Nov 30, 7pm: Kate Eichhorn and Jenny Sampirisi

EMERGENCY presents

Kate Eichhorn

Jenny Sampirisi

7pm in the Arts Cafe

Kelly Writers House

3805 Locust Walk


Kate Eichhorn is the author of Fond (BookThug, 2008), a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award, and Fieldnotes, a forensic (BookThug, 2010), and is co-editor of Prismatic Publics: Innovative Canadian Women's Poetry and Poetics (Coach House Books, 2009). Her poetry, prose and criticism are part of a serial investigation of historiography, ethnography and poetics. She teaches writing and cultural theory at the New School University in New York City.

Jenny Sampirisi is the author of is/was, a novel, and Croak, an in-progress collection of poems. She's the managing editor of BookThug, co-director of the Toronto New School of Writing and associate director of the Scream Literary Festival.


Oct 5, 6pm: Raquel Albarrán and Carlos Soto Román



6pm in the Arts Cafe, Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk, Philadelphia

Raquel Albarrán (San Juan, 1983) is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Her poetry and prose has appeared in several Puerto Rican literary journals, including Derivas, a collective literary blog for emergent Puerto Rican writers that she also co-founded in 2006. Her first poetry collection, La intimidad de los extraños (Stranger Intimacy) is expected to be published in Mexico City.

Carlos Soto Román was born in Valparaíso, Chile. He has published the books La Marcha de los Quiltros (The Mongrel's March, 1999), Haiku Minero (Miner Haiku, 2007) and Cambio y Fuera (Over and Out, 2009). He has resided in Philadelphia since March 2009, is a member of The New Philadelphia Poets and the editor of the new cooperative anthology of U.S. poetry, Elective Affinities. He is also a pharmacist and is pursuing a Master in Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania.


fall 2010 poets

coming to Emergency this fall: Raquel Albarrán + Carlos Soto Román on Oct. 5 at 6pm, and Kate Eichhorn + Jenny Sampirisi on Nov. 30 at 7pm. Watch here for more details or join our Facebook page.


Emergency Feeling: Rachel Blau DuPlessis

We hope you'll join us for the first EMERGENCY FEELING reading, a collaboration between the WHENEVER WE FEEL LIKE IT and EMERGENCY reading series:

Rachel Blau DuPlessis
& a draft [beer] party
celebrating Pitch: Drafts 77-95 (Salt)

4pm, Saturday, September 11
Jose Pistolas, Philadelphia

RACHEL BLAU DUPLESSIS is an American poet-critic whose on-going long poem project, begun in 1986, is collected in Torques: Drafts 58-76, as well as in Drafts 1-38, Toll (Wesleyan U.P., 2001) , Drafts 39-57, Pledge, with Draft unnnumbered: Precis (Salt Publishing, 2004) and Pitch: Drafts 77-95 (Salt Publishing, 2010). DuPlessis was awarded a residency at Bellagio in 2007; she was the recipient of a Pew Fellowship for Artists and of the Roy Harvey Pearce/ Archive for New Poetry Prize, both in 2002.

EMERGENCY is curated by Julia Bloch and Sarah Dowling. WHENEVER WE FEEL LIKE IT is put on by Committee of Vigilance members Emily Pettit and Michelle Taransky. The Committee of Vigilance is a subdivision of Sleepy Lemur Quality Enterprises, which is the production division of The Meeteetzee Institute. http://wheneverwefeellikeit.blogspot.com/


March 3, 5pm: Jaramillo, Elrick, Neuman

5pm in the Arts Café, Kelly Writers House, Philadelphia: LAURAS

Laura Jaramillo is a poet from Queens, living in Brooklyn. She's the author of The Reactionary Poems (Olywa Press) and Civilan Nest (Love Among the Ruins Editions).

Laura Elrick's latest text-based project is a book-length poem, as yet untitled, that explores the relationship between speed (social time) and utterance; translations and affective condensations occur in the tiny caverns between the compulsion toward language and the patrolling of intelligible expressive registers. Previous work includes the video/poem Stalk (part dystopian urban cartography, part spatial-poetic intervention) originally commissioned for the Positions Colloquium in 2008. She has also written two books of poetry—sKincerity (Krupskaya 2003) and Fantasies in Permeable Structures (Factory School 2005)—and has composed a set of audio pieces for doubled-voice that are in part accessible on the online journal textsound.

Laura Neuman is a writer and performing artist based in Philadelphia. Locally, she is a regular performer and recent co-choreographer with Workshop For Potential Movement, and has also worked and studied with members of Green Chair Dance Group, Headlong Dance Theatre and the Pig Iron Theatre Company. Laura studies poetry at Temple University's Masters in Creative Writing Program and at Bard College's Milton Avery School of the Arts.


Jan. 21, 6pm: Jen Scappettone and Tonya Foster

Tonya Foster is the author of A Swarm of Bees in High Court, forthcoming from Belladonna* and Futurepoem in 2010. She is currently completing A Mathematics of Chaos, a cross-genre, multi-media piece on New Orleans, Monkey Talk, an inter-genre piece about race, paranoia, and surveillance, and A History of the Bitch, a collection of poems. A native of New Orleans, she resides and writes in Harlem. (image by Keily Anderson)

Jennifer Scappettone is the author of From Dame Quickly (Litmus, 2009), and of several chapbooks, including Thing Ode/ode oggettuale (La Camera Verde, 2008), translated into Italian in dialogue with Marco Giovenale. Exit 43—an archaeology of Superfund sites interrupted by an opera of pop-ups—is in progress for Atelos Press. She edited Belladonna Elders Series #5: Poetry, Landscape, Apocalypse, featuring her pop-ups and prose and new writing by Etel Adnan and Lyn Hejinian (Belladonna, 2009). Pop-up scores are now being adapted for performance at Dance Theater Workshop, the Center for Performance Research, and elsewhere in collaboration with choreographer Kathy Westwater as PARK. She guest-edited the feature of Aufgabe 7, devoted to contemporary Italian “poetry of research.” A selection of Neosuprematist Webtexts, filmed verse stills, was installed at the Infusoria exhibit of visual poetry, and more are coming to Speechless. She is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago. (photo by Christine Taylor)


Jan. 21: Tonya Foster & Jennifer Scappettone

Save the date: Jan. 21 Emergency reading with Tonya Foster and Jennifer Scappettone. 6pm, Kelly Writers House, more details to come.