Talking Paper podcast: Texts 2 Tascha

Dallas Athent reads poems from Theia Mania during Texts 2 Tascha

Dallas Athent reads poems from Theia Mania during Texts 2 Tascha

On this episode of Talking Paper, Christian Niedan went to GAMBA Forest, a multi-purpose space that serves as both a performance and art venue, located at 231 Norman Avenue in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It's run by Melissa Hunter-Gurney and Chris Carr, who are co-founders of the literary publication, GAMBAZine. They recently worked with literary nonprofit Nomadic Press to host a poetry and music showcase at GAMBA Forest, titled "Texts 2 Tascha." The event's name and the night's lineup was curated by poet Dallas Athent, to honor the birthday of her friend, the artist Natascha Young, who was visiting Brooklyn from her home in England -- where she oversees the Venus A Day project, in which she carves the ancient female form, known as "the venus", from one of a variety of materials over the course of a single day, as part of a larger series, which she then chronicles on Instagram. I recorded the event, which included the following performers: 

Joanna Valente reading four poems: 
-- The Ones You Left Behind Are Still With You
-- The Night Is Dark And Full Of Terrors
-- Son
-- Your Only Son Is Dead

Craig Kite reading two poems:
-- Fuck, We're All Going To Die
-- The Algorithm Hates Me

Stephanie Valente reading three poems: 
--Lake
-- It Happened To Me, I Kissed A Gravedigger
-- Married To The Mob

Chris Carr reading three poems.

Melissa Hunter-Gurney reading one poem: 
-- We Still Wear Fucking Fur

Dallas Athent reading four selections from her new book of poetry, Theia Mania
-- Page 21.
-- Page 27.
-- Page 33.
-- Pages 58 & 59.

La Julietissima singing four songs:
-- Cuando vuelva a tu lado (or, "When I Return to Your Side"). 
-- Angelitos Negros (or, "Black Angels").
-- Besame Mucho (or, "Kiss me a lot").
-- La Llorona (or, "The Weeping Woman").

GAMBA Forest: gambazine.com 

Nomadic Press: nomadicpress.org 

Dallas Athent: dallasathent.com

Natascha Young: cargocollective.com/nataschayoung

Joanna Valente: joannavalente.com/

Craig Kite: twitter.com/craigkitefly

Stephanie Valente: stephanievalente.com/

Chris Carr: brooklynwildlife.tumblr.com/

Melissa Hunter-Gurney: facebook.com/mhgurney

La Julietissima: lajulietissima.com/

You can also read Christian's June 2016 print-version Talking Paper interview with Hunter-Gurney and Carr.

Talking Paper podcast: Claire Durand-Gasselin, Craig Kite, & Brian Sheffield

Sheffield, Durand-Gasselin, & Kite at the 2016 NYC Poetry Festival on Governor's Island

Sheffield, Durand-Gasselin, & Kite at the 2016 NYC Poetry Festival on Governor's Island

On this episode of Talking Paper, Christian Niedan speaks with Claire Durand-Gasselin, Craig Kite, & Brian Sheffield. They are three of the co-founding editors (along with Margaux Taleux) of POST(blank) -- a French-American bilingual word-art publication from Mad Gleam Press. The publication's first volume, titled POSTpaper, debuted in fall of 2016 with 92 pages. The second volume, POSTmortem, came out in winter of 2017 with 144 pages.

The Mad Gleam Press website describes its mission as highlighting "the conjoined strengths of text and image by publishing visual poetic pieces, visual poems, dialogues on arts and ideas between artists of the two media, and excerpts of artist books. We also want to celebrate and speak to the infrastructure of the physical communities that come together around small press publications. We hope to offer a space for visual and literary artists to compliment each other’s work and to make new connections across mediums, genres and cultures." 

The Mad Gleam summary of the content found in POSTmortem states: "Death less represents the romantic stuff of tragedy as much as a shirked inevitability, viewed indirectly through the rosy lens of metaphor, or through some white frowning mask. Death is a hard-nosed fact checked on the ice of stark reality, an open-eyed kiss and reason to fuck, to connect, to practice life. We can only understand the constant flux of our experience, collective or individual, through reflection: taking stabs at post-analysis, even if only via abstract expression. In our own ways, we attempt to make sense of these things without it shaving any days off our lives. So allow yourself a reminder. Touch the bone inside your skin. Tickle your mortality and understand that nothing ever has been, currently is, nor ever will be, permanent."

You can also read Christian's September 2016 print-version Talking Paper interview with Sheffield and Kite.

Talking Paper podcast: Chris Campanioni, John Gosslee, and PANK & Nomadic Invasions

On this episode of Talking Paper on Radio Free Brooklyn, Christian Niedan travels to Washington D.C. for the 2017 AWP Conference and Bookfair, where he interviews writer, teacher, and model Chris Campanioni, who edits PANK magazine and is the author Death of Art, published by C&R Press. He also interviews C&R and PANK owner John Gosslee

You can also read Christian's September 2016 print-version Talking Paper interview with Campanioni.

Next, a recorded selection of readings from the PANK & Nomadic Invasions author showcase at Sixth Engine restaurant. The event was co-organized by Nomadic Press and PANK magazine during AWP 2017, and featured 14 authors, including: 

Cassandra Dallett, reading "The Day Prince Left" 

George Anderson, reading from "The Kaleidoscope Kid"

Natasha Dennerstein, reading "Love Me, I'm Fake" & "Serial Eileen"

Ariel Francisco, reading "The Young Men Along the Bar Are Too Tired Even to Die"

Hollie Hardy, reading "The Animal Trail of Tears"

Beth Ann Miller, reading "Your Bones"

Roberto F. Santiago, reading "The Domestican" & "I Was Set up to Fail But Never Given The Chance To"

Annie Christain, reading "He Developed the Habit of Playing Airs, Most Correctly, Upon His Chin: March 3rd 1994, Rome"

Elwin Michael Cotman, reading from his upcoming novella

Joy Deva Baglio, reading from "Ron" 

Matthew Siegel, reading a poem inspired by California's Bay Area

Sidney Taiko, reading "Here be Monsters" 

Raina J León, reading "Poet Anxiety Disorder" 

Will Cordeiro, reading "Dialogue With The Moon"

Talking Paper podcast: Lisa Marie Basile & Joanna C. Valente

On this episode of Talking Paper on Radio Free Brooklyn, Christian Niedan interviews Lisa Marie Basile and Joanna C. Valente, who are the founding editor-in-chief and managing editor, respectively, of Luna Luna Magazine. Since 2013, Luna Luna has served as "a growing community and online diary interested in art, feminism, literature, opinion, sex and the occult" with content generally divided between dark and light sections. During the interview, Basile and Valente read a selection of their poetry. Afterward, Christian reads Olivia Kate Cerrone's Luna Luna essay, "Tarot As Family Therapy," as well as an occult-themed excerpt from Lothar Müller's book, "White Magic: The Age of Paper."

You can also read Christian's July 2016 print-version Talking Paper interview with Lisa and Joanna.

Artist-to-Artist Interview Series: Molly Zuckerman-Hartung

Artist-to-Artist Interview Series: Molly Zuckerman-Hartung

Rohan DaCosta and I recently had the pleasure of speaking with fine artist Molly Zuckerman-Hartung over Skype. Molly took us on a virtual tour of the Yale Norfolk grounds in upstate Connecticut, where she was a visiting artist on their Yale-affiliated summer school, and showed us some of the works-in-progress in her studio. Our conversation spanned two days. Zuckerman-Hartung talks about her perspectives on painting, philosophy, and politics in addition to shedding light on her experiences teaching and traveling. She discusses the intentions behind her early performance work Disaster Kitchen as well as two recent exhibitions: QUEEN at Lyles and King, NY, 2016, and TIME SHARE at Fiendish Plots, Lincoln, NE, 2016.

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Artists and Mental Illness Interview Series: Ilana Simons

Artists and Mental Illness Interview Series: Ilana Simons

Ilana Simons is an artist and clinical psychologist currently based in New York. She has produced many short animations, featured in Hyperallergic, Electric Literature, and the Sundance Film Festival, and is the writer of A Life of One’s Own: A Guide to Better Living through the Work and Wisdom of Virginia Woolf. In August 2016, Simons performed her play, All Together Now, a multimedia solo show that premiered as part of the FringeNYC festival. The play involves an intimate, immersive experience, in which a small audience of twenty lies in a handmade tent, while Simons projects videos onto the ceiling and narrates. She explores her memories, the house she grew up in, her love, her divorce -- and, ultimately, how she came to make things, and see things, as she does today.

Simons sat down to speak with me shortly before a 3-month trip to work with refugees in Greece. In this variation on the Artists and Mental Illness interview series, she offers her perspectives as a woman both psychologist and artist, whose story is a unique mix of cerebral, vulnerable, eclectic, and raw.

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Nomadic Performer Interview Series: Amber Nelson

Nomadic Performer Interview Series: Amber Nelson

Amber Nelson is a Brooklyn-based comedian who regularly hosts the weekly comedy showcase, Live From Outer Space at Cobra Club in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. Other notable show performers include John F. O'Donnell, Erik Bergstrom, Max Bruno and Ben Kronberg.

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Nomadic Performer Interview Series: Max Bruno

Nomadic Performer Interview Series: Max Bruno

Max Bruno is a Brooklyn-based comedian who is part of a group of stand-ups who regularly host and/or perform at the weekly comedy showcase, Live From Outer Space at Cobra Club in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. Others include John F. O'Donnell, Amber NelsonErik Bergstrom, and Ben Kronberg. Originally from Ohio, Bruno began his stand-up career in Oklahoma City while part of a teaching program. He eventually decided to pursue stand-up comedy in New York City, and he further contributed to Live From Outer Space by often working the show's soundboard. He now also hosts The Zen Boogie Comedy Show with stand-up comedian Irene Fagan Merrow at The Footlight in the Ridgewood area of Queens. I interviewed Bruno at Cobra Club where he discussed growing up in Ohio, the role of religion and Santa Claus in his comedic and intellectual development, his development and approach as a stand-up, and his creative community in New York City. 

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Talking Paper Interview Series: Malik Crumpler

Talking Paper Interview Series: Malik Crumpler

Malik Ameer Crumpler is a poet, fiction writer, rapper, and music producer who has released a multitude of albumsshort films, and books of poetry. Those books include Inevitable Mutations Act II (BAM, Paris, 2015), Locked Language (BAM, Paris, 2014), Little Everywhere (Satori Ideas, New York, 2014), and Amber Hymns (Satori Ideas, New York, 2011). In addition, Inevitable Mutations Act I is a music project (On point, Brussels, 2015), Little Everywhere has a live musical performance version, and Amber Hymns has an accompanying auditory experience available for download at Bandcamp.

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Nomadic Performer Interview Series: John F. O'Donnell

Nomadic Performer Interview Series: John F. O'Donnell

John F. O'Donnell is a Washington, D.C.-based stand-up comedian and political correspondent for Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp on RT America. Since acquiring a Congressional Press credential, he has actively covered the U.S. presidential primary debates on location for Redacted Tonight, racking up memorable encounters with Donald Trump supporters, Republican party members like Lindsey GrahamRudolph Giulianni, and Karl Rove, as well as Green Party supporters unhappy that candidate Jill Stein was not part of the debates.

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ARTIST-TO-ARTIST INTERVIEW SERIES: ERIC BOHR

ARTIST-TO-ARTIST INTERVIEW SERIES: ERIC BOHR

Eric Bohr is an artist living and working in Oakland, CA. Rohan and I got the chance to meet with him and hear him talk in depth about his most recent solo show at Mercury 20 Gallery, “Tending the Bones.” The exhibition contains a body of work that conjures up and holds together a fragile web of his family history through honoring the names of his ancestors and evoking their stories

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Talking Paper Interview Series: Siobhán Gallagher

Talking Paper Interview Series: Siobhán Gallagher

Siobhán Gallagher is a Senior Designer with Abrams Kids & Comic Arts in New York City. Raised in Moncton, New Brunswick, Gallagher's personal artwork is influenced by Canadian comic artists like Lynn Johnston, while taking inspiration from her day-to-day NYC experiences. Her humorous take on what grown-up members of The Baby-Sitters Club might look like, dubbed The Jaded Quitters Club, has been featured by BustUs WeeklyHuffington Post, and Refinery29.

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Talking Paper Interview Series: Ryan Uytdewilligen

Talking Paper Interview Series: Ryan Uytdewilligen

Ryan Uytdewilligen is a Vancouver-based screenwriter and prose author whose books include 101 Most Influential Coming of Age Movies (2016, Algora Publishing) and a novel,Tractor (2016, Sartoris Literary Group). Uytdewilligen grew up on a farm in Lethbridge, Alberta, and studied writing for film and television at Vancouver Film School. His decision to pursue film rather than farming was partially influenced by the deaths of his parents by the time he was 19and the theme of events and relationships shaping young people's lives and choices continues to resonate deeply within his books and scripts. I recently interviewed Uytdewilligen who discussed screenwriting, some of cinema's earliest coming-of-age movies, informative books that he's read, and those he has written.

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Talking Paper Interview Series: Christopher Moloney

Talking Paper Interview Series: Christopher Moloney

Christopher Moloney is an Atlanta-based, Canadian-born writer and producer for television network HLN, and formerly for CNN in New York City. The proximity of CNN’s Columbus Circle offices to Central Parkand a longstanding love of moviesled Moloney to begin taking photographs of paper screen captures from his favorite filmscarefully holding them in the same frame as the present-day locations where they were shot. His first photo was of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man rampaging down Manhattan’s West Side in 1984's Ghostbusters. Moloney continues to post his film photos to a Tumblr site called FILMography, which he started in June 2012 and where he sells 8X10 prints of his work. One year and hundreds of photos into his project, I interviewed Moloney for a June 2013 post on my Camera In The Sun film blog and discussed the evolution of his unique style of photography, his approach to composition, and his opinions on various film locations. I recently spoke with Moloney again for an update on FILMography and his television writing career since moving to the Deep South, and I have published portions of both interviews here.

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Talking Paper Interview Series: Chris Campanioni

Talking Paper Interview Series: Chris Campanioni

Chris Campanioni is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher, and model who edits PANK magazine and other publications. Raised in Bergen County, New Jersey, Campanioni worked as a reporter for the Bergen Record newspaper, as well as The Star-Ledger and San Francisco Chronicle. He later moved into fashion modeling and screen acting, with parts on daytime soap operas One Life To Live and All My Children. He then began teaching literature and creative writing at Baruch College and Pace University, and Interdisciplinary Studies at John Jay. 

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Artists and Mental Illness Interview Series: Caits Meissner

Artists and Mental Illness Interview Series: Caits Meissner

Caits Meissner is an award-winning poet, artist, and educator dedicated to the transformative power of creation. Meissner’s poetry has been featured in Drunken Boat, The Literary Review, and The Offing, among many others, and she has been awarded first place prizes from the Pan-African Literary Forum, the Ja-Nai Foundation, and City College's The Jerome Lowell DeJur Prize in Creative Writing. Her multidisciplinary poetry book, Let It Die Hungry, will be released in October 2016 on The Operating System, and she is currently writing with Re(Emergent) Theatre, an ensemble in collaboration with people recently released from prison. She teaches as Writer-in-Residence at Bronx Academy of Letters, and faculty at City College and The New School. Meissner’s courage, like her art, is both nuanced and full of love. In this interview, she shares her experiences with belonging, identity, healing—and what it means to grapple with grey.

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Kent Avenue Interview Series: Ross McDonnell

Kent Avenue Interview Series: Ross McDonnell

Ross McDonnell is a freelance photographer and videographer born in Dublin, Ireland and a former resident of the apartments at 475 Kent Avenue in South Williamsburgliving among the world-class photographers who inspired this ongoing interview series. His work takes him to regions in the throes of violent conflict, including Afghanistan, Ukraine, and Mexico, with images often created using unique processes to better capture the mood of his subject. That includes using glass plates bathed in chemicals to create 19th-century-style black-and-white ambrotypes for his series, Vigilantes, chronicling Mexico's anti-cartel Auto Defensa members. Yet McDonnell also embraces photography's ever-evolving future, as Time magazine noted in naming one of his Ukraine images to their Top 10 Photos of 2014: 

"Changes in this industry have also favored adaptation, and Ross McDonnell is a testament to that fluidity. In January, as the demonstrations in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev were peaking in violence, the documentary filmmaker transitioned seamlessly between still and motion. Over the course of several days, he made rich, painterly, cinematic photographs and videos. His picture through the view of a bus window (#4) shows an almost biblical scene of fire and ice."

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Talking Paper Interview Series: Brian Sheffield & Craig Kite

Talking Paper Interview Series: Brian Sheffield & Craig Kite

Craig Kite and Brian Sheffield are two of the four members (along with Clairette Durand-Gasselin and Margaux Taleux) of the French-American editorial team for POST(blank), a handmade bilingual word-art publication from MadGleamPress. The magazine's first issue is set for release in September 2016 with a theme of "POST-Paper," and its website describes the content as highlighting "the conjoined strengths of text and image by publishing visual poetic pieces, visual poems, dialogues between artists of the two media, and excerpts of artist books. Besides that, we want to explore in each issue a problem, a term, a fact, a thing or an idea that influences our creativeness through articles, interviews, and/or fiction."

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Nomadic Performer Interview Series: Sarah J. Halstead

Nomadic Performer Interview Series: Sarah J. Halstead

Sarah J. Halstead is a Los Angeles-based actor, writer, and comedian. After more than a decade living in Miami, Florida, working sales for champagne company Laurent-Perrier, she decided in early 2015 to switch jobs and pursue a performance career and drove cross-country to Los Angeles. Halstead had received theatrical training in New York City two decades earlier, and over the past year she has booked both television and theatrical stage roles. Screen credits include turns as schizophrenic murderer Sheila Labarre in Deadly Sins on Investigation Discovery and as wholesome 1950s housewife Jean Carpenter in TV pilot Life in Kodachrome. Stage credits include turns as Kristine Urich in A Chorus Line and as Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray. Halstead also makes time to forge a stand-up comedy career, working both open mics and larger comedy venues around Los Angeles.

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Nomadic Performer Interview Series: Ben Kronberg

Nomadic Performer Interview Series: Ben Kronberg

Ben Kronberg is a Brooklyn-based comedian and musician originally from Colorado. In 2013, he had his own Comedy Central Half Hour special, and he has appeared on late-night network shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live and Last Call with Carson Daly while also regularly touring across the country. His habit of referencing a small joke book during sets inspired filmmaker Scott Moran to interview Kronberg for the web series Modern Comedian, for which Kronberg also composed the music using his iPhone and guitar. Kronberg later used his iPhone to create a music album titled Just Songs, which he recently played live at American Beauty Bar NYC as part of a weekly open-mic showcase organized by friend and musician Tim Pourbaix.

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