Wednesday, September 16, 2009



As promised, we've been working on an anniversary gala. A fete. A party.  
Whatever. & as usual, we're a little on the last-minute side. But don't let 
that dissuade you from believing that on October 1, at 7 PM at Home Sweet 
Home, The Reading at Chrystie Street will be hosting the sweetest reading/party 
ever (or this week, whatever).

So if you're reading this, not only are you one of only three possible readers, 
you're also invited. If you're a past reader, please get in touch with us--we 
want you! We're planning a night of music (we have a great DJ) & flash 
readings (we know some great poets). Of course there will be drinks, fun, 
& other bullshit.  

So come! You know you want to.

Thursday, August 20, 2009



keeps it on a short leash

Jim Behrle & Shafer Hall

Wednesday, August 26. 7 PM sharp.

Home Sweet Home

131 Chrystie Street


Jim lives in Brooklyn. His poems have appeared most recently in Strandzig.


Shafer Hall's first collection of poetry is available from No Tell Press. His poems can be found in the current issue of Open Letters Monthly and in many other journals. Occasional diversions can be found at



Watch this space for info regarding our GIANT SPECTACULAR ANNIVERSARY BLOW-OUT.  If you have been a Chrystie Street reader, get in touch...we want you for a special project.

Friday, July 24, 2009



It happened. We finally made a mistake. I know you thought it couldn't happen--believe me, we're surprised, too. But it's true: WE WERE WRONG.

Come out to Home Sweet Home, at 131 Chrystie Street, on Wednesday night to hear the marvelous JODIANN STEVENSON and the lovely GABRIELLA TORRES read. You'll have to wait for Christie Ann. We promise you'll be glad you did.

JodiAnn Stevenson & Gabriella Torres show us the error of our ways.
Wednesday, July 29. 7 PM sharp. Seriously, 7 PM sharp.
Home Sweet Home
131 Chrystie Street

JodiAnn Stevenson makes her home in Bay City, Michigan where she is an Assistant Professor of writing and poetry at Delta College. She founded Binge Press, to showcase women’s work, in 2004 and 27 rue de fleures, an online journal of women’s poetries in 2005. Her first collection of poetry, The Procedure, was published in the fall of 2006 by March Street Press. Her second collection of poetry, “We, the Emperors” was a finalist in the Gertrude Press Chapbook Award in 2008. An excerpt of her “Kamikaze Death Poetry” is forthcoming in the “faux histories” issue of SPECS. Her recent blog project, Ms. Fish, the relentless, can be found at: Some of her visual poetry resides at

Gabriella Torres currently teaches writing at Baruch College in Manhattan. She is the author of Sister (Lame House Press 2005) and co-editor of the tiny along with Gina Myers. Her poetry has appeared in Sink Review, Cannibal and Past Simple.

Thursday, July 23, 2009



loves flashlight tag & statues.

Christie Ann Reynolds & Gabriella Torres read us into August.

Wednesday, July 29. 7 PM sharp.  Seriously, 7 PM sharp.

Home Sweet Home

131 Chrystie Street

Christie Ann Reynolds is a native New Yorker and a graduate of The New School MFA in Poetry program. She holds a B.A. in English from Hofstra University and a NYS Teaching Certificate from Queens College. Her poems are published or are forthcoming in Critiphoria, Sub-Lit, EOAGH, Robot Melon, My Name is Mud and Blaze Vox. She is the 2003 recipient of an Academy of American Poetry undergraduate award. Christie Ann is also the 2009 winner of The New School Chapbook Contest, chosen by Brenda Shaughnessy. Her first full-length manuscript will be published by Black Maze Books in the summer of 2010. She lives on the undetermined border of Queens and Brooklyn.


Gabriella Torres currently teaches writing at Baruch College in Manhattan. She is the author of Sister (Lame House Press 2005) and co-editor of the tiny along with Gina Myers. Her poetry has appeared in Sink Review, Cannibal and Past Simple.

Monday, June 15, 2009


See you in summer school.


Nathan Austin & Dan Magers read their poems.

Wednesday, June 24. 7 PM sharp.  Or thereabouts.

Home Sweet Home

131 Chrystie Street

Nathan Austin's publications include Tie an O (Burning Press, 1998), (glost) (Handwritten Books, 2002) and Survey Says! (Black Maze Books, 2009).  Poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Kiosk, Combo, Phoebe, Aufgabe, Tight, Diagram, and Little Red Leaves.

Dan Magers graduated from The New School's MFA program in 2005, and is co-editor of Sink Review (, an online poetry magazine.  He's had poems published in the tiny and Red China Magazine, Dick Pig Review, and Thirteen Myna Birds. He works at the publishing company John Wiley &Sons and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


The weather is beautiful.

Brendan Lorber & Tracey McTague read their winged poems.

Wednesday, May 27. 7 PM sharp. Seriously, 7 PM sharp.

Home Sweet Home

131 Chrystie Street

Rakish adventurer Brendan Lorber spends his days and nights flying small 1970’s-era airplanes, rebuilding a ramshackle Revolutionary War-era Brooklyn farmhouse, and allowing his newborn daughter Aurora to redefine the very nature of time and endurance. He is not the real father of several other poet-babies born this past year despite the striking array of traits they appear to have inherited from him, traits like immaturity, impatience, mild colic and tiny bladders. During his recent stint as Editor of the Poetry Project Newsletter Lorber did his best to destroy the Newsletter, the Poetry Project, all poetry forever, and you. He ran the Zinc Talk Reading Series for ten freewheeeling years. He continues to edit LUNGFULL! Magazine, the horribly-named journal that prints people’s rough drafts in addition to the final versions so you can see the process from beginning to end. Are you still reading this bio? Why? It’s not exactly Anna Karenina now is it? Lorber is the author of several chapbooks, among them The Address Book, Dash, Your Secret and Corvid Aurora. His work has appeared in countless journals and anthologies in several languages around the world. He has lectured and taught workshops on writing and participatory economics throughout the country but always returns to his Brooklyn home slung between an old power plant and a much older 500-acre necropolis.

Tracey McTague lives at the geographic apex of Brooklyn on Battle Hill where she curates a reading series of the same name. She is a writer and visual artist whose work includes a number of chapbooks. She is also cocreator of Book of the New Now with Brendan Lorber. A longer book , about urban dog mind, will be published next year by Overlook Press. Tracey is currently at work on a project called SUPER NATURAL. She vandalizes private property on a regular basis.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


This time we mean it.

Farrah Field & Jared White read their marvelous poems.

Wednesday, April 29. 7 PM sharp.  Seriously, 7 PM sharp.

Home Sweet Home

131 Chrystie Street

 Farrah Field's poems have appeared in many publications including the Mississippi Review, Margie, The Massachusetts Review, Typo, Harp & Altar, 42Opus, La Petite Zine, Pebble Lake Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Fulcrum, and forthcoming in Ekleksographia. Rising is her first book of poetry and won Four Way Books’ 2007 Levis Prize. She lives in Brooklyn and blogs at

 Jared White grew up in Massachusetts and lives in Brooklyn. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in journals like Barrow Street, Cannibal, Coconut, Fulcrum, Horse Less Review,The Modern Review, Sorry 4 Snake, Verse, and Word For / Word. He has published essays in Harp & Altar, Poets Off Poetry at Coldfront, and Open Letters, and a chapbook entitled Yellowcake was included in the recent hand-sewn anthology Narwhal from Cannibal Books. From time to time, he blogs at and plays the piano.

Please see the two previous entries for a little more about Farrah & Jared.  & if you'd like to see photos from last month's reading with CA Conrad & Ian Dreiblatt, drop us a line here.  We miss you.

Jared White: yes please

& now some Jared White to increase your desire to hear him read with the aforementioned & very delightful Farrah Field:

First, his densely interesting blog.

Second, some essays mentioned by the ever-kindly Steven Karl in his blog

Third, the suggestion--nay, the demand--that you attend his reading at Chrystie Street a week from today, on April 29, to hear him perform fabulous feats of language & sound, to hear him jump through hoops of syntax & come out unscathed on the other side, twirling his moustaches.

Be there!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Farrah Field: total delight

Farrah Field & Jared White are our next readers, appearing at Home Sweet Home at 7 pm on April 29.  So, to get you as excited as we are: a little FF for your reading pleasure.

Farrah's blog can be found at  

Her glorious first book, Rising, is now available for purchase. Take a look at the gorgeous cover art and read an excerpt.  Also, buy it: it's a weird & wonderful book, full of the dense murk of sadness & the bright metallic tang of river water.  Also, Farrah is very funny.  It's a wonderful surprise--don't miss out on it. 


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Can't wait?

Get your fix.

Take a look at CA Conrad's many blogs, do some somatic exercises, read from the Book of Frank, buy some of CA's wonderful work--then go read Ian's music blog & beg him for some updates, buy a beautiful poetry & art book, or read through a great translation.  

See you Wednesday at 7 PM at Home Sweet Home.  Don't be square.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


saddle up:



git along!

is the son of white trash asphyxiation whose childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. He escaped to Philadelphia where he lives and writes with the PhillySound poets His latest book The Book of Frank (Chax Press, 2009) received The Gil Ott Book Award. He is also the author of Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006), (Soma)tic Midge (FAUX Press, 2008), and two forthcoming books, advanced ELVIS course (Soft Skull Press, 2009), and a collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock titled THE CITY REAL & IMAGINED: Philadelphia Poems (Factory School Press, 2009). He invites you to visit him online at

Ian Dreiblatt is a poet, translator, & musician. he is the author, with Kerry Downey, of hoc me fefecit / image, a collaborative book of art & poetry, and has published translations of Mandelstam &, most recently, Tolstoy's The Death Of Ivan Ilich. the poet Robert Kelly has said, "listening to Ian's poems, because he has that magic intuition that all poetry is language poetry... you can feel a tremendous upwelling of words in other languages, other englishes within the english." he writes a sonnet every day & lives with Lauren near the c & g trains.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Noelle Kocot & Dottie Lasky: The Reckoning

Were they not as charming as promised? Were the drinks not cheap & abundant? Did you not have a fantastic time? Don't say we never did anything for you.

Of course Noelle & Dottie both gave gorgeous & riveting readings. We were unbelievably lucky to have them read for us, and the combination was rare & wonderful. Here is some proof of how much flipping fun we all had:

Noelle & Dottie

read their

glorious poems!

Old friends were reunited!

New friendships were forged!

Record numbers

of tongues

were exposed!

We ate babies!

Thursday, February 19, 2009


Great poems. Charming poets. Cheap & more or less okay drinks. Be there.

Noelle Kocot & Dottie Lasky read their marvelous poems.

Wednesday, February 25
Home Sweet Home
131 Chrystie Street
7 pm sharp (really)

Noelle Kocot has published four books of poetry, 4 and The Raving Fortune (Four Way Books, 2001 and 2004, respectively), Poem for the End of Times (Wave Books, 2006) and Sunny Wednesday (officially out in a month from Wave Books). She has had poems included in many anthologies, including Best American Poetry, 2001. She has received grants and awards from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Fund for Poetry, The American Poetry Review and The Academy of American Poets, among others. She lives in Brooklyn, where she was born and raised.

Dorothea Lasky is the author of AWE (Wave Books, 2007) and Black Life (Wave Books, 2010). Her chapbooks include Tourmaline (Transmission Press, 2008), The Hatmaker's Wife (Braincase Press, 2006), Art (H_NGM_N Press, 2006), and Alphabets and Portraits (Anchorite Press, 2005). She has been educated at Washington University, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Harvard University. Currently, she studies creativity and education at the University of Pennsylvania.