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Boog City presents Paper Kite Press and Alan Semerdjian 5/27/08

Boog City presents d.a. levy lives: celebrating the renegade press

Paper Kite Press (Kingston, Penn.)
Event will be hosted by Paper Kite Press editors Jennifer Hill-Kaucher and Dan Waber

Tues. May 27, 6:00 p.m. sharp, free
ACA Galleries, 529 W. 20th St., 5th Flr. NYC
Directions: C/E to 23rd St., 1/9 to 18th St.
Venue is bet. 10th and 11th avenues

Featuring readings from Joel Chace, Craig Czury, Barbara DeCesare, Andrea Talarico, Jim Warner with music from Alan Semerdjian

There will be wine, cheese, and crackers, too.

Curated and with an introduction by Boog City editor David Kirschenbaum

**Paper Kite Press

Paper Kite Press began with Jennifer’s design business, and our love for words. In 1995 Jennifer purchased her best friend’s design business, “Wordpainting.” It wasn’t a big design business: imagine one Apple computer, a desk, a library of clip art and fonts, and several local clients needing business cards and brochures.

In 2003 we discussed the idea of starting a special imprint for poetry, and the prospect of doing some workshops and events in our community. We decided on Paper Kite Press as the name because the image of a paper kite is used in a poem as a metaphor for the heart taking flight. It sounds a little maudlin as we explain it here—it was one of those great ideas we had over pie and coffee! We still love the sound of the name—and that it alludes to flight, and that amazing liftoff feeling you get when you are flying a kite—like anything is possible.

We started out with the manuscript “Part of a Geography” by Jack McGuigan. A couple of years ago we started renting some studio space for community readings and events. The first studio was in an old mansion in Wilkes-Barre, and now we’ve moved into a new storefront space in Kingston, both in Pennsylvania.

Every third Friday we hold an open mic with a featured poet, and we host other workshops and events on a regular basis. While the community event aspect is always part of our goal, it isn’t our primary focus. We publish poetry—anthologies and individual manuscripts—so poets can get out in the world and share their work. We believe it’s important for the world to have more poetry in it—and for people to recognize that there IS poetry in the world.

*Performer Bios*

**Joel Chace

Joel Chace has published in print and electronic magazines such as 6ix, Tomorrow, Lost and Found Times, Coracle, xStream, Three Candles, 2River View, Joey & the Black Boots, Recursive Angel, and Veer. He has published more than a dozen print and electronic collections. Just out from BlazeVOX Books is Cleaning The Mirror: New and Selected Poems, and from Paper Kite Press is Matter No Matter, another full-length collection. He has been poetry editor for the experimental electronic magazine 5_Trope for many years.

**Craig Czury

Craig Czury, a former resident of Pottsville, grew up in the Wilkes-Barre and Shamokin areas of the coal region. He spent 15 years hitchhiking North America, working in carnivals, warehouses, canaries, construction crews, restaurant kitchens, and organizing community poetry readings. He’s the author of 15 collections of poetry, most recently, In My Silence To Justify (FootHills Publishing), and editor of two anthologies, Fine Line That Screams from his N.E. Penn. Prison Poetry Project and Un Segundo En El Tiempo/One Second at a Time, poets of the Reading, Penn. Hispanic community.

Czury now works as a poet in schools, homeless shelters, prisons, mental hospitals, and community centers throughout the world. His books have been translated into Spanish, Russian, Lithuanian, Portuguese, and Italian, and he has been awarded many national and international fellowships to continue his collaborative poem fusion performance and poetry mural projects, including a residency at The Playhouse in Derry, Northern Ireland.

An avid blues harp and bocce player, Czury lives in Reading and has been a featured poet at International Poetry Festivals in Argentina, Ireland. Colombia, Lithuania, Macedonia, and Croatia.

**Barbara DeCesare

Fiction and poetry by Barbara DeCesare has been published in some of the finest contemporary literary journals, adapted for stage, optioned for film, recited by drag queens in auditions, censored on the radio, and denounced by her mother. DeCesare is a secretary and a potty mouth. She lives in Dallastown, Penn. with her beau and her three teenaged children. Her new book, Silent Type, is recently out from Paper Kite Press.

**Alan Semerdjian

Alan Semerdjian is a poet, essayist, songwriter, English teacher, and occasional artist. In addition to a chapbook of poems (Improvised Device, Lock N Load Press) and a forthcoming full-length book of poetry (Geography of Evidence), Alan’s writing has appeared in several print and online publications including Ararat, Diagram, The Lyric Review, Adbusters, and Newsday. His music has been featured on television and film; heard on public, commercial, and internet radio; and charted on CMJ (College Music Journal). Alan has read and performed all over the country and in parts of Canada. He resides on Long Island and teaches at Herricks High School.

**Andrea Talarico

Andrea Talarico is the owner of the independent bookstore, Anthology, in Scranton, Penn. She hosts the Test Pattern Poetry Series, which has been variously running and sputtering along now for three years. Her chapbook, Spinning with the Tornado, was published by Paper Kite Press. She lives in an old creaky house with her cat and boyfriend, enjoys flipping on the light switch in her bookstore every morning, defends the “I” in poems, and plans to finish college before she dies.

**Jim Warner

Jim Warner is the author of the poetry collection Too Bad It’s Poetry (Paper Kite Press). His poems have appeared in The HazMat Review, mid)rib, Cause and Effect, In The Arms of Words: Poetry for Disaster Relief (Sherman-Asher), and elsewhere. He is the assistant director of graduate creative writing programs at Wilkes University.


Next event:

Tues. June 24
Ixnay Press (Philadelphia)

David A. Kirschenbaum, editor and publisher
Boog City
330 W.28th St., Suite 6H
NY, NY 10001-4754
For event and publication information:
T: (212) 842-BOOG (2664)
F: (212) 842-2429

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