Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Carol Novack Tribute Party in Support of Tribes

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Contact:
Larissa Shmailo
212-712-9865
larissa_shmailo@yahoo.com

The Carol Novack
Christmas-Hannukah-Kwanzaa-Solstice-and-Atheists-Who-Love-to-Party
Tribute Party
A Gathering of the Tribes
285 East Third Street, Second Floor
New York City
Saturday, December 8, 7:00 pm to midnight
FREE! (Donation to MadHat and Tribes requested)

MadHat Honors Founder with Gala Event: The Carol Novack Christmas-Hannukah-Kwanzaa-Solstice-and-Atheists-Who-Love-to-Party Tribute Party December 8 at Tribes

MadHat honors its late founder, publisher, eclectic anti-genre writer, and lawyer Carol Novack, with a gala reading and party December 8 at New York City’s landmark multicultural arts center A Gathering of the Tribes. The event features such poetry luminaries as Andrei Codrescu, Cornelius Eady, Bob Holman, CA Conrad, Philip Nikolayev, Katia Kapovich, Steve Dalachinsky, Marc Vincenz, Larissa Shmailo, Sarah Sarai, and many others.

Leon Dewan of Dewanatron, whose Swarmatron was extensively featured in the movie The Social Network, and the Ubudis Duo, featuring cellist Jonathan Golove and Mexican musician Omer Tamez, will provide music for the evening. Posthumous collections by Hugh Fox, Primate Fox, and Carol Novack and Tom Bradley’s Felicia’s Nose will be launched in a party atmosphere with costumes, prizes, and holiday merriment.

The late Carol Novack was a writer who tested the boundaries of established literary genres and who founded the multimedia online journal Madhatters’ Review. Known for its antic, eclectic, and international spirit, the magazine quickly became a mecca for the avant garde in literature today. Today, MadHat is a book publishing press as well as a journal, led by publisher and editor-in-chief Marc Vincenz.

In the spirit of Novack, who was also a lawyer and activist who championed the arts and underrepresented causes, the Carol Novack tribute party is being held at A Gathering of the Tribes in support of poet and mentor Steve Cannon. Cannon’s Tribes is one of the few remaining institutions committed to poetry in a neighborhood once known for poetry and the arts. The embattled arts organization is currently fighting eviction from its longtime home in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

The Carol Novack gala features some of the most important voices in cutting-edge literature. Andrei Codrescu founded Exquisite Corpse: a Journal of Books & Ideas in 1983 and has taught literature and poetry at Johns Hopkins University, University of Baltimore, and Louisiana State University where he was MacCurdy Distinguished Professor of English. He has been a regular commentator on NPR's All Things Considered since 1983, and received a Peabody Award for writing and starring in the film Road Scholar.

Cornelius Eady is the author of seven volumes of poetry inspired by blues and jazz. Recently awarded honors include the Strousse Award from Prairie Schooner, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award, and individual Fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Bob Holman is an American poet most closely identified with the oral tradition, spoken word, and slam poetry. As a promoter of poetry in many media, including the legendary Bowery Poetry Club, Holman’s current project is a PBS special on endangered languages. He is a visiting professor at Columbia University.

“The son of white trash asphyxiation,” CA Conrad’s childhood included “selling cut flowers along the highway for my mother and helping her shoplift.” He is the author of several popular books of poetry including The Book of Frank and is a 2011 PEW Fellow, a 2012 RADAR and UCROSS Fellow, and a 2013 Banff Fellow.

Philip Nikolayev and Katia Kapovich, husband and wife, are Russian émigrés bilingually active in literature in both the United States and the Russian Federation. Considered leaders in the experimental poetry movement, they are publishers of the landmark literary annual Fulcrum.

In keeping with MadHat’s international outlook, new publisher and executive editor Marc Vincenz was born in Hong Kong to Swiss-British parents. An English-German bi-lingual collection of his poems Additional Breathing Exercises is to be released by Wolfbach, Zurich (2013) and a full-length collection, Mao’s Moles, is forthcoming from NeoPoiesis Press (2013). Marc is Executive Editor of MadHat Press and Mad Hatters’ Review.

Larissa Shmailo is an award-winning poet and a Russian translator known for her original zaum translations of Alexei Kruchenych. Her books and CDs include The No-Net World and In Paran.

Please read the Carol Novack Tribute issue of Madhatters’ Review at here

The Carol Novack Christmas-Hannukah-Kwanzaa-Solstice-and-Atheists-Who-Love-to-Party Tribute Party is a free event. Donations will be requested in support of MadHat and A Gathering of the Tribes. Wine and beer will be sold, with proceeds to go to MadHat and A Gathering of the Tribes.

For more information about the event, which will be recorded for the television show Poetry Thin Air, please contact Larissa Shmailo at 212-712-9865 or larissa_shmailo@yahoo.com

The Carol Novack Christmas-Hannukah-Kwanzaa-Solstice-and-Atheists-Who-Love-to-Party Tribute Party
A Gathering of the Tribes
285 East Third Street, Second Floor
New York City
Saturday, December 8, 7:00 pm to midnight
Free!(Donation requested)
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