Saturday, December 27, 2008


So there will be not one, but two, major offsite readings in conjunction with this year’s MLA in San Francisco .

The first, Sunday night, December 28 at 7:00 PM, in the Forum at the Yerba Buena Center, 701 Mission (and thus directly across the street from SF MoMA in one direction & the Moscone Convention Center in another), is sponsored by SPD & the Poetry Foundation, and includes numerous out-of-town celebs, including several (Dale Smith, Carla Harryman, Michael Davidson, Barrett Watten & Timothy Yu) with important links to the Bay Area.

The second, Tuesday night, December 30 at 7:00 PM, at the Hotel Utah at 500 Fourth Street (at Bryant just east of the freeway overpass) is sponsored by Small Press Traffic & includes more than 30 local poets. It’s a terrific opportunity for MLA nomads to check out what’s new & hot in one of the great writing cities of the U.S.

And do not forget the New Year’s Day Marathon Thursday, January 1, 2009 at 2:00 pm at St. Marks Church in New York City, 131 E. 10th Street. The 35th annual marathon in the series that is the Mother of All Marathon reading events.

Which gives you plenty of time to get – even walk – to Milwaukee for Woodland Pattern’s 15th annual marathon January 31st. The address there is 720 E. Locust. Those Midwesterners are early risers & this marathon starts at 10:00 am & runs until 1:00 in the morning.

Hopefully people will be taking photos – and audio recordings – of all these events. If such should go up on the web, I’ll link to them here.


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