo, and Chet Weise

7/27 @ 4-4:30 pm | Governor’s Island, NY | New York City Poetry Festival, The Algonquin Stage as The Lawless Curatorial: Zachary Schomburg + Joshua Marie Wilkinson + Bridget Talone

7/28 | Brooklyn, NY | Poetry Reading @Mellow Pages Library w/ Joshua Marie Wilkinson + Marisol Limon Martinez + Amy Lawless + Cecily Iddings 

7/29 @ 7:30pm | Philadelphia, PA | Poetry Reading @ L’Etage w/ Joshua Marie Wilkinson + Amy Lawless + Cecily Iddings

7/30 | Washington, DC | DC Barrelhouse Presents Black Ocean and Octopus Books @Petworth Citizen Bar and Reading Room w/ Joshua Marie Wilkinson + Amy Lawless + Cecily Iddings

7/31 @ 6pm | Richmond, VA | Poetry Reading @Chop Suey Books w/ Joshua Marie Wilkinson

8/1 @ 8pm | Raleigh, NC | Poetry Reading @So & So Books w/ Joshua Marie Wilkinson

8/2 | Columbia, SC | Oversound Series. House Reading @1202 Woodrow Street w/ Joshua Marie Wilkinson

8/3 | Tallahasse, FL |  TBA w/ Joshua Marie Wilkinson

8/4 | New Orleans, LA | TBA w/ Joshua Marie Wilkinson

8/5 | Baton Rouge, LA | TBA w/ Joshua Marie Wilkinson

8/6 | Austin, TX | Malvern Books w/ Joshua Marie Wilkinson

8/7 | Marfa, TX | Marfa Book Co w/ Joshua Marie Wilkinson

8/9 | Las Cruces, NM | House Reading @1007 N. Melendres  w/ Joshua Marie Wilkinson + Lily Huong

8/11 | Tucson, AZ | House Reading. TBA.

8/11 - 8/12 @ 10-12pm | Tucson, AZ | Workshop on the Short Poem. University of Arizona Poetry Center

8/13 @ 3-5 pm | Tucson, AZ | Artist Reception for Portrait Drawings @University of Arizona Poetry Center and after-party at Hotel Congress. Portraiture show will stay up through the month of August. 

8/14. | Los Angeles | TBA

8/15 | San Francisco | TBA. 

9/20 @ 7pm | Portland, OR | Bone Tax Reading Series @Anna Bannana’s  w/ Joshua Nathaniel Covington White

Pre-order your copy of The Book of Joshua HERE.

Source: http://lovelyarc.tumblr.com/readings

Pink Thunder Portmanteaus @ Rational Park, Chicago

Chicago Black Oceanographers--here are three events in celebration of Michael Zapruder's Pink Thunder, a new collection of songs featuring collaborations from 23 poets. Pink Thunder is a truely sensory experience, and if you can make one of these event, you can experience it to the fullest.

Opening: March 22, 2013 7-10pm 
Performance: March 30, 2013 7pm
Gallery hours: March 22-April 12, M-F (by appointment)

Rational Park is excited to host 22 portmanteaus, each containing a song from the album Pink Thunder—a collection of free-verse pop art-songs, including contributions from 23 poets, three engineers, and a few dozen musicians.

What began as a bus tour that brought together hundreds of American poets has been recorded and remixed into a potent collection of poem-songs. Pink Thunder features instrumental contributions from over forty musicians and poems from Noelle Kocot, James Tate, Bob Hicok, Mary Ruefle, D.A. Powell, Dara Wier, Joshua Beckman, and Valzhyna Mort.  The album was released on October 16, 2012 via The Kora Records.

Friday, March 22 from 7-10, we invite you to view and listen to each portmanteau. These unique pieces, which combine sculpture and sound, are equipped with headphones for your listening pleasure.

On Saturday, March 30, you’ll be able to follow-up your experience with a live performance by Michael Zapruder and friends at Rational Park. Watch the video for the song Florida

Tuesday, April 2 takes us offsite to presenting partners, Danny’s Reading Series.  At Danny’s Tavern, 1951 W. Dickens Ave, 7:30pm sharp, Zapruder will be joined by Billy Blake and the Vagabonds members, Kennedy Greenrod and Reid Coker. Each will perform a few songs from their recent albums, and then answer questions about blending poetry and songwriting. Hosted by Joel Craig and Fred Sasaki.

Rational Park
2557 W North Ave.

This event is being presented by Black OceanDanny’s Reading SeriesRational Park, and MAKE Literary Productions.

Enjoy the Europe Tour via Twitter

Black Ocean authors Brandon Shimoda, Zachary Schomburg, and Joshua Marie Wilkinson, along with Dot Devota, kicked off their European tour yesterday, while many of us dreamt of it from afar. Thankfully, you can get a little bit closer no matter where you are because this amazing quartet will be live tweeting their experience from the Black Ocean Twitter account using the hashtag #océannoir. Follow along, ask questions, and interact.

The tour continues to expand with new dates added. Here is the most recent schedule from Brandon Shimoda's blog (and some handsome photos as well): 

Clockwise, left-to-right: Schomburg, Devota, Shimoda, Wilkinson

March 12, New York, New YorkTriptych Reading Series @ Envoy Enterprises, 7:30 pm—with Dot Devota, James Gendron, Amy Lawless, Brandon Shimoda, Zachary Schomburg & Mathias Svalina

March 18, Paris, FranceSpoken Word Paris @ Au Chat Noir, 9 pm—with Dot Devota, Zachary Schomburg, Brandon Shimoda, Joshua Marie Wilkinson & various rabble …

March 19, Paris, FranceIVY Writers Paris @ Cafe Delaville, 7:30 pm—with Dot Devota, Paul Laborde, Virginie Poitrasson, Martin Richet, Brandon Shimoda, Zachary Schomburg & Joshua Marie Wilkinson

March 22, Mulhouse, FranceUniversite de Haute Alsace—with Dot Devota, Jennifer K. Dick, Zachary Schomburg & Joshua Marie Wilkinson

March 22, Mulhouse, FranceThe Book Corner—with Dot Devota, Jennifer K. Dick, Brandon Shimoda, Zachary Schomburg & Joshua Marie Wilkinson

March 23, Basel, SwitzerlandElaine MGK, Museum für Gegenwartskunst—with Dot Devota, Zachary Schomburg & Joshua Marie Wilkinson

March 24, Zurich, SwitzerlandCabaret Voltaire, 5 pm—with Dot Devota, Brandon Shimoda, Zachary Schomburg & Joshua Marie Wilkinson

March 25, Berlin, GermanSaint George’s, 8:30 pm—with Dot Devota, Brandon Shimoda, Zachary Schomburg & Joshua Marie Wilkinson, and special guest hosts Christian Hawkey & Donna Stonecipher

March 27, Amsterdam, HollandVersal/This Is Not A Reading Series @ Lost Property, 7:30 pm—with Dot Devota, Zachary Schomburg & Joshua Marie Wilkinson

March 29, Brussels, BelgiumInternational School of Brussels—with Dot Devota, Brandon Shimoda, Zachary Schomburg & Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Black Ocean Meets Europe

For our European friends (or worldwide travelers), catch Black Ocean authors Brandon Shimoda (The Girl Without Arms), Zachary Schomburg (The Man Suit, Scary No Scary, Fjords vol. 1), and Joshua Marie Wilkinson (Swamp Isthmus) on tour across Europe for the next couple of weeks! 

From Schomburg's blog, The Lovely Arc:

 

3/18, Paris, FranceSpoken Word Paris @ Au Chat Noir, 9 pm—with Dot Devota, Zachary Schomburg, Joshua Marie Wilkinson & various rabble …

3/19, Paris, FranceIVY Writers Paris @ Cafe Delaville, 7:30 pm—with Dot Devota, Paul Laborde, Virginie Poitrasson, Martin Richet, Zachary Schomburg & Joshua Marie Wilkinson

3/23, Basel, SwitzerlandElaine MGK, Museum für Gegenwartskunst—with Dot Devota, Zachary Schomburg & Joshua Marie Wilkinson

3/24, Zurich, SwitzerlandCabaret Voltaire—with Dot Devota, Zachary Schomburg & Joshua Marie Wilkinson

3/27, Amsterdam, HollandVersal/This Is Not A Reading Series—with Dot Devota, Zachary Schomburg & Joshua Marie Wilkinson

3/29, Brussels, BelgiumInternational School of Brussels—with Dot Devota, Zachary Schomburg & Joshua Marie Wilkinson.

Wednesday Around the Web

PINK THUNDER gets reviewed on HTMLGIANT

Dear People of the Future,

With your lightning powered aggregators, your nanomembranophones, your hydrolytic isomer skin-suit apparatus, it will require an imaginative leap wider than the great San Andreas Canyon that separates The People’s Republic of California from the once great nation of the “United” States to conceive of the cultural landscape in which Michael Zapruder’s Pink Thunderwhich I recommend you ingest via light pulse array, was created.

And Rauan Klassnik is hailed "the Jim Jones of Poetry" for his latest Black Ocean title The Moon's Jaw, reviewed on Vice by Blake Butler:

Rauan Klassnik’s new book, The Moon’s Jaw, follows in the black trough of his first, appending the space there with something perhaps even more strangely pregnant. It’s full of knives and silk and peacocks and breast milk and ghosts and fetuses and orchards and wounds and girls and suns. It shifts continually between horny and cruel tones, meditative and exacting tones, stiff and puffy images, swallowed up somewhere in the space between all bodies, where nature mutates and crushes you and grinds against itself forever.

And in the realms of the real, the BASH reading series continues with its 8th installment on February 8 with Darcie Dennigan, Evan Glasson, and Christie Ann Reynolds in Brookline, MA. More info HERE.

Schomburg in Boise

Black Ocean's own Zachary Schomburg will spend the weekend in Boise, ID, home of our managing editor Ms. A. Minetta Gould. While in Boise Schomburg will conduct two writing workshops, visit Idaho's natural wonders, read alongside local poetry band The True Wheel (a duo consisting and the poet Karena Youtz & her husband Doug Martsch), read with poem films created by local artist John Shinn, and sleep in a swanky hotel. The first reading is at 6PM on Saturday, May 5 and the second is at 8PM on Sunday, May 6. Both readings will take place at The Crux Coffee House and are free and open to the public. 

We will post videos from each reading on our youtube page when they become available. 

Become a groupie

Sat 5/14, 6 pm

w/ Dot Devota, Jennifer Militello & Brandon Shimoda

Publicly Complex

Ada Books

717 Westminster St

Providence, RI

ada-books.com

 

Tues 5/17, 8 pm

Flying Object Books

w/ Dot Devota, Lucas Farrell, & Brandon Shimoda

42 West Street

Hadley, MA

flying-object.org

 

Fri 5/20

Black Ocean Reading

w/ Dot Devota, Brandon Shimoda, & Janaka Stucky

Lorem Ipsum Books

1299 Cambridge Street

loremipsumbooks.com

Cambridge, MA

 

Mon 5/23, 7:30 pm

Unnameable Readings

W/ Dot Devota, Brandon Shimoda, & Janaka Stucky

Unnameable Books

600 Vanderbilt Ave

Brooklyn, NY

Unnameablebooks.blogspot.com

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