Ecstatic about this review from Cindy Hochman in First Literary Review East   Welcome to the Museum of Cattle

“Four decades after the Beatles landed in America came another British Invasion; to wit, the arrival of Jane Ormerod on the New York poetry scene in 2004, an event which was no less swoon-and-gasp-worthy. Suffice it to say, we Yankees are mighty glad she crossed the pond.

So, welcome to the Museum of Cattle, indeed. Welcome to a bawdy barnyard of a book that renders Orwell’s Animal Farm as tame as a petting zoo. Wherein our heroine, in the guise of a Cockney cowgirl, throws out enough red meat to raise cholesterol levels, while simultaneously raising the literary bar. Seemingly spawned from the loop-and-surprise prose of John Ashbery, with a bit of Gertrude Stein’s playful rhythm, Jane Ormerod adds her own fierce and urgent glossolalia. You will find no swaying grass or gentle heifers lowing here; despite the title, this is poetry drawn from the fist of the city, in all its swagger and grit and grandeur. Naysayers of experimental poetry be damned- Ormerod delightfully assaults our senses with language turned on its ear, and the result is a stunning salvo of sonics. Yet, for all her oblique bent and disparate juxtapositions, Ormerod sets a tone which creates a connective chain of lucid thought and meaning. Methinks that Shakespeare would say there’s a “method to her badness.” He would also, as a fellow Brit, proclaim her simply brill.”

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The Inspired Word’s Big 5-Year Anniversary Extravaganza will be an epic, unforgettable celebration of live arts in New York City – with an all-star lineup of 25+ of NYC’s best poets, singers, comedians, and spoken word artists.

January 17 2015

37-18 Northern Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11101

7:00 pm to 1:00 am

General Admission: $15 online, $20 at the door
Exclusive Reserved Seating: $20 (online only) – limited availability, non-transferable, non-refundable
$12 EARLY BIRD GENERAL ADMISSION SPECIAL if you purchase your ticket before 11:30pm, Dec. 31, 2015 – limited availability, non-transferable, non-refundable

All-Star Lineup (in no particular order):

Gemineye – HBO Def Poetry poet
Sylvana Joyce & The Moment – singer/songwriter/band
Phillip Giambri aka The Ancient Mariner – storyteller/poet
Robert Galinsky – writer/performer/producer
Jane Ormerod – poet
Lacresha Berry – singer/songwriter/playwright
Saroya Marsh – poet
Marron Chaplin – singer/songwriter
Danny Matos – poet
Bonfire Falls (Ryan McCurdy & Stephen Lyons) – singers/songwriters/band
Ashlee Voorsanger – comedian
Verandah-Maureen Shepard – poet
Samantha Leon – singer/songwriter
Luis Cordova aka Storyteller – poet
Megan DiBello – poet/singer
Josh Makinda – comedian
Janna Pelle – singer/songwriter
Audrey Dimola – poet
Marc Monfleury – singer/songwriter
Vernita Bostick – comedian
Edson DaCosta -poet
Keon Torres – hip hop MC
Graham Willner – poet
Luca Di Fabio – singer/songwriter
Richie Alexandro – poet
David Rey Martinez – comedian
Kevin Marquez – poet
Shako Khiski – singer/songwriter
Jonathan Cherlin – poet
Patrick Di Primo – singer/songwriter
Nichole Acosta – poet


Hosted by the legendary Nathan P.

Can you tell how excited I am about these events? Two UK readings in Norwich and Manchester are in colaboration with great weather for MEDIA and then it’s the EuroStar to  the Paris Lit Up series.  Jane Ormerod by Mike Geffner


Tuesday January 27th 2015

7 to 9:30 pm

Norwich Arts Center (Cafe Bar)
Saint Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4AQ
United Kingdom


great weather for MEDIA thrilled to join forces with Norwich independant press Unthank Books for an evening of scintillating, super-special poets and writers. Readers include Jane Ormerod, Martin Ouvry, and Gayle Richardson.


Thursday January 29th 2015

7:30 to 10:30 pm

The Castle Hotel
66 Oldham Street
Manchester, Manchester M4 1LE
United Kingdom


Join great weather for MEDIA for a crazy-good evening of poetry and spoken word from the UK and New York City. And as a Joy Division fan, I’m ectaticto be at Manchester’s historic Castle Hotel.

Featuring: BigCharlie Poet, Cathy Bryant, Maya Chowdhry, Rosie Garland, Jackie Hagan, Kieren King, Sarah Miller, Jane Ormerod, Steph Pike, Gerry Potter, and Rebecca Audra Smith


Thursday February 5th 2015

Paris Lit Up Open Mic featuring Jane Ormerod

Culture Rapide
03 rue Julien Lacroix
Ile-de-france 75020




Love this! Coming up to my tenth year too! 2015 Alt NYD (

2 pm to midnight, a crazy amount of crazy talented poets and performers all on stage for 3 mins max each. I’ll be on stage sometime between 2 and 4.

Nuyorican Poets Cafe
236 E 3rd St (betwen Ave B & C)
New York



THRILLED to be part of this!


A very special evening with John Sinclair 


Special guests: David Lawton, Russ Green, and Jane Ormerod


November 20, 2014 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Gold Mine Saloon
701 Dauphine Street
New Orleans, LA 70116


JOHN SINCLAIR is a poet, writer, and activist originally from Flint, Michigan. While an underground journalist and community organizer in Detroit in the mid-1960s, Sinclair became the manager of the avant-rock band MC-5 and organized the White Panther Party with the band and its allies. Infuriated by Sinclair’s activism, the government sent him to prison on a nine-and-a-half to ten year sentence without appeal bond for giving two joints to an undercover policewoman. The John Sinclair Freedom Rally held in Ann Arbor in December 1971, and the song John Lennon wrote and performed for it led to Sinclair’s release on appeal bond three days later. His conviction was overturned and the state’s marijuana laws declared unconstitutional as a result in March 1972. He continued his community organizing and worked in the local music business as an artists’ manager, agent and promoter through the 1970s and ’80s, taught in the Music Department at Wayne State University and edited City Arts Quarterly for the City of Detroit before relocating in New Orleans in 1991 where he was a popular radio DJ on WWOZ-FM and began to tour the country with his jazz and blues poetry accompanied by musical collaborators of many stripes. Sinclair moved to Amsterdam in 2003 where he manages his internet radio station and advocates for the legalization of cannabis and all recreational drugs. Among his books are Guitar Army and Fattening Frogs for Snakes: Delta Sound Suite. He has released more than twenty CDs of his music and verse collaborations including the latest, MohawkWebsite

Read David Lawton’s terrific interview with John – plus a new poem – in great weather for MEDIA’s latest anthology, I Let Go of the Stars in My Hand.

Kiss.Punch.Poem Saturday November 15 2014

November 13, 2014

Poets: Elliot Smith Vacek, Eric Alter, Jane Ormerod, and Meghann Plunkett     Saturday November 15th 2014, 9:00 to 10:00 pm   Magnet Theater 254 w 29th St @ 8th Ave New York, NY 10001 New York’s finest improvisers join forces with New York’s finest poets in a unique format that is part comedy show, [...]

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West Coast Tour, Fall 2014

October 8, 2014

I’m thrilled to be joining great weather for MEDIA anthology contributors for six shows. We’ll be celebrating the publication of great weather’s latest collection I Let go of the Stars in My Hand, plus showing off all our other books. Come along and say hi! I’m also reading at the WNBA event at Bookstore West [...]

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Saturday October 4 2014, Brooklyn

September 29, 2014

Bouncing with excitement to be reading with my good friend Richard Loranger from Oakland. Brownstone Poets presents: Jane Ormerod & Richard Loranger Saturday October 4 2014 at 2:30 p.m. Park Plaza Restaurant, 220 Cadman Plaza West Brooklyn, NY 11201 $4 Donation – plus Food/Drink. Open-Mic Hosted by Patricia Carragon Subways: Take the A or C to High Street, 2 or [...]

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Tuesday November 4 2014, Bookstore West Portal, San Francisco

September 23, 2014

So looking forward to this Women’s National Book Association event. Hosted by past WNBA President Joan Gelfand Tuesday November 4 2014 7pm Bookstore West Portal 80 West Portal Avenue San Francisco, CA 94127 Jane Ormerod is the author of Welcome to the Museum of Cattle (Three Rooms Press, 2012), Recreational Vehicles on Fire (Three Rooms Press, [...]

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MadHat at the KGB Bar, NYC, Weds Sept 24

August 26, 2014

Excited! Wednesday September 24, 7:00 – 9:00pm   KGB Bar 85 E 4th St New York NY 10003 Free MadHat Presents Live, the reading series formerly known as “Poetry, Prose, and Anything Goes” returns to its birthplace, the KGB Bar for an evening of literature with Jane Ormerod, Marc Vincenz, Tod Thilleman, Jonathan Penton, Sarah Sarai and Willis Gordon, [...]

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I Let Go of the Stars in My Hand

August 14, 2014

So proud of great weather for MEDIA’s latest anthology, I Let Go of the Stars in My Hand. It’s a fearless, dynamic collection of contemporary poetry and short fiction by established and emerging writers from across the United States and beyond. Contributors include John Amen, Rob Cook, Rosie Garland, Aimee Herman, Ron Kolm, Katharyn Howd Machan, [...]

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