HOWLELLUJAH! Launch for LiVE MAG! Issue #15
January 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Featuring Andrei Codrescu, Helixx Armageddon, Bob Holman, Ilka Scobie, Alexandra Tatarsky, Alexandra Franklin, Jeffrey Cyphers Wright and artwork by Luigi Cazzaniga.
LiVE MAG! started at the Bowery Poetry Club in 2007, when Bob Holman asked “Howlin’” Jeff Wright to host an event. Keeping with the theme of “page meets stage,” the readers and panelists were billed as contributors to a “live magazine.” Eleven years later, the magazine has featured work by more than 500 contemporary poets and artists and continues its tradition of booking live events in downtown venues. Howl! Happening invites you to join legendary poet Bob Holman, Wright, associate editor Ilka Scobie, and featured performers to celebrate the publication of LiVE MAG! Issue #15. Projections by Luigi Cazzaniga.
Helixx is a performance artist, lyricist, poet, and music producer. She is a founding member of The Anomolies, a gender justice hip-hop collective formed in 1995. Helixx has performed in notable venues around New York City, including Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Bowery Poetry Club, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, Hammerstein Ballroom, Gene Frankel Theatre, Howl! Happening, and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. She is currently working on an experimental spoken word album and is based in the East Village.
Born in Milan, Italy, Luigi Cazzaniga has lived in New York since 1984. His work was exhibited in the Dali Museum in Spain, Galleria dei Serpenti in Rome, No Commission in the Bronx, the Knitting Factory and the Janos Gat Gallery in Manhattan, Hamilton Gallery in London, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boulder Colorado and FNAC Gallery in Genoa. His ‘Hyper Abstract’ video projections have been shown at and the Howl in NYC, at the Bronx Museum, the Bowery Poetry Club, the Shankill Castle, Ireland, the Soncino Biennale Italy, Casalmaggiore Contemporanea and the Stream Gallery in Bushwick NY, in Times Square at 7th Ave and 42nd st., at Waterline Square NYC and at La Mama NY.
Andrei Codrescu is a Romanian-American poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and commentator for National Public Radio. In 1983 Codrescu founded Exquisite Corpse: A Journal of Books & Ideas. He has edited several annual anthologies of work from the journal, as well as the anthologies American Poets Say Goodbye to the 20th Century (1996) and American Poetry Since 1970: Up Late (1996). He collaborated with Ruxandra Cesereanu on The Forgiven Submarine (2009). He was the Mac Curdy Distinguished Professor of English at Louisiana State University from 1984 until his retirement in 2009. Read More
Wright moved to New York City in 1976 and started Hard Press, publishing poetry postcards and books. He attended workshops at St. Mark’s Poetry Project with Ted Berrigan, Alice Notley, and Jim Brodey. He went on to study with Allen Ginsberg at Brooklyn College, where he earned a master’s degree in Fine Arts–Poetry. Wright launched Cover Magazine in 1987. Its contributors included Molly Jong-Fast, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, John Yau, Robert C. Morgan, David Ulin, Jeanne C. Wilkinson, and KK Kozik. The 64-page monthly journal circulated nationally until 2000. [Read more]
Alexandra Franklin holds an MFA in poetry from The New School. A Mississippi native, she now lives in Brooklyn and is a literary agent. Her work has been published in The New York Times and elsewhere.
Bob Holman’s poetry has traversed genres, styles, and media since the 1970s, when he began directing Poets Theater productions by Mayakovsky, Artaud, O’Hara, and others at St. Mark’s Church. It was also at St. Mark’s where Holman began his career as an arts administrator, serving at the Poetry Project as coordinator, host, and workshop leader from 1978–84. The first of Holman’s 16 poetry collections, Tear To Open, was published by Power Mad Press in 1979. In 1985, Holman served as the host of Lines, a radio series for the Detroit Institute of Arts. While serving as co-director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe from 1988–96, Holman continued to explore the intersection of poetry and performance, originating and hosting the Cafe’s historic Poetry Slam series. [Read more]
About Ilka Scobie, Associate Editor
Ilka Scobie, LiVE MAG! associate editor, is a native New Yorker, poet, and art critic. She has written extensively for artnet and currently contributes to London’s Artlyst. Her recent work has appeared in Marie Claire Italia, Artlys London, American Book Review, and small press publications. Scobie’s books include the anthology Resist Much/Obey Little, Flower Power Man, and The House (Soncino Press). Her poems have appeared in Poetry in Performance, Vanitas, and here/there. She was also deputy editor of Cover Magazine.
Alexandra Tatarsky is a theater artist from New York City. She has adapted the absurdist vignettes of Daniil Kharms for the stage and performed in wild rewritings of Hedda Gabler, The Bacchae, and the Yiddish spirit-possession love story Dybbuk. She recently wrapped a sold-out Fringe run of her original solo show Beast of Festive Skin—about alchemists, rappers, and other visionaries trapped in Hell—and is thrilled to continue her tour of the underworld with Chaos, and Other Worldly Possessions.
LiVE MAG! was born to run at the Bowery Poetry Club. Poets Bob Holman and Jeff Wright conceived it as a performance/publication event created specifically for the club. The earlier events from 2007 to 2010 featured editors of other publications as guests—e.g. Hannah Winarsky, editor of Princeton University Press; William Electric Black of La MaMa E.T.C.; Michael Andre of Unmuzzled Ox; Bob Hershon of Hanging Loose; and the late Akilah Oliver, the Monday night coordinator of the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church—who read their own works, some favorites, and then solicited poems from the audience to read. LiVE Mag! has evolved as an equal mix of art and poetry. In a unique partnership with La MaMa E.T.C., the magazine hosts an annual print publication party.
Image: Jeffrey Cyphers Wright. Later Than You Think, 2018. Mixed media on paper