Tuesday, May 15, 2012

MONDO BUMMER Reading in NYC on May 29

MONDO BUMMER authors Jedidiah Clarke, Thom Donovan, Brenda Iijima, Lauren Ireland, Lily Ladewig, Nate Logan, Kendra Grant Malone, Thurston Moore, Matthew Savoca, Sparrow, Leigh Stein, Adam Tobin, Zack Tuck, and Anna Vitale are reading at ACA Galleries in New York City on Tuesday, May 29. This free event starts at 6 p.m. sharp, and features a performance by Brooklyn's own La Défense. The reading is presented by Boog City, as part of the d.a. levy lives: celebrating the renegade press series. There will be wine and cheese.

ACA Galleries address is: 529 West 20th Street, 5th floor, New York, NY 10011

Mondo Bummer is a chapbook press that publishes poetry and fiction in a disappointing way. Founded in Ann Arbor, Mich. in 2009, it currently operates out of San Francisco.

**Jedidiah Clarke
Jedidiah Clarke is a writer from Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. Right now Clarke is in the process of adapting several of his short plays to film, and is also working hard to compile a database of his humorous short movie reviews, approximately 300 of which can be seen on his website. His goal is to reach 500 by year-end. On June 15 and 16, he will premiere some new plays at Space on White.

**Thom Donovan
Thom Donovan edits the weblog Wild Horses Of Fire, now in its 7th year. His book, The Hole (Displaced Press), can be purchased through Small Press Distribution. He is currently revising and editing a book of essays and statements, provisionally titled "Sovereignty and Us."

**Brenda Iijima
Brenda Iijima is the author of Around Sea, Animate, Inanimate Aims, revv. you’ll—ution, and If Not Metamorphic. Her forthcoming book, Early Linoleum, will be published by Say it with Stones Press this year. She runs Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs from Brooklyn.

**Lauren Ireland
Lauren Ireland grew up in southern Maryland and coastal Virginia. She is the author of two chapbooks: Sorry It's So Small (Factory Hollow Press) and Olga & Fritz (Mondo Bummer Press). Her favorite album is Willie Nelson's Stardust. She lives on Alabama Street in San Francisco.

**La Défense 
La Défense is Hillary (guitar, vocals) and Lydia (drums). They began developing their accessibly off-kilter girl punk sound in weekly bedroom jam sessions in October 2009, and have since performed at Brooklyn's Northside Festival, as well as venues including Death by Audio, Public Assembly, and Zebulon in Williamsburg, and Pianos and Cakeshop in Manhattan. Their songs are fast and fun. Distorted guitar chords, pop punk beats, and simple melodies. Kind of like the Ramones meets your mom's cherry pie.

**Lily Ladewig
Lily Ladewig is the author of The Silhouettes (SpringGun Press). Recent poems have been published in aesthetix, Bone Bouquet, Horse Less Review, Sixth Finch, and Spinning Jenny. She lives in Brooklyn.

Nathan Logan's latest chapbook is Arby's Combo Roundup (Mondo Bummer). He edits Spooky Girlfriend Press and is a Ph.D. candidate in creative writing at the University of North Texas.

**Kendra Grant Malone
Kendra Grant Malone was born in 1984. Her first book of poetry, Everything is Quiet, was published by Scrambler Books. Her second book of poetry, Morocco, co-written with Matthew Savoca, was published by Dark Sky Books. She lives in Brooklyn. 
Thurston Moore is founder of Sonic Youth and other bands (dim stars, northampton wools, chelsea light moving). Moore edits Ecstatic Peace Poetry Journal and publishes new poetry from his Flowers and Cream press. Recent poetry published by Angry Dog, Salt, and Water Row Books. He is on this year's (and last's) faculty at the Summer Writing Workshop at Naropa University and drives a beat up Infiniti.

**Matthew Savoca
Matthew Savoca was born in 1982 in Pennsylvania. He wrote the book long love poem with descriptive title (Scrambler Books) and co-wrote the book Morocco with Kendra Grant Malone (Dark Sky Books). His newest book "I don't know," I said will be released by Publishing Genius Press later this year.

Sparrow lives in the hamlet of Phoenicia, N.Y. Every day he practices the recorder. Three of his books have been published by Soft Skull Press, incuding America: A Prophecy, A Sparrow Reader. Sparrow is in the antinomian pop band, Foamola. He often writes for GroundReport.

**Leigh Stein
Leigh Stein is the author of four chapbooks of poetry and a novel, The Fallback Plan (Melville House Press). Her first full-length poetry collection, Dispatch from the Future, is forthcoming from Melville House in July.

**Adam Tobin
Adam Tobin owns and operates Unnameable Books, a new and used bookstore in Brooklyn. He has written chapbooks and pamphlets which have been published by for words press, horse less press, Mondo Bummer, and The Weekly Weakling. Poems have appeared in Eoagh, Fence, and Foxy, among others.

**Zack Tuck
Z. Tuck has only ever lived places that were once part of Mexico. Z. Tuck has been published in Come Hither, The Seven Strangest Stories about the Seven Saddest Seas, Try!, and the forthcoming Eoagh Trans and Genderqueer Anthology. Z. Tuck co-curated the successful Condensery Reading series in Oakland. Z. Tuck is currently working on a manuscript titled "Renata Descartes Dreamed of Attending High School."

**Anna Vitale
Some of Anna Vitale's writing can be found in Abraham Lincoln, Model Homes, P-Queue, and The Brooklyn Rail. Her first two books are Breaststa and Anna Vitale's Pop Poems. She's working on two longer books, Dreams and Anna Vitale's Autobiography. She's an editor of textsound.org with Laura Wetherington.

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