|Wednesday February 16|
Ronnie Norpel Presents
Marrakech Hotel, 2688 Broadway, NYC
(bet. 102nd and 103rd Sts.)
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
I have the great pleasure of helping launch a new reading series curated by Ronnie Norpel, author of Baseball Karma & the Constitution Blues (Three Rooms Press) and former collaborator of Warhol right hand Gerard Malanga.
The new series takes hold Wednesday, February 16, in the Kazbar on the second floor of the Marrakech Hotel, 2688 Broadway bet. 102nd and 103rd Streets, NYC. We start at 6:30 p.m.
In addition to yours truly, the other featured readers are journalist Cella Farber, who has written extensively on HIV/AIDS and whose articles have appeared in Esquire and Spin, and the always-amazing Jackie Sheeler, author of the must-have poetry collection Earthquake Came to Harlem from New York Quarterly Books.
There will be an open reading.
That sound you're hearing right now is the call of the Master Musicians of Joujouka summoning you to the Kazbar. Heed the call or the ghosts of William Burroughs and Brion Gysin will come to your home to get you. I met William Burroughs. Trust me, you don't want his ghost showing up at your door.
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