When / Where:

3/19/2016 | 3:15 PM

Marriot Hartford Downtown

200 Columbus Blvd

Hartford, CT 06103



George Carlin: A Case Study in Projective Verse

NeMLA Annual Convention
44th Annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900
When / Where:

2/19/2016 | 9:00 AM

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY 40292


Opening the Communal 'I' through the Mask of Meter: A Poetics of Standup


The Poetics of Prayer

Jan. 26 to Mar. 22, 2016 | 6:00-8:00 PM

Downtown Writer's Center, Syracuse, NY 13210


Sampling mystical traditions from around the world, this craft class examines spiritual approaches to musicality in language. Chanting, like poetry, exists somewhere between speech and song as a ritualized form of language that aims to alter our awareness and our standing in the cosmos. We’ll listen to prayers, discuss the principles they’ve chosen to shape their music, examine the context that surrounds them, and consider visual analogs in their art – all as prompts for poetic responses of our own.



George Carlin: A Case Study in Projective Verse

When / Where:

9/23/2017  |  6-7 PM

Buffalo Street Books

215 N. Cayuga St

Ithaca NY 14850

Stand-up Poetry Studio

Sept. 18th to Oct. 9

The Poetry School, London, UK (online)


Turn to the living oral literature of stand-up comedy for

lessons that apply to your poems. In a world where late-night monologues and panel shows increasingly shape our understanding of world events, stand-up comedy has become one of the most subversive, and persuasive, forms of popular rhetoric. Together, on this short course, we’ll turn to the living oral literature of stand-up comedy for lessons that apply to our poems. Each principle will be drawn from a stand-up routine and further illustrated in works by various poets who have been enchanted by the oral, as well as those who perform in the burgeoning ‘stand-up poetry’ scene today. We’ll dismantle the barriers that separate these disciplines –- throwing together poets like Allen Ginsberg, Basil Bunting, Annie Finch, Denise Levertov, Shakespeare, Marilyn Taylor, Kobayashi Issa and AE Stallings with comics like George Carlin, Louis CK, Stephen Wright, Richard Pryor, Groucho Marx, Joan Rivers, Margaret Cho, Eddie Izzard, Billy Connolly, and Stewart Lee –- and tease out ways of infusing our work with the vital energies of passionate speech, stretching our expressive range and making a new music that is anything but decorative. Poets are tricksters, crossing from the mundane to the mystical. But what if entrance is only granted to those who let themselves become entranced? What if this threshold can only be crossed through music?