Category Archives: events

A Winter Book Release and Reading: Jon Chopan, Kevin Pilkington, and David Rigsbee

Celebrate the release of Jon Chopan’s novel PULLED FROM THE RIVER at the Bowery Poetry Club! Special guests David Rigsbee (THE PILOT HOUSE) and Kevin Pilkington (THE UNEMPLOYED MAN WHO BECAME A TREE).
$8 cover gets you $4 off any book.
Merriment guaranteed!

Sunday, December 18, 10pm
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery, NY NY

Marc McKee Book Party

Marc McKee, author of the new poetry collection Fuse, is throwing a book party to celebrate its release. Join him!

Saturday, October 22, 7:00pm
Columbia Art League
207 S. 9th St., Columbia, Missouri.

Bowery Poetry Club and Brooklyn Book Festival: This weekend!

Black Lawrence Press is celebrating Fall with a spectacular literary weekend: on Saturday night, we’ll host a reading at the historic Bowery Poetry Club, featuring Erica Wright, Patrick Michael Finn, and Yelizaveta Renfro. On Sunday, BLP will be at the Brooklyn Book Festival, showing off all of our new and backlist titles! Several authors will stop by to sign books as well.

We can’t wait for the festivities. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, September 17
6:00 pm; $8 cover
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery (between Houston and Bleecker)
Yelizaveta Renfro (A Catalogue of Everything in the World)
Patrick Michael Finn (From the Darkness Right Under Our Feet)
Erica Wright (Instructions for Killing the Jackal)

Sunday, September 18
Brooklyn Book Festival
Brooklyn Borough Hall
Booth 144
10am – 6pm; Free admission

Michele Battiste: Schedule of Summer Events

If you haven’t had a chance to see Michele Battiste, author of the poetry collection Ink for an Odd Cartography, read her work, now’s your chance–and don’t miss out, because her performances are electric! (Oh, and you can buy a copy of her book here.)

Tuesday, June 28, 7pm
Poets in Nassau
Bellmore Public Library
2288 Bedford Avenue, Bellmore, NY


Wednesday, June 29, 6pm
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
New York, NY
Angelo Verga and Michele Battiste

Thursday, July 12, 7:30pm
Boulder Bookstore
1107 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO

Thursday, August 4, 7pm
Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe
1203 13th Street, Boulder, CO

TJ Beitelman: Busking Poems & Inspiring Others

BLP poet TJ Beitelman, author of the prize-winning chapbook Pilgrims: A Love Story, is awesome: check out this fantastic video of him busking poems in Birmingham, AL. He’s also giving fans several opportunities to see him read live in the next few weeks:  On April 1, he’ll read at the Slash Pine Poetry Festival in Tuscaloosa; on April 15, he’ll be at the Montevallo Literary Festival at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, AL, where he’ll read and also conduct a master class for middle school and high school language arts teachers on incorporating creative writing into their classes; and May 6-8 he’ll team with a pair of doctors to conduct a workshop/writing retreat in Birmingham, where the focus will be on how palliative health care professionals can use creative writing and new media (specifically blogging) in their practices.

If you haven’t had a chance to read Pilgrims yet, head on over to the BLP website and pick up a copy–it’s the perfect way to kick off Spring!

Black Lawrence Press at AWP

Black Lawrence Press is excited to be back at AWP, and we invite you to stop by our table: we’ll be with our parent company, Dzanc, at tables A16, A17, and A18. Not only will we feature a ton of fantastic poetry, fiction, nonfiction and translation titles, we’re showing off some of our talented authors, both at table book signings and at our off-site event at Meze on Thursday night.

Book Signings:

Thursday, Feb. 3 @ 1:30pm: Laura McCullough, author of Speech Acts

Thursday, Feb. 3 @ 3pm: Deborah Clearman, author of Todos Santos

Friday, Feb. 4 @ 11am: Shelley Puhak, author of Stalin in Aruba

Friday, Feb. 4 @ 2pm: Michael Hemmingson, author of Pictures of Houses With Water Damage

Saturday, Feb. 5 @ 12pm: Rachel Galvin, author of Pulleys & Locomotion

 BLP Party:

We’re hosting an off-site event at Meze on Thursday, February 3, from 8-11pm. Join us for a cocktail and a fantastic slate of readings: poet Laura McCullough (Speech Acts), fiction writer Michael Hemmingson (Pictures of Houses With Water Damage), poet Marcela Sulak (Immigrant) and nonfiction writer Louella Bryant (While In Darkness, There Is Light). We hope to see you there!

Deborah Clearman to Read in NYC on 2/26

Deborah Clearman, author of the novel Todos Santos, will read in New York City on February 26th at 7:00 PM. Join us for the event!

Address: Greenwich House, 47 Barrow (between 7th Ave. and Bedford St.)

Jerusalem Poetry Slam

Marcela Sulak, author of Immigrant will take part in the first monthly poetry slam hosted by the US Embassy’s American Center in Jerusalem.

Date: January 6th, 8:30 PM
Location: 19 Keren Hayesod Street, Jerusalem


BLP Authors Tina Egnoski and Laura McCullough Read on Tuesday!

Two fantastic BLP authors have brand-new books on the shelf this winter: fiction writer Tina Egnoski, whose title Perishables won the Fall 2008 Black River Chapbook Competition, and poet Laura McCullough, whose full-length collection, Speech Acts, was lauded as “manic, heartfelt and humane” by Tony Hoagland. Both authors will be reading from their new work this Tuesday, December 14, at Perch Cafe in Brooklyn. We hope to see you there!

Perch Cafe: 365 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. 7:30pm start.

Lisa Fay Coutley Reads in Salt Lake City

Black Lawrence Press author, Lisa Fay Coutley, will read with poets Luke Johnson, dawn lonsinger, and Matthew Kelsey in celebration of their inclusion in Best New Poets 2010.  The reading is scheduled for Friday, December 3rd (7pm) at Ken Sanders Rare Books (268 South 200 East) in Salt Lake City, UT.

Coutley’s chapbook, In the Carnival of Breathing, won the Fall 2009 Black River Chapbook Competition and is forthcoming in mid-2011.