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POETS LIVE is on summer break

We will be back in September 2014 with four poets: Marc Atkins, Dylan Harris, Rod Mengham and Kate Noakes.
Details will be posted on this site by the end of August.
Have a good summer!


with Jennifer K. Dick, Sabine Huynh, Chris Tysh and Lesley Wheeler

When: Monday, June 16. Please note change of weekday for this event!
Where: Carrs Pub, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75016 Paris
Mtros: Tuileries or Concorde
Drinks upstairs from whenever you like, poetry starts downstairs at 19:30.

Jennifer K Dick is the author of CIRCUITS (Corrupt, 2013), ENCLOSURES (BlazeVox eBook, 2007), FLUORESCENCE (University of GA Press, 2004), and 4 chapbooks. She teaches at the Universit of Haute Alsace in Mulhouse, France, co-curates the Ivy Writers reading series in Paris and the Ecrire lArt mini-residency at La Kunsthalle Mulhouse. She is a poetry editor for Versal (Amsterdam), writes book reviews for Drunken Boat and a poetics column for Tears in the Fence (UK). She also co-edited two critical books on translation with Stephanie Schwerter. For more, see her blog at:

Sabine Huynh was born in Saigon, grew up in France and has lived in England, the U.S., and Canada. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has taught literature and languages. Today she lives in Tel Aviv, where she writes (in French and in English) and translates (from French, English, Hebrew and Italian — into French, English and Hebrew). Her most recent publications include: a novel, a collection of stories and two poetry collections, Les colibris reculons and Tel Aviv / ville in&#fb01;rme / corps in&#fb01;ni. Since 2000, her work in English has appeared in numerous publications.

Poet and playwright, Chris Tysh is the author of several collections of poetry and drama. Her latest publications are Our Lady of the Flowers, Echoic (Les Figues, 2013); Molloy: The Flip Side (BlazeVox, 2012) and Night Scales: A Fable for Klara K (United Artists, 2010). She is on the creative writing faculty at Wayne State University. Her play, Night Scales, a Fable for Klara K was produced at the Studio Theatre in Detroit under the direction of Aku Kadogo in 2010. She holds fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and the Kresge Foundation.

Lesley Wheeler grew up in New York and New Jersey and now lives in Virginia, where she teaches poetry at Washington and Lee University. Her poetry collections include The Receptionist and Other Tales, a Tiptree Award Honor Book; Heterotopia, winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize; and Heathen. She also publishes criticism about place, sound, performance, and gender in English-language verse. In 2011 she held a Fulbright fellowship in New Zealand, and the following year won an Outstanding Faculty Award from the state of Virginia. She blogs about poetry at

Have a good summer!
Next Poets Live reading will be Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

May 13: Prose poetry, recitation and performance poetry

with Gerald Fleming, Kit Fryatt and Carole Glasser Langille

When: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Where: Carrs Pub, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Mtros: Tuileries or Concorde
Drinks at the bar from whenever you like, poetry starts downstairs at 19:30.

Gerald Flemings poetry and prose poems have appeared widely over the past thirty-&#fb01;ve years. Between 1995 and 2000 he edited and published the literary magazine Barnabe Mountain Review, whose archives are at U.C. Berkeley’s Bancro&#fb05; Library. His book of poems Swimmer Climbing onto Shore came out in 2005, a book of prose poems, Night of Pure Breathing, appeared in 2011 and a book of longer prose poems, The Choreographer, in 2013. In 2013 he launched the limited-edition vitreous literary magazine One (More) Glass. Fleming taught in the San Francisco public schools for thirty-seven years, and has published three books for teachers. He lives part of the year in Paris, part in California.

Kit Fryatt was born in 1978 in Tehran, and grew up in Singapore, Turkey and England. She moved to Ireland in 1999. In 2008 she set up Wurm im apfel with Dylan Harris, and from 2010 organised Wurm events solo. In 2009 she won the Stinging Fly prize for the poem “Ghastlymake”, which was also the &#fb01;rst poem to win the prize in its history. She has published three books of poetry: Rain Down Can (Shearsman, 2012), turn push | turn pull (corrupt press, 2012) and The Co Durham Miner’s Granddaughter’s Farewell to the Harlan County Miner’s Grandson (Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2013).

Carole Glasser Langille is the author of four books of poetry, including Church of the Exquisite Panic: The Ophelia Poems (Pedlar Press, 2012) and Late In A Slow Time (Mans&#fb01;eld Press, 2003) a collection of short stories and two childrens books. She has been nominated for The Governor Generals Award in poetry and The Atlantic Poetry Prize, and the ReLit award in &#fb01;ction. In 2013 she was awarded The Established Artist Recognition Award in Nova Scotia. She has given readings and workshops in South Africa, India and Kauai, among other places. Originally from New York, she now lives in Nova Scotia and teaches Creative Writing: Poetry at Dalhousie University.

Next Poets Live reading: Monday, June 16 2014


with Marion McCready, Afric McGlinchey and Romual Kabor

at Carrs Pub, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Mtros: Tuileries or Concorde

Drinks upstairs at the bar from whenever you like, poetry starts downstairs at 19:30.

Marion McCready lives in Argyll, Scotland. Her poetry pamphlet collection, Vintage Sea, was published by Calder Wood Press (2011). She won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2013 and won the Melita Hume Poetry Prize (2013). Her &#fb01;rst full “ length collection, Tree Language, will be published in the Spring 2014 by Eyewear Publishing. Her website can be found here - and she blogs here -

Afric McGlincheys dbut collection, The lucky star of hidden things, based partly on her upbringing in Zimbabwe, was published in 2012 by Salmon. Published translations of her work have appeared in Irish, Spanish and Italian. She has been invited to read and give talks at festivals in South Africa, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Italy as well as Ireland. A Pushcart nominee, Afric received the Hennessy Emerging Poetry Award for 2010 and the Northern Liberties Poetry Award for 2012 and was placed and commended in a number of other competitions. Afric lives in West Cork, Ireland.

Romual Kabor was born in Burkina Faso in 1989 and studied dance at CDC la Termitire in Ouagadougou. Since 2012 he has been a member of La Compagnie Herman Diephuis, performing in Objet principal du voyage. In 2013 be began a collaboration with Oliver Tarpaga and Bernice Lee, called Let Me Be and is working on Encore et corps with Boukson Sr and Sergio Argiolas. He was awarded a Ville de Paris/Institut Franais international residency in 2014 and is presently working on the choreography of his &#fb01;rst piece, Romual sans D.

Next Poets Live reading: May 13. 2014

March 25: an evening of Arabic, Chinese, Italian and Russian poetry in English translation

with: Omar Berrada, Sarah Riggs, Fiona Sze-Lorrain, Jason Francis Mc Gimsey and Peter Daniels

at Carrs Pub, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75016 Paris
Mtros: Tuileries and Concorde

Drinks upstairs from whenever you like, poetry starts downstairs at 19:30.

Omar Berrada directs the library and translation center at Dar al-Mamn in Marrakech. Previously, he hosted shows on French national radio and public programs at the Centre Pompidou, and curated Tangiers International Book Salon. He translates American poetry and philosophy into French, and has recently edited, with Erik Bullot, Expanded Translation “ A Treason Treatise (Sharjah Art Foundation, 2011) and, with Yto Barrada, Album “ Cinmathque de Tanger (Virreina/LDC, 2012).

Sarah Riggs is a member of the bilingual poetry collective Double Change (, and founder of the interart non-pro&#fb01;t Tamaas (, She lives in Paris, where she is a professor at NYU-in-France. Author of Pomme & Granite (forthcoming with 1913 Press), Autobiography of Envelopes (Burning Deck), 60 Textos (Ugly Duckling Presse), Chain of Minuscule Decisions in the Form of a Feeling (Reality Street Editions) and Waterwork (Chax Press), Riggs has also made a &#fb01;lm, Six Lives.

Fiona Sze-Lorrain writes and translates in English, Chinese, and French. She is the author of two books of poetry, My Funeral Gondola (Manoa Books/El Leon Literary Arts, 2013) and Water the Moon (Marick, 2010), as well as several volumes of translations of Chinese and French contemporary poets. Her translations of Chinese poets are published by Zephyr Press. She is recently the Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Hawai’i. Also a zheng harpist, she lives in France. (www.&#fb01;

Jason Francis Mc Gimsey is a writer and translator currently living in Paris, France. He is a founding member of Paris Lit Up (, a collective that hosts weekly open mic readings, workshops and other literary activities. Among other things, he has translated Ghrasim Luca’s Hros-Limite (1953), Jos Saramago’s Os poemas possveis (1966) and is currently translating a selection of Biagio Marin’s poetry from Venetian dialect. He wordsmiths at:

Peter Daniels lives in London. He published his &#fb01;rst full collection Counting Eggs with Mulfran Press in 2012, following several pamphlets including Mr Luczinski Makes a Move (HappenStance, 2011). He has won &#fb01;rst prize in a number of poetry competitions including the Ledbury (2002), Arvon (2008) and TLS (2010). His book of translations from the Russian of Vladislav Khodasevich (1886-1939), published by Angel Classics, was the Poetry Book Societys recommended translation for Autumn 2013.

Next Poets Live reading: April 8, 2014

February 11: an evening of poetry and music with Zo Skoulding and Victor

at Carrs Pub, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Mtros: Tuileries and Concorde

Drinks upstairs from whenever you like, poetry starts downstairs at 19:30

Zo Skoulding is a poet, translator, editor and critic. She has published four collections of poetry, most recently The Museum of Disappearing Sounds (Seren, 2013) and Remains of a Future City (Seren, 2008), poems from which have been widely translated. Her own translations include a collection by the Luxembourgish poet Jean Portante, In Reality (Seren, 2013). From 2009 to 2011 she was, in partnership with Literature Across Frontiers, director of Metropoetica, a collaborative project on translation, gender and city space. Her critical work includes Contemporary Women’s Poetry and Urban Space: Experimental Cities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). She is a member of the collective Parking Non-Stop, whose CD Species Corridor, combining experimental soundscape with poetry and song, was released in 2008. She is Senior Lecturer in the School of English at Bangor University, and has been editor of the international quarterly Poetry Wales since 2008. She is currently living in Paris for a three-month residency at Les Rcollets.

Currently &#fb01;nishing a PhD in art history that led him to live between Paris and Berlin, Victor is also a clandestine pop culture amateur. As a self-taught guitar player and former member of several jazz bands, Victor performs regularly in Paris English poetry scenes, covering calypso songs from the 1930s and constantly digging for musical diamonds in the recorded heritage of the 20th century. For Poets Live, Victor will perform excerpts from his Des Yoyos aux Yys: A Brief History of Postwar French Popular Music, which is a cultural studies lecture in verse. Framed as a poem in tight English alexandrines, it is punctuated with live French renditions of the referenced songs. The audience can expect a subjective, somewhat insolent and completely out-of-the-box analysis of the French musical tradition; a sweeping portrait from the underground scene in the cellars of Saint-Germain-des-Prs to the contemporary music industry. The poem is an homage to the vibrant, multi-faceted musical heritage known as la chanson franaise, a heritage intimately tied to the French language itself and covers a tight selection of songs from the linguistic gymnastics of Boris Vian to Frances Anglo-Saxon pop-star wannabes, by way of Dick Annegarns fantastical themes and the fully-rounded, delectable work of Serge Gainsbourg (whose legacy represents the backbone of the series). This night of academic sing-along is an entry ticket into the world of French pop-culture in all its double-edged glory.

Next Poets Live reading: March 25, 2014


with Christine Herzer, Rethabile Masilo and Joe Ross

When: January 28, 2014
Where: Carrs Pub, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Mtros: Tuileries and Concorde
Drinks at the bar from whenever you like. Poetry starts downstairs at 7:30 p.m.

Christine Herzer is a poet, visual artist, and teacher living between India and Paris. She received her MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. In 2013 she performed her poetry at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in Mumbai and her artworks were on display at La Cit des Arts, Paris; Galerie Evi Gougenheim/Artplace, Paris; Galerie Ivana de Gavardie, Paris. Christines poetry appears in numerous international literary magazines, art reviews and online publications such as Fence, American Letters & Commentary, The New York Quarterly, The Volta, Drunken Boat, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Inertia, elimae, Blackbox Manifold, RealPoetik, Timber, EVERYDAY GENIUS, and Platform Magazine [India]. She keeps a tumblr at honeymoon in the fridge. For more information visit and

Rethabile Masilo is a Mosotho poet who lives in Paris, France, with his wife and two children. Rethabile is self-employed and works in language-teaching. He says he has been writing for a good while, learning through trial and error and picking up lots of sounds by reading and re-reading the poems that he likes. He is the author of Things That Are Silent (Pindrop Press, 2012). Rethabile was born in 1961 in Lesotho and le&#fb05; his country with his parents and siblings to go into exile in 1980. He moved through The Republic of South Africa (very short stay, on account of the weight of Apartheid), Kenya and The United States of America, before settling in France in 1987. He blogs at and co-edits with Phil Rice the literary magazine Canopic Jar.

Joe Ross is the author of over twelve books of poetry, most recently, 1000 Folds, due out from Chax Press in Feb., Wordlick, Green Integer Press (2011) and Strata, Dusie Press (2008). He has also published Fractured // Connections … , bilingual Italian/English, La Camera Verde Press and EQUATIONS = equals, Green Integer Press, 2004. Former Literary Editor of the arts bi-monthly The Washington Review from 1991-1997, and co-founder of both the In Your Ear reading series in Washington, D.C. and the Beyond the Page reading series in San Diego, CA, he received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Award for his poetry in 1997 and is the three time winner of the Gertrude Stein Poetry Award in 2003, 2005, and 2006. He presently resides in Paris.

Next Poets Live reading: February 11.


This month POETS LIVE celebrates Anglophone magazines published in Paris with the participation of: Belleville Park Pages, Paris Lit Up, The Bastille and Upstairs at Duroc. Contributors to the magazines will read and issues of the publications will be available at the book table.

When: Tuesday, December 17
Where: Carrs Pub, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Mtros: Tuileries or Concorde
Drinks upstairs at the bar. Poetry starts downstairs at 19:30.

The next Poets Live reading will be January 28, 2014


with Rosarita Cuccoli, Bonny Finberg and George Vance

When: Tuesday, November 19
Where: Carrs Pub, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Mtros: Tuileries or Concorde
Drinks at the bar from whenever you like. Poetry starts downstairs at 19:30, sharp, please!

Rosarita Cuccoli was born in Bologna, Italy, in 1967 and has lived in Paris since 1999. She writes both poetry and &#fb01;ction and publishes in English, Italian and French. Her &#fb01;rst collection of poetry, LAmore Pi Profondo was published in 1998. Poems from this collection were showcased at an exhibition in the streets of Camogli, on Italys Ligurian coast. In 1999, two of her poems in Italian were nominated for the Italian literary prize, Premio Miramare. Her second poetry collection, The Love of a Woman, prefaced by poet/critic Andrew Parkin, was &#fb01;rst presented in 2011 at the Cambridge Society of Paris. Her novel, La Logica della Solitudine was published in 2004. Rosarita is a graduate from the universities of Cambridge (Magdalene College), where she took an M.Phil in International Relations, and Bologna, where she graduated with honours in Political Science, specializing in Development Cooperation. She has worked for banks, international organizations and non-pro&#fb01;t associations in di&#fb00;erent countries. She teaches in France and writes for various publications.

Bonny Finberg, a native New Yorker, has lived in Europe, India and Nepal. Her work has been translated into French, Japanese and Hungarian. Her poetry, &#fb01;ction and reviews have appeared in numerous publications and e-zines, including Le Purple Journal, Upstairs at Duroc, Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, The Brooklyn Rail, Evergreen Review, Ping Pong, Neighborhood, Best American Erotica, most recently the Unbearable Big Book of Sex as well as Lost and Found: New York Stories from Mr. Bellers. Her article on the Three Kings of Klezmer is included in Jews: A Peoples History of the Lower East Side, vol.2. Her chapbook of short stories, How the Discovery of Sugar Produced the Romantic Era (2006) is featured in the video 5 Guys Read Finberg. Dj Vu, a poetry and photocollage chapbook, appeared in 2011. Her photography has been exhibited as well as published in print and online art journals. Her novel, Kalis Day, is forthcoming and she is working on her second novel.

Born in Ohio, George Vance dictated his &#fb01;rst poem to his mother at 5. Following a long hiatus of prosaic teaching gigs sprinkled with bardly syncopations, he turned full-time to poetry a&#fb05;er tiring of translating verses posted in Metro cars by the RATP in Paris, where he has lived o&#fb00; and on for the last 30 years. He has also resided in Vienna, Aachen, Brussels and the French overseas possession New Caledonia (Kanaky), and now lives in Reims. He has read at numerous Paris venues and his work has been published in Upstairs at Duroc, Pharos, the on-line magazines Ekleksopgraphia, Nth position and Retort, and is a regular contributor to the poetry blog Rewords. His hybrid poetry volume A Short Circuit (including the poem series Bent Time) and a chapbook, Xmas Collage, were both published by corrupt press. Vance continues to work on text/image fusion and street art experiments.

Next Poets Live reading will be December 17.


with Joshua Edwards, Michelle Noteboom and Lynn Xu

When: October 15, 2013
Where: Carrs Pub, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Mtro: Tuileries or Concorde

Drinks upstairs at the bar from whenever you like. Poetry starts downstairs at 19:30, sharp, please!

Joshua Edwards was born in Galveston, Texas. He directs Canarium Books, is the author of Imperial Nostalgias (Ugly Duckling, 2013) and Campeche (Noemi, 2011), and translated Mexican poet Mara Baranda’s Ficticia (Shearsman, 2010). He currently lives in Stuttgart, Germany, where he’s a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude. His third collection, Architecture for Travelers, will be published in late 2014 by Edition Solitude and is part of a collaboration with Alan Worn, Lynn Xu, and others that will also involve the design and construction of a home, a series of photographs, and a 700-mile walk across Texas. More information can be found at

A native of Michigan, Michelle Noteboom is the author of the newly released collection Roadkill (Corrupt Press, 2013), which will be launched at the Poets Live reading. Her other collections are: The Chia Letters (Dusie Kollektiv, 2009), Edging (Cracked Slab Books, 2006) which won the 2006 Heartland Poetry Prize, and Hors-cage in French translation by Frdric Forte (Editions de l’Attente, 2010). She has lived in Paris since 1991, where she co-founded and helped curate the bilingual reading series Ivy Writers Paris for several years.

Lynn Xu is the author of Debts & Lessons (Omnidawn, 2013) and a chapbook, June (Corollary, 2006). Her poems have also appeared in Best American Poetry 2008, Boston Review, Critical Quarterly, Zoland Poetry, and elsewhere. She’s a co-editor of Canarium Books and a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. Born in Shanghai and raised in Chicago, she now lives in Stuttgart, Germany and will soon be moving to Marfa, Texas.

The next POETS LIVE reading will be November 19, 2013.

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