Calendar of the Spectral… an eastern edition

Wednesday, June 22 at 7:00pm – July 9 at 7:00pm

Great Lakes, Rust Belt, Upstate, Eastern Seaboard
 link to the FB event 

A clinquant invitation to the finest and crude alike:Your presence is humbly requested …Come, bear witness to the raconteurs of now as they find their way through twirling and twisting landscapes, bringing with them things that shine and things that swallow wholly the life around them.Come! Feast with us!

Readings & Performances by:

Joseph Bienvenu
Joseph S. Makkos
Edwin R. Perry
Connor Stratman

W H E N___W H E R E :

J U N E :

Weds. 22nd – Kalamazoo, MI – Asylum Lake Gallery / 326 w. Kalamazoo Ave. 4th floor / (Inside the Park Trades Center)

Thurs. 23rd – Youngstown, OH. – The Lemon Grove / 122 W Federal St w/perpetual dusk at curtsy caverns

Fri. 24th – Buffalo, NY – Rust Belt Books / 202 Allen Street

Sat. 25th – Ithaca, NY – Gimme Coffee / 506 West State Street w/Meg Prichard

Sun. 26th – Lowell, MA – Sock Hop / 738 Central St. Apt. #2 7pm

Sun. 26th – Jamaica Plain, MA – White Haus /Seaverns ave. 9pm.

Mon. 27th – Providence, RI – Ada Books / 616 Westminster St # 2 / RI 02903

Tues. 28th – Brooklyn, NY – Unameable Books / 600 Vanderbilt Ave (between Dean St & St Marks Ave)/ (Prospect Heights) Brooklyn, NY 11238

Weds. 29th – New York, NY – 6:30 pm -The Four-Faced Liar / 165 W. 4th St (between 6th and 7th Aves)

Thurs. 30th – Philadelphia – VWVOFFKA Gallery / 2311 Frankford Ave. / Philadelphia, PA 19125 / 8pm /

J U L Y :

Fri. 1st – Help?? Pittsburgh/Central, PA/Morgantown, WV – TBA

Sat. 2nd – Cleveland – The Literary Cafe / Cleveland, OH (Tremont)

Sunday 3rd -Cleveland – The Rock & Roll Hame of Fame & Myoozium, Agharta Branch w/perpetual dusk at curtsy caverns

Monday 4th – Cleveland – All Things Permitted / Independence Day Bike Jaunt

Tuesday the 5th – day off.

Weds. the 6th – Chicago – The Milk Factory Gallery / 907 N. Winchester Ave. rear. w/Monadnoc

Thursday the 7th – Chicago / Ball Hall w/perpetual dusk at curtsy caverns

Friday the 8th – Detroit – w/Leyya Tawil

Saturday the 9th – Detroit – w/Leyya Tawil

W H O:

Joseph Bienvenu is the author of a book-length collection of poetry Atom Parlor (BlazeVOX, 2010) and also the chapbook Pool Hall Quartet (Verna Press, 2008). Joseph is a native of New Orleans where he lives and teaches Latin and English at a local high school. He received his B.A. in Classics from Loyola University of Chicago and his M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is currently working on a translation of Catullus’ complete poetry, a selection of which was published as a chapbook from Verna Press (2010).

joseph s. makkos as a poet primarily focuses on visual & performance work. He is author of When She Goes Down (Hobby Horse, 2010) and a book length collection of visual work, Paper Trumpet (Lavender Ink, forthcoming). J.S. is an art book designer and publisher (Language Foundry), who’s projects heavily focus on outré media. He is a college level educator who is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and currently lives in New Orleans where he operates a bookmaking & letter press studio. He received his B.A. in Literature from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his M.F.A. from the University of New Orleans.

edwin r. perry is currently a resident of michigan. he is the proprietor of plumberries press, a mobile endeavor which invests in short run edition chapbooks and journals. he is editor of humble humdrum cotton frock, a project to cultivate an aesthetic of “organic esoterics”, and drupe fruits, a journal spurred to life in celebration of the prose poem. he has hosted readings in chicago, milwaukee, and in various places throughout michigan, and traveled extensively as a performer under various hats. his work has appeared in OX mag, Burdock, Shepard’s Check, Sawbuck and others. peek productions at

Connor Stratman is the author of the full-length book of poems An Early Scratch (Erbacce Press, 2011) and the chapbook Invisible Entrances (Erbacce, 2010). Connor received his B.A. in English from Loyola University of Chicago and is currently working on his M.A. thesis on Samuel Beckett. He also edits the online journal The Balloon when he’s not substitute teaching at a middle school in Rogers Park.