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David London's Magic Outside The Box in Chicago - April 22, 2014!
Release Reading for my new chapbook, ASTER TO DAYLILY
From friends in Buffalo: Help find Frank
hy-performance hyperformance
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Release Reading for my new chapbook, ASTER TO DAYLILY

Join Damask Press this Saturday, April 5 2014, for a release reading for my new chapbook,Aster to Daylily!  This is a very special publication: a large-format (8X10) chapbook with letterpress gatefold cover and dual-signature interior.  The interior and exterior covers also feature blockprint illustrations by me!

My friends Adrienne Dodt and Cean Gamalinda will be reading too, so I'm very excited about this event.  Details:

ASTER TO DAYLILY  Release Reading
Saturday, April 5 6-8 pm

hy-performance hyperformance

In an alternate universe, I am at the University of Southern California earning an MFA in Acting.  Inthis universe, however, I am slowly coming to realize the lifelong importance of performance to my artistic practice.  When I say lifelong, I mean from the age of about 9 onward, to the present.  I used to act when I was a kid.  When I was 15, some friends of mine and I wrote and produced aStar Wars-themed radio play, winning a contest and bringing geeky honor to our already geeky honors high school.

Dec. 7: Myopic Poetry Series: Join Me!

Sat. December 7:  I read with friends at the glorious Myopic Poetry Series!  Convulsive Editions' OUIJA reading features a surrealist seance, many Convulsive surprises, plus more TELEPHONE games from me.  With Toby Altman, Michael Anichini, Jay Besemer (yes that's me), Chad Chmielowicz, and Nathan Hoks!  Celebrate Convulsive Editions and Chicago-style poetry and poetics!  7pm (Poetry O'Clock).

Thursday, Nov. 14: TELEPHONE at the Book Cellar!

Join me at the Book Cellar--4736 N. Lincoln, Chicago--on Thursday Nov. 14 at 7pm. I will read from Telephone and indulge your curiousity about how the book came about--or whatever you want to ask me.  There will be plenty of copies available for sale, and I'll be signing some of them!  Come on over, have a drink or a coffee, and share the fragmented, static-ridden, miscommunicatin' poetic love!

Special Blockprint Promo for TELEPHONE Still Going On!

Yes, it's true!  If you order a print copy of my bookTelephone from the Brooklyn Arts Press site, you can still get a numbered and signed block print--created and printed by me!--along with a handwritten thank-you card!  Please note--the card and print will come separate from the book, as my editor can't write my thank-you cards for me.  (Really, that just wouldn't be right, would it?)

Click the image above and be whisked away to the BAP site.  And pass it on!

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Looking for Lew

 Note: This essay was written after re-reading the second printing of the original edition of Lew Welch's collected poems,Ring of Bone, published in 1979 by Grey Fox Press. A new expanded edition, with a preface by Gary Snyder, was published in 2012 by City Lights. 

How can I even start to discuss the widespread fascination with poets who die young and tragically, either by their own direct hand or by the workings of madness or addiction? What can possibly provide reassurance—to poets, to non-poets—in these biographies of loss?

TELEPHONE is officially released today!

POETRY10/1/13 Brooklyn Arts Press   


poems by Jen Besemer

$14.95 print / $9.99 ebook
108 pages / Pub date: October 1, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-936767-23-6
Brooklyn Arts Press is pleased to announce the publication of Telephone, the debut poetry collection of Jen Besemer.Telephone is availible in print, pdf, & ebook editions editions are also available from Small Press Distribution, Amazon, & for order through your local bookstore.

be one of the first 50 to pre-order my book TELEPHONE and get a treat!

 I'm excited to announce that the release date for my first full-length poetry collection, TELEPHONE, is just over two weeks away!  Brooklyn Arts Press is still taking pre-orders on their website--a super-huge thanks to those who've already placed orders!  

My editor Joe Pan and I are offering a special treat to the first 50 people who pre-order through the Brooklyn Arts Press website: a signed and numbered mini-block-print hand-carved and printed by ME!  If you've already pre-ordered through BAP, you're on the list to get one.

This may be the coolest thing I've ever done: OBJECT WITH MAN'S FACE

Some of you may already know that I have been eagerly awaiting publication on a collage poem collection calledObject With Man's Face.  I pitched it to Eric Lorberer atRain Taxi about eighteen months ago, as one of the edgier Ohm Editions books.  I say "book," but the truth is, this is a deck of cards! The original collection is a series of tiny collaged poems on Bristol board "artist trading cards," which I was lucky enough to be able to show Eric in person.
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