“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.
Tuesday January 27th 2015
7 to 9:30 pm
Norwich Arts Center (Cafe Bar)
Saint Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4AQ
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
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
103 rue Julien Lacroix
Love this! Coming up to my tenth year too!
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)
THRILLED to be part of this!
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 RadioFreeAmsterdam.com 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, Mohawk. Website
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.