Yardmeter XIX, Saturday, May 28th, 7 p.m.

Please come to our nineteenth event
in a wonderful building that will soon no longer exist.

Yardmeter 19 presents:

art by
Ingrid Butterer,
readings by
Mark Wallace,
Steven Karl
Marisa Crawford,
and music by
Marina Zee.

All this will happen in Shelton Walsmith's studio
Saturday, May 28, 7pm.
Please bring your favorite beverages.

About our presenters:

Ingrid Butterer lives in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. She attended the BFA program at University of Michigan and the Ed. M program at Teachers College, Columbia University where she is currently working on her doctorate in Art and Art Education. Ingrid’s research focuses on the nature of material exploration activity as it relates to adolescent artistic development. Her art work has been exhibited in the Midwest, New York and Japan and can be found in private collections in Australia, Japan and the United States. Ingrid works as a public school art teacher in Brooklyn.

Mark Wallace is the author of a number of books and chapbooks of poetry, fiction, and criticism. Temporary Worker Rides A Subway won the 2002 Gertrude Stein Poetry Award and was published by Green Integer Books. He is the author of a multi-genre work, Haze, and a novel, Dead Carnival. His critical articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, and along with Steven Marks, he edited Telling It Slant: Avant Garde Poetics of the 1990s (University of Alabama Press), a collection of 26 essays by different writers. Most recently he has published a collection of tales, Walking Dreams (2007), and a book of poems, Felonies of Illusion (2008). He teaches at California State University San Marcos.

Marisa Crawford is the author of The Haunted House from the feminist poetry press Switchback Books. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Action Yes, La Fovea, Columbia Poetry Review, Black Clock and Bone Bouquet. Marisa is an editor of Small Desk Press and a writing mentor with Girls Write Now. She lives in Brooklyn. Find her work online at marisacrawfordforever.com.

Steven Karl is the author of the chapbooks, emissions/ of (H_NGM_N, 2011), (Ir)Rational Animals (Flying Guillotine Press, 2010) and State(s) of Flux w/ Joseph Lappie (Peptic Robot Press, 2009). He has poems in or forthcoming from EOAGH, With +Stand, pax americana, Taiga, Jellyfish and collaborative poems with Angela Veronica Wong in Super Arrow. In one way or another, he is involved with Sink Review, Cold Front Magazine, Borough Writing Workshops and Stain of Poetry. He sometimes blogs at stevenkarl.blogspot.com.

Marina Zee is a 15 year-old Vocal Major at LaGuardia Arts High School. She is an aspiring singer/songwriter and hopes to release an independent debut EP this fall. Since she was 2 Marina has been deathly afraid of pigeons and clowns, but has yet to write songs about that. She is, however, immersed in the usual teenage angst soup which has provided some inspiration for her songwriting. She hopes, when she grows up and has some life experience, she'll write memorable songs like some of her idols: Alanis Morissette, Lily Allen, John Mayer, and Carole King. In her spare time she enjoys blogging on Tumblr, vintage shopping, and exploring NYC with her friends. Her website is under construction, but you can check out her YouTube channel here.

Yardmeter XVlll, Saturday 16th, 7P.M.

Please join us for our 2 year anniversary!!

Yardmeter 18 presenters will respond to the Wizard of Oz:

poetry readings by

Molly Dorozenski, Ian Dreiblatt, Corinne Fitzpatrick, Lily Ladewig, Deborah Poe,
Christie Ann Reynolds, Anelise Chen, Cate Peebles, Nada Gordon, Shangxing Wang, Margaret Monaghan and Macgregor Card.
Music by Jimmy Ohio.
Artwork by Adrian Domenech Moore.
Cake by Karyn Kwok.

This all happens Saturday, April 16th, 7:00 p.m. sharp!
Please bring bubbly beverages!

About our presenters:

Molly Dorozenski lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and attended the MFA program at UMASS-Amherst. Her poems have been published in the Boston Review, Conduit, Spinning Jenny, notnostrums, American Letters & Commentary, Gulf Coast, and other places. She is, with Lauren Ireland, the co-founder of Best Fucking Friends Press, which produces hand printed broadsides in limited editions, and she is an editorial assistant at Lungfull! Magazine. She works for Greenpeace.

Ian Dreiblatt is a poet, translator, musician, constitutional scholar, and all-around big talker. His poems appear in periodicals periodically, and in the artist's book hoc me fefecit / [image] with Kerry Downey. His translation of Nikolai Leskov's lost classicThe Enchanted Wanderer is forthcoming from Melville House Publishing, and his co-translation of Larisa Shepit'ko's unknown mind-explosion 1 PM in the Morning will be screening at the Spectacle Theater this May. His favorite exclamations include Trailing clouds of glory! and Boom! Calzone.He lives in Brooklyn; he is like you.

Corrine Fitzpatrick is a poet who has work must recently published in Lungfull!, Plebella, and Stuffed Crust. Lily Ladewig is the author of the chapbooks You Are My Favorite Person of the Year (Mondo Bummer Press) and, with Anne Cecelia Holmes, I Am a Natural Wonder (Blue Hour Press). Recent poems have been published or are forthcoming in Conduit, Denver Quarterly, No Tell Motel, Salt Hill, andSUPERMACHINE.

Deborah Poe is author of the poetry collections Elements(Stockport Flats Press 2010) and Our Parenthetical Ontology (CustomWords 2008). Deborah’s writing is forthcoming or has recently appeared in Bone Bouquet, Jacket Magazine, No Contest, Fact-Simile Magazine, Peaches & Bats, Sidebrow, Colorado Review and Denver Quarterly. Deborah is fiction editor of Drunken Boat and is also curator of the annual Handmade/Homemade Exhibit at Pace University, Westchester. For more information, please visit www.deborahpoe.com

Christie Ann Reynolds has an MFA in Poetry from The New School. She is the author of three chapbooks: idiot heart (New School University Chapbook Competition), Girl Boy Girl Boy (The Corresponding Society) and Revenge Poems(Supermachine.) Christie Ann teaches writing at Hofstra University and is a co-curator of the poetry reading series at Goodbye Blue Monday in Brooklyn. Her work is forthcoming or can be found in Barrelhouse, Big Lucks, BlazeVox, LIT, Sink Review and Small Doggies. You can hear her at listenparty.org.

Anelise Chen has a difficult time with her internet presence, it causes her a lot of anxiety, because these birds and buses are like always screeching in her apartment in Chinatown, and she’s like “Mom, this soundtrack you got me isn’t comforting at all,” and so Mom sends another one called “Buddha Sounds” and then “Meditation Garden” and then the landscape becomes more jagged and the altitude appropriate and the wind is whooshing through bamboo groves, picking up hints of lovely T’ang era flute songs. And this is how she ended up at NYU, getting an MFA in Fiction, like all the millions of kids with arrested development in the western world. You can find her online or elsewhere, probably walking around New York City, listening to books on tape.

Margaret Monaghan received her M.F.A. from Columbia University. She won the Iowa Review prize in Poetry, and her poems have appeared in Typo, The Iowa Review, and The Boston Review. She edits Love Among the Ruins and writes film scripts, including the feature, Make Yourself at Home, a.k.a. Fetish.

Cate Peebles co-edits the online magazine, Fou, and her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in journals including Boston Review, Lit, Tin House, CutBank, Octopus, Cannibal, No Tell Motel, and Forklift, Ohio, among others. She is the author of the e-chapbook, Taco Truck to Awesometown (Scantily Clad Press, 2009) and a recipient of an Artist Grant from the Vermont Studio Center. She lives in Brooklyn and works as a cheesemonger at Murray's Cheese.

Shanxing Wang's first book, Mad Science in Imperial City, was published by Futurepoem Books in 2005 and subsequently won the 2006 Asian American Literary Award for Poetry. He has since been doing extensive research for and made numerous failed attempts to start his second book, provisionally entitled, "Towards Apparent Event Horizon."

Nada Gordon is the author of Folly, V. Imp, Are Not Our Lowing Heifers Sleeker than Night-Swollen Mushrooms?, foriegnn bodie, Swoon, and Scented Rushes. A founding member of the Flarf Collective, she practices poetry, song, dance, dressmaking, and image manipulation as deep entertainment. She blogs at ululate.blogspot.com.

Macgregor Card lives in Queens. A new chapbook, The Archers, just came out from Song Cave. His first full collection, Duties of an English Foreign Secretary, was published in December 2009 by Fence Books. Poems are recent, a little old, or forthcoming in Poor Claudia, Supermachine, Lungfull!, Vlak, Brooklyn Review, The Brooklyn Rail, notnostrums, Poem-a-Day, EOAGH, Hannah & The Recluse. From 1997-2005 he co-edited The Germ: A Journal of Poetic Research with Andrew Maxwell. He teaches poetry at Pratt Institute, and programs Monday nights at The Poetry Project.

Jimmy Ohio works in variety of media including film, music, and performance. After studying experimental sound recording at The Art Institute of Chicago, he spent eight years in Detroit working with inner-city arts based non-profits. You can catch him preforming music in NYC these days. www.facebook.com/jimmyohio

Adrian Domenech Moore was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1999. He moved to Brooklyn in 2008 with his family. He is a child of books, with an early interest in graphics, signage and non verbal communication. Since the age of two he has been an avid illustrator.

Karyn Kwok is a pastry chef and animator from Vancouver. You can see her culinary wizardry at www.kakesnyc.com

Yardmeter XVII, Saturday, March 26th, 7:30 p.m.

Please join us for another great event!

Yardmeter 17 presents:

poetry readings

by Dan Magers and Francesca Chabrier,

a Max Ernst presentation

by Keith Newton,

and an operatic collaborative performance

combining the music and visuals

of Rusty Banks and Karen Graffeo.

All this happens at Shelton Walsmith's studio,

Saturday, March 26th, 7:30 p.m.

Please bring festive beverages.

About our presenters:

Karen Graffeo is an active multi-media artist creating work in both experimental and documentary photography including a 6 year-long photo/essay documentation of Roma (Gypsy) refugee encampments in Europe. She also does performance and installation based works. She has had numerous national and international solo exhibitions, including a teaching and installation residency at Ulster Art Academy in Belfast Northern Ireland and a lecture and exhibition that will open March 2007 at SACI University in Florence, Italy. She has toured the continuing documentary exhibition “Let Us Now Praise the Rom” i.e. (Gypsy) in Paris and in Ithaca, New York. Karen's work has been published in Aperture Magazine, Contemporary Southern Photographers, Number Magazine, The Seven Virtues of Photography, Black and White, in the books Visions of Angels (Smithmark Publishers, 1996, edited by Nelson Blancourt), Our Grandmothers (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 1998), as well as in several literary journals and web based publications.

Rusty Banks (b.1974) is a composer, guitarist, and educator born in Jasper, AL and living in Mountville, PA. His compositions have been performed in China, Italy, Canada, and throughout the United States. Besides writing concert music for ballet, orchestra, and acoustic ensembles, Rusty “designs” pieces that use traditional performers, boomboxes, and video within dynamic audio/video installations. His music is thoroughly modern with an emphasis on beauty and invention. As a guitarist, Rusty is an often called upon interpreter of new works for the concert guitar. Besides modern works, Rusty has performed much of the traditional solo repertoire as well as concerti with Lincoln Symphony, the Third Chair Chamber Players, Doane Orchestra, and others. As an educator, Rusty has taught composition, theory, guitar, and music business courses privately and for universities. His educational endeavors are driven by a desire to involve learners in projects that transcend the semester and the campus walls and impact the community beyond. At Millersville University, Rusty teaches Popular Music, Music and Culture, Electronic Music, and Music Business.

Dan Magers is the founder and editor of Sink Review, an online poetry journal, as well as Immaculate Disciples Press, a chapbook press specializing in poetry and poetry/visual arts collaborations. He is the author of White-Collar Worker: I am a Destiny, an online poetry chapbook published by H_NGM_N Portable Document Format Chapbook series. He lives in Brooklyn.

Francesca Chabrier is the interviews editor for jubilat. Her work appears or is forthcoming in places like notnostrums, Sixth Finch, Forklift, Ohio, Wolf in a Field and Action, Yes. Her collaborations with Christopher Cheney can be found in GlitterPony. Her chapbook, The Axioms, is forthcoming from Pilot Books. She lives in a valley on a hill.

Keith Newton’s writing has appeared in Denver Quarterly, 1913, Harvard Review, Konundrum Engine, and Typo, among other journals, and his chapbook of poems Sent Forth to Die in a Happy City was published in 2009 by Cannibal Books. He is co-editor of The Harp & Altar Anthology (Ellipsis Press, 2010), a selection of writing from the online magazine Harp & Altar, which he founded in 2006. He lives in Brooklyn.

Yardmeter XVI, Saturday, February 12th, 7 p.m.

Come show some love at Yardmeter!

Yardmeter 16 presents a night on the farm
with a writing and photography collaboration
by Dana Matthews and Richard Giles,
poetry readings by Julian T. Brolaski and Billy Merrell,
music by David Brown,
and artwork by Stephen Olivier.

This all happens Saturday,
February 12th, 7 p.m.,
at Shelton Walsmith's studio.
Please bring your own beverage.

About our presenters:

Richard Giles is a farmer, father, and friend. Has for eleven years grown organic vegetables in a valley among the Catskill Mountains, shipping about half of them to New York City. He writes in the winter when the mountains are quiet. Before this he farmed in Mississippi and then Alabama and even lived briefly in New York City before coming back to farming in the Catskills.

Alabama-born, Brooklyn-based artist Dana Matthews’s work includes toned, hand-tinted or b/w silver gelatin portfolios of female nudes, mystical landscapes, an extensive study of baptismal fonts in the rural South, color portraits of hip young Catskill farm workers and many more fine art prints.

Julian T. Brolaski is the author of gowanus atropolis (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011) and the chapbooks Hellish Death Monsters(Spooky Press 2001), Letters to Hank Williams (True West Press 2003), The Daily Usonian (Atticus/Finch 2004), Madame Bovary’s Diary (Cy Press 2005) and A Buck in a Corridor (flynpyntar 2008). Brolaski’s second full length book, Advice for Lovers, is forthcoming from City Lights in spring 2012. Brolaski lives in Brooklyn where xe is an editor at Litmus Press, curates vaudeville shows and plays country music with Juan & the Pines. New work is on the blog hermofwarsaw.

Billy Merrell is the author of Talking in the Dark, a poetry memoir (Scholastic, 2003), and a co-editor for The Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing About LGBTQ and Other Identities (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2006), which received a 2006 Lambda Literary Award. With his husband, Nico Medina, he is co-author of Go Ahead, Ask Me (Simon Pulse, 2009). Billy serves as Web Developer for Poets.org, the website of the Academy of American Poets. He lives in Brooklyn, a block away from Green-Wood Cemetery, where he can be found stealing clippings to root in his backyard garden.

David Brown is a drummer, singer, and songwriter who plays in the Washington, DC-based soul band Poor But Sexy. PBS is releasing its first full-length Let's Move in Together on February 15. David has played on records by Travis Morrison (of the Dismemberment Plan), Played Tomorrow, and the Andalusians (Dischord Records). He performed on a forthcoming free jazz record with the violinist Jean Cook. For Yardmeter 16, he's going to play solo acoustic versions of PBS songs. Photo by Jon Pack.

After studying the classics under his father’s tutelage, Stephen Olivier
began studying photography at the Massachusetts College of Art. In 2000 he moved to Brooklyn and worked as senior preparator for Juan Puntes and his Chelsea galleries, White Box and The Annex, until 2003 when he began painting full-time. In 2005 and 2006, he was a resident at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Miami, Florida. He currently lives and works in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. He has exhibited his work in New York City, Boston, Provincetown, Miami, Atlanta, and Berlin.