This will be the first of Michael Graves' Friday night talks at Bengal Curry. Bengal Curry is at 65 West Broadway, between Murray and Warren, 1 1⁄2 blocks below Chambers St. The subject will be "Out of My Nothingness: The Work of James Wright." This talk was first given as part of a conference on Wright that Mike organized at Poets' House in 2004.
Michael Graves is the author of a full-length collection of poems, ADAM AND CAIN (Black Buzzard, 2006) and two chapbooks, ILLEGAL BORDER CROSSER (Cervana Barva, 2008) and OUTSIDE ST. JUDE'S (R. E. M. Press, 1990). In 2004, he was the recipient of a grant of $4,500 from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. He is the publisher of the small magazine PHOENIX. He was a student of James Wright and organized a conference on James Wright at Poets House in 2004. He is a member of P. E. N. In addition to leading a James Joyce Ulysses’ Reading Group, he has published thirteen (13) poems in the James Joyce Quarterly and read from them and others of his poems influenced by Joyce to a gathering of the Joyce Society at the Gotham Book Mart. He has appeared on the Poetry Thin Air Cable Show and the DVD of that interview will soon be in the collections of Poets House, NYPL, the Poetry and Rare Books Collection at SUNY-Buffalo, The Avant Writing Collection at The Ohio State University Libraries and the Fales Library and Special Collection at NYU.
Dawson curates the Poets and Angels music and poetry series in her hometown of East Brunswick, and has performed in N.Y., N.J. and internationally. An actress in TV and film, she has stood in for Madonna and appeared on LAW AND ORDER and is famous for her collaboration as a performance artist with Venezuelan SoHo-based, artist Rene. Her new poetry chapbook OUTSIDE GIRL focuses on her behind the scene recollections of the punk rock '80s in New York.
Other publication credits include Gutter Eloquence Magazine, Heroin Love Songs, Lines Written with a Razor, Spine Writer, Deep Tissue Magazine, Off Beat Pulp, Breadcrumb Scabs, The Plebian Rag, 63 Channels, The Skyline 2009 Review, The Aquarian, Images of the Mystic Truth, Gloom Cupboard, Light Trauma, Journey of the Poet/Prophet, Poetz.com and the Livingston Medium, and two previous collections, Dream Sequences and Inside of Outside. Her spoken word has been featured on the CD, Going Down Swinging and has been heard on radio stations around the world.
Jackie Sheeler, host of the Friday night open mic series at the Cornelia Street Cafe, writes about OUTSIDE GIRL: "These poems are black leather jackets lined in lace and silk. If you don’t hear the drums booming out of propped-open club doors, if you don’t see the bloodied arm and earlobe of the punk, if you don’t smell the Bowery, mustard greens and car exhaust, then you haven’t been paying attention."
Visit Ms. Dawson online at www.myspace.com/insideofoutside.