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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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





So looking forward to this Women’s National Book Association event.

Hosted by past WNBA President Joan Gelfand

bookstore west portal

Tuesday November 4 2014


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, 2009), the chapbook 11 Films (Modern Metrics/EXOT Books, 2008), and the spoken word CD Nashville Invades Manhattan. Jane’s work also appears in numerous US and international anthologies and journals including Have a Nice NYC (Three Rooms Press, 2012), Maintenant, AND / OR, Marsh Hawk Press Review, The Nervous Breakdown, Ambush Review, and Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts. Born on the south coast of England, Jane now lives in New York City and performs extensively across the United States and beyond. She is a founding editor at great weather for MEDIA, an independent press focusing on edgy and experimental poetry and prose.

Sarah Granger is a nationally recognized digital media innovator, author, and journalist whose writing has appeared in numerous publications, includingThe San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, and The Huffington Post. In 2012, she was recognized as a “40 Under 40” rising star byThe Silicon Valley Business Journal. Her lectures and keynotes have been delivered to a global audience at universities and conferences around the world. A frequent media commentator, she has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS, Mtv, and ABC. Learn more at

Cassandra Dunn is the author of The Art of Adapting (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster), which Publishers Weekly called “a lively, engaging, and heartfelt tale of learning how to cope with change.” She received her MFA in creative writing from Mills College. She was a semifinalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and a finalist for Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers. She’s published 12 short stories. Her website is

Christina Nichol grew up in the Bay Area and received her MFA from the University of Florida. She received a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award in 2012.  She has traveled widely, worked for nonprofit film companies, and taught English in India, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, and the republic of Georgia. She has been published in Harpers, Guernica, Lucky Peach, and The Paris Review. Waiting for the Electricity is her first novel.

The 5th Speaker is TBA




Wednesday September 24, 7:00 – 9:00pm


85 E 4th St
New York
NY 10003


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, along with a special guest appearance by Su Polo.

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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E.P.I.C. 12 Show, June 26 2014, NYC

June 9, 2014

Ooh, I’m excited about this…    E.P.I.C (Every Performer/ance Is Collaborative) 12 Collective is bringing you a whole new cast of 12 (musicians, singer/songwriters, poets, comedians) in our FINAL season show before we bridge gaps internationally. $10 cover 100% of proceeds go to the performers. Our year in review/past shows Who’s who this season: [...]

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Santa Monica, CA, Friday June 20 2014

June 2, 2014

Super-excited to perform at The Third Friday Salon at The Rapp Saloon. Music features include Tom Gramlich, Carol MacArthur, and Guido Friday June 20, 8:30 to 11:00 pm The Rapp Saloon Poetry Reading 1436 2nd St Santa Monica, CA 90401 Free Poetry / Spoken Word / Music open mic    

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