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The Poetry Project’s Swinging in Spring with Thurston Moore & John Zorn

By Harriet Staff

Wow wow! It’s springtime and all is abloom! For those of us in the arts, it also means it’s benefit season! If you’re in the New York area, this one is plenty worth the duckets:

At The Poetry Project’s SPRINGING Benefit–Thurston Moore & John Zorn! More info:

Duo action! John Zorn on reeds. Thurston Moore plays electric guitar. The opening set includes poetry from LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, erica kaufman and Dana Ward.

THIS FRIDAY, MAY 4, AT 8:00 PM. With an afterparty in the Parish Hall after performances, which take place in the Sanctuary of St. Mark’s Church. We hear that beer has lovingly been donated by Brooklyn Brewery, and and a special “Red Poetry” wine, courtesy of City Winery.


John Zorn is a musician/composer who lives and works in NYC. He consistently strives to present a wild, yet non-hierarchical, dynamic in the practice of improvisation, composition and ensemble playing. His works are multitude with recordings and performances ranging from basement hovels to the whiff of uptown heraldry. As far as we can tell he never misses a beat.

Thurston Moore is a tall and searching musician/writer and founder of NYC noise-rock experimentalists Sonic Youth who have been active since 1980. He edits the Ecstatic Peace Poetry Journal as well as Flowers & Cream Press. He approaches guitar and songwriting much in the same way he does poetry – with blindfolds and prayer.

Writer and media artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is the author of three chapbooks and one album. She is the co-founder of Coon Bidness/SO4 Magazine, a recent Create Change Public Artist in Residence, a Jerome Foundation Grantee and a Black Earth Institute Fellow. As an independent curator and artistic director, she has created literary/musical concerts for Symphony Space, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, BAM Cafe, and Schomburg Center for Black Culture. She is a native of Harlem.

erica kaufman is the author of censory impulse (Factory School 2009). Excerpts from her newest project, INSTANT CLASSIC are available in chapbook form from Least Weasel and Belladonna*, and online in Little Red Leaves and Elective Affinities. kaufman lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Baruch College and is a faculty associate of Bard College’s Institute for Writing & Thinking and Institute for Language & Thinking.

Dana Ward lives in Cincinnati, OH. His most recent book is This Can’t Be Life, out from Edge. New books are coming in 2012 from Futurepoem Books, & Flowers and Cream. He loves the month of May.

Tickets are still $25 in advance, and available for online purchase here. $30 at the door, $25 student/senior. Your contribution helps raise the funds needed for continued programming at The Poetry Project. Photo courtesy Vol. 1 Brooklyn.

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Posted in Poetry News on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 by Harriet Staff.