31 January 2010

February Readings & Events in Paris

THE LIST:
Part I) Paris Events & READINGS (with asterisks)
Part II) Writing Workshops in Paris
Part III) News Reviews & Reviews News: pubs & calls for work

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Part I) Events & READINGS by DATE in FEBRUARY 2010 :

(NOTE: new announcements went up Feb 7th!)

*1 February 7pm Join us to celebrate the launch of Heather Hartley’s brilliant new book of poetry, KNOCK KNOCK, published by Carnegie Mellon University Press. These poems are so sly and sweet, so smart and sexy—from the poet’s bemused observation of a man on the subway holding a toilet seat, to her commemoration of the haunting suicide of four sisters “in India ink.” In her linguistic playfulness, she’s lithe and muscular as a gymnast. ‘Heather Hartley writes the kind of poetry many of us are starved for, a poetry without borders, passionate about what we savor the most on our tongues—languages, foods, lovers.’ In addition to introducing Shakespeare and Company’s Monday night readings, Heather is Paris Editor for Tin House Magazine. This event will feature music, wine and general festivities. AT: Shakespeare & Co., 37rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel. http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/

*1er Février « LES LIMITES NOUS REGARDENT », de Ernesto Timor. Diaporama musicalisé avec lectures accompagnant.
http://instantnet.wordpress.com/soirees-a-venir/lundi-1er-fevrier-2010-ernesto-timor-les-limites-nous-regardent La Société de CuriositésPour connaître l'adresse, réservez à : lasocietedecuriosites@gmail.com 06 23 33 43 64 ou http://instantnet.wordpress.com/

*1 Feb from 8:30pm to LATE: SpokenWord Share your work on any theme or work on the theme of the night: "Passion"! Join SpokenWord Paris’ meetup group or see their blog at :
http://spokenwordparis.blogspot.com/ AT: Cabaret Populaire/Culture Rapide, 103 rue Julien Lacroix Metro Belleville/Pyrénées 75020 Paris

*3 February 19h30 Evenings with an Author: Award-winning artist and author Kadir Nelson discusses his classic children’s book, ‘We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball.’ AT: The American Library in Paris, 10, rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris RER Alma Marceau or M° Ecole Militaire.
http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/

4 février de 18h à 21h Vernissage : Exposition de photographies de Suzanne Doppelt "un homme est tombé de la lune " Installation de Angela Detanico et Rafael Lain, Ryoko Sekiguchi" Ciel de Lisbonne". (exposition du 5 février au 30 février 2010) AT : la galerie Martine Aboucaya 5 rue sainte Anastase, 75003 Paris, tel 0142769275

*4 Feb at 7pm: An evening surrounding American literature with Marc Amfreville, author of Ecrits en Souffrance and also with Ada Savin, author of L'Amerique par Elle-Meme. On Ecrits en Souffrance: Comment ne pas entendre sourdre dans cette représentation sereine d'une île grecque, tirée de Fugitive Pieces, roman d'Anne Michaels, l'image inquiétante et improbable des camps de la mort auxquels Jakob, réfugié à Zakynthos, a échappé? La mer ici devient épiderme, surface qui, par sa définition même, fait éprouver le sentiment d'un insondable. Entre l'enfoui et l'émergeant, l'écriture a réussi à dire le trauma. …La réflexion vise à débusquer parallélismes, lieux de rencontre, mais aussi écarts entre psychanalyse et fiction, pour tenter de découvrir la logique de ce contrepoint. Ainsi, d'auteur en auteur— C.B. Brown, E.A. Poe, H. Melville, A. Bierce, T. Williams, J. Ellroy, F. Howe, D. DeLillo, P. Auster, A. Michaels, H. James—, cette lecture s'attache à dégager les fondamentaux métaphoriques du trauma tels qu'ils peuvent s'inscrire formellement dans divers textes et les constituer en « écrits en souffrance ». AT: The Village Voice Bookstore, 6 rue Princesse, Paris 6°, m° St Germain, or Mabillon.
http://www.villagevoicebookshop.com/

*4th Feb at 7:00 p.m. Charles Glass will present and sign his book “Americans in Paris: Life and Death under Nazi Occupation 1940-44” Americans in Paris tells for the first time the true story of the thousands of Americans who stayed in Paris during the Nazi occupation. This tale of adventure, intrigue, passion and deceit exposes the lives of Americans caught up in war from the day the German army marched into Paris in June 1944 and took many of them into the Paris underground, the Maquis and the concentration camps. Please RSVP:
books@whsmith.fr AT: WH Smith, 248, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris M° Concorde Exit: rue Cambon. For more info: http://www.whsmith.fr/

4 février à 19h PATRIMOINE : Visite de la Bibliothèque patrimoniale at the Irish Cultural Center in Paris ! Parmi toutes les bibliothèques qui peuplaient les nombreux collèges, couvents et monastères de la Montagne Sainte-Geneviève jusqu'à la fin du 18ème siècle, la Bibliothèque patrimoniale du Centre Culturel Irlandais est l'une des seules qui subsiste aujourd'hui. Cette visite guidée est une nouvelle occasion de découvrir ce lieu et de pouvoir observer les trois manuscrits enluminés, véritables trésors de la collection. This visit provides a rare opportunity to see the Old Library and its treasures. Entrée libre, réservation indispensable (places limitées) CONTACT ET RESERVATIONS:
adoherty@centreculturelirlandais.com ou 01 58 52 10 30 AT : Centre Culturel Irlandais, 5, rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris. RER Luxembourg, M° Place Monge ou Cardinal Lemoine. http://www.centreculturelirlandais.com/

Thursday 4, Friday 5 & Saturday 6 February, 2010 at 20h30; Saturday 6 February matinée 14h30 INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS’ SHOW « The Lady in the Van” by Alan Bennett. At the end of the 1960s, Alan Bennett encountered Miss Shepherd, an elderly eccentric living in a van near his home in Camden Town. It was an encounter which was to lead, eventually, to Miss Shepherd’s moving her van into his garden in 1974 for ‘two or three months’ – but those three months extended to fifteen years. The Lady in the Van is the funny and moving dramatisation of his “smelly ” cohabitation with Miss Shepherd, and of her death in 1989. Special group prices are available for the matinée performance. Salle des Fetes, Quai Voltaire, Le Pecq, 78230 RER line A1 Le Vésinet - Le Pecq, Tickets 12 & 10 euros Res & info:
http://www.internationalplayers.co.uk/ or 06 31 58 62 85. Booking info: ipboxoffice@gmail.com

*5 fév à partir de 18h MICHELE MANCEAUX « La dernière à gauche en montant » Editions Nil & « L'amie » Editions Robert Laffont Lecture par Nathalie Grauwin
AT : Librairie Les Cahiers de Colette 23/25 rue Rambuteau 75004 Paris 0142729506
http://www.lescahiersdecolette.com/

FOR KIDS: * 6 February15h00-16h00 (ages 6-12) “The Story of Negro League Baseball ” Visit the Library for a special presentation by children’s book author and illustrator Kadir Nelson. He’ll talk about his multi-award winning book, We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. Publishers Weekly calls it “a sumptuous volume that no baseball fan should be without.” Read more about this amazing book on the I.N.K. (Interesting Nonfiction for Kids) blog. We Are the Ship and a selection of other books illustrated by Kadir Nelson will be available for purchase, thanks to the Red Wheelbarrow bookstore. AT: The American Library in Paris, 10, rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris RER Alma Marceau or M° Ecole Militaire.
http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/

6 Feb 16h10-16h45: PLATEFORM Performance by Benjamin Sabatier. Dans le cadre du programme Nouveaux Ambassadeurs qui réunit des jeunes entre 13 et 16 ans qui participent à des workshops ou à des performances menées par des artistes, Benjamin Sabatier, artiste plasticien, propose de réaliser une performance sur le thème de la manifestation intitulée PLATEFORM. Chaque jeune est invité à réfléchir à une phrase, un slogan ou un mot répondant à la question « Tu as la possibilité de dire au monde ce que tu veux, profites en ». De cette réflexion, tout un processus artistique, associant l’écrit, la parole et le geste, va se dérouler sous nos yeux, amenant les Nouveaux Ambassadeurs à se mettre en action face au public
http://www.ibk.fr/ At : Pompidou Center, Paris, France. M° Rambuteau

6 February 10h00-19h00 Used Book Sale all day AT: The American Library in Paris, 10, rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris RER Alma Marceau or M° Ecole Militaire.
http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/

*6 fév à partir de 17h30 EMMELENE LANDON « La tache aveugle » Editions Actes Sud AT : Librairie Les Cahiers de Colette 23/25 rue Rambuteau 75004 Paris 0142729506
http://www.lescahiersdecolette.com/

*6 février à 18h then 20h: Reading of Oscar Wilde poem then a play : à la Maison de la Poésie "La Ballade de la geôle de Reading" d'Oscar Wilde La place 12 Euros à 18h lecture du poème en anglais par l'acteur Brittanique Geoffroy Carey (45 minutes) à 20h la pièce "La Ballade de la geôle de Reading" en français. (50 minutes) Pour lire le poème d'Oscar Wilde. More info on la Maison de la poésie : http://www.maisondelapoesieparis.com/


*8 February 7pm - Wendell Steavenson, The Weight of a Mustard Seed (non-fiction) This book tells the story of Iraq from the inside out, giving a portrait of the Iraqis behind the headlines ‘a masterly and elegantly told story that weaves together the Iraqi past and present.’ – The New York Times. Steavenson was born in New York in 1970 and grew up in London. She is the author of the acclaimed Stories I Stole (shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award) and has worked for Time and written for a variety of publications, including the Telegraph, Granta, The New Yorker and Prospect. See an interview in The New Yorker at

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/bookclub/the-weight-of-a-mustard-seed/ AT: Shakespeare & Co., 37rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel. http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/

*8 fév 18h30-20h L'Arsenal de la poésie. Grands poètes d'aujourd'hui : Esther Tellermann. Ce nouveau cycle propose d'accueillir à la Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal les grands poètes vivants : ils témoigneront de leur expérience vécue de la poésie et évoqueront leur bibliothèque imaginaire en choisissant les textes emblématiques de leur univers textuels parmi leurs auteurs de références et au sein de leur œuvre. Ces dialogues seront ponctués par des lectures données par un comédien et parfois par l'auteur lui-même. entrée libre, réservation obligatoire au 01 53 79 49 49. AT : Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal, 1, rue Sully, 75004 Paris. M° Lignes 7, (Sully-Morland), 1, 5, et 8 (Bastille + 8mn walk)


*8 Fév : Une signature aura lieu à L'Espace Harmattan en littérature pour « Fin de bobine » et « Dos à la mer » de Steve Moreau. Pour plus d'information, consultez l'agenda du site http://www.editions-harmattan.fr/

*8 Feb from 8:30pm to LATE: SpokenWord Share your work on any theme or work on the theme of the night! See their blog and Join SpokenWord Paris’ meetup group via their blog at : http://spokenwordparis.blogspot.com/ to receive emails with each week’s theme! An exciting, dynamic venue. You can read in French, too!!! Topic tonight: MIRROR. AT: Cabaret Populaire/Culture Rapide, 103 rue Julien Lacroix Metro Belleville/Pyrénées 75020 Paris

*9 February 19h30 Dr. Monique Wells discusses ‘Black Paris and the Myth of a Colorblind France’ and presents an overview of 200 years of African-American history in Paris. AT: The American Library in Paris, 10, rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris RER Alma Marceau or M° Ecole Militaire.
http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/

*9 février à 19h30 The Irish Cultural Center at La Médiathèque rencontre… 2 Irish poets, Leanne O’Sullivan & Roderick Ford!!! Poet Leanne O'Sullivan, from West Cork, is still in her twenties but has already won most of Ireland's main poetry competitions. Roderick Ford has won the Listowel poetry collection and single poem prizes, and also the Francis Ledwidge Award. His second collection, “The Green Crown”, was published in 2009. Entrée libre, réservation indispensable (places limitées), IN ENGLISH. AT : Centre Culturel Irlandais, 5, rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris. RER Luxembourg, M° Place Monge ou Cardinal Lemoine.
http://www.centreculturelirlandais.com/

*9 FÉVRIER 20H Présentation de L’Inachevé de soi, ed. de l’Amandier. Poème: Claude Ber, Peintures: Pierre Dubrunquez lecture par la comédienne Frédérique Wolf-Michaux et par l’auteur + entretien entre C. Ber et P. Dubrunquez !Exposition des oeuvres de P. Dubrunquez. Entrée libre. AT : A LA MAISON DE LA POÉSIE DE PARISPassage Molière 157 rue Saint-Martin Paris 3ème

9 février, 20h-23h PERRY ARGEL announces MUSIC: “Next Tuesday night, we're doing one of our rare rock and roll shows -complete with Fender, mini-Marshall and drums. With Melissa on fiddle, Mathieu on doghouse bass and Tatou on the skins. And it's a the Lib, a real dive with a big heart, so mucho fun.” AT: Rock and roll con los Caballeros Simpáticos à la Liberté, 196 rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, 75012

*KIDS : 10th February at 3.30 p.m. Kids' Club at WH Smith’s: It is a free monthly reading in English for children ages 4-8 held every month except July. Please RSVP to books(at)whsmith (dot)fr with the child's name, age & English level & 'February Kids' Club RSVP' as the object of the message. Your child's name will automatically be registered.

*10 fév à partir de 19 heures : A l'occasion de la parution de « Georges Boris, trente ans d'influence Blum, De Gaulle et Mendès-France » Editions Gallimard, rencontre avec Jean-Louis Crémieux-Brilhac. AT : Librairie Michèle Ignazi, 17, rue de Jouy, 75004 Paris, tel 01 42 71 17 00 M° St Paul

*10 February 19h30 Evenings with an Author: Journalist Michael Schuermann presents his book, ‘Paris Movie Walks,’ and discusses the role of Paris as a film location throughout the decades. AT: The American Library in Paris, 10, rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris RER Alma Marceau or M° Ecole Militaire.
http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/

10 February from 7-9 pm. “Océan plastique en Paris”: Join us for the opening of Finnish artist Tuula Närhinen's installation sculpture Océan plastique / Plastic Ocean. The event will include La Consolation de la Sirène, a presentation by French artist Paul-Armand Gette at 8 pm. Océan plastique en Paris will present from 11 February through 20 March. The installation includes Larmes de sirène / Mermaid's Tears (2007) et Frutti di mare (2008). Photographs of both installations were featured in Paris Anglophone lit mag “NEW” 4 (
http://www.new-mag.com/4_2008/narhinen_tuula/detailpage.htm). AT: Institut Finlandais, 60, rue des Écoles, 75005 Paris

10 février à 19 h Mathilde Rosier et Elena Filipovic : À l'occasion de l'exposition au Jeu de Paume de Mathilde Rosier, "Find circumstances in the antechamber", la Cité internationale des Arts organise une conversation entre l'artiste et Elena Filipovic, commissaire. Entrée libre dans la limite des places disponibles. Infos : 01 42 78 71 72. http://www.citedesartsparis.net/ AT : Cité internationale des Arts / Auditorium Edmond Michelet, 18, rue de l'Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris, M° Pont-Marie ou Saint-Paul

*11 Feb at 19h BILINGUAL reading with Australian author PHILIP MCLAREN. Is a descendent of the Kamilaroi, his parents are Kamilaroi from Coonabarabran in the Warrumbungle mountains the State of the « Nouvelle-Galles-du-Sud” as the French say it. Hi first novel is “Sweet Water - Stolen Land” (University of Queensland Press, 1993; édition revue Magabala Books, 2001), which received the David Unaipon Award for Black Australian Writing. 3 of his novels have been translated into French and he is here reading to celebrate his book “Utopia” receiving the prix Récits de l'ailleurs, à St-Pierre-et-Miquelon. “UTOPIA” (Nouméa : Traversées, 2007 ; N.S.W. : Cockatoo Books, 2008) AT : La Librairie des Antipodes,14, rue Servandoni 75006 Paris, M° Saint Sulpice Tél. 01 43 25 51 93 http://www.librairie-des-antipodes.fr/

*11 fév 19h-20h Les jeudis de l'Oulipo à la BNF thème « L'herbe ou le verbe ». Rendez-vous réguliers, les jeudis de l'Oulipo, chers aux amateurs de jeux de l'esprit et de littérature potentielle, continuent d'explorer des thèmes d'actualité, proposant lectures et créations originales. AT : BNF Paris, site François-Mitterrand, Grand auditorium, entrée libre. Quai François-Mauriac, Map : http://www.bnf.fr/pages/bibliotheque.htm M° Lignes 6 (Quai de la gare), 14 et RER C (Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand), bus : 89, 62, 64, 132 et 325.

*11 Feb at 7pm: An event around Jane Campion's film Bright Star. Bilingual Reading of some of the Keats' poems selected in the film with the participation of Fouad El-Etr, éditeur of La DéliranteAT: The Village Voice Bookstore, 6 rue Princesse, Paris 6°, m° St Germain, or Mabillon.
http://www.villagevoicebookshop.com/

*11 février à 19h30 Conference on "Synge of Paris: photographer, traveller, dramatist" by Nicholas Grene. In one of his first published Aran essays, Synge used four of his photographs as illustrations, with the credit 'Synge, Paris'. This is the departure point for Nicholas Grene’s illustrated talk about the way in which Synge’s travels fed into his plays. Entrée libre, réservation conseillée, In English. AT : Centre Culturel Irlandais, 5, rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris. RER Luxembourg, M° Place Monge ou Cardinal Lemoine.
http://www.centreculturelirlandais.com/

11 Feb: 19h Famous speeches will be rousingly re-enacted at Toastmasters: Public speaking and speech-making in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Guests are welcome and are never asked to give a speech AT : Le Moulin à Café (in the downstairs meeting room) 22 rue de Caumartin, Paris 9e Métros: Opéra, Madaleine, Havre-Caumartin, RER Auber Dinner and social hour from 19.00 onward. (Please arrive by 19.30 to get your dinner served on time) Meeting starts at 20.00 Participation: In exchange for using the meeting room, every member and guest attending a meeting spends a minimum of 15 Euros on food and drink. For more info: !
http://www.toastmasters75.org/

*12 fevrier à 15h « Autour du Soleil » Pérformance et Vidéo-Poème avec le poète d’origine argentine Susana Sulic. She often reads/performs in multiple languages—French, Spanish and English. Au Palais de la Découverte, Paris

*12 Feb. 7-10 pm. : HEARTS for Haiti, Fundraiser - Jazz, Gospel & Poetry performance. Artists include: Moe Seager, Bobby Few, Rasul Siddik,Sylvia Howard,Katy Roberts, Mra Oma, Ursaline Kirston,Thomas Pollard, Linda Hopkins, Gospel Angels. Info on Moe Seager http://www.myspace.com/bluenotemetaphor or http://moeseagerpariscalling.blogspot.com/ AT: American Church of Paris, 65 quai d'Orsay. Metros: Invalids (13) & Pont d'Alma(9)

*13 février à 17h Lecture de Suzanne Doppelt suivie de la projection de petits films scientifiques primitifs. AT : la galerie Martine Aboucaya 5 rue sainte Anastase, 75003 Paris, tel 0142769275

*14th Feb at 7:30 Moving Parts presents a playreading of Nina Karacosta’s 4 sketches on the theme of "Relation-ships" (in English) OFF BOOK ; NO STRINGS ATTACHED ; KUAN YU and CATCH PEGASUS BY THE HEEL WHILE RIDING A TIGER "Relation-ships" are transits to other creatures : sometimes ex-lovers, sometimes soul-searching mates. It consists of a one act poetry-play and three sketches that were written in New York, sometimes depicting the New York hustling landscape and/or the searching for inner balance. Starring KIM TILBURY, EDUARDO CUE and THOMAS VICTORIO. For more, see: http://www.movingparts.org.uk/ or e-mail Stephanie Campion movingpartsparis@gmail.com for listings! Tel : 06 14 67 18 58 AT: Carr's Pub & Restaurant, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris, M° Tuileries

14 Feb at 20h : music : un duo piano et violoncelle dans un programme chatoyant qui ira de Beethoven a Debussy en passant par Prokofiev et Delclaud! Avec le duo « Leos » (Miwa Rosso et Thomas Delclaud). AT : studio Le Regard du Cygne (Paris), métro 11 télégraphe ou salle des fetes

*15 February 7pm - Janet Skeslien Charles, Moonlight in Odessa (fiction) published by Bloomsbury and chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of their top ten debut novels this autumn. Janet is a good friend of Shakespeare and Company and has previously taught creative writing workshops at the bookshop. Her novel is a wry, tender, and darkly funny look at marriage, the desires we don't acknowledge, and the aftermath of communism. It is about the choices and sacrifices that people make in the pursuit of love and stability. In addition to hearing Janet read tonight, you can listen to her book being read on ‘Book at Bedtime’ on Radio 4 – the first reading starts on 15th February. ‘Charles paints a tender, bittersweet portrait of Ukraine and Odessa. Best of all, she doesn’t oversimplify difficult choices and hard decisions or resort to cardboard villains… A lively, entertaining debut…’ –Kirkus Review AT: Shakespeare & Co., 37rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel.
http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/

*15 Feb from 8:30pm til you drop: SpokenWord Share your work on any theme or work on the theme of the night! See their blog and Join SpokenWord Paris’ meetup group via their blog at :
http://spokenwordparis.blogspot.com/ to receive emails with each week’s theme! This week is Valentine’s hangover… guelle de bois de St Valentine. An exciting, dynamic venue. You can read in French, too!!! AT: Cabaret Populaire/Culture Rapide, 103 rue Julien Lacroix Metro Belleville/Pyrénées 75020 Paris

17 February at 7pm: Talk/Conference by Bridge Media Network member Avi Bitton – attorney. Bridge Media Network is a non-profit international association based in Paris, France that helps creative and business professionals in the entertainment industry achieve their career goals. Our mission is to encourage our members and the creative community-at-large to pursue their entertainment careers with integrity, creativity and enthusiasm! The NETWORK is a place to exchange information, a place to learn about others in MEDIA, as well as what they do and how they do it. BRIDGE interacts with talent and industry professionals who need assistance with their specialized and often complex projects. BRIDGE does this quickly by giving a support for talent and instruction to individuals while, at the same time, promoting harmonious relationships and professional efficiency. http://www.bridgemedianetwork.com/ TALK AT : Belushi’s, 159 rue Crimée, Paris

*19 February - Harriet Lye, Geoffrey Gilbert, Jeffrey Greene for “Her Royal Majesty” (online magazine launch) Join us for readings and festivities for the release party of the seventh issue of Her Royal Majesty (
ww.herroyalmajesty.ca), an independent literary magazine founded in Halifax and now based in Paris. This evening Geoffrey Gilbert will be discussing his queer translations of Baudelaire, and several of this issue's featured writers will read from their work. Jeffrey Greene, a Paris-based American poet/memoirist, will read his poem featured in this issue as well as a selection of poems from his upcoming book, Beautiful Monsters. The theme of this issue is FLESH and will be published online at the beginning of February. Though the event is free, attendees are encouraged to make a donation (either in person or online) in order to support the continuation of this free independent publication. Bring your friends and stay afterwards for a glass of wine! AT: Shakespeare & Co., 37rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel. http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/

19 février à 15 h Rencontre avec Esther Shalev-Gerz à l’ens : À l'occasion de l'exposition au Jeu de Paume d'Esther Shalev-Gerz, "Ton image me regarde !?", l'École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris organise une rencontre avec l'artiste. Entrée libre dans la limite des places disponibles, infos : http://www.beauxartsparis.fr/ AT : École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, 14, rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris


*20 Feb : 10h à 16h30 “The Irish in France: Historical Relations “, lecture by Dr. Éamon Ó Ciosáin. (journée d’étude) Entrée libre (réservation indispensable), in English. Dans le cadre du Certificat de langue irlandaise, d’histoire et de culture contemporaines irlandaises. LANGUE IRLANDAISE AT : Centre Culturel Irlandais, 5, rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris. RER Luxembourg, M° Place Monge ou Cardinal Lemoine. http://www.centreculturelirlandais.com/

*20 février à 17h Readings by numerous French authors, accompanied by film projection: Lecture de Abigail Lang, Aïcha Liviana Messina, Béatrice Rateboeuf, Marcella Lista, Patricia Falguières, Jean Christophe Bailly, Jean Claude Lebensztejn, Gilles A. Tiberghien, film de Marylène Negro. AT : la galerie Martine Aboucaya 5 rue sainte Anastase, 75003 Paris, tel 0142769275

*20 février à 19h30 le K Barré avec Hélène Ferrié-Otani, Masa Otani (plasticien & performeur) & Christophe Marchand-Kiss. In the context of a « residency » at his local bar, CMK is organizing a large series of multi-genre performance readings which often fall on a weekend. A great place to grab a beer, hear a reading, see the contemporary French poets in action! AT : Chiffoniers, 90 rue Marcadet, 18e, M° Marcadet-Poissionier.

21 février à 17h Theatre in English: see "Macbeth" by Shakespeare. La place 17 Euros (for a strapontin, or more for reg seats). 2 hours without intermission. Metteur en scène Declan Donnellan. In English & subtitled in French. If you want to go with the acting troupe WordsAlive, please send them an email at wordsaliveo@gmail.com AT: Théâtre Les Gémeaux : http://www.lesgemeaux.com/

*21 Feb at 3 pm. “Life's a Bitch - We make Art!” a Moe Seager poetry reading: Poems erotic, jazz and praxis. Info on Moe Seager http://www.myspace.com/bluenotemetaphor or http://moeseagerpariscalling.blogspot.com/. AT: Tea & Tattered Pages, 24 rue Mayet, 75006 M° Duroc.

*21st Feb at 7:30 Moving Parts presents a playreading of Colin Reese’s Short scenes - a series of comic sketches (in English) For more, see: http://www.movingparts.org.uk/ or e-mail Stephanie Campion movingpartsparis@gmail.com for listings! Tel : 06 14 67 18 58 AT: Carr's Pub & Restaurant, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris, M° Tuileries


*22 Feb –7pm Songbirds Kate Stables from This is the Kit and Erica Buettner will be singing and performing acoustically. Both are exquisite, lyrical musicians and writers. They will be joined by Colin Mahar who will be reading poetry. Kate is known for her music in This is the Kit

myspace.com/thisisthekit – she has received regular radio play on BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 music, and recorded a live session at Maida Vale Studios. Her last album, Krulle Bol was produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse). She also performs as Whalebone Polly www.myspace.com/whalebonepolly. Hear Erica’s dreamy music and see her play at myspace.com/ericabuettner and with guitar and banjo at http://rockerparis.blogspot.com/2009/05/erica-buettner-oliver-peel-session-6.html AT: Shakespeare & Co., 37rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel. http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/

*22 Feb from 8:30pm to LATE: SpokenWord Share your work on any theme or work on the theme of the night! See their blog and Join SpokenWord Paris’ meetup group via their blog at :
http://spokenwordparis.blogspot.com/ to receive emails with each week’s theme! An exciting, dynamic venue. You can read in French, too!!! This week’s theme is Age/aging… age/vieillir. AT: Cabaret Populaire/Culture Rapide, 103 rue Julien Lacroix Metro Belleville/Pyrénées 75020 Paris

*23 Feb at 19h30 : IVY Writers Paris bilingual reading with PASCAL POYET & Rufo Quintavalle. Poyet’s BIOS online at
http://www.cipmarseille.com/auteur_fiche.php?id=1060 or soon up with full details at the Ivy blog: http://ivywritersparis.blogspot.com/ (full details up soon !) At: The Next, downstairs, 17 rue Tiquetonne 75002. M° Etienne Marcel / RER Les Halles.

*24 février 20h : Poète/publique : rencontre avec Pascal Poyet & Goria / contrat maint Dans le cadre de "poète/public", résidence d'écriture qu'il effectue au Comptoir des mots de septembre 09 à juin 10, Frédéric Forte vous invite pour rencontrer un poète et son éditeur. Comment un auteur conçoit-il un livre de poésie ? Quel est le rôle de l’éditeur ? Les invités tenteront de répondre à ces questions, et à d’autres…AU :Comptoir des mots, 239, rue des Pyrénées, Paris 75020.

25 February: 19h A classic meeting of Toastmasters: Public speaking and speech-making in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Guests are welcome and are never asked to give a speech!
http://www.toastmasters75.org/ for address & further info

*27 février de 18h à 20h A group reading by French and international poets as part of a series at the Galerie Martine Aboucaya. Lecture de Jakuta Alikavazovic, Marie-Louise Chapelle, Daniel Heller-Roazen (lu par sa traductrice Justine Landau), Emmelene Landon, Sabine Macher, Ryoko Sekiguchi AT : la galerie Martine Aboucaya 5 rue sainte Anastase, 75003 Paris, tel 0142769275

up until 27 Feb : « Le réel, nouvel opium ? » Invité par la galerie Les filles du calvaire, le collectif Est-ce une bonne nouvelle présente une exposition qui interroge le réel comme principe fictionnel. Expo with Vidéastes : Soufiane Adel, Christian Barani, Taysir Batniji, Yann Beauvais, Edson Barrus, Raphaél Boccanfuso, Anne-Marie Cornu, François Daireaux, Frédéric Dumond, Jan Duyvendak, Agnès Geoffray, Julien Gourbeix, Patrick Hébrard, Sabine Massenet, Sara Millot, Eléonore de Montesquiou, Françoise Parfait, Patrick André depuis1966, Alex Pou, Jean-Claude Taki, Brigitte Zieger. Ecrivains : Emmanuel Adely, François Bon, Arno Calleja, Sonia Chiambretto, David Christoffel, Sophie Coiffier, Louise Desbrusses, Frédéric Dumond, Jean-Michel Espitallier, Jérôme Game, Fred Griot, Cyrille Martinez. AT : Galerie les filles du calvaire, 17, rue des Filles-du-calvaire - 75003 Paris, Ouvert du mardi au samedi de 11h à 18h30 http://www.fillesducalvaire.com/

*1 March from 8:30pm to LATE: SpokenWord Share your work on any theme or work on the theme of the night! See their blog and Join SpokenWord Paris’ meetup group via their blog at : http://spokenwordparis.blogspot.com/ to receive emails with each week’s theme! An exciting, dynamic venue. You can read in French, too!!! Tonight’s theme is Disguises… les déquisements. AT: Cabaret Populaire/Culture Rapide, 103 rue Julien Lacroix Metro Belleville/Pyrénées 75020 Paris

*4 March 19h30-22h00. Moe Seager & Blue Note Metaphor band. Jazz-Poetry set to Bob, Blues and Ballad. Moe Seager-vocals, Bobby Few-piano, Rasul Siddik-trumpet,flute, Harry Swift-bass, Bop Man-drums. Info on Moe Seager and samples from his Jazz-poetry sets: http://www.myspace.com/bluenotemetaphor or http://moeseagerpariscalling.blogspot.com/. AT: Cafe Universel, 267 rue Saint Jacques, Quarter Latin. M°/RER Luxembourg & Port Royal. Free admission.

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Part II) Writing workshops in Paris! (listed by start date) :

The Other Writers' Group! David Barnes' drop in writers' workshop (just turn up!) every Saturday 5pm till 7pm. Bring 8 copies of your prose or poetry for instant feedback and discussion. Length should be up to about 3 pages (prose) or 2 poems. Suggested donation 5 euros. Upstairs in the library at Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 http://www.meetup.com/The-Other-Writers-Group/

starting 8 Fev : Atelier de création poétique, S2, niveau Master ou Doctorat, ENS-Paris IV, Animé par Alessandro De Francesco Cet atelier réunit un groupe de 12 à 15 étudiants (maximum), francophones et étrangers. Il est conçu comme un laboratoire d’expérimentation pratique, articulé avec le séminaire sur la poésie contemporaine, et reprenant les mêmes perspectives (langues, formes, supports, dispositifs). La participation au séminaire (le cas échéant comme auditeur libre) est par conséquent obligatoire. Les étudiants, pour y être admis, devront présenter avant le 10 janvier 2010 un dossier comprenant un CV, une lettre de motivation, et un texte personnel d’une longueur maximale de 5000 signes, dont ils choisiront librement la forme et le sujet. Lundi, 17-19h, salle Info 2, École Normale Supérieure, 45 rue d'Ulm, 75005 Paris (M° Luxembourg). Début du cours : 8 février 2010. http://www.lila.ens.fr/ or http://www.alessandrodefrancesco.net/

starting 9 Fév : POETRY CLASSES in FRENCH : École Normale Supérieure / Université Paris IV – Sorbonne La poésie contemporaine, hypothèses théoriques et critiques S2, 3 ECTS, séminaire de recherche Master 1 et 2, ENS-Paris IV Michel Murat et Alessandro De Francesco. Ce séminaire s’efforce, en s’appuyant sur les expériences effectuées et imaginées dans la période des avant-gardes, de définir les enjeux théoriques de la poésie contemporaine, dans une perspective inter-linguistique (principalement : français, anglais, italien, allemand) et inter-médiatique, mettant l’accent sur la poésie comme pratique d’art contemporain. Les trois axes principaux de la réflexion théorique porteront sur le rapport aux langues, le lien à l’expérience individuelle et commune, et le rapport entre forme, medium et communication poétique. Le séminaire est organisé par Michel Murat et Alessandro De Francesco, poète, artiste sonore et théoricien. Des poètes en plusieurs langues sont invités dans le cadre du séminaire à présenter leur réflexion et leur travail. Mardi, 9h-11h, salle D 035, Maison de la recherche de Paris IV, 28 rue Serpente, 75006 Paris (M° Odéon). Début des cours : 9 février 2010. http://www.lila.ens.fr/ or http://www.alessandrodefrancesco.net/

PITCH YOUR CHILDRENS’ BOOK: Preparing to go to the SCBWI book fair in March (http://www.scbwibologna.org/) or looking for an agent? Julia Churchill of Greenhouse Literary Agency has offered to lead a Sat. afternoon workshop designed to improve the disposition of our quarrelsome queries & pesky pitches. 2 possible days -- Feb 27 or Mar 5. If interested in attending, RSVP ASAP & mention which date(s) you'll be available. Tioka Tokedira tokedira@aol.com

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Part III) News Reviews & Reviews News: publications + calls for work

NOW ONLINE: Lit Mag "Her Royal Majesty" (ww.herroyalmajesty.ca), This issue, the 7th for the review, and this time on the theme of “Flesh”, features artists & writers including: Alex Kanevsky, Jeffrey Greene, Geoffrey Gilbert, Rosy Lamb, James Gregor, John Gagliano, Michelle Engel, Jennifer Porter, Patricia Kim, Adam O’Reilly, Rebecca Roher, Kirby Best, Ashley Lamb, Julia Grummitt, Bryn McLeod, Isabelle Parker, Cynthia Spring, Tings Chak, and Shawna Lipton

SUBMIT to OFF-MIC and read current version ONLINE NOW : Read Paris’ gai-straight-bi-mixed everything and anything goes magazine HORS-MIC. Also seeking editors and editorial staff in French, English or open to other native languages! To see the new edition, click the link! Editor Dominic says “La nouvelle édition de notre mag parisien anglo franco et gay friendly! Lisez et pensez de nous aider avec tes ideas, photos et textes! » Seeking art, photos, fiction, nonfiction, essays/reviews and poetry. http://issuu.com/hors-micro/docs/issuezerovirguleun to see the issue. And to sign up for mailing list, send work, attend editorial meetings: contact Mag Litteraire, off_micparis@yahoo.fr .

HELP OUT: SEEKING VOLUNTEERS for SOS Help is the English-speaking, free and confidential telephone support line in Paris which is looking for volunteer listeners and support staff to help with fund-raising and publicity. If this is something you might like to do and if you are staying in Paris for at least a year, attend ONE of the information sessions held at 7pm on Wednesday February 3, Thursday February 11, OR Tuesday February 16 at the American Church, 65 Quai d'Orsay Paris 7e Metro Alma Marceau or Invalides The next Listener training course starts on March 20th. For more details visit the SOS Help website: http://www.soshelpline.org/events.html

GOING TO SPLIT ROCK POETRY FESTIVAL in DC? : Sign up before 10 Feb for early bird price to go to the “Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness”, March 10-13, 2010, invites poets, writers, artists, activists, dreamers, and all concerned world citizens to Washington, DC, for poetry, community building, and creative transformation as our country continues to grapple with two wars, a crippling economic crisis, and other social and environmental ills. The festival will feature readings, workshops, panel discussions, youth programming, film, parties, and activism -- opportunities to speak out, make common cause, imagine a way forward, and celebrate the many ways that poetry can act as an agent for social change. Featuring these visionary voices and many others: Chris Abani, Lillian Allen, Sinan Antoon, Francisco Aragón, Jan Beatty, Martha Collins, Cornelius Eady, Martín Espada, Andrea Gibson, Allison Hedge Coke, Natalie Illum, Fady Joudah, Toni Asante Lightfoot, Richard McCann, Jeffrey McDaniel, Lenelle Moïse, Nancy Morejón, Mark Nowak, Wang Ping, Patricia Smith, Arthur Sze, Quincy Troupe, and Bruce Weigl. Register today! Rates rise February 10. Details at: http://www.splitthisrock.org/

POETRY SOUGHT: Send poetry manuscripts to press or send poems to the online magazine H_NGM_N Poets Series Editor: Nate Pritts.Editorial Board: Darcie Dennigan, Robert Krut, Clay Matthews, Gina Myers.Their goal is to publish one full-length book of poems per calendar year selected through an open reading period, as well as one solicited full-length book of poems. Manuscripts are accepted from January 1st until April 30th. There is a $10 reading fee, payable through the paypal link on their site. Manuscripts are judged & read blindly; all identifying information in the manuscript will be scoured & removed before it is passed to the editors. We anticipate announcing the selected manuscript by June 1st. Publication will be in the fall of 2010. http://www.h-ngm-n.com/h_ngm_n-b__ks/h_ngm_n-poets.html

SUPPORT THIS CAUSE: Shakespeare’s literary festival this summer from the 18th to 20th June. This year's theme is Storytelling and Politics, where authors * Nam Le * Ian McEwan * David Hare * John Berger * Petina Gappah * and many others will be joining us. The full list of participants will be announced next month. If you would like to become a Festival Patron or Partner or help in other ways (donating frequent flyer points for flights for the authors, sponsoring the festival financially, lending apartments etc.) please contact lauren@shakespeareandcompany.com. Please note there is a tax redemption for American Patrons.

SUBMIT TO NATIONAL POETRY PRIZE : The National Poetry Series seeks book-length manuscripts of poetry written by American citizens. A length of 48-64 pages is suggested. See full guidelines at: http://www.nationalpoetryseries.org/ Deadline: postmarked between 1 January 2010 & 16 February 2010. 5 books will be selected.

PARIS HOSTS NEEDED: for Childrens’ book writers & publisher’s group: Contact: Tioka Tokedira tokedira@aol.com

SEE the trailer for the documentary John McNulty is making about the Paris writers’ scene! Posted on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=463910135264&ref=mf

JUST OUT: Cleaves Journal, issue one. The curious editorial position of this journal created by Harry Godwin is to invite guest editors to select innovative poetry work from people in their communities, thus the editors create mini sections of 3-5 pages each from different regions of the UK and Europe. Some editors also included a brief intro to their selections. A print version of the journal is super cheap at lulu: http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/cleaves-journal/8166212 but you can also read Cleaves Journal “One” online and see the Paris section chosen by Jennifer K Dick and including poems by Joe Ross, Michelle Noteboom, and then the collaborative pair Sara Nolan and Rick Benjamin. http://www.cleavesjournal.com/

DONATE BOOKS: for the SOS annual BOOK SALE (March 20th is the sale date, so get them to SOS as soon as you can!) To donate books please stop by on the day of the book sale and drop them off or contact us at soshelpbooksale@gmail.com to donate large quantities in advance. Chris Payne, Publicity Coordinator at 06 22 41 61 85 The SALE will be held AT: Orrick Law Offices, 31, avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 75016, Paris. Drop off books at SOS, contact them for their address.

READ my Article: Yes, to end with a little self-promotion. Because I am very excited to see my French article entitlted ""La Pop Culture. De la publicité dans la poésie: un renversement de l'ordre économique" (by Jennifer K Dick) at the lovely Université de Paris III review Trans, in issue number 9, an issue dedicated to Pop Culture and Literature, edited and with a lovely preface ("Editorial") by Emilie Lucas-Leclin! There are also articles by other scholars on Elfriede Jelinek, Richard Morgan, Maurice G. Dantec, Marcos López, Alejandro López, Cucurto, French Rap, the word Geek in books by Douglas Coupland, and "fanfictions" and role-playing games. To read my text, which is IN FRENCH, go to http://trans.univ-paris3.fr/spip.php?article387
To just read abstracts (French then followed by English) http://trans.univ-paris3.fr/spip.php?article388

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