birdsong #13 and Junior High Yearbook

August 18, 2010

Friends and lovers,

In case you haven’t heard it through the grapevine, the new issue of birdsong (#13, theme: buzz) is fresh off the press and ready for your perusal. It features new things to read by: Roy Pérez, Tommy Pico, Max Steele, Tatyana Kagamas, Katie Naoum, Geoff Trenchard, Chantal Johnson, Jane Yoo, and Daniel Portland; new things to look at by: Jess Paps, Cara Fulmor, Patrick Dyer, Cat Glennon, Will Varner, and Julia Norton; and new interviews with: Zan Amparan, Edie Fake, Brando Skyhorse, Justin Taylor, and Rachel Zolf. The cover was designed by the inimitable Blanco and printed with tender loving care by Gabriel Cohen of the Bread and Butter Collective. Pick up a copy at your favorite place to find zines, or, if it’s more convenient for you, order one off the internet.

Also, remember that we’ll be celebrating the release of birdsong #13 unto the world this Saturday evening. All the details are here.

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in other news, i have a zine report for you:

junior high yearbook
fiction by carolyn tuttle hansen, chris besinger, + spencer keralis
print on paper w/cardstock cover, 43 pp.: (5.5 x 8.5 in.)
littleton, co: laughing mouse press, 2003. second edition: 2010.

admittedly, the pic to the left is not the cover of junior high yearbook, but it does say junior high on it, so just roll with me. anyway, if there’s one thing i don’t need to remember, it’s my own junior high yearbook, so i’m glad to see the word fiction on the actual cover of this zine. as these stories attest to, however, sometimes you don’t need the promise of pictures in a yearbook; the experience of junior high is formative enough to be recalled without them. so, how might you relate to the stories in this petite collection? well, the first is a magickal realist account of girlhood and self-affirmation; the second is from an (arguably) more administrative perspective and about the banalities and epiphanies occasioned by such a position; the third is, in short, the delightful story of a couple young sodomites. choice line: ‘i had blurry fantasies of myself on a louis quinze settee, directing lithe boys in pornographic little speedo swimsuits to fetch me this book or adjust the lamp just so.’

Stylin’ pro-flyerin’

August 10, 2010

birdsong #13 Saturday – 8/21

August 9, 2010

birdsong #13 zine release party!
with readings from the Birdsong Collective, music by PAPS, and guest reader Brando Skyhorse (The Madonnas of Echo Park).
6:30-9:30 at Rose Live Music
345 Grand Street, btwn Havemeyer & Marcy
Pretty equidistant from the Bedford and Lorimer L stops

Pete’s Mini Zine Fest

July 29, 2010

Just a heads up, this Saturday is Pete’s Mini Zine Fest. There will be $2 pints of Yeungling Lager and $3 pints of Brooklyn IPA and over 20 zinesters, graphic artists, photographers and bookmakers attending. PLUS performances by local singers, bands, bookmaking demonstrations and more!

FEATURING: Esther K Smith, author/designer of HOW TO MAKE BOOKS, Magic Books & Paper Toys and THE PAPER BRIDE

And music by Scott Magri

Rad Unicorn

sarah y su cochito

Full attendance list:

Andria Alefhi – We’ll Never Have Paris (

Paul Assimacopoulos – Strangers Gate Books (

Darryl Ayo – Little Garden (

Joseph Carlough – Displaced Snail Publications (

Matt Carman + Kseniya Yarosh – I Love Bad Movies, Oh My / Oh No (

Alexis Clements – Dance Away Your Debt, Your Own Personal Apocalypse (

Marguerite Dabaie – The Hookah Girl (

Tea Fougner – Pygmalion, Different Comics (

Alan Grow – The Devil Made the Dinosaur Bones

Katie Haegle – The La-La Theory (

Andrew Hoepfner – All Kinds of Bees (

Lola Batling – Sweet Angel, Suicide Kiss (

Josh Medsker – 24 Hour Zine (

James Molenda- FOUND Magazine (

L. Nichols – Jumbly Junkery (

Rachel + Sari – Hoax Zine, You’ve Got a Friend (

Redguard – Absent-Cause Zine (

Kenan Rubenstein – Drought, Tick, The Oubliette (

Esther K Smith – Purgatory Pie Press (

Joe Younglove – Oculomotor


July 27, 2010

by Tommy

Blah blah blackstreet I’m tired.  I would do a more extensive list but this is officially layout week for birdsong #13!!!  It wouldn’t be altogether more terrible than normal, except that my computer’s hard drive crashed, erasing almost everything I own (movies, music, pictures, design files, etc) and there’s a lot of re-dos to be done.  So back up yr shit (that’s what he said) and I’ll see you in a couple weeks with a new zine and the reading at the end of the month (though I’m not sure where, as 3rd Ward is suspending events at it’s Metro location!!!).  If you have any leads on spaces, give me a heads up!

nom nom nom

Tuesday – Gerrification

As a part of Dixon Place’s Hot! Festival, “Gerrification” is an interactive, multi-media show by writer/performer/photographer/style icon/radio show host Gerry Visco (who Max Steele interviewed for this very blog!).  As I understand it, audience members are encouraged to volunteer to become “Gerrified”: to join the Gerry party by donning a characteristically outlandish platinum wig, cat-eye glasses, and bright clothing.  Gerry will outline her platform for a better world, give some tips on how to live a more fabulous self-loving life, and narrate some of her experiences moving to New York in the 1970’s.  Cast members are numerous and include Fritz and Christina (from HiChristina, where we used to hold the Birdsong Reading Series) and Joseph Keckler on video.  Get tickets here.

Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, NY NY, $1o (advance) $15 (door), 9pm

"I'm sorry I gave you crabs." "s'cool, dad."

Wednesday – LIT 18 Launch Party

LIT, a literary journal published by the New School which counts our very own Katie Naoum as one of it’s editorial staff, is having a launch party for their latest issue at powerHouse Arena in DUMBO.  Readers include Mike Young, a contributor over at HTML Giant and co-editor of the free print/online NOÖ Journal.

powerHouse Arena, 37 Main Street, Brooklyn NY, 6:30-8:30pm

Thursday – CUT + PASTE Writing Workshop

My friend Nikki Burst (who had a poem in birdsong #2 and read for us two! years ago!) is co-hosting a writing workshop at WE-ARE-FAMILIA’s pop up gallery and event space in Brooklyn. It seems there there will be actual cutting and pasting of words happening (which, if I remember correctly, is a skill Nikki and I exercised in a workshop with Kathleen Ossip two! years ago!) so come with goo gone and a strong hand.


WE-ARE-FAMILIA, 539 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn NY 6-9pm

Friday- Nurses in New England

This week at the Ohio Theater, a birdsong fave downtown performer Erin Markey is in the cast of Nurses in New England, “a musically-enhanced glimpse into an idiosyncratic coastal hospital where female nurses run surgeries, secret-smoke, and balance friendship, forgotten love, and conflicted ambition—with the daily stakes of life and death. A comedic and poignant look at the desire to make amazing miracles.”  Get tickets here or by phone, (212) 868-4444

The Ohio Theater, 66 Wooster St., NY NY, $15 (general) $10 (students/seniors), 7pm


July 21, 2010

as you may or may not have noticed, it’s the weekend again (thank goddess)! if you’re looking for something to do thursday night (the saturday night of the weekday), consider brooklyn-based culture blog vol. 1‘s first birthday party at bar matchless; it’s free and there will be 25 live three-minute record reviews and special musical guest xray eyeballs. still not convinced? one of the record reviews will be by sara jaffe. there. all details here.


July 20, 2010

gypse eyes is a self-described zine that investigates the hilarity and loneliness of sex, love, and relationships. now, as far as i’m concerned, these are the only topics i’m ever really interested in reading about. if that weren’t enough, though, gypse eyes, designed by tyler lafreniere, is absolutely gorgeous; i can’t think of one zine that is designed any better. and right now, tyler is fundraising to push the production value of the next issue even further into greatness. won’t you head over here and pitch in a few bucks to bring this beautiful project to fruition? yes, i thought you might!