Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Jim Leftwich: Organization - Participation - Documentation (2008 - 2018)

Jim Leftwich: Organization - Participation - Documentation (2008 - 2018)
Email exchange with Bill Beamer
2:52 PM (2 hours ago)
to me

i will continiue write up on my hx as a musician--relevant  since i perform at aftrmaf...
i forget the name of bella's friend, head of the N for narcoplepsy website, but as we chatted, and per her ?'s, i told her something of my background, and she said ''i hope you are writing all that down somewhere.'' i saw that as a prompt from the universe.

Jim Leftwich
3:18 PM (2 hours ago)
to Bill

i will once again add my ongoing prompts and encouragements for your historiographic activities. if you don't write the history you have participated in, it will not ever be written -- because you are the only one who knows it.

write or be written.


Jim Leftwich: a partial and provisional record of my​ activities directly related to the first ten marginal arts festivals and afterMAFs.

documentation for some of these activities is included in Rascible & Kempt Vol. 3, published by Luna Bisonte Prods in 2017, and is also scattered here and there in the 187 books of the Six Months Aint No Sentence series, which was written between april 2011 and august 2016.


MAF 2008 - 2010
​hosted lots of visiting artists (eg., in 2009, when we had eight visitors at our house for the entire festival, with eleven people staying here on saturday night).
organized performances, lectures, and mail art exhibits at locations such as The Dumas Center (2008, mail art exhibit), the Lawson warehouse building (2008, a huge mail art exhibit), The Water Heater (2009, poetry readings, lectures, sound performances, an art exhibit, absurdist theater, dance, etc....), the old Community High School space at 2nd and Campbell (2010, readings, lectures, sound performances, a huge mail art exhibit, Fluxus performances in the building and on the street, etc....) 
​took hundreds of photographs and posted them as documentation at my textimagepoetry flickr site.

primary organizers for the festivals over the years have been Brian Counihan, Ralph Eaton, and Olchar E. Lindsann. my direct participation as a festival organizer ended in 2010.

MAF 2011
at The Metropolitan Community Church of The Blue Ridge, I curated a large mail art and graphic scores exhibit, as well as organizing a small- and micro- press zine library -- in a large room as part of a much larger exhibit/event space curated by Warren Fry. i also participated in numerous Fluxus activities at the church, and participated in the reenactment of Philip Corner's "Piano Activities" in downtown Roanoke.
​took hundreds of photographs and posted them as documentation at my textimagepoetry flickr site.

MAF 2012
hosted Rebecca Weeks for a month.
played soundless piano for several seconds at Exclamations!
contributed scores for the Be Blank Consort performance inside the Community High School.
organized and participated in a series of mail art interviews with Brian ​​Carrasquilla for his film project at Rowan College.
​​took hundreds of photographs and posted them as documentation at my textimagepoetry flickr site.

MAF 2013
hosted Bill Beamer / John M. Bennett jam in my living room, along with homages to Al Ackerman by Cathy Bennett and Warren Fry. Tomislav Butkovic played one of the skatchboxes he and i made. Kala Ladenheim took photographs.
contributed to installations/exhibits at the Boxley building.
contributed scores for the Be Blank Consort performance outside the Community High School.
took photographs and posted them as documentation at my textimagepoetry flickr site.

MAF 2014
hosted Rebecca Weeks and Ian Whitford for a month.
participated in The OUTER CIRCLE Skype Performance Exchange with members of the Russian Avant Garde.
made a junk installation with Cathy Bennett at Akademgorod.
took photographs and posted them as documentation at my textimagepoetry flickr site.

afterMAF 2015
made a vispo junk installation with Cathy Bennett ​​at​​ Art Rat Studios .
contributed a ​TLPress ​display of books, chapbooks, tlps ​bookmarks ​and broadsides​ ​at​​ Art Rat Studios​.
contributed scores for the Be Blank Consort performance.
hosted Michael Peters. barely slept. many hours of conversation about poetry and related matters​ (eg., the history, and the revisionist histories, of asemic writing)​.
took hundreds of photographs and posted them as documentation at my textimagepoetry flickr site.

afterMAF 2016
​​made a vispo junk installation with Cathy Bennett at the Community High School.
​​contributed a ​TLPress ​display of books, chapbooks, tlps ​bookmarks ​and broadsides at the Community High School.
​​contributed scores for the Be Blank Consort performance.
took photographs and posted them as documentation at my textimagepoetry flickr site.

​afterMAF 2017
​​made a vispo junk installation with Cathy Bennett and bela grimm at the Art Rat.
​contributed a TLPress display of books, chapbooks, tlps, bookmarks and broadsides at the Art Rat. the items were displayed in a large shoebox with the words "TLPress Help Yourself" written on the inside of the upturned box top. all TLPress items have always been given away for free or traded for similar micropress items.
participated in two ad hoc collective improv noise events, playing unamplified chair and stool (big cat fun!).
​contributed scores for the Be Blank Consort performance and for Cathy Bennett's performance.
contributed materials for a Collab Fest table, collected the collages and booklets made with those materials and brought them home for inclusion in my archival collections.
hosted an after-hours gathering at my house sunday night. Matt Anderson (Crank Sturgeon) came over when the events ended, and a few hours later we were joined by bela grimm, Tomislav Butkovic, Laura Jane Evert, Megan Blafas-Chriss, Bradley Chriss, Olchar E. Lindsann, and Warren Fry. at bela's suggestion, some of us -- bela, Tomislav, Laura and myself -- gathered in my workspace and spent a couple of hours adding to some visual poems John M. Bennett had sent for collaboration.

some of the people who have stayed at our house since we started hosting visiting artists in 2008:
Olchar E. Lindsann
Warren Fry
Tomislav Butkovic
Evan Damerow
Bradley Chriss
Megan Blafas-Chriss
bela grimm
Sara Adrian
Michael Peters
Reed Altemus
Andrew Topel
Julian Matthews
Rabbit (Faith Kisacky)
Id M Theft Able (Skot Spear)
Crank Sturgeon (Matt Anderson)
Matt Taggart
Jason Soliday
Andrea Pensado
Adriana de los Santos
Jenifer Gelineau
Stephanie Germaine
Jack Wright
Ben Bennett


House Fests

november 2009 - january 2010 
evan damerow and jim leftwich (with faith kisacky - rabbit - for a week or so, with henry hess and andrea mueller for a few days, and with loyd padgett one night), working on materials for suits to be worn in the 2010 marginal arts festival parade (or to be exhibited in empty planters around town... or to be sent out into the mail art network... or...)...

when i picked up evan in daleville near the appalachian trail he said "i walked here from new jersey, this had better be fun". it was huge fun. he stayed through the holidays. his friends visited and also stayed (rabbit became a friend of the family and came back several times). evan himself became a semi-regular guest for the next few years. we made hundreds of collages, poem objects, and assemblages.

529 scans and photos from this period are posted at my textimagepoetry flickr site. some of the collages were made on yard signs for the 2009 election. i gathered them from a vacant lot at the corner of campbell and 10th, about a block from where we live. they were later used at the old community high school building at 2nd and campbell during the 2010 marginal arts festival. we planted them in front of the building as "advertisements" for the fluxus activities taking place inside, and then we carried and/or wore some of them during the parade. on may 18, 2011, when evan was back in town visiting from new zealand, as part of collab fest 80 we placed most of them either in the century city park plaza among the sister city sculptures or on the boarded-up facade of the old woolworth's building downtown on campbell ave.

the flickr album also has photos of poem objects, tlps, paintings (gestural abstractions and colorful childlike messes). most of the items are text/image works, almost all are a form of trashpo, many are letteral and gestural, many are 3-dimensional assemblages, some are ephemeral arrangements made to be photographed and then destroyed, and a few are of evan and henry.

henry made a video of our conversation one day (me, henry, evan and andrea).

august 2010
collages, tlps, postcards, concrete poems, poem objects and other items made by faith kisacky (aka rabbit), some solo and some in collaboration with olchar lindsann, warren fry, sue leftwich and jim leftwich, while she was visiting for a couple of weeks in august 2010.

my textimagepoetry album for this period contains 141 photos. a couple are of rabbit working, some are of finished items on shelves or hanging from walls, others are of finished items displayed on a table, and others are of works in progress.

i still have most of these items. some of them were on display in one manner or another in my workspace until i disassembled my room-sized collage/assemblage/installation/immersive environment in the fall of 2016.

december 2010
by rabbit, sue and jim, made while rabbit was in town for the holidays.

my textimagepoetry album for this period contains 78 photos. many are of my workspace, featuring wall and shelf displays of works made during the house fests and collab fests along with items received through my participation in the eternal network of networks and in the marginal arts festivals. several of the photographs are of black handprints -- mine -- on collages and on white cardstock accompanying emprientes. several photographs are of a huge collage almost as big as the workspace table (approximately 6 x 2').

january 2011
by rabbit and jim, made while rabbit was in town for the holidays.

my textimagepoetry album for this period contains 77 photos. many are of ephemeral arrangements such as
-- rabbit's cut-up and re-assembled plastic dinosaurs
-- 5 photos of a large, crumpled sheet of brown paper spread out in the alleyway behind our house, with purplish sudsy water poured over it, collecting in its crevices and forming abstract shapes and patterns
-- 3 piles of spray painted guest checks
-- 3 arrangements of tiny booklets cut from local weeklies
-- several large collages displayed on the walls of my workspace

january 2011
midnight collage fests

conversation and collage, saturday-sunday and sunday-monday, january 8-9-10,at my house, with tomislav butkovic, warren fry and olchar lindsann on sat-sun, and tomislav on sun-mon.

As to the future -- Only the autonomous can plan autonomy, organize for it, create it. It's a bootstrap operation. The first step is somewhat akin to satori -- the realization that the TAZ begins with a simple act of realization. - Hakim Bey

my textimagepoetry album for this period contains 28 photos. most are of collages in progress on 8.5 by 11 sheets of paper. one reads 
PAZ in blue. the rest of the letters in pink.
all of the photos are dark and blurry, as if intentionally ominous. a 45 rpm record half-buried in a collage. bookshelves, stacks of books on the floor. scraps of trash everywhere. trashpo as ecology. tape dispensers are prominent in many of the photographs. so is a stapler. and a pair of scissors. i attempt to read an erasure text the photograph of which is too blurry to decipher.
I science to to their to be and to by it.
My principle around of form and
My as more of a than ar ink du backdrop which
Oh in this are that for I unabashedly

it is initialed WK by Katastrof over what appears to be an earlier illegible signature.

maybe it has something to do with the mysterious item i found on my desk late in 2010. unsigned, it was a piece of canvas maybe a little larger than a normal sheet of paper, painted green. it was covered with colorless green ideas sleeping furiously. a message of some sort, no doubt from the cult of the red demon itself. i cut it into small strips and put it in an old green bowl, with some leaves from the back yard. i threw a few matches in and let it all burn down to ash, then poured a glass of water over the reeking concoction. it had become a kind of stone soup, with the green canvas substituting for the stones. i documented the stages of the performance in 26 photographs, ending with a picture of the bowl and all of its contents resting on a trash bag inside our garbage can. i called the performance "art banishing ritual". it is the only Recluse Theater performance that has ever left a trace.

november - december 2015
with Evan Damerow, while he was staying here between hiking the Pacific Coast Trail and going back to New Zealand -- with Katastrof a couple of nights, bela grimm one night, and Aaron Bensen at least one night.

my textimagepoetry album for this period contains 251 photos. a citizens united against citizens united sticker. collaborative trashpo. postcard modifications. poem objects. assemblages. grocery lists with stencil rubbings. xu bing's calligraphic Word Play postcard. bag texts. Moon Apogee Dionysus before Krispy Kreme Doughnuts before Tantalus Sept 27 2015. Hard Tack Weevil Biscuits. carpet badgers. We will defeat them with pitiless shopping POEM. Barf Barf Barf. tlps. TLPress Roanoke 2015. maps of the pacific coast trail inadvertently mailed by evan to me when he intended to mail them to himself while hiking the trail, folded, stapled, cut, collaged, scribbled on and displayed as tlps. Chuck D: fuck this society. Trash That's New Again. persian cucumbers. 2 x 3 = 6. 2 + 3 = 5. Send Ca$h Family Make Your Life Risk-Free Beef Lab. Read. Enjoy. We would be so much better off. Full Moon. Bus hole train hole real name. Terre Redactor. guerilla tape. poultry vacuum. hot dogs dipped. Sure it's not Stalin? when you walk in the dark, walk with your feet. This is not a map.

jim leftwich


Organizing, Participating in, and/or Documenting mail art, sound poetry, visual poetry and noise events in Roanoke (with a few excursions to Pulaski, and one to Columbus OH): 2008 - 2018 (ongoing)


Organization and Documentation: Marginal Arts Festival (a large Mail Art show of my personal archives at the Lawson Building on Campbell Ave, a display of Brain Cell sheets at the Dumas Center)
Visiting Artists: John M. Bennett and Olchar E. Lindsann
Organization and Documentation: Post-Neo Absurdist Solidarity Show, with Ralph Eaton
Collab Fest at the Magic Twig Community's superfriends festival in elmwood park (collaborative collage and vispo suit) (11.08.08)
Participant in The Unknown, at the Wilson/Hughes gallery (phone poems with New Jersey PNA and vispo suit) (11.08.08)
Documentation and Curator: Liminal Gallery, with Brian Counihan and Ralph Eaton, window at the Art Museum of Western Virginia
Organization and Documentation: Collab Fests 1 - 11 (including Collab Fest 3, with Id M Theft Able)

Documentation: Must See TV Improv(e) (Downtown Roanoke)
Writer and Performer: Simple Gifts, video by Matt Ames (Original Title: "American History")
Organization and Documentation: Collab Fests 12 through 36 (including special collab fest #12.5, a celebration of Art's Birthday with the visiting Post-Neos from New Jersey and DC, and collab fest 34 with Crank Sturgeon)
Organization and Documentation: Marginal Arts Festival 
Visiting Artists: John and Cathy Bennett, Reed Altemus, Michael Peters, Olchar Lindsann, Warren Fry, Tomislav Butkovic, Evan Damerow, Brad Chriss, Megan Blafas, Bela Grimm, Julian Matthews, Wendy Collin Sorin, Scott Helmes, Sheila Murphy, Kathy Ernst, Sara Adrian and Steve Random
Local Performers and Exhibiting Artists:  TJ Anderson, Lee Melozzi, Geof Conley, Dickie Eikcid, and Matt Ames
Call, Curator and Documentation, MAIL ART CALL: MAIL ART RESPONSES TO TRENCH ART, during the Marginal Arts Festival 

Writer, Performer, and Documentation: "Banana Peels In Roanoke", with Matt Ames for his Philosophy Inc Saves The Taubman installation
Documentation: Loup-Garou at the Water Heater 03.17.10 (Walter Wright on electronics, Setheyny Pen on drums, toy pianos and objects)
Collab Fest In Columbus, at Skylab, in conjunction with the Avant Writing Symposium at OSU
Call, Curator and Documentation: Fluxus Now mail art show, during the Marginal Arts Festival 
Visiting Artists: Reed Altemus, Geof Huth, Keith Buchholz, Andrew Topel, Id M Theft Able, Olchar Lindsann, Warren Fry, and Tomislav Butkovic 
Local Performers: Ralph Eaton, TJ Anderson, Richard Normand, Gyorgi Voros and Bill Beamer
Organization and Documentation: Collab Fests 37 through 62 (including collab fest in Columbus, as part of Cathy Bennett's mail art show during the avant writing symposium at OSU) (and also including collab fest 46 with Crank Sturgeon and Matt Taggart)

Host and Documentation: Adriana de los Santos & Andrea Pensado, at the Water Heater, Roanoke, 08.24.2011
Organization and Documentation: Collab Fests 63 through 83
Curator, Call and Documentation: Mail Art Call - Performance Texts: Graphic Scores: Open Scores: Visual Poems: Event Scores: Open Texts: Eternal Network: (as part of the Labyrinth exhibits and performances at curated by Warren Fry during the 2011 Marginal Arts Festival) -- at The Metropolitan Community Church of The Blue Ridge
Documentation: Marginal Arts Festival 
Pansemic Playhouse 17 - 08.08.11: Fuck Austerity (solo performance documented with a single photograph)
Pansemic Playhouse 53-09.03.11: lunch break: self-portrait of the non-artist talking to himself (solo performance documented with a single photograph -- of a blank rectangle of the wall above my computer desk)

Mail Art Call, Curator and Documentation: Roanoke Decentralized Networker Congress (DNC 12), at the Liminal Gallery (CHS) (coordinated with Rebecca Weeks in Cornwall UK, Susan Gold in Windsor Canada, Graciela Gutiérrez Marx in Buenos Aires Argentina, Emilio Morandi in Ponte Nossa Italy, Nenad Bogdanovic in Odzaci Serbia and Keith Buchholz in St. Louis USA)
Artists visiting via computer: John M. Bennett, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Rod Summers
Visiting artists: Reed Altemus, Reid Wood
Local performers/participants/presenters: Warren Fry, Robin Knapmeyer, Olchar Lindsann, Aaron Bensen, Tomislav Butkovic, Mark Perry, Matt Ames, Ralph Eaton, Bill Beamer
Documentation: Marginal Arts Festival 
Hosted Rebecca Weeks from Cornwall for a month, during and around the festival
Artist/Visual Poet: PROject proJECT II, improvised live scanner collages projected onto the wall under the bridge between the Taubman Museum and Community High School
on 8-16-12 Bill Beamer and Tomislav Butkovic installed at theFine Arts Center of the New River Valley Menagerie show a 3-way collaborative work by Beamer Leftwich and Katastrof entitled:
1. cream-o-what, fleeing strata: the akashic record player
2. Frank Wright
3. recombinant axon schematic

Host, Organization and Documention: Id M Theft Able, Warren Fry & Tomislav Butkovic @max space 2.27.13
Host, Organization and Documention, House Show and Gathering at The River: Crank Sturgeon and Matt Taggart, with PNA 05.21.13
"And I was plunged into the amorous sadness of the night" (an evolution of the prose poem from Bertrand to Baudleaire to Rimbaud), vispo and sculpture exhibit with Bill Beamer at Fine Arts Center of the New River Valley
Documentation: Marginal Arts Festival 
Organization and Documentation: House Show with John and Cathy Bennett, Robert Saunders, Kala Ladenheim, Bill Beamer, Warren Fry and Tomislav Butkovic performing (including a tribute to Blaster Al Ackerman)

"Flux Box" exhibit at the Fine Arts Center of the New River Valley
Documentation: Marginal Arts Festival 
Participant: The OUTER CIRCLE Skype Performance Exchange with Russian Avant Garde
Hosted Rebecca Weeks and Ian Whitford from Cornwall for a month, during and around the festival
Documention of collaboration with Cathy Bennett to construct a vispo installation in the Akademgorod space during the Marginal Arts Festival
Writer and Documentation: Collab Fest Notes 1 - 60 and Collab Fest Notes 61 - 83 published by TLPress in the textimagepoem collection at archive . org
Organization and Documentation: House Show for Matt Ames, introducing his band Cat Mob

Documentation: afterMAF at Art Rat Studios and Liminal Gallery
Documentation: Anti-Brain Rot Mail Art Show at Katastrof Mansion, during the afterMAF
Documention of collaboration with Cathy Bennett, to construct a vispo installation in the Liminal Gallery during the afterMAF
Documentation of an exhibit by Bill Beamer and Beth Shumate at the Fine Arts Center of the New River (Warren, Tomislav, Olchar, Bill and I made the trip down as the final event of the afterMAF)
Pansemic Playhouse 1319 - 06.05.15, basketball at Wasena Park, jim leftwich, sue leftwich, evan damerow and matt ames / photos by sue and jim leftwich

Mail Art Call and Documentation: What Is Participatory Democracy? Organized with Warren Fry in conjunction with Community High School
Artist/Visual Poet: "Dirty Vispo" exhibit at the Fine Arts Center of the New River Valley
Documentation: afterMAF at Art Rat Studios 
Documention of collaboration with Cathy Bennett, to construct a vispo installation at the Art Rat during the afterMAF

The Last Pansemic Playhouse: pansemic playhouse 1465 - 05.19.2017, a collaboration with Bill Beamer (of the 1465 pansemic playhouse sets posted to my textimagepoetry flickr site I would estimate approximately 1400 of them are collaborations with Bill Beamer)
Collaboration with Cathy Bennett, to construct a vispo installation at the Art Rat during the afterMAF
Organization and Participant: collab fest table at the Art Rat during the afterMAF

Writer and Documentation: Diaristic Reports
(Some of these "diaristic reports" have been published in The InAppropriate-d Press, Arteidolia, and Otoliths.)

Volume 1
Table of Contents
Walter Wright and Al Margolis at Art Rat Studios: Noisic Elements: Micro-tours, The Stool Sample Ensemble, Speaking Zaum To Power, September 19, 2016
Billy Bob Beamer "Word Dust, Untitled" Reception, Virginia Western Community College, October 13, 2016
​Matt Taggart/Luer and Jason Soliday at Art Rat, May 23, 2017
Divorce Ring, Virgin Flower, and The Llywelyn-Reutling Expedition (Feralcatscan + Khate) @Art Rat Studios 05.30.2017
In The Sea, OmegaWolfe, Tater Fraterabo, CGI Jesus, Sunday 06.04.2017, 7 p.m., ​at Art Rat Studios
Listening Party: Alice Kemp -- Fill My Body With Flowers and Rice, a private event at Katastrof Mansion (with an even more private event at my house), June 14, 2017
Relaxing 5 min Videos with Willie Gussin - Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 7 PM - 11 PM
Dybbuk, Tomislav Butkovic and Olchar Lindsann, Mister Thursday, Bradley Chriss and Megan Blafas-Chriss, and The Ad Hoc Rat Ensemble, Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM EDT, @ Art Rat Studios
The Emotron, Feralcatscan, and The Ad Hoc Rat Ensemble, Thursday, July 27, 2017, at 7 PM - 11 PM, Art Rat Studios
Last living night on earth improvisation showcase: Hosted by Cambria McMillan-Zapf and Ralph Eaton, Friday, July 28, 2017 at 7 PM - 11 PM, Art Rat
Meinschaft / 1mitator / The Llywelyn Expedition, Hosted by Ralph Eaton, Saturday AUG 12, 2017, 7 PM - 11 PM, Art Rat Studios
Decide Today w/Neural Necrosis, Tater Fraterabo, & PNA, Hosted by Star City Shadow School and Art Rat Studios, Sunday AUG 13, 2017 at 7 PM - 10 PM, Art Rat Studios
​​Id M Theft Able, Mr. Thursday, Olchar Lindsann: Public Event by Ralph Eaton, Monday, September 18 at 7 PM - 11 PM, Art Rat Studios 
Zone Lord, Tater Fraterabo*, Public · Hosted by Ralph Eaton, Monday, October 9 at 7 PM - 11 PM, Art Rat Studios [Tater Fraterabo did not perform]
​​Meg Mulhearn • Aerial Ruin • Claire & Miles sound/movement duet, Public, Hosted by Tim Yaddow and Ralph Eaton, Saturday, October 28 at 8 PM - 11 PM, Art Rat Studio

Volume 2
Table of contents
1.​ Tashi Dorji, The Llywelyn Expedition, Mossgarde​n​, Monday, October 30 at 7 PM - 11 PM, Art Rat Studios
2. Q & A with artist, Willie Baronet and director, Tim Chumley, ​​Roanoke College, ​​Olin Hall Galleries, Thursday, November 2nd
3. Gardener, GULL, plus Blacksburg & Art Rat All-Stars, Monday, November 20, Art Rat Studio, Roanoke, Virginia 24013
4. WILD TORUS​, NON GRATA, Mr. Thursday, Monday, December 4 at 7 PM - 11 PM, Art Rat Studio
5. ​The Writing Is The Event​. At home, not always alone,​ December 2017.

Writer and Documentation: Diaristic Reports

Diaristic Reports Volumes 3 and 4 are continuations of the idea that "​The Writing Is The Event​". There are no reports on any public events in those volumes.

Volume 5
Table of contents
March 18 at Art Rat Studios / Durian Brow -- Zach Darrup (guitar), and Ben Bennett (drums and percussion) / Kaily Moon Schenker, Cello & Nick Keeling, Rhodes Mark 1 & Organ: "experimental classical" / Olchar E. Lindsann -- sound poetry
March 23 at  Art Rat Studios / Hamilton/Milovac Duo, Tater Fraterabo, Art Rat All-Stars
March 25 at  Art Rat Studios / Jack Topht, The Llywelyn Expedition with Khate / Art Rat Allstars
March 27 at  Art Rat Studios / Decide Today / Beyond the Borders / Lindsann
April 17 at  Art Rat Studios / Ralph E. White / Mark Perry
June 2 at Art Rat Studios /  If, Bwana ~ Graven Image ~ Claire Constantikes 
June 5 at Art Rat Studios / Anastasia Clarke ~ Crystal Penalosa ~ Llywelyn Expedition
June 7 at Art Rat Studios / Bats from Pogo ~ Lauren Tosswill ~ Robert Imhuman

June 11 - 12, 2018

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Jim Leftwich: 3 essays on books by John M. Bennett, published at Galatea Resurrects

Monday, April 30, 2018

Jules Vasylenko -- FUMPH! ...solo trombax, bamboozle & alto

Jules Vasylenko 

1. EYE - Trombax
2. SWINE - Bamboozle
3. DRY - Alto, with or with out
4. FEAR - Alto Ego

Note: track two is actually Alto, and track three is the Bamboozle (Bamboo Sax.)

Recorded at: 
Art Rat Studios in 
Roanoke City, Virginia, United States of America on 
April 21, 2018 A.D. / 102 A.Da.
Digital recording by Tomislav Butković. 
Cover photograph by Wilheim Katastrof on April 16, 2016 at the Art Rat. 

79 min on CD-R 
$10 + $1 s/h. 
Distributed by mOnocle-Lash.
Free Download forthcoming.


Announcement from Tomislav:

Price: $10 + $1s/h
Roanoke, VA, USA

80 min CD-R recorded at Art Rat Studios in April 2018 A.D. / 102 A.Da. 
Jules is a regular contributor to the Art Ratmosphere, Roanoke's only fuzzy, noisy, psychedelic kudzu kolony. His recent departure for the deep south instigated this record of his dynamic and intricate free playing, a result of decades of involvement in the mix from the UK to the Pacific Coast and New England, to Roanoke and beyond. Bamboozle your brains with these four tracks of horn wrangling. Cover interior features illustrations by Bradley Chriss and Warren Fry. Proceeds go to Sid and Jules.

Personal Checks and Paypal accepted.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Jim Leftwich Rascible & Kempt Vols 1 - 3

Luna Bisonte Prods at Small Press Distribution

Jim Leftwich
Rascible & Kempt Vols 1 - 3

Vol. 1
VOLUME 1 (of 2) Rascible & Kempt bears geode-like secrets, exposing the living nerves of a geography where the beating heart of the avant guard glows lava red, while the book itself is a geology of Leftwich's life-long question to his own calling: How to keep all modes of writing “absolutely as OPEN as possible.” This book is as much a training manual as it is a mechanism to reignite the fires of poetry. -Michael Peters, author of Vaast Bin and other language artworks. About Rascible & Kempt: From reading to writing, thought to non-thought, vast macrohistorical analysis to sub-lettral investigations, epistemology to pragmatics, discourses: poetics, linguistics, hermeticism, economics, history, psychology, politics, metaphysics, and more. -Olchar E. Lindsann, author of ARTHUR DIES and other books, editor of mOnocle-Lash Anti-Press

Vol. 2
rascible & kempt-vol.2 grapples with the new poetics in ways that are ideal for the subjects addressed. These essays, conversations, collaborative adventures, and reports from the inside explain and celebrate some of the most innovative writing and literary explorations on the scene today. As Olchar Lindsann puts it, “From reading to writing, thought to non-thought, vast macrohistorical analysis to sub-lettral investigations, epistemology to pragmatics, discourses: poetics, linguistics, hermeticism, economics, history, psychology, politics, metaphysics, and more.” Among the writers engaged with are Thomas L. Taylor, César Figueiredo, Steve Dalachinsky, John M. Bennett, Rea Nikonova, Amy Trussel, Lanny Quarles, Mike Basinski, Jake Berry, John High, Scott MacLeod, David Baptiste Chirot, and many others, including a posse of fascinating heteronymic writers. If you are puzzled by the mysteries of this new avant-garde, these volumes will go a long way to illuminate them.

Vol. 3
This 3rd volume of Jim Leftwich's unique and ground-breaking examination of the explosion of marginal literatures can also be seen, like the first 2, as an example of that literature. It has an enormous variety of approaches to language-based arts that are ignored by the academies, the publishers, and the cliques that make up the dominant worlds of letters today. This exciting art, of which Leftwich is also a practitioner, is what will shape the literary world of the future, and his documentation of it is, and will be, of immense value. He takes on this extraordinary material in extensive real and imagined conversations, exhaustive discussions and contextualizations, detailed analyses, bibliographic documentation, and other approaches difficult to categorize, because the categories for it do not yet exist. These 3 essential books open a portal to a world of major literary creation, a world that is, for the moment, largely invisible. -John M. Bennett

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Galatea Resurrects 2018 February


Featured Poet: Sheila E. Murphy

The Palace of Flowers by Gerry Grubbs
Reviewed by Joseph P. Tomain (2/19)

The Small Door of Your Death by Sheryl St. Germain
Reviewed by Neil Leadbeater (2/18)

Featured Essay: "Karl Kempton and 'The Enigma of the Other': The Originary Structures of Truth and Discovery of Visual Writing"
By Tom Hibbard (2/17)

Stubborn by Sheri Reda
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (2/16)

WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (2/15)

some more strange meteorites by Mark Young
Reviewed by Neil Leadbeater (2/14)

Guitar Tech by Mark Sonnenfeld
Reviewed by Jim Leftwich (2/14)

ANNE WITH AN E & ME by Wesley St. Jo
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (2/13)

Girl Gang by Juliet Cook

Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (2/12)

ORPHIC CANTOS by Ivan Argüelles
Engaged by John M. Bennett (2/11)

Engaged by Eileen Tabios (2/10)

Phaneagrams by Jake Berry
Engaged by Jim Leftwich (2/9)

The Critic Writes Poems: Paul Pines

Featured Essay: "The Nearness of Asemic Writing" 
By Jim Leftwich (2/8)

MARAWI by Albert E. Alejo and Eileen R. Tabios with translations by Aileen Cassinetto
Reviewed by Neil Leadbeater (2/7)

farnessity, wordslabs by Randee Silv
Reviewed by Jim Leftwich (2/6)

Interview: William Burroughs
Engaged by jim mccrary (2/5)

Tres tressstrisss trieesss tril trilssss: Transmutations of Cesar Vallejo by Jim Leftwich
Engaged by John M. Bennett (2/4)

From Here by Zoe Skoulding, with illustrations by Simonetta Moro
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (2/3)

Publications by Scott MacLeod, Michael Palmer, Thomas Lowe Taylor, Ann Lauterbach, Daniel Davidson and Laura Moriarty

Engaged by Scott MacLeod (2/2)

The Critic Writes Poems: Jim McCrary