December 8, 2010

Some Reviews

Try A Little Time Travel is reviewed in Poetry Project Newsletter and Coldfront. Thank you, Eddie Hopely and Kimberly Steele, for reading and thinking and writing!

December 5, 2010

Poetry Time Reading = Big Yay

Last night was the last NYC stop of the Time Travel through the Cosmos Tour. Ben Fama was charming and awesome as usual. James Copeland mesmerized the place with his poems and visual / musical accompaniment. And before the poems there were two bands -- Gem Club and Holy Spirits, and they were fantastic, reevaluate your life good.

And we won a cement head. The head did the introductions last night. He was very good. He will now live in the backyard.

Many big thanks to the Poetry Time folks for a very special night!

And I'm now looking to the future. In the future I need to write a poem because in the past (five months) I have not done so. The past to the future continuum can look like this for another Natalie:

December 2, 2010

Where did November go?

Some things that happened in November:

1. New poems in Sixth Finch.

2. Dad turns 55. 

3. Yardmeter reading with Ben Fama and Phil Provance, Chapter and Verse reading with Michelle Taransky and Jacob Russell, Visitng Writers Series reading with Michael Earl Craig (followed by a feast at Dara Wier's house).

4. New Kitten. 

October 9, 2010

And now, October

September snipped by. A student said, "You have book called Pink Panther!"

As It Ought To Be featured "Electrocardiogram" and "Small and Private Tragedies" in their Saturday Poetry Series. Today there are poems by Carl Adamshick that are cool gems!

Getting a late but beautiful start is GlitterPony 11. We have two Pettits, Guy and Emily! Also,  *Amy McDaniel, *Andrew Brenza, *Anne Holmes & Lily Ladewig, *Erin J. Mullikin, * J.A. Tyler,* Jackie Therrien, *Kate Greenstreet, and *Kristen Evans. Cover by Noah Bolton. Do you like our thoughtful cow?

Zachary Schomburg's Scary, No Scary and from the fjords showed up in the mail. The mailbox cheered! fjords has a stunning cover, rough and beautiful, like it came from a secret part of the earth!

To add to the good news, Jeannie Hoag's New Age of Ferociousness is now out from Agnes Fox Press. Brian Baldi and I are working on a special project around it that involves mailing things all over the US (and possibly beyond?) and tracking it all on the AF website.

Also, people are moving and birthdays are looming! The world continues to spin.

September 24, 2010

Reading Tonight!

The Aquarius Rising / Try A Little Time Travel "tour" begins tonight!

Metro Rythm reading series, 8 pm, Blue Angel Wines!

Ben Fama, Garrett Kalleberg, Kostas Anagnopoulos, and Natalie Lyalin!

September 7, 2010

New Poems in New Places

I have a poem in the new issue of We Are Champion

Issue #3 is Cezarija Arbatis, Mark Leidner, Anne Cecelia Holmes, Sasha Fletcher, Natalie Lyalin, Salvatore Pane, Thomas Patrick Levy, Kyle Winkler, Carolyn Zaikowski, Sean Kilpatrick, Elaine Kahn,
Gregory Sherl, Donora Hillard.

And some poems in the new new Esque


OETRY is the kitchen sink.
Charles Bernstein. Bei Dao. Tamiko Beyer. Jackie Clark. Amy De'Ath. Lidija Dimkovska. Kate Durbin. Steven Karl. Natalie Lyalin. Filip Marinovich. Sharon Mesmer. Miguel Murphy. Ariana Reines. Saeed Jones. Tomaz Salamun. Evie Shockley. Heidi Lynn Staples. Leigh Stein. Cole Swensen. John Tranter. Matvei Yankelevich. 

IFESTO is everything but.
Jennifer Bartlett. Jillian Brall. Ching-In Chen. Ken Chen. Rachel Blau DuPlessis. Jennifer H. Fortin. Molly Gaudry. Roxane Gay. Matt Hart. Brenda Hillman. Dan Hoy. Ron Padgett & Olivier Brossard. Lars Palm. Joan Retallack. Brandon Shimoda. Anne Waldman. Franz Wright. Carolyn Zaikowski.

And what else? Summer is over. Ovah. I now have an attic to myself and there are june bugs here. I'm reading and studying up on fairy tales. Grimms' in particular, though much of Angela Carter as well. "The Bloody Chamber," whoa. Whoa.

September 1, 2010

Ryan Marshall's Mission

Ryan Marshall wants to educate and raise awareness about SMS, or Smith Magenis Syndrome. He is raising money for research with the help of some musician friends who put together the wonderful
album, Do Fun Stuff. You can purchase the album on itunes or make a donation - 100% of the proceeds will go toward SMS research.

Also, if you have a blog and want to get involved, you can use this handy widget to help spread the word about Do Fun Stuff and SMS awareness.

Go, Ryan, go!

August 9, 2010

On Covers

Below is Weezer's new album cover. And here is the explanation. I am obviously very happy about this!

On another cover note, Anna Pinkas drew the cover of Try A Little Time Travel using my very
vague description  and her obviously giant talent.

I think it turned out beautifully.  Please check out her other work here.

July 19, 2010

Like A Double Rainbow!

This week/end in New York City is going to be joyful to the nth degree.

Starting with this: 7.22.10 - Heather Christle, Dorothea Lasky, and Maggie Nelson read at McNally Jackson Books @ 7pm. (52 Prince St)

Then! 7.24.10 Dear friends will get married!

7.24.10 & 7.25.10 Popsickle: A Festival Of Literary Arts!

Saturday, 3-8pm, Sunday1-5pm

Market Hotel, 957 Broadway, Brooklyn.

Here is who will read: Alaina Stamatis, Anna Fitzgerald, Ben Fama, Brett Price & Dani Leventhal, Carter Edwards, Dan Magers, Eddie Hopely, Emily Pettit, Evan Burton, Gina Abelkop, Jamie Peck, James Copeland, Jordan Michael Iannucci, Joshua Mehigan, Lauren Russell, Leigh Stein, Marc Nasdor, Michael Barron, Natalie Lyalin, Nicole Trigg, Paige Taggart, Parker Phillips, Timothy Donnelly and more. 

It might make you feel like this!

July 1, 2010

Try A Little Time Travel (if you are moved to do so)

I have a chapbook forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse. It is called Try A Little Time Travel, and if you wish,  you can now pre-order it. Officially, it comes out in July.

This fall and winter Ben Fama and I are going to do a series of reading in NYC (and maybe in some other places). Ben wrote the magnificent Aquarius Rising (UDP 2010), which is now shipping to lucky people all over the world.

June 30, 2010

Many Thanks Abound

Back in the temporary VA home where all my things live in the basement. 
I wanted to say a big big shiny thank you to everyone who set up the readings, housed us, and came to hear us read. 
Philadelphia: Ben Orlock and all the good folks at Book Space. 
Wash, DC: Adam Robinson and Dan Brady, and the good people of Barrelhouse and Publishing Genuis. And Janet and Vade for housing us and having fresh
bagels in the morning!
Richmond, VA: Liz Canfield, Ward, and Chop Suey Books. Also, good friends Maya, Stephanie, Tim, and Tyler for housing us and feeding us and just being really sweet in the heart area.
Atlanta, GA: Blake Butler, Jamie Iredell, and Amy McDaniel, and Beep Beep Gallery. (Jamie made us a feast! There was pate involved!) A big thanks to the Seths, Lyndsey, and my mother for being really into having us lounging around their homes as they all worked hard at working.
Raleigh, NC: Chris Tonelli and his lovely wife and baby. These are super super nice people and we all should be so lucky as to share Lebanese cuisine with them on a regular basis. Also, all of Chris’ students who came to the reading, all sixty of you, thanks!
Charlottesville, VA: Samantha and Noah, sweet natured in-laws who opened their home to us, not just us who were reading, but others who came to hear us read. And let us sleep there and fed us pizza, and lemonade, and cereal. Thank you!
Baltimore, MD: Adam Robinson and Publishing Genius and Josh and Foo at the Hexagon. Youtube, singing, movie of an unseen circus, and reading. This was truly awesome.
And Mike and Rachel and two lovely lovely people. And their books are amazing. Nothing short of it, really. Seeing both of them read seven times was spectacular. And driving with them for ten days was really really fun. They are good eggs.

June 18, 2010

tour tour

1. Tour underway. Two great readings (one in Philly and one in DC). Thanks to Ben Orlock in Philly
and Dan Brady and Adam Robinson in DC for the goodness of the readings.

2. Check out Mike Young's awesome tour diary.

3. Here we are at the White House. Hoping to see Michelle O gardening (alas, it did not happen).

4. Right on. Next up, Richmond, VA!

June 7, 2010

Going On The (American) Road!

During June 16th-24th I will be on the road in the company of Rachel B. Glaser and Mike Young!
We will read at the places below:

6.16.10 Philadelphia, PA @ Book Space, 8pm, (w/ Rachel B. Glaser & Mike Young)
6.17.10 Washington DC, Barrelhouse Presents, 7 pm, Wonderland Ballroom ( w/ Rachel B. Glaser, Mike Young, Adam Robinson & Ric Royer)
6.18.10 Richmond, VA @ Chop Suey Books, 7pm, 2913 West Cary St (w/ Rachel B. Glaser & Mike Young)
6.21.10 Atlanta, GA Solar Anus Reading Series, 7pm, Beep Beep Gallery, 696 Charles Allen Drive, (w/ Rachel B. Glaser & Mike Young)
6.22.10 Raleigh, NC, "Imporomptu So & So Reading", 8pm, Morning Times Cafe, 10 E. Hargett St (w/ Rachel B. Glaser & Mike Young) (TBA)
6.23.10 Charlottesville, VA, House Reading (w/ Rachel B. Glaser & Mike Young) ( for details)
6.24.10, Baltimore, MD, 2010 Publishing Genius Party, 7pm, Hegaxon, 1825 N. Charles St(w/ Rachel B. Glaser & Mike Young)

It will be a southern--driving--poetry--and--fiction extravaganza! Hope to see you here and there!

May 25, 2010

Good Thing and Strange Thing

Good Thing:

Really an excellent thing, a most lovely thing. It's called Disco Prairie Social Aid & Pleasure Club, and it's a small book of many poets and a few lines from their poems. It's a book of lines from poems from all over.

For example, Jack Christian has a few lines from "Family System" which was in Diagram 8.2, and Laura Solomon has lines from the poem "28 Graves Avenue" from her book Blue and Red Things, and there's also Mathias Svalina, and James Tate, and Jon Link, and Sarah Manguso. And many others and many poems. Here is where all the poems are from.

Strange Thing:

Kevin Cotter's wife left him and left behind her wedding dress.

She told him to do what he wants with it.

So he made a blog about all the things he's doing with it.

Like flossing, and using it as a coffee filter.

May 19, 2010

New Things

I have some poems in the new issue of Saltgrass Journal! They are about a man names Moses and I don't know where they came from. And they keep coming, so we'll see what happens. They are just some of the poems that are in this issue. So many wonderful poems all together in there!

Also, also. I'm coming home. So my head is busy. So that means many things.

See you soon, see you out there, see you on the other side.

this is from here

May 12, 2010

Whole Milk!

Whole Milk
Including poems by Ben Fama, Emily Pettit, Natalie Lyalin and James  Copeland. Availability limited to 40 copies!

I have a poem in a little bookie called Whole Milk. It lives in there along with a poem each from Ben Fama, Emily Pettit, and James Copeland. I like that it costs $2. That is a really nice price. Find it here, on presShoppe.

April 22, 2010

This Weekend Is Juniper/jubilat Weekend

This weekend is the 10th annual Juniper Festival, and it is honoring the 10th year of jubilat magazine. The letter J and the number 10 are big this year.

There are great panels, readings, and book fair. GlitterPony is going to be there. Many exciting presses and journals are going to be there. Jon Link is going to be there at the GlitterPony table. This is also really good!

And the best part: all events are free & open to the public.

So, if you are in Western Massachusetts, this is the place to venture to and drive/pedal/walk toward.

April 19, 2010

Did I mention GlitterPony?

Every three months or so Jon Link and I reach a point of high worry, and then an issue of GlitterPony hatches again. About a week and a half ago we published our 10th issue. It's such a good issue -- it
has poems from these poets:

Mike Young
Laura F. Walton
Paige Taggart
Jordan Soyka
Lori Shine
Ted Powers
Nate Pritts
Peter Gizzi
Garth Graeper
JenMarie Davis
Julie Doxsee
And artwork from Rifle Paper Co. which we still can't believe we got to have. 

Airedale Card

Cheers to issue ten, and hopefully many more to come. 

And three cheers to Jon Link being back in the states for a few weeks!!

April 18, 2010

Thank You, Portland!

The Portland Mercury asked its readers what they would want to see on the cover of the mag. This is what they came up with: 

Betty White in a Metal Bikini Wielding a Flaming Chainsaw While Riding a 

John Ritter Centaur

There is hope for this world yet.

April 5, 2010

Stop By & Say Hi

Agnes Fox Press is going to AWP Denver! 

We have a table loaded with chapbooks & broadsides. Also you will find two Seths, a Lyndsey, a Brian, a Lesley and a Lewis, and a Nathaniel. These are good people and some of the AFP editors. The others are me, Josh, and Emily, and we are oceans away, so we will not be attending. 

But you will find Amy McDaniel's Selected Adult Lessons and Phil Cordelli's Book of Numbers / Book of Letters, and a broadside of a Hailey Higdon poem that is in her forthcoming AFP chapbook (letter pressed by Lesley!!). We also snagged Jeannie Hoag, whose chap will be released at the same time as Hailey's. 

That's a lot of stuff to remember, so please stop by the Agnes Fox Press table and get it all in writing. And say hello to all the people at the table -- they are all so dear and wonderful!

And this image is from here.

March 27, 2010

new NOÖ & Octopus !!

Two smashing journals (NOÖ & Octopus) recently came out with new issues. I feel tremendously happy to have poems in Octopus, and a review of P&HPH in both. 

This is a good feeling. It is a good feeling to be in such tremendous company.

The writing in both magazines is ultra swoon-worthy. You would be a wiser fellow or lady for reading both publications, and carefully.




March 23, 2010


Things that are rare:

A double-yolked egg! I could not eat it. But folklore is mostly on my
side, in terms of good vs. bad luck here.

And more rare, a blue copy of The Difficult Farm, which Heather Christle is awarding to a lucky person who can make an neat video, while dizzy. This is a video challenge with the possibility of a rare
gift -- you should meet this challenge.

Here is Heather's hand with the books. Look, the blue one could be yours!

Here are the contest rules:

1. Have access to a video recording device.
2. Turn it on.
3. Record a person getting very dizzy and then attempting to perform some kind of task. Or record a MISTAKE. A MEDIUM one.
4. Put it on YouTube or Vimeo and send a link to
5. Wait for finalists to be posted on Heather's blog.
6. Tell your friends to vote for your video.
7. Win all or most of the votes.

Heather's blog has more info. 

Do it to it.

March 16, 2010

A New Week

Natalie Lyalin Week on HTML Giant is fin. It was truly lovely, and it could not have happened without Amy McDaniel, Blake Butler, Nathaniel Otting, Mike Young, Seth Landman, and Seth Parker.

Also, the lovely Gina Myers and Reb Livingston did P&HPH giveaways on their blogs. We have
winners, and more winners to announce.

A Mystery In Common did a special giveaway that included their t-shirts and copies of P&HPH.

Amazing people doing kind things.

All this loveliness for P&HPH is being nicely anchored by my continued efforts with Moby Dick. I'm finally past page 500 (of The Modern Library Classics edition) which is a triumph. Triumph! 

heart is from here

March 8, 2010

Natalie Lyalin Week on HTML Giant

This week at HTML Giant is Natalie Lyalin Week. The Giant has some fun things in store, so you
should check it daily.

Today's feature is an interview where Amy McDaniel asks me questions and I give very long answers. Hopefully people will actually read them.

Some of the many fun things this week brings about are three serious giveaways happening in honor of the HTML event.

Here they are:

1. Leave a comment on Gina Myers' blog, A Sad Day for Sad Birds, and you have a chance to win the entire Coconut Books catalog.

2. Leave a comment on Reb Livingston's blog and you have another chance to with the entire Coconut Books catalog.

3. Leave a comment on A Mystery In Common's blog and three of your will have the chance to win a copy of Pink & Hot Pink Habitat AND one of AMIC's organic hand-printed cotton t-shirts.

The Coconut Books Catalog is:

Natalie Lyalin's Pink & Hot Pink Habitat
Gina Myers's A Model Year
Jen Tynes's Heron/Girlfriend
Sueyeun Juliette Lee's That Gorgeous Feeling
Reb Livingston's Your Ten Favorite Words

Many ways to get P&HPH into your hands. Woot!

March 6, 2010


Sueyeun Juliette Lee's Underground National is out from Factory School. A super exciting new book from a gorgeously brilliant writer. !!!!!!.

February 18, 2010

Regret is not weakness, even if that cab driver said so....

The January 25th issue of the The New Yorker is amazing. I'm just reading it now as my subscription is on hold until I return to the states. I depend on random issues finding their way here.

There is an article about the olfactory system and childhood by David Owen called "The Dime Store Floor." There is also an article about cryonics called "The Ice Man," by Jill Lepore. Both articles address time and regret and an attempt to preserve things. Which makes me think about time travel and how it seems to be inspired by a strong desire to go back and change things / be in the place and with people we used to know or to go forward and make sure we are all okay.

This is a diagram of how time travel could work.

Alcor is a place mentioned in Lepore's article. It's a place people go to be frozen so as to awaken many many years later and live in the distant future.

Why does this cryonics website look like it should be selling paper or paint thinner or packing peanuts in bulk?

February 8, 2010

OMG Joan Collins.

I am kind of blown away by news that Joan Collins is the face of the new Alexis Bittar campaign. I cannot think of another ad campaign that stars a 76 year old woman (other than some non-sexy personal hygiene product commercial.....). Joan's fierceness outfierces all. She is not one to mess with.

In other really really exciting news, Sueyeun Juliette Lee's 2nd book, Underground National from Factory School press is henceforth released and ready for purchase. Secure your own copy here before they all fly away.

Also, I reviewed Jessica Bozek's Bodyfeel Lexicon for Tarpaulin Sky.

Joan (r) and the others.

January 28, 2010

Sonic Boom

HTML Giant is hosting a live online reading tonight and H.Christle is their first reader!

Check their site at 9pm promptly to see Heather beamed into your homes, ears, and hearts.

January 27, 2010


The firs issue of SUPERMACHINE is now ready for your order :)

January 22, 2010


SUPERMACHINE the reading series is now also a limited-run print journal! It is available for pre-order and will ship mid-February, so consider picking up a copy. I have some poems in there and so do many wonderfully awesome poets. Click here to find out who.

Also, this week the wonderful and super super super talented Betty White is getting a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild! This is such great news. Betty has always kept it real and it's nice to see SAG keep it real by honoring her work. Cheers to Betty!

And, Prince wrote a fight song for the Minnesota Vikings! Prince said, "I saw the future" and then wrote this:

all of the odds r in r favor 
no prediction 2 bold 
we r the truth if the truth can b told 
long reign the purple and gold
the eyes say ready 4 battle
no need 4 sword in hand
we r all amped up like a rock n roll band
ready 2 celebrate every score
ready 2 fight the elegant war
ready 2 hear the crowd roar

January 14, 2010

Letter Machine Editions

Exciting news from Letter Machine Editions:

Travis Nichols' Iowa


Sawako Nakayasu's Texture Notes


Now totally available for purchase. Order together for $20, shipping included!

Chapbooks from Sara Veglahn, Another Random Heart, and Anselm Berrigan, To Hell With Sleep, are also here and available for purchase for only $10.

Letter Machine has some stellar forthcoming books: More Radiant Signal, by Juliana Leslie (2010),  This is a Nice Neighborhood, Farid Matuk, (2010), and Ode: Salute to the New York School 1950-1970 (2011), by Peter Gizzi just to name a few. Check out their entire kick-ass catalog here.