Thursday, July 25, 2013

Interview in Coldfront Magazine

Thanks to Coldfront Magazine for this great interview with me about The Feminist Poets in Low-Cut Blouses and our upcoming appearance at the New York City Poetry Festival. Representing the Feminist Poets in Low-Cut Blouses this Sunday will be Patricia Spears Jones, Sharon Mesmer, Ron Kolm, Michael T. Young, and yours truly!

Interview with Larissa

Poetry Festival Preview: The Feminist Poets in Low-Cut Blouses

The Feminist Poets in Low-Cut Blouses
Day: Sunday
Stage: The Algonquin
Time: 1:40 PM
Interview with curator Larissa Shmailo

1. Tell us a little bit about your organization.
Founded in 1993,The Feminist Poets in Low-Cut Blouses are a loose (sic) organization of men, women, and others who bring their wit and wisdom to the poetic arts in their hometown of NYC. Together and individually, the Feminist Poets have performed on behalf of Girls Write Now, the Bread and Life Soup Kitchen, 100,000 Poets for Change, The New York City Poetry Calendar, Share Our Strength/American Express, Poets in Need, and just for the hell of having a good literary time.
2. Who is reading in your slot at the Festival and why?
Sharon Mesmer, because she has a book entitled Annoying Diabetic Bitch and is the queen of flarf; Patricia Spears Jones, because she gives us the credibility of her poetic stature; Ron Kolm, because the Feminist Poets in Low-Cut Blouses love the Unbearables (a drinking group with a writing problem) which Ron founded; Michael T. Young because his poetry is beautiful (read and listen!); and Larissa Shmailo, because I founded the organization (my poetry is available on the Web and at the links below).
3. Who else are you looking forward to seeing at the Festival?
The Poetry Brothel, Cornelius Eady, Dorothea Lasky, Todd Colby, Miguel Algarin, and absolutely nothing can happen without Bob Holman!
4. Did you attend the festival last year? If so, what was your favorite thing about it?
Yes, reading with Susan Scutti and Yuriy Tarnawsky was a blast.
5. Why is live poetry important?
It doesn’t matter whether it is important or not: I can’t live without hearing poetry read by living poets.
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Larissa Shmailo's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the Penguin anthology Words for the Wedding, the Brooklyn Rail, The Unbearables Big Book of Sex, Barrow Street, Fulcrum, Drunken Boat, Gargoyle, Cardinal Points, Lungfull, Big Bridge, Rattapallax, and About: Poetry. She was the winner of the 2009 New Century Music Awards for spoken word with music for her CD Exorcism; her first CD, The No-Net World, is heard frequently on radio and the Internet. Larissa's books of poetry are In Paran (BlazeVox) and A Cure for Suicide (Cervena Barva Press). Read her new e-book, Fib Sequence (Argotist Ebooks) at (free download).

Larissa translated the original English-language libretto of the Russian zaum opera Victory over the Sun performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; it is archived at the Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA), and the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). Most recently, she received honorable mention in the international translators' competition for the 2011 Compass Award sponsored by Princeton University. Larissa translated a bibliography of Bible translations in the languages of the Russian Empire for the American Bible Society and contributed to the anthology Contemporary Russian Poetry published by Dalkey Archive Press.

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