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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Least Weasel Chapbook Launch

Least Weasel Chapbook Launch
Saturday, June 25, 2011, 6-9 PM

Please join the editors of Least Weasel Chapbooks, for the chapbook launch — reading by the poets Joanna Fuhrman, Christopher Funkhouser, Brenda Iijima, erica kaufman, Jane Rice, and Christina Strong.

Least Weasel Chapbooks are a new venture from Propolis Press, featuring the work of contemporary poets with letterpress covers printed by artist-publisher-poet Karen Randall.

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About the Readers:

Joanna Fuhrman is the author of four full-length collections of poetry, most recently Moraine (Hanging Loose Press, 2006) and Pageant (Alice James Books, 2009). She is the poetry editor for Boog City, a community newspaper for the Lower East Side and the Wednesday night curator for the Poetry Project at Saint Mark’s Church for the 2010/2011 season. Her poem “Stagflation” won a 2011 Pushcart Prize. She teaches poetry in her apartment, public schools, and at Rutgers University and will be reading from her new Least Weasel chapbook: The Emotive Function.

Christopher Funkhouser is an Associate Professor and Director of the Communication and Media program in the Department of Humanities at New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he teaches Digital Poetry, Electronic Literature, Cybertext, and other courses. He has also taught courses at Naropa University (2007) and University of Pennsylvania (2010), where he holds a position as Senior Editor at PennSound. He is author of the documentary study Prehistoric Digital Poetry: An Archeology of Forms, 1959-1995 (University of Alabama Press, 2007), the chapbooks Electro þerdix (Least Weasel, 2011), LambdaMOO_Sessions (Writer’s Forum, 2006), and an e-book (CD-ROM), Selections 2.0, published by the Faculty of Creative Multimedia at Multimedia University (Malaysia), where he was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar in 2006.

Brenda Iijima’s books of poetry include Around Sea (2004), Animate, Inanimate Aims (2007), Subsistence Equipment (2008), Revv. You’ll—ution (2009), and If Not Metamorphic (2010). Joan Retallack writes that “Iijima’s eco-provocations have the lightness and gravitas of an improbably reconsecrated world glimpsed at its hectic, interrogatively driven conception. On the edge of loss, words have taken on directagency.” Her chapbook, Glossematics, Thus is an imaginary three-way conversation with/between/on Jacques Derrida, Tyrone Williams and herself quilted within autobiography, saturated through layers of socio-historical detail—sedimentary. She lives in Brooklyn where she runs Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs.

erica kaufman is the author of censory impulse (Factory School, 2009) as well as several chapbooks. Poems from the Least Weasel chapbook, INSTANT CLASSIC, can be found in Little Red Leaves & in Elective Affinities. kaufman is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center where she studies Composition and Rhetoric and its possible relationships to contemporary poetics. she lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Baruch College and Bard’s Institute for Writing & Thinking.

Jane Rice lives in San Francisco and is the author of Portrait Sitters (Propolis Press, 2007), a painterly sequence of likenesses of Montparnasse artists during the inter-war period. “Like any excellent portraitist, she exposes her subjects’ emotional landscapes, but she also goes beyond the frame of the individual to evoke an entire time and place.”—Cole Swensen. Her recent work has appeared in qarrtsiluni, Diner, Barrow Street and RealPoetik. Her Least Weasel chapbook, The Truth about the World, is a polyphonic dance that keeps the mind reeling.

Christina Strong (a.k.a. xtina) has work recently published and (rumored to be) forthcoming in the West Wind Review, EOAGH, and Flarf: An Anthology of Flarf. She is the author of The New York School (Propolis Press, 2009) and the chapbook Fifth Plateau from Pink Adrenaline Star. She is currently working on a project about race and riots in the 1960s and makes things pretty for a living.

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