Posts by Jenn McCreary

Jenn McCreary is a Philadelphia poet.

When I said, Love is not a potato, what I meant was

I read this stanza from a long poem series at the Wooden Shoe on Saturday & then this scene was just on the new season of Orange is the New Black, so when I said they were love poems written as postcards of doom, sent from the near future to the near past, I also meant they are tools of divination & prophesy:

New Erasures in Tripwire 14

🔥❤️🔥 TRIPWIRE 14 : THE RED ISSUE is hot off the press & features over 375 pages of new poetry & translations, essays, reviews, radical poetries from the archive, as well as a special section on Greek Poetry of the Crisis & more— am pleased as Punch / happy as a clam / chuffed to bits to have new work in this issue w so many fine folk/x 🔥❤️🔥

The Queen of the Hair Poets & The Composition of Collapse

I’ve been thinking about Lucie Brock-Broido a lot this week, about seeing her read & speak at a conference at Barnard in the late 90s. About how she joked about being a hair poet & about how she could only write during hunting season. The first line of this, the first section of a longer poem, is stolen from an interview with her, speaking to that hunting season of writing. Reading it tonight at Alexis Granwell’s excellent poetry event, surrounded by lovely people & a very cool art installation at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, I thought of her again, Queen of the Hair Poets.

Hugely Popular Series: Jenn McCreary, Orchid Tierney, & Amanda Silberling

Jenn McCreary, Orchid Tierney, Amanda Silberling

Saturday, February 3rd, 7pm
Brickbat Books

Orchid Tierney is from New Zealand-Aotearoa, currently residing in Philadelphia. Her chapbooks include Brachiation (Dunedin: GumTree Press, 2012) and The World in Small Parts (Chicago: Dancing Girl Press, 2012), and a full length sound translation of the Book of Margery Kempe, Earsay (TrollThread, 2016). Other work has appeared in Bathhouse Journal, Pacific Literary Review, Empty Mirror and elsewhere. She co-edits Supplement, an annual anthology on Philadelphia writing.

Amanda Silberling will graduate from the University of Pennsylvania this spring and is generally nervous about that. An interdisciplinary text-based artist, her poems and not-poems have appeared in The Rumpus, Paper Magazine, Consequence of Sound, Reality Beach, decomP, and others. Her first film “We’re Here, We’re Present: Women in Punk” debuted this summer on VICE.

New Erasures at Fanzine

Like most things, this is about many things, but mostly this is about how this autumn I lost my poet voice, & about how I began to find it again, creating erasure poems from vintage psychopharmaceutical ads illustrating other women gone quiet.

Thank you FANZINE & for giving Better Living Through Chemistry, a safe space, & my enormous gratitude to the inimitable Sarah Rose Etter or the infinite gentle care she wrapped around the veritable nakedness of my project 💙

Arrive on Wave: a celebration of Gil Ott

Gil Ott

Gil Ott was my first publisher. He was also a a major presence for many in the arts in Philadelphia, and was one of the founding and sustaining forces of our poetry community;  his memory and his influence are still strong.

I was honored to be part of a celebration of this man’s life, work, and poetry, at a book release and reading for Arrive On Wave: Collected Poems by Gil Ott, available now from Chax Press.

Accidental Player: Klaver, Compton, Arrieu-King, McCreary

accidental-player

Tuesday, November 15, 7pm
Tattoo Mom’s, 530 South Street, Philadelphia, PA

Celebrating the release of Becca Klaver’s new book Empire Wasted (Bloof Books)! And dollar tacos! Becca will be joined by Bloof publisher and poet extraordinaire Shanna Compton and two amazing Philly favorites, Cynthia Arrieu-King and Jenn McCreary! Doors at 7pm, reading at 8pm.