Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sat Jan 1: Poets Welcome the New Year at Bowery Poetry Club 2pm-12am

January 1, 2011
The 17th Annual Alternative
New Year's Day Spoken Word/Performance Extravaganza
150+ Artists will Play Music, Read poetry and Dance
+ Open Mic
The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery St.
(between Houston and Bleecker Sts.)
New York, NY




I'll be reading sometime between 8 and 10pm. 

By Subway: Take F to 2nd Ave. or 6 to Bleecker St.

A Non-Stop Poetry Reading, Spokenword and Peformance Poetry Marathon.

Starts at 2 p.m. and continues all afternoon, thru' the evening, till midnite.
Admission is FREE!!!
Please bring  paperback books for Books Through Bars, a nonprofit organization that gives literature to prison inmates, and canned and dried goods for Urban Pathways, Inc.

Come out and celebrate the New Year with some great readings and great sounds!

Performers Include:

Hassan Abdullah
Nelson Alxndr
Austin Alexis
E J Antonio
Madeline Artenburg
Dorothy Friedman August
Brett Axel
Faruque Azam
Jane Grenier B.
Albey Balgochian
Berty Barranco
Philip Beitchman
Sarah Bernstein
Mark Blickley
Steve Bloom
Hobo Bob
Laura Boss
Andrew Boston
Christina Bruni
Charles Butler
Steve Cannon
Patricia Carragon
Samantha Chanse
Peter Chelnik
Shafi Chowdury
Rafaella Ciavatta
Mary Elizabeth Clark
Douglas Collura
Mitch Corber
Erika Dagnino
Steve Dalachinsky
Sylvie Degiese
Laura Dinnebell
Pete Dolack
Robert Dugdale
David Elsasser
Nicole Failla
Adam Falkner
Jim Feast
Adam Fitzgerald
Yolaine St. Fort
Luis H. Francia
Thomas Fucolora
Kathy Georges
Robert Gibbons
J M Theison de Gonzalez
Laraine Goodman
Ann Hanavan
Leigh Harrison
Bob Hart
Stephanie Hart
Jane Heil
Bob Heman
Cindy Hochman
Roxanne Hoffman
Bob Holman
John Holt
David Huberman
Patsie Ifill
Kate Irving
Evie Ivy
Jon Jenson
Larry Jones
Caledonia Kearns
Ron Kolm
Richard Kostelanetz
Peter Kozlowski
Lutnun Nahar Lata
David Lawton
Jane LeCroy
Master Lee
Joy Leftow
Jean Lehrman
David Leopold
Linda Lerner
Rick Librizzi
Tsaurah Litzky
Wayne Lopes
Hiram Lorenzen
Fran Luck
Ellen Aug Lytle
Michael Lytle
Stan Marcus
Susan Maurer
Virginia Mayer
Nancy Mercado
Big Mike
David Mills
Barbara Minch
Lissa Moira
Velez Moore
Gertrude Morris
Ras Moshe
Maureen Nolan
Jeff Norman
Ronnie Norpal
Tom O.
Valery Oisteanu
Jane Ormerod
Yuko Otomo
Amy Ouzoonian
Eve Packer
Angela Peluso
Mireya Perez
Bobby Perfect
Puma Perl
Howard Pflanzer
Jim Pignetti
Su Polo
Jim Porter
John Marcus Powell
Kelly Powell
Ron Price
J D Rage
Nicca Ray
Nancy Reghay
Eugene Ring
Lucas Rivera
Robert Roth
Harilyn Rousso
Armand A. Ruhlman
Shahed Sadullah
Metta Sama
Jon Sands
Sarah Sarai
Tom Savage
Sohnya Sayres
Iris N. Schwartz
Ilka Scobie
Susan Scutti
Naznin Seamon
Nina Sharma
Jackie Sheeler
Veronika Sheer
Phillip Sherrod
Danny Shot
John Silver
Hersch Silverman
George Spencer
Diane Spodarek
Miriam Stanley
Max Steele
Shelly Stenhouse
Lawrence Swan
Alice B. Talkless
Mary Jane Tenerelli
Ken Thompson
Habib Tiwoni
Zev Torres
Angelo Verga
Jeanann Verlee
Faith Vicinza
Robert Viscusi
Laura Vookles
George Wallace
Barry Wallenstein
Bruce Weber
Joanne Pagano Weber
Richard West
Nathan Whiting
Liza Wolsky
Chavisa Woods
Jeffrey Wright
Van Yu
Susan L. Yung

Roxanne & Friends in MOBIUS, The Poetry Magazine, 28th Anniversary Issue

MÖBIUS,The Poetry Magazine
28th Anniversary Issue

 I've just received my beautiful azure blue copy of MÖBIUS,The Poetry Magazine, 28th Anniversary Issue and delighted to be included with several friends: Austin Alexis, John J. Trause, Gil Fagiani, Margery Hauser, Erica Mapp, Jim Pignetti, Thad Rutkowski, Mary Orovan, Laura BossPatricia Carragon and of course editors Juanita Torrence-Thompson, Dominick Arbolay, and Diana Festa,  amoung the luminaries: Rita Dove, Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, Lyn Lifshin, Daniella Gioseffi and Hal Sirowitz.

By coincidence this fall I've been rereading several collections by Nikki Giovanni & Rita Dove but only recently discovered the work of Ms. Sanchez.   I was totally charmed by Ms. Giovanni's Bicycles: Love Poems and intrigued with Ms. Dove's contemporary application of Persephone myth in Mother Love.  I highly recommend you get your hands on copies of each title to keep you company this winter.

Copies of MÖBIUS are available from the publisher at $15 a copy which includes $3 for shipping and handling within the USA.  (Outside the USA, please pay S&H using International Reply Coupons. Order forms are available at ) Please send your checks to:

MÖBIUS,The Poetry Magazine
P.O. BOX  671058
Flushing NY 11367-1058, USA

For a sneak peak, here is my contribution:

5-7-7 Katuata in Sedoka Pairs

in the summer breeze
what song do the wind chimes sing
with their jingle jangling song?

wind chimes play your song
the one muddy rivers sing
as you skip across their stones
in the summer breeze
what song do the wind chimes sing
with their jingle jangling song?

wind chimes play your song
darning needles hum along
the sun dances on your back
in the summer breeze
what song do the wind chimes sing
with their jingle jangling song?

wind chimes play your song
goldfinch twitter rambles on
su-weet, su-weet, so sweetly!
in the summer breeze
what song do the wind chimes sing
with their jingle jangling song?

wind chimes play your song
ring ring Canterbury bells!
harken bumble bees to dine!
in the summer breeze
what song do the wind chimes sing
with their jingle jangling song?

wind chimes play your song
trumpet flowers regale us
the sparrow from his perch chirps
in the summer breeze
what song do the wind chimes sing
with their jingle jangling song?

wind chimes play your song
sunlight shimmies on water
the tall grass becomes a harp

Copyright 2010 Roxanne Hoffman

All the Best Wishes for a Very Happy & Healthy New Year to You and Yours! 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wed Dec 8: Love Songs and Monkey Lab at The Tank Tonight!


December 8th, 2010 [New York City]: Alphabet Soup Productions brings NO PIANOS ALLOWED to The Tank for a night of acoustic and electroacoustic, vocal and chamber music. In a nostalgic, tree-clubhouse fashion, we highlight the creation of new works without the iconic, Romantic instrument. The result is a concert with an eclectic mix of music with live electronics, guitars, vocals, computers, and acoustic orchestral instruments featuring works from living composers: Composer in Residence David Morneau, Camila Cano, Matt Frey, Yotam Haber, Marie Incontrera, Rob Voisey and Rain Worthington.

Described by Molly Sheridan as a "flashing beacon" of inspiration, David Morneau's eclectic output is best exemplified by 60x365, his "ambitious yearlong musical project" for which he composed a new one-minute composition every day; which was highlighted on "The Year of Musical Thinking, A Minute
At A Time" for NPR's All Things Considered.

Morneau has been selected as this season's composer-in-residence with Alphabet Soup Productions, which will feature selections from Love Songs Project. The project is a collaboration with eleven poets that combines Shakespeare's sonnets with contemporary poetry in genre-crossing songs.

Robert Voisey who has been described around the world as "mad" for his 60x60 project. "With few opportunities and much competition, young composers show creativity in just getting heard." And in Chris Pasles's article in the Los Angeles Times, Robert Voisey is highlighted as one of those composers. In David Cutler's book The Savvy Musician, he describes Voisey as "an artist who knows how to create opportunities where they don't exist"

His collaboration with David Morneau in "Monkey Lab" describes a journey to reach the monkey lab from a labyrinth of catacombs below - nothing less than madness for Robert Voisey's Birthday!

Marie Incontrera was awarded the Meet the Composer's Metlife Creative Connections to be a featured guest composer and speaker at the Hartford Women Composers' Festival. This performance will feature Two American Poems, a short cycle comprised of contrasting poetic texts: the first, Requiem, is Mark Twain's adaptation of Robert Richardson's poem Annette; the second Little Orphant Annie, by James Whitcomb Riley, a humorous, popular children's poem about the importance of being good and obedient.

"The rhythmically thoughtful works of Rain Worthington take ideas of American musical style to a new place - like a walk in a familiar, yet very different park." -- Kyle Gann, Chamber Music,

Yotam Haber has received the Frederic A. Juilliard/ Walter Damrosch Rome Prize. He also won the second bi-annual ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize for the wind ensemble work, Espresso, which was performed at Carnegie Hall.

Alphabet Soup Productions is a female-run opera company based in New York City that focuses on works by living composers. The Board of Directors is comprised of talented and dedicated musicians, each of whom exhibit a strong investment in premiering new works. During their first season (2009-2010), ASP proudly celebrated many successes, including the full production of a night of new electro-acoustic opera, High Voltage Opera, at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, NY. High Voltage Opera was featured on the international television network Noticias Culturales Iberoamericanas. In addition to producing operas, ASP also hosts the Alphabet Soup Concert Series, which features guest artists and chamber musicians.

Dec 8, 2010 9:30 PM
The Tank
354 West 45th Street
New York, New York 10036

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Reprinted from Press Release Email, Dated: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 11:15 AM, From: David Morneau

Shakespeare Anyone?

David Morneau's "No Pianos Allowed" concert is on Wednesday, 12/8.

David will be presenting three songs from his LOVE SONGS PROJECT:

  • "Behind Corneal Gates," Shakespeare's Sonnet 56 with poetry by Patricia Carragon
  • "Music In Me," Shakespeare's Sonnet 8 with poetry by Susan Maurer
  • "Now I Love You Best," Shakespeare's Sonnet 115 with poetry by Roxanne Hoffman

These will be performed by Mary Hubbell (soprano), Roberta Michel (flute) and Ernesto Ramos (guitar).

LOVE SONGS is a new songwriting project that pairs sonnets by William Shakespeare with poems by contemporary writers. Each collaborating poet selects one sonnet and pairs it with a work of their own—an existing poem or one written especially for the project.  David is setting each pair to music.
You can preview "Behind Corneal Gates"  at the 5OF4 website:

The text for all 3 pieces as well the other pairs selected for the project can be read at the 5OF4 website:

Also Robert Voisey and David Morneau will performing MONKEY LAB.

Wednesday, December 8, 9:30pm
The Tank
354 West 45th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
$10 ($7 - students)

 (212) 563-6269

Take the 7, N, Q, R, 1, 2, 3, A, C, E to 42nd Street Times Square

For more information about David Morneau and various projects visit: