This Sat., Feb. 17, at 12:00 p.m., we’ll be celebrating our annual Presidents Day weekend event, the Welcome to Boog City 17.5 Arts Festival. We will livestream the goings-on to
And it will be available online in full the next day at
There is an $8 suggested donation, which can be sent to Boog City via:
Block Hill Station
(formerly Bar 718)
718 5th Ave.
Park Slope, Brooklyn
Directions: R to 28th Street
Venue is between 22nd and 23rd sts.
12:00 p.m. Gabriel Don (poet)
Gabriel Don is a multidisciplinary artist who works in a variety of mediums: a filmmaker, artist, photographer, singer, and writer. She has been published in numerous online and print publications. She undertook her M.F.A. in creative writing (fiction and non-fiction) at The New School, where she worked as the reading series and chapbook competition coordinator. Her poetry collection, Living Without Skin, was released with A Gathering of The Tribes, Fly By Night Press. Born in Australia, raised in Singapore and Dubai, Don now resides in New York City.
12:07 p.m. Lonely Christopher (poet)
Lonely Christopher is a multidisciplinary queer experimental writer of poetry, fiction, and drama for stage and screen. He is the author of five books, most recently the poetry collections In a January Would and the 10th anniversary reissue of Death & Disaster Series. He is the founding creative director of Inter Poets Theater, managing director of the Segue Foundation, and an editor for Roof Books. His plays have been presented in Canada, China, and the United States. His film credits include several international shorts and the feature MOM, which he wrote and directed. He has worked for a decade in the field of HIV treatment and prevention for homeless youth, at the Ali Forney Center and elsewhere. He has lived in Brooklyn for nearly two decades.
12:14 p.m. Deidre Kovac (poet)
12:21 p.m. Joanna Fuhrman (poet)
Joanna Fuhrman is the author of seven books of poetry, including To a New Era (Hanging Loose Press) and the forthcoming Data Mind (Curbstone/Northwestern University Press). Poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies as well as The Slowdown and Having a Coke with You podcasts. After publishing with Hanging Loose since she was a teenager, she became a co-editor in 2022.
12:28 p.m. Albert Mobilio (poet)
Albert Mobilio is the author of four books of poetry: Same Faces, Touch Wood, Me with Animal Towering, and The Geographics. A book of fiction, Games and Stunts, appeared in 2016. His essays and reviews are published widely. He was a MacDowell Fellow in 2015 and awarded an Andy Warhol Arts Writers Grant in 2017. A former editor at Bookforum, he is an editor at Hyperallergic and an associate professor of literary studies at the New School.
12:35 p.m. GE Gresha (poet)
GE Gresha is a southern surrealist with a love for the unconventional. Gresha studied English Literature at BSC in her hometown, Birmingham, Ala. and intends to receive her M.F.A. in creative writing from Hunter College. Her work is influenced by mythology and classic literature as she strives to rekindle the art of storytelling. She reflects on the communal desperation of life in her lyrical poetry. Gresha is the author of Hollow Earth and is working to complete the second series of this collection.
12:42 p.m. Gerald Wagoner (poet)
12:49 p.m. Amy Lawless (poet)
Amy Lawless is the author of the poetry collections My Dead and Broadax, both from Octopus Books. With Chris Cheney, she is the author of the hybrid book I Cry: The Desire to Be Rejected, out from Pioneer Works Press’ Groundworks Series. A chapbook, A Woman Alone, was published by Sixth Finch in 2017. Theo Cote photo.
12:56 p.m. Tova Greene (poet)
Tova Greene (they/them) is a non-binary, queer, jewish poet whose work has been featured or is upcoming in west trade review, old iron press, metatron press, voicemail poems, the eunoia review, midway journal, and others. Their debut collection lilac on the damned’s breath was published via bottlecap press in june of 2022. Since 2022, they have been the programs director of the poetry society of new york. In this capacity, they are the creative director of the new york city poetry festival, the producer & host of psny’s podcast having a coke with you sponsored by the radio drama network, a co-producer of the reading series there’s a lot to unpack here, and on the editorial team of milk press. Tova is based in Brooklyn, and they live with their partner and co-parented cat, ms. sookie stackhouse.
Peter Dizozza is a composer who also produces supplemental material as a writer, pianist, performer, photographer, and filmmaker. Cinema VII administers his catalog. He is music director for Theater for the New City’s 2023 Street Theater, touring the city with its final performance 2:00 p.m. Sun., Sept. 17, in Tompkins Square Park. A genre musical play called Twisted, for which he wrote the score, opens September 28. He is a member of The Lambs and The Dramatist Guild.
He is developing a musical play called Mushroom Head at The Lambs Playwright Workshop. For this show he will present songs from that and from his upcoming album, Ghosts of Reality.
Rebecca Weiner Tompkins’ King of the Fireflies was published by Sensitive Skin Books. Poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Pequod, POETRY, Seneca Review, Sensitive Skin, and The Antioch Review. She received awards from the NEH and the Academy of American Poets, taught English/Writing for 37 years at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY, and teaches literature/theology seminars. In 2010 she gave a TEDx talk “Sensing Convergences.”
She’s played violin with Patti Smith, Scott McClatchy, The Sometime Boys, Emily Duff, Life in a Blender, Conrad y Skordalia, Maynard & The Musties, Sergio Webb, Mark Huff, Luke Powers, Afton Wolfe, among others. She lives in Nashville and Brooklyn.
Angela Carr is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Without Ceremony (Book*hug). She is also a translator and teaches poetry and literature at The New School.
Martine Bellen’s just-published poetry collection is An Anatomy of Curiosity (MadHat Press). She is the author of nine other books, including This Amazing Cage of Light: New and Selected Poems (Spuyten Duyvil), The Vulnerability of Order (Copper Canyon Press), and Tales of Murasaki and Other Poems (Sun & Moon), which won the National Poetry Series. A poem from An Anatomy of Curiosity is forthcoming in the anthology Best American Poetry, 2023. Joe Gaffney photo.
1:44 p.m. Sarah Sarai (poet)
Sarah Sarai is author of That Strapless Bra in Heaven (Kelsay Books), Geographies of Soul and Taffeta (Indolent Books), and The Future Is Happy (BlazeVOX[books]). Her poems are in many journals, including Fairy Tale Review, Okay Donkey, The Southampton Review, Big City Lit, Sinister Wisdom, and Barrow Street. Born in a former speakeasy on Long Island, Sarai was raised in the sleaze of Paul Thomas Anderson’s San Fernando Valley. She is an independent editor.
1:51 p.m. Ron Horning (poet)
1:58 p.m. Fatima Velez (poet)
Fátima Vélez is a writer, professor, Ph.D. candidate, and cultural producer from Manizales (Colombia). She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing in Spanish from NYU. She has published the collection of poems Casa Paterna, Del Porno y las babosas, Diseño de Interiores, and the novel Galápagos. She lives in Sunnyside, Queens.
2:05 p.m. Peter Kozlowski (music)
Ptr Kozlowski first learned guitar at sixties-style hootennanies and went on, in the ’70s, to do covers of singer-songwriters like Jackson Browne, Stevie Nicks, Leonard Cohen, and others, performing alone and with a couple of singing groups. In the Eighties he joined downtown poet JD Rage in her East Village New Wave band, Baby Boom. They played CBGB’s, A-7, and the SIN Club, among others,. and put out a 4-song EP. Along the way he’s had over two dozen poems published in journals and anthologies. In recent years Ptr has been making videos of many poetry readings around NYC, hosted on his own YouTube page and those of others. Now living in Brooklyn, he reads and sings at New York-area open mics and readings. Didi Champagne photo.
2:25 p.m. Andrei Codrescu (poet
Andrei Codrescu was born in Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania, and emigrated to the United States in 1966. He is the author of numerous books: poems, novels, and essays. He founded Exquisite Corpse: a Journal of Books and Ideas. He was a regular commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered. He taught literature and poetry at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Baltimore, and Louisiana State University. Noah Krueger photo.
2:32 p.m. Avra Wing (poet)
Avra Wing’s poetry appeared most recently in Constellations, The American Journal of Poetry, The Hollins Critic, and Cimarron Review, and is upcoming in I-70 Review. Her collection, Recurring Dream, won the 2011 Pecan Grove Press Chapbook Competition. She is the author of two novels, Angie, I Says, a New York Times “notable book” made into the movie Angie, and After Isaac for young adults. Formerly an adjunct professor of English at Kingsborough Community College, she leads a N.Y. Writers Coalition workshop at the Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York. Poppy Studio, Eve Prime photo.
2:39 p.m. Barbara Henning (poet)
Barbara Henning is the author of five novels and eight collections of poetry, most recently a hybrid-biography of her mother’s life, Ferne, a Detroit Story, named a 2023 Notable Book by the Library of Michigan (Spuyten Duyvil); a cross country tour journal, Poets on the Road (with Maureen Owen, City Point Press); a novel, Just Like That (Spuyten Duyvil); and a poetry collection, Digigram (United Artist Books) In the ’90s, Henning was the editor and publisher of Long News: In the Short Century; she is also the editor of Looking Up Harryette Mullen, The Selected Prose of Bobbie Louise Hawkins, as well as editor and author of Prompt Book: Experiments for Writing Poetry and Fiction. She has taught for Naropa University and Long Island University, where she is professor emerita. Born in Detroit, she lives in Brooklyn. Michah Saperstein photo.
2:46 p.m. Alexandra Dine (poet)
Alexandra Dine (pronouns: perceived) is a New York City-based poet, preschool teacher, and pianist. She runs literary events independently and as associate director of events for Brooklyn-based publisher Everybody Press. In her experimental poetry readings, spotlit on the space between, she strives to gasp through silence and walk at a slant, to drag beauty from the mundane; to learn through unnaming. Carlos Zozaya photo.
2:53 p.m. Gregory Crosby (poet)
3:00 p.m. Blueberry High Heels (music)
Blueberry High Heels was formed by singer/songwriter/bassist Didi Champagne in 2007. The band has graced NYC stages for a few years now, playing rock clubs, festivals, and occasionally unplugged. They play all original music and have been described as fresh indie rock music with a modern poetic sound. The lead/ rhythm guitarist Gai is a college graduate of music and his style blends within the music adding his professional touches of soul and funk. The drummer David is a graduate of Berkelee College of Music and has had many accomplishments throughout the years and is a truly fantastic professional musician. Please check them out!
3:20 p.m. Mark Street (essayist)
Mark Street has been making films, videos and installations for 30 years. His work has moved from tactile, abstract explorations of 16mm film to essays on the urban experience to improvised feature length narratives. He has shown at places like the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National Gallery in Washington DC as well as venues such as the Point Reyes California Oyster Farm. He graduated from Bard College (B.A, 1986) and the San Francisco Art Institute (MFA 1992). He has shown work in the New York Museum of Modern Art Cineprobe series (1991, 1994), at Anthology Film Archives (1993, 2006, 2009), Millennium (1990,1996), and the San Francisco Cinematheque (1986, 1992, 2009). His work has appeared at the Tribeca (5 times), Sundance, Rotterdam, New York, London, San Francisco, New York Underground, Sarajevo, Viennale, Ourense (Spain), Mill Valley, South by Southwest, and other film festivals.
He is Professor of Visual Arts at Fordham University where he teaches film/video production and other courses that engage contemporary artistic practice.
3:27 p.m. Katharine Diehl (essayist) https://dulcetshop.myshopify.com/products/the-fourth-wave-24-poems-katharine-diehl
Katharine Diehl lives in New Jersey with her family. Her work has been published online and in print, including Really System, Menacing Hedge, and Passages North. Her 2017 chapbook The Fourth Wave is available from Dancing Girl Press.
3:34 p.m. Blake Eskin (essayist)
Blake Eskin is the chair of the Journalism + Design program at The New School and the host of Metropolitan Faces, a podcast about subway photography. He has written for many newspapers and magazines and for public radio. His book A Life in Pieces: The Making and Unmaking of Binjamin Wilkomirski was a New York Times Notable Book.
3:41 p.m. Jon Asmundsson (essayist)
3:48 p.m. Timothy Dugan (essayist)
Timothy Virgil Dugan [Tim] is recently retired from St. Francis College where he taught Writing for Performance, the Oral Tradition and various performance and communications driven classes for the Department of Communication Arts. He is also a guest lecturer at St. Francis College where he specializes in special topics courses such as Masks and Literature. Finally, Tim is honored to me a member of the bleeding edge writers and anglers group, Carroll Street Collective. Tim’s latest book, The Many Lives of Ajax: The Trojan War Hero from Antiquity to Modern Times is available at McFarland and Company Inc.
3:55 p.m. Lynne Sachs (essayist)
4:29 p.m. Bloodwrought: Orpheus in the Nightclub. A birth of a poet story, Magus and Hero Magnus (poets theater) https://magusmagnus.substack.com/
4:39 p.m. Kristin Prevallet and Tracie Morris Both Sides of “the Mune”: About (the) Fae, Helen Adam and Erasing (poets theater).
K(Kristin) Prevallet [trancepoetics.com] catalogued Helen Adam’s archive at the University of Buffalo and edited A Helen Adam Reader. In this ritual dialogue, Prevallet and Morris confront Adam’s controversial ballad Miss Laura as a restorative poetic spell to bridge sacred worlds and repair our own.
4:49 p.m. Hero Magnus (music)
5:09 p.m. Boog City classic albums live,
presents for its 40th anniversary
The Smiths’ eponymous debut
“Reel Around the Fountain”
“You’ve Got Everything Now”
“Pretty Girls Make Graves”
“The Hand That Rocks the Cradle”
“This Charming Man”
“Hand in Glove”
“What Difference Does It Make?”
Blueberry High Heels
“I Don’t Owe You Anything”
“Suffer Little Childre