Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


The City Paper selected me as Best Poet. There I am right between Best Karaoke and Best Jukebox. AL Nielsen blogs it here.

Monday, April 21, 2008

et aussi

Rod Smith & Rodney Koeneke
April 27, 2008 06:00PM
Zinc Bar
90 West Houston

Sunday, April 20, 2008

FLARF IS LIFE 4/24-26/08

2008 Holistic Expo & Peace Conference

Film, neo-benshi, and theater by:

Brandon Downing: Two new short films
Rob Fitterman: Film: Bisquick / Bismarck
Nada Gordon: Neo-benshi: "Uzumaki"
Mitch Highfill: Play: "The Secret History of the '60s"
Rodney Koeneke: Neo-benshi: "Mary Poppins"
Michael Magee: Play: "William Logan: A Sedentary Life"
K. Silem Mohammad & Gary Sullivan: Play: "Chain: A Dialog"
Kim Rosenfield: Neo-benshi: "Meglio Stasera / The Libido Theory"

FRIDAY, APR 25, 7:00 P.M., 300 Bowery, buzz "Sherry/Thomas," FREE
Publication party for new books and DVDs by:

Brandon Downing: Dark Brandon (DVD)
Mitch Highfill: Moth Light
Sharon Mesmer: Virgin Formica
K. Silem Mohammad: Breathalyzer
Mel Nichols: Bicycle Day
Rod Smith: Deed
Gary Sullivan: PPL in a Depot

A Segue reading to benefit Bowery Arts and Sciences, featuring:

Shanna Compton
Katie Degentesh
Benjamin Friedlander
Drew Gardner
Nada Gordon
Mitch Highfill
Rodney Koeneke
Michael Magee
Sharon Mesmer
K. Silem Mohammad
Mel Nichols
Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl
James Sherry
Rod Smith
Christina Strong

With music by the Drew Gardner Orchestra and The Saw Lady. Hosted by Brandon Downing and Gary Sullivan.

This benefit reading will help keep Segue readings at an affordable $6.

Saturday, April 19, 2008


@ District of Columbia Arts Center

3:00PM, April 20, 2008




2438 18th Street NW, WDC

Thursday, April 10, 2008

'Let Freedom Ring'

'Let Freedom Ring'
Art and Democracy in the King Years, 1954 – 1968

A Literary Symposium and Festival
Georgetown University
April 15, 16, & 17, 2008

Poetry & fiction readings, lectures, & round-table discussions

Amiri Baraka • Jayne Cortez • Michael Eric Dyson
Lawrence Guyot • Vincent Harding • Haki Madhubuti
E. Ethelbert Miller • Sonia Sanchez • Valerie Smith • Eleanor Traylor
& other artists, scholars, and activists . . .

Inman/Orange 4-12

Saturday, April 12, 8:00 pm
P. Inman and Tom Orange
@ Pyramid Atlantic
8230 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland

Friday, April 04, 2008

2008 Holistic Expo & Peace Conference

New @ Bridge Street

Stein, Scalapino, Creeley, Moriarty, Nichols, Mesmer, &&&

Cole Swensen & Thalia Field

i.e. reading series

Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m.

2225 Hargrove Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

Thursday, April 03, 2008


Look at that schedule for the Church!

Breathalyzer in Time Out New York

"Early in Breathalyzer (Edge, $15), the new book by Flarfist K. Silem Mohammad, we meet vomiting swans, and the volume ends with a guy who'threw up on the sun.'"

Contemporary Russian Poetry @ Bridge St 4/6

We're gonna have a gang o' fun.

Sunday, April 6, 7:00 pm
Evgeny Bunimovich, Elena Fanailova, & Yuli Gugolev
@ Bridge Street Books

Evgeny Bunimovich was born in 1954 in Moscow. He is the author of seven books of poetry, including Yestestvenniy otbor [Natural Selection] (Moscow: MIKPRO, 2001), which won the Moscow Prize in Literature and Art, and, most recently, Yezhednevnik [Daily Journal] (Moscow: OGI, 2006). He is a recipient of the Order of Academic Palms (France) and President of the Moscow International Festival of Poets. As a columnist for Novaya Gazyeta, he won the Best Individual Style in Journalism Prize and the Union of Journalists of Russia Prize. He teaches mathematics, and has authored several textbooks, He is Chairman of the Moscow City Duma Education Department.

Elena Fanailova was born in 1962 in the Voronezhskaya region. She is the author of Puteshestvie [Travels] (St. Petersburg: Severo-Zapad — Mitin zhurnal, 1994), S osobym tsinizmom [With Particular Cynicism] (Moscow: NLO, 2000), Transilvaniya bespokoit [Transylvania is Worrisome] (Moscow: OGI, 2002), and Russkaya versiya [Russian Version] (Moscow: Zapasniy Vykhod, 2005). An English translation of her work is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse. She is the winner of the Andrei Bely Prize (1999) and the Moskovskiy schyot Grand Prize 2003). She works as a journalist for the Moscow bureau of Radio Svoboda.

Yuli Gugolev was born in 1964 in Moscow. He is a translator and the author of two books of poetry: Polnoe. Sobranie sochineniy [Complete Works] (Moscow: OGI, 2000) and Komandirovochnye predpisaniya [Official Instructions] (Moscow: Novoe izdatel'stvo, 2006), which won the Moskovskiy schyot Grand Prize. He works in the regional division of the International Commission of the Red Cross in the Russian Federation.


Bridge Street Books is located 5 blocks from Foggy Bottom Metro, next to Four Seasons in Georgetown at the end of M street open Monday - Saturday: 10:30am - 9pm Sunday: 12pm - 8pm (202) 965-5200

Electric Possible 4/6

I'm quite pleased to be included in this-- Buck did it a few years ago & wow it was good. Come on out!

El Possible Fifth Anniversary Show
Sunday, April 6
Experimental Voiceworks with Jenny Graf, BLK w/BEAR & Croniamantal

Croniamantal--The resurrection of El Possible's first lab project:: electro-acoustic free improvisors joined with one avant-garde poet. For this incarnation: Jeff Bagato--cheesy keyboard; Amber Dunleavy--theremin; Layne Garrett--guitar, found stuff; Pat Gillis--modular synth; Paolo Vallodolid--cello; Rod Smith--bard.

Jenny Graf--Baltimore based musician (and art professor!) Jenny Graf Sheppard creates vivid, compelling soundworlds using intuitive/primitive homebrewed electronic (including stuff made by Pete Blasser), guitar, and voice. Jenny is one-half the famed noise duos Harrius (with Chiara Giovando, LP on Ehse records) and Metallux (with MV Carbon, recordings on Hanson, Load, and 5RC/Kill Rock Stars). This is a rare solo set, not to be missed!

BLK w/BEAR--Towering drone science from DC's Jim Adams, formed from Voice-o-Graph records and other sound sources. Voice-O-Graph was a "photo booth" type recording station where people could record anything they wanted and get a record out of the machine. Jim will be joined by a cellist and bassist.

$5--all money goes to the artists!
8:00 pm, Sunday, April 6, 2008
Phillips Hall, 801 22nd St, NW
Rm B 120 (in the basement)
(22nd and H Streets/GW Metro)