TypewriterGirls Go Green at Istanbul Cafe May 7th
A Benefit for Landslide Community Farm
On Friday, May 7 join The TypewriterGirls as they perform one of their now-infamous poetry cabarets as a benefit for the Landslide Community Farmin celebration of World Environment Day. With help from readers Kate Zambreno, author of the recently released Fallen Angel from Chiasmus Press, Rachel Levitsky, founder of Belladonna Press, and Pitt professor, poet, and author, Ellen McGrath Smith, along with drag queen Veruca la’ Pirahna; Escape Artist/Magician/Performer Dave Doyle; singer/songwriter Emay; host, Sneaky Mike, and DJ HatesYou, the girls will venture to make sense of and enact a truly green poetic existence, by employing all manner of creative devices from the various subcultures and illegal activities that might lend themselves to a more holistic and environmentally friendly existence.
True to the TypewriterGirls’ cabaret spirit, the event will include an environmentally themed typewriter written exquisite corpse at the door, a sure to be rousing and thoroughly sustainable round of the improv comedy game “Poets,” lots of inanely intellectual comedic theatrics to tie it all together, as Crystal and Margaret attempt to more fully understand what it means for poetry to “go green.” Join them for poetry, collaborative writing, comedy, improv, games, magic, and, of course, a dance party–all in the name of poetic sustainability!
What: A poetry reading and performance by the Avant-Garde cabaret troupe The TypewriterGirls to raise awareness and funds for the Landslide Community Farm in celebration of World Environment Day.
Who: The TypewriterGirls Poetry Cabaret w/ Readers: Kate Zambreno, Rachel Levitsky, and Ellen McGrath Smith; music by Emay; stunts by Dave Doyle; drag by Veruca la’Pirahna; and dance party by DJ HatesYou
Where: Istanbul, 4130 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201
When: Friday, May 7th, 2010 Doors Open at 7:30pm, show begins at 8:00pm
Cost: donation based—minimum donation of $7.00 requested
Kate Zambreno is the author of “O Fallen Angel,” published in April by Chiasmus Press, winner of their “Undoing the Novel” contest. The work is an American triptych inspired by Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Cruxifixion,” also a grotesque homage to “Mrs. Dalloway.” She is an editor at Nightboat Books. A collection of essays inspired by her blog Frances Farmer Is My Sister (http://francesfarmerismysister.blogspot.com) will be published by Semiotext(e)’s Active Agents series in Fall 2011.
Rachel Levitsky’s new book Neighbor (Ugly Duckling Presse 2009) illuminates the odd relationship between urban neighbors through a dated log of poetic entries. She is the author of Under the Sun (2003) and the forthcoming The Story of My Accident is Ours (2010), both from Futurepoem Books. In 1999, Levitsky founded Belladonna Series (belladonnaseries.org) as a means to amplify the hushed existence of the feminist avant garde practice of writing. She teaches writing and literature at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.
Ellen McGrath Smith teaches at the University of Pittsburgh. Her poetry has appeared in Kestrel, Oranges & Sardines, CQ, 5 a.m., Oxford Magazine, Pig Iron, The Best of the Prose Poem, Pearl, Zone 3, Southern Poetry Review, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Sistersong, and others. Her critical work has appeared in Sagetrieb, The Denver Quarterly, The Pennsylvania Review, American Book Review, and The Pittsburgh Quarterly. She has received the Rainmaker Award in Poetry from Zone 3, The Academy of American Poets Prize, the Ascher Montandon Prize, and an honorable mention in the Lynda Hull awards (Crazyhorse, 2004). She is reviews editor for Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics and received a 2007 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.