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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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.

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, part poetry feature, and completely unpredictable.

It all begins with an exquisite corpse written collaboratively, line-by-line by the audience beforehand. The improvisers then delve in, building an entire world around the themes and imagery of the poem and inhabiting it with a cast of characters that are wildly funny, heartbreakingly tragic, and everything in between.

Along the way, the show is fueled by the amazing work of published poets, national slam champions, and up-and-comers from around the country and across the globe, shaking the rafters and rousing souls with original poetry that is raw, personal and profound.

The whole show ends with the performance of a brand new poem written on the spot and inspired by the entire show. It’s comedy, it’s poetry, it’s theater and art. It is everything you came to this New York to see.

The cast includes performers and poets with credits from This American Life, NPR, The Onion, The Second City, The Truth Podcast, Reductress and Story Pirates.

“Kiss Punch Poem is a rare find… uproarious and heartfelt.” – Time Out Chicago

“[Kiss*Punch*Poem] celebrates the fresh and surprising associations that are generated by both improv and poetry.” – The American Reader

“Their performance took me back to the formative years of the slam. It was exhilarating.” – Mark Smith (founder of Slam Poetry)

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 Portal in San Francisco on November 4th.

I Let Go front cover (border 2)

Tuesday October 28th, 7:00 pm

Stories Books and Cafe
1716 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026

great weather readers: Linda CampleseCLS Ferguson,  Rich FergusonTim HansonTina YangDaniel Yaryan, and editor Jane Ormerod

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Thursday October 30th, 8:00 pm

Beyond Baroque
681 Venice Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291

great weather readers Linda CampleseCLS FergusonChristian Georgescu,  Rich FergusonTim HansonTina YangDaniel Yaryan, and editor Jane Ormerod

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Sunday November 2nd, 5:00 pm

Art House Gallery and Cultural Center
2905 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705

great weather readers and guests: Lauren Marie CappelloKit Kennedy, Richard Loranger (host), Mary Mackey, Clive Matson, Julia Vinograd, Daniel Yaryan, and editor Jane Ormerod

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Tuesday November 4 2014, 7:00 pm

Bookstore West Portal
80 West Portal Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94127

With Women’s National Book Association readers: Cassandra Dunn, Sarah Granger, Christina Nichol , Jane Ormerod

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Friday November 7th, 7:00 pm

The Beat Museum
540 Broadway Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

great weather readers and guests: Peter BullenLinda CampleseJoan GelfandKit KennedyRichard LorangerDaniel Yaryan, and editor and host Jane Ormerod

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Sunday November 9th, 6:00 pm

Rialto Poolroom Bar (upstairs)
529 Southwest 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204

great weather readers: Brad GarberRichard LorangerChristopher LunaDan RaphaelHarlan J. Wheeler JrGina WilliamsJohn Sibley Williams, and editor Jane Ormerod

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Tuesday November 11th, 7:00 pm

Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar
1508 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

great weather readers: Alex Bleecker, Thomas Hanchett, Mercedes Lawry, Richard Loranger, John J. Trause, and founding editor Jane Ormerod.

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Ormerod, Loranger

Jane Ormerod’s photo is by Jay Franco, and Richard Loranger’s photo is by Robert Fischer.

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 3 to Clark Street, 4 or to 5 Borough Hall





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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Huntingdon, NY – July 18 2014

July 15, 2014

Thrilled to be reading out in at the poetry barn in Huntingdon with Geraldine Green and David Baratier. Hosted by George Wallace Friday July 18 2014 8:00 pm Conklin Barn 2 High St Huntington NY 11743 An open mic follows the features.

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LA DI DADA! June 21 2014, Venice CA

June 9, 2014

A Highly-Disruptive Performance Event Hell Bent on Blowing Minds Another celebration for the the tremendous anthology Maintenant 8: A Journal of Contemporary  Dada Writing and Art from Three Rooms Press. I’m thrilled to be involved in both east and west coast launches.  Featured performers include performance artist-musician Exene Cervenka (X, The Knitters), famed playwright-poet Doug [...]

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Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts, June 19 2014, Pasadena CA

June 9, 2014

Hyped to be joining the Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts crew again.  Thursday June 19 6:30 to 8:45 pm Donald Wright Auditorium Pasadena Main Library 285 E Walnut St Pasadena, CA 91101 Featuring STEVE ABEE, JIM BABWE, CALOKIE, DON KINGFISHER CAMPBELL, MARVIN LOUIS DORSEY, JOE GARDNER, LALO KIKIRIKI, RAUNDI KAI-MOORE KONDO, BETTY NUDE, JANE ORMEROD, LISA MARIE [...]

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