Voyeurs, Exhibitionists, Criminals, and Misanthropes: Writers Remember Times SquareTimes Square as a center of gritty life is long gone, but among this group of writers, it’s not forgotten. Join us for an evening of provocative readings by Noah Prince, Peter Nolan Smith, and Claudia Summers. The Disneyfication of the area is complete, and for many what remains is a memory of a time in the life of New York City prior to commercialization, gentrification, and the gutting of neighborhoods and the colorful characters who inhabited them. Just as Jane Dickson’s paintings describe her experiences of living in Times Square—once a mecca for voyeurs, exhibitionists, criminals, and misanthropes—these writers describe a bygone era of this infamous locale.
January 25, 2020
Stewart Meyer: The Lotus CrewNovelist Stewart Meyer, a protégé of William S. Burroughs, reads from his classic The Lotus Crew – tales from the early 80’s heroin street trade on the Lower East Side – accompanied by the photographer/filmmaker David Schmidlapp’s projections.
May 17, 2018
Michael Lally’s Another Way to Play: Poems 1960-2017 Book LaunchHowl! Happening is pleased to celebrate the publication of Michael Lally’s “Another Way to Play: Poems 1960-2017, the definitive collection of verse from a poet who bridges the rhythms and message of the Beats, the disarming frankness of the New York School, and the fierce temerity of activist authors throughout the ages.
The event will feature a short reading by Michael Lally and a few words from Eileen Myles, who wrote the introduction to the book. Published by Seven Stories Press.
April 25, 2018
Petrarch in Love: Poetry ReadingPetrarch in Love Poetry Reading with Penny Arcade, Anthony Haden-Guest, Nemo Librizzi, and Ilka Scobie Video Projections by Luigi Cazzaniga Join Penny Arcade, Anthony Haden-Guest, Nemo Librizzi, and Ilka Scobie in an eclectic poetry reading of their work to celebrate Spring.
April 6, 2018
Ping-Pong Free Press Speech Is Not FreePing-Pong Free Press’ presents the 4th Annual Speech Is Not Free gathering: Writers Against Fascism and for Freedom of the Press. Ping-Pong Free Press and the Henry Miller Memorial Library are proud to feature readings by writers who oppose fascism and dictatorships, who are for freedom of the press and against totalitarian notions of state-sponsored propaganda.
November 2, 2017
John Tytell Beat TransnationalismHowl! presents an evening with author John Tytell, who examines the importance of Mexico to the Beat Generation in his new book, Beat Transnationalism. Allen Ginsberg once told him that he would not understand the Beat Generation without first experiencing life in Mexico. Heeding this advice, Tytell headed south to Oaxaca while writing Naked Angels, the first book to explore the development of Beat literature.
October 4, 2017
Jerome Rothenberg Flower World VariationsHowl! Happening and The Operating System are honored to present Jerome Rothenberg, reading in commemoration of the OS’s release of Flower World Variations in a special revised and expanded edition. The book features variations on a set of traditional Yaqui Deer Dance songs, with computer-generated drawings by Harold Cohen, one of our truly great pioneer computer artists. Originally published in a modest 1984 offset edition, the book is newly enhanced in quality and features, including an updated introduction by Rothenberg and an excerpt from Cohen’s writings on the nature of mark making and meaning/metaphor over a wide range of times and cultures. As such, the book also serves as a memorial and tribute to Harold Cohen, who passed recently.
October 1, 2017
Jackie Curtis’ Glamour, Glory and GoldA Staged Reading Directed by Brian Butterick AKA Hattie Hathaway. Starring Joyce Miller, Eileen Dover, Flloyd, Poison Eve, Tina Benéz, David Ilku, Tennessee and featuring Mr. Joe Preston as Flo Ziegfeld. Fifty years ago, in 1967, the Off-Off-Broadway classic Glamour, Glory and Gold (The Life & Legend of Nola Noonan, Goddess & Star) by Jackie Curtis had its initial run at The Playwrights Workshop Club in the West Village, starring Melba La Rose, Jr. and featuring the gorgeously fragile Candy Darling. The next year, the show was remounted starring Jackie herself, as well as a young and handsome Robert De Niro.
September 22, 2017
WORD: An Anthology by A Gathering of the TribesWORD: An Anthology is a landmark literary publication by A Gathering of the Tribes, featuring 50 never-before-seen poems by the luminary writers who helped shape the East Village arts and culture organization, including Eileen Myles, Ishmael Reed, Bob Holman, David Henderson, Chavisa Woods, and more. The volume represents a culmination of A Gathering of the Tribes’ 25 years in the East Village. Join the poets, artists, and the one and only Bob Holman as he whips the crowd into a poetic frenzy.
April 1, 2017
The Sparkle Street Social & Athletic Club SeriesA series of readings and multimedia events curated by writer and publisher Mike DeCapite with his long-time collaborator, photographer Ted Barron. The Sparkle Street Social & Athletic Club series brings together writers and creators sharing a downtown sensibility and an engagement with the present moment.
May 11th, 2016
The Sparkle Street Social & Athletic Club SeriesA series of readings and multimedia events curated by writer and publisher Mike DeCapite with his long-time collaborator, photographer Ted Barron. The Sparkle Street Social & Athletic Club series brings together writers and creators sharing a downtown sensibility and an engagement with the present moment. Featuring a multimedia presentation of collaborations between between Mike DeCapite and Ted Barron. A reading by Maggie Dubris accompanied by Dubris’s short films. And a multimedia presentation of East of Bowery, based on Ted Barron and Drew Hubner's book of that name, with music by jazz musicians Daniel Carter and Reuben Radding.
April 13, 2016
Legs McNeil: Artie and MeIn honor of Arturo Vega’s Exhibition Insults. Featuring live silkscreening and a reading by Legs McNeil.
Video by Darian Brenner
March 31, 2016
Alone At Last: A Night of ReadingsA night of readings celebrating the sex, grit, and grime of New York City's past, hosted by Max Blagg, featuring performances by Max Blagg, Catherine Texier and Mike DeCapite.
December 3, 2015
Punks, Poets & Provocateurs: New York City Bad Boys 1977–1982Photographer Marcia Resnick and writer Victor Bockris at a book signing, reading from their new book.
Video Filmed & Edited by Darian Brenner.
November 10, 2015