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POPSICKLE 2013 - Saturday, June 22nd at LaunchPad

Sunday, May 12th, 2013


POPSICKLE 2013 — our fourth yearly installment! — returns on June 22nd. This year, Popsickle will be taking over the wonderful LaunchPad for the day of the reading. LaunchPad is a community arts space in Crown Heights, Brooklyn; they regularly run a vast array of programming that includes screenings, music, visual art shows, multimedia, and — yes — readings (in fact, the Renegade Reading Series calls LaunchPad home). In addition to the indoor space, they have a wonderful backyard. All in all, we would say everything bodes well for an all-day summer reading . . .


Participating reading series and Brooklyn institutions include Hatchet Job, Highwaymen NYC, Fireside Follies, Shitluck Reading Series, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Renegade Reading Series, Bushwick Sweethearts, Triple Canopy, Moonshot Magazine, and others. Check back for updates, including the schedule.


Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

We know that Bratty Poets Series will be on POParazzi duty tomorrow, taking in all your sartorial amazingness — but what exactly is Bratty Fashion? The BPs put together some visual advice… click through.

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Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

First, and most importantly, we’re on for tomorrow afternoon! Our schedule kicks off at noon and runs all afternoon — heat wave or no — until 8 p.m. or so. Hope to see you there!


In case you needed a little more enticement, we spoke with Kirk Bromley of Between the Frog & Conch, one of the series who’ll be there tomorrow.


First, could you talk briefly about Between the Frog and Conch? How’d it come about, and what’s its general philosophy?

We have been doing plays in our house for a while, but we love poetry, so we thought we’d do a reading series. It came about because I like Fence Magazine and I asked Rebecca Wolff if we could do something at our space, and she gave me her email list so I got some poets to come and it all flowed from that.

How’d you get started as a writer and playwright? Did one come before the other, or did they evolve together?

I was a poet at first, but that got lonely, so I thought I’d have people read my poems to me, and once others were in the room, I was a de facto playwright.

What are your thoughts about Brooklyn’s literary/theater scenes and how they’ve developed over the years you’ve been part of them, especially lately?

I think poets need to speak more to be understood and theater people need to speak more to be misunderstood, and I think the scene could really explode.

What would you say are your greatest influences these days?

Yoga, national parks, gardening, my daughters, my girlfriend

You’ve mentioned in past interviews that there’s been an increasingly (for lack of a better word) political bent to much of your work over the last few years. How much (if at all!) is this still the case?

It’s still completely the case, though I’m trying to get away from it. Or at least I’m trying to expand what I sense as political. I’m working on a five play cycle right now that is entirely political, but at the level of working with the personality as something that is incidentally, not inherently, political, which is a good step for me, since I can get rather glum and bitchy if I let myself think otherwise.

What draws you to a particular writer or actor when you’re curating? What’s the process like?

People send me poems and I pick them because they’re smart, fun, different. I’m working on having different gauges, but that takes time.

What’s up your sleeve for Saturday’s reading?

So much. Gary Heidt and a random audience member will get married through the struggle of simultaneously but not repetitively reading one of his puzzle poems; Eve, the first woman, will present her sexy snarky monster ipad voice; Justin Bieber will be appearing (in cardboard cutout form) with a two man band behind him to read a poem about how he worships apes; and in place of a parody of Ariana Reines, which has been pulled from the event because she was upset her name was being used without her consent, I will read an apologia poem explaining why I’d planned on parodying her and what I think it means for “Hustler vs. Jerry Falwell.”

Finally, anything good recently — theater, fiction, poetry, anything — that you’d like to recommend to readers or attendees?

http://nextdoororganics.com/, http://www.bigdancetheater.org/, http://biologicaldiversity.org/

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Paul Legault is reading tomorrow at 2 PM alongside Annie Horanyi, Lisa Ciccarello and Robert Tumas.

Here he is reading for the Boston Review:



Paul is a Brooklyn-based poet and is a co-founder of the translation press Telephone Books. His writing has been published in The Awl, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Field, Pleiades and other journals.

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Aubrie  Marrin


“The body gives off
and the body gives off

(from  “Still Life,” at ILK)


Aubrie Marrin is a poet. She lives and works in Brooklyn but she is from upstate New York. She will read for PeopleHerd in the 1-2PM hour. Here are some links to her work.


Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Monica McClure

Monica McClure is a poet and graduate of New York University’s MFA program. She’ll be reading at 7 p.m. with Laurie Weeks and Dan Magers! Some of her work’s below:

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Sampson Starkweather is a poet who’ll be reading at 3 p.m. Saturday.

His work includes the chapbooks The Heart is Green from So Much Waiting (Immaculate Disciples Press), City of Moths (Rope-a-Dope Press) and The Photograph (Horse Less Press). He also co-founded the independent poetry press Birds, LLC.

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Laurie Weeks

Laurie Weeks is a New York-based author whose debut novel, Zipper Mouth, was released last year. Her work has appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and The New Fuck You: Adventures in Lesbian Reading. She’ll read at 7 p.m. with Dan Magers and Monica McClure.

She has also appeared in a Le Tigre song. (Backstory!)

I’d mark the author event number one in terms of importance. I wouldn’t have a career if I didn’t do readings; it’s as much a part of the work as the words on the page.

It depends on what kind of writer you are, but for me it’s important to read anywhere and everywhere, to honor the invitation. That’s where you take the risks and make the discoveries. Face down the fear so you can connect.

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Ryan Doyle May

Ryan Doyle May is a Brooklyn-based writer and actor with an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School. Hew’ll be reading at noon with Bridge Collaboration and KD Henley!

May wrote the chapbook The Anatomy of Gray and has starred in 2011′s August, a short film selected for that year’s Cannes Film Festival.

August from Anya Bergstedt Jordanova on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Eduardo C. Corral

Eduardo C. Corral is a poet who’s teasingly called himself “the love child of Robert Hayden and Federico García Lorca.” His work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, jubilat, New England Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and Post Road. He’ll be reading at 6 p.m. with Eve, Meghann Plunkett and Daniel Long.

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